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Thursday Night Picnic Concerts 2013

Castle Hill Concert


Thursday nights this summer, Castle Hill on the Crane Estate in Ipswich is the place to be for good food, good friends, and great music. Pack a picnic, bring the kids, and get ready to dance the night away under the stars on the Grand Allée. Every week is a different style of music!

Explore the newly restored landscaped lawn and try the family Eye Spy featuring statuary and architecture. Don’t miss the weekly raffle and membership promotion. Let our lawn be your summertime playground.

July 11 Entrain | Rock Funk Jam Band
July 18 Digney Fignus | Americana
July 25 Grupo Fantasia | Latin
August 1 Roomful of Blues | Blues
August 8 Beantown Swing Orchestra | Big Band Swing
August 15 The Brew | Rock
August 22 HELP! | Beatles Tribute Band
August 29 Orville Giddings Band | Boogie Blues

New Alcohol Policy for 2013: 
We're sorry, we can no longer allow BYOB. Instead, Ipswich Ale Brewery and Mill River Winery will sell beer and wine to patrons with positive identification at the Casino Complex. Located partway down the Grand Allée, the Casino Complex will offer patrons seats at garden tables where you may enjoy a drink and listen to the concert. Or, if you prefer to take your drink to a picnic blanket, you may do so on the second Allée. Alcoholic beverages will not be permitted on the first Allée near the concert stage, making the first Allée an alcohol-free, family-friendly picnic area. Learn more here.

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Concerts start at 7PM and end at 9PM. Gates open at 5PM for picnicking.

Members: $20/car. Nonmembers: $30/car. Walk-ins, bicycles, and motorcycles: $10. Tickets available at the gate only.

More Details:
Please help us keep Castle Hill clean by carrying out what you carry in. Thank you!

In response to the overwhelming popularity of the Summer Picnic Concert Series, The Trustees will once again limit the number of concert attendees to 2,000 people. Concert attendees are encouraged to arrive early to ensure admission. Until concert capacity is reached, parents may drop off middle school and high school students at the designated “walk-in” gate. A gate attendant will be equipped to admit walk-ins and collect the $10 admission fee. At the conclusion of the concert, parents should enter through this same gate and park at the barn complex to await their children.

The Trustees are pleased to announce that a section of the picnic lawn will be reserved for handicapped patrons.

The Great House is closed to the public during concerts. However, the Casino Complex, partway down the Allée and the focus of the final phase of our Allée Restoration Project, will be open with an exhibit open for viewing until after intermission (approximately 8PM every concert).

Visitors may bring their own picnic blankets, chairs, tables, and suppers, but tents are not permitted.

Smoking is not permitted during concerts.

For the safety of all our visitors, please, no grills, open flames, or candles.

Please leave your furry friends at home.

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FYI: Our alcohol policy has changed for 2013. See details over on the left. Learn more here >>

Castle Hill offers the following picnic concert vendors for your convenience:
-Popcorn, nuts, candy, water, and soda by Q’s Nuts.
-Ice cream and Sal’s pizza by White Farms Homemade Ice Cream. Pre-order pizza: 978.412.4138.
-Salads of local greens with grilled chicken, salmon, or steak tips from Christopher’s Table (as well as cookies and cupcakes). Pre-order sandwiches and picnic fare at 978.356.6166. Picnic menu available online.
-Picnic Suppers by Ipswich Shellfish Fish Market. Pre-order over the phone at 978.356.6941 until 3PM Thursday for delivery or pickup before 6PM.

    If a concert is cancelled due to weather, we'll update this page at 3PM on the day of the show.

    Directions to Castle Hill on the Crane Estate

    More information: 978.921.1944 x4015;