The Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival

The 2016 Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival will be held on Saturday, September 24, 2016 on Columbus Avenue, west of Massachusetts Avenue, for six blocks to Burke Street.

The theme of this year’s festival is “Jazz: A Peace Supreme.” See the line-up.

We regret that Al Jarreau will not be performing at the festival this year. He is recovering from a hernia in his abdomen and has not yet been cleared for travel. He sends his regrets, and wishes he could have been here to perform and to work with the faculty and students in the band he was to perform with at the festival.  

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.

Please note: applications to perform at this year's Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival are no longer being accepted. All submissions will be reviewed and the selected performers will be contacted.

In addition to the Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival, Berklee hosts many events and concerts that are free and open to the public throughout the year. Information about these events may be found at

Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival 2016 Sponsors