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Every summer Friday from June 4 to September 3 (weather permitting), Bennington Museum invites you to join us in the courtyard for a bite to eat and some informal entertainment by regional musicians.

From approximately 5pm to 7pm Bennington Museum will host performers in the courtyard, free of charge. The public is encouraged to bring their own blankets or lawn chairs and to arrive early as the courtyard capacity will be limited to 30 total. Visitors are expected to maintain social distance and wear masks when not eating or drinking.

The Avocado Pit will set up shop in front of the Museum’s gates, serving delicious tacos, beer and wine. Food may be eaten anywhere on the grounds, and alcohol may be consumed within the gates and other designated areas. 

Kids of all ages will find a fun makerspace in the pavilion to create art based on art and objects featured in the Museum. Activities led by Museum ABCs educators will be provided free of charge with a suggested donation in support of art supplies.

This Friday also coincides with the reception for the Teacher’s Art Show.  Come for music and join us to explore the exhibit with the artists at 5pm!  In honor of the art teachers, the Museum will offer free admission from 4-6pm on this Friday.

In the event of rain, the event will be cancelled by 2pm on Fridays. Check our facebook page for updates.


The Bennington Traditional Jazz Band plays dixieland, French-inspired small combo jazz, and a wide variety of pre-1950 American standards with a high energy, exciting style perfect for every occasion. With one foot planted firmly in the southern dixieland tradition and the other in the Tin Pan Alley/ American Songbook, the BTJB presents a dynamic mix of hip, rhythmic complexity coupled with nostalgic, old-tyme melodies. Drawing from the best of both traditions, the BTJB features well-known local talent:

Bill Cottrell—soprano saxophone, trumpet
Woody Strobeck—trombone
Dave Banulis—guitar
Dave Cuite—bass
Jeff McRae—drums

The BTJB will be playing both opening and closing weekends, so if you miss them this time, come back on Friday, September 3!