The Downtown Rutland Partnership holds a number of annual events throughout the year. Below is an average timeline of all the great things downtown has to offer!


Friday Night Concert Series – FREE

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A free, outdoor concert series that takes place on Center Street throughout July. The street closes down and local businesses and vendor set up outside. This fun and casual series draws the community together to enjoy music, outdoor dining, shopping, children’s activities and more. The “Pit” parking lot on the corner of Center & Wales Streets transforms into a unique, amphitheater-like concert venue, with great acoustics.

This past summer of 2016 we were host to Taylor Hicks, 2006 American Idol Winner, Lou Gramm, The Original Voice of Foreigner and Badfish: A Tribute to Sublime.

Thanks to our 2016 sponsors: VELCO, Merchants Bank, OMYA, FairPoint Communications, Angry Orchard Hard Cider, and Samuel Adams


Sidewalk Sales

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The end of July and start of August has marked the Annual Sidewalk Sales for years. This 2-day open-air market spans from lower Center Street around the corner to Merchants Row, drawing out sale tents and outdoor dining from businesses along the way. Saturday features a variety of family entertainment as well as local artists, crafters, food vendors and live music from area musicians and the Rutland Mini Maker Faire, which showcases dozens of makers, crafters, inventors, and entrepreneurs.

At the 2016 event we featured Sawyer Fredericks, 2015 Winner of The Voice.

Thanks to our 2016 sponsors: Rutland Regional Medical Center


Hops on Top: Craft & Micro Brew Festival

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Starting in 2015, this event was a fun and new event for downtown, taking place on the top of the LAZ Parking Garage on West Street. Taste a variety of area brews, listen to live music, graze on delicious snacks, and take in great views of the city with some friends!

Thank you to our 2016 sponsors: Engineering Services of Vermont, LLC, People’s United Bank and LAZ Parking





Holiday Evening Shopping Nights

During the busy holiday season, many of the businesses throughout downtown stay open later on select nights to accommodate your shopping needs. This season’s dates are Thursday, December 15 & 22, 2016 until 8 PM.

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2016 Holiday Season sponsored by: Heritage Family Credit Union



Santa’s Arrival & Tree Lighting

Don’t miss Santa as he visits us in Downtown every winter and helps to light the tree in Depot Park. Enjoy a night of caroling, hot chocolate, goodies, and the opportunity to meet & greet Santa following the tree lighting. This is a wonderful community event that helps to kick off the holiday season. Plus the double feature movies start at 7 PM at The Paramount!  Save the date for Saturday, November 26, 2016 at 6:30 PM!

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2016 Holiday Season sponsored by: Heritage Family Credit Union
Event sponsor: Price Chopper



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November 26, 2016

Support your local downtown shops, restaurants and venues this holiday season. You’ll find a huge variety of gift options that are one-of-a-kind and fit for practically everyone on your list. Avoid those big crowds and get a personalized, friendly shopping experience!

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Movie Series

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Downtown Rutland offers a summer and winter movie series at the Paramount Theatre. Admission is free! For a full listing of events, including these series, visit

Winter 2016 movies schedule:
Saturday, November 26, 7:00 PM* – Double feature: A Chipmunk Christmas & A Charlie Brown Christmas (*Note earlier time)
Tuesday, December 13, 7:30 PM – Scrooged
Tuesday, December 20, 7:30 PM – Elf
Tuesdsay, December 27, 7:30 PM – The Mighty Ducks

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Brought to you in part by The Paramount Theatre and Downtown Rutland Partnership
Presented by Catamount Radio, Same Sun of Vermont, McDonald’s, Green Mountain Car Rental, and Toolcraft Truck Rental
Sponsored by Price Chopper