Performing Arts

All Vermont's a Stage

Passions take to the stage and spill out onto the streets. From Broadway-direct theater to circus arts to internationally-ranked classic and contemporary music, there’s something for all ages and interests.
Ballet Vermont performs Happy Spring - Brandon Parrish.


Be moved by the language of dance. Burlington’s Flynn Center presents exciting, newly commissioned performances in its black box theater, while internationally acclaimed productions entertain rapt audiences on the Main Stage. Many more engaging dance programs are performed throughout the year at the Vermont colleges and regional performing arts centers linked below.

Musicians play the Kingsland Mozart Festival.


When it comes to classical music, summer stages showcase everything from chamber music and symphonies, to Mozart and opera. The internationally respected Marlboro Music Festival features talented emerging artists, while the Manchester Music Festival and the Vermont Symphony Orchestra bring remarkable musicians to perform in uniquely Vermont settings. See what's scheduled by the following Vermont companies.

Burlington Discover Jazz Festival.


Vermont has not only produced its own crop of fine, nationally known musicians like Phish and Grace Potter, but it also lures wonderful visiting artists to Vermont's summer venues. Clubs, concert halls and resorts all book exciting acts featuring jazz, blues, folk, world, rock, hard core, reggae, indie and country. Check out what's going on at these performance venues.

Theatrical performance


Theater companies produce plays ranging from Broadway favorites to those written by Vermont’s established and up-and-coming playwrights. Acclaimed local talent and visiting actors wow audiences in summer festivals like the annual Dorset Theatre Festival. For staged events of another sort, there's the youthful Circus Smirkus that plays to gleeful crowds of all ages, and the bi-annual Puppets in the Green Mountains festival in Brattleboro, featuring puppetry performances far beyond the expected. Learn what these theater companies have planned.


Vermont’s independent performing arts stages work hard to put on creative, inspiring and entertaining takes on classic favorites and new plays and shows. Check out Northern Stage, Vermont’s only year-round performing arts group.