Summer Nights at the MFA

Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays until 10 pm

Looking to heat up your evenings in the city? Add some sizzle to your summer with our red-hot lineup of evening programs, featuring art, music, films, and more. As the sun goes down, don’t miss out on Summer Nights at the MFA!

The MFA is open 7 days a week and Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays until 10 pm, so check out the lineup and mark your calendars!

Concert attendees sitting in front of stage with band performing in background

Concerts in the Courtyard

Every Wednesday, July 3–August 28

If you're a live music fan, the courtyard is the place to be this summer. From Amythyst Kiah to The Garifuna Collective, to Patty Larkin, see the full lineup and get your tickets. Doors open at 6 pm, music starts at 7:30 pm.

Two visitors holding drinks, standing in Shapiro Family Courtyard during MFA First Fridays, people mingling in the background

MFA First Fridays

June 7, 6—9:30 pm; July 5; August 2; September 6

Kick off MFA First Fridays this summer with a rainbow cocktail to celebrate Pride Week! Come back each month for more music, dancing, and art making. Free for Members or $25 for non-members. For visitors 21 and older; valid with ID and proof of age.

Singer performing in front of Juneteenth crowd in Shapiro Family Courtyard


June 19, 5–10 pm

Come together to recognize creativity, community, and freedom at the MFA’s annual celebration of Juneteenth. Co-produced with The Urban Labs, this free night includes thoughtful discussion, powerful art, and engaging music featuring local artists.

View of Huntington lawn at twilight filled with film-goers watching film at Sunset Cinema event

Sunset Cinema

June 19, July 11, August 15, September 12

Join us for our monthly free outdoor film series on the front lawn, starting with the mind-bending animated hit Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, part of the kick-off celebration for the 21st annual Roxbury International Film Festival. Screenings start at sunset. See the full lineup.

Still from the film, Don't Be Nice

Roxbury International Film Festival

June 19–29

Join us for this fan favorite, the largest New England film festival dedicated to celebrating films by, for, and about people of color, the 21st Annual Roxbury International Film Festival. Get tickets.

Still from the film, Climax

French Film Festival

July 11–28

From crowd-pleasing comedies to artful dramas, this year’s French Film Festival offers something for everyone! Check for the full lineup; tickets go on sale June 20, so mark those calendars.

Visitors sitting on gallery stools drawing on second floor of Linde Family Wing

Drawing in the Galleries

Every Wednesday, 6–9 pm

Mix up your week with Drawing in the Galleries. Sketch in the cool interior of the MFA—for free. Materials provided! All ranges of experience welcome!