Celebrate Spring during Montpelier Mayfest!
May 4, 5, and 6 in Downtown Montpelier
The first weekend in May is host to a full calendar of fun, family friendly events in the Capital City. Many events take place outdoors in beautiful (and walkable!) Downtown Montpelier, Vermont. While you're Downtown, stop in to some of our amazing restaurants and independent shops & boutiques.
More events added daily! Check back soon!
Friday, May 4th
Rotary Club of Montpelier Mud Season Charity Raffle
6-9pm | Vermont College of Fine Arts, Alumni Hall, 36 College Street
$100 per ticket - one ticket admits two adultsFree cocktails and hors d'oeuvres provided by the Cornerstone Pub and Kitchen
Grand prize: $10,000 with the chance to win other great prizes!
For tickets, call Kody Lyon at 802-229-5728 or email email@example.com
Proceeds benefit The Montpelier Rotary Club's Backpack Program, Good Beginnings of Central Vermont, and The Vermont Network Against Domestic and Sexual Violence
Montpelier Art Walk
4-8pm | Throughout Downtown Montpelier
Enjoy the local art! Upwards of 20 art openings on one night in Montpelier!
Start at any venue and stop by as many participating venues as you like. Many will have the artist in attendance and refreshments for art viewers. Guidebooks will be available at participating business. Voted Best Arts Festival 2012, 2013, 2014, & 2015 in Times Argus Best of the Best Reader's Poll.
Saturday, May 5th
Vernal Pool Explorations with John Jose, Naturalist
11am-1pm | Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main Street, Montpelier
Following slides, videos and discussion on the fascinating world of vernal pool ecology, we’ll carpool from the Kellogg-Hubbard Library to Hubbard Park to visit an easily accessible vernal pool and observe the egg masses of wood frogs and spotted salamanders, as well as other vernal pool creatures. Families and supervised children are welcome. Dress for the weather!
Montpelier Kiwanis Club All-You-Can-Eat Breakfast
7-11am | Boutwell Masonic Center, 288 Gallison Hill Road, MontpelierTickets: $8 adults, $4 children under 12
Money raised sends Central Vermont children to summer camp!
Contact Jim Mullally: firstname.lastname@example.org
Capital City Farmer's Market
9am-1pm | State Street
Over 50 vendors gather for the first outdoor Farmer's Market of the year to sell locally grown and made products, unique to Vermont and astounding in quality. The market is held on State Street where there is plenty of room to mill about and enjoy the plentiful market offerings. Plus, be sure to stop by all of Downtown Montpelier's amazing retailers! A gathering place for Central Vermont residents! Fresh vegetables and fruits, quality meats, specialty cheeses, artisan bread, baked goods, ethnic foods, herbs, plants, flowers, arts and crafts, honey and maple syrup…the list goes on and on. Join us and see how much Vermont has to offer!
Green Up Day Montpelier
9am-1pm | Stop by the Farmer's Market to get started!
If you'd like to help green up Montpelier's roadsides and public places, stop by Montpelier Alive's Green Up Day table at the Farmers Market on Saturday between 9am-1pm. At the Green Up Day table, we'll provide you with Green Up Day bags, gloves, and will assign you a stretch of roadway to remove litter from. We'll also have coupon sheets for volunteers, which can be redeemed for goodies around town on Green Up Day. Volunteers helping to green up Montpelier can leave full Green Up Day bags curbside within city limits. The good crew from the Montpelier Department of Public Works will pick up the bags next Monday morning. Thank you for helping to keep Montpelier clean and beautiful!
This year, we are rolling out a Green Up Day App for Montpelier. To adopt a stretch of road, park, or parking lot for greening up using the App, click on the unadopted stretch. You then select the "leaf" icon in the upper left-hand corner of the screen. From there, you can then claim the particular stretch you've selected by inputting your name and indicating that you've "adopted" it.
All Species Day and Spring Pageant!
1-4pm | Hubbard Park/State House Lwn
The Annual All Species Day Parade has been happening in Montpelier since 1989. It is a joyful community celebration honoring our place in the web of life, celebrating life’s diversity. This is a community parade and pageant where everyone is invited to participate, dressed as another species of life, celebrating our interdependence with life’s bountiful diversity. Always held on the first Sunday in May it Begins at Noon in Hubbard Park with calling in the creatures of the four directions, honoring the awakening Spring with song, dance and puppet pageantry. Everyone is invited to come dressed as their favorite species ad join in the festivities. The parade leaves the park after 1pm arriving at the Statehouse 2:30 pm for the Birth of Spring Pageant, Maypole dancing and more.
3-9pm | Langdon Street
Three Penny's 9th annual anniversary party featuring an outdoor beer garden including our special collaboration beer brewed with Zero Gravity Brewery as well as rare casks, house-made food off the grill, and live music throughout the day including Full Cleveland.