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Free Summer Concerts Manhattan 2017

Free Things To Do In Manhattan - Free Summer Concerts On the Upper East Side UES, Upper West Side UWS, Midtown, West & East Village, SoHo & Tribeca in NYC

July 27, 2017 / Manhattan Neighborhoods / Live Music & Free Concerts Manhattan / Manhattan Things To Do / Manhattan Buzz NYC.

Summer is in full swing. A number of community groups in collaboration with the NYC Parks Department and frequently some measure of government funding, have put together a summer full of films and free summer concerts in the parks. The free concerts listed below are designed for young and old alike and they're FREE.

SummerStage Concerts in Manhattan. Click here to view our report showing the paid & free SummerStage concerts in Manhattan.

Foreign Films / Free Movies in the Park Manhattan. Click here to view our report on free movies in the park - summer movies in Manhattan, Upper East Side UES, Upper West Side UWS, Midtown, West & East Village, SoHo & Tribeca.

Theater in the Park Manhattan. Click here to view our report on free Shakespeare in the park - summer theater in Manhattan, Upper East Side UES, Upper West Side UWS, Midtown, West & East Village, SoHo & Tribeca this summer 2016.

Current Manhattan Things To Do. Click here to view a listing of current Manhattan things to do or click here to view our member submitted Manhattan events calendar.


Directory of Free Summer Concerts in Manhattan NYC 2017

Click for Each Neighborhood - Performances Organized by Month

1. Upper West Side Free Summer Concerts - Manhattan NYC - free summer concerts & things to do

2. Upper East Side Free Summer Concerts Manhattan - free summer concerts & things to do

3. Central Park Free Summer Concerts NYC - free summer concerts & things to do

4. Midtown Manhattan Free Summer Concerts Manhattan NYC - free summer concerts & things to do

5. Chelsea Free Summer Concerts - Manhattan - free summer concerts & things to do

6. East & West Village Free Summer Concerts - Manhattan NYC - free summer concerts & things to do

7. SoHo Bowery & Lower East Side Free Summer Concerts - Manhattan - free summer concerts & things to do

8. Downtown NYC & Tribeca Free Summer Concerts - Manhattan - free summer concerts & things to do

9. Harlem, Inwood & Washington Heights Free Summer Concerts - NYC - free summer concerts & things to do

 

Also Check Our Monthly NYC Events / Manhattan Things To Do Calendar




1. UWS Free Summer Concerts Manhattan

Lincoln Center - Mostly Mozart & Summer Festival NYC 2017

Free Things To Do On The Upper West Side UWS NYC

Click here to view a Lincoln Center map. The photo to your right was taken just before a free summer concert at Lincoln Center.The free summer concerts are organized by Lincoln Center.

  • free summer concerts uws upper west side free summer concerts lincoln center nyc photo free summer concerts movies manhattan nycJuly 20 - August 13, 2016 - Lincoln Center Out of Doors - a festival with an eclectic mix of modern music and performers. Daily at Lincoln Center, generally evenings around 7 or 7.30 pm, with some matinee performances on weekends. See www.lcoutofdoors.org.
  • July 22 - August 27, 2016- Mostly Mozart - a celebration of Mozart's genius with works performed by some of the top classical performers of our day. Daily except July 22 & 23 and August 8 & 14, oftentimes starting at 7.30 pm at David Geffen Hall, but there are also matinee and late night events on the weekend at different venues in Lincoln Center. See www.mostlymorzart.org for details.
  • July 13 - 31, 2016- Lincoln Center Festival - a celebration of the performing arts with dance, music and theater included as part of the festive ensemble which has an emphasis on classical and early modern work. Daily except Mondays at 7.30 or 8 pm, with matinees at 1.30 or 2 pm over the weekend.

Also see free summer movies in Midtown Manhattan and the Manhattan things to do calendar and the things to do section of the Midtown Neighborhood.


UWS Free Summer Concerts Manhattan

Free Summer Concerts Riverside Park NYC 2017

Free Things To Do In Upper West Side UWS NYC

free summer concerts riverside park free summer concerts upper west side uwsClick here to view a Riverside Park map. The photo to your right was taken at Riverside Park on the Upper West Side.

The free summer concerts are organized by the TBD.

  • Tuesday, June 21, 2016 - all day? - Make Music New York

There were also summer concerts at PIER 1 at about West 78th Street and the Hudson River & also near Christoper St along the Hudson in the West Village.

  • We'll continue looking into - details later.

Also see free summer movies on the UES Upper East Side Manhattan and the Manhattan things to do calendar and the things to do section of the UES Upper East Side Neighborhood.




2. Upper East Side Free Summer Concerts Manhattan NYC

Free Summer Concerts Carl Schurz Park 2017

Free Things To Do on the Upper East Side NYC

Click here to view a Carl Schurz Park map. The photo to your right was taken at Carl Schurz Park on the free summer concerts carl schurz park ues upper east side free summer concerts things to do upper east sideUpper East Side. Concerts are held on the John Finley Walk along the East River at 86th Street [see photo at right]. Limited seating available.

The free summer concerts are organized by the Carl Schurz Park Conservancy.

  • Tuesday, June 21, 2016 - from 4 - 7 pm - Make Music New York
  • Wednesday, July 13, 2016 from 7 - 8.30 pm - French Cookin' Blues Band.
  • Wednesday, July 20, 2016 from 7 - 8.30 pm - Steve Shaiman & the Swingtime Big Band - at the free summer concerts on the Upper East Side.

Also see free summer movies on the UES Upper East Side Manhattan and the Manhattan things to do calendar and the things to do section of the UES Upper East Side Neighborhood.




3. UES & UWS / Central Park Free Summer Concerts

Concerts at Rumsey Playfield & Naumberg Bandshell Manhattan 2017

Free Things To Do on the Upper East Side & Upper West Side NYC

free summer concerts movies carl schurz park ues upper east side photoClick here to view a Central Park map. The photo to your right was taken at SummerStage in Central Park. Concerts are held at the SummerStage bandshell which is located just inside Central Park along 5th Avenue at about 72nd Street. Limited seating available.

The FREE summer concerts are organized by the City Parks Foundation / SUMMERSTAGE.

  • Saturday, June 4, 2016 - McCoy Tyner / Ron Carter / Wallace Roney / Roy Haynes
  • Concerts June / July to come in Summer 2017
  • Saturday, August 6, 2016 - Monobloco / Cabruêra / Boogarins / DJ Luiz Santos
  • Sunday, August 7, 2016 from 6 - 10 pm - Igmar Thomas & the Revive Big Band present: A Journey Through the Legacy of Black Culture, produced by Revive Music
  • August 10, 2016 - from 7 - 10 pm - Tamar-kali with ASE Dance Theatre Collective / Nathan Trice RITUALS
  • Sunday, August 14 - from 5 - 10 pm - Mbongwana Star / Batida / Young Paris / Okayafrica Electrafrique feat. DJ Underdog
  • August 17, 2016 - from 7 - 10 pm - DJ KS 360 & Full Circle Souljahs - Behind The Groove with The Ladies of SKYY / Soul Connected / Raphael Xavier
  • August 18 - from 7 - 9 pm - Tamar-kali with ASE Dance Theatre Collective / Master Class: Calvin Wiley
  • Sunday, August 28 - from 2 - 7 pm - Brasstracks / GoldLink / Backyard Band / DJ Spicoli
  • Wednesday, August 31, 2016 - from 7 - 10 pm - Chicago The Musical: 20th Anniversary Concert

PAID summer concerts are organized by the City Parks Foundation / SUMMERSTAGE.

  • Monday, August 1, 2016 - Garbage / Kristin Kontrol
  • Wednesday, August 3 - Phillip Phillips / Matt Nathanson / A Great Big World
  • Monday, August 8, 2016 - from 6 - 10 pm - Jerry Garcia Symphonic Celebration featuring Warren Haynes - $48
  • Saturday, August 13, 2016 - from 5 - 10 pm - The Go-Go’s Farewell Tour with Best Coast and Kaya Stewart - $50 - $60
  • Wednesday, September 7, 2016 - from 4 - 10 pm - Vulfpek - $35 - $45
  • Wednesday, September 14, 2016 - from 6 - 10 pm - Beach Boys - $50 - $55
  • Thursday, September 22, 2016 - from 6.30 - 10 pm - Band of Horses / White Denim - $45 - $75
  • Friday, September 23, 2016 - from 5 - 10 pm - Lucius / JD McPherson / Big Thief - $35

Naumberg Bandshell Concerts

  • Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at 7.30 pm - Evening Ensemble LPR
  • Tuesday, June 28, 2016 at 7.30 pm - Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
  • Tuesday, July 12, 2016 at 7.30 pm - The Knights
  • Tuesday, July 19, 2016 at 7.30 pm - The Knights
  • Tuesday, August 2, 2016 at 7.30 pm - East Coast Chamber Orchestra

Organized by Naumberg Orchestral Concerts org.

Also see free summer movies on the UES Upper East Side Manhattan and the Manhattan things to do calendar and the things to do section of the UES Upper East Side Neighborhood.




4. Midtown Free Summer Concerts Manhattan NYC 2017

Modern Museum of Art Summer Garden Jazz Concerts

Free Things To Do at MoMA in Midtown Manhattan

Click here to view a MoMA map. The photo to your right was taken at a summer concert at MoMA Summergarden.

moma summergarden photo free summer concerts movies manhattan nycThe free summer concerts are organized by MoMA - the Museum of Modern Art.

  • Sunday, July 10, 2016 beginning at 8 pm - Jazz Concert I: Elliot Mason & Creation. Free summer concerts in Midtown NYC.
  • Sunday, July 17, 2016 beginning at 8 pm - Julliard Ensemble Concert II: New Music For String Quartet. Free summer concerts in Midtown NYC.
  • Sunday, July 24, 2016 beginning at 8 pm - Concert III: Josh Evans Quintet. Free summer concerts in Midtown NYC.
  • Sunday, July 31, 2016 beginning at 8 pm - Concert IV: TBD. Free summer concerts in Midtown NYC.

Also see free summer movies in Midtown Manhattan and the Manhattan things to do calendar and the things to do section of the Midtown Neighborhood.


Midtown Free Summer Concerts Manhattan

Rockefeller Center - 2017 Today Show Concerts

Free Things To Do in Midtown Manhattan

free summer concerts movies carl schurz park ues upper east side photoClick here to view a Rockefeller Center map. The photo to your right was taken at Rockefeller Center in Midtown Manhattan. Concerts are held on the Plaza at 48th Street between 5th & 6th Avenues. Limited seating available.

The free summer concerts are organized by the NBC Today Show. They shared with us the following: Visitors are encouraged to come to 49th Street & Rockefeller Center Plaza for viewing, which is on a first-come, first-served basis. To get the best spot try to arrive by 6 a.m.

All concerts are Friday performances unless otherwise noted and begin at 7 am.

  • May 20, 2016 - Puff Daddy & The Family, #PuffDaddyTODAY
  • May 27 - Dierks Bentley, #DierksTODAY
  • May 30 - Fifth Harmony, #5HTODAY
  • June 3 - Luke Bryan, #LukeBryanTODAY
  • June 10 - Nick Jonas, #NickJonasTODAY
  • June 17, 2016 - Charlie Puth, #CharliePuthTODAY
  • June 21 - Meghan Trainor, #MeghanTODAY
  • June 23 - Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, #MackAndRyanTODAY
  • July 1 - Rachel Platten, #RachelPlattenTODAY
  • July 8 - Shawn Mendes, #ShawnMendesTODAY
  • July 22 - Celine Dion, #CelineTODAY
  • August 5, 2016 - Blake Shelton, #BlakeTODAY
  • August 11 - The Band Perry, Live in Rio, #TheBandPerryTODAY
  • August 26 - Jessica Simpson, #JessicaSimpsonTODAY
  • August 29 - DNCE, #DNCEToday
  • September 2, 2016 - Alicia Keys, #AliciaKeysTODAY

Also see free summer movies on the UES Upper East Side Manhattan and the Manhattan things to do calendar and the things to do section of the UES Upper East Side Neighborhood.



Midtown Free Summer Concerts Manhattan

Bryant Park - Free Summer Concerts NYC 2017

Free Things To Do in Midtown Manhattan

Click here to see a schedule of Broadway / free movies In Bryant Park 2016 on this site. On the page scroll down to Bryant Park for details, similar to this page.

  • Wednesday, June 29 & July 6, 13, 19 [Tues], 27 & August 3, 17, 2016 - from 6 - 8 pm - Accordions Around the World. There will be a mix of nearly a dozen bands / musicians performing all around the park. Free.
  • Friday, August 19, 2016 - from 5 - 10 pm - Emerging Music Festival. There will be five bands - one performing each hour on the hour. Free.
  • Wednesday, August 24, 2016 - from 6 - 8 pm - Accordions Around the World. There will be a mix of nearly a dozen bands / musicians performing all around the park. Free.
  • MONTHLY - Friday, August 26, 2016 [also were on June 10 & July 15th] - from 5 - 10 pm - INTERSECT. There will be five bands - one performing each hour on the hour. Free.
  • Wednesday, August 31, 2016 - from 6 - 8 pm - Accordions Around the World. There will be a mix of nearly a dozen bands / musicians performing all around the park. Free.

Midtown Free Summer Concerts Manhattan 2017

Grand Central Terminal - Free Summer Concerts

Free Things To Do Near Grand Central Terminal in NYC

free summer concerts movies carl schurz park ues upper east side photoClick here to view a Grand Central Terminal map. The photo to your right was taken at Grand Central Terminal in Midtown Manhattan.

Concerts are held at locations within about 5 - 10 blocks of Grand Central Terminal. Limited seating available. The free summer concerts are organized by the Grand Central Partnership.

Venue I. Cool Music For Warm Summer Days

  • 345 Park Avenue at East 51st Street
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

 

  • June 7, 2016 - NY Minute Men
  • June 9 - Bobby Harden Soul Purpose
  • June 16 - Fleetwood Maxx
  • June 23 - George Gee Swing Band
  • June 28 - Hot Lavender Swing Featuring Susan Winthrip
  • June 30, 2016 - Adam Barthalt & His Band
  • July 7 - Swingadelic
  • July 12 - Orquestra Silva
  • July 14 - Memories
  • July 21 - A Tribute to Frank Sinatra by Steve Magilo
  • July 26, 2016 - Dominic James & his Rhythm Machine
  • August 2 - Lou Caputo’s Not So Big Band
  • August 9 - Forever Ray
  • August 11 - Linda Ipanema & Stan Edwards
  • August 18 - La Romba
  • August 23 - Steel Impressions
  • August 25 - Squeaky Clean
  • August 30, 2016 - The Vivian Penham Ensemble

 

Venue II. Jazz On the Plaza at 601 Lexington Avenue

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

 

  • May 5, 2016 - The Rutgers Scarlet Knight Jazz Trombones feat. Conrad Herwig
  • May 12 - Nyack College Jazz Ensemble feat. Vincent Herring
  • May 19 - Big Band Concert feat. the music of Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn
  • June 2 - The Roberta Gambarini Quartet
  • June 9 - Johnathan Blake Band
  • June 16 - Monika Herzig’s The Whole World in Her Hands CD Release Concert
  • June 23 - David Weiss Sextet
  • June 30, 2016 - Oxford University Jazz Orchestra
  • July 7 - Willie Martinez’s La Familia Sextet
  • July 14 - Duduka da Fonseca and Brazilian Express
  • July 21 - Sari Kessler Quintet
  • July 28 - We Four
  • August 4 - Miho Hazama Jazz Ensemble
  • August 11 - Ted Nash Trio
  • August 18 - Dave Chamberlain Band of Bones
  • August 25, 2016 - Benito Gonzalez Trio

Venue III. Midtown Concerts

  • Chapel of St. Bart’s Church, 325 Park Avenue at East 51st Street
  • Thursdays, 1.15 – 2 pm
  • April 28, 2016 - Satono Norizuki & Patricia-Ann Neely
  • May 5 - The Broken Consort
  • May 12 - Elena Zamolodchikova
  • May 19 - Concentus
  • May 26 - ACRONYM with Jesse Blumberg
  • June 2 - Trefoil
  • June 9 - Capella Intima
  • June 16, 2016 - Eastern Reflections

Also see free summer movies on the UES Upper East Side Manhattan and the Manhattan things to do calendar and the things to do section of the UES Upper East Side Neighborhood.



Midtown Free Summer Concerts Manhattan

Hudson River Park - Free Summer Concerts 2017

Free Things To Do In Midtown West NYC

free summer concerts movies carl schurz park ues upper east side photoClick here to view a Midtown West map. The photo to your right was taken at Hudson River Park in Midtown West at Pier 84. The restrooms are on the same pier.

The Hudson River Rocks free summer concerts are organized by TBD.

PLEASE NOTE THERE WERE 2015 CONCERTS - POSSIBLY DISCONTINUED / ON HIATUS IN 2016.

  • Thursdays, July & August x, 2016 - beginning at 6 pm - The last concert features TBD. Free summer concerts in Midtown NYC.

Also see free summer movies on the UES Upper East Side Manhattan and the Manhattan things to do calendar and the things to do section of the UES Upper East Side Neighborhood.


Midtown Free Summer Concerts Manhattan

Madison Square Park - Free Summer Concerts 2017

Free Things To Do In Flatiron District Manhattan

free summer concerts movies carl schurz park ues upper east side photoClick here to view a Madison Square Park map. The photo to your right was taken at Madison Square Park in the Flatiron District. Concerts are held on Oval Square. The free summer concerts are organized by the Madison Square Park Conservancy.

Concerts run from 7 - 8.30 pm unless othewise stated. Limited seating available.

PLEASE NOTE DATES THERE WERE 2015 CONCERTS BUT POSSIBLY DISCONTINUED / ON HIATUS IN 2016.

  • Wednesday, June x, 2016 - Chris Potter Underground Orchestra.
  • Wednesday, July x, 2016 - From 6 - 8.30 pm - New York Night Train

Also see free summer movies on the UES Upper East Side Manhattan and the Manhattan things to do calendar and the things to do section of the UES Upper East Side Neighborhood.




5. West Village & Chelsea Free Summer Concerts NYC

Hudson River Park - Free Concerts Manhattan 2017

Free Things To Do In Chelsea & the West Village NYC

moma summergarden photo free summer concerts movies manhattan nycClick here to view a West Village neighborhood map. The photo to your right was taken in Hudson River Park near Chelsea. The restrooms are at the comfort station at Pier 25.

The free summer concerts are organized by NYC Parks at Pier 45 on the Hudson River - cross at Christopher St from the West Village.

  • Friday, August 5, 2016 [also June 17 & July 25] - begins at 7 pm - Chuck Braman Quartet & Quintet is a jazz band. Free summer concerts in Chelsea neighborhood NYC.

Also see free summer movies in Midtown Manhattan and the Manhattan things to do calendar and the things to do section of the Midtown Neighborhood.




6. East Village Free Summer Concerts Manhattan NYC

Tompkins Square Park - Charlie Parker Jazz Festival

Free Things To Do in the East Village Manhattan

free summer concerts manhattan nyc free things to do east villageClick here to view a Tompkins Square Park map. The photo to your right was taken following the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival last year. These free summer concerts are organized by SummerStage.

  • Sunday, August 28, 2016 from 3 - 7 pm - DeJohnette - Holland - Moran / Allan Harris / Donny McCaslin Group / Grace Kelly - perform in Tompkins Square Park. Free summer concerts in the East Village NYC.

Also see free summer movies in Midtown Manhattan and the Manhattan things to do calendar and the things to do section of the Midtown Neighborhood.


East Village Free Summer Concerts Manhattan NYC

Washington Square Park Music Festival 2017

Free Things To Do in the Village Manhattan

  • Tuesday, June 7, 2016 | 8 - 10 pm - The Festival Orchestra plays Vivaldi and Brahms.
  • Tuesday, June 14, 2016 | 8 - 10 pm - The Festival Chamber Ensemble plays Mozart and Handel.
  • Tuesday, June 21, 2016 | 8 - 10 pm - The Festival Chamber Ensemble plays Hanns Eisler and David Taylor.
  • Tuesday, June 28, 2016 | 8 - 10 pm - New York Jazz Harmonic premieres the “Fourths of July” by Fred Hellerman.

Also the Blue Note Jazz Festival runs throughout June at various locations in Manhattan.

Also Stuyvesant Park on the Oval concerts. And the NY Musical Theatre Festival in mid July - at various venues.



7. Free Concerts in SoHo, Bowery & LES Manhattan 2017

East River Park Amphitheater - Free Concerts NYC

Free Things To Do on the Lower East Side LES, Bowery & SoHo

These performances are organized by SummerStage Page beginning Tuesday, 8/9 & ending Sunday 8/14.

  • Tuesday, August 9, 2016 - from 7 - 9 pm - Neon Indian
  • August 10 - from 7 - 9 pm - 'We Play For You, Butch Morris' - Nublu Orchestra / DarkMatterHalo with Wadada Leo Smith / Screening of Black February
  • August 11 - from 7 - 9 pm - Tony Vega
  • August 12 - from 7 - 9 pm - Roger Guenveur Smith 'RODNEY KING'
  • August 13 - from 7 - 9 pm - Carolyn Dorfman Dance / Master Class / Theresa Lavington
  • Sunday, August 14, 2016 - from 4 - 7 pm - DJ Spinna celebrates Earth, Wind, and Fire / Shine and the Moonbeams

East River Park is located along the East River in the Bowery & East Village.




8. Tribeca & Downtown Free Summer Concerts Manhattan

Free Things To Do In Tribeca, the South Street Seaport & Downtown NYC 2017

Click here to view a Tribeca neighborhood map.

  • The South Street Seaport doesn't appear to host any big / park-like free summer concerts of which we're aware.
  • Battery Park doesn't appear to host any big / park-like free summer concerts of which we're aware. But there are paid concerts which you can find by looking for info / ads placed by the band publicists [fyi - none on this site to date].



9. Free Summer Concerts in Harlem 2017

Marcus Garvey Park - SummerStage in Harlem Manhattan NYC

Free Summer Concerts in Washington Heights & Inwood TBD

Click here for a map to Marcus Garvey Park in west Harlem.

  • Tuesday, August 16, 2016 - from 7 - 9 pm - Alpha Blondy
  • Wednesday, August 17, 2016 - from 7 - 9 pm - Saul Williams / Kimberly Nichole
  • Friday, August 26, 2016 from 7 - 9 pm - Jason Lindner: Breeding Ground / DJ Greg Caz - perform in Marcus Garvey Park. Free summer concerts in Harlem NYC.
  • Saturday, August 27, 2016 from 3 - 7 pm - Randy Weston African Rhythms Sextet / Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles / The Artistry of Jazzmeia Horn / Charles Turner III / Master Class: Samuel Coleman - perform in Marcus Garvey Park. Free summer concerts in Harlem NYC.

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