Vermont Arts Council

Stages in the Sun: Summer Outdoor Arts Performances

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Youtube video of musicians playing on a stage.After a year of isolation, Vermonters and visitors to the state were hungry for safe ways to gather and experience art in 2021—and musicians and other performing artists were eager to connect with audiences again.

The Stages in the Sun initiative combined two of the very best things Vermont has to offer: a vibrant arts scene and our incomparable landscape.

To encourage the safe celebration of the arts and the outdoors, we teamed up to spread the word about the incredible array of great outdoor arts experiences being coordinated by parks, arts, and community organizations. From free concerts in a park to poetry readings in the woods, from jugglers at a farmers market to world class theater in an outdoor amphitheater, we helped make sure summer 2021 had something for everyone to enjoy.


Below are photos from just a few of the events sponsored by Stages in the Sun over the summer.

A socially distanced crowd on the green outside a large white building.

The Vermont Suitcase Theater at Main Street Arts | July 25

Audience members at tables on the gound in the courtyard of a stone building.

Bennington Museum Concerts in the Courtyard | June 4 – Sept. 3

The crowd watches a performance on an illuminated outdoor stage.

JAG Productions’ Theater on the Hill | Aug. 13 – Sept. 12
Listen to JAG’s producing artist director Jarvis Green discuss Theater on the Hill in episode one of Vermont Made, our podcast. Photo by Lars Blackmore.

Musicians perform on a stage with trees behind.

Scrag Mountain Music | Aug. 14 – 15

Stages in the Sun is supported by a generous COVID-19 Response Grant from the Vermont Community Foundation.

This initiative brought to you by:

Vermont Arts Council LogoVermont Vacation Logo (Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing)

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In partnership with VT Department of Libraries, Vermont Humanities, and the Vermont Arts and Culture Disaster and Resilience Network (VACDaRN).

Questions about Stages in the Sun? Contact Deputy Director Amy

admin-place May 17, 2021