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By Scott Roberto / May 17, 12:00 AM
10 Top Spots for Outdoor Music in Boston

Take advantage of the proliferation of places to catch live al fresco performances during the spring and summer months

Photo: Mike Diskin


Rose Kennedy Greenway

Free entertainment abounds right in the heart of Beantown at the Boston Calling Block Parties, which take place Thursday nights from 5–8 p.m. in Dewey Square (pictured), and the Berklee Greenway Concert Series, which occurs the last Thursday of the month from 5:15–6:45 p.m. at Chinatown Park. 

617-292-0020, rosekennedygreenway.org

Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion

Formerly the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion, this seaside tent welcomes George Clinton (June 5), Billie Eilish (June 14) and more.

290 Northern Ave., 617-728-1600, livenation.com

Atlantic Wharf

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

Fenway Park 

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

Gillette Stadium 

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

Xfinity Center

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

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