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Concerts in the Courtyard

Concerts in the Courtyard at Boston Public Library (700 Boylston St., Copley Square) will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. on Wednesdays and 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on Fridays through August. Music ranges from jazz to classical, folk to world. The free concerts move indoor to Rabb Hall in case of bad weather. For more information, visit

Collections tour

The Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston St., will host tours of the collections of the society at 10 a.m. on Saturdays. Led by an MHS staff member or docent, the 90-minute tour focuses on the history and collections of the MHS. The tour is free and open to the public. Reservations are not required for individuals or small groups. Parties of eight or more should contact the MHS. Further information can be found at or by calling 617-646- 0560.

Stained glass windows

The Tiffany Education Center at Arlington Street Church (20 Arlington St) offers self-guided tours with an audio guide as well as docent-guided tours. Experience the resplendent beauty and history of the Tiffany stained glass windows. The Visitors Center is open from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sundays and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Mondays through Saturdays (closed Tuesdays). Group tours are also available.

Library tours

Boston Public Library volunteers will give art and architecture tours of the McKim Building, a National Historic Landmark, in its main building, constructed in 1895, throughout the week. Highlights include the murals of John Singer Sargent, Pierre Puvis de Chavannes and Edwin Austin Abbey and the work of architect Charles Follen McKim. Self-guided tours are available as well, and literature describing the architectural highlights is available on the web at For tours by appointment, call 617-536- 5400.

Berklee concert series

The Berklee College of Music’s “Summer in the City” free concert series is now underway and continues through Aug.31. Music ranges from jazz to classical, Latin to funk and folk to world. They will perform at the Boston Public Library at Copley Square at 6 p.m. on Wednesdays (no performances on July 4 or 17) and at the Prudential Center Courtyard at 5 p.m. on Thursdays. Visit for more information.

Esplanade run club

Marathon Sports, at 671 Boylston St., hosts a meet up every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. to go running with others. All ages and levels are welcome to join and choose between a 3, 5, or 8-mile run along the Esplanade or Charles River pathways. Classes are led by Marathon Sports Run Groups. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged in order to participate. For more information or to pre-register, visit These meet ups are partnered with The Esplanade Association; for information, visit