FESTIVALS OF US US Map & Phone & Address
Bostonians move outdoors in the summer months, taking full advantage of our allotment of nice weather. Just about every town, large and small, hosts a series of free outdoor concerts, usually in the town park. The Sunday Boston Globe generally runs a listing of summer events in early June and the Globe’s Calendar section on Thursdays is a good source for up-to-the-minute info. Meanwhile, here’s a few to check out.
Boston Globe Jazz Festival
Various locations; Information, (617) 523-4047
Every June, Boston jumps as its major newspaper sponsors a week-long series of jazz concerts. Most shows feature at least two performers or ensembles; it all culminates in a free, all-day jazz-a-thon at the Hatch Shell. This lineup features major names like A1 Jarreau, Pat Metheny, and many others, from 12 noon to (617) P.M. Other concerts, generally held in the early evening, take place around the city in places like Copley Square. Most shows are free, with a few exceptions; in some cases, it’s a good idea to make advance bookings. Call the information line in May to preview this year’s lineup.
Various waterfront locations; Information, (617) 227-1528
Six fun-packed days in late June and early July mark Independence Day in Boston. Many of these events focus on the history of the city: You can relive the Siege of Louisbourg, for example, or tour one of several Navy ships. Bring your kids along they’ll get a kick out of the puppet shows, concerts, and street performers.
All the above-mentioned events are free of cost (of course Mine mentioned them first!). Some others charge admission fees; call the information line to receive an up-to-date schedule with prices. The Chowder-fest is one annual highlight: for $4-$6, you get to taste and try as many chowders by local restaurants as you wish. Harborfest culminates on the Fourth with an all-out fireworks extravaganza over Boston Harbor. Arrive early; you’ll have about 350,000 other folks for company!