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Free Things to do Manhattan II - Free SummerStage Concerts in Manhattan 2017

SummerStage Concerts in Central Park, East River Park & Marcus Garvey Park in Manhattan

Free Things To Do In Manhattan NYC Near The Upper East Side UES, Upper West Side UWS, Harlem, West & East Village, SoHo & the Lower East Side LES

July 27, 2017 / Manhattan Neighborhoods / Manhattan Concerts / Manhattan Things To Do / Manhattan Buzz NYC.

Summer has just begun. A number of community and arts groups in collaboration with the NYC Parks Department and frequently some measure of government funding, have put together a summer full of free summer theater in the parks. The free theatre events listed below are designed for young and old alike and most of them are FREE unless otherwise noted.

The Fringe Festival - a festival of avante garde original theater - in the Village in late July / early August may also be of interest. See our weekend posts and things to do calendar for details. Also, the Short Play Lab which is a festival of short, generally modern original works, also runs about the same time period, frequently in and around the Manhattan Theatre District. Neither of these are free, but they don't cost a lot. Tickets at some of the productions go fast and there is frequently limited seating at the various participating venues. The Musical Theatre Festival too.

Music / Concerts in the Park Manhattan. Click here to view our report on free concerts in the parks - summer concerts in Manhattan, Upper East Side UES, Upper West Side UWS, Midtown, West & East Village, SoHo & Tribeca this summer 2015.

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 2015.

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 SummerStage Concerts Manhattan 2017

Click for Each Neighborhood - Performances Organized by Month

1. Central Park Free Summer Concerts NYC - free SummerStage concerts near the Upper West Side UWS, Upper East Side UES, Harlem and Midtown Manhattan

2. East Village Lower East Side LES Free Summer Concerts - Manhattan NYC - free SummerStage concerts near SoHo, Bowery, West Village, Tribeca and Downtown NYC

3. Harlem, Inwood & Washington Heights Free Summer Concerts - NYC - free SummerStage concerts near Washington Heights, Inwood and the UWS

 

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




1. SummerStage Concerts In Central Park

Free Things To Do Manhattan - (mostly) Free SummerStage Concerts near th Upper East Side UES, Upper West Side UWS & Midtown NYC

free things to do manhattan summerstage central park photosClick here to view a Central Park map. The photo to your right was taken at Central Park between the Upper East Side. The SummerStage concerts are held at the Rumsey Playfield which can be accessed at 72nd Street entrance on the UES [see photo at right]. Limited seating available.

The paid & free concerts are organized by the City Parks Foundation. All concerts listed in this section are held at the Rumsey Playfield. Free unless otherwise noted.

You can purchase tickets through the City Parks Foundation website - www.cityparksfoundation.org.

  • July 7, 2017 from 5 - 10 pm / $39.50 - $45 - Umphrey’s McGee / Aqueous includes performance by a jam band "mixing rock, metal, funk, jazz, blues, electronic, bluegrass & folk. With 9 wildly diverse studio albums to their credit".
  • July 8, 2017 from 6 - 10 pm / FREE - Totó La Momposina / Mariachi Flor de Toloache includes performance by "Colombia’s Latin-Grammy Queen of cumbia, chadé, bullerengue, mapalé & porro and NYC’s first all-female mariachi band".
  • July 9, 2017 from 6 - 10 pm / FREE - Buffy Sainte-Marie / A Tribe Called Red / Iskwé - includes performance by “folk singer who is a member of the Cree Nation in Saskatchewan, Canada and a 'pow wow' chanting & drumming performed by North American Native people & a vocalist with an inimitable sound [she attributes] to her 'mixed indigenous and Irish ancestry'.
  • July 10, 2017 from 7 - 10 pm / FREE - UCB All Stars feat. Sasheer Zamata includes performance by "Veteran performers from New York’s iconic comedy troupe improvise alongside SNL cast member Sasheer Zamata".
  • July 12, 2017 @ 5 - 10 pm / FREE - Mon Laferte / Princess Nokia / ÌFÉ in association with the Latin Alternative Music Conference includes performance by "Alt-Chilean songstress with NYC-underground tribal hip-hop and Afro-Caribbean electronica".
  • July 15, 2017 from 2 - 7 pm / FREE - Los Pericos / Chicano Batman / La Vida Bohéme in association with the Latin Alternative Music Conference - includes performance by "an afternoon of Alt-Latino music melding reggae-rock, funk & pop".
  • July 16, 2017 from 2 - 7 pm / FREE - Fela Tribute with Roy Ayers, Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 / Underground System / Rich Medina in association with Giant Step and the Paris New York Heritage Festival - includes performance by "Fela Kuti collaborator Roy Ayers will join with Fela’s son in an homage to the iconic pioneer of Afrobeat".
  • July 17, 2017 from 6 - 10 pm / FREE - Yo La Tengo / Ultimate Painting - includes performance by "alternative rock figures with an uninterrupted 30+year career unparalleled in its creative breadth".
  • July 19, 2017 from 7.30 - 10 pm / $49.50 - PJ Harvey - includes performance by "Vocalist and guitarist PJ Harvey burst onto the alternative rock scene in 1992 when her debut single ‘Dress’ hailed worldwide acclaim".
  • July 24, 2017 from 7 - 10 pm / $60 - $65 - Muse - includes performance by "Muse including Matt Bellamy, Dominic Howard and Chris Wolstenholme. Their last album, Drones, was released in June 2015 and debuted at No. 1 in 21 countries around the world including their first No. 1 album in the U.S."
  • July 26, 2017 from 7 - 10 pm / Free - BalletX / YY Dance Company - includes performances by "Contemporary ballet company performs to Amy Winehouse music paired with sensual athleticism of YYDC’s Through the Fracture of Light and featuring 6pm pre-show panel with Christine Cox of BalletX, Yin Yue of YY Dance Company, and Stefanie Batten Bland of Company SBB moderated by Apollonaire Scherr".
  • July 27, 2017 from 6 - 10 pm / $55 - Regina Spektor - including performance by "The dulcet, oft spectral tones of Regina Ilyinichna Spektor’s voice are immediately recognizable as hers and hers alone. Born in Moscow, she immediately displayed a proclivity for music, studying classical piano beginning at age six ..."
  • July 29, 2017 from 6 - 10 pm / Free - Taiwanese Waves: Fire Ex / Dadado Huang + Berry j / Sangpuy - featuring "folk and rock in tribal language, Taiwanese and Mandarin, by the frenetic sound of Taiwan’s premier pop punk ambassadors which instantly takes you on a joyous voyage into bilingual, cross-cultural fun".
  • July 30, 2017 from 2 - 7 pm / Free - Rock Steady Crew 40th Anniversary featuring MC Lyte - featuring "four decades of the Bronx-conceived b-boy crew with this annual who’s who of classic hip-hop performers featuring Brooklyn’s Grammy-nominated female rap visionary".
  • July 31, 2017 from 5 - 10 pm / $39.50 & $45 - All Time Low / SWMRS / Waterparks / The Wrecks - featuring "several modern pop punk bands - with vivacious sounds and something to say - includes layer components of jazz, hip-hop, indie rock and electronica."
  • August 2, 2017 from 7 - 10 pm / Free - Rennie Harris Puremovement and Philadanco Present – Straight Outta’ Philly -  featuring "Celebrated Philadelphia dance troupes, known for their hip-hop and modern styles ...".
  • August 3, 2017 from 5.30 - 10 pm / $49.50 & $55 - Dashboard Confessional / The All-American Rejects / The Maine - featuring "emo and power punk bands from Florida and Oklahoma".
  • August 5, 2017 from 6 - 10 pm / Free - Elza Soares / Liniker e os Caramelows / Teleseen in association with Brasil Summerfest - featuring "Brazil’s iconic samba singer, provocative persona and signature vocalist, with a rising star who brings unique perspective to Brazilian soul along with an upcoming international Brazilian band and a Rio de Janiero DJ".
  • August 6, 2017 from 2 - 7 pm - Basement Bhangra 20th Anniversary: Apache Indian / Panjabi MC / DJ Rekha / Madame Gandhi / Anik Khan / Horsepowar / Sikh Knowledge / DJ Petra / DJ Shilpa - featuring "a kaliedoscope of local bands playing music influenced and sounds originating from South Asia."
  • August 9, 2017 from 7 - 10 pm / Free - Malpaso Dance Company / Daymé Arocena / Nickodemus - featuring "Afro-Cuban singer of jazz and neo-soul meets celebrated Cuban contemporary dance troupe. Featuring 6pm pre-show panel “Cuban Music and Dance in the Mix” RSVP is required for 6pm panel attendance, RSVP@CityParksFoundation.org".
  • August 10, 2017 from 5 - 10 pm / $39.50 & $45 - The Revivalists / White Denim - featuring "a seven-piece New Orleans-roots­driven rock band and a four-piece indie rock band from Austin, Texas."
  • August 12, 2017 from 2 - 5 pm / Free - Family Day: They Might Be Giants: Kids, Science, and Beyond / Bill Childs of Spare Rock, Spoil the Child Radio - featuring "Notable alt-rock favorites bring the family together with their contagious melodies".
  • August 12, 2017 from 3 - 4 pm / Free - CityParks PuppetMobile presents Cinderella Samba at SummerStage in Central Park as a part of Family Day - featuring "Cinderella Samba is a contemporary twist on the classic “Cinderella” fairy tale. The CityParks PuppetMobile production sets the timeless tale in the lush landscape of Brazil, where, thanks to the help of her fairy godmother, Cinderella attends Rio de Janeiro’s biggest Carnival gala and dances the samba with Prince Paulo himself".
  • August 16, 2017 from 7 - 10 pm / Free - Lincoln Center at the Movies: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in association with Dance Films Association - featuring "Documentary featuring four audience favorites and behind the scenes interviews with members of the esteemed dance company. And featuring 6pm pre-show Special Revelations Workshop with Alvin Ailey Arts In Education & Community Programs. RSVP required - rsvp@CityParksFoundation.org."
  • August 20, 2017 from 5 - 10 pm / Free - Mulatu Astatke / Emel Mathlouthi / Alsarah & the Nubatones / DJ Sirak - featuring "Father of Ethio-Jazz makes his SummerStage debut with support from compelling female vocalists from Tunisia and Sudan by way of New York".
  • August 27, 2017 from 5 - 10 pm / Free - Valerie June / Aloysius 3 / Jalen N’Gonda / Boogie Blind - featuring "Singularly unique voice that blurs the lines between genres and eras, resulting in an eclectic blend of folk, soul, country, R&B and blues".
  • August 30, 2017 from 5 - 10 pm / $54.50 & $89.50 - Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band - featuring "Using The Grateful Dead songbook as a springboard for reinterpretation and as an inspiration to create original materal, the TFB musicians were inspired as much by one another as they were by the diverse group of influences that they brought to the table."
  • September 10, 2017 from 5 - 10 pm / $65 - Silvio Rodríguez - featuring "The iconic poet and guitarist will perform songs from his latest album, Amoríos (2015), alongside his classic hits."
  • September 13, 2017 from 5 - 10 pm / $42.50 & $45 - Young the Giant with special guests Cold War Kids and Joywave - featuring "a mix of California pop, rock and NYS punk bands."
  • September 14, 2017 from 6 - 10 pm / $49.50 & $50 - Patti Smith and her band Jackson Smith and Jesse Paris Smith - featuring "Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, famous-for-decades recording artist & author of Land (Horses)". She rocks against what's wrong with the world.
  • September 21, 2017 from 5 - 10 pm / $53.25 & $58.75 - The Head and The Heart / The Lone Bellow / The Shelters - featuring "a pure Americana indie folk band and more."
  • September 22, 2017 from 6 - 10 pm / $40.50 - $46 - The War on Drugs - featuring "an indie rock band from Philadelphia, known for their melodious meshing of many forms of indie rock."

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. Free SummerStage Concerts in East River Park NYC

Free Things To Do Manhattan - Free SummerStage concerts & dance near the Bowery, SoHo, East Village and Lower East Side LES

Click here to view an East River Park map east of SoHo and the Bowery on the Lower East Side. The photo to your right was taken by Allison Brzezinski, Founder & Artistic Director of CheckItDance, at one of their performances along the East River near Solar One - which is north of the East River Park but gives you a sense of theater along the East River.

free things to do manhattan summerstage concerts  LES nycThe free SummerStage concerts are organized by the City Parks Foundation. All events in this section are free and will be performed in the East River Park along the East River Promenade.

  • August 9, 2017 from 7 - 9 pm / Free - Nuyorican Poets Cafe: Staceyann Chin / Ntozake Shange / Sarah Kay - featuring "Famed poetry house presents performances by a trio of celebrated women wordsmiths".
  • August 10, 2017 from 7 - 9 pm / Free - Company SBB with Burnt Sugar Arkestra - featuring "NYC-based dance company partners with futuristic jazz ensemble to perform the interdisciplinary work Patient(ce) starting with a dance workshop."
  • August 11, 2017 from 6 - 9 pm / Free - Andy Montañez - featuring "Known as El Godfather de la Salsa, Puerto Rican bolero singer/songwriter legend and starts with a dance workshop."
  • August 12, 2017 from 5 - 7 pm / Free - Khalid - featuring "Alt-R&B star and a millennial sensation in smooth rhythms."
  • August 13, 2017 from 4 - 7 pm / Free - Funkbox in the Park: Tony Touch / Danny Krivit / Jellybean Benitez / D-Train / honoring Evelyn Santos - featuring "A medley of the best DJs and special guests from across NYC, spinning SummerStage into a classic house and funk dance party and beginning with a dance workshop."

The Charlie Parker Jazz Festival - East Village

PLEASE NOTE: The following concert is the only Charlie Parker Jazz Fest concert performed in the East Village at Tompkins Square Park between 7th and 10th Streets and Avenues A & B.

  • August 27, 2017 from 3 - 7 pm / Free - Joshua Redman Quartet / Lou Donaldson / Tia Fuller / Alicia Olatuja - featuring "Jazz veterans & rising stars pay tribute to innovator and Bebop master, Charlie “Bird” Parker.

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.




3. Free SummerStage Concerts in Harlem

Free Things to do Manhattan - Free SummerStage Concerts in Marcus Garvey Park near Washington Heights, Inwood & the Upper West Side UWS

Click here to view a Marcus Garvey Park map on the west side of Harlem, not far from Washington Heights, the Upper West Side & Inwood. We'll post a photo at a later date.

The free SummerStage concerts are organized by the City Parks Foundation. All events in this section are free and will be performed in Marcus Garvey Park at Mount Morris Park West and West 122nd Street in Harlem.

  • August 15, 2017 from 7 - 9 pm / Free - Stew and The Negro Problem - featuring "An irreverent homage to the original black-punk-novelist, James Baldwin. Notes of a Native Song is a spirited rock and roll song-cycle from the creators of the Tony Award-winning musical Passing Strange. Stew narrates a highly personal and provocative account of Baldwin’s lasting influence with wild humor and an irresistible mix of psychedelic soul, art-damaged-pop and twisted jazz performed by the genre-bending band, The Negro Problem."
  • August 16, 2017 from 7 - 9 pm / Free - Bilal / DJ Reborn in association with Jill Newman Productions - featuring "Grammy award winning musician/composer/producer praised for his uncanny vocal range (from freeform to falsetto), Bilal was compared to Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder and Prince - and DJ Reborn is said to be a trailblazing international DJ."
  • August 17, 2017 from 7 - 9 pm / Free - Step Afrika! - featuring "a dance group that performs a composite of traditional African dance and percussive African-American stepping."
  • August 19, 2017 from 5 - 7 pm / Free - Jim Jones - featuring "Jim Jones, this Bronx-born, Harlem-bred star has never stopped hustling since his 2004 release On My Way to Church (a reference to his days coming up in uptown New York)."
  • August 20, 2017 from 4 - 7 pm / Free - Def Poets: A Reunion feat. Ursula Rucker, Jessica Care Moore, Mums, Steve Colman, Vanessa Hidary, Bonafide Rojas, Toni Blackman hosted by Asha Bandele in association with Manifesto - featuring "Def Poetry Jam brought urban poetry and the poetry slam movement to the national stage."

The Charlie Parker Jazz Festival - Harlem

  • August 24, 2017 from 7 - 9 pm / Free - Jason Samuels Smith’s Chasin’ The Bird Remixed - featuring "NYC-bred Emmy winning tap dance virtuoso & choreographer."
  • August 25, 2017 from 7 - 9 pm / Free - Anat Cohen Tentet - Featuring "World-renowned clarinet player leads troupe of jazz artists through multiple sounds."
  • August 26, 2017 from 3 - 7 pm / Free - Lee Konitz Quartet / Terri Lyne Carrington and Social Science / Louis Hayes / Charenee Wade - featuring "Jazz veterans & rising stars pay tribute to innovator and Bebop master, Charlie “Bird” Parker."

The Charlie Parker Jazz Festival - East Village

PLEASE NOTE: The following concert is the only Charlie Parker Jazz Fest concert performed in the East Village at Tompkins Square Park between 7th and 10th Streets and Avenues A & B.

  • August 27, 2017 from 3 - 7 pm / Free - Joshua Redman Quartet / Lou Donaldson / Tia Fuller / Alicia Olatuja - featuring "Jazz veterans & rising stars pay tribute to innovator and Bebop master, Charlie “Bird” Parker."

Free SummerStage Concerts In Manhattan NYC

Free Things To Do In Manhattan - SummerStage Concerts Near The Upper East Side UES, Upper West Side UWS, Midtown, West & East Village, SoHo & Tribeca

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