At the Allen Center

The Allen Center offers a unique array of curated programs, historic tours, and special events in addition to offering facility rentals. The Allen Center is the premier facility under the direction of the Newton Cultural Alliance. Its abolitionist history as a center for progressive education makes this state-of-the-art performance facility worth a visit. 

Upcoming Events

Sheffield Chamber Players

Thursday, June 15, 3:00 pm 

Event Horizon

Sheffield Chamber Players performs Event Horizon, a night of music and more presented in partnership with The Allen Center in West Newton. Get ready for an intimate public performance to close out the 10th season. Event Horizon features Hawa Kassé Mady Diabaté's rustic and catchy Tegere Tulon, Valentyn Silvestrov's mesmerizing String Quartet No.1, and Dvořák's monumental "American" String Quintet. In addition, you’ll hear from hosts who have opened their homes to Sheffield over the past decade, and learn how you can share this unique experience with your neighbors, friends, and loved ones.

Get Your Tickets Here.

Juneteenth Celebration

Wednesday, June 19, 2pm & 6pm

Forever Free

Celebrate the historic occasion of Juneteenth at The Allen Center as we come together to honor freedom and equality. Immerse yourself in an arts and culture experience with live performances of traditional spirituals and Black American composers like Duke Ellington & Stevie Wonder. Featuring a gallery exhibition by Lou Jones entitled "panAFRICAproject".

Get Your Tickets for the 2pm concert HERE.

Get Your Tickets for the 6pm concert HERE.

The Black Feathers

Thursday, June 20, 7:30 pm 

The Black Feathers

Join us for an unforgettable evening at The Allen Center. The Black Feathers will be performing live, bringing their unique blend of Americana, Folk, and Acoustic Indie Rock to our historic venue. Don't miss out on this opportunity to experience their soulful harmonies and captivating lyrics in person. Mark your calendars and get ready for a night filled with incredible music and good vibes!

Get Your Tickets Here.

Strawberry Festival 2024

Saturday, June 8, 6:30 pm 

Join the NCA for an eclectic evening of music and art, light dinner, drinks, and our always-rousing Raise the Paddle in support of NCA’s Allen Center. This year our honoree will be the incredible Susan Paley, Senior VP for Community Relations at The Village Bank and long-time NCA board member.

Get your tickets here.

Cherry Street Music

Allison Eldredge is The Allen Center Artist-in-Residence and Founder of Cherry Street Music.

Cherry Street Music is a chamber ensemble with a simple mission: to create a space to meet new people, develop friendships, and find togetherness, passion, and hope through evenings of music. Our "classical with a twist" concerts are less formal with conversations between artists, special guests, and audience members. Attendees will also have an opportunity to experience the visionary educational history and beauty of the 1840 Nathaniel Allen Homestead, now The Allen Center, as our artistic home!

We have 2 concert series this year: Classical with a Twist, and Americana. Check out our Cherry Street Music Page to hear more about our next show in the Americana Series: Forever Free, Wednesday, June 19th, at 2:00 PM & 6:00 PM.


Artist Residencies

The Allen Center hosts musicians and artists for short and long-term residencies. Residents make use of the Allen Center's state-of-the-art facilities, to work on new or ongoing projects in a historic setting.

Current Artist in Residence: Allison Eldredge, cello.
See Allison's newest project, Cherry Street Music, at the Allen Center.

Historic Tours

The Allen Center is home to a rich history that's rarely told. We're proud to keep the story of the Nathaniel Topliff Allen Homestead alive at the Allen House. Learn more about this former school and what it took to renovate and restore the space through our guided tours.

Tours can be organized for small groups by emailing our Allen Center staff at

Special Events & Fundraisers

The Allen Center's mix of historic and contemporary spaces make the facility the perfect home for intimate gatherings, photoshoots, and elegant affairs. View some images from our past events below and see our facility rental page to plan your next event.

Special Offers

The Allen Center/Newton Cultural Alliance offers discounted rates in order to broaden accessibility to cultural programing, like the concerts, performances, festivals, art installations, classes, and workshops offered by the many talented groups and artists here in Newton and beyond.

Please note that for all offers, some restrictions may apply.

Student Rates

The Allen Center/Newton Cultural Alliance offers a discounted rate, for students and young people under 18, to attend most events at The Allen Center. Please refer to each event for specific rates; choose "student" when purchasing a ticket through the Eventbrite or Zeffy link.

Mass Cultural Council Card to Culture Program

The Allen Center/Newton Cultural Alliance is proud to participate in the Card to Culture program, a collaboration between Mass Cultural Council and the Department of Transitional Assistance, the Massachusetts Health Connector, and the Women, Infants & Children (WIC) Nutrition Program.

EBT, WIC, and ConnectorCare cardholders can purchase up to four tickets per card at $5 each; kids are free.

To access the discount online, please enter the corresponding promo code for your card from the list below, when you go to check out at the Eventbrite event page. You can also contact The Allen Center/NCA by emailing or calling 617.332.4300 and identifying yourself as an EBT, P-EBT, WIC or ConnectorCare card holder.

For EBT and P-EBT cardholders, please use promo code EBTTAC.

For WIC cardholders, please use promo code WICTAC.

For ConnectorCare cardholders, please use promo code CARETAC.

See the complete list of participating organizations offering EBT, WIC, and ConnectorCare discounts.

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