Summer at Tanglewood

Tanglewood is the stunning outdoor music festival located in the Berkshires, between the picturesque towns of Stockbridge and Lenox. It is run by the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and is often referred to as their “summer home.”  Their performances offer something for everyone, and visiting Tanglewood has been on our wish list for years.

We finally had the chance to go this past Sunday, and it was pure, New England, summer magic. Spending an evening at the Holiday Pops has been a long standing tradition for us, and there is no doubt that visiting Tanglewood will become one as well. We were lucky enough to see JAWS in Concert, which consisted of a full screening of the movie, accompanied by Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops. To say it was incredible is an understatement!

Along with the music, Tanglewood is very well known for its picnics. Beginning a few hours before each show, ticket holders will stake their claim to a perfectly manicured patch of grass, using blankets, chairs, tables (and even candelabras)! to really set the scene. There is nothing I love more than a picnic, and we made sure to be the first ones through the gate. Early bird gets the best spot!

If packing a picnic is not your thing, Tanglewood has a whole bunch of concessions from local restaurants, as well as ice cream from Blondie’s (the best), and coffee from No. Six Depot (if you have to drive home post-show). I would recommend packing plenty of bug spray, and some blankets and pillows no matter what. Snuggling up under the stars with your family and friends, surrounded by the sound of the Boston Symphony Orchestra… it doesn’t get much better than that.


Thank you to the BSO for collaborating on this post, and to you for reading! As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.