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Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival

Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival

Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Avenue

The Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival began in 2001 under the direction of Daryl Settles (of the Beehive) and has become one of the biggest yearly attractions in Boston. Held in late September, this not- for-profit festival takes over most of Columbus Avenue for an entire day of great jazz on several different stages, with everything from international stars to up-and-coming local student ensembles.

Ticketed portions of the festival take place at the Berklee Performance Center, which hosts special programs apart from the main festival (2008 included an all-star drum summit with some of the most prominent drummers in the nation). Tickets for performances that require them can be purchased through

Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival Information

  • Other Venues: Several outdoor stages on Columbus Avenue
  • Public Transportation: Good
  • Handicapped Accessibility: Good
  • Performances/Programs: Approximately 20 performances are presented during the festival, which is held in late September
  • Ticket Prices: Free for the outdoor concerts; $30–$40 for performances at the BPC.