Celebrate the total eclipse in downtown Montpelier!

Mar 05 2024

April isn't the most popular in Vermont...but it's full of hidden surprises. This year, thousands are expected to descend upon Montpelier for the once in a lifetime total eclipse on April 8th. The last time the Green Mountain State was in the path of totality was 1932; it won't happen again until 2106!


Downtown businesses are excited to have this boost of visitors. One of Montpelier's biggest assets is its compact, walkable downtown, with a unique mix of locally-owned and truly delicious cafes and restaurants, as well as shops, movie theaters, and the beautiful State Capitol building. Not to mention the abundance of activities available for exploring the gorgeous outdoors.


While the total eclipse is over in just a few minutes, Montpelier will be celebrating all weekend long. Longer, in fact! Look for hundreds of poems on downtown store windows, written by local Vermont students and poets alike, Montpelier's salute to National Poetry Month is our own Poem City, which lasts all April. Catch the art and poetry display in the Center for Arts and Learning, and attend one of the many poetry programs offered during the month--three of them during the eclipse weekend! A local option is simply to enjoy the outdoors. Nestled in a valley at the confluence of two rivers and sheltered by surrounding hillsides, Montpelier offers adventure year round.

A hike in Hubbard or North Branch Park? A walk on the bike path, along the Winooski River?


The eclipse weekend officially begins with Friday’s Montpelier Art Walk from 4 - 8 pm, where people can enjoy art exhibits at businesses throughout town. On Saturday, April 6, from 10:30 am – noon, Kellogg Hubbard is hosting a free talk “A User’s Guide to the Eclipse” 


During the actual eclipse, everyone needs to protect their eyes with eclipse glasses. You can buy them at several downtown stores (listed at: https://montpelieralive.com/eclipse) or get them at Montpelier City Hall (while supplies last).  On eclipse day, Montpelier Alive has two designated viewing sites, which will have restrooms and trash receptacles: one at VCFA and the other on the statehouse lawn (likely with music and some food trucks, stay tuned). We thank VSECU and National Life for their support with Montpelier’s eclipse planning. In addition, find celebrations throughout downtown, including an Eclipse Party at Barr Hill, music at Three Penny Taproom, and The Vermont History Museum will be open, featuring some eclipse activities. Downtown businesses, that typically take the day off on Mondays, will be open on eclipse day, many featuring special eclipse merchandise. 

While the total eclipse doesn't last too long, enjoy the weekend in Vermont's Capital City! Check out everything happening in our walkable downtown on our eclipse webpage at https://montpelieralive.com/eclipse. After it’s over, stay for dinner or drinks to avoid the outgoing traffic jams.

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