2018 May Market, Home, Garden & Gourmet at HillStead

May 5, 2018 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Hill-Stead Museum
35 Mountain Rd
Farmington, CT 06032
Two-day admission tickets are $15 advance/on-line or $20 at the gate. (Children under 18 are FREE).
Kirsten Fuchs
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Farmington, CT – One of the Farmington Valley’s finest and longest-running springtime celebrations returns to Hill-Stead Museum on Saturday, May 5 and Sunday, May 6.

“Our Saturday-Sunday format will allow visitors plenty of time to get their Mother’s Day shopping done,” says Membership Manager Kirsten Fuchs. “Shop for Mom while finding fresh, fun updates for the patio, garden, kitchen and more. May Market’s two-day ticket and additional indoor spaces truly make this a rain or shine event.”

May Market features premium exhibitors, rare and unusual plants, live entertainment, children’s activities, gourmet food, demonstrations and open house tours of Hill-Stead’s Impressionist masterpieces! This annual benefit event supports Hill-Stead’s beautiful grounds, gardens and trails.

Special Features:

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

Your May Market admission includes a free tasting of some of Connecticut’s most popular and up-and-coming wineries, craft breweries and distilleries! This event is brought to us by Hill-Stead’s Impressionists Council, a group of young professionals who share a love of art, culture and philanthropy.

Theodate’s Gallery

A booth for art lovers, selling a variety of donated artwork at very attractive prices.


May Market will host dozens of select “home, garden, and gourmet” exhibitors in a large festival tent on the west lawn and throughout the historic buildings and grounds.

Hill-Stead volunteers will offer their much-anticipated and fine selection of unique perennials sourced from leading local nurseries, Hill-Stead’s own Sunken Garden and gardening friends. Treasure hunters should be sure to visit Theodate’s Attic to enjoy a large selection of donated linens, artwork, glassware, gardening books, jewelry and more, while art lovers will enjoy browsing donated artwork at Theodate’s Gallery.

An additional climate-controlled, indoor venue, The Makeshift Theater, will showcase a limited number of premium exhibitors throughout the weekend. See beautiful bouquets, jewelry, artisan basketry, home furnishings, original art, Hill-Stead’s selection of children’s toys and more.

Family Time!

May Market offers a full schedule of children’s activities from 11am-3pm both days, including free Mother’s Day gift-making at Hill-Stead’s Education Station, scavenger hunts, a visit with Hill-Stead’s lambs, kid-friendly food and live music.

Live Demonstrations…TBA

Inside the Museum – Special Exhibition: Golfing at Hill-Stead

Tour the museum at your leisure and 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.

A Benefit Event

May Market helps to support the museum’s 152 acres of beautiful gardens, grounds and trails. Underwritten by 2018 Presenting Sponsor, Simsbury Bank, and organized by the museum’s dedicated Hill-Steaders volunteers as a benefit event, May Market earned Yankee Magazine’s “Editor’s Choice – Top 20 Event” recognition in 2014 and 2015.


Two-day admission tickets are $15 advance/on-line or $20 at the gate. (Children under 18 are FREE). For tickets and more information, visit www.hillstead.org.

Presenting Sponsor: Simsbury Bank