Celebrate Spring during Montpelier's Month-Long Mayfest!
The month of 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.
May 1: All Species Day Parade and Spring Pageant, 12pm-4pm Hubbard Park and State House Lawn. Come Dressed as your Favorite Species to Celebrate our Interdependence with All of Life. Contact us: [email protected]
May 1: Race against Racism, 9:30 AM Registration, Montpelier High School. The Race Against Racism is a state-wide annual anti-racist event, organized by youth from several Vermont high schools. All are welcome to a public rally, curated with a spectacular list of notable speakers, performances, and live music beginning at 10:30.
May 5: Julio's Cinco de Mayo Celebration, 12pm-8pm, Julio's 54 State St. Julio's 39th Cinco de Mayo Celebration with margarita specials and tee shirt and other giveaways.
May 7: Green Up Day, 9am-1pm, Downtown Montpelier. Our beautiful Green Mountain state is made greener on this day as thousands of volunteers cooperate to get rid of litter on banks, highways, streets and parks in a massive spring clean up. Join the effort! https://www.montpelieralive.org/Green-Up-Day
If you’d like to volunteer with Montpelier’s Green Up Day efforts, stop by the Green Up Day stations at the Capital City Farmers Market on Green Up Day between 9am and 1pm or on Langdon Street at the Bike Swap between 9am and 12pm. There, we will have Green Up Day bags and gloves for volunteers.
You can also get bags ahead of time in the City Clerk's Office in City Hall and sign up ahead of time using our online mapping tool.
Volunteers can leave their full Green Up Day bags curbside within city limits. The crew from the Montpelier Department of Public Works will pick up the bags of litter after Green Up Day.
Thank you for your help to make Montpelier sparkle!
May 7: Capital City Farmers Market Summer Season Opening Day! 9am-1pm, 133 State Street. Montpelier's farmers market kicks off the 2022 summer season with more than 50 vendors offering the best and freshest local food, crafts and music.https://www.capitalcityfarmersmarket.com / [email protected]
May 7: Alpenglow clothing & fitness equipment thrift sale, 10-12, 54 main street. Stop by Alpenglow Fitness for a by-donation thrift sale. Clothing, exercise equipment and more! Proceeds will help support the studio as we recover from the effects of the pandemic.
May 7: ORO Annual Bike Swap, 9am-1pm, 20 Langdon St. Find the perfect new-to-you bike, sell that old bike that’s been taking up space in your garage all these years, or better yet, do both! From kids bikes to road bikes, full suspension bikes and fat bikes, it’s all here and waiting for you! As always, our helpful and knowledgeable staff members will be on hand to answer any questions you may have and to guide you toward the bike that is best suited for your riding.https://www.onionriver.com/events/bike-swap/?fbclid=IwAR1NJRg5zb--1irXuUI5v8Qori66BmLXNT8TL5H7dQUI637twseIBJyN5-I
May 11: "A Slice of Life" Storytelling, 7-8 pm, Kellogg-Hubbard Library 135 Main St., "A Slice of Life" is an hour-long, in-person gathering at the Kellogg-Hubbard Library during which participants share a true story related to one of the themes of the evening. Interested storytellers submit their names in advance. Names will be drawn at random during the event. Approximately 10 storytellers will have the chance to share a five-minute story. Those who wish to listen and not tell a story are encouraged to attend. The themes for May 11 are: "Kitchen Calamity," "Blind Date," and "Sleepless Night." If you’d like to tell a story, please contact Nancy Schulz: [email protected] by Monday, May 9.
May 12-15: Julio's 40th Anniversary Weekend, 54 State St.
May 14th and 15th: Montpelier Gospel Choir Performances, Christ Church, State St., Montpelier
May 18: Writing From and About Dreams, 6:30-8 pm, 135 Main Street. Join Sue Scavo for a reading of her new book of poems Buried [A Place], and generative workshop on May 18th at the Kellogg-Hubbard Library in the Hayes room. After her reading, Sue explore how to work with dreams in our writing, in our storytelling, in our own imagination. This program will be held in-person and on Zoom. To preregister to participate on Zoom, visit kellogghubbard.org/adult-programs.
May 19: Vermont Corporate Cup, 6:00 PM, downtown Montpelier or Virtual. We are pleased to be able to host an in-person/virtual hybrid event this year, which marks the 39th year of one of Vermont's oldest and largest races. Visit: https://www.vcccsar.org/ for more information.
May 21: Capital City Concerts, 7:30 PM, Bethany Church, Music of J.S. Bach: A sublime concert of sonatas, arias, and the ebullient Brandenburg Concerto #5 in D major performed by violinist Theodore Arm, violist Stefanie Taylor, cellist Edward Arron, bassist Lou Kosma, pianist Jeewon Park, flutists Karen Kevra and Jillian Reed, and soprano Hyunah Yu.
May 21-22: Enjoy the conclusion of a three-week series celebrating the Abenaki culture in story, song, art and discussions at Lost Nation Theater (39 Main)!
May 21, 11am: Circle of Courage (Brenda Gagne coordinates a youth group with the Abenaki Nation of Missisquoi-St. Francis/Sokoki Band - celebrating traditional Abenaki drum songs and dances that have been passed down from generation to generation. Along the way, the youth learn valuable lessons of leadership, patience, teamwork, honor and respect.
May 21, 2pm: Abenaki Women Sharing: An Open Conversation about Community” with Andrea Brett, Chief Shirly Hook, Carol Irons, Carol Mcgranaghan, Lucy Neel
May 22, 2pm: Representative Tom Stevens and advocate Ben Grey (of Vermont Law School) Presentation about Abenaki Legislative Initiatives in regard to Recognition, Reclamation, Reparation, etc.
Montpelier Historical Society Show and Tell
Sunday May 22nd 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
@ Montpelier Senior Activity Center, 58 Barre
The newly revitalized Montpelier Historical Society will be hosting their first public meeting. This free event will be a “Show and Tell” presentation involving a number of area people showing articles from historic businesses and telling a story about them. Some of the people presenting are, Robert Cody, Don Bigglestone, Fred Bashara, Pat Sykas, Tip Ruggles, Dick Canales, Eric Gilbertson, Patrick Healy, Stephen Murphy, Manny Garcia and Peter Merrill.
Bach Concert by Cameo Baroque
Sunday May 22nd, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Christ Church, 64 State Street, Montpelier
In a benefit for Veteran’s Place in Northfield, Cameo Baroque presents its spring concert on Sunday afternoon, May 22 at 3 in the historic sanctuary of Christ Church in downtown Montpelier. The ensemble (Leslie Stroud, traverso flute; Laurie Rabut, viol da gamba, Beth Hilgartner, recorders and voice; and Ernie Drown, harpsichord) will perform arias and sonatas by J. S. Bach. The ensemble specializes in historically informed performances in music of the Baroque period and always performs for the benefit of community organizations. (cameoarts.org) At the Montpelier concert, 100% of all donations go to Veteran’s Place, a structured transitional home for unhoused veterans. (vermontveteransplace.org)
May 25: "A Slice of Life" Storytelling, 7-8 pm, Kellogg-Hubbard Library 135 Main St. "A Slice of Life" is an hour-long, in-person gathering at the Kellogg-Hubbard Library during which participants share a true story related to one of the themes of the evening. Interested storytellers submit their names in advance. Names will be drawn at random during the event. Approximately 10 storytellers will have the chance to share a five-minute story. Those who wish to listen and not tell a story are encouraged to attend. The themes for May 11 are: "Kitchen Calamity," "Blind Date," and "Sleepless Night." If you’d like to tell a story, please contact Nancy Schulz: [email protected] by Monday, May 9.