• Esplanade Activities

Community Activities

From free concerts at the Hatch Shell to free family programming, there are plenty of activities for families and community members to enjoy in the park.

Performances at the DCR Hatch Shell

Each summer, the DCR Memorial Hatch Shell presents weekly free concerts from the Boston Pops and Boston Landmarks Orchestra as well as various guest performances. Check this year’s schedule.

Free Friday Flicks

July–August enjoy free family friendly movies on the Hatch Shell Oval. Movies begin at dusk. Learn more.

Healthy, Fit & Fun

Every summer the Esplanade Association partners with local businesses to host free fitness classes on the Esplanade. Classes run 3 days a week and range from Zumba and Yoga to Bootcamp. For a list of this summer’s planned classes and schedule visit the Healthy, Fit & Fun page.

Running Groups

Interested in taking part in a group run through the Esplanade? You can join in group runs with local organizations like Boston Road Runners and Marathon Sports Run Club to enjoy a scenic park run in a fun group setting.

Charlesbank Spray Pool

The Charlesbank Spray Pool provides children and their families with a fun way to cool down in the summer. It is located next to the Charlesbank Playground.

Live Jazz & Soul Brunch

Every Saturday and Sunday during the summer the Charles River Bistro hosts an outdoor Brunch from 8am–1pm with free, live music performances.

Outdoor Beer Garden

On select nights in the summer, the Charles River Bistro also runs an outdoor beer garden with views of the Hatch Shell.

Gondola Rides

For a fee you can enjoy an authentic Gondola ride through the Charles River. Book a ride through Gondola di Venezia to enjoy an Italian-made gondola boat, a real gondolier with matching attire, and a scenic route.