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The Hatch Shell

Outdoor FreeApr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct
Concerts, Cultural, Green
47 David G Mugar Way, Boston, MA
URL: The Hatch Shell  Phone: 617-626-1250

Activity Overview

The Edward A. Hatch Memorial Shell is an outdoor music venue located on the Charles River Esplanade in Boston. The shell was first constructed as a wooden temporary space to provide a stage for the Boston Pops Orchestra in 1928. The permanent shell that is still in use today was designed by the architect Richard J. Shaw and was dedicated on July 2nd 1940. After major renovations for its 50th anniversary at the start of the 90's the venue is used now for concerts, films and a wide variety of other cultural and charitable events.

Things to Do

  • Every Friday in June, July and August the Memorial Shell hosts "Free Friday Flicks", a series of films shown for free at dusk.
  • There are also live music concerts in a range of genres from pop and rock to classical during this time of the year too.
  • The 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular featuring the Boston Pops Orchestra is a time-honored tradition in Boston every year. Thousands gather at the Hatch Shell and along the Esplanade to enjoy patriotic music and fireworks.
  • The Hatch Shell can be found in the Charles River Esplanade. This park is a nice area to visit even when there are no events on. Pack up some food and bring your family along for a picnic. The Esplanade is also popular with walkers, joggers and cyclists.

The Hatch Shell Insider Tips

  • On the day of a concert or any other big event get there early to secure a spot on the lawn in front of the stage. Set out a sheet on the ground, bring a few fold out chairs and get comfortable for the entertainment.
  • The Hatch Shell is located beside two T stops; the red line Charles MGH stop and the green Arlington station are both nearby.
  • There are plenty of attractions near to the Hatch Shell including the Cheers Beacon Hill, the Public Garden, the Hancock Tower, the Weather Beacon and the Citgo Sign.
  • A list of events at the Hatch Shell can be found on their webpage.

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