Summer Concert Guide

Posted July 28, 2014 by Lindsey Daniels in Downtown Boston
Tom Petty Plays Boston

Summer is an amazing season for music festivals and big acts. While downtown Boston doesn’t have large music venues, music lovers can still find great acts in the city. And with a car or subway ride, it’s possible to see some of the biggest names in music this summer. Add these shows to your bucket list.

Downtown Boston Concerts

DTX venues are smaller than those located elsewhere in the city, but are still great places to see intimate performances from bands old and new. The Wilbur Theater and Royale Boston all have regular concerts during the summer. Top summer picks include:

  • Flume, July 29 at 8:00 p.m. (Royale Boston)
  • The Manhattan Transfer, August 8 at 8:00 p.m. (Wilbur Theater)
  • The Cult, August 13 at 8:00 p.m. (Wilbur Theater)
  • Propaghandi, August 15 at 6:00 p.m. (Royale Boston)
  • Tori Amos, August 15 at 7:30 (Boston Opera House)

Flume, July 29 at 8:00 p.m. (Royale Boston)

Other top downtown Boston venues, like the Orpheum, do not have summer concerts, but will be back in full swing in the fall.

TD Garden Shows

TD Garden is one of the city’s largest venues, and as such it definitely brings some major names in music. This summer, top picks include this can’t-miss event:

  • Katy Perry, August 1 and 2 at 7:30 p.m.

Both Katy Perry’s August 1 and August 2 shows are nearly sold out, but here are still some tickets available.

TD Garden does not allow luggage, bags, backpacks, coolers, briefcases, or other articles onsite. Please leave these items at home if you’re heading to a concert at the garden. Otherwise, you will be asked to throw out the items or leave the venue.

The Government Center T station is closed, so you’ll need to head to North Station or to Haymarket if you want to take the T to the Garden. If you’re driving over to the North End for the show, be prepared to pay to park your car in a garage. There is not much street parking in the area.

Blue Hills Bank Pavilion Summer Music

On the waterfront, the intimate Blue Bank Hills Pavilion offers lovely water views and great tunes. This is a dedicated concert venue and has a full schedule, with top entertainers nearly every night. Top picks for summer include:

  • Skrillex July 29 at 6:00 p.m. Tickets from $55.
  • Panic! At the Disco on August 3 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets from $52.
  • Mad Decent Block Party with Diplo, Flosstradamus, Wave Racer, Lunice and others on August 10 at 3:00 p.m. Tickets from $60.

The Blue Hills Bank Pavilion is off of the Silver Line (Waterfront route). There is lots of metered parking in the area, so driving is a great option for this one. As a plus, this venue is right next to the new Harpoon beer hall.

Most events are rain or shine. The Pavilion offers some protection from the elements, but be aware that you could get wet in a summer storm.

Fenway Park Summer Concerts

Fenway Park manages to slip a couple of amazing shows into the schedule every year. This summer’s top pick is a Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers show August 31. The show begins at 7 p.m.but Fenway faithful know that it’s always a solid plan to arrive early and relax inside the park with a beer. The Landsdowne Street area gets very busy, and navigating the tiny streets can be challenging.

No matter what type of music you enjoy, these summer concerts have something for everyone. If you want to add any of these shows to your summer schedule, act quickly because many tickets are almost gone.


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