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September is pretty special in Vermont. The weather is often perfect – warm but not hot, with refreshingly cool nights. Dining inside or alfresco can be equally appealing.

The arts-and-entertainment scene is close to perfect, too. There are still plenty of outdoor events, but theater companies dive into their indoor seasons and college students return to town, which ramps up music inside local music venues.

If you can’t find any arts-and-entertainment activities to check out this month, well, you’re just not trying hard enough. Here’s a round-up of some of the events that could help you enjoy your own peak September.

"Hold Me" by Vermont artist Samuel Wyatt

Middlebury hosts gallery show

Through Sept. 30, Vermont artist Samuel Wyatt is the focus of the exhibition “In Praise of Darkness: The ‘Writing on the Wall Project’ and Recent Paintings” that opened Aug 19, Jackson Gallery, Town Hall Theater, Middlebury. Free.

Stowe is ‘Exposed’ again

Through Oct. 22, the annual “Exposed” display of outdoor sculpture. presented by The Current, returns for its 31st year with the 2022 theme of “Dreams,” locations throughout Stowe. Free.

"Blue Gilead" by Murray Dewart, shown Aug. 22, 2022 on Main Street in Stowe, is part of the "Exposed" exhibition presented by The Current.

The Lone Bellow in concert

6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 1, indie-folk trio The Lone Bellow headlines a show with Pete Kilpatrick, Spruce Peak village green, Stowe. $40-$50.

Dropkick Murphys drop by the fair

7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2, Celtic-rockers the Dropkick Murphys play the grandstand at the Champlain Valley Fair, Essex Junction. $39-$59.

Hiss Golden Messenger visits Higher Ground

8:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2, folk act Hiss Golden Messenger, led by M.C. Taylor, joins opener Carson McHone at the Higher Ground Showcase Lounge, South Burlington $21 in advance, $24 day of show.