Attending an outdoor concert is exhilarating- there is nothing like being able to enjoy live entertainment while also taking in the fantastic weather and environment of the season. In the Five Harbors, the Huntington Arts Council has been delivering this experience at the Chapin Rainbow Stage for 51 years!


photo courtesy of the Huntington Arts Council

The Huntington Summer Arts Festival brings a superb roster of exciting performing artists to Heckscher Park each year. Artists and ensembles include award winning, world-class talent in music, dance and theatre from around the globe, as well as the finest performing arts groups from Huntington and Long Island.

The Festival schedule is eagerly awaited by many- which is no surprise since there Family Night Series Performances include fun performances like Plaza Productions musical "Madagascar", L.I. Dance Consortium #2, and Brother Joscephus & The Love Revolution. 

The creation as well as the popularity of the festival was not imaginable over forty years ago when a plywood stage at Heckscher Museum was constructed to celebrate the summer. Local amateur performers took to the stage and soon these concerts became popular. The desire for a better space to hold performances called for the construction in 1979 of the band shell. The band shell was built by the Town of Huntington with the support of Harry & Sandy Chapin. It was later renamed in Harry Chapin's honor.

All performances are free, and there is no reserved seating, so visitors are encouraged to come early to get the best location. There are no seats but you can bring blankets or folding chairs to suit your comfort. (Don't forget to try one of Huntington's delicious restaurants or take out options before the show!)

photo courtesy of the Huntington Arts Council

The shows are held at Heckscher Park at the Chapin Rainbow Stage from Tuesday-Sunday at 8:30 PM unless otherwise posted. Tuesday evenings are Family Nights and performances begin at 7:30 PM. All shows are held rain or shine (unless weather is dangerously extreme) so be sure to check the Huntington Arts Council's website, Facebook and twitter pages for updates. Umbrellas are allowed on nights where weather may be an issue and only Tuesday Family Night shows may be relocated.

The Huntington Arts Council has a complete list of events including days and times on their website. 

We are so lucky to have the Summer Arts Festival here, pick an event and put it on your Summer bucket list!