A Boston summer music tradition. Tickets on sale now.

Nothing feels more like summer in the city than Concerts in the Courtyard! Tucked inside the MFA’s Calderwood Courtyard, this season-long series showcases the hottest, most diverse acts from Boston and around the globe.

Doors open at 6 pm. Music starts at 7:30 pm.

Dining Options

Pack a Picnic

Pack a picnic and enjoy Boston’s favorite summer music series! This year, Concerts in the Courtyard invites you to bring your own food and nonalcoholic beverages for an al fresco evening in the MFA’s Calderwood Courtyard. Wine and locally brewed craft beers are available for purchase, as well as concession snacks.

Other MFA Dining Options are also available.

Member Bravo Terrace Viewing

Looking for an extra special evening? This year the MFA’s fine dining restaurant, Bravo, turns its patio into an exclusive lounge for MFA members and their guests. View the concerts under the stars while enjoying signature cocktails and light dining! Choose “Member: Bravo Terrace” to reserve your spot.

In This Series


Buffy Sainte-Marie
Wednesday, July 5, 2017
7:30 pm9:30 pm

Join Buffy Sainte-Marie, legendary Cree singer-songwriter, activist, educator, visual artist, and winner of countless awards (Oscar, Juno, and Golden...


Blick Bassy
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
7:30 pm9:30 pm

Singing in Bassa, a language and tradition that he has long championed, and mixing guitar, banjo, cello, and trombone, Cameroonian musician Blick...


Tank and the Bangas
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
7:30 pm9:30 pm

 Additional seats may become available in the Courtyard at 2pm on the day of the concert. Please see Concerts in the Courtyard Policies for more ...


Las Cafeteras
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
7:30 pm9:30 pm

Las Cafeteras create a vibrant musical fusion with a unique East LA sound and a community-focused political message. Their Afro Mexican rhythms,...


Ruby Rose Fox
Wednesday, August 2, 2017
7:30 pm9:30 pm

Boston-local Ruby Rose Fox, is a vocal powerhouse of soul-driven, edgy rock’n’roll (with a nod to New Wave), whose voice threatens to knock down the...


Banda Magda
Wednesday, August 9, 2017
7:30 pm9:30 pm

Led by Greek-born composer and Berklee grad, orchestrator, singer, and accordionist Magda Giannikou (Kronos Quartet, Louie), Banda Magda moves from...


Patty Larkin
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
7:30 pm9:30 pm

Boston’s own Patty Larkin returns with a blend of folk melodies, rock, and pop. “Patty Larkin is one of the most gifted performers in music today. A...


Debo Band/Alsarah and the Nubatones
Wednesday, August 23, 2017
7:30 pm9:30 pm

Join us for an inspired evening of cross-cultural exchange through music with a special shared bill with Debo Band and Alsarah & the ...


Wednesday, August 30, 2017
7:30 pm9:30 pm

Trading verses and acoustic guitar licks, these three beloved young singer-songwriters Robert Ellis, Jonny Fritz, and Cory Chisel formed their...

Ticket Information

To order tickets by phone, call 1-800-440-6975; to order in person, visit any MFA ticket desk.

Ticketing Policies

Event Policies

Courtyard seating is limited; low lawn chairs (3 feet or under when unfolded) and/or blankets are recommended. Tall chairs are not permitted. You may bring your own food and nonalcoholic beverages. All bags are subject to inspection by Museum staff.

For more information about what you can bring and inclement weather, please see Concerts in the Courtyard Policies.


The Elaine and Jerome Rosenfeld Concerts in the Courtyard is supported by Elaine and Jerome Rosenfeld.