New England isn’t exactly known for consistent weather, but New
Englanders are known for consistently jumping the gun on summer. The
first 60 degree day in April brings flip flops, tank tops and patio
chairs out into the open, only to be quickly replaced with warmer
clothes and indoor seating once it hits 40 degrees the next day.
Regardless of its fickleness, we celebrate. And what better way to do
that than to be outside and listen to live music? Rain or shine, the
show goes on, so check out a few of these outdoor venues and buy your
The Hatch Shell
This hunk of stage along Boston’s esplanade is the perfect place for
an outdoor concert. Situated right along the Charles River and
adjacent to Back Bay, the location alone is worth a visit.
Entertainment here ranges from the Oldies 103.3 Free Summer Concert
Series (think: Brian Wilson, Frankie Valli), and the Boston Pops
47 David G Mugar Way Boston
The Bank of America Pavilion
This is where the big guns play in the summertime. Surrounded by
harbor and the scent of salt water, the BOA Pavilion screams summer.
This year, Weezer, Florence and the Machine, Guster, and the B52s will
290 Northern Avenue
Thayer Street Outdoor Concert Series
Kicking off summer the Saturday before Mother’s Day, this funky little
gathering does away with grandeur and brings on rootsy jazz numbers.
The free event is in SoWa, the South End’s art district. Teaming up
with JazzBoston in partnership with the Greater Boston Jazz week, the
series will keep strumming on the first Saturday of every month
Boston Harbor Cruises
There’s nothing like being on the water. Literally. Hop on the harbor
to experience live music like no other venue – through a Boston Harbor
Cruise. Events like Rock the Boat with fun music, Sea Song
Sing-a-longs, and charity events are the best way to board.
70 Rowes Wharf