Playhouse in the Park

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Franklin Park Coalition presents

Elma Lewis Playhouse in the Park

Bring a picnic supper, your lawn chairs, and lots of friends! Remember, there’s no smoking or alcohol use in the park. Barbecuing is not permitted in the park. Food trucks will be on site to supply your needs!

Please come out and join us for this legendary, cultural arts series. Founded in 1966 the Elma Lewis Playhouse in Park has hosted magnificent musical acts such as Duke Ellington, to Billy Taylor Trio and others alike. This family oriented venue has events for all ages. In the morning dance events get everyone up and moving, and in the evening; concerts showcase talents from the local communities and neighborhoods.


Opening Day 2017 – Tuesday, July 11th

11am – OrigiNation (Children’s Show)

6pm – July 11th: Richie Rich & 24karat Funk

Additional shows:

11am – July 18th: OrigiNation (Children’s Show)

6pm – July 18th: E-Water Band

11am – July 25th: OrigiNation (Children’s Show)

6pm – July 25th: Boston Soul Revue

6pm – August 1stAthene Wilson & Friends

6pm – August 8thReggae Jamaican 55th

6pm – August 15thMidnight Crew All Star Revue

And a special Gospel in the Park show on Sunday August 13th (3 to 7pm)



Elma Lewis Playhouse in the Park is a beloved Franklin Park institution with concerts and performances throughout the summer. The current Playhouse emulates the original summer series brought to the community from 1966-1978 by Elma Lewis, renowned Roxbury arts leader. Located in the footprint of the Overlook Shelter ruins, the Playhouse brought national musicians to the Franklin Park stage, including Duke Ellington who opened the season every fourth of July weekend until his death.

Sponsoring outdoor concerts is expensive! To make sure you and your friends can continue to enjoy concerts, right in your very own park, please make a contribution today.

Morning and evening shows are held every Tuesday in July and August. 


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The Playhouse is presented by the Franklin Park Coalition, the National Center of Afro-American Artists, and the City of Boston’s Parks Department & ParkARTS Playhouse kids

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