A Boston summer music tradition

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 Restaurant Terrace Seating

Looking for an extra special evening? Members and their guests can enjoy the concerts under the stars from the patio of the MFA’s fine dining restaurant, while enjoying signature cocktails and table service! Choose “Member: Terrace Front” to reserve table seating and “Member: Terrace Rear” for partially obstructed hightops/bar seating.

Terrace seating opens at 6 pm. Reservations are released 30 minutes after the concert begins; we recommend arriving promptly. Guests arriving after this time will be seated at the discretion of the host staff. 

Members can purchase additional tickets for the restaurant terrace at nonmember prices.

In This Series


July 3, 2019
7:30 pm9:30 pm

A powerfully progressive synthesis of electronic sound and Afro-Caribbean language, ÌFÉ is a bold new project from Puerto Rico-based African American...


Amythyst Kiah
July 10, 2019
7:30 pm9:30 pm

A self-professed Southern Gothic, Amythyst Kiah’s commanding stage presence is matched only by her raw and powerful vocals. Based in Johnson City,...


The Garifuna Collective
July 17, 2019
7:30 pm9:30 pm

The Garifuna Collective fits squarely in the tradition of cultural innovation exemplified by the late Andy Palacio, a prominent musician and champion...


July 24, 2019
7:30 pm9:30 pm

Casuarina is one of the most respected bands of Brazil and is at the forefront of the samba/choro renaissance movement that has risen up in Rio de...


Patty Larkin
July 31, 2019
7:30 pm9:30 pm

Patty Larkin returns for her annual MFA concert. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear her redefine the boundaries of folk-urban pop music with her...


Tal National
August 7, 2019
7:30 pm9:30 pm

Tal National is a joyously hypnotic, highly unique contribution to West African guitar music, with lightning-fast rhythms and a rotating cast of...


Flor de Toloache
August 14, 2019
7:30 pm9:30 pm

Flor de Toloache is a Latin Grammy-winning, New York-based ensemble that continues to win the hearts of both music critics and fans through their...


August 21, 2019
7:30 pm9:30 pm

For Upstate, the last few years have been a time of profound exploration and self-discovery—their sound, their lineup, and even their name have all...


The Party Band
August 28, 2019
7:30 pm9:30 pm

The Party Band is a punk/funk brass band from Lowell, Massachusetts, that brings booty-shaking fun everywhere they go. They break the barrier between...

Ticket Information

To order tickets by phone, call 1-800-440-6975 ($6 processing fee applies); 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.

Venue Information

Find directions and tips for the Calderwood Courtyard


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