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Hundreds of outdoor concerts take place throughout Massachusetts in the summer and fall. It’s a tradition that dates back to the 19th century, when each city and town had its own brass band that proudly played in the gazebo on the town square, for holidays and special occasions.

Today you’ll hear music in the town squares, on lake shores, ocean’s edge, in museum and hotel courtyards, or in the middle of the city shopping districts.

The series listed below largely feature jazz, world or blues. Check individual web sites listed for fuller details and updated information.


2015 SCHEDULE

Boston

Berklee Greenway Sessions
July 15
August 5
Rose Kennedy Greenway
Milk and Atlantic Ave, Boston
berklee.edu/events/summer

Berklee Lunch Sessions at Atlantic Wharf
June 25
July 2, 9, 16, 30
berklee.edu/events/summer

Berklee Lunch Sessions at Prudential Center
June 2, 23,
July 14,
Prudential Center
Boston Back Bay
berklee.edu/events/summer

Berklee Music Fest
July 18,
August 1, 15, 22, 29
Georges Island 
Boston Harbor 
berklee.edu/events/summer

Berklee at Spectacle Island
June 28
July 26
August 23
Spectacle Island 
Boston Harbor 
berklee.edu/events/summer

Blues Barge
June 11, 18, 25
July 7, 9, 16, 23, 30
August 6, 13, 20, 27
September 3, 10
Boston Harbor Hotel
Boston Waterfront
bhh.com

Concerts in the Courtyard
July 1 - August 26
Museum of Fine Arts 
465 Huntington Ave 
Boston 
mfa.org

Concerts in the Courtyard
June 3 - August 28
(Wednesdays and Fridays)
Boston Public Library
Copley Square, Boston 
BPL.org

Downtown Boston Live Concert Series
July & August
Summer Street, Readers
Park, Shoppers Park and
Post Office Square 
bostonbid.org/events/calendar.php

Elma Lewis Summer Performing Arts Series
July 14
Franklin Park Playstead
Dorchester 
franklinparkcoalition.org

Harborwalk Sounds: Berklee at the ICA
July 9, 16, 23, 30
August 6, 13, 20, 27
Institute of
Contemporary Art
Boston Waterfront
icaboston.org

Harvard Longwood Campus Presents Berklee
July 15, 29
August 19
Huntington Avenue, Boston 
berklee.edu/events/summer

Tito Puente Latin Music Series
July 30
O’Day Park/ South End
August 6
Greenway/East Boston
berklee.edu/events/summer


Cambridge/Somerville

Courtyard Series: Berklee at Regattabar
July 6, 13, 20
August 3, 10, 17, 24
Charles Hotel
Cambridge
berklee.edu/events/summer


North of Boston

Lowell Summer Music Series
July 9, 30, 31
August 7, 13, 27
Lowellsummermusic.org

Marblehead Festival of arts
July 2, 4, 5
Crocker Park, Marblehead 
marbleheadfestival.org

Newburyport Summer Concert Series
July 11, 25,
Maudslay Arts Center 
Newburyport 
maudslayartscenter.org

Rockport Music Summer Series
July 5, 8, 17
August 5, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 19, 22, 23, 30
Shalin Liu Performance Center
Rockport
rockportmusic.org

Salem Jazz & Soul Festival / Berklee Summer Series
July 11
August 8
Derby Square, Salem 
salemjazzsoul.org

Berklee Plaza Jazz
June 4, 11, 25
July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
August 13, 20, 27
Wakefield Library
berklee.edu/events/summer


Cape Cod & Islands

Arts Foundation of Cape Cod Summer Music Series
July 28 - August 28
Jazz in eight
Cape Cod towns
artsfoundation.org

Cape Cod Jazz Festival
July 3 - August 29
Wequasset Resort & Golf
Club, Chatham
wequassett.com/jazz

Provincetown Jazz Series
July 1, 22, 29
August 5, 19
Provincetown Art Association
& Museum
paam.org


South Shore

Plymouth Waterfront Concert Series
July 1
August 12
Pilgrim Memorial Park 
Plymouth 
projectarts.com


Western Mass

Bang on a Can Music Festival
July 15 – August 1
MASS MoCA
North Adams
massmoca.org

Music at the Mount
July 3, 4, 10, 17, 18, 24, 25, 31
August 17, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29
Lenox
edithwharton.org

   
   
   
 
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