Halloween Happenings on Main Street

Join us on Saturday, October 23rd, for some costumed fun!

Downtown Safe Trick or Treat
11:30am to 1pm
Downtown businesses will be handing out candy OUTDOORS this year. There will be no need to enter businesses. We ask that you respect the personal space of others on the street as we work to keep everyone safe.

The Shops at the Mall at 811 Main will be giving out a take-and-make pumpkin decorating craft!



Mutts on Main: Bark in the Park
Presented by: Manchester Adult & Continuing Education
1pm to 3pm
Pup Parade, Pet Vendors, Adoptions, Prizes & More
Dog related businesses and vendors interested in participating should contact Tamaras@mpspride.org


October 2nd Saturday Downtown & YOUTHFEST 2021

Our final 2nd Saturday Downtown of the season will be held on October 9th, and we have a LOT going on!

Launch of Downtown Scarecrow Festival
October 9th is the official first day of our annual Downtown Scarecrow Festival! Come downtown to view scarecrows created by local individuals, families, groups and businesses! If you have a smartphone, bring it along! This year there will be interactive QR codes that will tell you the story behind the scarecrows!



Downtown Outdoor Markets
8-12:30 MACC Farmer’s Market
10-1 Downtown Vendor Market
10-4 The Market at 1115 Main

YOUTHFEST 2021 by Imagine Main Street
10am to 1pm
Come down and celebrate our youth!

  • Youth Art-Vendors
  • Performances by local studios and schools (dance, music, theatre)
  • Information about local services available to youth in our community

CHR Foster Care Awareness
Join us to learn about the foster care program at CHR. As we celebrate our youth, it is a great opportunity to learn how we can support our children at their most vulnerable times.



September 2nd Saturday Downtown

Our next 2nd Saturday Downtown event is this weekend!

Don’t miss this chance to come down to eat, shop and learn! This month only there will be an evening concert series by Imagine Main Street!

Join us for a 2nd Saturday Downtown on September 11, 2021

Our theme for this month is: “Recovery Rocks: Celebrating National Addiction Recovery Awareness Month.” We are excited to host a variety of local organizations that provide addiction recovery support in our area. Recovery IS possible and there is hope! We will be joined by:

8am to 12:30pm MACC Farmer’s Market in the Forest St. Parking Lot

10am to 1pm  Downtown Outdoor Market in the Forest St. Parking Lot

20 Local Artists and Artisans!

10am to 4pm The Market at 115 Main hosted by The Firestone Art Studio & Cafe

20 Local Artists and Artisans!

10am to 2pm Open House at WORK_SPACE

Gallery Viewing, Co-Working Space Tours & Live Art Demonstration

10-1 Live Music

by Imagine Main Street buskers along the sidewalks

4pm to 8pm Imagine Main Street Songwriter’s Concert

Imagine Main Street Presents:
Saturday, September 11th from 4pm to 8pm. An evening of original music being writtten right here in the Greater Manchester Area! A family friendly event.

September Commissioner Meeting Goes Virtual

The September Board of Commissioners Meeting will be held via ZOOM on Wednesday, 9/8, at 8am.

Please email Joy at dmssd@manchesterct.gov for the Zoom access.

Downtown Manchester Scarecrow Festival — A Call to Artists!

Are you ready to create a scarecrow for our Downtown Manchester Scarecrow Festival? We hope so!

Everyone is invited to participate — Businesses, Clubs, Schools, Non-Profits and Families and Individuals!

This year we have added a special twist – which comes along with special prizes! We are encouraging artists to create scarecrows for our theme – “Undercover Heroes.”

We are challenging you to line Main Street with heroes! We encourage you to be creative as you consider this theme—and consider your hero’s undercover identity.  It is, after all, a time for costumes and disguises!

What type of problem can your hero solve? What superpowers are needed? How can you represent your club/business/family with a hero? We can’t wait to find out!

Hero scarecrows will be entered into a judging for special prizes including “Best in Theme by a Group or Business” and “Best in Theme by an Individual or Family.”

Exciting Updates:

  • Special Theme Challenge
  • More Prizes!
  • Tell Your Story with Words and Video!
  • Business/Group Recognition & Promotion Online

Ready to learn more?  CLICK HERE! to read all about the Scarecrow Festival!

Your registration must be received by 9/28.

This year we are asking everyone to register online : CLICK HERE to register.


Job Posting: Downtown Constable

The Downtown District is currently accepting applications for a part-time parking constable.  The position will remain open until filled.



August 2nd Saturday Downtown

Join us for a 2nd Saturday Downtown on August 14th!

This month we will be Celebrating Inclusivity as we partner with various local organizations that support adults and individuals with disabilities. You will have an opportunity to learn more about each organization, as well as how you can better include and support others in your community. (All while completing our challenge and entering to win a prize!)

8am to 12:30pm MACC Farmer’s Market in the Forest St. Parking Lot

10am to 1pm  Downtown Outdoor Market in the Forest St. Parking Lot

Art by Raven
Black Birch Candle Co.
Blue Hydrangea
Fox & Gem
Helping Hands for Tranquility
Light Encounters
Love, Adelae Ceramics
Markham Planting Co.
Misty Blu
Red Cape Hard Goods
Saffron Lady
Soaps for Days
Thread by Thread Boutique
Wilson Ministrie
Crafted 2 a T
The Candle Collaborative
The Megs Artisans

10am to 4pm The Market at 115 Main hosted by The Firestone Art Studio & Cafe

20 Local Artists and Artisans!

10am to 2pm Open House at WORK_SPACE

Gallery Viewing, Co-Working Space Tours & Live Art Demonstration

Live Music

by Imagine Main Street buskers along the sidewalks

Celebrating Inclusivity of Adults with Disabilities

Join us to celebrate and learn about the organizations that serve adults with unique needs and challenges. You will have an opportunity to complete our gameboard by visiting each booth to complete a small challenge. Then, you can enter to win a Downtown gift certificate!


Have you signed up for our e-newsletter? Be sure to stay up to date on all the exciting things happening downtown!

Sponsor a Downtown Banner for 2022!

We are so excited to reveal the new FULL-COLOR designs of our new banners! These new banners (in orange AND purple) will be hung beginning in January 2022. These banners are longer, allowing your logo to be imprinted directly onto the banner. No more slices blowing in the wind!

We will be hanging up to 40 colorful banners to create an eye-catching display down this busy Main Street.

You are invited to sponsor a banner! Not only will you have your logo displayed along Main Street, you will also benefit from additional sponsor thanks and advertisement opportunities. You even get a discount on Ad space in our upcoming seasonal Downtown Guide Books!

We expect to have a lot of interest in sponsoring banners, so be sure to sign up early!

New for 2022

We are SO EXCITED about some changes to the banner program this year, and we think that you will be, too!

  • MORE BANNERS: We will be hanging up to 40 banners! This increase in banners will catch the eye of motorists and pedestrians as they travel down Main Street.
  • FULL-COLOR BANNERS: Main St. will be lined with purple and orange banners with a full-color design!
  • LOGO IMPRINTS: Your logo will be printed directly on the banner! This means there will be no more slices blowing in the wind. Your logo will be printed in white on a purple block for maximum visibility. The size of your logo area will remain the same as in previous years.
  • MANCHESTER’S 200TH ANNIVERSARY: Manchester’s 200th Anniversary Celebration will take place during 2023, when these banners will still be hung on Main Street. Our celebratory design will add to the festivities – and all of the special visitors to Main Street will see your logo!
  • IT’S YOURS: These banners will hang on Main Street from January – November 2022 and from January – November 2023. After that, the banner is yours! You may choose to pick up and keep your banner!

Increased Sponsorship Benefits

We appreciate your support of Downtown Manchester and we want to be sure to thank you – publically!

As a Banner Business, you will be:

  • Thanked in an Annual Press Release each January
  • Recognized as a Banner Business on a NEW page of our Downtown Website
  • Featured as a “Banner Business” post once per year on the Downtown’s Instagram & Facebook
  • Featured in a “Sponsor Highlight” article in WHAT’S UP DOWNTOWN (our community e-newsletter) and the Downtown Business Newsletter at least once per calendar year
  • Listed as a “Banner Business” in each Seasonal Guide Book (approx. 4 per year)

BONUS Advertisement Opportunity

Our Downtown Summer Guide Books have been very well received by the community.  We have decided to continue publishing these a few times each year.  Each book contains information about Downtown happenings as well as space for Ad space for businesses, like yours.

As  a Banner Business you will receive:

  • 50% off ONE Ad in the Guide Book of your choice during 2022
  • 25% off ALL additional Ads in any other Guide Books published in 2022 or 2023

CLICK HERE to download the Banner Packet

CLICK HERE to complete the Banner Sponsorship Commitment Form online!

July Board Meeting Postponed

The July Board of Commissioners meeting will now be held on Wednesday, 7/21 at 8am at WORK_SPACE (903 Main Street).

Notice of Special Meeting

The Board of Commissioners will hold a special meeting on Thursday, July 8th at 6:30pm. The meeting will be held in the Lincoln Center Hearing Room located at 494 Main Street in Manchester. The topics of the meeting will include a Question & Answer forum regarding the upcoming improvements to the parking program, followed by other board business including a review of upcoming event applications.

Please contact Joy Press, Downtown Manager, at dmssd@manchesterct.gov with any questions.