Festivals and Events
The Capital City loves a celebration!
Montpelier is a vibrant community with a very full festival and event calendar. Below is a general list of events hosted in Montpelier annually so you can get an idea of what we are like. For more event listings, visit the community calendar and individual event pages on this site.
Farmers Night Concerts at the State House
January-April 7:30 PM Wednesdays
Spice on Snow
Last weekend in January
Ice on Fire
Late January/Early February
Montpelier Alive's Art Walk, presented by Magic Hat
First Friday in February, May, September, December; also Thursday, June 6, 2019
Parent Child Dance
Cabin Fever Sale
Green Mountain Film Festival
Saturday near Easter
Lost Nation Theater season
Muddy Onion Spring Classic Gravel Grinder
MayFest in Downtown Montpelier
First weekend in May
Outdoor Farmers Market
May through October, Saturdays 9am - 1pm
June and July
Montpelier Alive's July 3rd
Do Good Fest
Second weekend in July
Hunger Mountain Brown Bag Concert Series
Thursdays at noon, August and September
Montpelier Aive's Moonlight Madness, powered by VCSECU
Third Friday in October
Downtown Trick or Treating
Montpelier Alive's Flannel Friday
Friday after Thanksgiving
Montpelier Alive's Cider Monday
Monday after Thanksgiving
Montpelier Alive's Home for the Holidays
Skating on the State House Lawn
New Years Eve in Downtown Montpelier
Montpelier Alive is fortunate to be generously underwritten by our Downtown Champions National Life and VSECU. Due to the support of local companies like these, and others, almost all Montpelier Alive events are free of charge, and we are always adding events to the calendar.
We have many volunteer opportunities assisting our staff with event planning and production. If you are interested in volunteering, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
See you downtown!
Planning an Event Downtown?
Great choice! Downtown Montpelier is a wonderful place to hold your event, and we can help make your event a success. We offer technical support, funding opportunities, and other resources. Please consult our Downtown Events Guide for more information.
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.
It's long been tradition to celebrate Independence Day on July 3rd in the Capital City each year. With the State House Lawn as a backdrop, festival-goers enjoy a day packed with family activities, the best parade in Vermont, more than 35 food and craft vendors, live music, dance performances, and don't forget the fireworks! Some say it's the best day of the year in Montpelier, Vermont.
ArtsFest is a two-day event on June 5th and 6th 2019 designed to exhibit the vast and diverse artistic talent in Central Vermont and a chance for seasoned and emerging artists to showcase their talents.
Learn about all the great upcoming events around town.
So much happens the first weekend in May that we dubbed it Mayfest! Montpelier is alive with more than eighteen annual events taking place, including, on Saturday, the opening day of the Capital City Farmers' Market, the Onion River Bike Swap, Three Penny Taproom's anniversary party called Montbeelier, and lots more. The All Species Day parade, a favorite for locals of all ages, is not to be missed on Sunday.
A fun lunchtime concert series in Christ Church Courtyard every Thursday in August and September.
Green Up Day, the first Saturday in May, is a special day in Vermont when thousands of volunteers come out in their communities for a massive spring clean up of litter.