Montpelier Mayfest

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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.

MayFest is supported in part by: NoyleJohnson

Friday, May 4th

Montpelier Art Walk
4-8pm | Throughout Downtown Montpelier

Downtown Montpelier - Art WalkEnjoy the local art! Nearly 30 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.

Free Wine Tasting at alla vita
5-7:30pm | alla vita, 27 State Street

Free Wine Tasting during Montpelier's Art Walk! Save 10% on Featured Wines (Wine Club Members save 15%).

Capital Kitchen's 10th Birthday Party
5-8pm | Capital Kitchen, 18 State Street

It's our 10th birthday at Capital Kitchen! Please come celebrate with us over dessert, champagne and TONS of amazing door prizes! 

The Workshop at Local 64 Open House
5-8pm | Local 64, 43 State Street

The Workshop at Local 64 hosts an open house. "All Species Day" parade pennant-making, and meet-and-greet for creativity instructors. Drop-ins welcome.

Rotary Club of Montpelier Mud Season Charity Raffle
6-9pm | Vermont College of Fine Arts, Alumni Hall, 36 College Street

rotary$100 per ticket - one ticket admits two adults
Free 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
Proceeds benefit The Montpelier Rotary Club's Backpack Program, Good Beginnings of Central Vermont, and The Vermont Network Against Domestic and Sexual Violence 

Jaguar Stereo at J. Langdon
6-9pm | J. Langdon, 7 Langdon Street

Jaguar Stereo performs during Montpelier Art Walk. Jaugar Stereo is a queer-phonic multi-sonic jazz-shamanic experience. Jazz has arrived. 

Lost Nation Theater's 'Silent Sky'
7:30pm | City Hall Arts Center, 39 Main Street | $30

SILENT SKY is a luminously beautiful and entertaining play by Lauren Gunderson has us looking to the stars with dreams, determination, desire, and humor as it shares the incredible true story of boundary-shattering astronomer Henrietta Leavitt in the 1900’s. Closing weekend! 

Make Believers! A Lit Cabaret and Open Mic
7:30:930pm | Cafe Anna at Vermont College of Fine Arts, 36 College Hall

Storytellers! Poets! Performers! Friends! Montpelier’s newest lit event is back.

- 7:30 PM at VCFA's Cafe Anna. Street parking around the VCFA green.
- Open mic sign-up is from 7:30 to 8:30 at the door. Slots are 5 minutes max; headliner acts are showcased between lineups. Show starts around 7:50
- Free entry, drinks at the bar
- All ages welcome, but performances may contain adultish content

Make Believers! is a monthly literary performance series in central Vermont. Part cabaret and part open mic, Make Believers! invites writers and artists of all stripes to bring writing to life. Intrepid open micers and showstopping headliners have free reign to share the words they love however they like. It's a night of surprise, laughter, obsession, fervor, and encouragement. All are welcome—all genres, ages, colors, and identities. Come show your stuff, or just come on by.

CROPDUSTER at Charlie-O's
9pm | Charlie-O's World Famous, 70 Main Street 

Rock originals and covers, live at Charlie-O's.

Saturday, May 5th 

Montpelier Kiwanis Club All-You-Can-Eat Breakfast
kiwanis pancake character7-11am | Boutwell Masonic Center, 288 Gallison Hill Road, Montpelier
Tickets: $8 adults, $4 children under 12

Money raised sends Central Vermont children to summer camp!
Contact Jim Mullally:

Montpelier Bike Swap Presented by Onion River Outdoors
9am-12pm | Langdon Street 

image002Get ready for everyone's favorite Central Vermont event: The Annual Montpelier Bike Swap! That's right, it's back and better than ever. Onion River OUTDOORS is kicking off Cinco de Mayo at the usual spot on Langdon Street and we invite you to check out the new store and join us for the familiar, family-friendly fun at our one-day consignment sale. We'll be accepting bikes (all wheel sizes: kids' balance bikes all the way up to the largest adult bikes, including fat bikes!), trikes, jogging strollers, bike trailers, and trail-a-bikes from Sunday, April 29th through Friday evening, May 4th.

Granite City Group Fitness Open House
9am-12pm | Granite City Group Fitness, 54 Main Street

Granite City Group Fitness is offering some awesome classes and deals for Mayfest! *Introduction to SPINNING class (First class free, $12 drop ins register on MindBody) from 10:00-10:45am. *Open House 9:00-12:00 (come see the studio, get more information about services and pricing, or try an introductory SPINNING class! 20% off punchcards all weekend. 

Capital City Farmer's Market
9am-1pm | State Street

_PER0179Over 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! 

Green Up Day 5 2 15-1If 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.

Capital City Classic Ultimate Frisbee Tournament: Boys Division
9am-3pm | Montpelier High School

CCC Disc Hi res-2Enjoy watching ultimate Frisbee teams from around New England as they gather to compete for the tournament title. A concession stand will be open on site.

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!

Pilates Day 2018 at Essential Physical Therapy and Pilates
11am-1pm | 81 River Street, Ste. 201

539128_384786551551608_291724957_nEssential Physical Therapy & Pilates will be hosting an Open House in honor of Pilates Day 2018. Come join us to celebrate and learn about Pilates, both current and new clients are welcome.
The Open House will begin with our first Intro to Pilates session, a new 30 minute class we have created for clients who are brand new to the Reformer. There will then be some time to ask questions, find out about signing up for classes, and watch a short demo. The Open House will finish with a Free Mat Class open to all. There will be light refreshments and attendees will receive a code for 10% off their next Pilates purchase! Find out more on our website

11:00-11:30am Intro to Pilates*
11:30am-12:30pm Open House
12:30-1:00pm Free Mat Class

*Space limited, pre-registration encouraged on Mindbody, $13/person.

Julio’s Cantina Cinco de Mayo Celebration
11AM to 10PM | Julio's Cantina, 54 State Street

Great food and fun, Margarita Specials, Tee shirts and other great swag to giveaway between 5 and 9pm.

All Species Day Mask Making Workshop for Kids
1-3pm | Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main Street. 

On Saturday, May 5th from 1-3 PM the Art Resource Association is celebrating Montpelier’s Mayfest and All Species Day with a free All Species Day mask making workshop for kids age 7- 13. Bring your idea along  for some special animal, plant or any other  All Species Day likeness  you like to create from the natural world  to the East Montpelier Room at the Kellogg Hubbard Library. Facilitator Linda Hogan will help you make your mask. Supplies are provided and enrollment is limited to 15. To sign up email Linda Hogan:

3-9pm | Langdon Street

29665218_1600098390044680_5493072136399650058_oThree 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.

Papa Greybeard & Friends at Charlie-O's
6-8pm | Charlie O's World Famous, 70 Main Street

Papa Greybeard plays all the best from the 60s and 70s and has a bunch of special guest musicians to join him!

Cinco De Mayo Celebration and Early Bird Dinner
6-8pm | Montpelier Elks Lodge #924, 203 Country Club Road

Join us to celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a full taco bar. It will be loaded with all the favorite taco fixings. There will be giveaways and drink specials. Hope to see you there!! $10/adult and $5/ kids 12 & under.... Early Bird members are free

Lost Nation Theater's 'Silent Sky'
7:30pm | City Hall Arts Center, 39 Main Street | $30

SILENT SKY is a luminously beautiful and entertaining play by Lauren Gunderson has us looking to the stars with dreams, determination, desire, and humor as it shares the incredible true story of boundary-shattering astronomer Henrietta Leavitt in the 1900’s. Closing weekend! 

Cinco de Mayo Dance Party at deMena's
8-11pm | deMena's, 44 Main Street, 2nd Floor

Join us in celebrating Cinco de Mayo with a dance party!!

Sweet Melissa's is Going Mad!
9pm | Sweet Melissa's, 4 Langdon Street

MadMan & Me creates sonic pulsations to take you on flights of exploratory fancy and full-body dancing abandon. Our progressive electronic sounds will keep you on the dance floor all night long. Complete with a customized projected backdrop and light show, MadMan & Me delivers unique sounds of the Synthesizer, Chapman stick and non-stop danceable percussion beats and unforgettable Vocals. MadMan & Me can often be seen with Special guests delivering additional musical flavors of African Drums, Vocals, horns or Slam Poetry, allowing each show to be unique in its own.

Funk Shui at Charlie-O's
9:30pm-12:30am | Charlie-O's World Famous, 70 Main Street

It's Mayfest in Montpelier and the party continues into the night with Funk Shui! Funk at it's best!

Sunday, May 6th 

Capital City Classic Ultimate Frisbee Tournament: Girls Division
9am-3pm | Montpelier High School

Enjoy watching ultimate Frisbee teams from around New England as they gather to compete for the tournament title. A concession stand will be open on site.

All Species Day and Spring Pageant!
1-4pm | Hubbard Park/State House Lawn

_PER1294The 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. ADDITIONAL FAMILY FRIENDLY EVENTS THROUGHOUT THE WEEKEND - SEE WEBSITE FOR DETAILS! 

Lost Nation Theater's 'Silent Sky'
2pm | City Hall Arts Center, 39 Main Street | $25

SILENT SKY is a luminously beautiful and entertaining play by Lauren Gunderson has us looking to the stars with dreams, determination, desire, and humor as it shares the incredible true story of boundary-shattering astronomer Henrietta Leavitt in the 1900’s. Closing weekend!

Jewish Literary Series: Jack Mayer
6-7:30pm | Beth Jacob Synagogue, 10 Harrison Ave. 

Award-winning authors of books with Jewish historical themes will be speaking at Beth Jacob this spring. Each talk and/or slide show will include a light supper of salad, bread and cheese and something else. 6-7:30 Free and open to the public. Vermont author and pediatrician Jack Mayer has written essays, poems, and short stories about his practice and hiking Vermont's Long Trail.

Montpelier Community Gospel Choir: Be Blessed! 
7-8:30pm | Bethany Church, 115 Main Street

With special guest artist Lloyd Dugger. John Harrison, artistic director. Admission by donation at the door.
Performing gospel music from and inspired by the African-American tradition. This secular community choir with members from across central and northern Vermont strives to celebrate and honor gospel’s rich native choral heritage, and its power to move people spiritually and to create a profound sense of community.