Thursdays at the Gardner

We’re open late on Thursday nights! Every week, our very own Café G transforms into a bar, serving beer, wine, and bar bites. Grab a drink, unwind with a friend, and soak in the beauty of the Gardner. Enjoy music and pop-up performances, interactive activities, and surprise gallery experiences brought to you by local artists and visionaries—you and your friends won’t want to miss it!  

Maimouna Youssef, DJ Real P, and Fabiola M. Méndez Quiñones perform in Calderwood Hall, the Courtyard, and the Dutch Room on May 30, 2019.

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Thursdays Live

Thursdays Live is our new music series highlighting a mix of R&B, soul, spoken word, and hip-hop music featuring local and nationally renowned artists. Experience their talents up close and personal in the Museum’s Calderwood Hall—a literal “sonic cube” that creates a totally unique musical encounter not to be missed.

Upcoming Thursdays Live Concerts

Feelin' Global with

Radiant Children

Thursdays Live

April 30, 2020, 7 - 10 pm

No matter how you experience live music, we are all connected through its magnetic pull. Explore another dimension of soul music with international flavor by London trio Radiant Children.

Soul'd with

BJ The Chicago Kid

Thursdays Live

May 28, 2020, 7 - 10 pm

Experience a live concert that brings a deep-rooted feeling of connection, high energy, and summertime vibes. GRAMMY Award-nominated artist BJ The Chicago Kid shares his interpretation of present-day soul on stage with timeless songs.

The Larger Conversation

A gutsy series that connects current issues with Isabella's story and collection. Join us select Thursday nights for The Larger Conversation and discover fresh perspectives from artists and innovators from Boston and beyond. Informal and intimate, these discussions explore the intersection of creativity, lived experience, and social justice.

Upcoming Events

Third Thursdays

It's a party every third Thursday! One of our most popular, long-standing offerings, each Third Thursday features food and wine, live music in the Courtyard and gallery spaces, interactive activities, and multidisciplinary art experiences built around a new theme each month. 

Upcoming Third Thursdays

Third Thursdays

Sky View

April 16, 2020, 5:30 - 9 pm

This Third Thursday has been canceled.

Third Thursdays

Go with the Flow

May 21, 2020, 5:30 - 9 pm

Isabella curated her own Museum so it would become a place where everyone can relax, explore, and experience new forms of art from around the world. Join us for a night of atypical art-making and activities that you are challenged to accept as they are—no questions asked.

Image at top: Visitors look out over the Courtyard during Neighborhood Nights: Viewfinder on July 11, 2019. Photo by Steve Osemwenkhae.