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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.
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 over 400 free concerts throughout July and August. Check out Berklee’s Summer in the City concert series: you won’t regret it.
With the ParkARTS Outdoor Neighborhood Concerts, you can enjoy live music in many different Boston neighborhoods all summer. A host of outstanding performers will play in parks across the city until August 10th.
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. (Bonus: you can also catch a movie every Friday night as part of Boston Harbor Hotel’s Summer in the City.)
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 every Tuesday at Harvard’s Science Plaza until August 16th.
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.
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 from hours of studying.
Boston Landmarks Orchestra at the Hatch Shell
The Boston Landmarks Orchestra is famous for its phenomenal performers and unique range of music— musicians experiment with everything from jazz to hip-hop. This summer, they’ll offer free concerts at the Hatch Memorial Shell every Wednesday, so you can check out their unparalleled sound.
Titus Sparrow Park is a lovely little park in the heart of the South End. Every Wednesday night, explore the nearby gardens and check out some great local artists.
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.
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, or the North End Music and Performing Arts Center, returns to The Greenway this summer with an array of one-of-a-kind performances. Don’t miss the special concert on July 28th, where Ukrainian pianist Maxim Lubarsky will dedicate songs to the Ukrainian people.
¡Viva la musica! The Tito Puente Latin Music Series offers the best of latin music, with totally free concerts in parks around Boston. Get ready to do some salsa dancing!
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
CX Summer Nights offer amazing concerts— but it’s also so much more than that. On Thursday, July 21 and August 18, spend the evening playing free lawn games, lounging in the Common at CX. You can also purchase some great local brews from Lamplighter CX and delicious meals from a number of food trucks.
Time Out Market Summer Concert Series
Time Out Market describes its summer concert series as “epic,” and we couldn’t agree more. Don’t miss out the next two bands performing this July on Time Out’s lawn.
Concerts at Hingham Shipyard
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.
ZUMIX Summer Concert Series
Eastie’s beloved Piers Park offers one of the best views of the city skyline. Now, every Sunday, the park turns into one of the coolest concert venues in Boston. Performers will be playing each evening as part of the ZUMIX Concert Series. It’s for a good cause: ZUMIX is a non-profit providing opportunities for young Bostonians to flourish.
Eliot Schoolyard Concerts
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.
Jazz on the Porch
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 adorondiac chairs for incredible musical performances.
Nick Presents Sunset Series Free Jazz R&B
Every Sunday, head to Fort Hill to watch local performers jamming to jazz until the sun begins to set.
Condon Shell Summer Concert Series
On Thursday evenings, pack a picnic, head to Condon Shell in Medford and watch some of Boston’s best performers take the stage.
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.
📸: Adam Castiglioni @ConciergeBoston via Twitter