Free Summer Concerts in Boston

Events, Things to Do, Travel Tips, What's New — By Andrea Mooney on June 18, 2011 at 4:33 pm

Three things define summer: warm weather, the outdoors, and fun, and you can find all three of them at a free concert. Boston has three major outdoor areas that become sunny stages, and their musical schedules have just hit the press. Whether you’re looking for golden oldies, classical symphony, or a little bit of soul, you’ll find it at the Hatch Shell, City Hall Plaza, and the South Garden of the Prudential Center.

photo by Mister Wilson

Known for its traditionally iconic performance each Fourth of July by the Boston Pops, the Hatch Shell is a historic venue for summer tunes. It all kicks off on July 3, when the Pops take the stage and fireworks light up the sky. After that, each Wednesday the Landmarks Orchestra take over, and each Saturday Oldies 103.3 rock it with old favorites.

City Hall Plaza may not be the most beautiful area of the city, but it has a lot of stairs that serve as seating, and a wide open lot for the taking. While it’s not surrounded by water, trees, sail boats, and skyline like the Hatch Shell, it gets the job done.

You might know the Prudential Center as the ultimate place for consumers to shop, eat, and walk around, but you can also pick up a little bit of (free) culture while you’re there. Check out the South Garden each Tuesday night starting in June for Berklee College of Music’s latest talent.

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