Jacob's Pillow

#2 in Best Things To Do in The Berkshires
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Key Info

358 George Carter Rd


Entertainment and Nightlife, Festivals Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend


  • 4.0Value
  • 4.0Facilities
  • 5.0Atmosphere

Follow the sounds of dancing feet to the Berkshires' 225-acre National Historic Landmark, Jacob's Pillow. A recipient of the National Medal of Arts, Jacob's Pillow is home to one of the most renowned dance training centers in the nation as well as the longest-running international dance festival. The festival, which takes place from mid-June to the end of August, hosts more than 50 dance companies and 500 free performances, talks and events.

Audiences love watching performances with the backdrop of the picturesque Berkshires. Reviewers appreciate the pre-show talks that explain the upcoming performances' background and meaning. What's more, visitors are permitted to bring their own picnics and wine to avoid the expensive prices at the on-site restaurants. However, visitors who indulged in a meal at the property's Old Inn On The Green say it is worthwhile.

Jacob's Pillow is home to a variety of different performances that range in price, and some are free. The "Inside/Out" series that runs throughout the summer months offers free admission to all visitors Wednesday through Saturday starting at 6:15 p.m. during the festival. Other shows can start as early as 2 p.m. Tickets are available to purchase online. Jacob's Pillow is located in the town of Becket, and free parking is provided by the facility. For more information, check the website or call the box office.

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The summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, this open-air music venue attracts thousands of visitors who come to enjoy a variety of classical, contemporary, jazz and pop music performances every year. The Boston Symphony Orchestra has spent its summers at this grand estate located between the towns of Lenox and Stockbridge since 1937. Over this time, many renowned artists have also made appearances at the venue, including Yo-Yo Ma, Earth, Wind & Fire and Steely Dan. Tanglewood is most popular during the summer when the weather allows for sitting on the property's large lawn during performances. Still, the grounds also house multiple indoor facilities and restaurants, which enable visitors to enjoy programs, galas, events and cocerts year-round.

Reviewers call Tanglewood a "music lover's paradise," with charming scenery that keeps travelers returning year after year. Visitors appreciated the well-manicured grounds and world-class concerts, but recommend bringing your own lawn chairs, food and drinks to avoid the hefty prices of concession trucks, restaurants and stores on the property. Whether you bring your seating or rent from the facility, friendly staff can help you get situated, according to reviewers.

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