BOSTON JULY 13-21, 2013


How much does it cost to see a show?

All performances located on Boston Common and City Hall Plaza are FREE! All you have to do is show up and bring an open mind, a smile, and your friends.

We are also promoting a number of different shows in various locations around the city. Listings can be found on our website, and ticket prices vary for these events.

How do I get there?

Public transportation is the easiest way!

To Boston Common:
Orange Line: Downtown
Green Line: Park Street or Boylston
Silver Line: Boylston
Red Line: Park Street

To City Hall Plaza:
Orange Line: Haymarket or State Street
Green Line: Government Center
Blue Line: State Street
Red Line: Park Street or Charles MGH

For more subway info:

Please visit:
Bus Maps
Commuter Rail

If you’re driving, here are the closest parking garages:

The Boston Common Garage
0 Charles Street, Boston MA 02116
CityPlace Garage
8 Park Plaza, Boston, 02116
Theater District Garage
6 Avery St, Boston, MA 02111

One Beacon Garage
1 Beacon St, Boston, MA 02108
Center Plaza Garage
75 Somerset St, Boston, MA 02108
Pi Alley Garage
275 Washington St, Boston, MA 02108

What can I bring?

  • Please feel free to bring:
  • Blankets, sheets, towels
  • Personal-sized umbrellas
  • Baby strollers
  • Wheelchairs/walkers
  • Sunscreen
  • Earplugs
  • Small bags or purses

What can’t I bring?

  • Large bags
  • Tents
  • Inflatable items
  • Coolers of any kind
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Recording equipment
  • Weapons of any kind

Please note: there are no storage lockers available. Personal items must be attended at all times and are brought at your own risk!

What about food and drinks?

Boston Common will be selling lots of delicious food and non-alcoholic beverages on common during festival hours. We’ll offer a variety of standard festival fair, along with healthy and light options.

City Hall Plaza will host the ForkLift Food Fest present by the Boston Herald from July 18th – 21st, featuring some of the city’s best restaurants and chefs. For more information, visit here.

Is Outside The Box kid-friendly?

Boston Common will feature over 40 family-friendly performances and activities for children of all ages. In fact, one of the main goals of the festival is to introduce kids to the performing arts! So bring the little ones to The Lily Pad, The Squirrel’s Den, Knucklebones Play Area and Artie’s Creative Kid’s Corner. A good time is guaranteed for all!

Does Outside The Box provide disability access and accommodations?

As part of the Festival, guests are offered the services of our Visitor Assistance area.  Located near the Boston Common Visitor Center on Tremont Street, Visitor Assistance is open to all guests of the festival.  Guests have the option of renting out wheelchairs for daily use, and Hearing Assistant devices for the Park Street Stage and Spiegeltent until 8:00 pm.  In addition, we can provide larger text programs for easier reading, and each stage is equipped with handicap seating that is open to all guests without a reservation.  To access handicap seating, please speak with a volunteer at the respective stage area.  Please note that ASL interpreters are not provided to guests at the stages, although individual performers or groups may bring their own at their discretion.  If you have any addition questions about Visitor Assistance Services, please contact: (617) 283-2956.

What about safety?

The City of Boston will be onsite to ensure the safety and health of all our guests. A First-Aid tent and police will be located by the Main Stage on Boston Common, and by the Government Center T Stop at City Hall Plaza. Volunteers will be placed throughout all areas of the festival to further assist.