2nd Annual Spring Butterfly Stroll on May 14th Kicks Off 2nd Saturdays Summer Season Downtown

Last Updated 5/14/2022in District News, Downtown News

Butterflies, Prizes, Activities, Shopping and More!

Celebrate the Start of Summer Downtown: Shop, Eat, Win & Have Fun!

Join us as we kick-off our 2nd Saturdays Summer Season!

For the 2nd year, Downtown Manchester will celebrate the start of our Summer Downtown with a Spring Butterfly Stroll.  Join us as we celebrate our businesses and our community.  

Spring Stroll

Take a stroll down Main Street to view Spring and Butterfly-Inspired Creations on display in our planters. Local families, businesses and organizations created beautiful spring versions of our fall scarecrow festival. Come on down and vote for your favorite!

Butterflies decorated by local youth and artists will also be displayed in the planters! (It is not too late to decorate your own- Pick up a blank butterfly at WORK_SPACE or Angry Egg.)

Hunt for Butterflies

Explore our Downtown Businesses as you hunt for butterflies! Find the special butterfly and be entered to win a prize!

Spot a tiny butterfly resting on a light post? Feel free to choose your favorite and bring it home! This was a favorite for children last year!

More prize opportunities at the Welcome Tent!

Games, Activities & Craftsf

Green Parking Lot 10am to 2pm

  • Downtown Welcome Tent (maps, prizes, and more!)
  • Butterfly Crafts with the Girl Scouts
  • Boy Scouts
  • Lutz Museum: Meet Chuckles the Mascot & Butterfly Photo Opportunity
  • Relay for Life: Games
  • Manchester Garden Club: Learn about Pollinators
    Little Theatre of Manchester
    CAST Children's Theatre
    Cruisin' on Main
  • Down Syndrome Association of CT
    Manchester Adult & Continuing Education & The Wheel of Prizes
  • More coming soon!

Mary Cheney Library

Adult/Teen Take and Make Butterfly Feeder Craft
Get a Library Card!

Downtown Businesses

  • Foran's Nutrition: Butterfly Craft
  • Silk City Coffee:  Selfie Spot
       Giant Monarch painted on Silk will be auctioned off to benefit The Underground and survivors of trafficking 
  • Frog & Fable Antiques; $5 Face Painting
  • Sweet Pepper & Manchester Cheesecake Co: Butterfly Origami Craft
  • WORK_SPACE:  Gallery Exhibit, Art of Pride
  •       Selfie Spot  : Put on our butterfly wings (Adult, child, dog) and snap a selfie!
          2pm Drag Queen Roundtable (ages 16+)
  • Outside WORK_SPACE: Live Music with Imagine Main Street

  • The Firestone : Face Painting

Shop Til You Drop!

The Market at 1115 Main 10am to 4pm : Large outdoor market featuring local artisans!

Downtown Roots: Limited-Time Spring Flower Boards

Grateful Headshop: 10% Off Storewide 12pm to 8pm

Special Menu Items

Angry Egg Cafe: Buttefly Tea

Foran's Nutrition: Butterfly Combo Special

Silk City Coffee: Butterfly Cookies


Free Summer Totes & Chances to Win

Be sure to start your day by visiting the Downtown Welcome Tent in the Green Lot.  The first 100 guests (beginning at 10am) will receive a free Summer 2022 tote bag! One lucky bag will have a prize certificate inside!

While you are there, pick up a map and learn about other ways to win as you shop, eat and hunt for butterflies!

View all the ways to win!

Thank you to our Generous Sponsors!

Our summer events are made possible by generous donations from our sponsors. 

John Boyle Decorating Center - Official Butterfly Stroll Sponsor

All The Details


The Green Lot Activities are 10am to 2pm

The Firestone's Market at 1115 Main is 10am to 4pm

Activities, crafts, and specials at businesses may vary.


Downtown Manchester! You will want to be sure to plan to start at the Welcome Tent which will be located in the Green Lot on the corner of Main and Forest Street.


You can park for FREE in any public (color-coded) parking lot. 

Lots can be accessed from Bissell Street, Birch Street, Oak Street and Maple Street.

Join us Downtown All Summer Long

Be sure to plan to join us Downtown all summer long on the 2nd Saturday of each month! Businesses will be hosting pop-up shops, sales, specials and more each month. Watch this page, or subscribe to WHAT'S UP DOWNTOWN to view the monthly details.

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