Montpelier Mayfest

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Celebrate Spring during Montpelier Mayfest!
May 3, 4, and 5 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.

  1. Friday, May 3rd
  2. Saturday, May 4th
  3. Sunday, May 5th

Friday, May 3rd

Growing Neighborhoods Tree Planting
1-4pm | See below for location info 
Want to learn how to grow a neighborhood forest? Over four years the Montpelier Tree Board has concentrated our tree planting efforts on several neighborhoods. While we continue to plant trees downtown, we believe the results of this “growing neighborhoods” initiative can more quickly improve the health of our trees and our well-being. Join Tree Board members and local volunteers in this neighborhood tree planting effort; we would love to “grow neighborhoods” with you! If you would like to be involved in tree plantings, sign up for volunteer alerts at

Montpelier Alive's Art Walk, presented by Magic Hat
4-8pm | Throughout Downtown Montpelier

ArtWalklogo-magichat-2019Enjoy the local art! 30 art exhibits spread all over town! 

Montpelier Alive's Art Walk, presented by Magic Hat, showcases works of Central Vermont artists at locations across the city. Voted Best Arts Festival 2012, 2013, 2014, & 2015 in Times Argus Best of the Best Reader's Poll. "ArtWalk is a great way to experience Montpelier, see beautiful art, and visit wonderful shops and cafés. Try it!" -Eve, 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 venues.

The Garage Cultural Center's Grand Opening Celebration with the UNbound Sculpture and Art Show
5-8pm | The Garage Cultural Center, 58 State Street

The Garage Cultural Center presents their first art exhibition in this newly renovated historical building located in downtown Montpelier. The show titled, “UNBound! 4 Women Sculptures Let Loose!” is a bold new direction of innovative work by Vermont-based artists Hasso Ewing, Sande French-Stockwell, Amber Geneva, and SXC.  

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 Lost Nation Theater

Lost Nation Theater's 'The Turn of the Screw'
7:30pm | City Hall Arts Center, 39 Main Street | $10-$36

Riveting…leaves audiences on the edge of their seats” - NY Times. A young governess journeys to a lonely English manor house to care for two recently orphaned children. She starts to see ghosts of former governesses haunting them. Are the ghosts real or a product of her imagination? Hatcher’s ingenious use of just two actors accentuates a feeling of the Governess against the world!

Live Music: People Like You
9pm-12:30am | Charlie-O's World Famous, 70 Main Street | No Cover

People Like You is a freewheelin' freak folk traveling circus band that creates rifts in the fabric of space and time. "Music for the people, by the people, with no specific people in mind." -Chris Hislop, The EDGE. The shows are amusing to say the least and an open invitation for everyday people, the freakers, and the funkies to get down in the dirt and get a little strange with each other.

Capital City Reggae Night
10pm | Positive Pie, 22 State Street

The best in Afrobeat, roots, and reggae music. Featuring satta Sound and special guests. Live dub and dance hall vibes. Live singers and open mic dub session.