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2017 May Market

May 6 - May 7

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Celebrate Spring at Hill-Stead’s May Market!

New Format, New Finds, Rain or Shine

Now one weekend before Mother’s Day — Saturday, May 6 and Sunday, May 7, from 10 am to 4 pm.

Two-Day Admission Tickets

$15 advance/on-line, $20 at the gate, free for children under 18.

May Market 2017


All Weekend
  • May Market will host dozens of premium exhibitors in a large festival tent on the west lawn and throughout the historic buildings and grounds.  See the list of May Market Exhibitors.
  • Hill-Stead volunteers will offer their fine selection of unique perennials sourced from leading local nurseries, Hill-Stead’s own Sunken Garden and gardening friends.
  • New this year, Theodate’s Gallery—a booth for art loversselling a variety of donated artwork at very attractive prices. Learn more about donating artwork here: Theodate’s Attic & Gallery Donations
  • Treasure hunters should visit Theodate’s Attic for a large selection of donated linens, glassware, gardening books, jewelry and more.

Don’t miss the Preview Party in a New Shopping Space on Friday, May 5, 7 to 9 pm. For more information or to purchase tickets, see May Market Preview Party.


  • In the House & Through the Garden’s Thomas Mach will host a Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan demonstration. In the House & Through the Garden is a home interiors boutique located in Simsbury. Saturday, May 6, 12 to 12:45 pm; Sunday, May 7, 11:45 am  to 12:30 pm.
  • Floral, interior and architectural designer May Ann Haar will demonstrate how to use new, environmentally-friendly materials in floral design. Mary Ann’s original, inventive work features seasonal resourced materials from nature. Saturday, May 6, 1 to 1:45 pm.
  • Learn all about pollinator gardens from Nancy DuBrule-Clemente of Natureworks, Northford, CT. As the owner of Natureworks, Nancy has been educating gardeners about organic and ecologically-friendly methods since 1983. Saturday, May 6, 2 to 2:45 pm.

Hops & Vines, a Tasting in the Garden (21+ Event)

Saturday, May 6, 12 to 4 pm – Wine and craft beer tasting, music by the Alex Butterworth Trio
Sunday, May 7, 12 to 4 pm – Distilleries tasting

  • May Market admission includes a free tasting of some of Connecticut’s most popular and up-and-coming wineries, craft breweries and distilleries!
  • Organized by Hill-Stead’s Impressionists Council, a young professionals group whose members share a love of art, culture and philanthropy.

Live Music

Saturday, May 6, 11 to 11:45 am
  • Farmington High School Oriana Singers
Sunday, May 7, 11 to 11:45 am
  • The Sing-ed Beavers, Avon Old Farms School
Sunday, May 7, 1:30 to 3:30 pm
  • Plywood Cowboy
    Formed in 2015 in the Connecticut River Valley, Plywood Cowboy is poised to rewrite the American Songbook. Bottle fed on roots music, multi-instrumentalist singer/songwriter Steve Dedman and his band strike deep at the soul of American music with songs about hound dogs, heart strings, and the vice of the bottle.  “With great harmonies, clever songs, and tasty guitar pickin’, Plywood Cowboy is one of the best new bands on the Americana scene.” – Chris Bergson, NY Blue Hall of Fame Inductee

Family Time

Saturday & Sunday, 11 am to 3 pm
  • May Market offers a full schedule of children’s activities including free Mother’s Day gift-making, a visit with Hill-Stead’s lambs, kid-friendly food and live music.
  • The Children’s Scavenger Hunt will keep kids moving, following clever clues through the Kitchen Garden or the museum.  Saturday, May 6 & Sunday, May 7, 2 to 2:30 pm


All Weekend
  • The Bee’s Knees of Avon, CT will offer a wonderful selection of freshly-prepared food to May Market shoppers, including special selections for children.
  • Chet’s Italian Ice will return with their delicious small-batch ices in a dizzying array of flavors.
  • Best of Connecticut winner Plum Brook Chocolate will sell artisan chocolate in Hill-Stead’s Closed Garage venue.
  • Hill-Steader volunteers will sell amazing home-baked goods.
  • Farmington favorite Culteavo will serve tea on Hill-Stead’s historic Veranda.

Inside the Museum

All Weekend, 10 am to 4 pm
  • Tour the museum at your leisure to learn about the museum’s masterpieces with a printed program and Museum guides in each room to answer questions
  • Linger over famous paintings by Monet, Manet, Degas, Whistler and Mary Cassatt
  • Art lovers and experts alike will delight in seeing these masterpieces in their beautifully appointed, historic setting.

Thank you to our 2017 Sponsors


Exhibitors: May Market 2017 is fully booked, but we are building lists for Holiday Boutique (December 2 & 3), Pop-up Shop opportunities and May Market 2018.  To join our exhibitor list, please contact Kirsten Fuchs,

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