Monster Hunt 2023

Find a Monster. Keep a Monster. Discover Downtown. 


When: Saturday August 26th, 11am public hunt, 10:30am youth hunt

Where: Studio 550 activity hub and Elm Street north to Bridge St.

Why: Studio 550 hopes that by putting art out in the streets people will find joy in walking their city in search of the unexpected. 

What: This is the 11th year of the family-friendly outdoor art hunt, where Studio 550 makes 100 red clay monsters and hides them downtown.  Monster Finders get the immediate reward of being able to keep the monster. All searchers are asked to keep only one, even if they see more, so the joy can be shared by as many people as possible. 

From 11AM-1PM Studio 550 will be hosting a number of low-cost hands-on activities.  In addition to the monster trade-in and raffle to win a Studio 550 Gift Card, visitors can also make their own clay monster, try the pottery wheel, and make a plant habitat for their monster. There will also be sidewalk chalk and bubbles!


Monster Medallions: We are hiding Monster Medallions in lieu of the actual monsters. Bring your medallion to Studio 550 at 550 Elm St that day to trade in the found coin for your one-of-a-kind monster. 


Kids-only Hunt: The DoubleTree Hotel at 700 Elm has graciously allowed use of their river stone green space to host a hunt for little ones before the public hunt! The mini-hunt begins at 10:30AM and is for youth 5 and under.  Look for the colorful pennant flags! There will be 25 monsters available in this youth hunt, and all hunters get a free monster sticker, whether or not they find a clay monster.


Sweet Treats: To sweeten the deal, a handful of downtown businesses will also be offering specials or activities to those who find a monster. The Manchester City Library BookMobile will be at City Hall Plaza, Queen City Cupcakes will have a limited supply of monster cupcakes, and Dancing Lion Chocolate will have an artful chocolate coin for anyone who finds a monster. 


No purchase is necessary, but Monster-Seekers and Monster-Finders are encouraged to stay downtown to eat and to discover what our city has to offer. 


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