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Castle Hill Summer Picnic Concerts

Photo courtesy of The Trustees

With sweeping views of the Atlantic framed by elegant plantings and statuary, it’s no wonder nearly 2,000 people attend this Thursday night concert series every summer. Artists range from bluegrass to Beatles tribute bands. Pack your own picnic or enjoy tasty treats from vendors like Off the Hook, which offers up lobster rolls, fried clams, and other wild-caught sustainable seafood, but arrive early—gates open at 5 p.m., and by 5:30 the lawn is already filling up.

The Crane Estate,? 290 Argilla Rd., ?Ipswich, 978-921-1944,


Lowell Music Series

The secret is out: National artists like Lyle Lovett and Melissa Etheridge are making their way to the award-winning stage at Boarding House Park this summer for a 25th season of live music. Concertgoers spread out blankets or set up lawn chairs to enjoy the backdrop of Lowell National Historic Park and the city’s former textile mills—and ticket prices that are often much lower than at other amphitheaters. The majority of the 1,700-seat venue is general admission – the park opens at 7 a.m. for those truly dedicated to securing the perfect spot—but for an extra $100, VIPs can reserve one of just 30 seats in the first two rows. In addition to paid concerts, the series offers free kids’ events throughout the summer, featuring crafts, trolley rides, and live music.

Boarding House Park, 40 French St., Lowell, 978-275-1829,



Castle Hill Summer Picnic Concerts