Montpelier Mayfest

Celebrate Spring during Montpelier Mayfest!

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.

Find all of your event information right here. 
Friday, May 5th
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Spring Art Walk 
4:00 pm-8:00 pm
Downtown Montpelier

Montpelier's local shops and boutiques transform into pop-up art galleries featuring some of our most talented local artist's work in a variety of mediums. Enjoy lovely Spring weather while strolling Montpelier's historic district. More information
Cinco de Mayo
Julio's Cantina
54 State Street
All day!

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in downtown Montpelier with $6.95 Cadillac margaritas, great food and TONS of giveaways!
More information
Smuttynose Brewing Tasting at Yankee Wine & Spirits
126 Main Street
4 pm-6 pm

Smuttynose Brewing Company will be in the house from, offering free tastes of Rhye IPA, Finest Kind IPA, Old Brown Dog, Blackbery Ale and Shortweisse.  Drop by, sample a few and see what you like best.

David Budbill's Judevine
Lost Nation Theater
30 Main Street
7:30 pm Thu/Fri/Sat; and 2 pm Sat/Sun thru May 7

A poetic, funny, and earthy portrait of rural Vermont by David Budbill. Judevine comes home in a stellar show at Lost Nation Theater. This tribute to Vermont depicts ordinary people in a town called "Judevine", a poor town of incredible beauty & hardship. By turns raucous & bawdy, delicate & painful, funny, loving & angry, it reveals the survival strength in the oppressed & hurt.  A tribute to the real Vermont - the one that still exits on her gritty back roads- as seen thru the eyes of one of her best poets.

 This will be the 10th Anniversary of LNT's original Judevine Production. LNT performs it in honor & in memory of David, who recently passed. More information.

Saturday, May 6th

Kiwanis All-You-Can-Eat Breakfast
7:00 am-11:30 am

Boutwell Masonic Center – Gallison Hill Road

The ALL YOU CAN EAT BREAKFAST features French toast, pancakes, sausage, eggs, toast, coffee, milk.   Kiwanis “Serving the Community” enables the organization to continue its programs and funding for community services and programs for children. Tickets are available at the door or with any Kiwanian.  
Adult - $7.00 and Child Under 12 - $4.00
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Orchard Valley Waldorf School's Sweet n. Savory Pie Brunch​
10:30 am-12:30 pm
Unitarian Church, 
130 Main Street, Montpelier

Bring your friends and family to eat pie!

Click here for more information; or call 802-456-7400


Opening Day of The Capital City Farmers’ Market
9 am-1 pm
60 State Street

The first outdoor Market of the year! Get all your local foods from the market's 50+ farmers, food producers, and craftspeople. You'll find a full marketplace of artisanal goat and cow cheeses, grass-fed beef, free-range chicken, maple syrup, flowers, vegetable and flower starts, and crafts, plus much more.  Find foods from all over the world, to eat at market or bring home to enjoy. EBT and Debit cards welcome. More information.

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Green Up Day!
9 am-1 pm
State Street 

 Help keep our city beautiful! Come down to the Capital City Farmers' Market and visit the Green Up Day table hosted by Montpelier Alive. Volunteers will get trash and recycling bags, assigned a city location for clean up and a whole page of coupons good for discounts and free gifts all around town. Coupons pages are only for our green up volunteers! Volunteers are welcome to clean up trash any time over the weekend and leave bags curbside in city limits. Our wonderful DPW will remove all bags on Monday! 
Congrats to 2017 Overall Poster Design Contest Winner: Hope Petraro, Grade 9, from here in Montpelier!
Capital City Classic (1)
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Capital City Classic Ultimate Tournament 
Saturday, May 7th & Sunday May 8th
9:00 am-4:00 pm
Montpelier High School, 5 High School Drive

High School ultimate teams from around New England gather to compete for the tournament title right here in Montpelier.  5/6 is the open division, 5/7 is the girl's division

Come watch Montpelier's team's play the fastest growing sport in Vermont! 
More information.
Yoga at The State House Lawn
Yoga 10:00 am-noon

Start your Green-Up Day off right with Grateful Yoga at the Vermont State House in downtown Montpelier. Previously known as Yoga on State Street, this year we are moving to the steps of the iconic Vermont State House for an incredible outdoor community event.
The event is family friendly, free, includes a live raffle, benefits an excellent cause, and a great way to get involved in the local community. Last year Yoga on State Street hosted over 100 yogis and we are hoping to attract even more this year!

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The Onion River Sports 2017 Bike Swap
Drop off: Friday April 30th-Friday May 5th
Event: Saturday May 6th 9:00 am-12:00 pm
Langdon Street

Dig those old bikes you never ride out of the garage, clean ’em up, and bring them down to Onion River Sports for our annual Bike Swap on Saturday, May 6 from 9 am till noon!Find great bikes for the whole family at bargain prices! Our friendly staff will be on hand to help you choose the perfect new-to-you bike from the HUNDREDS of bicycles in the ORS parking lot (plus bike trailers, baby joggers, tag-a-longs, and more, too!).
Plan to show up early – the best bikes go first, and the line usually starts sometime between 6:30 and 7:30 am. More information

First Annual (hopefully not last)
Montpelier Pedestrian Walk-Scramble  
(Rain Date: May 20th)
Gathering and Finishing Location: In Front of City Hall, 39 Main Street
2 pm 

What is this event in general? A Pedestrian Walk-Scramble is one variety of a Scramble, an event which has taken place in various cities throughout the U.S.  ‘Scrambles’ offer  a unique way to explore a city. Destinations are marked on a map and described on a separate sheet. Your goal is to find as many as you can before time runs out!  Each destination you find will feel like a small thrill, but you may discover that the journey between them is even better; Hidden gems await you. 

How does it work specifically?  Participants will  pick up:  1) Sign Up Sheets  for individual and group participants starting April 20th  up to Scramble.   (Possible  Individual Categories: Youth,  Senior Citizen,  Non Youth- Non Senior Citizen;  Possible Groups:  Family-based;  Occupation-based ;  Friends-based  Youth or Senior Citize n-based and at the beginning of the Scramble   2) a street map of Montpelier and  3)  a list of  Scramble destinations and questions about destinations. Participants will gather by 2 PM in front of City Hall 15 or more  minutes before the race start. More information and Scramble details! Or, find more details at the Kellogg-Hubbard Library Community Table.
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Montbeerlier -- Three Penny Taproom's 8th Anniversary Party
3:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Landgon Street 

Block party on Langdon Street with live music, beer garden including casks and rare beers, freshly made grilled sandwiches. 
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Sunday, May 7th
All Species Day 
Multiple Events Happening Throughout the Day in Montpelier 

More information & full schedule of events

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 1 pm arriving at the Statehouse 2:30 pm for the Birth of Spring Pageant, Maypole dancing and more. Join us in celebrating the interdependence of all of the earth's beauty and bounty.