Bostonians love to spend as much time outdoors as they can in the summer. With the warm season as short as it is, there is nothing quite like running the fun into the fall. When it comes to music, it doesn’t get much better than listening to your favorite band outdoors. Here is a listing of some of the best outdoor concerts to check out this fall.
Brad Paisley, Justin Moore And Mickey Guyton
The Xfinity Center
885 S. Main St.
Mansfield, MA 02048
One of the most popular places to check out an al fresco concert is The Xfinity Center in Mansfield (forever known to some by its original name Great Woods). From country music and pop rock to hard rock and blues bands, the venue hosts popular acts here right up until the end of September. This year, Xfinity closes off another great season with renowned country artist Brad Paisley, with fellow country artists Justin Moore and Mickey Guton as part of the “Crushin’ It!” tour. Mansfield is located about a half hour south of Boston. Headliners here have included Toby Keith, Aerosmith, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Kid Rock with final season performances to include Brad Paisley, Justin Moore and Mickey Guyton.
City Hall Plaza
2 City Hall Square
Boston, MA 02201
Each September, City Hall Plaza hosts a three-day festival and two-stage outdoor concert known as Boston Calling. The rain or shine event will be held this year from September 25 to 27 right in front of City Hall. This year’s lineup includes The Avett Brothers, Alt J, Alabama Shakes, Hozier, Walk the Moon and Nate Ruess, among several others. Bring the entire family, as this is an all-ages event where children under 10 are admitted for free. The main entrance location is on Congress St.
Related: Boston’s Best Beer Gardens
Kids Really Rock
The Lawn On D
420 D St.
Boston, MA 02127
Sept. 26, 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
One of Boston’s newest arrivals to the outdoor entertainment scene is located in South Boston. The Lawn on D has made a name for itself with its popular festivals when it opened earlier this year. Since then, they have grown in popular with their array of outdoor concerts. There are on-site food vendors, including food trucks as well to satiate your hunger as well as a beer garden to whet your thirst. Boston Kids Really Rock is one of the last performances this season, and will feature nationally-known kids bands The Pop Ups, Alphabet Rockers, Mister G and more. The event is free, and while kids rock to the music they can paint a portrait or participate in one of several creative or community service projects at stations around the event. It’s the perfect way to close out the summer.
Oct. 2, noon
Since forming in 2013, Boston-based indie band Cherry Mellow has toured in over nine states, but there is now crowd like a home crowd. Catch the group at Lawn on the D and become familiar with a still-growing group that recently released their new EP. Admission is free, and the crowd is likely to be a group of proud Bostonites excited to see a growing hometown group.
The Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival
Columbus Ave. between Massachusetts Ave. and Burke St.
Boston, MA 02120
Every year this festival takes over Columbus Avenue, and it returns again this year with artists Ledisi, Javon Jackson, Jimmy Cobb and others. Even if you don’t fancy yourself a jazz connoisseur, 80,000 people turned out last year for the food and atmosphere at the festival — oh, and attendance is free. Take in the music, or try your own hand at a few with the “instrument petting zoo” and who knows, maybe it will ignite a lifelong passion that will lead you to one day standing on one of those three stages!
Related: Boston’s Best Bars With A Patio
Kellie Speed is a Boston writer with more than 25 years of experience writing for local and national publications, including JustLuxe, Haute Living, The Boston Globe, Mohegan Sun’s Legends and Amtrak’s Arrive. She is the Boston restaurant writer for Gayot’s travel site and contributed to Moon Metro’s Boston guidebook, as well.