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2019 Boston Summer Concerts

The sounds of summer are pretty sweet in Boston.  Outdoor concerts are a summer staple and Boston provides a plethora of opportunities to spend warm summer evenings outside with friends, enjoying food and drinks and your favorite tunes.

Please note:  Due to COVID-19 restrictions, most large gatherings, including annual festivals, parades and concerts are cancelled or will be held virtually through Labor Day 2020.  Please stay tuned for more info on specifics for this summer.

As the temperatures soar, so does the summer concert calendar. Read on for our picks for free concerts of Summer 2019 (unless otherwise noted). 

Top off your week with the Lexington Summer Concert Series on Friday evenings from 6:30pm to dusk.   Bring your blankets and chairs and head to Emery Park, (Depot Square, Lexington MA) and enjoy a different genre of live musical performances each week from July 12 through August 30.  Summer nights come alive with tantalizing sounds of the 215th Army Band, The Rhythmix Band, Boston Blackstone and even a family concert with Ben Rudnick and Friends.

Lexongton Summer Concert Series

Be a part of Boston's longstanding tradition of the Dorothy Curan Summer Concert Series at City Square Park.  Now celebrating 46 years as Boston's longest-running outdoor concert series,  performances on specified dates from July through the month of August  feature exciting entertainment for music lovers of all ages.  Concerts are free and  begin at 7pm, so grab your spot and celebrate summer with music under the stars,

Dorothy Curran Concert Series Boston Gov't Center

Enjoy the delight of classical musical performances by students at the New England Conservatory at the  Annual Summer Concert Series/ New England.   All concerts are free and open to public with a suggested donation of $10 at door. Please note that children under 6 are not admitted to these concerts.

Spend Wednesday and Friday evenings taking in the sounds of the city at the Concerts In the Courtyard at the Boston Public Library.  The courtyard of the Central Library in Copley Square comes alive with music with free one hour concerts throughout the summer months.  Settle in at one of Boston's most beautiful spaces and enjoy music in the courtyard that plays host to music that ranges from jazz to classical and from world to folk. Note that concerts are moved to Rabb Hall in the event of inclement weather.

Boston Summer Concerts in the Courtyard at BPL

Celebrate our Nation's birthday with top guest performers at the July 4th Sailabration Fundraising Concert with the Boston Pops.   Join Boston in one of this country’s largest and oldest public Fourth-of-July events and one of the biggest annual outdoor concerts anywhere in the world!  Plan to be wowed on July 3 (concert, 8-10:30 p.m.) and July 4 (concert and fireworks, 8-11 p.m.) at the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation’s (DCR) Hatch Memorial Shell on the Charles River Esplanade.

Boston Summer Concerts Hatch Shell

Round up your family and friends, pack the picnic baskets, blankets, lawn chairs, and bug spray, and spend a musical evening at the free Thursday evening concerts at the NARA Amphitheater Concerts in Acton.  Don't miss the free concert lineup which includes Indian Hill Music Big Band on Thursday, July 19th,  Ben Rudnick & Friends on Thursday, August 9th, Karen K & The Jitterbugs  Thursday, August 16th, and the Loose Connection on Thursday, August 23rd. 

NARA Park Amitheater Summer Concerts Acton

There will be large viewing screen and sound towers installed on Memorial Drive in Cambridge, to accommodate Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular fans on the other side of the Charles River. Additionally,  a large screen will be mounted for the second year in a row on the Rose Kennedy Greenway for additional public viewing.

Soothe your soul with musical talents of the rising stars of Berklee at the Berklee Summer Concerts In Sam Adams Park.  Gather in Faneuil Hall at the Sam Adams statue, and enjoy a  summer music series which celebrates a partnership between Berklee and the City of Boston.  Enjoy free performances by Berklee students at 12:00 p.m. on selected Fridays throughout the summer. 

Boston Summer Concerts Live Music

Join the National Park Service, the Dorchester Heights Associations, and Boston Harbor for  FREE summer evening concerts on the Heights at Thomas Park.  The fun runs from 6-8pm  on select dates throughout the summer months!

Bring a chair or blanket and a picnic and enjoy the tradition of symphonic musical entertainment with family and friends.  Relax and enjoy free summer concerts under the stars all summer long at DCR's Hatch Shell in Boston performed by Boston Landmarks Orchestra. Take in the music of summer at free Hatch Shell concerts are held every Wednesday evening (7 p.m.) from July 10 through August 22, 2019.

Summer Concerts in Boston at the Hatch Shell

Get your groove on at the Boston Jazzfest.  Gather with friends at Boston Maritime Park in the Boston Seaport for a ground-breaking festival featuring a musically diverse array of jazz artists performing on Boston’s Waterfront on August 30th and August 31st.    Stroll through the festival and enjoy great music, delicious food and shop among the unique vendors who have set up shop at the event.

In addition, there are lots of summer concert series that take place out in the 'burbs.  Take a look at this roundup of town sponsored summer concerts and enjoy a summer evening of music and family fun. 

ACTON
Wednesdays at NARA Park at 6:30 p.m.

July 24 — Steve Hurl, Jumpa Juba

Aug. 7 — Don’t Tell Jack

Aug. 14 — Loose Connection Band

Aug. 21 — Tony Funches, lead singer of the Platters

 

ASHLAND
Tuesdays, 7-9 p.m. (June and July) and 6:30-8:30 p.m. (August), Stone Park Gazebo, Summer Street

July 23 — Studio Two (Beatles)

July 30 — Lights Out Blues Band

Aug. 6 — MetroWest Community Band

Aug. 13 — Show Cause Band

Aug. 20 — Flashback (classic rock)

 

BELLINGHAM
Concerts on the Grass, Wednesdays, Town Common

July 24 — 6-7 p.m., free pony rides; 7-9 p.m. Jesse Liam Band, contemporary pop

 

CAMBRIDGE
Tuesdays, 6-8 p.m., Danehy Park, 99 Sherman St.

July 23 — Air Congo

July 30 — Nat Seelen and Friends

Aug. 6 — Alisa Amador, featuring Noah Anderson

 

CANTON
Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m., Canton High School (front lawn of Rodman Building). In case of inclement weather, call 781-821-5030.

July 24 — Ronnie Lewis & The Expedition

July 31 — Cactus Gang

Aug. 7 — The Leafmen

Aug. 14 — Jumpin’ Juba

 

DEDHAM
Wednesdays, starting with opening acts at 6:30 p.m., followed by the main attraction at 7 p.m., lawn of Endicott Estate. 

July 24 — Boogaloo Swamis

July 31 — Martin Kelly Music

 

DOVER
Tuesdays from 7-8 p.m. on the Common. Knucklebones returns with children’s activities. 

July 23 — Group Therapy

Aug .7 — to be announced

Aug. 14 — Eddy’s Shoe Band

 

FRAMINGHAM
Fridays, 6:30 p.m. (6 p.m. starting July 26), Village Green, Edgell Road and Oak Street

Cancellations will be announced by 4:30 p.m. on Framingham Parks & Recreation Facebook page and on the cancellation line, 508-532-5962.

July 19 — Tony Soul

July 26 — Dwayne Haggins

Aug. 2 — Local Freight

Aug. 9 — Back Pages

Aug. 16 — rain date

 

HOLLISTON
Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m., Goodwill Park. 

July 23 — Lights Out

 

HOPKINTON
Sundays, 5 p.m., Common. Sponsored by Hopkinton Parks and Recreation.

July 21 — Hopkinton Community Summer Band

July 28 — Steve Spector and Hot Acoustics

Aug. 4 — Soul Function

Aug. 11 — Music Matters

Aug. 18 — Southbound Train

 

LINCOLN
Wednesdays, 6 p.m., Codman Pool, Ballfield Road. Sponsored by the Recreation Department. Admission is free; pool use for nonmembers is $5 per person. Concerts will be canceled or rescheduled in the event of rain. 

July 24 — Knock on Wood

 

MARLBOROUGH
Thursdays, 7 p.m., Union Common, intersection of Route 85 and Main Street. Sponsored by the Mayor’s Office and the Recreation Department.

July 18 — Southbound Train Band

July 25 — Playback

Aug. 1 — Larry Bee and the Buzz

Aug. 8 — Flash Back

Aug. 15 — Dom V and the Swing Out Band

 

MEDFIELD
Thursdays, 6-8 p.m., at the gazebo next to the library. Cancellation Info: medfieldmemo.org.

July 25 — Back Pages

Aug. 1 — The Stacey Peasley Band (in case of rain, the concert will be performed at the Medfield Library).

Aug. 8 — Shane Wood Jazz Trio

Aug. 15 — The Keith Curbow Studio Band

 

MEDWAY
Mondays, 6-8 p.m., Choate Park. 

July 22 — Lake Shore Drive Band

July 29 — The Reminisants

 

MILFORD
Family Night on the Bandstand, Tuesdays, 6:30-9 p.m., Milford Town Park, corner of Congress and Walnut streets. Information: claflinhill.org, 508-478-5924.

July 23 — The Claflin Hill Symphony Summer Winds

July 30 — Carolyn Rae & The Rumours

Aug. 6 — Swing Night with the Fantasy Big Band

Aug. 13 — Zach Innis and the HoneyBees

Aug. 20 — The Claflin Hill Symphony Summer Winds

 

NATICK
Concerts on the Common, Mondays, 7 p.m. (except for June 24 concert). In case of rain, call 508-647-6530 after 5 p.m. for cancellation information.

July 22 — HELP!

July 29 — Jimmy Lavezzo Tribute Band

Aug. 5 — Sometimes Banned

Aug. 12 — Southbound Train

*Family Performance Arts Series*, Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m., Natick Common. In case of rain, performances will take place at the Community-Senior Center, 117 East Central St.

July 24 — Karen K and the Jitter Bugs

July 31 — Jeff Thomas

Aug. 7 — Bob Bloom

 

NEEDHAM
Thursdays, 7 p.m., Memorial Park Gazebo. In case of inclement weather, concert will be performed at Newman Elementary School. Bring dinner, lawn chairs or a blanket, and enjoy the music.

July 18 — NCE Community Concert Band

July 25 — Element 78

Aug. 1 — Southern Rail

Aug. 8 — New Legacy Swing

Aug. 15 — 4EverFab

 

NEWTON
*Sundays on Newton Centre Green 6-8:30 p.m (corner of Langley Road and Centre Street) canceled in case of rain — no rain date.

July 21 — The Love Dogs

July 28 — Blue Suede Boppers

*Wednesdays “Dancing in the Parks,” sponsored by The Village Bank

July 24 — Big Chief, West Newton, Capt. Ryan Park, Washington and Cherry streets

July 31 — Daybreakers, Newtonville Senior Center, 345 Walnut St,

*Tuesdays, “Children’s Entertainment”

July 23 — Bee Parks and the Hornets, Newton Centre Green — come dressed in your favorite bee costume to dance, sing and “buzz” around the green.

Aug. 6 — Stacey Peasley Band, Newton Police Headquarters and Capt. Ryan Park — join our friends from the Newton Police Department as they celebrate “National Night Out,” an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie with the aim of making neighborhoods safer and more caring places to live.

 

NORTHBOROUGH
Sundays, 5-7 p.m., Ellsworth-McAfee Park, Route 135. Sponsored by the Northborough Community Affairs Committee. Free face painting and balloon art.

July 28 — Cold Spring Harbor

Aug. 11 — Way Up South

Playing Dead — Aug. 25

 

NORWOOD
*Carillon Concerts on the Common, Mondays, 7-8 p.m., Tilton Memorial Carillon, Washington and Nahatan streets. All concerts rain or shine. 

July 22 — Jan Verheyen, Neerpelt, Belgium

July 29 — Patrick Macoska, Cleveland, Ohio

Aug. 5 — Margaret Pan, Somerville

Aug. 12 — John Whiteside, St. Stephen’s Church, Cohasset

*Concerts on the Common, Sundays from 6-8 p.m.

July 14 — Dan Gabel and the Abletones

July 21 — Westwood Swing Band

July 28 — Natalie Joly & the Reckless Hearts

Aug. 4 — Roy Scott Big Band

Aug. 11 — Tom Nutile Big Band

Aug. 18 — Oberlaendler Hofbrau Band

Aug. 25 — Black Velvet Band

*Summerfest Concerts, Wednesdays, 7-9 p.m., Gazebo. Presented by the Norwood Arts Council. 

July 24 — Round House

July 31 — South Bound Train

Aug. 7 — Glamour Girls

Aug. 14 — TBD

Aug. 21 — Bobby Carlson

Aug. 28 — The Beacons

 

SHARON
Lakeside Concert Series, Wednesdays, 7-8:30 p.m., Veterans’ Memorial Park Beach

July 24 — Red7

July 31 — Glamour Girls

Aug. 7 — Lovefest

Aug. 14 — Retro Rockets

Family concerts, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Veterans’ Memorial Park Beach

Aug. 21 — Josh and the Jamtones

Beech Tree Concert Series, Sundays, 3

 

SHERBORN
Wednesdays, 6:30-8 p.m., lawn at the Unitarian Universalist Church, corner of Washington and Sanger streets. Sponsored by the Friends of the Sherborn Library. Food truck will be on hand  July 10, 17 and 31.

July 24 — Group Therapy

July 31 — The Day Trippers

 

SOUTHBOROUGH
Wednesdays, 6-8 p.m., Neary School grounds. Information: Southborough.recdesk.com

July 24 — Reminisants (rain date July 31)

Aug. 7 — SloGrass (rain date Aug. 14)

 

SUDBURY
Mondays, 6:30-8 p.m., Haskell Field.

July 22 — The Reminisants

July 29 — The Paul Rodriguez Band

Aug. 5 — Holly and the Sons of the Blues

 

UPTON

Wednesdays, 6-8 p.m., 99 Kiwanis Beach Road.  Upton Recreation Department runs a grill so visitors can purchase food.

July 24 — 4Ever Fab

July 31 — Classic Groove

Aug. 7 — Mac Odom

Aug. 14 — Fast Times

 

WALPOLE
Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m. (6-8 p.m. in August), on the Common.

July 23 — Backpages

July 30 — Pablo Palooza

Aug. 6 — Southbound Train (part of National Night Out on Stone Field)

Aug. 13 — Wiki 3

Aug. 20 — Knockonwood

Aug. 27 — The Standards

 

WALTHAM
Tuesdays, 7-8:30 p.m., Common. Information: walthamarts.org

July 23 — The Reminisants (rain date July 25)

July 30 — Studio Two (rain date Aug. 1)

Aug. 6 — Tom Bruhl Trio (rain date Aug. 9)

Aug. 13 — Soft Touch (rain date Aug. 16)

Aug. 17 — Mayor’s Doo Wop

Aug. 20 — East Coast Soul (rain date Aug. 23)

Aug. 27 — Mystique (Aug. 30)

 

WATERTOWN
Wednesdays, 6:30-8 p.m., Salstonstall Park

July 24 — Major Disturbance

July 31 — Blues Dogs

Aug. 7 — Southbound Train

 

WAYLAND
Thursdays, 7 p.m., Town Building Courtyard.  In case of rain, the concert will be held in the Large Hearing Room.

July 18 — The Standards

 

WELLESLEY
Wednesdays, 7-8:30 p.m., Town Hall Green. Kids games provided by Knucklebones.

July 24 — Glamour Girls

July 31 — Reminisants

 

WESTBOROUGH
Wednesdays, 7 p.m., The Willows at Westborough

July 24 — Tom Nutile Big Band

July 31 — Wolverine Jazz Band

Aug. 7 — The Reminisants

 

WESTWOOD

Mondays, 6:30 p.m., Westwood Senior Center lawn, 60 Nahatan St.

July 22 — Stacey Peasley

July 29 — The Bubble Music Man

More Ideas for Summer Fun!

Find Fun Things to Do on our events calendar as Summer Begins in Boston

Enjoy your summer nights with these free evening concerts, and you can mix things up with our list of fun options for free summer movies in the Boston area as well.  

In addition to summer concerts and movies, there are many other fun things to do for free in Boston - check out our handy guide to free family fun for more ideas.