As the capital of Vermont, Montpelier (pronounced mont-peel-yer) is the site of the Vermont State House, seat of the legislative branch of Vermont government. By population, it is the smallest state capital in the United States. Montpelier is also home to the Vermont History Museum and Vermont College of Fine Arts.
Montpelier is located in a picturesque valley along the Winooski River in Central Vermont and is very accessible by car, train, and air. Located on the I-89 Interstate, Montpelier can be reached from both Boston and Montreal in less than 3 hours.
Industry in Montpelier, Vermont
Since the city's establishment as capital in 1805, the primary business in Montpelier has been government, and by the mid-nineteenth century government and life and fire insurance. Today, Montpelier is home to the New England Culinary Institute, the annual Green Mountain Film Festival, and the headquarters of several insurance companies. The majority of businesses in the downtown area are locally owned.
An annual local vernacular culture phenomenon, the Valentine Bandit, a tradition of covering downtown storefronts and public buildings with red hearts each February 14, began in Montpelier in the 1990s.
Everyone is invited to join the Montpelier Parks Department for their annual summer music series, Parkapalooza! Parkapalooza concerts feature music from great local bands every third Saturday of the month throughout summer, starting June 15th and going until September 21st. Concerts are held by the Old Shelter in Hubbard Park, where delicious food from a local vendor will also be served. Around the concert, various activities will be held including a giant slip n' slide, activities for kids, and a skill swap featuring local crafters and artisans. Tickets will be available the morning before the concert at the Montpelier Farmer's Market and then at the gates of Hubbard Park when the concert starts at 3:00pm. Ticket costs will be $5.00 for adults; $3.00 for children (children under 5 are free). Campsites can be reserved ahead of time for $10.00 by calling (802) 223-7335; if any campsites are left over, they will be available for $15.00 the day of each concert.
Saturday, July 20, 2019 10:00 AM 5:00 PM Kindreds: Tangible and Ineffable Kate Emlen and Amanda Nichols Painting and ceramics share the stage in this unique pairing of porcelain and paint. Opening Reception June 28th from 5-8pm Exhibit open Friday and Saturday June 29th-August 25th 10am-5pm The Garage Cultural Center
Join Vermont author Dr. Sharon Lamb, a professor of counseling psychology at UMass Boston, for a reading and talk about her new book, "The Not Good Enough Mother," about a psychologist who evaluates the fitness of parents when their children have been removed from their custody who finds herself reassessing her own mothering when her son falls victim to the opioid crisis. "An honest look at how society judges parents, mothers in particular, that deserves a wide audience.” —Booklist, Starred Review. Dr. Lamb will be joined by Linda Johnson of Prevent Child Abuse Vermont for a talk on the opioid crisis and how it affects families and children. With Q&A, book signing, and refreshments. Free and open to the public.