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Thursday Night Picnic Concerts 2016

Crane Picnic Concerts

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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-in, bicycle, & motorcycle: $10.

Tickets available at the gate only.

Directions to Castle Hill on the Crane Estate

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

Thursday Nights Rock at the Inn!

This package includes 10% off your regular room rate, as well as reserved rock star seating and FREE entrance at the Thursday Night Castle Hill Picnic Concert.
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We're celebrating 20 years of Picnic Concerts and we want you to be a part of the fun! Bring a picnic supper, explore the grounds, dance on the lawn, and experience some of the region's best bands. You'll enjoy special 20th anniversary activities all summer long. The celebration begins on July 7 with Picnic Palooza, a friendly picnic competition. Prizes will be awarded for Most Elegant Spread, Best Beach Picnic, and Best 1996 Throwback Picnic. Look for picnic fare inspiration and share your amazing picnic photos on the Crane Estate Facebook page starting in July.

Tickets available at the gate only. Gates open at 5PM for picnicking. Concerts start at 7PM and end at 9PM. A weather decision, if necessary, will be announced on our website, thetrustees.org, by 3PM on the day of the concert.

July 7

The BaHa Brothers
(Summertime Music)

July 14 The Piano Men
(Music of Elton John & Billy Joel)
July 21 Soul City
(Soul, Motown & Funk)
July 28 Soul Rebel Project
August 4 Sorry, no concert. Celebrate The Trustees 125th Anniversary with The Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra at Castle Hill
August 11 Beantown Swing Orchestra
(Big Band Swing - Come at 6PM for the group swing dance lesson)
August 18 Entrain
(Rock Funk Jam Band)
August 25

(Beatles Tribute Band)

Sept 1 Orville Giddings Band
(Boogie Blues)

Members: $20/car.
Nonmembers: $30/car.

Walk-in, bicycle, & motorcycle: $10.

Tickets available at the gate only.

Arriving empty handed? Enjoy our picnic concert vendors:

  • Saigon Alley: Fresh noodles dishes, banh mi sandwiches, and other Vietnamese cuisine.
  • Ice cream and pizza by the slice & sandwiches by White Farms Italian Pizza. Pre-order sandwiches at 978.356.4000.
  • Off the Hook Ipswich: Lobster rolls, fried clams, fish sandwiches, and other wild and sustainable seasfood fresh from the boat.
  • Ipswich Ale Brewery and Mill River Winery will sell beer and wine to people with positive identification at the Beer & Wine Garden, located partway down the Grand Allee. You may enjoy your drink within the Garden perimeter, but alcoholic beverages will not be permitted to leave the Garden. Picnic blankets and chairs are encouraged. Sorry, we can no longer allow BYOB.
  • Q's Nuts: Popcorn, nuts, candy, soda and water.
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  • Crane Picnic ConcertsPlease help us keep Castle Hill clean by carrying out what you carry in. Thank you!
  • The Trustees are pleased to announce that a section of the picnic lawn will be reserved for handicapped patrons.
  • Visitors may bring their own picnic blankets, chairs, tables, and suppers, but tents are not permitted.
  • Smoking is not permitted in the concert area. A cigarette receptacle is located in the crushed stone courtyard at the front of the Great House.
  • For the safety of all our visitors, please, no grills, open flames, or candles.
  • Please leave your furry friends at home.