❄️ Winterlude ❄️

Old East End Schmanska Barn Detail in Snow

Coming this February!

Burlington’s Old East End Neighborhood Coalition is sponsoring the 2nd Annual Winterlude Festival to help you chase away those winter blues! Break the isolation of winter and visit Schmanska Park in a COVID-safe way.

Enjoy outdoor activities throughout February including snowshoeing, sledding, cross-country skiing, nature walks, and a kid’s Story Walk®. We encourage everyone to join us for this fun, free winter celebration.

Special Events

Friday, February 4   (4 – 8 pm) 

Enjoy the decorative park lighting, hand-crafted vellum lanterns and ice luminaries while sipping a hot beverage around our warming area fire pit. 

Saturday, February 5   (10 am – 2 pm)
Sunday, February 6   (10 am – 2 pm) 

Take advantage of free loaner equipment for snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and sledding. Hot beverages and treats will be available at the fire pit in the warming area, and local musicians will keep the beat going.

Want to help with festival planning or activities?

And, while you’re patiently waiting for February to arrive, check out this story from Vermont Digger about Burlington’s 1886 Carnival of Winter Sports. These Victorians, without a shred of GORE-TEX in sight, threw open their doors in search of a snowy adventure to chase their blues away! Be like the Victorians.

Burlington attracted people from across the Northeast and Quebec to its Carnival of Winter Sports in 1886. Photo courtesy of Special Collections, UVM Library

Brought to you by the Old East End Neighborhood Coalition with generous support from Burlington Parks, Recreation and Waterfront, University of Vermont Office of Student and Community Relations, and AARP Vermont. We will observe all current COVID-19 protocols. If necessary, weather-related backup dates for the special events will be February 11-13.