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By Scott Roberto / June 6, 12:00 AM
High 5: Free Summer Events
Photo: Mass. Office of Travel & Tourism 

The warm weather brings free fun to the Hub's outdoor spaces

Boston Calling Block Party Series: The three-day Boston Calling music festival may be over for the year, yet its namesake sibling is still active every Thursday night at Dewey Square across from South Station on the Rose Kennedy Greenway. Free live music from a host of local bands is accompanied by lawn games and a beer garden.


Summer in the City: June 9–August 26 on Tuesday through Friday nights, savor cool ocean breezes and spectacular views while taking in live music and more at the Boston Harbor Hotel on Rowes Wharf. The outdoor terrace is the perfect spot to enjoy a variety of rotating live music acts as they perform pop and soul on Tuesdays, songs from Sinatra and his Rat Pack cronies on Wednesdays and blues on Thursdays from a floating stage. Then unwind on Friday nights with free movies, beginning June 10 with a screening of The Lorax.


Fenway Summer Sessions: Two free music series—one curated by the Berklee College of Music on select Thursdays from noon–1:30 p.m. and Sound of Our Town from Redefined on Fridays from 4–7 p.m.—take place all summer long at the Green at 401 Park starting June 24. Visitors can also partake in lawn games and fitness classes, so check the schedule for details.


Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular (pictured): After a two-year break, the granddaddy of all free outdoor concerts returns to the Hatch Memorial Shell on the Charles River Esplanade with all the usual pomp, pageantry and pyrotechnics. This year, the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, the Middlesex County Volunteers Fife & Drums, the Honor Guard of the Massachusetts 54th Volunteer Regiment and special guests that include the legendary Chaka Khan join conductor Keith Lockhart on the picturesque riverside stage July 4.


Free Shakespeare on the Common: Commonwealth Shakespeare Company returns to the Boston Common’s Parkman Bandstand for its 26th season, setting the stage, literally, for a production of the Bard’s timeless comedy Much Ado About Nothing July 20–August 7. 

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