Sunday, May 9, 2021

  Sadly we have to cancel our summer concert series for this summer.  We appreciate all our loyal patrons and sponsors and hope to give you a great season next year,   Review the site, check out our sponsors and look at what we would have planned for this season,  Use our sponsors and possibly our bands if they fit your needs through the year. Stay safe and we will talk soon.


The Manchester Bicentennial Band Shell is celebrating its 43rd season!



We are proud to bring great entertainment to you and your family. Explore our website for information on performance schedules, our history, and how you can get involved. We look forward to your patronage!




“Our performances are always FREE”

Our performances are always FREE and all we ask is that you bring something comfortable to sit on, a plastic bottle of water, if you think you might get thirsty, something warm to wear when the evening air turns a little chilly and a mindset to enjoy a lovely concert. There is a non smoking policy on the grounds of the band shell. We have many patrons that are allergic to smoke and are too infirm to move to another section of the grounds easily. We appreciate your cooperation.


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Important Information


Performances start at 7 p.m. until 9 p.m.


We have handicap-only parking next to the band shell and everyone else can park in parking lot East at the top of the hill.



Only service animals are allowed on the band shell property.




Our History 


The Manchester Bicentennial Band Shell was conceived as a living memorial of the nation's celebration of its 200th Birthday in 1976. The Band Shell facility represents a special model of community life.


The State of Connecticut and its agency, Manchester Community College, provided the land, by a forty-year lease to the Town of Manchester. The building is owned by the Town and was built by private funds. We have now entered into a ten year lease to continue bringing you awesome music at a great venue all summer. The Band Shell Board of Directors manages the programming of the summer concerts.


The first concerts were presented in the summer of 1977 and for the past forty years have become a regular part of Manchester's summer season. The number of concerts has varied over the years from the first season of ten performances to 43 in 1986. In 2015, over 10,000 attended 17 concerts. Performers have come from all over the world as well as from Manchester to entertain our audiences during the last quarter of a century.


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