What to Expect

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.

General Information
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 30-45 min 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.

Parking
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.

Upon Arrival
After parking, make your way to the Festival staff located at the parking lot tent.
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.

Restrooms
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 be two 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.
Seating will be placed to accommodate physical distancing.  Any lines will be physically distant as well.

Sanitizing
Hand sanitizer will be available at multiple locations at the site.  Chairs will be sanitized between performances.

Hearing Assist Devices
Hearing Assist Devices will not be available at the Harvest Stage this year.
All performers will be using microphones

Intermission
There will be no intermissions in 2021.  The performances will be 75 – 90 minutes in length.

Concessions
There will be no concessions this year.  Please bring your own water.
No alcohol is permitted at the site.

50/50
There will be no in-person 50/50 this year.  Blyth Festival will have an online 50/50 draw over the summer.

Pets
Please note: pets are not allowed, with the exception of service dogs.