BackPocket garage bandBackPocket garage band performed after Porchfest.

UPDATED June 21: Although this spring is often cool and gray, summertime has promise. With warmer temps on the horizon, Arlington has a host of ways to get outdoors, soak up the sun and enjoy some live entertainment.

All events were unanimously approved by the Select Board at its June 5 meeting. The vote was 4-0 (Steve DeCourcey was absent).

Beer garden concert series: Friday nights, 6 to 9, June 30 through Aug. 11, Arlington Reservoir

After a long week of work, enjoy a brew and live music at Reservoir Beach, 251 Lowell St., near the Lexington border. The beach will be closed to swimmers during the event.

These seven weekly events are sponsored ABC Beer Inc. (dba Arlington Brewing Co.), which produces its own beer here in Arlington. The event description says those involved hope to “provide a great experience for all attendees, allowing those who are 21 and over to enjoy delicious beer in a beautiful park setting while creating a family-friendly environment for all to enjoy.”

At the board meeting, ABC Beer’s Thomas Allen said, “This is a great community, and we want to share our beer with friends and neighbors. We look forward to everyone having a good time.”

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Admission is free. Beers (16-ounces) are $9 each; seltzer, soda and bottled water are $2. Food (barbecue) prices range from $5 to $20, depending on the item. 

Select Board members Diane Mahon and John Hurd are both “very excited about this.”

“I’ve always been a fan of the beer garden, and it’s cool to see an Arlington-based company. Plus live music is always great. I appreciate that they’re on Friday nights because Saturdays can be busy.”

Beer garden: Saturdays, June 10 through Sept. 30, Jason Russell House

And if you already have Friday night plans, you can attend the weekly beer garden sponsored by the Arlington Historical Society at the Jason Russell House, 7 Jason St.

On 17 Saturdays, from 2 to 7 p.m., all attendees over 21 years old can enjoy refreshing beer provided by American Beverage Inc. Everyone, of course can partake of the delectable food from Menotomy Grill. The event for June 17 was canceled.

These family-friendly events, in a shaded and historic setting, feature live music and seek to promote the Arlington Historical Society, Jason Russell House and history of Arlington. The Arlington Historical Society may provide tours of the Jason Russell House as staffing and space allow.

Admission is free. Beers (16 ounces) are $8 each; seltzer, lemonade and bottled water are $2. Food (burgers, hot dots, bean burgers, chips and cookies) prices range between $5 and $10, depending on the item. 

Garage band: Held Sunday, June 18, 6 to 8 p.m., Wyman Terrace 

This free, family-friendly event, sponsored by the Arlington Commission on Arts and Culture, showcases Arlington’s rich cultural fabric. Everyone is invited to learn more about, and visit the shops of, our town’s vibrant business community in the heart of Arlington’s Cultural District. 

The garage band BackPocket is set for the Arlington Global Service Station, 334 Mass. Ave., at Wyman Terrace, in East Arlington.

This performance is the capstone event after a day of outdoor musical performances, starting with Arlington Porchfest, presented and organized by the Arlington Center for the Arts.

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This news summary by YourArlington freelance writer Susan Gilbert was published Thursday, June 8, 2023. It was updated June 21.

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