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NYC Free Summer Concerts Manhattan 2022

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

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Editor's Note - Note that only ASTERISKED LOCATIONS have been updated. Pay attention to the concert dates / years. We will be updating / adding a few more concerts between now and the end of September. So check back periodically for updates which you can note by the date changing above.

 

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.

Click here to view Free summer concerts in Manhattan NYC.

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.

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Directory of Free Summer Concerts in Manhattan NYC 2022

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. Upper West Side - Free Summer Outdoor Concerts Manhattan 2022 NYC

also see Central Park below

 


* Lincoln Center - Mostly Mozart is Transformed into a Summer for the City Festival

Free Things To Do / Free Summer Outdoor Summer Concerts on the Upper West Side UWS of Manhattan NYC

free summer concerts uws upper west side free summer concerts lincoln center nyc photo free summer concerts movies manhattan nycLocation. Lincoln Center is located along Columbus Avenue between 64th and 66th Street on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Program locations. These programs are performed in one of the multiple plazas located in the Lincoln Center complex including Josie Robertson Plaza [the main one], Damrosch Park [off to the left / south] and Hearst Plaza [off to the right / north].

The photo to your right was taken just before a free summer concert at the Revson Fountain in Lincoln Center. The free summer concerts are organized by Lincoln Center.

 

First Come / First Serve Guidelines. Tickets are generally FREE, but entry to the performance is only allowed on a first come / first serve basis. Also the wearing of masks is encouraged, and hopefully by now most folks have been vaccinated. There are also paid performances for which you'll find tickets at www.lincolncenter.org.

  • Sunday, July 3, 2022 beginning at 7 pm - NY Philharmonic & La Casita Maria BronX BandA - This is a mix of street and classical musical performances by a mix of artists with a wide ranging number of backgrounds. The NY Philharmonic is classically trained, while the Casita Maria BronX BandA is something of a Latin jazz group. I may not have this totally correct, but close enough. Free summer outdoor concerts at Lincoln Center on the Upper West Side of Manhattan NYC.
  • Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday, July 6 - 9, 2022 generally beginning between 5 / 6 / 7.30 pm - Mostly Mozart in Harmony - a festival with an eclectic mix of music and performers. The programs contain a mix of music performed by classically trained musicians. Free summer outdoor concerts at Lincoln Center on the Upper West Side of Manhattan NYC. For specific details, see - www.lincolncenter.org/series/summer-for-the-city/s/Mostly%20Mozart%20Festival%20Orchestra
  • Sundays, July 17, 24, 31 and August 7, 2022 - beginning at 6 pm. Jazz Underground. Performances by various jazz musicians and genres around the city and beyond. Free.
  • Tuesday & Wednesday, July 19 & 20, 2022 beginning at 7.30 pm - Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra - This orchestra will be performing at Lincoln Center outdoors. The first two days are free.
  • Tuesday - Saturday, July 19th to August 6th, 2022 - Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra - This part of the program is pay-what-you-will and indoors. This is NOT the Mostly Mozart Festival as it was in prior years, but rather a group bearing the name with some connections. These are paid summer outdoor concerts at Lincoln Center on the Upper West Side of Manhattan NYC. See www.lincolncenter.org/series/summer-for-the-city/s/Mostly%20Mozart%20Festival%20Orchestra.
  • Friday, July 29, 2022 at 2 pm - Julliard School - Summer Dance Intenstive Performance at Damrosch Park. Free. First come / first serve. Like many firsts, could be fresh and exciting ... or not.
  • Wednesdays & Thursdays, July & August 2022 beginning at 6 pm Wednesdays and 7.30 pm Thursdays - Performances at the Atrium - at the David Rubenstein Atrium. For details see - www.lincolncenter.org/venue/atrium/v/calendar. Free summer outdoor concerts at Lincoln Center on the Upper West Side of Manhattan 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.


* Free Summer Outdoor Concerts Riverside Park NYC 2022

Free Things To Do / Free Summer Outdoor Concerts on the Upper West Side UWS NYC

free summer concerts riverside park free summer concerts upper west side uwsLocation. This section of Riverside Park is located between the Hudson River and Riverside Drive, and between 70th Street and 116th Street on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.

The photo to your right was taken at Riverside Park on the Upper West Side.

The free summer concerts are organized by the NYC Parks Department.

  • Tuesday, July 19, 2022 from 7 - 9 pm - Sunset Sounds - Pier 1 in Riverside Park at 70th Street. Free.
  • Sunday, August 21, 2022 from 5 - 7 pm - Opera Cades - Pier 1 in Riverside Park at 70th Street. Free.
  • In 2021 Riverside Park hosted an art installation entitled Re:Growth – a summer long art exhibition which ran in Riverside Park from June 5 to September 10, 2021. I do not know if they are doing anything this year [2022] of a similar nature. Free summer outdoor concerts in Riverside Park on the Upper West Side of Manhattan NYC.
  • UWS Free Summer Movies 2022 - see our free summer movies Manhattan section on this site. This will be completed sometime between early to mid July 2022.

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.

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 Outdoor Concerts Manhattan 2022 NYC

also see Central Park below

 


* Carl Schurz Park - Free Summer Outdoor Concerts Manhattan NYC

Free Things To Do / Free Summer Outdoor Concerts on the Upper East Side NYC

free summer concerts carl schurz park ues upper east side free summer concerts things to do upper east sideLocation. Carl Schurz Park is located along the East River between East 84th and East 90th Streets. East End Avenue provides a border for the west end of the park.

The photo to your right was taken at Carl Schurz Park on the Upper East Side. Concerts are held on the John Finley Walk along the East River at 86th Street [see photo at right]. It's above the 86th Street Mall staircase. Available seating is limited.

The free summer concerts are organized by the Carl Schurz Park Conservancy. They also host summer movies which you can find using the free summer movies link below.

  • Wednesday, July 13, 2022 - from 7 - 8.30 pm - Chuck Braiman Quintet. Free summer outdoor concerts in Carl Schurz Park on the Upper East Side of Manhattan NYC.
  • Wednesday, July 20, 2022 from 7 - 8.30 pm - Steve Shaiman & the Swingtime Big Band - Free summer outdoor concerts in Carl Schurz Park on the Upper East Side of Manhattan 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.




 

3. Central Park Free Summer Outdoor Concerts 2022

 


* Central Park Concerts at Rumsey Playfield, Dana Discovery Center & Naumberg Bandshell

Free Things To Do / Free Summer Outdoor Concerts in Central Park Adjacent to UES & UWS in Manhattan NYC

free summer concerts movies carl schurz park ues upper east side photoLocation. SummerStage Concerts are held at the bandshell inside Rumsey Playfield which is located just inside Central Park along 5th Avenue at about 72nd Street. Limited seating available.

The photo to your right was taken at a SummerStage concert in the Rumsey Playfield in Central Park.

 

SummerStage Concerts Rumsey Playfield

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

CoVid & Tickets. In 2022, SummerStage will no longer be checking COVID-19 vaccination status or proof of negative tests. Masks are now optional, but strongly encouraged. 

  • Saturday June 4th, 2022 - Aurora - Benefit Concert
  • Wednesday June 8th, 2022 - Modest Mouse and The Cribs - Benefit Concert
  • Saturday June 11th, 2022 - Herbie Hancock, Keyon Harrold, Pete Rock, FREE EVENT
  • Monday June 13th, 2022 - Trombone Shorty's Voodoo Threauxdown - Benefit Concert
  • Wednesday June 15th, 2022 - George Clinton, Dopapod, Pimps of Joytime - Benefit Concert
  • Thursday June 16th, 2022 - Belle and Sebastian & Los Bitchos - Benefit Concert
  • Friday June 17th, 2022 -Summer of Soul - Juneteenth celebration and screening, Marcus Garvey Park
  • Saturday, June 18th, 2022 - The Aussie BBQ, FREE EVENT
  • Tuesday June 21st - Fête de la Musique, MC Solaar, Bon Entendeur, Hyphen Hyphen - FREE 
  • Wednesday June 22nd, 2022 - Waxahatchee, Swearin', Ohmme - FREE EVENT
  • Thursday June 23rd, 2022 - Lawrence, Misterwives, Winnetka Bowling League - Benefit Concert
  • Saturday July 2nd - Patrick Watson with Attacca Quartet, Elisapie, La Force - FREE EVENT
  • Sunday July 3rd, 2022 - Michael Franti and Spearhead - Benefit Concert
  • Wednesday July 6th, 2022 - Barenaked Ladies Last Summer on Earth Tour - Benefit Concert
  • Saturday July 9th - Carla Morrison, Love of Lesbian, Dannylux and Canyon Cody - FREE EVENT
  • Thursday July 21st, 2022 - Lucy Dacus - Benefit Concert
  • Wednesday July 27th, 2022 - Parcels - Benefit Concert
  • Wednesday August 3rd - Helado Negro, Silvana Estrada, Doris Ahahi, and Jacks Haupt + Film: Mija - FREE EVENT
  • Thursday August 4th - Fitz and the Tantrums & Andy Grammer - Benefit Concert
  • Thursday August 11th - CeeLo Green, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, Jonathon Toubin - FREE EVENT
  • Sat & Sun August 20 & 21st, 2022 - Angel Olsen, Sharon Van Etten, Julien Baker - Benefit Concert
  • Tuesday, August 23rd, 2022 - The Decemberists - Benefit Concert
  • Wednesday August 24th - UB40, The Original Wailers, Maxi Priest & Big Mountain - Benefit Concert
  • Thursday August 25th - Burning Spear - Benefit Concert
  • Tuesday August 30th - Animal Collective and Tomato Flower - Benefit Concert
  • Friday September 16th - D.O.T.S. - Kenny Beats and Friends - Benefit Concert
  • Wednesday September 21st - Caamp Lavender Days Tour with special guests Cut Worms and Speaking Suns - Benefit Concert
  • Thursday, September 22nd - Rainbow Kitten Surprise, Twen - Benefit Concert
  • Saturday, October 1st - Cigarettes After Sex - Benefit Concert

 

Charles Dana Discovery Center Concerts - in the northeast corner of Central Park - Also Called Harlem Meer

Location. Enter at 5th Avenue and 110th Street in Central Park and walk in a north and westerly direction, looking for a pond and building alongside it.

Performances take place Sundays from 2 - 4 pm.

Sunday, July 17, 2022 - Lost Soul Found (Funk and Soul) 

Sunday, July 24, 2022 - Sound Bridges (World Music) 

Sunday, July 31, 2022 - Spanglish Fly (Latin Boogaloo) 

Sunday, August 7, 2022 - Johnny Rodriguez and the Dream Team (New York Salsa) 

Sunday, August 14, 2022 - Clean Money Music (Hip Hop) 

Sunday, August 21, 2022 -  Despers USA Steel Orchestra (Caribbean)

 

Naumberg Bandshell Concerts

Location. The Naumberg Bandshell is located just east of the Great Lawn, west of the Rumsey Playfield [just behind it] and south of Bethesda Terrace. Entry from both the Upper East and Upper West Sides around 70th - 72nd Streets is best.

  • Guidelines. The Naumberg Concerts Organization provided the following guidance for 2022 concerts: "Tickets are not required, seating is free & on a first come first served basis, all the concerts will be broadcast live & streamed on wqxr for those unable to attend, and no rain dates check website for updates".
  • Tuesday, June 14, 2022 – 7.30 – 9 pm - ‘Kreutzings’ with The Knights. Colin Jacobsen.
  • Description. Ludwig van Beethoven, (1770-1827) and more.
  • Tuesday, June 28, 2022 – 7.30 – 9 pm - Handel & Hayden Society. Aisslinn Nosky, Director and violin soloist.
  • Description. Arcangelo Corelli, (1653-1713), Concerto Grosso in D Major,  Op, No. 4, (1712 or before). Charles and more.
  • Tuesday, July 12, 2022 – 7.30 – 9.30 pm - Circle of Life: A Far Cry. WQXR Host: Elliott Forrest.
  • Description. Béla Bartók, (1881-1945),  & others, Lullabies for Children, Sz. 42 (1908-9, rev. 1943). Franghiz Ali-Zadeh, (1947- ), Shyshtar: Metamorphoses for String Orchestra. Ludwig van Beethoven, (1770-1827), String Quartet No. 16 in F Major, Op. 135, (1826). Antonín Dvořák, (1841-1904), Serenade for Strings in E Major, Op. 22.

  • Tuesday, July 26, 2022 – 7.30 – 9.30 pm - The Knights & Lara St. John, violin soloist. Eric Jacobsen Conductor.
  • Description. The Knights, Keeping On - Avner Dorman, (1975- ), Nigunim (Violin Concerto No. 2), (2017), Lara St. John, violin – Composition - Winner of the 2018 Azrieli Prize for Jewish Music – New York City premiere. Felix Mendelssohn, (1809-47), Symphony No. 3 in A minor, Op.56, “Scottish”, (1829 to 42).
  • Tuesday, August 2, 2022 – 7.30 – 9 pm - ECCO: East Coast Chamber Orchestra
- Shai Wosner, piano & WQXR Host: Jeff Spurgeon.
  • Description. Adolph Adolphus Hailstork, (1941- ), Sonata di Chiesa, (1992). Maureen Nelson, arr., Peruvian Renaissance Suite. Franz Schubert, String Quartet No. 14 in D minor, D 810, 'Death and the Maiden', (1824). Free summer outdoor concerts at the Naumberg Bandshell in Central Park in Manhattan NYC.

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 2022

 


* Modern Museum of Art Summer Garden Jazz Concerts _ DISCONTINUED

Free Things To Do / Free Summer Outdoor Concerts at MoMA in Midtown Manhattan

moma summergarden photo free summer concerts movies manhattan nycLocation. The Museum of Modern Art is at 11 West 53rd Street at 6th Avenue in Midtown Manhattan.

The photo to your right was taken at a summer concert at MoMA Summergarden.

The free summer garden concerts are organized by MoMA - the Museum of Modern Art.

SADLY, THESE SUMMER GARDEN CONCERTS WERE DISCONTINUED IN 2018. NOTE DATES / YEAR.

  • Sunday, July 10, 2016 beginning at 8 pm - Jazz Concert I: Elliot Mason & Creation. Free summer concerts in Midtown NYC.
  • Sunday, July 31, 2016 beginning at 8 pm - Concert IV: TBD. Free summer concerts in Midtown NYC.

Editor's Note. THEY OCCASIONALLY ADD A CONCERT IN OVER THE SUMMER LIKE THEY DID BELOW IN 2021. Stay tuned.

  • Tuesday, June 1, 2021 beginning at 7 pm - Online / virtual garden party fundraiser for MoMA. Paid & 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.


* Rockefeller Center - Today Show Concerts 2022

Free Things To Do / Free Summer Outdoor Concerts in Midtown Manhattan NYC

free summer concerts movies carl schurz park ues upper east side photoLocation.

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 on first come / first serve basis and you can try to obtain a 'fan pass' in advance. Visitors are encouraged to come to 49th Street & Rockefeller Center Plaza for viewing. 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. The free summer concerts are organized by the NBC Today Show.

  • Thursday, May 19, 2022 - Harry Styles
  • Friday, June 17, 2022 - John Batiste
  • Friday, June 24, 2022 - Conan Gray
  • Thursday, June 30, 2022 - Keith Urban
  • Friday, July 8, 2022 - Charlie Puth
  • Friday, July 15, 2022 - Lizzo
  • Friday, July 22, 2022 - Romeo Santos
  • Thursday, July 28, 2022 - Maren Morris
  • Friday, August 5, 2022 - Walker Hayes
  • Friday, August 12, 2022 - Jack Harlow
  • Friday, August 26, 2022 - Mickey Guyton
  • Free summer outdoor concerts at Rockefeller Center in Midtown Manhattan 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.


* Bryant Park - Free Summer Concerts Manhattan NYC 2022

Free Things To Do / Free Summer Outdoor Concerts in Midtown Manhattan NYC

Location. Bryant Park is located between 5th and 6th Avenues and between 40th and 42nd Streets in Midtown Manhattan, behind the New York Public Library.

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

First come / first serve and please consider bringing / wearing a mask. Most of these are Friday nights beginning at 7 pm. The concerts highlighted in bold are the only concerts not on a Friday, but they also begin at 7 pm.

May 2022 - Bryant Park Free Concerts NYC

5/27 - New York City Opera: The Barber of Seville. Free summer outdoor concerts in Bryant Park in Midtown Manhattan NYC.

June 2022 - Bryant Park Free Concerts NYC

6/3 - Contemporary Dance: AThomasProject + Ephrat Asherie Dance
6/4  - Contemporary Dance: Ariel Rivka Dance + The Missing Element
6/10 - Contemporary Dance: EMERGE125 +  Ayodele Casel
6/11 - Contemporary Dance: Ballet Hispánico’s Social Latin Dance Class + Dance Heginbotham
6/17 - New York City Opera: Pride in the Park
6/18 - Contemporary Dance: Juneteenth Celebration
6/24 - Emerging Music Festival curated by AdHoc
6/25 - Emerging Music Festival curated by AdHoc. Free summer outdoor concerts in Bryant Park in Midtown Manhattan NYC.

July 2022 - Bryant Park Free Concerts NYC

7/1 - Carnegie Hall Citywide: Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble
7/8 - Carnegie Hall Citywide: The Baylor Project
7/15 - Carnegie Hall Citywide: Squirrel Nut Zippers
7/22 - Carnegie Hall Citywide: The Broadway Sinfonietta
7/23 - Jazzmobile: Bobby Sanabria Multiverse Big Band
7/28 - Ailey II + Ailey Extension
7/29 - Carnegie Hall Citywide: The Hot Sardines Featuring Nellie McKay. Free summer outdoor concerts in Bryant Park in Midtown Manhattan NYC.

August 2022 - Bryant Park Free Concerts NYC

8/5 - Performers TBA
8/12 - New York City Opera: La traviata
8/19 - Asian American Arts Alliance: Rafiq Bhatia + Ian Chang
8/26 - Habibi Festival with Joe’s Pub: Esraa Warda, Firas Zreik, Yacine Boularès, and AJOYO
8/29 - The Town Hall: Eighth Blackbird Celebrates John Cage. Free summer outdoor concerts in Bryant Park in Midtown Manhattan NYC.

September 2022 - Bryant Park Free Concerts NYC

9/2 - New York City Opera: Lucia di Lammermoor
9/8 - Steinway Artists Aaron Diehl + Orrin Evans
9/9 - Classical Theatre of Harlem
9/16 - Accordion Festival: Heart of Afghanistan and More
9/17 - American Symphony Orchestra. Free summer outdoor concerts in Bryant Park in Midtown Manhattan NYC.


* Grand Central Terminal - Free Outdoor Summer Concerts 2022

Free Things To Do / Free Summer Outdoor Concerts Near Grand Central Terminal in NYC

free summer concerts movies carl schurz park ues upper east side photoLocation. Grand Central Station is located at 42nd Street between Lexington and Park Avenues in East Midtown Manhattan.

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. 345 Park Avenue

  • Along Park Avenue 52nd Street north of Grand Central Terminal - organized by the Grand Central Partnership.
  • Wednesdays 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
  • Wednesday, June 1, 2022 - Liverpool Shuffle - Free summer outdoor concerts north of Grand Central Terminal in Midtown Manhattan NYC.
  • Wednesday, June 8, 2022 - Off The Hook - Free summer outdoor concerts north of Grand Central Terminal in Midtown Manhattan NYC.
  • Wednesday, June 15, 2022 - The Benjamin - Free summer outdoor concerts north of Grand Central Terminal in Midtown Manhattan NYC.
  • Tuesday, June 21, 2022 from 4.30 - 6 pm - The Mystic - Free summer outdoor concerts north of Grand Central Terminal in Midtown Manhattan NYC.
  • Wednesday, June 22, 2022 - Peter Maness & the Master Keys - Free summer outdoor concerts north of Grand Central Terminal in Midtown Manhattan NYC.
  • Wednesday, June 29, 2022 - Head Over Heels - Free summer outdoor concerts north of Grand Central Terminal in Midtown Manhattan NYC.
  • Wednesday, July 6, 2022 - The Priceless Band - Free summer outdoor concerts north of Grand Central Terminal in Midtown Manhattan NYC.
  • Wednesday, July 13, 2022 - Beyond Fab - Free summer outdoor concerts north of Grand Central Terminal in Midtown Manhattan NYC.
  • Wednesday, July 20, 2022 - CC and The Boys - Country - Free summer outdoor concerts south of Grand Central Terminal in Midtown Manhattan NYC.
  • Wednesday, July 27, 2022 - Current Affairs Music - Free summer outdoor concerts south of Grand Central Terminal in Midtown Manhattan NYC.
  • Wednesday, August 3, 2022 - Stone Groove - Free summer outdoor concerts south of Grand Central Terminal in Midtown Manhattan NYC.
  • Wednesday, August 10, 2022 - Susan D. - Free summer outdoor concerts south of Grand Central Terminal in Midtown Manhattan NYC.
  • Wednesday, August 17, 2022 - Square Feet - Free summer outdoor concerts south of Grand Central Terminal in Midtown Manhattan NYC.
  • Wednesday, August 20, 2022 - The Mystic - Free summer outdoor concerts south of Grand Central Terminal in Midtown Manhattan NYC.
  • Wednesday, August 31, 2022 - Sterling Strings - Free summer outdoor concerts south of Grand Central Terminal in Midtown Manhattan NYC.

 

Venue II. Jazz On the Plaza at 601 Lexington Avenue - DIDN'T SEE ANYTHING FOR THIS YEAR [2022] NOR FOR THE LAST TWO YEARS [2021 / 2020]

  • It was at the Lexington Hotel - At Lexington Ave at East 53rd Street
  • OLD _ NOT 2022 _ Thursdays, 12:30 pm – 1:45 pm - Early May - Late June - Previously

 

Venue III. Midtown Concerts - DIDN'T SEE ANYTHING LIVE FOR THIS YEAR [2022] NOR FOR THE LAST TWO YEARS [2021 / 2020]

  • Chapel of St. Bart’s Church, 325 Park Avenue at East 51st Street
  • OLD _ NOT 2022 _ Thursdays, 1.15 – 2 pm - Late April - Mid June - Previously

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.


TBA _ Hudson River Park - Free Summer Concerts

Free Things To Do / Free Summer Outdoor Concerts 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 Hudson River Park 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.


* Madison Square Park - Free Summer Concerts 2022

Free Things To Do / Free Summer Outdoor Concerts in the Flatiron District Manhattan

free summer concerts movies carl schurz park ues upper east side photoLocation. Concerts are held on Oval Square in Madison Square Park which lies between 23rd and 26th Streets and between 5th and Madison Avenue in the Flatiron District of Midtown Manhattan. The free summer concerts are organized by the Madison Square Park Conservancy.

The photo to your right was taken at Madison Square Park in the Flatiron District.

Time. Concerts run from 6 - 7.30 pm unless othewise stated. Limited seating available.

  • Wednesday, July 13, 2022 - from 6 - 7.30 pm - Attacca Quartet performing for Carnegie Hall Citywide Concerts. Limited seating & first come / first serve. Free summer outdoor concerts in Madison Square Park in the Flatiron District of Midtown Manhattan NYC.
  • Wednesday, July 20, 2022 - from 6 - 7.30 pm - Attacca Quartet performing for Carnegie Hall Citywide Concerts. Limited seating & first come / first serve. Free summer outdoor concerts in Madison Square Park in the Flatiron District of Midtown Manhattan NYC.
  • Wednesday, July 27, 2022 - from 6 - 7.30 pm - Attacca Quartet performing for Carnegie Hall Citywide Concerts. Limited seating & first come / first serve. Free summer outdoor concerts in Madison Square Park in the Flatiron District of Midtown Manhattan 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.




 

5. West Village & Chelsea Free Summer Concerts NYC

 


TBA _ Hudson River Park - Free Concerts Manhattan

Free Things To Do / Free Summer Outdoor Concerts 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 outdoor concerts in Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan 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

 


* Washington Square Park - Summer Salsa Social in the Village NYC

Free Things To Do / Free Summer Outdoor Concerts / Dancing in Manhattan 2022

Location. Washington Square Park is located in the middle of the Village between MacDougal and University Place and between 4th Street and Waverly Place [aka Washington Square Park North adjacent to the park].

  • Tuesdays, May 10 - September 27, 2022 from 5 – 7 pm - Salsa Social in Washington Square Park. Description. Salsa Dura NY brings Salsa dancing to Washington Square Park. Free Salsa Dance Class (All levels welcomed) 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm: Free and open to the public. Text Aksana Almaguer at 646-797-0111 or Joseph at 917-653-6759. Weather permitting, classes will be every Tuesday unless otherwise directed [for details see www.washingtonpark.org or www.twitter.com/wspconservancy].
  • The Salsa Social will take place at Garibaldi Plaza in Washington Square Park in the Village.

Also there's the Blue Note Jazz Festival that begins in the Spring and runs through June at various locations in Manhattan.

In the past there were also Oval concerts in Stuyvesant Park and the NY Musical Theatre Festival in mid July - at various venues. Also see our summer theater page using the links provided at the beginning of this report.


* Charlie Parker Jazz Festival Not in Tompkins Square Park 2021 - see Marcus Garvey Below

Free Things To Do / Free Summer Outdoor Concerts in the East Village Manhattan

free summer concerts manhattan nyc free things to do east villageLocation. Tompkins Square Park is located between Avenues A & B and between 7th Street & 10th Street in the East Village.

The photo to your right was taken following the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival in a prior year. These free summer concerts are organized by SummerStage.

  • Sunday, August 28, 2022 from 3 - 7 pm - Archie Shepp and Jason Moran featuring Cecile McLorin Salvant / Melissa Aldana / Bria Skonberg / Pasquale Grasso - perform in Tompkins Square Park. Free summer outdoor concerts in the East Village of Manhattan NYC.
  • Contact / Tickets. No rsvp needed. First come / first serve. Organized by SummerStage - www.cityparksfoundation.org.

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.


 

7. Free Concerts in SoHo, Bowery & LES Manhattan 2022

 


* East River Park Amphitheater - Free Concerts NYC - UNDER RECONSTRUCTION

Free Things To Do / Free Summer Outdoor Concerts on the Lower East Side LES, Bowery & SoHo

Location. East River Park is located along the East River in the Bowery / Lower East Side, just south of the Williamsburg Bridge and East Village. The Amphitheater in East River Park is located between the FDR and East River and between [south] of Grand Street and east of Jackson Street. It's where the coastline along the East River turns north when going north.

THIS PARK IS BEING RECONSTRUCTED DUE TO IT'S PROXIMITY TO THE EAST RIVER AND LOW ELEVATION. It's become a part of the East Side Coastal Resiliency Project. The last event was held earlier in the summer of 2021 and thereafter programming ceased as reconstruction began. The Amphitheater itself was reportedly torn down in December of 2021. Stay tuned for updates, but nothing is expected to return in 2022.

OLD _ NOTE DATE / YEAR. These performances were organized by SummerStage Page in 2016.

  • Tuesday, August 9, 2016 - from 7 - 9 pm - Neon Indian
  • Sunday, August 14, 2016 - from 4 - 7 pm - DJ Spinna celebrates Earth, Wind, and Fire / Shine and the Moonbeams

Stay tuned, as next year things may look quite different.




 

8. Tribeca & Downtown Free Summer Concerts Manhattan 2022

 


* South Street Seaport - Free Summer Outdoor Concerts in Downtown NYC

Free Things To Do In Tribeca, the FiDi & Downtown Manhattan 2022

Location. The South Street Seaport is located along the East River, bordered by Peck Slip Street to the north, Maiden Lane to the south and Water Street to the west. The following concerts are all at venues located in the South Street Seaport area.

  • Friday, July 1 - Monday, July 4, 2022 - Seaport Beach Fest - from 4 - 10 pm Friday, from 12 noon - 10 pm Saturday & Sunday and from 1 - 8 pm on Monday. They've put down sand in Seaport Square, invited food trucks and lined up a full schedule of free entertainment. Free & paid concerts at the South Street Seaport in Manhattan NYC. Details at www.theseaport.nyc
  • On Friday, July 1 from 4pm – 6pm: Jimmy Kenny and the Pirate Beach Band – The Ultimate Beach Party Tribute to Jimmy Buffett, Kenny Chesney and Zac Brown Band / 6pm – 7pm: Monday Blue – DJ Set / 7pm – 10pm: Eli Escobar – DJ Set.
  • On Saturday, July 2 from 12pm – 1pm: Mystic Bowie’s Talking Dreads – Combining the classic catalog of the Talking Heads with the joyous, reggae rhythms of Jamaica / 1:45pm – 3pm: Laurel Canyon – An acoustic tribute to the music of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young / 3:45pm – 5:15pm: Boathouse Row – The silky sounds of soft rock from the late 70s and early 80s / 6pm – 7:30pm: Eaglemania – The world’s greatest Eagles tribute band / 8:30pm – 10pm: TUSK – The world’s #1 tribute to Fleetwood Mac.
  • Sunday, July 3 from 12pm – 2pm: VLVT JONES – DJ Set / 2:30pm – 3:30pm: The Pretty Wild / 4pm – 5pm: Rebeca Monroy / 5pm – 5:45pm: Sara Ontaneda / 6pm – 7pm: Neil Robertson – DJ Set / 7pm – 10pm: Walshy Fire of Major Lazer – DJ Set.
  • Monday, July 4 from 1pm – 2:30pm: Endless Summer – The East Coast Ultimate Beach Boys tribute band / 3pm – 8pm: NYC BuskerBall / 3pm: Eli Bridges / 4pm: Grace Kalambay / 5pm: Gabriel Mayers / 6pm: Robert Leslie / 7pm: Pinc Louds.
  • The South Street Seaport hosts free summer concerts as noted above. There are also paid concerts at Rooftop 17, which is a bar / restaurant in the South St. Seaport area along the East River, just south of the Brooklyn Bridge. For a schedule of paid concerts at Pier 17 - www.pier17ny.com/concerts/
  • Battery Park hosts some summer concerts which are paid which you can find by looking for info / ads placed by the band publicists [fyi - none on this site to date].

* Robert F. Wagner Park - Free Summer Concerts in Downtown Manhattan NYC

Location. Robert F. Wagner Park.

  • Tuesday, July 5, 2022 - River & Blues Festival - in Robert F. Wagner Jr. Park in Downtown Manhattan NYC.

Contact. Downtown Alliance - For details see - https://downtownny.com

Also use the links at the beginning of this report to find movies and theatrical events at this location, as well as at other locations around Manhattan.

 


9. Free Summer Concerts in Harlem

 


* Marcus Garvey Park - Charlie Parker Jazz Festival in Harlem Manhattan NYC

Free Summer Concerts in Harlem, Washington Heights & Inwood in Manhattan NYC

Location. Marcus Garvey Park at 18 Mount Morris Park West in the Harlem neighborhood of Manhattan.

  • Friday, August 26, 2022 from 7 - 9 pm - Jazzmeia Horn and Her Noble Force / Calvin Booker On Tap & Friends in tandem with the JazzMobile. Free summer outdoor concerts at Marcus Garvey Park in the Harlem section of Manhattan NYC.
  • Contact / Tickets. No rsvp needed. First come / first serve. Organized by SummerStage - www.cityparksfoundation.org.
  • Saturday, August 27, 2022 from 3 - 7 pm - Terence Blanchard featuring the E-Collective and Turtle Island Quartet / Buster Williams & Something More / NIKARA presents Black Wall Street / Vuyo Sotashe. Free summer outdoor concerts at Marcus Garvey Park in the Harlem section of Manhattan NYC.
  • Contact / Tickets. No rsvp needed. First come / first serve. Organized by SummerStage - www.cityparksfoundation.org.

Free Things To Do / Free Outdoor Summer Concerts in Manhattan NYC 2022

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

The following are links to the musical happenings / free concerts going on around the five boroughs of the city over the next couple of months.

Enjoy.

Free Things to do NYC / Free Outdoor Summer Concerts Bronx NYC

Free Things to do NYC / Free Outdoor Summer Concerts Brooklyn NYC

Free Things to do NYC / Free Outdoor Summer Concerts Manhattan NYC

Free Things to do NYC / Free Outdoor Summer Concerts Queens NYC

Free Things to do NYC / Free Outdoor Summer Concerts Staten Island NYC


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