Summer Events Downtown

Last Updated 2/27/2023Posted in District News, Downtown News

2nd Saturdays All Summer Long

Join us downtown for 2nd Saturdays all summer long! Each month businesses will host activities, pop-up markets and sales! Follow us on Facebook or Instagram for updates. Each month a map will be published online! 

Monthly Happenings
WORK_SPACE Open House 
Gallery Exhibit, Live Art & Gallery Shop
2nd Saturdays 10am to 2pm

Live Music at WORK_SPACE
Local musicians organized by Imagine Main Street
2nd Saturdays 10am to 2pm

The Market at 1115 Main Street
Pop-Up Market of 30+ Local Artisans
Hosted at The Firestone | Art Studio & Cafe
FREE Face Painting & Crafts
2nd Saturdays & 2nd Sundays 10am to 4pm

Additional events are hosted each month! See you downtown!

The Off Main Experience: Thursdays in July

The Off-Main Experience launched last year, is returning again to Purnell Place on Thursdays throughout July from 5:00PM-8:00PM (July 7, July 14, July 21, July 28). Off-Main Experience is a collaboration between two of Connecticut’s placemaking experts, RiseUP for Arts and Blue Haus Group along with the Downtown Manchester Special Service District.

Through the generous support of local Realtor, Greg Conway of Coldwell Banker, Town of Manchester, and Key Bank, Off-Main will again activate Purnell Place as a pedestrian friendly, open market with live music, permanent and temporary art installations, local small business vendors, and fun activities. This year’s vendors will include newcomers Barnard Home Crafters and Carnista Art as well as favorites from last year including Brown Butter Creations and Crafted to a T.

The Experience will be hosted by the high-energy emcee, Joey Batts, and live music from Broad Brook Ramblers, Evelyn Dillon and Friends, and more!

Just up the street, WORK_SPACE will be holding Open Gallery hours. Stop by and view The Art of Recovery Exhibit!

If you are a vendor, musician, or artist and would like to participate in the Experience, please email [email protected].

Beller's Concert Series in the Park

Each year the Beller's Concert Series brings musical entertainment to Downtown Manchester. Join us on Thursday evenings, beginning July 14th, at 6:00 PM each week.

 Bring your whole family to this concert for inspiration, and enjoy an evening of fine orchestral music. Bring your lawn chairs and picnic dinner or take out from one of our fabulous Downtown restaurants.  Sponsored by Beller’s Music and Downtown Arts and Culture.  There is no rain date. For info: 860 649-2036

July 14, Manchester Symphony Orchestra & Chorale

Jul 21, Beatle Al's Magical History Tour

July 28, New City Road

August 4, Silk City Strays  

August 11 The Night Shakers 

Special One-Day Events

Theatre in the Park, Friday, July 22nd
CAST children's theatre performs "Seussical, Jr." 
Mini-Workshop for ages 5-18 to follow the performance!

Manchester Comic & Toy Convention, July 24th
in the Army & Navy Club, 10am to 3pm

Cruisin' on Main, Sunday, August 7th
Cruisin' on Main is one of the longest running and largest classic car shows in New England! Join us downtown to view classic cars - and so much more! It is fun for the whole family!

Silk City Fest, Saturday, August 27th
Art FUD once again brings Silk City Fest back to Downtown Manchester's Purnell Lot.  Live Music, Food Trucks, Vendors, Art, Games and more!

Make the Most of Your Visit

Plan to visit our local shops and restaurants during your visit.

See other tips to make the most of your visit and check out our parking information. Parking in the off-street lots is FREE every Saturday all summer long!

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