NYC Free Concerts and Music Events – Spring / Summer 2018 – New York City – New Yorkled 2018-04-22T15:24:41+00:00

Free and Cheap Concert Listings for the New York City Metropolitan Area

Be sure to check the official sites for inclement weather updates. The following are free unless otherwise noted below or on their respective linked reference pages.

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Philharmonic and Met in the Park Performances – Various Locations – These are FREE events.Opera Singer


New York Philharmonic Concerts in the Parks

Here are dates provided by the NY Philharmonic Site continue checking here or their site for updates

All concerts will begin at 8:00 pm unless otherwise noted.
For weather updates, call the Parks Hotline: (212) 875-5709.
Fireworks to follow every one of these concerts EXCEPT for the last one taking place indoors at Staten Island


MET IN THE PARKS – Summer Recital Series

(Latest Season of Free Metropolitan Opera Performances)

Here are dates provided by the Metropolitan Opera Site
Visit their site for details regarding all events and to learn more about the Metropolitan Opera
Please call 212-362-6000 for current information concerning raindates.
All performances are free of charge.

Details Yet to come…


Barge Music Free One Hour Saturday Afternoons

Bargemusic Presents: “Music in Motion”
Located at the Fulton Ferry Landing near the Brooklyn Bridge.
Official Site

Bargemusic is at Fulton Ferry Landing near the Brooklyn Bridge
Saturdays at 4:00 pm. Admission FREE
Neighborhood Family Concerts — a one hour performance, including a Q & A session with the musicians (no intermission):

April 7, 14, 21, & 28

May 5, 12, 19, & 26

Doors open 15 minutes prior to concert. The program is announced at the performance. NO reserved seating.


¡Arriba! Community Dance Parties at the High Line 2018

High Line at West 16th Street
Official Page(s)

This High Line Program is free and open to visitors of all ages. Feel the rhythm of some of New York City’s hottest Latin bands as the High Line is transformed into an epic dance floor for their annual series.

The following have yet to be updated for this year of 2017


Annual Summer Organ Series at Riverside Church

The RiversideChurch, Nave
490 Riverside Drive
(Betw. 120th – 122nd Streets)

Tuesdays from July 11 – August 8


Flushing Town Hall Summer Concert Series

Featuring a mixture of Jazz and World Music
Visit their site through the below accompanying links for details on purchasing of any necessary Tickets

RDRC Summertime: Ricardo “Panman” Steel Panband
Jun 24, 2017
FREE (No RSVP required)

Monthly Jazz Jam
Jul 5, 2017
$10 / Free for Members

Full Moon Drumming Workshop: African Drumming with Vado Diomande
Jul 9, 2017
Tickets: $25/$20 Members

Benefit Concert feat. New Asia Chamber Music Society and Friends
Jul 28, 2017
Paid Tickets Required

Monthly Jazz Jam
Aug 2, 2017
$10/FREE for Members, Students & Jamming Musicians

Full Moon Drumming Workshop: Irish Drumming with Niall O’Leary
Aug 6, 2017
$25/$20 Members (per workshop)

RDRC Summertime:Papo Vazquez Pirates Troubadours
Aug 26, 2017
FREE (No RSVP required)


Harlem Sweet Spot Festival 2017

Celebrate Summer in Harlem with the Sweet Spot Festival

Sweet Spot Music + Art Festival

Pop + Shop

June 24, 2017
10:00 am – 4:00 pm


Concerts and Dancing at Waterside Plaza 2017

Free outdoor entertainment

Waterside Plaza is located on the East River between 25th and 29th streets, east of the FDR Highway. A complete listing can be found at


Wednesday, July 12
Andy Suzuki and the Method

Wednesday, July 19
Disco Unlimited

Wednesday, July 26
Michael Arenella and his Dreamland Orchestra

Summer Dancing Under the Stars:

Tuesday, June 27

Wednesday, July 26

Tuesday, August 29


Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival

Featuring numerous Ticketed Performances

Please check the corresponding page linked above to learn about upcoming performances.

July 25 – August 19


Free Performances at the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center

61 West 62 Street
Official Page(s)
Free Performances Every Week

Immerse yourself in New York’s vibrant performing arts scene by attending one of the weekly free performances offered in Lincoln Center’s David Rubenstein Atrium.
Admission is free. Seating is limited on a first-come, first-served basis.


Annual Washington Square Music Festival 2017


Four Free Concerts at 8:00 pm in June

Taking place on the Main Stage in the center of Washington Square Park. Seating is first come, first served.

Main Stage, Washington Square Park – FREE

Tuesdays from June 6 – June 27

Visit this site for more information as well as for confirmation of changes in scheduling.


Harlem Meer Performance Festival 2017

Located at 110th Street near Fifth Avenue within Central Park between Fifth and Lenox Avenues
On more than one occasion yours truly has had the wonderful opportunity to witness what goes on at this locale one year and allow me to tell you! It was quite the occasion! Although the music on each particular night was neither the sort that I’d venture out of my way to purchase nor witness, these performances were wholeheartedly the type that makes one wonder, Gee! What took me so long to experience them in the first place? We’re not guaranteeing that they’ll be your cup of tea but they’re definitely worth investigating at least once.
In the case of inclement weather, concerts will be canceled (no rain dates). For more details, day-of weather-related changes or cancellations and accessibility information, please call 212-860-1370.
Sundays through the Summer
June 18 through September 3
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm


2017 Fox & Friends After the Show All American Summer Music Series

Taking place every Friday at 48th street & 6th avenue right on the Plaza of the Fox building.

Join them every Friday from 6:00 – 9:00 am ET for free music and free Famous Dave’s BBQ. Official Site

Friday, May 26
Phil Vassar

Friday, June 2
Scotty McCreery

Friday, June 16
Charlie Daniels

Friday, June 23
Gavin Degraw

Friday, June 30
Lee Brice

Friday, July 7
Lauren Alaina

Friday, July 21

Friday, July 28

Friday, August 4
Trace Adkins

Friday, August 11

August 18
Kenny Loggins

September 1
Gloria Gaynor


2017 Summer in the Square at Union Square Park

Come join in the celebratory atmosphere of music at Union Square Park +

Taking place every Thursday from June 15 – August 10

On hand will be lunchtime performances from the New School of Jazz and in the late afternoon into the early evening you’ll get to enjoy the sight of dueling artists. Might be dancers, music performers, DJs or something else! Click on the headlining link above to get additional details!


2017 Free Summer Concert Series Returns to the Upper West Side at the Lincoln Square

Lincoln Square Heats Up with Outdoor Music at Richard Tucker Park
Wednesdays, July 5 – August 30, at Broadway and 66th Street
Noon to 2:00 pm

In the past these concerts have usually taken place from Noon to 2:00 pm BUT there’s little word at their site as of the time of this writing. Please be sure to check back over there and here as well for updates.

Wednesday, July 5

Wednesday, July 12

Wednesday, July 19

Wednesday, July 26

Wednesday, August 2

Wednesday, August 9

Wednesday, August 16

Wednesday, August 23

Wednesday, August 30


Broadway in Bryant Park Performances 2017

Bryant Park is one of those parks situated in one of the most opportune of places. Nearby are such hotspots as Times Square, Grand Central Terminal, Fifth Avenue with all its many shops and of course the NY Public Library, located right beside the park itself, at which there’s actually a small art museum. So make the best of your day when visiting this grand midtown locale by planning your trip accordingly!
Enjoy songs from all your favorite current Broadway shows sung by the stars themselves
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm / Thursdays

Thursday, July 6
12:30 – 1:30 pm

Thursday, July 13
12:30 – 1:30 pm

Thursday, July 20
12:30 – 1:30 pm

Thursday, July 27
12:30 – 1:30 pm

Thursday, August 3
12:30 – 1:30 pm

Thursday, August 10
12:30 – 1:30 pm


Madison Square Park Music Concerts 2017

To see details for any of the following music events at the park go here.

2017 Above Ground Series Performers
Taking place on Wednesdays

2017 Summer Nights Series


Celebrate Brooklyn! 2017

The Summer Roster of Concerts and other Music Performances taking place at the Prospect Park Bandshell has been updated and chock full of performances for all to enjoy!

So why not head over to that special page to learn more?!?!? 🙂



Featuring over 100 Free Performances taking place at many parks throughout the five boroughs.

The items taking place within Central Park would be at Rumsey Playfield, located near the 5th Avenue and 72nd Street entrance to the park.

Not all SummerStage events take place within Central Park but rather throughout the 5 boroughs.
Note: Many of the listed items may or may not be a fundraiser and may or may not incur a cost or tickets.


Central Astoria Waterfront Concert Series 2017

Taking place in Astoria Park, Queens
Visit the official page for more information
Astoria Park Lawn on Shore Blvd. between Hell Gate Bridge and the Pool

Details as to who may be performing yet to come…

Thursday Evenings at 7:30 pm

Waterfront Concert Series

Thursday, July 13

Thursday, July 20

Thursday, July 27

Thursday, August 3

Thursday, August 10

Thursday, August 17


NBC’s Annual Today Show Concert Series at Rockefeller Plaza 2017
– 48th Street between 5th & 6th Avenues

Taking place in the outdoors at the PLAZA. Be sure to be there extra early due to the crowds that will form. Have Fun!

Various Mornings this Spring and Summer
Approx.: 7:00 am Of course it’ll always be best to show up much much earlier.

  • Tuesday, May 9, 7:00 am – Harry Styles
  • Monday, May 15, 7:00 am – New Kids on the Block
  • Tuesday, May 16, 7:00 am – Zac Brown Brand
  • Friday, May 19, 7:00 am – Mary J. Blige
  • Friday, May 26, 7:00 am – Miley Cyrus
  • Monday, May 29, 7:00 am – Niall Horan
  • Friday, June 2, 7:00 am – Thomas Rhett
  • Friday, June 9, 7:00 am – Halsey
  • Friday, June 16, 7:00 am – Shania Twain
  • Friday, June 30, 7:00 am – Charlie Puth
  • Thursday, July 6, 7:00 am – Ed Sheeran
  • Friday, July 14, 7:00 am – Hailee Steinfeld
  • Tuesday, July 18, 7:00 am – Chris Stapleton
  • Friday, July 21, 7:00 am – DNCE
  • Friday, July 28, 7:00 am – Fitz and the Tantrums
  • Friday, August 4, 7:00 am – Brad Paisley
  • Friday, August 18, 7:00 am – Hailee Steinfeld
  • Friday, August 25, 7:00 am – Jason Aidean

Visit the official Today Show Page


ABC Good Morning America Concert Series at Rumsey Playfield
within Central Park 2017

Looks like ABC has been really busy in trying to bring us the very best in music for this year’s concert series! What with a great startup and so many other great names, one can’t help but get excited over what’s to come! Look below for current Friday Concert listings (Which ARE subject to change)
Approx.: 7:00 am – 9:00 am

Information as to whether one or two or all of these concerts require tickets…What’s definite is the fact that they’re free and open to all.

  • Friday, May 19 – Green Day
  • Friday, May 26 – Florida Georgia Line & Nelly
  • Friday, June 2 – Fifth Harmony
  • Friday, June 9 – The Chainsmokers* (Tickets required)
  • Friday, June 16 – The Lumineers
  • Friday, June 23 – Little Big Town
  • Friday, June 30 – Bebe Rexha* (Taking place inside their Times Square Studio)
  • Friday, July 7 – Big Sean
  • Friday, July 14 -Lady Antebellum
  • Friday, July 21 – Zedd featuring Alessia Cara
  • Friday, July 28 – Imagine Dragons
  • Friday, August 4 – Linkin Park
  • Friday, August 11 – Bleachers
  • Friday, August 18 – Eric Church
  • Friday, August 25 – Paramore
  • Friday, September 1 –  Jason Derulo
  • Date TBD – Dierks Bentley*

Visit also the GMA site.


Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden Concerts


421 East 61st Street
New York, NY 10065
212 838-6878
Listen to live music while relaxing in the garden. Museum tour and
complimentary beverages included. Join as a Museum Member and admission
is free for all concerts. $15 Adults, Members free, $5 Children under 12, Babies under 1 free


Free Summer Orchestral Concerts at the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park


New Season of Free Concerts in Central Park. All concerts will be performed at the Naumburg Bandshell which is located mid-park just south of the 72nd Street cross-drive.
No tickets issued. 700 seats provided on a first come first serve basis. Benches around Concert Ground also available.
No rain dates, No rain location.
The concerts are on the following evenings:

    Tuesday, June 13 @ 7:30 – 9:45 pm
    Tuesday, June 27 @ 7:30 – 9:30 pm
    Tuesday, July 11 @ 7:30 – 9:30 pm
    Tuesday, July 18 @ 7:30 – 9:30 pm
  • ECCO
    Tuesday, August 1 @ 7:30 – 9:30 pm


Grand Central Partnership’s Lunchtime Summer Concert Series

Midtown Concerts
Chapel of St. Bart’s Church,
325 Park Avenue at East 51st Street

Thursday, April 27 – Hesperus – Devices and Divisions

Thursday, May 4 – Abendmusik – The Consorts of William White and his Contemporaries

Thursday, May 11 – Diderot String Quartet – Purely Mozart

Thursday, May 18 – Alkemie – Love to my Liking: Refrains of Desire in Gothic France

Thursday, May 25 – The Lyra Consort – Rare Jewels of the French Baroque Pt. 2

Thursday, June 1 – Marginalia – Le Chansonnier du Roi

Thursday, June 8 – Bud Roach – The Muse’s Delight

Thursday, June 15 – Morrongiello & Weinman Lute Duo – Lute Duets From the Elizabethan Golden Age

Thursday, June 22 – Sonnambula – Musique à Trois: Works for Viols Alone

Thursday, June 29 – Ryland Angel – Portraits of Mary

Cool Music for Warm Summer Days
345 Park Avenue at East 51st Street

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Tuesday, May 9 – Clarity Festival Brass Band

Thursday, May 18 – Straight Up Band

Tuesday, May 23 – Best Kept Secret

Thursday, May 25 – One Stop Pony Band

Thursday, June 1 – Quarteto Moderno

Tuesday, June 6 – Hit The Roof Featuring Matt Daniel

Thursday, June 8 – Soul Revival

Tuesday, June 13 – Charlie Lagond & Kaleidoscope

Thursday, June 15 – Linda Ipanema & Stan Edwards: 30’s – 80’s

Tuesday, June 20 – Los Hacheros

Thursday, June 22 – Out Of The Box Big Band

Tuesday, June 27 – Acute Inflections

Thursday, June 29 – Beyond Fab: Beatles & More

Thursday, July 6 – Joe Battaglia’s NY Big Band

Tuesday, July 11 – Luis Ramirez & Friends

Thursday, July 13 – TJ Tomlin Dixieland Allstars

Tuesday, July 18 – Eddie & The Starlites

Thursday, July 20 – Bustamante

Tuesday, July 25 – Felix & The Cats

Thursday, July 27 – Square Feet Classic Rock

Thursday, August 3 – Blue Cha Cha

Thursday, August 10 – The Pazant Brothers Orchestra

Thursday, August 17 – Memories

Tuesday, August 22  – Annie D. With Transfusion

Thursday, August 31 – Swing Street Orchestra


Lexington Ave at East 53rd Street
Thursdays, 12:30 pm – 1:45 pm

No Details as yet regarding this for 2017


345 Park Avenue at East 51st Street
Except where noted, Tuesdays, 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Presented by Rudin Management Company.

No Details as yet regarding this for 2017


Park Avenue at East 40th Street
Wednesdays, 12:30 pm – 1:45 pm

No Details as yet regarding this for 2017


East 40th Street at Third Avenue
Fridays, 12:30 pm to 1:45 pm

No Details as yet regarding this for 2017


Seaside and Martin Luther King Jr. Concert Series in Brooklyn

Martin Luther King Jr. Concert Series

Brooklyn Avenue between Rutland Road and Winthrop Street, across the street from Kings County Hospital.
Performers are subject to change without notice. Check the official website or call the concert hotline for updates at 718-222-0600, or listen to WBLS-FM 107.5.

Won’t be going on this Summer of 2017

A long standing Brooklyn tradition, music under the stars. (718-469-1912)
Official Page here…

Seaside Concert Series in Brooklyn

at Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk

Won’t be going on this Summer of 2017

Official Page here…


Metropolitan Opera’s Summer HD Festival 2016

Free LIVE in High Definition Screenings at Lincoln Center Plaza.
Learn More here.

  • Amadeus Film Screening
    Friday, August 26, 7:45 pm
  • Le Nozze di Figaro
    Saturday, August 27, 7:30 pm
  • Il Trovatore
    Sunday, August 28, 8:00 pm
  • Otello
    Monday, August 29, 8:00 pm
  • La Fille du Régiment
    Tuesday, August 30, 8:00 pm
  • Lucia di Lammermoor
    Wednesday, August 31, 8:00 pm
  • La Cenerentola
    Thursday, September 1, 7:45 pm
  • Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci
    Friday, September 2, 8:00 pm
  • The Merry Widow
    Saturday, September 3, 8:00 pm
  • Turandot
    Sunday, September 4, 8:00 pm
  • Les Pêcheurs de Perles
    Monday, September 5, 8:00 pm


Tudor City – Concerts for City Greens

South Park – 41st Street
(rain dates will be held the following evening)
Visit as well the Official Site

  • Wednesday, June 24
    6:30 – 8:00 pm
  • Wednesday, July 29
    6:30 – 8:00 pm
  • Wednesday, September 2
    6:30 – 8:00 pm


New Music in Bryant Park 2015

New Music in Bryant Park
Award-winning classical and jazz ensembles perform back to back each week, showcasing works commissioned by Chamber Music America. Details regarding what groups will actually be performing which nights will come at a later date.

  • Monday, May 18 : 5:30 – 8:00 pm
    One classical and one jazz ensemble
  • Monday, May 25 : 5:30 – 8:00 pm
    One classical and one jazz ensemble
  • Monday, June 1 : 5:30 – 8:00 pm
    One classical and one jazz ensemble
  • Monday, June 8 : 5:30 – 8:00 pm
    One classical and one jazz ensemble
  • Monday, June 15 : 4:30 – 10:00 pm
    New Music Festival with six excellent groups.


International Accordion Festival 2015


Taking place at Bryant Park in midtown Manhattan
Bryant Park can be found between 5th and 6th Avenues and between 40th and 42nd Streets behind the NY Public Library.

Taking place from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm throughout Bryant Park

No Details as yet regarding this year’s (2017) series


Seaport Music Festival

July 11 – August 29, 2014

7:00 – 9:00 pm
Stage at Water and Fulton Streets within the Seaport Area

No details as yet for 2017 as of the time of this update




Music & Other Entertainment at Riverside Park, NYC

There’s plenty going on at this wonderful stretch of parkland along Manhattan’s upper west side. This park which stretches from 68th street all the way up to 155th street will play host to quite a bit of goings on the entire year through.

Hudson River Park Music and Dance, 2013

There’s a heck of a whole lot goin’ on at Hudson River Park this coming season! From MoonDance to RiverRocks as well as other featured concerts….’we’ll all be in a dancing frenzy as we move to the beat of so many musical performances.

Lehman Center for the Performing Center

Calendar / Events Listing

In the Bronx


Charlie Wilson, Boyz II Men: Mother’s Day Concert

Barclays Center (Brooklyn, NY)
Saturday, May. 12, 2018 / 7:00 pm
$55 – $100


“Rocktopia” on Broadway Blends Classical & Classic Rock

Broadway Theatre (New York, NY)
April 19 – 29
$39 – $75


Live Jazz at Birdland

Birdland (New York, NY)
April 17 – 29
$15 – $20



Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles

Psychedelic Fab Four Tribute to “Sgt. Pepper”
The Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden (New York, NY)
May 3 – 6
$39 – $79


Make Music New York Returns

Thursday, June 21, 2018

 1,000+ Free, Outdoor Music-Making Events Citywide to Kick Off Summer



Barenaked Ladies “Last Summer on Earth” Tour

Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk (Brooklyn, NY)
Wednesday, Jun. 27, 2018 / 7:00pm
$17 – $28