More than 50 bands are set to rock the stages at the tenth run of the Boston Calling music festival, which takes place this weekend.
Major headliners, local acts and other forms of entertainment -- in addition to some 30 food vendors from around the city -- are all a part of the experience this year. Boston Calling 2019 lands on Memorial Day weekend from May 24 to 26 at the Harvard Athletic Complex in Allston.
In addition to the typical features of a music festival, Boston Calling will also boast a 100-foot Ferris wheel, life-sized lawn games and art installations.
Before you get to the festival, here are some handy things to know:
- This year's headliners are Twenty One Pilots, Tame Impala and Travis Scott. All three have released new music within the past year, so concertgoers get to see the new material being performed live.
- Other acts include local figures, such as singer-songwriter Clairo, indie rock band Pile, actress and comedian Jenny Slate and more.
- There are four stages across the venue: The Green Stage, Red Stage, Delta Blue Stage and The Arena. All three headliners will perform at The Green Stage while comedians and the Boston Ballet will be at The Arena.
- The festival’s main entrance is located at 65 N. Harvard St. It can be accessed by taking the MBTA’s Red Line to Harvard Square then walking 10 minutes to the destination.
- Commuter Rail passengers can take the train to Boston Landing Station, where they will be dropped off just over a mile away from the festival. Bus commuters can take the 66 and 86 routes to be dropped off at Harvard Stadium.
- Those who prefer to take a rideshare service can enter the above address to get to Boston Calling. Be aware that the city will be enforcing a no-stopping rule on Soldiers Field Road. Cyclists are welcomed and parking for bicycles will be available on site.
- There will be a Lyft Lounge at the Harvard Business School that will act as a rideshare pickup area after each day of the festival.
Tips and Tricks
- Lockers will be available on site, which concertgoers will have unlimited access to. Daily locker rentals cost $15 while a 3-day locker rental costs $40. Those who rent a multi-day locker are able to leave their items in it overnight.
- Concertgoers have the option to go cashless and link their credit or debit card info to their wristband. The option is offered once attendees register their wristbands online.
- The entire festival is ADA accessible and American Sign Language interpreters are available upon request by emailing organizers here.
- Factory-sealed water bottles and empty, non-glass water containers are allowed at Boston Calling. You can keep yourself hydrated by using their free water refill station.
- Backpacks are not allowed on the grounds.
- Children under the age of 10 are allowed into the festival for free.
- Boston Calling is a rain or shine event, so you may want to take a rain poncho.