Take advantage of the proliferation of places to catch live al fresco performances during the spring and summer months
Summer unofficially kicks off May 24–26 with this massive, three-day music and arts festival, the 10th edition of which takes place at Harvard University’s athletic fields in Allston. Marvel at headliners Twenty One Pilots (pictured), Tame Impala and Travis Scott, along with dozens of other bands, a myriad of food and drink options, dance performances by Boston Ballet and comedy from the likes of Fred Armisen, Jenny Slate and Michael Che.
Harvard Athletic Complex, 65 North Harvard St., Allston, bostoncalling.com
Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion
Formerly the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion, this seaside tent welcomes Tash Sultana (May 22) and Sammy Hagar (May 28) to kick off its season.
290 Northern Ave., 617-728-1600, livenation.com
Acts from Berklee College of Music, including Carol, take the stage Thursdays at noon in June at this beautiful locale along the Fort Point Channel.
280 Congress St., berklee.edu/events/summer/atlantic-wharf
The Courtyard at the Boston Public Library
Free, one-hour concerts featuring jazz, folk, classical and more enliven this gorgeous, historic setting throughout the summer. Wednesday shows feature acts associated with the famed Berklee College of Music.
700 Boylston St., 617-536-5400, bpl.org
DCR Hatch Shell
Home to the Boston Pops’ renowned Fourth of July concerts, this landmark performance spot on the picturesque Charles River Esplanade also hosts a variety of free music throughout the summer, including the Pre Juneteenth Celebration concert on June 17 from 6–7:30 p.m.
47 David G. Mugar Way, hatchshell.com
Later this summer, this field of dreams lends its outfield to Phish, Zac Brown Band and The Who.
4 Jersey St., 617-226-6791, mlb.com/redsox
The off-season allows giant rock and country shows to take over the home of the New England Patriots.
One Patriot Place, Foxborough, 508-543-8200, gillettestadium.com
The popular “shed”-style amphitheater about 40 miles south of the Hub hosts the biggest acts around.
885 S. Main St., Mansfield, 508-339-2331, livenation.com
City Hall Plaza
The former home of Boston Calling is no stranger to celebrations, as music shows pop up throughout the warmer months. Upcoming is the free Pride Concert featuring Todrick Hall, Robin S. and Beth Sacks on June 8 from noon–6 p.m.
1 City Hall Square, cityhallplazaboston.com
Museum of Fine Arts
The Fenway institution’s annual Elaine and Jerome Rosenfeld Concerts in the Courtyard kick off in July.
465 Huntington Ave., 617-267-9300, mfa.org