Everyone admits to liking things that are free. Whether its a lunch, an amusement ride or a piece of candy, free is generally good. Most people also will agree that on a warm summer night they enjoy sitting outdoors, relaxing and listening to a live concert. Putting the two words together, “free” and “concert” gives many towns the centerpiece of their summer evening entertainment at least once each week. Looking west of Boston you will find some great opportunities for experiencing the double joy of a free summer concert.
Hudson In Wood Park in the town of Hudson Wednesday nights come alive with the Hudson Summer Concert Series. Folks begin arriving any time after 6 p.m. and the baton comes down at 6:30 p.m. This year’s series will be offered from June 21-Aug 16 and of course the best part is the concerts are always free. For families the Hudson Summer Concert Series has the plus of its location in Wood Park, because the park provides a recreational playground perfect for supervised toddlers and young children before or even during the concert.
Performing groups are varied in their size and style . But among the participants in this year’s series are the well known “Quintessential Brass” and “Branches Steel Band”. In the event that any of the concerts are threatened by inclement weather the event will move to the Hudson Town Hall Auditorium. No disappointments here.
Framingham. There is a lot going on in suburban Framingham on Friday evenings ,but add to your schedule free summer concerts on the Edgell Green ( also known as the Framingham Center Common or Village Green ) . Concerts are scheduled this summer on Fridays from 6:30-8:30 p.m. What’s great about the Framingham concert series is that not only do you get the chance to enjoy a variety of musical offerings but there is a real attempt to make it both a family and a community event.
Lots of folks welcome the start of the weekend by bringing along a picnic supper with them and spreading themselves and their meal out on a big blanket. For folks who didn’t have time to throw together a meal, there is a concession stand available and especially for those with small children the convenience and saving grace of restroom facilities. Speaking of kids, the Framingham concert series seems to really have the little ones in mind as they provide a dance floor just for them, so that while the adults are relaxing, the kids can do what they do best – move around. The summer concert series includes ongoing raffles and even provides assistive listening devices for those in need.
One of the truly nice touches to the Framingham concert series is that it doesn’t forget about those who are less fortunate, who might not be at the concert or more importantly might not have had an evening meal. While the concert series is offered free, donations of food or cash will be accepted for the Metrowest Harvest ( a food for the hungry program). There really is a lot going on in suburban Framingham on Friday evenings, and its all good.
Lexington. During the long summer days, lots of New Englanders make a point of visiting historic towns and cities in Massachusetts like Boston, Sturbridge, Plymouth and of course Concord and Lexington. If you happen to be among those visitors , make it a point to tour Lexington on a Friday. If you do you can take advantage throughout July and August of the free outdoor concerts held on the Lexington Visitors Center Lawn . This is located at 1875 Massachusetts Ave.
Concerts are given from 6:30 p.m. until dusk.
Among featured performers this summer are “The Mood Elevators. ” and “The Hanscom AFB Band of Liberty”. You can wrap up a great day of historic touring in Lexington and nearby Concord with a wonderful free concert on the lawn . Or you can begin a great long weekend with a Friday night concert that won’t tax the wallet and will bring joy to all who attend.
Holliston. It may look like a small town on the map but Holliston is big enough apparently to put together its own local summer concert series. No going to visit the neighboring towns and enjoying their music. If you live in Holliston there is a free summer concert series waiting for you.
Interestingly enough the free summer concert series is provided thanks to the cooperation of two community groups. Through the combined efforts of the Holliston Newcomers Club and the Holliston Council for the Arts Tuesday evenings from June 26- Aug. 7 the night will be alive with the sound of music, and free music at that. The concerts are given at Goodwill Park which is found on Green St. off Rt 16 which runs through the downtown area of Holliston . This summer from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in Holliston, newcomers, art council members and everyone in between can attend and enjoy free summer concerts in beautiful downtown Holliston. .