Fred Greissing for Boston.com
Outside the Box, a free music, food, and performing arts festival, kicked off this Saturday. The nine-day outdoor festival features over 200 events at venues like City Hall Plaza and the Boston Common. Events range from live music performances, dance, theater, and a food festival.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
• The festival is free.
• It takes place from July 13-21.
• The daily schedule is comprehensive, but is available to view here.
• Venues and timings vary. Most events start around noon and end before 11 p.m.
• There are plenty of family-friendly events, such as puppet shows and musicals. There are also events for adults, such as a beer pavilion during the food fest. (See below.)
LIVE MUSIC LINE UP
While Mighty Mighty Bosstones, the Lemonheads, and Los Lobos are the big highlights, here is select schedule of other performances: (Note: Check the website for a full list.)
WEDNESDAY JULY 17TH
• Imagination Movers – noon (Boston Common)
• Evan Northrup – 12 p.m. (Boston Common)
• Augustana – 5 p.m.(Boston Common)
• Boys Like Girls – 6:30 p.m. (Boston Common)
THURSDAY JULY 18TH
• Isaac Delgado – noon (Boston Common)
• Chef Jody Adams & Chef Gordon Hamersley – 2 p.m. (City Hall Plaza)
• McAlister Drive – 5:30 p.m. (Boston Common)
• Bryan White – 6:00 p.m. (Boston Common)
• The Frontmen of Country Music – 6:30 p.m. (Boston Common)
FRIDAY JULY 19TH
• Karen Diane – 1 p.m. (Boston Common)
• Shun Ng – 2 p.m. (Boston Common)
• The Alternate Routes – 3 p.m. (City Hall Plaza)
• Chef Roger Berkowitz Demonstration – 4 p.m. (City Hall Plaza)
• Boston Gay Men’s Chorus – 4:30 p.m. (Boston Common)
• Sarah Blacker – 5:00 p.m. (City Hall Plaza)
• Siobhan Magnus and Doubtful Guest – 5:30 p.m.(Boston Common)
• Celtic Fire – p.m.(Boston Common)
• Adam Ezra Group – 7:30 p.m. (City Hall Plaza)
SATURDAY JULY 20TH
• Jenny Dee & the Deelinquents – 1 p.m. (City Hall Plaza)
• Guy Mendilow Ensemble – 2 p.m. (Boston Common)
• Chef Todd English Demonstration – 2 p.m. (City Hall Plaza)
• Chef Ming Tsai Demonstration – 4 p.m. (City Hall Plaza)
• Buffalo Tom – 5 p.m. (Boston Common)
• The Lemonheads – 6:30 p.m. (Boston Common)
• Blind Boys of Alabama – 6:30 p.m. (City Hall Plaza)
• Taj Mahal Trio – 8 p.m. (City Hall Plaza)
• Mighty Mighty Bosstones – 8 p.m. (Boston Common)
SUNDAY JULY 21ST
• Alex Gable and Pasado De Moda – 1 p.m. (City Hall Plaza)
• Shye Ben Tzur & The Rajasthan Gypsies – 4 p.m. (City Hall Plaza)
This event runs from July 18-21 and will feature celebrity chefs from around the city. A Wine and Beer Pavilion will also be open.
A list of the celebrity chefs:
• Jody Adams, Rialto
• Roger Berkowitz, Legal Seafoods
• Steve Difillippo, Davios
• Todd English, Figs, Olives
• Gordon Hamersley, Hamersley's Bistro
• Andy Husbands, Tremont 647
• Kevin Long, Empire
• Michael Schlow, Via Matta, Tico, Sinclair, Barrio Cantina, and more
• Jeremy Sewall, Island Creek Oyster
• Lydia Shire, Scampo, Towne
• Ming Tsai, Blue Ginger, Blue Dragon
PERFORMANCE: STRANGE FRUIT
A circus troupe from Australia that perform on poles more than 15 feet tall? Oh, and they wear cool (and strange) costumes? Catch them July 13-15.
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