About the unCommon Stage

Emerson College has partnered with the City of Boston to create a dynamic and inclusive space that activates a long underserved corner of the Boston Common by attracting the local community and visitors to enjoy a curated entertainment experience along with high quality food and beverage service.

The outdoor venue will feature entertainment daily at the Emerson College unCommon Stage and the outdoor garden, which seats more than 400, will offer a variety of beverages and food. The garden seating is open to all, with those 21 and older receiving bracelets to allow alcohol purchases.


Emerson College

Based in Boston, Massachusetts, opposite the historic Boston Common and in the heart of the city’s Theatre District, Emerson College educates individuals who will solve problems and change the world through engaged leadership in communication and the arts, a mission informed by liberal learning. The College has approximately 4,161 undergraduates and 554 graduate students from across the United States and nearly 70 countries. Supported by state-of-the-art facilities and a renowned faculty, students participate in more than 90 student organizations and performance groups. Emerson is known for its experiential learning programs at Emerson Los Angeles, located in Hollywood, and at its 14th-century castle, in the Netherlands. Additionally, there are opportunities to study in Washington, DC, London, China, and the Czech Republic, Spain, Austria, Greece, France, Ireland, Mexico, Cuba, England, and South Africa. The College has an active network of 51,000+ alumni who hold leadership positions in communication and the arts. For more information, visit emerson.edu.

City of Boston Parks and Recreation

City of Boston

Boston, officially the City of Boston, is the capital and largest city of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the cultural and financial center of the New England region of the Northeastern United States. For more information, visit boston.gov.

Harpoon Brewery

The Harpoon Brewery was founded in 1986 by beer lovers who wanted more and better beer options. When the Brewery was founded, Harpoon was issued Brewing Permit #001 by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, since it was the first to brew commercially in the state after a dormant period of about 25 years. Since then, it has expanded to a second brewery in Windsor, VT. 

Harpoon welcomes beer lovers to its Beer Hall, festivals, and Octoberfest, St. Patrick’s Day, and Harpoonfest celebrations.  Harpoon has supported numerous charities to fight food insecurity such as the Vermont Foodbank and Greater Boston Food Bank, and ALS Research through the Angel Fund.  The brewery has partnered with local legends such as Dunkin’ and the Bruins to produce special, seasonal beers. Harpoon’s line of craft beer features its award-winning IPA and seasonal beers, along with special limited releases. In 2014, Harpoon became an employee-owned company.

For more information, visit harpoonbrewery.com.

Additional Support

unCommon Stage Programming is supported in part by:

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Boston Arts Summer Institute