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This weekend, the city of Boston and its local neighborhoods, citizens, and artistic communities will come together for what’s expected to be a unique, revolutionary series of performing arts — spanning public locations like City Hall Plaza and Boston Common — to create the first annual Outside The Box festival!
Boasting nine days of free music and performing arts, Outside the Box is a can’t-miss, new way to experience the city’s performance arts scene, stretching form July 13th – 21st, making it this month’s MassFinds “Find of the Month.”
Inspired by the goal of making art accessible to everyone, Outside the Box is brand new to Boston. The festival will transform some of the Hub’s best-known public sites into performances spaces with more than 200 events set to showcase all that the best of Massachusetts’ artistic talent has to offer — for free!
While many summer fairs and festivals specialize in highlighting food, arts or culture, Outside the Box does it all, and more.
Los Lobos via Facebook
The musical lineup offers something for everyone, with acapella, fusion, gospel, Latin, rock and jazz, to name just a few styles, as well as 20 dance groups that draw inspiration from countries and cultures all around the world.
Outside the Box will play host to a variety of theatre troupes, as well, including the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company. Jesters, circus performers and a handful of other spectacle artists will only add to the fun.
Strange Fruit via Facebook
To see the full list of festival performers, click here, where you can navigate between musicians, dancers and other artists using the available categories. Daily performances generally start around 12 p.m. each day and run through 10:30 p.m.; you can find a full festival schedule, click here.
Don’t for get to go with an appetite! More than 10 local celebrity chefs attend the Fork Lift Food Fest, a festival within a festival, if you will, featuring fare from some of the area’s top restaurants.
Chicken Cucumber Salad by Ming Tsai via Facebook
Outside the Box is a great place to bring the kids, too. Magicians, airborne comedians and storytellers, as well as entertainment from the New England Aquarium and Museum of Fine Arts, will be on hand. To see all the kids’ fun planned for Outside the Box, click here and choose ‘Family and Interactive.’
If you’re traveling into the city to see the festival, the Outside the Box website has a handy tool that can help plan your trip. Once you’re in the city, there’s no shortage of places to stay and places to eat.