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Events on and off campus during March and April

From left: Because Once You Enter My House, It Becomes Our House, by Jeffrey Gibson, at the deCordova; enjoying waterfront concerts hosted by the ICA/Boston; the 220-foot steamboat Ticonderoga, which served passengers on Lake Champlain, at the Shelburne Museum

From left: Courtesy of the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum; Mel Taing/ICA Boston; courtesy of the Shelburne Museum


 Music   |   Theater  |   Nature and Science  |   Exhibitions and Events 



Institute of Contemporary Art (ICABoston)
The ICA and Berklee College of Music host Harborwalk Sounds, free Thursday night concerts reflecting myriad musical styles. Also on tap are Summer Fridays, ticketed music events. Seaport district. (July 8-August 27) Watershed Family Days (July 14 and August 21) offer art-making and music at the East Boston Shipyard.

Time Out Market Boston
Enjoy live bands, along with craft cocktails and restaurants, at this newly reopened hub of nightlife in the Fenway neighborhood.



Huntington Theatre Company
The tragicomedy Hurricane Diane, by Pulitzer Prize finalist Madeleine George, follows a gardening goddess from New Jersey who’s bent on reversing the effects of climate change one flower, and one mortal follower, at a time. (August 27-September 26)

Shakespeare on the Common
The Commonwealth Shakespeare Company presents free, outdoor performances of the bard’s final play, with betrayals, magic, and acts of vengeance: The Tempest, starring John Douglas Thompson as Prospero. Bandstand, Boston Common. Ticket registration begins on June 21. (Performance dates TBA)


Nature and Science

Arnold Arboretum
The Boston botanical landscape is open daily from sunrise to sunset. Find a shady section to sit and relax, or walk the trails, amid rare and treasured specimens.

Coolidge Reservation
Roam past Clarke Pond and through the woods to a wide open lawn overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. This 64-acre shoreline preserve in Manchester-by-the-Sea is one of the North Shore’s most beautiful spots. Perch on rocks close to the water, or spread out on the grass for an afternoon of sun, wind, and seaspray.

Boston Harbor Islands
Explorations of the cultural and natural history of Spectacle and Georges islands offer a day trip that feels like a serious vacation, beginning the moment you step aboard the ferry at Long Wharf. (Through September 6)


Exhibitions and Events

Shelburne Museum
Galleries and grounds have reopened with a new slate of exhibits and programs—like Revisiting America: Prints of Currier & Ives (through August 29) and New England Now: People, featuring works by contemporary regional artists (through October 17). Visitors may also reboard the 1906 Ticonderoga, a side-paddle-wheel passenger steamboat that once chugged the north-south route on Lake Champlain.

deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum
A new pyramidal sculpture commemorates pre-Colombian architecture and offers “a corrective to a nostalgic view of indigeneity.” Artist Jeffrey Gibson’s installation title, Because Once You Enter My House, It Becomes Our House, is taken from the lyrics of “Can You Feel It,” by Mr. Fingers. (Through June 2022)

Fuller Craft Museum
Another Crossing: Artists Revisit the Mayflower Voyage. Recognizing the 400th anniversary of the ship’s arrival, this exhibit explores works by artists from the United States and Europe intent on creating a cross-cultural reflection of that landmark event. (July 3-October 10)

Griffin Museum of Photography
The 27th Juried Exhibition includes timely cultural works, such as the Director’s Prize-winning image “Fugue State, Part 2, #12,” by Los Angeles artist Aline Smithson. (July 15-August 29)