When:
Tuesday, Jun 11, 2024 9:00a -
Thursday, Aug 15, 2024 9:00p

Where:
Boston
Surrounding areas
Boston, MA

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Categories:
Art, Festivals & Fairs, Good for Groups, Outside, Shows

Event website:
https://www.thebostoncalendar.com/events/10-outdoor-performances-to-see-in-boston-summer-2024

After six plus months of snow and grey skies, we Bostonians want to spend every second possible outside during the summer. Luckily, there’s a lot to do, from summer festivals and picnic spots to dance parties under the stars. Summer is also the season of outdoor performances and we’ve rounded up the very best theater shows and music festivals to whet your creative appetite. 


by Celina Colby


Shakespeare on the Common: The Winter’s Tale

When: Monday 7/15 to Sunday 8/4 

Where: Downtown

Cost: Free

Info: Shakespeare on the Common is a beloved summer tradition in Boston. Watch this free, dynamic performance for two whole months on the Boston Common. Bonus points if you bring a picnic!


Boston Pops July 4th Fireworks Spectacular 2024

When: Thursday 7/4

Where: Esplanade

Cost: Free

Info: The Boston Pops July 4th concert is one of the most iconic outdoor performances of the year. This year the Pops will be joined by The Mavericks & Kelli O’Hara. They’ll perform contemporary music plus the classic Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture while fireworks burst over the Charles River.


BAMS Festival

When: Saturday 6/29 to Sunday 6/30

Where: Roxbury/Dorchester

Cost: $10-50

Info: Join 10,000 fellow music lovers at Franklin Park in a two-day celebration of Black music and BIPOC performers. See live music and dance performances on multiple stages, fuel up with local food trucks, participate in live artmaking, and more. 


Apollinaire in the Park: Aeschylus's "The Suppliant Women"

When: 8/2-8/17

Where: Chelsea

Cost: Free

Info: Start your evening at the PORT Park beer garden with a brew and dinner from local vendors, then experience an immersive theater experience from the diverse Apollinaire theater company. 


9th Annual Cambridge Jazz Festival

When: Saturday 7/27- Sunday 7/28

Where: North Cambridge

Cost: Free

Info: This longtime local jazz festival features Grammy-winning headliners, local musicians, and a fascinating jazz museum. Fuel up at local food trucks and shop local vendors in between sets.


Charles River Jazz Festival

When: Sunday 7/14

Where: Allston

Cost: Free

Info: Dance the day away at this free jazz festival featuring acts like Charles Haynes and the Tabernacle, Brian Richburg Jr, Seba Molnar, Johnathan Suazo, Naledi and more. 


Boston Landmarks Orchestra: Mozart & More

When: Wednesday 8/14

Where: Esplanade

Cost: Free

Info: Gather at the Hatch Shell on the Esplanade for a moving evening of live classical music. The Boston Landmarks Orchestra will perform everything from Mozart’s energetic ‘Symphony No. 29’ to Gershwin’s tropical ‘Cuban Overture.’ 


Shakespeare on the Crane Estate: As You Like It

When: Wednesday 6/5 - Sunday 16

Where: Ispwich, MA

Cost: $35

Info: Immerse yourself in Shakespeare’s light hearted comedy “As You Like It,” on the lawn of the historic Crane Estate in Ipswich. 


Flamenco Celebration at Starlight Square

When: Friday 6/14

Where: Central Square

Cost: Free

Info: This is the final season that Starlight Square will be open and bringing free performances to Central Square. Take advantage by enjoying this vibrant Flamenco performance under the stars.


Arboretum Story Slam

When: Friday 7/19

Where: Jamaica Plain

Cost: Free

Info: Under the lush treeline of the Arnold Arboretum listen to five-minute stories from Bostonians about their relationship with nature, plants, and the park. Feeling brave? Put your name in a hat to perform your own story. 


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