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Boston Summer Arts Weekend
About Boston Summer Arts Weekend
Boston Summer Arts Weekend - Friday, July 27, 2012
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Summer Arts Weekend: Our artistic vision

What are we doing?
The Summer Arts Weekend celebrates and showcases Boston's thriving arts community by bringing local and national artists to the city. The festival will allow Bostonians to experience a range of music, theater, and art offerings.

The bulk of the three-day festival is centrally located in Copley Square. Musical acts from across the spectrum of jazz, blues, pop, Celtic, folk, classical and kids music will perform free concerts throughout the festival. Street performers will also be in and around the Copley stage as well as food vendors, food trucks, and local artists.

Where the main event takes place
Copley Square in historic Back Bay will provide the backdrop for the bulk of the weekend's FREE arts activities.

What other events will there be?
The weekend will also encompass Boston's theater scene and art scenes. Download our weekend program for more information.

Are there additional events after each day's last show?
On Friday and Saturday nights, after the main-stage darkens in Copley Square and street performers go home, the Copley Club After-Hours will come alive starting at 10:30 PM (doors open at 9pm).

What other deals are we offering?
Local restaurants and pubs will be offering discounts and specials for the festival.
Thousands of people came to Copley Square to enjoy the first night of Summer Arts Weekend.
Thousands of people came to Copley Square to enjoy the first night of Summer Arts Weekend. Alex Teng / The Boston Globe
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Jon Abbot, President and CEO of of WGBH, Robert Matthews, Vice Chairman of Commercial Banking at Citizens Bank, and Chris Mayer, publisher of the Boston Globe listen while Mayor Menino welcomes the crowd Friday night. Alex Teng / The Boston Globe
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Berklee College of Music graduate Sierra Hull returned to Boston to get the weekend started with Highway 111.
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The Preservation Hall Jazz Band had people literally dancing in the streets. Alex Teng / The Boston Globe
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Presenting Sponsor Citizens Bank's staff delighted kids with its face painting booth. Julie Regan / The Boston Globe
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The Low Anthem, an indie rock band originally from Providence, showcased their original sound on the main stage. Julie Regan / The Boston Globe
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Anderson & Roe showed why they are such a unique duo on Sunday afternoon as they played as a four-hand, two-piano team. Julie Regan / The Boston Globe
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Julie Regan / The Boston Globe

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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