Free Summer Concerts in NYC


by staff, 05/25/2011

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The best things in life are free, especially when it comes to NYC's summer concerts. This May through August, you can hear live music of all kinds across the City without spending a dime. Whether it's rock music at 4Knots at South Street Seaport and on the Williamsburg Waterfront, a classy night outdoors with the Metropolitan Opera, or diverse lineups including everything from jazz to world music at SummerStage and Celebrate Brooklyn!, New York City's gratis alfresco performances are sure to please music lovers of all tastes. Read on below for a breakdown of some of our favorite shows, as well as a full list of summer concert series and festivals. Enjoy, and rock on!

Full List of Concert Series

Don't mind paying for your live music? Click the graphic below for a full list of NYC concerts, both free and ticketed.

NYC Concert Calendar

All Free Summer Music Events

4Knots Music Festival
BAM Rhythm and Blues Festival
Bargemusic Presents: "Music In Motion"
Beekman Beer Garden Beach Parties (the official site lists both free and ticketed events; check individual shows for details)
Celebrate Brooklyn!
Charlie Parker Jazz Festival
Good Morning America Summer Concert Series
Jazzmobile Summer Concerts
Lincoln Center Out of Doors
Make Music New York
Martin Luther King, Jr. Concert Series
The Metropolitan Opera Summer HD Festival
Metropolitan Opera's Summer Recital Series
Summer on the Oval
Naumburg Orchestral Concerts
River to River Festival
Seaside Summer Concert Series
Shakespeare in the Park
St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble's Subway Series
Summergarden at MoMA
Summer in the Square
Today Show Summer Concert Series
Vans House Parties
Washington Square Music Festival
Williamsburg Waterfront Concerts (the official site lists both free and ticketed events; check individual shows for details)

related venues/(5)

  1. 1
    South Street Seaport
    Pier 17, Fulton and Front Streets
    Manhattan – Financial District
    NY 10038
  2. 2
    Red Hook Park
    Bay St
    Brooklyn – Red Hook
  3. 3
    The Williamsburg Waterfront
    110 Kent Ave
    Brooklyn – Williamsburg
  1. 4
    The Met
    Fifth Ave. at 82nd St.
    Manhattan – Upper East Side
    NY 10028
  2. 5
    Governors Island
    New York Harbor
    Manhattan – Financial District
    NY 10004

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