With both an outdoor venue as well as COVID-19 Safety protocols in place, attending a performance at the Blyth Festival Harvest Stage will be a different experience than usual.
Below is some information to help you prepare for joining us.
The Harvest Stage is located in a small valley on the northwest side of the Blyth, Ontario Fairgrounds at 377 Gypsy Lane.
This year’s performances are outdoors.
Please do not attend the theatre if you are not well, or experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 (new or worsening cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, temperature equal to or over 38°C, feeling feverish, chills, fatigue or weakness, muscle or body aches, new loss of smell or taste, headache, gastrointestinal symptoms). Call the box office and alternate arrangements will be discussed.
Please plan to arrive 20-30min ahead of the performance time to allow for check in and travel to the performance site.
Please wear comfortable, sturdy shoes (no high heels needed to enjoy our outdoor stage area). You will be walking on a pavement, gravel, and grass.
We suggest bringing a light sweater in case the temperature drops as the summer progresses
You may want to also consider sunscreen and/or bug spray.
The audience area will be shaded by a semi-opaque fabric overhead.
Masks/face coverings will be required at all times.
The main parking areas is located at the Community Arena parking lot on the grounds. There is an approximately 400m walk, on a well-packed gravel road from the parking lot to the Harvest Stage. This walk is mostly flat until it slopes into the ‘bowl’ that houses the stage area. In your planning, please allow 10-15 minutes for leisurely travel from the parking lot to the stage.
There are 4 barrier free parking spots, and 2 limited mobility parking spots at the Harvest Stage site, close to the stage. There is also the possibility of dropping off your loved one close to the site and then parking at the arena. Please advise box office staff of accessibility needs at the time of ticket purchase. With limited accessible parking, we do our best to reserve the spaces ahead of time.
After parking, make your way to the Festival staff located at the parking lot check-in booths.
Here you may be asked COVID screening questions. If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, your party will be directed to return home, self-isolate and seek medical attention. Alternate ticketing arrangements will be discussed the next business day.
When you’ve passed the screening, staff will confirm you are on the list for that performance. You will be given a coloured wristband which will serve as your ticket/access to the Harvest Stage.
The primary restrooms for the Harvest Stage will be located in Shed 3. You will walk by them on the way to the stage. There will also be temporary portable toilets closer to the stage.
If there is a line for the bathroom, those in the line are asked to maintain physical distance of 6’.
Face Coverings & Physical Distancing
Face coverings will be required at all times. While being outside greatly reduces the risk of COVID transmission, patrons will be in close proximity to each other and masking is a way we can continue to care for each other as a community. Additionally, we want to keep our performers, volunteers and staff as safe as possible throughout the course of the summer.
While in any lines (bathroom, check-in, etc.) patrons will be physically distanced.
Hand sanitizer will be available at multiple locations at the site. Chairs will be sanitized between performances.
Hearing Assist Devices
The Festival is working hard to ensure that Hearing Assist Devices will be available at the Harvest Stage this year. We will update when further details are available.
All performers will be using microphones.
Speakers are located at the front of the stage, between the performers and the audience. Generally, in 2021, we found the performers could be clearly heard throughout the audience. However, if you have further concerns, please contact the Box Office and we’ll discuss the best accommodation.
In 2022, some productions will have an intermission, others will not. Please see the show-specific pages for intermission details.
There will be no concessions this year. Please bring your own water.
No alcohol is permitted at the site.
Please note: pets are not allowed, with the exception of service dogs.