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Put down your phone and watch your favorite bands and singers in real time. There are hundreds of FREE outdoor concerts around the city to choose from. It’s time to jazz up your life: join your fellow Bostonians and jam out to the fleeting days of summer.   

By Kenneal Patterson

Berklee Summer in the City

Berklee students—a.k.a Boston’s musical prodigies—are pretty legendary around the city. Alongside dedicated faculty and staff, these students are performing hundreds of free concerts throughout the summer. Check out FREE Berklee’s Summer in the City concert series listed below—you won’t regret it.   

Summer Concerts at Prudential Center (Thu) 

Summer Concerts at Osborn Triangle (Wed)

Summer Concerts at Atlantic Wharf (Tue)

Summer Concerts at Kendall Center (Tue)

Summer Concerts at Brewer Fountain Plaza (Mon-Fri)

Summer Concerts at 401 Park (Tue) 

Summer Concerts at Club Passim (Thu)

Summer Concerts at Longfellow House (Sun)

Summer Concerts at Sam Adams Park at Faneuil Hall  (Fri)

Summer Concerts at South Boston Maritime Park (Tue/Wed)

Summer Concerts at Tito Puente Latin Music Series (Thu)

Berklee Summer in the City at SoWa Open Market (Sun)

Summer in the City at the Harborwalk (Tue-Thu)

The Boston Harbor Hotel is the perfect place to spend a classic New England summer. It’s got everything you could need: breathtaking views of the Waterfront, lively outdoor music, and plenty of places to grab a bite to eat. This season, groove out by the Harbor with everything from pop to blues. 

Harvard Common Spaces Summer Concert Series (Tue)

Believe it or not, Harvard’s not just a place for brainy nerds. It’s also a hub for incredible live music. Club Passim has partnered with Harvard University to bring free tunes at Harvard’s Science Plaza. 

Elma Lewis Playhouse in the Park (Tue)

Franklin Park, the crown jewel of Boston’s Emerald Necklace, is inviting Bostonians to the Elma Lewis Playhouse for some sensational summer shows. Every Tuesday until dusk, local artists will perform under the evening sky. 

Concerts in the Courtyard at Boston Public Library (Wed & Fri)

Most libraries are synonymous with quiet halls and shushing librarians. But the Boston Public Library isn’t quite so dreary. The Library’s Courtyard is home to a series of free, hour-long concerts—the perfect break after hours of studying.

Thursdays on the Lawn at the Loring-Greenough House (Thu)

When was the last time you saw a concert at a historic New England home? Catch one every Thursday at The Loring-Greenough House. Spend blissful afternoons enjoying live music, places to picnic, even food trucks and a beer garden. 

Boston Landmarks Orchestra at the Hatch Shell (Wed) 

We couldn’t be more excited for July. Boston Landmarks Orchestra at the Hatch Shell is a not-to-be-missed experience, and the summer lineup is simply magnificent. 

Boston Landmarks Orchestra Concerts (not at the Hatch Shell): 

Live music at Aeronaut Allston (Thu-Sat)

Aeronaut Allston’s pop-up is back and better than ever this summer. Cap off a hard work week with some incredible music and a cold pint of beer. 

NEMPAC’s Jazz in the Park Series (Thu)

NEMPAC, or the North End Music and Performing Arts Center, returns to The Greenway this summer with an array of one-of-a-kind performances.

Harborwalk Sounds at the ICA (Thu)

Harborwalk Sounds epitomizes summers in the city. What’s better than grabbing a drink, listening to local performers, and admiring the sunset over the Waterfront? Not only are the concerts free of charge, but the galleries are too: reserve a ticket to check out the ICA at no cost to you. 

CX Summer Nights (Thu)

CX Summer Nights offer amazing concerts— but it’s also so much more than that. You can also spend the evening playing free lawn games, lounging in the Common at CX, purchasing some great local brews from Lamplighter CX, and enjoying delicious meals from a number of food trucks. 

Concerts at Hingham Shipyard (Fri) 

Hingham might be a bit farther out, but it’s worth the trip. Why spend time in Boston traffic when you can take a fun ferry ride? Hingham Shipyard offers free music every Friday, so you can sing along while admiring views of the water. 

Eliot Schoolyard Concerts (Sun) 

The Eliot Schoolyard in Jamaica Plain hosts live performances every Sunday this summer. Here, you can listen to some of the best jazz and R&B in the entire city. Enjoy free ice cream on 6/18 and 9/24!

Jazz on the Porch (Sun) 

Spectacle Island is truly a spectacle to behold. With beautiful beaches, acres of hiking trails and breathtaking views, you could spend all day on the island. Once the sun sets, head over to Jazz on the Porch and relax on the Adirondack chairs for incredible musical performances. 

Outdoor Music Festivals + Special Events

We get it, we get it: you can never get enough of live music. Don’t worry, Boston has no shortage of that. There are plenty of one-off concerts and special festivals to check out, from incredible jazz festivals to weekend-long music bashes.   

Bonus paid concert series: Fenway Park Summer Concerts

The Fenway Park Summer Concert Series is back for the 2023 season. Even though they aren’t free, we had to give a special mention for one of Boston’s most iconic lineups. 


📸: Adam Castiglioni @ConciergeBoston via Twitter

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