Arts & Culture

Boston’s cultural scene is vibrant in all seasons. From museums and performing arts, to International Festivals and outdoor concerts, Boston is abuzz with activities for cultural enthusiasts.

Events

Take in one of the many performing arts events the area has to offer...

If you love the classics, ensembles such as Handel & Haydn Society and the Boston Symphony Orchestra are reason enough to visit Boston.   If you prefer a lighter, contemporary flair then the Boston Pops is your orchestra of choice.  The Pops is a staple of spring and come December the famous Holiday Pops enthrall audiences of all ages.  Boston’s renowned music colleges, including Boston Conservatory, New England Conservatory, and Berklee College of Music, also perform weekly throughout the school year.

Boston Conservatory at Berklee

Boston Conservatory at Berklee is consistently ranked a top conservatory for dance, music, and theater, and offers the community more than 700 free and low-cost performances each year presented by students, faculty, and acclaimed guest…

If outdoor concerts and music festivals are more appealing, head to the Esplanade during the summer for the Boston Landmarks Orchestra or The Blues Barge behind Boston Harbor Hotel for an evening delight.  For cultural festivals with music and dance check out City Hall Plaza during the summer months, and in late May, Boston Calling, a 3 day musical extravaganza in Allston.  

The performing arts in Boston reveal a rich array of theatre, dance and intimate concerts.  Award-winning theater companies across the city include Huntington Theatre Company, ArtsEmerson’s World on Stage, and American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge.  Iconic venues such as the Boston Opera House and the Boch Center bring captivating drama, comedy, dance and popular music performances to Boston’s theatre district.

Commonwealth Shakespeare Company

Founded in 1996, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company is dedicated to presenting the works of William Shakespeare in vital and contemporary productions to the people of Boston and to exploring Shakespeare's plays with Greater Boston's youth in…

Boch Center

The Boch Center is excited to announce that it will be bringing the beauty and wonder of the historic Wang Theatre live to your home or school through our Virtual Tours starting this spring. Go behind the scenes of one of Boston's most…

Broadway In Boston / Blue Man Group

Each year Broadway In Boston presents a spectacular season of critically-acclaimed Broadway musicals and plays at historic Boston venues. Blue Man Group will rock your world, blow your mind, and unleash your spirit. As three bald and blue…

Boston Ballet

Boston Ballet maintains an internationally acclaimed repertoire of classical and contemporary works with each season running from October-May, including The Nutcracker during the month of December. This Business is Group Friendly! Bring…

Explore Boston’s diverse museums, from the great masters at the Museum of Fine Arts, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and the Harvard Art Museums to modern art at the Institute of Contemporary Art. Artifacts as well as photography exhibits are on display at the Museum of African American History and the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum. Most of these sites, as well as the Boston Public Library, feature intimate concerts set against the backdrop of their distinctive settings.

The Museums

Harvard Art Museums

Free every day (open Tuesday to Sunday, 10am–5pm) and just steps away from Harvard Square, the Harvard Art Museums welcome…

Boston Public Library

Boston Public Library is America's first public library serving the city of Boston with 27 neighborhood branch libraries, a…

Upcoming Events

Company Apr 13

Company

It’s Bobbie’s 35th birthday party, and all her friends keep asking, why isn’t she married? Why can’t she find the right man and…

Hallyu! The Korean Wave Apr 13

Hallyu! The Korean Wave

Join us on an immersive and multisensory journey through a fascinating history, and celebrate a vibrant creative force that…

Shehuo: Community Fire Apr 13

Shehuo: Community Fire

Zhang Xiao, the 11th recipient of the Peabody Museum’s Robert Gardner Fellowship in Photography, brings us on a bilingual…

The Drowsy Chaperone Apr 13

The Drowsy Chaperone

A refreshing musical cocktail that’s like a bubble bath for your heart. But with tap dancing. And spit takes. A comfortable chair…

Hadestown Apr 23

Hadestown

Come see how the world could be. Welcome to HADESTOWN, where a song can change your fate. Winner of eight 2019 Tony Awards®…

Boston Ballet - Carmen Apr 25

Boston Ballet - Carmen

Awaken your passion with Boston Ballet's Carmen at Citizens Bank Opera House from April 25 - May 5, 2024! Carmen Full of passion…

She Kills Monsters Apr 25

She Kills Monsters

She Kills Monsters tells the story of Agnes Evans as she leaves her childhood home in Ohio following the death of her teenage…

Dog Man: The Musical Apr 28

Dog Man: The Musical

Based on the worldwide bestselling hit series by Dav Pilkey, Dog Man: The Musical is a hilarious and heartwarming new production…

Cirque du Soleil Ensemble Apr 29

Cirque du Soleil Ensemble

Boston Conservatory’s Cirque du Soleil Ensemble, directed by Professor Rich Greenblatt, presents recreated music from various…

Boston Dance Theater May 10

Boston Dance Theater

Founded in 2018 by Jessie Jeanne Stinnett, Boston Dance Theater (BDT) is a Boston-based contemporary dance company codirected by…

Toni Stone May 17

Toni Stone

Toni Stone is an ace ballplayer who knows her stats, plus she’s got a great arm. Rejected by the All-American Girls Professional…

Come From Away May 28

Come From Away

The true story of the small town that welcomed the world. Broadway’s COME FROM AWAY has won Best Musical all across North America!…

Yellow Face May 31

Yellow Face

An Asian-American playwright and activist gets tangled in a complicated and humorous web of lies as he struggles to win back his…

MJ the Musical Jun 18

MJ the Musical

He is one of the greatest entertainers of all time. Now, Michael Jackson’s unique and unparalleled artistry comes to you as MJ…

The Queen of Versailles Jul 16

The Queen of Versailles

From computer engineer to Mrs. Florida to billionairess, Jackie Siegel sees herself as the embodiment of the American Dream. Now…

OVO Jul 20

OVO

An exciting Cirque du Soleil experience, OVO is a colorful intrusion into a new day in the life of insects; a non-stop riot of…

Les Misérables Aug 13

Les Misérables

Set against the backdrop of 19th century France, Les Misérables tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love…