October concerts and shows to warm your soul


What’s that in the air? The first crisp hints of fall? The sound of crunching, fallen leaves beneath your feet? The smell of pumpkin-spice lattes in seemingly every other person’s hands?

Maybe. But you know what else is in the air in Vermont right now? Arts and entertainment are in the air. October is the month that many theater companies get into full swing, concerts move almost entirely indoors and colleges dive into their eclectic arts schedules.

Between apple-picking and pumpkin-carving plans, maybe you can squeeze in a few of these events that just might warm your heart and soul.

(See previous Burlington Free Press articles for more detail on the fall theater season and Halloween events.)

Vermont Stage opens its 2022-23 season with "The Pitmen Painters" at the Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center.

Eine kleine nachtmusik in Stowe

Through Saturday, Oct. 15, the Stowe Theatre Guild offers up the Stephen Sondheim production “A Little Night Music,” Town Hall Theatre, Stowe. $15-$20. www.stowetheatre.com

Vermont Stage (finally) presents ‘Pitmen Painters’

Through Sunday, Oct. 16, Vermont Stage finally presents its pandemic-delayed production “The Pitmen Painters,” Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington. $31.05-$38.50. www.vermontstage.org

Northern Stage presents the Tony Award-winning musical "Spring Awakening" in White River Junction.

‘Spring Awakening’ this fall

Through Sunday, Oct. 23, the Tony Award-winning rock musical “Spring Awakening” presented by Northern Stage keeps going from its Sept. 27 opening in the Byrne Theater, Barrett Center for the Arts, White River Junction. $10-$69. www.northernstage.org

Woody Guthrie tunes in Weston

Through Sunday, Oct. 23, “Woody Sez: The Life & Music of Woody Guthrie” continues its run that began Sept. 28 at the Weston Theater Company, Walker Farm Theater, Weston. $25-$74. www.westontheater.org

Art exhibit at St. Michael’s College

Through Friday, Oct. 28, New York multimedia artist Michele Brody will present her solo exhibition “Papers of Place,” McCarthy Arts Center, St. Michael’s College, Colchester. Free. www.smcvt.edu

The work of New York multimedia artist Michele Brody is on display at St. Michael's College.

Open Studio Weekend hits Barre

10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1-Sunday, Oct. 2, Open Studio Weekend, which throws the doors open on places where Vermont artists create and display their work, includes sessions featuring artists Tracey J. Hambleton, Karen Henderson, Georgia Landau, Michelle Lesnak, Maggie Neale, Anne Sarcka, Athena Petra Tasiopoulos, Janet Van Fleet and Pamela Wilson, Studio Place Arts, Barre. Free. www.studioplacearts.com

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