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Boston Summer Arts Weekend
About Boston Summer Arts Weekend
Boston Summer Arts Weekend - Friday, July 27, 2012
Boston Summer Arts Weekend - Sponsors

Frequently asked questions

Listed below are answers to frequently asked questions about the 2012 inaugural Summer Arts Weekend. Stay tuned for more information on the 2013 Summer Arts Weekend.

Where does the event take place?
The event will take place in Copley Square in the Back Bay.

When should I arrive?
The event begins Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 11 a.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. Space on the grass is first-come, first-serve. You can arrive as early as you like to find a spot. Spaces are limited in the area so we ask you be reasonable and avoid spreading out.

Do I need a ticket to attend?
The outdoor shows on Copley Square are FREE and open to the public. You are welcome to come and enjoy all of the performances or just for select performers. If you prefer to enjoy the artists in a more intimate setting, you can purchase tickets to after-hours events at The Copley Club. Tickets are available at

What happens if it rains?
This event goes on rain or shine. If it rains, all outdoor performances will still be held in Copley Square. However, However, if it rains on Sunday, the Boston Landsmarks Orchestra performance with Alison Balsom will be moved inside the Old South Church and will begin at 4:00 p.m. A decision on moving the location will be made by 1 p.m. on Sunday. In case of inclement weather, please check out

Can I bring my own chair?
Yes, low-to-the-ground beach chairs are preferred. If you have a tall chair that will obstruct the view of other patrons, you may be directed to a designated Tall Chair Section.

Will there be food available onsite?
There will be food available for sale from select vendors in Copley Square. In addition, there are a number of great restaurants in the area. For more information on local establishments, visit the Back Bay Business Association website.

Can I bring my own food?
Yes, you are welcome to bring your own prepared food. Please note that cooking and alcoholic beverages are not permitted in Copley Square.

What else should I bring?
A blanket to sit on, sunscreen, water, sunglasses, a light sweater, mosquito repellent and a rain poncho if drizzle is forecast.

How do I get there?
We strongly encourage attendees to take the MBTA. Copley Square is accessible via the Copley stop on the Green Line and Back Bay Station on the Orange Line. For more information, visit

If I can't take the T, where should I park?
There are many parking facilities in and around Back Bay. For a full list of parking garages, please click here. Please note that Boston parking meters are active until 8:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Where can I stay?
There are a number of great hotels within walking distance. We recommend the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel. You can also visit the Greater Boston Convention and Visitor's Bureau at for more information.

Will there be restrooms onsite?
Yes, there will be portable public restrooms for use on site.

Is the event handicapped accessible?

Is there an accessible area set aside for wheelchairs?
Yes. The handicapped area is located behind VIP seating on the grass. Each wheelchair attendee can be accompanied in this section by one guest. For directions to the accessible area, please ask a staff person or security personnel.

Can I recycle?
We encourage spectators to recycle. Recycling bins will be located next to trash receptacles.

Is there a lost and found?
If you lose something while at the festival, please check with Lost and Found, located at each of the three Information Booths onsite.

Will credit cards be accepted for merchandise?
No, the booths are set up to accept cash only for all onsite purchases.

Are there ATMs available if I run low on cash?
There is a Citizens Bank ATM located across the street from the park.

Will there be safety personnel onsite?
We are committed to creating a safe and secure environment. To ensure this, there will be onsite security and safety provided by local police and private security companies.

Will there be medical personnel onsite?
No. In the case of an emergency, please contact the nearest staff person or security person or visit the information booth.

What do I do to report or find a missing child?
Immediately report any missing children to the nearest staff person, security or police officer or to one of the three information booths.

Can I bike to the park?
You may bike to the park. However, park regulations prohibit the use of bikes, scooters, roller skates and skateboards on park grounds.

May I bring my dog to the festival?
Yes, however, all dogs must remain on a leash at all times

Can I play ball or Frisbee onsite?
No, due to park regulations, playing ball or other games is not allowed.

About the event

From July 27-29, WGBH and The Boston Globe teamed up to create the first Summer Arts Weekend. Presented by Citizens Bank, this free weekend event brought a dynamic variety of arts to a stage in the heart of Boston at Copley Square. Learn more.

This site provides a recap of the weekend's great performances, the schedule of performances, and the list of arts deals running through fall 2012. Check back in early 2013 for information about next year's Summer Arts Weekend.

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See the 2012 schedule