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15 free, outdoor summer series

Explore Boston while having fun at these 15 summer series including concerts, movies, workout classes, and family fun.

Photo of people on picnic chairs watching live music at the hatch memorial shell

Summer nights + the Boston Landmarks Orchestra make a great combo.

Photo via @therovingfox

Summer fun has just begun in Boston. If you’re looking to get out and enjoy the warm weather, we’ve rounded up 15 free, outdoor series in the city you can explore this season.


ParkARTS Neighborhood Concert Series — Listen to live, local music at these seven shows coming to different neighborhood parks through Wednesday, Aug. 7.

Golf Course Summer Series — Listen to free music on Wednesday nights at either William J. Devine Golf Clubhouse in Dorchester or George Wright Golf Clubhouse in Hyde Park. This series runs July 10-Aug. 14.

Tito Puente Latin Music Series — In its 16th year, this series continues to bring free music and salsa dancing lessons to Boston parks. Shows are happening now on Thursdays through August 15.

Revere Beach Summer Music Series — There are five more weeks of live shows at this annual, musical pop-up event. Performances are on Thursdays or Fridays, times vary.

Boston Landmarks Orchestra — This summer series features performances and gatherings to showcase diversity and community in the arts. Shows run on select days Wednesday, July 17-Wednesday, Aug. 21 at the DCR Hatch Shell on the Charles River Esplanade.

Elma Lewis Playhouse in the Park — This series returned for its 22nd year to celebrate local jazz, reggae, and R&B artists with live shows on Tuesday nights through August 13 at Franklin Park in Roxbury.

Summer Concerts at Sam Adams Park — This partnership between Faneuil Hall and Berklee College of Music features performances from students, staff, and faculty on select days starting Friday, July 12 through Wednesday, Aug. 21.


River Fit Summer Fitness Series — Get moving with the Esplanade Association’s fitness classes including running, Zumba, and yoga. Sessions are on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays.

Boston Parks Fitness Series — There’s still plenty of time to take advantage of these free fitness classes. Sessions can be found across city parks or virtually through Saturday, Aug. 31.

Seaport Sweat — This all-levels fitness series returns to Seaport Common for its ninth year, offering a variety of outdoor classes through Saturday, Sept. 28.


Parks Movie Nights — This series is bringing the box office to 11 local neighborhoods in August with a schedule of films ranging from “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” to “Encanto.”

Summer Flicks — Grab a blanket and head to the Prudential Center’s South Garden for these free films under the stars. Movie nights are on Saturdays, July 13-Aug. 24.

Families gathering to watch on of  Rosalita’s Marionette Puppets shows.

Families gathering for a puppet show at a local park.

Photo via City of Boston

Other fun

Alianza Park Series — Roundhead Brewing Company and Fresh Food Generation are bringing this traveling beer garden to various parks in the city, offering food and drinks for purchase. There are several stops on its tour that runs through Sunday, Sept. 22.

Rosalita’s Marionette Puppets — These family-friendly shows feature professional puppeteer Charlotte Anne Dore on Thursdays or Fridays at parks across the city.

Boston Women’s Market — Discover local, women-owned businesses at this Quincy Market gathering. It pop ups one Sunday a month through August.

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