Come into town this weekend and enjoy Boston’s premier music fest at the 2017 Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival, on Saturday, September 30, 2017, from 2-6 p.m.  The Festival, which is free, takes place on Columbus Avenue, west of Massachusetts Avenue, for six blocks to Burke Street, in Boston.

AARP Massachusetts will be there with free resources, giveaways, and information about all of our programs, such as the Fraud Watch Network and HomeFit, and offerings related to health, financial security, and more. We’ll also have a free and fun pop-up photo booth, so come get your pictures snapped!


Victor Wooten, Steve Bailey, Derico Watson perform Bass Extremes (Live), from the 2015 Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival. Video courtesy of Berklee.


Berklee’s description of the event is as follows:

“The Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival is Boston’s biggest block party—a free, annual, outdoor public concert that has delighted hundreds of thousands of music lovers over the years with its host of jazz, Latin, blues, funk, and groove performances, along with KidsJam, an instrument petting zoo, and an array of food vendors. Each year, the festival is the place to be in Boston on the last Saturday of September as the community comes together in a bond forged in the joy of great live music.

“The festival offers world-class music on three stages, phenomenal food and drink, arts, crafts, and unique gifts. We look forward to seeing you for Boston’s best free outdoor concert.”

The theme of this year’s Beantown Jazz Festival is: “Jazz: A Peace Supreme.”

Learn about the Beantown Jazz Festival here

Visitor Information

Performance Schedule


Instrument Petting Zoo

Interactive Readings

Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival Sponsors



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