242 Main

242 Main Street Burlington, VT





Additional Information About 242 Main

Although the performance space in the basement of Memorial Auditorium have closed, the teen-led program of of “242 Main Presents” is alive and well and will continue into the future because of a wonderful partnership with Fletcher Free Library.

For info, follow the program on Facebook: www.facebook.com/242main


In the fall of 1984, then Mayor of Burlington, Bernie Sanders, put together a special office to give the youth of Burlington a voice throughout the City.  One of the first and most exciting ideas was to set up a Teen Center, where programs and activities could be centered for area teens. Within months 242 Main opened its doors to teens interested in everything from evening coffee houses to live music events. The difference between this new teen center and so many others that have sprung up around the country since, was that 242 Main was and is run by a board comprised of youth and young adults. The 242 Main governing board has become an independent group of youth and adult community members who meet several times per year to make sure the interests of young people and the community are met at 242 Main.

242 Main has become a place for youth to express themselves, learn and grow through music/art and social interaction with peers.  Today the facility is managed by Burlington Parks, Recreation & Waterfront.

242 Main Mission Statement:

242 Main is a substance free, safe space, for all ages, where people can come together with others that may share an interest in music, community service, activism, and the arts.


To offer diverse programs, shows, and creative opportunities to the Burlington community, with the centerpiece being the aspirations of youth and teens.


Personal growth
Leadership development
Creative expression