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

Stay tuned for more events!


Summer Thursday Pop-ups

The Allen Center Outdoors, in partnership with AllOverNewton, presents: Lunchtime Thursday Pop-ups on The Allen Center patio every Thursday, now through July 27th, from 11:30am-2:30pm.  The covered patio will be open for lunch and shopping, rain or shine. If the weather takes a turn for the worst everything moves indoors. A weekly list of participating restaurants, small businesses, and artisans is updated weekly and posted here:


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 facilitates, 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 Players, 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 either the Eventbrite or Zeffy purchase-tickets link. 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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