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: Shubert Theatre

The Boch Center includes the Wang and Shubert Theatres. These historic landmarks present dance, Broadway, concerts, comedy, dramatic productions, popular artists and a range of other performing arts. Since its opening on January 24, 1910…

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 is an internationally renowned ballet company. We present a broad repertoire of works, including timeless classical ballets such as The Nutcracker and innovative contemporary ballets by some of the most ground-breaking…

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

Boston Chinatown Tours Jul 14

Boston Chinatown Tours

Chinatown can be intimidating for outsiders. Travelers and locals alike rave about the food, fun and fables, insights gained as…

Firelei Báez Jul 14

Firelei Báez

This is the first North American survey dedicated to the richly layered work of Firelei Báez (b. 1981, Dominican Republic). One of…

Hallyu! The Korean Wave Jul 14

Hallyu! The Korean Wave

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

Hoops Jul 14

Hoops

Join us at The Strand Theater for a captivating performance that celebrates the rich history and cultural significance of hoop…

The Queen of Versailles Jul 16

The Queen of Versailles

EXTENDED DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND! From computer engineer to Mrs. Florida to billionairess, Jackie Siegel sees herself as the…

Revolution's Edge Jul 17

Revolution's Edge

Revolution’s Edge takes us to the afternoon of April 18, 1775, hours before the signal lanterns would shine from Old North’s…

The Lemurian Experience Jul 17

The Lemurian Experience

“The Lemurian Experience” is an exciting adventure into the mystical world of Lemuria, where magical stories and captivating music…

Festival Betances Jul 20

Festival Betances

New England’s longest-running Latino cultural festival is BACK on Saturday, July 20, 2024 from 12 PM to 8 PM at Plaza Betances…

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…

Boston Puerto Rican Parade Jul 28

Boston Puerto Rican Parade

The annual Boston Puerto Rican Parade returns on Sunday, July 28, 2024! The parade route will start at Cedar Street in Roxbury, MA…

Saint Rocco's Feast Aug 09

Saint Rocco's Feast

Join us from August 9 to August 11, to celebrate the 94th annual grand religious feast in honor of Saint Rocco! St. Rocco's Feast…

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…

Boston Caribbean Carnival Aug 24

Boston Caribbean Carnival

Join us as we celebrate with our traditional festivities in collaboration with local Carnival Bands at this year's 50th Boston…

Shrek The Musical Sep 13

Shrek The Musical

Experience Shrek The Musical at Emerson Colonial Theatre from September 13-15, 2024! “Once upon a time, there was a little ogre…

Parade Mar 12

Parade

Winner of the 2023 Tony Award® for Best Revival of a Musical, PARADE has been proclaimed as “a work of art! As commanding as any…