Last weekend when it was so gorgeous out, I was looking for something to do *outside* and realized there’s no one place that lists all the cool (usually free) outdoor entertainment we are so fortunate to have in and around Boston in the summertime. I started compiling info I found on various sites and then realized this might be useful to my readers as well, so here it is!
Starting in Cambridgeville of course…
Somerville has a whole lineup of summer entertainment including SomerMovie Fest with outdoor movies at various parks around the city every Thursday from July 11 – August 29. The City of Cambridge also has an outdoor summer movie series — Screen on the Green — where the films are supplemented with magicians, clowns, music, and other family-friendly entertainment every Wednesday through August 14. Here are also a few neighborhood-specific options:
Harvard Square has a full calendar of events that includes outdoor summer entertainment.
Concert Series @ Kendall Square (co-sponsored by Berklee College of Music) — on the plaza at 300 Athenaeum Street on Thursdays 12 – 1:30 pm, now through September 5. Plus evening concerts 4:30 – 6 pm on July 16, August 6 and August 27.
And if you’re in the mood to cross the river, there are many more options, and most of them are FREE (yay for free!) — check it out…
Hatch Shell Concert Series — a varying schedule (but mostly Wednesday evenings) of orchestra performances, starting with the Pops on July 3 and running through August 28.
Free Friday Flix at the Hatch Shell — July 12 – August 23.
Berklee Summer in the City — free mid-day and evening music performed at at a variety of locations in the metro area — now straight into September.
Mayor Menino’s Wednesday Night Concert Series — July 18 – August 28. Shows start at 7 at City Hall Plaza.
Summer in the City Movies & Music at the Boston Harbor Hotel — June 13 – August 30 live music every Monday – Friday evening, followed by a movie at dusk on Fridays. Download the brochure here.
Shakespeare on the Common — July 6 – 28 — this year’s production is Two Gentleman of Verona.
MFA Concerts in the Courtyard — June 26 – August 28 with shows starting at 7:30 — unfortunately this one is not free, but might just be worth springing the $30 for…