Our Mission: To uplift, inspire, educate, and enrich lives through artistic and cultural programming, while supporting the creative endeavors of emerging and established artists.

The Buttonwood Tree operates under the 501(3)(c) nonprofit organization of The Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts Center, Inc. From its storied opening on Rapallo Avenue in the North End of Middletown, in 1989, The Buttonwood Tree has been a grassroots, avant garde center for all ages, all comers, artists and audiences. Recognized internationally, nationally, and locally as a music venue, it has also offered programs led by outstanding artists in contemporary theater, literature, art, poetry and dance—from belly to hip hop—as well as opening its doors to community the community.

The Buttonwood Tree’s musical events range from providing space to the local musician who has never performed in public, to world-class artists who have played at The White House, Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, in stadiums around the world, and more.

Always high quality, always warm & friendly, casual and entertaining. We serve light snacks and beverages of all sorts and there’s FREE, ample parking behind our neighbor, It’s Only Natural market. We also continue the original tradition of our founder, Susan Allison, and maintain a used book store.

Come and experience us!

Many thanks to our generous supporters who help us to continuously provide arts & culture to the Middletown community: