Arts & Culture in Waterbury


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Observe, Listen, and Reflect: Waterbury’s Uncommon Culture

Waterbury’s arts and music scene is vibrant and energized. In this town, you can’t go very far without encountering one or both, and that’s just how we like it. We even have a whole event celebrating the arts - Waterbury Arts Fest - an annual summer event showcasing artisans from across the region. It  draws visitors from near and far for a day filled with food, music, fun, and art. We hope you can come to the next one!

With multiple venues in which local and touring musicians perform, barely a night goes by that you won’t be able to tap your foot to some tunes in town. Ride the tide of music to one of Waterbury’s local eateries, which contribute to the music scene. The Reservoir Restaurant and Tap Room, Zenbarn, and Blackback Pub host live artists weekly. And if you find yourself in Rusty Parker Park on a Thursday from mid-May through mid-October, enjoy the late afternoon Farmers Market and stay for a concert hosted by the local Rotary Club. Other music and event venues include the Grange Hall Cultural Center, Axel’s Gallery & Frame Shop, Bridgeside Books, the Waterbury Public Library, and Stowe Street Cafe and KC’s Bagels, which often have low-key talent on weekend mornings.

Waterbury is also home to an incredible community of visual artists working in a variety of mediums. We are sure you will find something that speaks to you. You can browse and purchase many Vermont-made artwork in town at Axel’s Gallery & Frame Shop, Stowe Street Cafe, Jeremy Ayers Pottery Studio, Tabbatha Henry Studio, Torry Carroll Smith Studio, and Ziemke Glassblowing. In addition, local artwork can be viewed at the Waterbury Public Library, the Meetinghouse Arts, the Seminary Art Center, and the Grange Hall Cultural Center. And you can’t miss the town’s piece de le resistance, the “Waterbury Special” rail art project on the train trestle just off the rotary.