Frequently Asked Questions about the Boston Pops on Nantucket

Schedule of Events:

Saturday, August 12, 2017
4:30 p.m. – Gates open
6:30 p.m. – Please be seated
6:45 p.m. – Show opener
7:00 p.m. – Showtime
9:05 p.m. – Fireworks

  • The event is always scheduled for the second Saturday in August at Jetties Beach
  • The Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra performs with conductor Keith Lockhart
  • The event features a National Anthem performer and a special musical guest, who usually appears after intermission
  • The event offers general admission attendance which requires ticket holders to bring their own blankets and chairs as well as reserved seating attendance which entitles ticket holders to an entire evening of activities in addition to prime seating
  • This event is the largest fundraiser of the year for Nantucket Cottage Hospital

When do entry gates open?
The entry gates open at 4:30 pm at the corner of Hulbert Avenue and Bathing Beach Road. Ticket-takers will facilitate entry, with directions to the beach. Access to the dunes is strictly forbidden. All seating must be completed by 6:45 pm.

How do I get to the event?
The Boston Pops on Nantucket is located at Jetties Beach on Bathing Beach Road. Jetties Beach is a short walk or bike ride from downtown Nantucket. Due to traffic restrictions and congestion, we encourage concert-goers to walk, bike ride or get dropped off at the venue. North Beach Street will be open to motor traffic for drop-off only, at the intersection of North Beach Street and Bathing Beach Road. Hulbert Avenue will be closed to motor traffic. Cars cannot be parked at Jetties Beach or on North Beach Street or Hulbert Avenue.

How is seating organized?
General Admission seating on the beach is first-come, first-served. Reserved table seating is pre-arranged.

What should I bring?
If you will be enjoying the event in the General Admission section, you should bring blankets, beach chairs or towels that you wish to use for seating. Please also remember to bring sun screen and any food and beverages you wish. Food and drinks are not available for purchase at the event. Please remember, glass is not allowed onto the beach. You may also wish to bring a sweatshirt or light jacket as temperatures often drop as the concert starts.

What happens if there is bad weather?
There is no rain date for the Boston Pops on Nantucket. If it’s raining on the day of the event, local news outlets will provide updates. If the concert is rained out, there are no refunds.

Are there transportation services for those requiring special assistance?
Handicap accessible shuttle service will run from Nantucket Cottage Hospital and the Boys and Girls Club from 4:30 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. to a special beach section at Jetties Beach, with ramped wheelchair access. Companions are welcome on vans. Space is limited. Return service will be provided after the concert. Limited chairs are available. It is suggested that you bring comfortable beach chairs, snacks and water. Please call the Foundation Office at (508) 825-8250 for more information.

For further questions about the Boston Pops on Nantucket or about other programs and events at Nantucket Cottage Hospital, contact the foundation office at (508) 825-8250.

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