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City Hall Plaza Concerts & 
Christopher Columbus ParkARTS

During the summer, there are free concerts at City Hall Plaza, and along the waterfront at Christopher Columbus Park. The plaza program is known today as the Dorothy Curran Concert Series (formerly known as Mayor Menino's Wednesday Night Concert Series), and are scheduled for selected Wednesday evenings at 7:00 pm. A stage is set up on the north side of Boston City Hall, with attendees sitting or standing on the plaza stairs opposite the stage.

There are also free concerts and other performances at Christopher Columbus Park in the North End, which are part of Boston's ParkArts and Waterfront Performing Arts Series programs.

City Hall Concerts Boston
City Hall Plaza Stage

Boston abounds in culture and the arts. The City of Boston has a long history of sponsoring free events in the city's neighborhoods. Earlier programs date back to the 1970s and even further, when an event series was known as SummerThing.

The free concerts showcase Boston's diversity and deep appreciation for the arts. From patriotic music to disco or reggae, the concerts provide a variety of music for residents and tourists. Performing artists can vary from Shakespeare to opera or even pantomime.

Enjoy a free performance at City Hall Plaza or Christopher Columbus Park. Boston's historic waterfront is just a short walk away!

 

*** Dates or Times Subject to Change by the City without Notice ***

June, 2014

Saturday June 14, 11:00 am - 6:00 pm 
City Hall Plaza 
LGBT Pride Festival

Friday June 27, 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm 
Boston City Hall Plaza 
Bollywood Indian Dance Celebration

Sunday June 29, 8:00 pm 
Christopher Columbus Park 
Italian Opera in the Park

 Strauss' Die Fledermaus Opera 
Performed by the North End Music and Performing Arts Center

July, 2014

Wednesday July 2, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm (CANCELED) 
Boston City Hall Plaza 
Children's Day 
Boston HarborFest Celebration 
2013 Performer: Wayne Potash & The Music Fun Band

Saturday July 5, 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm (TENTATIVE) 
Boston City Hall Plaza 
Boston HarborFest Celebration 
2013 Performer: BaHa Brothers Band

Saturday July 5, 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm (TENTATIVE) 
Boston City Hall Plaza 
Boston HarborFest Celebration 
2013 Performer: PRIMAL FUNK Band

Sunday July 7, 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm (CANCELED) 
Boston City Hall Plaza 
Boston Chowderfest 

Sunday July 13, Sunset  (8:20 pm, Arrive Early)
Christopher Columbus Park 
Sunday Night Movie Series
 
"Field of Dreams"

Wednesday July 16, 7:00 pm 
City Hall Plaza 
Dorothy Curran Concert Series
 
Tavares, Disco Legend 

Sunday July 20, Sunset (8:16 pm, Arrive Early) 
Christopher Columbus Park 
Sunday Night Movie Series
 
"Sleepless In Seattle"

Wednesday July 23, 7:00 pm 
City Hall Plaza 
Dorothy Curran Concert Series 
Beatlejuice, Beatles Tribute Band 

Sunday July 27, Sunset (8:09 pm, Arrive Early) 
Christopher Columbus Park 
Sunday Night Movie Series
 
"My Neighbor Tortoro"

Thursday July 31, 7:00 pm 
Christopher Columbus Park 
Italian Opera in the Park

 Works: TBA 
Performed by the North End Music and Performing Arts Center

August 2014

Sunday August 3, Sunset (8:03 pm, Arrive Early) 
Christopher Columbus Park 
Sunday Night Movie Series
 
"Big"

Tuesday August 5, 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm (TENTATIVE) 
Christopher Columbus Park 
Waterfront Arts Series
 
Performer: TBA

Wednesday August 6, 7:00 pm 
City Hall Plaza 
Dorothy Curran Concert Series
 
Disco Night with The Stardust Band 

Sunday August 10, 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm 
City Hall Plaza 
GospelFest
 
Performers: J.J. Hairston & Youthful Praise

Sunday August 10, Sunset  (7:52 pm, Arrive Early)
Christopher Columbus Park 
Sunday Night Movie Series
 
"Star Wars"

Tuesday August 12, 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm (TENTATIVE) 
Christopher Columbus Park 
Waterfront Arts Series
 
Performer: TBA

Friday August 15, 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm 
City Hall Plaza 
Boston GreenFest 
Performers: TBA

Saturday August 16, 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm 
City Hall Plaza 
Boston GreenFest 
Performers: TBA

Sunday August 17, 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm 
City Hall Plaza 
Boston GreenFest 
Performers: TBA

Sunday August 17, Sunset (7:42 pm, Arrive Early) 
Christopher Columbus Park 
Sunday Night Movie Series
 
"Happy Feet"

Tuesday August 19, 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm (TENTATIVE) 
Christopher Columbus Park 
Waterfront Arts Series
 
Performer: TBA

Wednesday August 20, 7:00 pm 
City Hall Plaza 
Dorothy Curran Concert Series
 
Charlie Thomas (formerly of the Drifters) 

Saturday August 23, 4:00 pm 
City Hall Plaza 
Boston Urban Music Festival
 
Headliner: Talib Kweli 

Tuesday August 26, 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm (TENTATIVE) 
Christopher Columbus Park 
Waterfront Arts Series
 
Performers: TBA

Thursday August 28, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm 
City Hall Plaza 
Caliente Latin Festival
 
Performer: Grupo Mania  

Saturday - Sunday August 30 - 31, 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm 
Christopher Columbus Park 
Boston Arts Festival

 

Contact Information & Address:

City Hall Concert Series 
100 City Hall Plaza, Boston, MA 02109 
cityofboston.gov/parks 
617.635.3911 (Updates)

 

Waterfront Performing Arts Series 
Christopher Columbus Park, 100 Atlantic Avenue, Boston, MA 
cityofboston.gov/arts 
617.635.3911 (Updates)

 

 

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