Summer 2016 Events at ICA Boston

Get ready to party at the ICA with Harborwalk Sounds on Thursdays, First Fridays, Talking Taste, and Summer DJ Nights.


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Food, music, an unbeatable view. Sure, the ICA requires a trek across the channel, but make it there on a warm summer night and you’ll be greeted by a party.

Throughout summer, the ICA will host a number of different events series on Thursday and Friday nights.

On Thursdays, the museum has partnered with Berklee College of Music to present Harborwalk Sounds. For the 10th year, visitors can enjoy free music from talented young musicians. Here’s the lineup:

Harborwalk Sounds
6-8:30 p.m.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Thursday, July 7, 2016
Lula Wiles

Thursday, July 14, 2016
noé / Mar|Co

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Thursday, July 28, 2016
Selah Poitier

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Thursday, August 11, 2016
Chorobop & +55 Group

Thursday, August 18, 2016
Sleeping Lion / iives

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Thursday, September 1, 2016
Niu Raza and the Wilder Project

On Fridays, the ICA will host Summer Fridays, which includes First Fridays, Talking Taste in June, and Summer DJ Nights in July and August.

Each of the three First Fridays this summer will have a different theme, but all of them come with art, activities, dancing, and music.

First Fridays
5-10 p.m., 21+

Friday, June 3, 2016
Caribbean Dream

Friday, July 1, 2016
Summer in the City

Friday, August 4, 2016
White Hot [Vol. 3]

On non-first Fridays in the month of June, the ICA will bring back Talking Taste for a sixth year. Each week, a different noted chef will host a demo, and—duh!—food will be served.

Talking Taste
6:30 p.m.

Friday, June 10, 2016
Tiffani Faison, Tiger Mama and Sweet Cheeks

Friday, June 17, 2016
Marc Sheehan, Loyal Nine

Friday, June 24, 2016
Susan Regis, Shepard

Then, on Fridays in July and August, dance the summer away with Summer DJ Nights. Each week, a new set, from reggae to Beirut to tUnE-yArDs.

Summer DJ Nights Lineup
5-9 p.m.

Friday, July 8, 2016
Reggae with DJ Bud E. Green, DJ Warlock, and Junior Rodigan

Friday, July 15, 2016
tUnE-yArDs DJ Set

Friday, July 22, 2016
Hip-Hop with DJ Knife, DJ 7L, and DJ Chief Rocka Moe Dee

Friday, July 29, 2016
Disco with DJ Alfredo, DJ Nite Train, and DJ Saucy Lady

Friday, August 12, 2016
DJ Windows 98 (Win Butler)

Friday, August 19, 2016
Beirut DJ Set

Friday, August 26, 2016
Light Asylum DJ Set and Grace Jones’s A One Man Show Screening

Prices vary by event from free to $20, Institute of Contemporary Art Boston, 100 Northern Ave., Boston, 617-478-3100,



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