Music & Nightlife
Montpelier is a hot-spot for music and fun that will keep you dancing and singing into the night. Whether you are enjoying classical chamber music performed by some of the world's finest musicians, or a honky-tonk band in a downtown dive bar, you're sure to have an amazing time in the Cultural Capital.
Capital City Concerts
Capital City Concerts presents classical chamber music concerts performed by some of the world's finest musicians, in collaboration with outstanding Vermont artists. Performers have included The Paris Piano Trio, the Borromeo, Talich, and Ying String Quartets, violinists Jaime Laredo, Laurie Smukler, and Eugene Drucker from the Emerson String Quartet. Founded in 2000 by Grammy-nominated flutist Karen Kevra, we bring the passion and beauty of classical music combined with the warmth of our audience to Montpelier, the heart of Vermont. The primary venue for most concerts is the acoustically-superior sanctuary of the Unitarian Church of Montpelier.
Farmers Night Concert Series
Vermont State House Montpelier, VT 05602
The Farmers Night Concert Series is a longstanding State House tradition. Artists from around the state, in genres ranging from classical music to bluegrass to barbershop, perform in the well of the House Chamber each Wednesday night during the legislative session, January-April. All performances are Wednesday evenings at 7:30 pm in the House Chamber.
✳ Montpelier Chamber Orchestra
The mission of the Montpelier Chamber Orchestra is to inspire and enrich Central Vermont musicians and audiences of all ages through performances of new and traditional chamber orchestra repertory. From its beginning, the Montpelier Chamber Orchestra has offered performing opportunities for talented string players in the Central Vermont area. The MCO has grown from a small committed group of 12 string players to a full chamber orchestra. In addition to works from the standard repertoire, the MCO has performed new works by Vermont composers and others, including Michael Close, David Gunn, Dennis Bathory-Kitsz, Gwyneth Walker and Mary Lou Newmark. Visit the MSO website to learn more about their performance schedule.
Hunger Mountain Coop Brown Bag Concert Series
Montpelier Alive presents the Hunger Mountain Coop Brown Bag Concert Series, offering a wide variety of performers from Vermont and across the nation. Grab your lunch to go from one of Montpelier's excellent restaurants and bring it to the concert for a toe-tapping time. These concerts take place on summer Thursdays at noon. Check the website for the latest schedule.
- Charlie O’s World Famous: Live music, billiards, karaoke. 70 Main Street, Montpelier, VT 05602, 802-223-6920
- Positive Pie: Live music, extensive pizza & menus, full bar, craft beers. 22 State Street, Montpelier, VT 05602, 802-229-0453
- Three Penny Taproom: Live music, craft beer, pub menu, full bar. 108 Main Street, Montpelier, VT 05602, 802-223-8177