New England Summer Music Festivals and Major Summer Concert Series

Picture of Performers at the Newport Jazz Festival

McCoy Tyner and Ravi Coltrane performing at the 2005 Newport Jazz Festival

Similar to agricultural and county fairs, and summer theater, the season for music festivals and summer concert series starts in June, peaks in August and early September, and extends into early fall. These are held outdoors, in open-air pavilions, and even tents. So whether you are sitting on a chair or on a blanket on the lawn, summer is the season to get out and see great live musing – everything from chamber music, to blues, folk, jazz, symphony, and rock. Newport, RI is home to the region’s most famous music festival, the world-renowned Newport Jazz Festival. All six states feature music festivals big and small for your listening pleasure. Following is a listing of the New England music festival and major summer concert series.

New England Summer Music Festivals

Following are the major music festivals througout New England by state.

Connecticut Music Festivals

Maine Music Festivals

Pictrure of Nona Hendryx at the BeanTown Jazz Festival

Nona Hendryx at the BeanTown Jazz Festival

Massachusetts Music Festivals

New Hampshire Music Festivals

Rhode Island Music Festivals

Vermont Music Festivals

New England Summer Concert Series

There are probably hundreds of concert series throughout the six New England states on town greens, in parks, and other local outdoor venues. Listed below are the major concert series. Many of these are held either outdoors or in open-air pavilions. Some are even held in tents.

Picture credits: The picture of the Newport Jazz Festival is from the Wikimedia Commons. It is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported, 2.5 Generic, 2.0 Generic and 1.0 Generic license. The picture of Nona Hendryx was taken by Phil Farnsworth and was provided by the Berklee College of Music Media Relations department.

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