Performing Arts

Moving parts: Dance, concerts, and theatre that will move you to tears or to your knees.

Allegro Music School

Allegro Music School

P.O. Box 46, Natick 01760

508-655-3733  

AMS offers private voice and instrumental instruction, Dalcroze Eurhythmics and Introduction to Piano classes for ages 3 to 6 in two Natick locations: 113 Union Street and Riverbend School.

Amazing Things Arts Center

Amazing Things Arts Center

160 Hollis Street, Framingham 01702
508-405-ARTS (2787)  

Bringing together a diverse community of artists, arts supporters and arts appreciators of all ages, cultures and interests to experience the transformational power of rich and varied art forms.

Boston Bluegrass Union

Boston Bluegrass Union

PO Box 650061, West Newton, 02465

617-782-2251 

The Boston Bluegrass Union is a performing arts association based in the Boston area. We have over 38 years of presenting bluegrass concerts, festivals and educational activities. 

Center for Arts and Wellness

Center for Arts and Wellness

125 Turnpike Road, Suite 10, Westborough 01581

508-561-4334   781-354-8990

 

Center for the Arts in Natick (TCAN)

Center for the Arts in Natick (TCAN)

14 Summer Street, Natick 01760
508-647-0097  

TCAN is one of the best-loved concert venues in Metrowest, where national acts like Peter Wolf, Joan Osborne, Paula Poundstone, Tom Rush, or The Smithereens perform. A busy calendar of events includes theatre, family concerts, open mike nights, and arts education programs.

Centre Music House

Centre Music House

18 Main Street, Framingham 01702

508-875-0909  

A local family-owned and operated music studio and store serving Framingham and the MetroWest area for over 40 years.  Specializing in private lessons for all ages. We provide an interactive and creative learning environment that is comfortable, fun, and professional.

Charles River Chorale

Charles River Chorale

Church of Christ Fellowship Hall, Millis 02054

 

Charles River Sinfonietta

Charles River Sinfonietta

58 Union Street, Millis 02054

508-376-4761

Claflin Hill Symphony Orchestra Inc.

Claflin Hill Symphony Orchestra Inc.

208 Main Street, Milford 01757

508-478-5924 

Dean College

Dean College

99 Main Street, Franklin 

508-541-1605  

Season and custom ticket packages for theater and dance performances in the Main Stage and the Guidry Center.

Drama Kids of Metro West

Drama Kids of Metro West

19 Dean Avenue, Franklin 02038 

617-391-0369  

Encore Music Academy and Recording Studios

Encore Music Academy and Recording Studios

3 Bent Street, Franklin 02038  508-533-7700

352 Village Street, Millis 02054  508-376-2776

 

Enter Stage Left Theater

Enter Stage Left Theater

98 Hayden Rowe Street, Hopkinton 01748
508-435-2114  

We are a non-profit, full-service community performing arts organization dedicated to promoting quality performing arts in the community.

Framingham Community Theatre

Framingham Community Theatre

140 Pearl Street, Framingham 01702

508-875-5554  

We provide a venue for local playwrights and community artists to display their craft while providing the MetroWest community high-quality theatrical productions at affordable prices.

Franklin School for the Performing Arts-Franklin

Franklin School for the Performing Arts-Franklin

38 Main Street, Franklin 02038

508-528-8668  

A unique place where extracurricular programs in music, dance, and drama are offered under one roof through private lessons, classroom instruction, and extensive performing opportunities.

Franklin School for the Performing Arts-Hudson

Franklin School for the Performing Arts-Hudson

14 Main Street, Hudson 01749

508-875-5554 

Ghost Light Players of MetroWest

Ghost Light Players of MetroWest

29 Fontaine Street, Marlborough 01752

Performances: 37 High Street, Marlborough 01752

508-263-0052  

Greater Milford Ballet Company

Greater Milford Ballet Company

28 Bellingham Street, Mendon 01756

508-473-3354  

Heritage Chorale

Heritage Chorale

P.O. Box 1335, Framingham 01701  508-270-3999 

An auditioned adult community chorus, with over 90 members from 25 different towns. We sing three concerts a year, two classical and one Pops (Broadway, Pops, Jazz). New members are welcomed twice a year.

Holliston’s Washington Street Players

Holliston’s Washington Street Players

Performing at 703 Washington Street, Holliston 01746

 

Hopkinton Center for the Arts

Hopkinton Center for the Arts

98 Hayden Rowe Street, Hopkinton 01748

508-435-9222  

The Hopkinton Center for the Arts provides visual and performing arts programs for individuals of all ages and abilities. Each year, we present many juried and community art exhibits, concerts, theater performances, art sales, and classes and workshops.

Indian Hill Music

Indian Hill Music

36 King Street, Littleton 01460

978-486-9524  

Indian Hill Music shares the transformative power of music through instructional programs for all ages; professional symphonic, chamber, and jazz concerts; and community engagement initiatives that provide access to music for everyone in our region.

LiveARTS—First Universalist Society of Franklin

LiveARTS—First Universalist Society of Franklin

262 Chestnut Street, Franklin 02038

508-528-5348  

MetroWest Harmony Chorus

MetroWest Harmony Chorus

MetroWest Harmony Chorus is a small women’s a cappella chorus, which rehearses in Marlborough, as a member of Sweet Adelines International. We are a fun-loving and warm group, who love to learn and welcome new members.

MetroWest Singing Lessons

MetroWest Singing Lessons

Framingham 01701

508-788-0532  

Metrowest Symphony Orchestra

Metrowest Symphony Orchestra

In residence at Joseph P. Keefe Regional Technical School

750 Winter St, Framingham, MA 01702 

508-686-3100  JoinMSO@metrowestsymphony.org

The Metrowest Symphony Orchestra is a community of professional and trained players who come together under the leadership and inspiration of Conductor Peter Cokkinias to create a vibrant musical and educational experience for Metrowest audiences.

Milford Performing Arts Center

Milford Performing Arts Center

150 Main Street, Milford 01757
508-473-1684  

Pakachoag Music School of Greater Worcester

Pakachoag Music School of Greater Worcester

203 Pakachoag Street, Auburn 01501

Also in West Boylston and Shrewsbury

508-791-8159  

Suzuki Violin program in Auburn and West Boylston. Easily accessible from major routes, Pakachoag attracts families from 50 communities. Programs include student performance and music exam opportunities, and Music Together for ages birth to 8.

Performing Arts Center of MetroWest

Performing Arts Center of MetroWest

140 Pearl Street, Framingham 01702
508-875-5554  

We’ve provided high-quality instruction in the performing arts for more than 30 years and are the home of PAC Family Players, Framingham Community Theater, and Moving West Repertory Dance Theatre.

Rhapsody Music & Art Center

Rhapsody Music & Art Center

138 Hartford Avenue, Hopedale 01747

508-733-2299  

Rivers Edge Arts Alliance

Rivers Edge Arts Alliance

155 Apsley Street, Hudson  01749
978-562-1646

Stacey Peasley Children’s Music

Stacey Peasley Children’s Music

Natick 01760

617-861-7477  

Steps Off Broadway

Steps Off Broadway

799 South Main Street, Bellingham 02019

508-876-9797 

Strike Up The Band

Strike Up The Band

5 Washington Street, Natick 01760

508-655-9223  

Symphony Pro Musica

Symphony Pro Musica

14 Main Street, Hudson 01749

978-562-0939 

SPM enriches the cultural life of our communities with live performances of the best symphonic repertoire, opera and choral music. SPM showcases area instrumentalists and gifted young soloists.

Umbrella Community Arts Center

Umbrella Community Arts Center

40 Stow Street, Concord  01742

978-371-0820  

Voices of MetroWest

Voices of MetroWest

P.O. Box 497, Natick 01760
 

Walnut Hill School for the Arts

Walnut Hill School for the Arts

12 Highland Street, Natick 01760

508-650-5020

Exciting performances in dance, theatre, and music, open to the public and suitable for all ages.

Wellesley College

Wellesley College

106 Central Street, Wellesley 02481  781-283-1000  

Offering visual art, theater, film, lectures, concerts, visiting artists, lectures, and other cultural events to the public throughout the year.

Wellesley Symphony Orchestra

Wellesley Symphony Orchestra

Concerts at 50 Oak Street, Wellesley 02457 

781-235-0515 

 

Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture - deCordova

Arts & Culture - Re-enactors

Community Spotlight: Framingham

America’s largest town boasts a population of almost 70,000 residents speaking more than 50 languages and living 20 miles west of Boston in urban, suburban, and rural neighborhoods. Along with great neighborhoods, Framingham has extraordinary options for shopping and dining, a vibrant and innovative center for business and industry that hosts a number of world class companies, an expanding hub of cultural and educational opportunity, unmatched road and railway access, and active investment in the Town’s infrastructure.

Higher Education

Framingham boasts excellent higher education opportunities right in our back yard at Framingham State University and Mass Bay Community College, as well as easy access to the world-class institutions in the greater Boston area, including Harvard, MIT, Tufts, Boston University, Boston College, Wellesley, Brandeis, Bentley, Northeastern University, and Worcester Polytechnic Institute. 

In addition to continuing education opportunities at Framingham State University and Mass Bay Community College, there are opportunities for arts education through both the Danforth Museum School and the Amazing Things Arts Center Workshops

Recreation
Framingham operates over 200 youth, adult, and family arts and athletic programs on 62 public athletic fields, an indoor pool, a skating rink, and an athletic center. You and your family can also enjoy 52 playgrounds with equipment, 20 public tennis courts including 10 with lights, and three public beaches. You could go boating and picnicking at Farm Pond, skating at Loring Arena, walking through Wittenborg Woods - you’ll run out of weekends before you run out of things to do! 

When completed, the Cochituate Rail Trail will connect Framingham and Natick residents to local schools, offices, shopping, and transportation hubs. The 25-mile Bruce Freeman Rail Trail, which will connect Framingham with Lowell, is in the planning stages, as is the 104-mile long Mass Central Rail Trail, connecting Boston to Western Massachusetts, passing just north of Framingham.

For a list of public beaches in town, go here.

Eat, Drink, Shop
Framingham is one of those unique places that offer just about every shopping opportunity imaginable. Our section of Route 9 / Worcester Road is well-known throughout New England as a mecca for popular retail and restaurant experiences. 

Downtown Framingham boasts over 30 ethnic enterprises, including Asian, Hispanic, Brazilian, and Eastern European shops, cafes, and restaurants. Shoppers looking for alternatives to big box stores and chain restaurants can enjoy Brazilian, Middle Eastern, Indian, and Asian cuisine; imported clothing shops; and attentive service that defines family-owned operations.

The Golden Triangle is located at the MassPike (I-90) Exit #13 roughly in the area bounded by Route 9, Route 30, and Speen Street. This area includes the Natick Mall, the Framingham Mall, and Shoppers World for a comprehensive shopping and dining experience with everything from a grocery store to high-end luxury shops. In between are a wide variety of restaurants at every price-point. 

In addition to the section of Route 9 that forms the border of the Golden Triangle described above, Route 9 extends through Framingham with a large number shopping, dining, and other services serving local and regional customers. This includes hubs of activity at Framingham Centre and the Technology Park area at Mass Pike Exit 12.

Visual and Performing Arts


Arts and culture flourish in Framingham and an abundance of entertainment venues are located throughout the town. The IMAX theater, AMC movie complex, Amazing Things Art Center, and Nevins Hall at the Historic Memorial Building just begin to identify the diversity of experiences offered. Framingham also plays host to a number of regional cultural institutions including the Danforth Museum of Art, the Mazmanian Art Gallery, Garden in the Woods, and the Framingham History Center. 

For more things to do, view the Framingham Calendar of Events.

Performing Arts

Amazing Things Arts Center

Performing Arts Center of MetroWest

 

Visual Arts 
Danforth Museum of Art - Focusing on American art from 18th century to present day, the Danforth Museum of Art is dedicated to showing the very best examples of contemporary art by both emerging and established artists, as well as an exploration of the School of Boston Expressionism. Our compelling exhibitions and permanent collection of over 3,500 works of art offer countless opportunities for all ages to explore a range of media and artistic forms of expression. Our mission strongly supports education: the 400 yearly studio art courses offered in the Museum School, family workshops, and artist lectures offer Museum members and visitors numerous opportunities to learn and create.

Mazmanian Gallery at Framingham State University

Fountain Street Fine Arts is an artist-run, membership based gallery housed in the century old Bancroft Building in Framingham.  Also check out their blog: http://www.fsfaboston.com/growingagallery/ .

Fountain Street Studios located just outside downtown, the Fountain Street Studios is a vibrant artists community that holds frequent strolls and open houses that allow you to come visit and watch the artists at work.

Saxonville Studios, located in the Saxonville area of Framingham, this small but diverse group of artists has been active for more than 20 years.