Art & Culture

Performing Arts

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A nine-piece band photographed outside in the summer.

Live Music and Theaters in Vermont

Vermont’s performing arts put the rock in the mountains. From Broadway-direct theater to circus arts to internationally ranked classical and contemporary music, there’s so much to discover on Vermont’s stages. Green Mountain performance spaces are part of the experience themselves, welcoming guests to art deco theatres, an opera house that straddles the border between the U.S. and Canada, outdoor summer stages that offer live music and community theatre, and more.  

Behind the Scenes: Northern Stage

The crew at Northern Stage stands alone as the only theatre company to operate year-round in Vermont. With six mainstage productions a year and an intense commitment to education and community engagement, Northern Stage hustles to bring top-notch theatre to White River Junction. 

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Outdoor Music in Vermont

From late spring to late fall, and at ski resorts during the winter, live music’s stage is set by Vermont’s natural beauty. In the summer, Vermont Symphony Orchestra performs statewide outdoors, Shelburne Museum hosts Ben & Jerry’s Concerts on the Green, and Vermont’s biggest city, Burlington, turns up the volume at the annual Burlington Discover Jazz Festival, drawing both local and internationally known performers. Downtowns host regular live music series throughout the season, inviting people to gather in the streets for a nightlife feel.

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Your Performing Arts Calendar

You can find a performance to take in during almost every weekend in Vermont and sometimes during the week, too. Browse the events calendar for a performance to get excited about.  

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