Explore Vermont!
Art Excursions
in the Time of Covid
There’s still plenty of art and culture to discover across Vermont this fall with room for spatial distancing, indoors and out. Vermont autumns are a magical time to discover something new, as nothing gold can stay. Get out there and fortify your soul for the months ahead with art with our recommended Covid-safe excursions around Vermont. What makes them Covid-safe? Clear Covid-precautions are posted for all visitors you know the drill: masks, sanitizer, and social distancing. We've also got "Picnic Pairings" for premium picnic spots.
Renovated City Hall Park
Photo: Burlington City Arts
Chittenden County
Music, movies and tours of the newly renovated City Hall Park are on tap for this weekend, Oct. 16-17. Burlington City Arts has the full schedule, which includes the Latin jazz sounds of 2020 Vermont Arts Council award winner Ray Vega, Saturday at 3:30 p.m.

There's more music at Nectar's and you might catch the last Higher Ground Drive-In music experience. For visual art, check out Soapbox Arts, now exhibiting "Dishes," the work of Mary Lacy, one of the Art Council’s Creation Grantees.

Exposed, outdoor exhibit
Photo: Helen Day Art Center
Four County
The Four-County creative zone (Franklin, Lamoille, Grand Isle, and Washington Counties) curls from the Mad River Valley in central Vermont up to the islands of Lake Champlain in the far northwest.

There's art and sculpture at the Bundy Modern in Waitsfield, until Oct. 18, and plenty more art at various galleries throughout the Mad River Valley. Montpelier has a bit of theater and even cinema. Barre's Studio Place Arts has organized an Art Stroll with downloadable map. Up toward Calais, you'll find the historic Kent Museum for outdoor sculpture and poetry. More art abounds in Waterbury Center, Stowe, Morrisville, Johnson, and St. Albans.

Covid-ready galleries in St. J
Photo: Heather Alger
Northeast Kingdom
In Vermont’s rugged Northeast Kingdom (“the NEK” or “the Kingdom” to locals) you’ll find hidden gems like Glover’s Museum of Everyday Life, a roadside museum-in-a-barn featuring eclectic artifacts and ephemera.

The streets of St. Johnsbury are bustling with StJ Art on the Street Autumn Exhibition, a public art project featuring works from Northeast Kingdom artists. Other venues are the Fairbanks Museum and St. Johnsbury Athanaeum — check out the Athanaeum's safety video and you won't get caught forgetting your mask.

Barrette Center for the Arts/Northern Stage
Photo: Bruce Hubbard
Cornerstone Creative Community
The Cornerstone Creative Community ("3CVT") creative zone covers Orange and Windsor counties in the far mid-to-southeastern side of Vermont.

Missing the intimacy and thrill of in-person theater? The first in-person theatrical performance in the country approved by the Actors’ Equity Association since the start of the pandemic takes place in White River Junction at Northern Stage. Chandler Center for the Arts is offering outdoor theater, and the galleries are open at ArtisTree in South Pomfret.

Southern Vermont Arts Center
Photo: Catherine Crawley
Southern Vermont
Spanning the rolling hills of Windham and Bennington Counties, the Southern Vermont arts scene centers around the towns of Brattleboro and Bennington. On the first Friday of every month, Brattleboro holds Gallery Walk. Since the pandemic, the town has worked to make the event a safe, socially distanced night that brings together the community.

Putney has the Yellow Barn for chamber music and Beethoven walks, as well as Sandglass for outdoor theater at Sandglass, while Bennington is planning a parade.

Downtown Rutland whale mural
Photo: Brian Sylvester
The largest town in this creative zone is Rutland, the third largest city in Vermont. A stroll through the historic downtown district brings you to several works of art from local, national and international artists. One restaurant is cleverly offering food plus watching artists at work, at a safe distance, of course.

Sculptures and more can be found in Middlebury, and even a Road Trip Scavenger Hunt. Don't miss Poultney and Brandon for painting, ceramics, fine art, and crafts.

Did you know that Vermont’s share of creative economy jobs—at 9.3% of all employmentis higher than the average across the United States? Most of those jobs are in design, specialty foods, and visual arts and crafts. Want to learn more about Vermont's creative sector? Read about the creative zones that comprise the Vermont Creative Network.