Arts, Music & Entertainment in Boston

Arts, Music & Entertainment in BostonImpressive performing arts venues and one of the country's biggest museums pave the way for Boston's arts, music and entertainment scene. Some of the biggest names in the performing arts industry grace the stages of these arenas and theaters throughout the city.

American Repertory Theater
Enjoy a performance by the talented actors at the American Repertory Theater. The theater has garnered many accolades since being founded in 1980, including a Tony Award and a Pulitzer Prize. Most of A.R.T's shows are American plays and musicals or new takes on classic stories, along with some provocative programming that's known to push the envelope. A few past productions hosted by the company include Cabaret, Paradise Lost, Donnie Darko, Oliver Twist, Romeo & Juliet, Oedipus, and many others.

Address: 64 Brattle St., Cambridge, MA 02138 - MAP
Phone: (617) 547-8300
Web: www.americanrepertorytheater.org

Berklee Performance Center
Music fans will want to keep an eye on the schedule at the Berklee Performance Center. This entertainment venue stays busy, hosting over 200 events annually. Performers include students, faculty, regional talent and talents from abroad, showcasing a variety of musical genres and cultures.

Address: 136 Massachusetts Ave., Boston, MA 02115 - MAP
Phone: (617) 266-7455
Web: www.berkleebpc.com

Boston Symphony Orchestra
Spend an evening enjoying the sounds of the symphony and attend a performance by the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Scheduled performances bring renown classical music pieces to life, including works by composers like Tchaikovsky, Beethoven, Strauss, Stravinsky, Debussy and many others. For a special treat, see if there's a tour of Boston Symphony Hall scheduled before the performance you want to see.

Address: 301 Massachusetts Ave., Boston, MA 02115 - MAP
Phone: (617) 266-1492
Web: www.bso.org

The Colonial Theater
Get tickets to a performance at The Colonial Theatre. The impressive entertainment venue opened in 1903 and even now, over 100 years later, The Colonial has retained its elaborate architectural features with minimal renovations. The venue hosts a variety of productions including concerts, musicals, and other popular touring performances.

Address: 111 South St., Pittsfield, MA 01201 - MAP
Phone: (413) 997-4444
Web: www.thecolonialtheatre.org

The Comcast Center
In 2010, Billboard named The Comcast Center “the top-grossing amphitheatre of the decade,” and when you see the impressive list of past performances, it's not hard to see why. The Who, Pearl Jam, Rush, James Taylor, Aerosmith, Jimmy Buffet, and The Allman Brothers Band are just a few artists who've graced the stage at this entertainment venue.

Address: 885 South Main St., Mansfield, MA 02048 - MAP
Phone: (508) 339-2331
Web: www.livenation.com

Cutler Majestic Theatre
Opera, dance, theater, music and more light up the stage of the Cutler Majestic Theatre. The entertainment facility features productions of its own and those of touring companies as well. The works presented here are meant to be thought provoking and stretch communication, art and culture beyond the social norms.

Address: 219 Tremont St., Boston, MA 02116 - MAP
Phone: (617) 824-8000
Web: www.emerson.edu

Huntington Theatre Company
From the classics to contemporary theater entertainment, the Huntington Theatre Co. brings stories to life through the productions on its stage. Since the theater was founded in the 1980s, it has hosted performances of Prelude to a Kiss, Love's Labour's Lost, The Glass Menagerie, To Kill a Mockingbird, A Raisin in the Sun, The Importance of Being Earnest, and Arms and the Man.

Address: 264 Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02115 - MAP
Phone: (617) 266-0800
Web: www.huntingtontheatre.org

Improv Asylum
Spend the night laughing while enjoying the comedic entertainment hosted by the Improv Asylum. On-the-spot hilarity ensues at the shows here at what's been called “Boston's Best Comedy Club.” You can expect an experience that's like watching Saturday Night Live and Who's Line is it Anyway? combined.

Address: 216 Hanover St., Boston, MA 02113 - MAP
Phone: (617) 263-6887
Web: www.improvasylum.com

Improv Boston Theatre
Live comedy is the ticket at the ImprovBoston Theatre. Stand-up comedians, improvisational shows, and sketch performances are hosted here five nights a week, providing comedic entertainment to thousands of people annually. If you have an interest in being a performer, ImprovBoston hosts classes for those willing to learn.

Web: www.improvboston.com

Lowell Memorial Auditorium
Take a look at the entertainment schedule at the Lowell Memorial Auditorium, and you'll see a variety of performances lining the calendar. This versatile venue hosts everything from concerts to plays, sporting events and children's shows like Sesame Street Live!

Address: 40 Prospect St., Cambridge, MA 02139 - MAP
Phone: (617) 576-1253
Web: www.lowellauditorium.com

Medieval Manor Theatre
Feast like royalty as you travel back to the days of kings and jesters at the Medieval Manor Theatre-Restaurant. As you dine on medieval fare, you'll enjoy the entertainment of slapstick comedy and songs performed by minstrels, jesters, wenches, kings and other figures from the Dark Ages.

Address: 246 East Berkeley St., Boston, MA 02118 - MAP
Phone: (617) 423-4900
Web: medievalmanor.com

Boston Opera House
Broadway classics, concerts and cultural productions are regularly scheduled at the Boston Opera House. The venue is one of the city's premier destinations for entertainment, featuring shows like Beauty and the Beast, Riverdance, and Les Miserables, along with performances by the Boston Ballet and much more.

Address: 539 Washington St., Boston, MA 02111 - MAP
Phone: (617) 259-3400
Web: www.bostonoperahouse.com

Shear Madness
Mystery, comedy and action all come together during a performance of Shear Madness. This “whodunit” mystery incorporates suspense and improvisational humor, and this combination has earned the show plenty of praise; the Boston Globe has named it “Best Comedy of the Year” seven times. Shear Madness holds the Guiness World Record for being the longest running play in the U.S.

Web: www.shearmadness.com

Showcase Live
Showcase Live hosts entertainment for everyone. From comedy to music, children's theater and other events, there's something on the schedule that you will enjoy. The venue hosts performances by tribute bands and famous musicians spanning all genres, along with renown comedians and theater production companies.

Address: 23 Patriot Place, Foxborough, MA 02035 - MAP
Phone: (508) 543-0609
Web: www.showcaselive.com

Strand Theatre
See what's going on this month at the Strand Theatre. Cultural events, theater performances, concerts, ballet productions and much more take place here. Since opening in 1918, this theater has been an important fixture on Boston's arts and entertainment scene.

Address: 543 Columbia Rd., Dorchester, MA 02125 - MAP
Phone: (617) 635-1403
Web: strandboston.com

Wheelock Family Theatre
The whole family will appreciate the entertainment produced by the Wheelock Family Theatre. Classic stories like Peter Pan, The Sound of Music, Pippi Longstocking, The Wizard of Oz, and Charlotte's Web have wowed audiences here. Keep an eye on the theater's schedule, you never know when your favorite fairytale will come to life!

Address: 200 Riverway, Boston, MA 02215 - MAP
Phone: (617) 879-2000
Web: www.wheelockfamilytheatre.org

The Wilbur Theater
The Wilbur Theatre brings some of the best names in comedy to its stage. A few comedians featured on the upcoming performance schedule include Kathy Griffin, Kevin Hart, David Spade, Jim Gaffigan, Colin Quinn, Tom Papa, and Tracy Morgan. The theater hosts shows by famous musicians and touring musicals as well.

Address: 1 Faneuil Hall Market Pl., Boston, MA 02109 - MAP
Phone: (617) 248-9700
Web: thewilburtheatre.com

Agganis Arena
Catch the Boston University Terriers hockey team or basketball team in action at the Agganis Arena. If sports aren't what you're looking for, keep your eye on the arena's calendar and you'll see some big names in entertainment on the upcoming performance schedule. The Black Eyed Peas, Sting, Duran Duran, Muse, Bob Dylan, Katy Perry, and Alicia Keys are just a few famous faces who've graced the stage here.

Address: 925 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, MA 02215 - MAP
Phone: (617) 358-7000
Web: www.bu.edu

Bank of America Pavilion
The Bank of America Pavilion has hosted some of the world's most famous performers on its stage. This entertainment venue has been rocked by The Beach Boys, Britney Spears, Willie Nelson, Blondie, Pat Benatar, Incubus, ZZ Top, Styx, Stone Temple Pilots, Peter Frampton, A Perfect Circle and many others.

Address: 290 Northern Ave., Boston, MA 02210 - MAP
Phone: (617) 728-1600
Web: www.livenation.com

Citi Performing Arts Center
With two theaters under one roof, it should be no surprise that the Citi Performing Arts Center offers a wide variety of entertainment. The Wang Theatre and the Shubert Theatre host everything on their stages, from cultural presentations to Broadway and theater productions, concerts from world famous talent and other musical performances.

Address: 1270 Tremont St., Boston, MA 02116 - MAP
Phone: (617) 482-9393
Web: www.citicenter.org

House of Blues Boston
Head to the House of Blues Boston for good food, good music and a great time. The entertainment venue has presented some awesome concerts since it was founded in the 1990s, with past performers like Weezer, Smashing Pumpkins, Dave Matthews Band, Foo Fighters, Matchbox 20, Coldplay, 311, Bush and hundreds of other musicians.

Address: 15 Lansdowne St., Boston, MA 02215 - MAP
Phone: (888) 693-2583
Web: www.houseofblues.com

TD Garden
See a concert, watch the Celtics dominate the basketball court or catch a family performance like Disney on Ice at the TD Garden. This entertainment venue keeps a packed schedule of events so there's always something to see here.

Address: 100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114 - MAP
Phone: (617) 624-1050
Web: www.tdgarden.com

Museum of Fine Arts Boston
Housing over 450,000 works of art, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston boasts one of the most extensive art collections in the country. The museum is one of the largest in America and features a wide variety of art, including French impressionist and post-impressionist works, 18th and 19th century American art, imperial Chinese art, the largest collection of Japanese art outside of Japan, and much more. A few of the renowned artists with works in the collection include Renoir, Monet, Van Gogh, and Degas.

Address: 465 Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02115 - MAP
Phone: (617) 267-9300
Web: www.mfa.org