Ready for Spring in BTV?

As April gets closer, it’s time to begin planning for warmer weather and plenty of great events across Burlington.

The first big event of the spring takes place Saturday, May 5th, with the 33rd Annual Kids Day Parade. A few hundred people are expected to participate in the parade and you should be aware that the event will lead to street closures.

The parade will be staging on College Street, between Church St and South Winooski. That portion of the street will be closed from 8:30am until the parade has cleared the area at 10am. College Street from South Winooski to Waterfront Park will be closed down for the parade at 9:30am, and will open up after the parade finishes, at approximately 10:15am.

Once again, the Vermont City Marathon will bring runners of all ages to Burlington on Memorial Day Weekend.

As we did last year, Park Burlington will provide a marathon preview a few weeks before race day, but the community and guests should be aware that travel throughout much of Burlington is difficult on race day. For detailed information on event day road closures head to their website.

Free parking is available within a 1/4 mile of the start area. Parking lots are located on St. Paul Street, Bank Street and Battery Street. Please do not park in Waterfront Park, Oakledge Park, or any of the church parking lots. Meters are not enforced on Sundays. Vehicles with a handicapped license plate/pass may access this parking before 6:00am or after 11:00am.  For the safety of runners there is NO spectator vehicle access across the race course (Battery Street) between 6:00am and 11:00am; please plan accordingly. These parking areas do fill up.

In May, we’ll also have graduation weekends for St. Michaels, UVM and Champlain College. With the extra out of town visitors, guest should expect increased traffic throughout downtown Burlington.

Don’t forget that 2 hour free parking is available at Marketplace, College Street, and Lakeview Garages! In case you’ve been hibernating this winter, you should also know we’ve reduced on-street enforcement hours, learn more here!

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