If you enjoy live music, but you don’t have the money to spend on a concert, EarthFest is just what you are looking for! Taking place on Saturday, May 16th, from 11:30 am to 4:30 pm, EarthFest offers the opportunity to spend a day outdoors while listening to well-known and up-and-coming bands.
Sponsored by Radio 92.9, Whole Foods and the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, EarthFest also offers a variety of activities as well as the opportunity to learn more about environmentally-friendly products. Information about local non-profit environmental organizations is also provided at the event, while the Kids’ Planet sections offers an interactive experience for families with entertainment and music that is designed to appeal to children.
In addition to providing fun, entertainment and information, EarthFest takes place in the iconic Hatch Shell. More formally known as the Edward A. Hatch Memorial Shell, the Hatch Shell is an outdoor concert venue located on the Charles River Esplanade within the Back Bay section. Construction of the Hatch Shell took place in 1941 with the help of a $300,000 trust that had been donated by benefactor Maria Hatch. Ms. Hatch wished to build a memorial for her late brother, Edward.
Since its initial construction, the Hatch Shell and the surrounding area has seen additional changes. In 1949, Storrow Drive was added to the Esplanade. In the 1960’s, the Esplanade was linked to other parks with the construction of the 18-mile Dr. Paul Dudley White Bike Path. Today, this path runs along the entire basis on the north and south sides of the river.
Today, the Hatch Shell is considered to be the epicenter for open air events and performances in Boston. Artists and performers representing a variety of genres have performed at the venue, with the names of some of these performers displayed in bronze lettering on the face of the venue’s steps. In addition to the annual EarthFest, the Hatch Shell is also home to the annual Boston Independence Day celebration. The event features Keith Lockhart as he conducts the Boston Pops in a patriotic score that includes Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture. The event is topped off with a grand finale of fireworks exploring over the Charles River.
Measuring 40 feet high and 110 feet wide, the Hatch Shell is designed in an art deco style with a rustic terrazzo exterior finish. While it does not have formal seating, it does offer 90,000 square feet of available lawn seating. Event guests are typically permitted to bring a blanket and a picnic cooler to enjoy performances taking place within the shell.
The Green Line/Arlington is the nearest T to the Hatch Shell. To reach the EarthFest event, enter the Esplanade via the footbridges at either Cambridge Street or Dartmouth Street. Other upcoming events taking place at the Hatch Shell include the May 30th Esplanade 5k Dash at 10:00 am, the June 6th Charles River Swim Event at 8:00 am and the July 3rd Boston Pops Preview Concert, which does not include fireworks.