About Downtown Manchester

There is so much to see and do in our hip, historic Downtown!

Looking for a product or service? Visit one of our locally owned, shops and small businesses.

Feeling hungry? Enjoy a beverage, meal, or light bite at one of our varied food and beverage establishments. 

Ready for some fun? Enjoy a wealth of seasonal special events from the iconic Manchester Road Race to monthly 2nd Saturdays Downtown.

If a little relaxation is what you seek step into our beautiful Center Memorial Park, visit the Mary Cheney Library or just take a leisurely stroll down our walkable Main Street, admire our seasonal planters and discover our quaint side streets.

We hope you will enjoy discovering all Downtown has to offer.

Manchester Cultural District

Downtown Manchester is a vibrant section of the larger Manchester Cultural District. Enjoy visiting museums & art galleries, create your own art, enjoy live music and theatre and more! 

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The Downtown Manchester Special Services District is easily accessible via Exit 3 off of I384 and U.S. Routes 6 & 44.

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Parking Info for Visitors

With nearly 900 FREE parking spaces there is always a space for you Downtown.

Timed Parking

On-street parking has a two-hour limit from 7AM to 5PM Mon. thru Saturday. Downtown public parking lots have a 3-hour limit from 7AM to 5PM Monday thru Friday

Want to stay longer? No problem! You can park in one of our 3 All Day Parking Lots (see map) for free or you can pay $2 for all-day parking in any other colored lot. Be ready to pay-to-stay by downloading the mobile parking app now.

Map of Downtown Parking


You will find a sequence of Pedestrian Wayfinding signs along Downtown sidewalks. These signs have a “You are here” feature, show locations of various Downtown assets, and walk times to key destinations.  You will also find convenient bike racks located on the sidewalk outside many downtown businesses.


Where can I park?

There is plenty of parking downtown! Main Street parking spots are perfect for short trips, while our 7 public parking lots provide plenty of parking for longer stays. See the parking information above for details.

I see that Ct. Transit buses run regularly along Downtown Main St.  Where can I pick up a bus schedule?

You may pick up a CT Transit bus schedule at Town Hall Customer Service Center, 41 Center, Manchester, CT during regular business hours (Mon. thru Fri. 8AM to 5PM) or visit https://www.cttransit.com/

What is the "Downtown District"?

Think of the Downtown District as a "Home Owners Association" for businesses that are within a defined boundary that reaches approximately from Center St. to Hartford Road. As part of this community, the businesses are able to join together in efforts such as maintaining clean parking lots and sidewalks, managing parking, beautification projects, promotional efforts, and group events. The District is governed by a volunteer board of commissioners. The day-to-day operations are handled by the Downtown Manager.

Who organizes the Downtown Events?

Great question! Some downtown events are organized by the District on behalf of the businesses in the district. These typically include 2nd Saturdays Downtown, The Spring Butterfly Stroll, Downtown Scarecrow Festival, Halloween Happenings, and Holiday on Main. Other events are organized by the Town of Manchester or local organizations. These events include Cruisin’ on Main, The Manchester Road Race, Silk City Fest, Beller's Summer Concert Series, and more. View our Annual Events for more information about these annual events.

What can I do Downtown this month?

Check out our calendar to view downtown events. Be sure to subscribe to our e-newsletter, WHAT’S UP DOWNTOWN, for monthly updates and reminders.

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How can I open a business downtown?

The Town fo Manchester's Economic Development Specialist would be happy to help you with your search for the perfect downtown location for your business. For more information check out our Open a Business page.

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Upcoming Downtown Events

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Off Main Experience on Purnell
Aug 15, 2024
5:00 PM EDT
47 Purnell Pl
Manchester, CT 06040
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Drop-In Craft Series
Aug 16, 2024
2:30 PM EDT
586 Main Street
Manchester, CT 06040
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Silk City Board Game group
Aug 17, 2024
12:00 PM EDT
586 Main Street
Manchester, CT 06040
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