Music and Performing Arts Festivals in the Berkshires

Friends sitting on the grass, enjoying an outdoors music, culture, community event, festival.Ever wanted to catch a great artist perform under the stars, your toes in the grass, surrounded by mountains and a beautiful glass of wine in your hand? Of course you have and now you can. Every summer, the Berkshire-area boasts an array of concerts and festivals with local artists and those from around the world.

Tanglewood

At the Tanglewood Music Center, a spectacular venue surrounded by lush greenery and a picturesque location, one can catch a concert from artists from every genre. From Sheryl Crow and James Taylor (who’s a local boy), to symphonies and display of past compositions such as Sir Neville Marriner and Yo-Yo Ma, and an added bonus of duets courtesy of Tony Bennet with Lady Gaga, the Berkshires host musical concerts and festivals for all tastes and ages. Besides various concerts throughout the summer, during the week of July 20-27, the Tanglewood Music center will be hosting the Contemporary Music Festival with focus on its own faculty and alumni composers.

Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival

One of Berkshire’s summer highlights, is Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, located in the beautiful Berkshire Hills and home to America’s longest running dance festival. The festival will be host to more than fifty dance companies from around the world, which will run from July 20 through August 30. Don’t miss such performances such as Cinderella by the New York Theatre Ballet, which will be wonderful for the entire family, and the exciting L.A Dance Project, who are this year’s Pillow debut.

Shakespeare & Company

Shakespeare & Company is one of the largest Shakespeare Festivals in the country. The company performs Shakespeare, classics, and contemporary new plays, as well as offers one of the most extensive training programs. From May through September, guests can see classic performances such as Hamlet, and world premiers such as Mother of the Maid. Performing all summer, pack yourself a picnic to enjoy on 30+ acres, and catch one of the 4-6 shows available daily.

Live performances and theater groups in the Berkshire have shows daily. To get your tickets and schedule of events, check out www.berkshires.org.