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NYC Free Summer Concerts Manhattan 2021

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

free summer concerts movies carl schurz park ues upper east side photoJuly 29, 2021 / Manhattan Neighborhoods / Live Music & Free Concerts Manhattan / Manhattan Things To Do / Manhattan Buzz NYC.

 

Editor's Note - We will be 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.

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.

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 2021

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 Outdoor Concerts Manhattan NYC 2021


Lincoln Center - Mostly Mozart & Summer Festival NYC 2021

Free Things To Do / Free Summer Outdoor Concerts 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.

IMPORTANT - Lottery and CoVid Guidelines. Tickets are generally FREE, but you have to rsvp via a lottery that begins two weeks prior to the performance and ends three days prior to the performance. There are also standby tickets which arise from the lottery in the event of no-shows / late-shows. Also vaccinated folks do not need to wear masks, but need proof, while unvaccinated folks need to wear masks.

  • free summer concerts uws upper west side free summer concerts lincoln center nyc photo free summer concerts movies manhattan nycSaturdays, July 10 - 24, 2021 beginning at 7 pm - Lincoln Center Swing in the Streets - a festival with an eclectic mix of music and performers. Weekly at Lincoln Center. While Lincoln Center told me it's not a direct substitute, this shares some similarities with Lincoln Center Out of Doors - www.lcoutofdoors.org - from prior years. They appear to have been discontinued / replaced this website and forwarded it to www.lincolncenter.org. Free summer outdoor concerts at Lincoln Center on the Upper West Side of Manhattan NYC.
  • Friday, August 6, 2021 beginning at 8 pm - Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra - From August 1 - 7 this orchestra will be traveling around the city working with students. Their efforts culminate in this final concert. See www.lincolncenter.org. This is NOT the Mostly Mozart Festival as it was in prior years, but rather a group bearing the name - see below. Free summer outdoor concerts at Lincoln Center on the Upper West Side of Manhattan NYC.
  • Daily, August 10 - 16, 2020 - Mostly Mozart - Last year they hosted this celebration of Mozart's genius with works performed by some of the top classical performers of our day virtually by moving it onto the classical radio station WQXR for a week. This year I see nothing about the festival for 2021 on their website www.mostlymorzart.org which I have found incredibly useless in terms of trying to understand the big picture of what's going on, as everything must be clicked into on its own page. They are hosting a number of other performances / concerts under the umbrella entitled Restart Stages which you can find on their website www.lincolncenter.org. Free summer outdoor concerts at Lincoln Center on the Upper West Side of Manhattan NYC.
  • Sunday, August 8, 2021 beginning at 8 pm - La Casita - This is a mix of poetry and musical performances by a mix of artists with a wide ranging number of international backgrounds. See www.lincolncenter.org. Free summer outdoor concerts at Lincoln Center on the Upper West Side of Manhattan NYC.
  • Daily, Tuesday - Saturday, August 17 - 21, 2021 beginning at 7.30 pm - Baand Together Dance Festival - a celebration of dance which they describe as follows, " ... evening of programming curated collaboratively by the artistic directors of Ballet Hispánico, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, American Ballet
    Theatre, New York City Ballet, and Dance Theatre of Harlem ...".
    They are hosting daily performances which you can find on their website www.lincolncenter.org. 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 2021

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 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.

  • Thursday, June 9, 2021 - from 6 - 9 pm - Riverside Park Conservancy 35th Annual Party. Multiple venues and performances including the following.
    • Riverside Drive at 78th Street - Mondays in the Club with Lance Horne
    • Tennis Courts at 96th Street - Alphonso Horne & the Gotham Kings & Hannah Gill
    • Ellington in the Park at 105th Street - Soapbox Presents
    • 45th Street by the River - Kali Rodriguez-Peña and Mélange & Julia Easterlin
  • Also attendees can meet some of the artists participating in Re:Growth – a summer long art
    exhibition which will run in Riverside Park from June 5 to September 10, 2021. Free summer outdoor concerts in Riverside Park on the Upper West Side of Manhattan NYC.

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 NYC


Free Summer Concerts Carl Schurz Park 2021

Free Things To Do / Free Summer Outdoor Concerts 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.

 

NORMALLY THEY HOST A FEW FREE CONCERTS, BUT THIS YEAR 2021 - DUE TO THE PANDEMIC - THEY HAVE OPTED TO SKIP PERFORMANCES THIS SUMMER. The following are a couple of examples of concerts from years past.

  • Tuesday, June 21, 2016 - from 4 - 7 pm - Make Music New York - Free summer outdoor concerts in Carl Schurz Park on the Upper East Side of Manhattan NYC.
  • Wednesday, July 20, 2016 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. UES & UWS / Central Park Free Summer Outdoor Concerts 2021


Concerts at Rumsey Playfield & Naumberg Bandshell Manhattan

Free Things To Do / Free Summer Outdoor Concerts on the UES & UWS 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.

 

On the Great Lawn - NYC Homecoming Concert 2021

  • CENTRAL PARK _ Tuesday August 24, 2021 from 10 am - 6 pm - We Love NYC - A big Free HomeComing Concert - On the Great Lawn in Central Park, but must be ticketed, and meet CoVid guidelines. Tickets go on 'sale' on August 2nd and are expected to go quickly at www.ticketmaster.com. Free Manhattan concerts NYC.

 

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

CoVid & Tickets. Unvaccinated folks are required to wear a mask and maintain social distancing. You will be required to sign a document testifying that you're either vaccinated or had a CDC validated CoVid test affirming you don't have CoVid within the prior 72 hours. Free events are not ticketed and admission is based on a first come / first serve basis - noting that capacity is limited due to CoVid guidelines. Doors generally open about two hours prior to the performance.

 

  • Sunday, July 11, 2021 from 2.30 – 4 pm and 7.30 – 9 pm - Galactic Featuring Anjelika “Jelly” Joseph and Special
    Guest Monenon. Free summer outdoor concerts in Central Park in Manhattan NYC.
  • Wednesday, July 14, 2021 from 6.30 – 10 pm - Bastille Day Celebration. Free summer outdoor concerts in Central Park in Manhattan NYC.
  • Saturday, July 24, 2021 from 7 – 8.30 pm - Sun Ra Arkestra / Sistazz of the Nitty Gritty / DJ Greg
    Caz. Free summer outdoor concerts in Central Park in Manhattan NYC.
  • Sunday, July 25, 2021 , 2021 from 7 – 8.30 pm - Dance Is! Featuring Artists From Rennie Harris Puremovement,
    Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Parsons Dance, A.I.M. By Kyle Abraham, Soles Of Duende With Guest Artist Asha GriZth, Samantha Figgins From Alvin Ailey, Jessica Amber Pinkett, Gianna Theodore, And Special Guest, Madison Mcferrin Plus A Re\ection By Karine Plantadit. Free summer outdoor concerts in Central Park in Manhattan NYC.
  • Saturday, July 31, , 2021 from 7 – 10 pm - The Originals. Free summer outdoor concerts in Central Park in Manhattan NYC.
  • Sunday, August 1, , 2021 from 7 – 8.30 pm - Tito Nieves / The Salsa Project Feat. DJ JFuse. Free summer outdoor concerts in Central Park in Manhattan NYC.
  • Sunday, August 8, 2021 from 7 – 8.30 pm - Met Opera Summer Recital. Free summer outdoor concerts in Central Park in Manhattan NYC.
  • Saturday, August 14, 2021 from 7 – 8.30 pm - Marc Rebillet, DJ Premier and Brady Watt. Free summer outdoor concerts in Central Park in Manhattan NYC.
  • Sunday, August 15, 2021 from 7 – 8.30 pm - Armand Hammer & The Alchemist Featuring Moor Mother, Kayan,
    Fielded. Free summer outdoor concerts in Central Park in Manhattan NYC.
  • Saturday, August 21, 2021 from 7 – 8.30 pm - Antibalas. Free summer outdoor concerts in Central Park in Manhattan NYC.
  • Tuesday, August 24, 2021 from 7 – 10 pm - Lake Street Dive / Allison Russell / Zia Victoria. Free summer outdoor concerts in Central Park in Manhattan NYC.
  • Saturday & Sunday, August 28 & 29, 2021 - Charlie Parker Jazz Festival - see Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem / Washington Heights below.
  • Wednesday, September 1, 2021 from 7 – 8.30 pm - Yo La Tengo / Mountain Movers. Free summer outdoor concerts in Central Park in Manhattan NYC.
  • Saturday, September 4, 2021 from 7 – 9.45 pm - Dom Salvador Sextet / Screening: Dom Salvador &
    Abolition / DJ Nyack & Eduardo Brecho. Free summer outdoor concerts in Central Park in Manhattan NYC.
  • Saturday, September 11, 2021 from 7 – 8.30 pm - Erica Campbell. Free summer outdoor concerts in Central Park in Manhattan NYC.
  • Sunday, September 12, 2021 from 7 – 8.30 pm - Valerie June. Free summer outdoor concerts in Central Park in Manhattan NYC.
  • Friday, September 17, 2021 from 7 – 10 pm - Dawes with Special Guests Bonny Light Horseman &
    Erin Rae. Free summer outdoor concerts in Central Park in Manhattan NYC.
  • Sunday, September 19, 2021 from 7 – 8.30 pm - Patti Smith and Her Band. Free summer outdoor concerts in Central Park in Manhattan NYC.
  • Tuesday, September 21, 2021 from 7 – 10 pm - Indigo Girls & Ani DiFranco. Free summer outdoor concerts in Central Park in Manhattan NYC.

 

These PAID summer concerts organized by the City Parks Foundation / SUMMERSTAGE were from a prior year - examples.

  • Monday, August 1, 2016 - Garbage / Kristin Kontrol
  • 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
  • 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

 

THE NAUMBERG BANDSHELL SECTION BELOW HAS BEEN UPDATED FOR 2021 CONCERTS

 

Naumberg Bandshell Concerts

  • CoVid Guidelines. The Naumberg Concerts Organization tells us the following. Attendance restrictions due to Covid 19 will apply for our seating, and the NYC Parks regulations may change closer to the concert date. Please check our website closer to 15 June – as only 500 allocated tickets are to be issued presently. Please bring a Mask to wear, and your Proof of Vaccination card/copy or NYS’s Excelsior Pass. Park benches, space for your own seats and standing room will all be available on the evening of the performance. Thank you for your understanding.

 

  • June 15, 2021 – 7.30 – 9 pm - The Knights & Gil Shaham, violin soloist & Aoife O'Donovan, vocals.
  • Description. George T. Walker (1922- 2018) Lyric for Strings, (1946), Aoife O'Donovan (1982- ) America, Come featuring Aoife O'Donovan, vocals (New York Premiere), Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) , arr. Michael P. Atkinson (b. 1978), Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 61 ,(1806), featuring Gil Shaham, violin. WQXR Host - Jeff Spurgeon. Free summer outdoor concerts at the Naumberg Bandshell in Central Park in Manhattan NYC.
  • June 29, 2021 – 7.30 – 9 pm - Ulysses & Emerson String Quartet in combined concert – a unique first-time pairing.
  • Description. Richard Strauss, (1864-1949), Sextet from Capriccio, Op. 85, (1942)
    (performed by the Ulysses Quartet with Lawrence Dutton, viola and Paul Watkins, cello), Anton Bruckner, (1824-1896), String Quintet in F major, WAB 112, (1878-79), and Adagio, G-flat major, common time (performed by the Emerson String Quartet with Colin Brookes, viola), Dmitri Shostakovich, (1906-1975), Two Pieces for String Octet, Op. 11, (1924-25). Following Intermission - Felix Mendelssohn, (1809-1847), Octet in E-flat major, Op. 20, (1825). WQXR Host - Terrance McKnight. Free summer outdoor concerts at the Naumberg Bandshell in Central Park in Manhattan NYC.
  • July 6, 2021 – 7.30 – 9 pm - A Far Cry
  • Description. Edvard Grieg (1843-1907), Holberg Suite, Op. 40, (1884) and Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges (1745-1799), Sinfonia Concertante, Op. 13, No. 1 in E-flat major, (1778) and Jessie Montgomery (b. 1981), Strum for String Orchestra, (2006, rev. 2012). Following intermission - Jessie Montgomery (b. 1981), Source Code for String Orchestra, (2013), Arvo Pärt (b. 1935), Silouan’s Song, (1991) and Teresa Carreño (1853-1917), Serenade for Strings (1895). WQXR Host: Paul Cavalconte. Free summer outdoor concerts at the Naumberg Bandshell in Central Park in Manhattan NYC.

  • July 20, 2021 – 7.30 – 9 pm - Philharmonic Baroque Orchestra - Richard Egarr, conductor, Rowan Pierce, soprano & WQXR Host: Elliott Forrest
  • Description. Christopher Gibbons, (1615/20-76), Fantasy in A minor, John Blow, (1649-1708), 3 Songs – 1) “Welcome, Welcome Every Guest” from Amphion Anglicus, 2) “Peaceful Is he and most secure” and 3) “Lovely Selina”. Matthew Locke, (1621/23-77), Curtain tune from The Tempest and Henry Purcell, (1659-95), 3 songs – 1) “The Blessed Virgin's Expostulation”, Z. 196, 2) “Music for a while”, Z. 583 and 3) Bess of Bedlam”, Z. 370. Henry Purcell, Chaconne from King Arthur. Following Intermission – Henry Purcell, Fairy Queen Selection for soprano and orchestra - 3. Second Music: Aire, 4. Rondeau, 20. “If Love’s a sweet Passion” (Rowan Pierce, soprano), 22. Dance for the Fairies, 27. Dance of the Haymakers, 49. Monkey’s Dance, 43. The Plaint: “O let me weep!” (Rowan Pierce, soprano), 29. Third Act Tune: Hornpipe, 18. A Dance of the Followers of Night, 14. “See, even Night herself” (Rowan Pierce, soprano), 9. Prelude, 51. “Hark! the Echoing Air” (Rowan Pierce, soprano) and 57. Chaconne. Free summer outdoor concerts at the Naumberg Bandshell in Central Park in Manhattan NYC.

 

  • August 3, 2021 – 7.30 – 9 pm - ECCO: East Coast Chamber Orchestra
- Shai Wosner, piano & WQXR Host: Annie Bergen.
  • Description. Mozart Piano Concerto No.14 in E-flat major, K449, (1784), 1. Allegro vivace, 2. Andantino, 3. Allegro ma non troppo & Hanna Benn, (1988- ), Where Springs Not Fail, (2016). Following intermission - Osvaldo Golijov, (1960- ), Last Round, (1996), Mozart, (1756-91), Piano Concerto No.12 in A major, K.414, (1782), 1. Allegro, 2. Andante, 3. Rondeau. Allegretto. Free summer outdoor concerts at the Naumberg Bandshell in Central Park in Manhattan NYC.

Organized by Naumberg Orchestral Concerts org.

 

Charles Dana Discovery Center in the northeast corner of the park

Location. At 5th Avenue and 110th Street in Central Park.

Sunday July 11, 2021 from 2 - 4 pm - Afro Dominicano Band. Free summer outdoor concerts at the Dana Discovery Center in Central Park in Manhattan NYC.

Sunday July 25, 2021 from 2 - 4 pm - Harlem Blues and Jazz Band. Free summer outdoor concerts at the Dana Discovery Center in Central Park in Manhattan NYC.

Sunday August 1, 2021 from 2 - 4 pm - Wangari Fahari. Free summer outdoor concerts at the Dana Discovery Center in Central Park in Manhattan NYC.

Sunday August 8, 2021 from 2 - 4 pm - Nikki Holloway & The New Generation Gospel Ensemble. Free summer outdoor concerts at the Dana Discovery Center in Central Park in Manhattan NYC.

ALSO _ July, August & possibly September, 2021 - Salsa Thursdays from 5.30 - 7.30 pm

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 2021


Modern Museum of Art Summer Garden Jazz Concerts 2021

Free Things To Do / Free Summer Outdoor Concerts 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.

  • Tuesday, June 1, 2021 beginning at 7 pm - Online / virtual garden party fundraiser for MoMA. Paid & free summer concerts in Midtown NYC.

 

THESE SUMMER GARDEN CONCERTS WERE DISCONTINUED IN 2017 / 2018.

  • 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.

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 2021

Free Things To Do / Free Summer Outdoor Concerts 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.

  • Friday, May 21, 2021 - Blake Shelton
  • Friday, June 11, 2021 - Maroon 5
  • Thursday, June 17, 2021 - Coldplay
  • Friday, June 25, 2021 - H.E.R.
  • Friday, August 13, 2021 - Ben Platt
  • Friday, August 20, 2021 - Cynthia Erivo
  • 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 NYC 2021

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

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.

CoVid guidelines remain in effect. First come / first serve and due to social distancing guidelines there's less capacity than pre-pandemic.

  • Friday, July 9, 2021 beginning at 7 pm - Toshi Reagon & BIGLovely / Carnegie Hall Citywide Concert Series. Free summer outdoor concerts in Bryant Park in Midtown Manhattan NYC.
  • Friday, July 16, 2021 beginning at 7 pm - Spanish Harlem Orchestra / Carnegie Hall Citywide Concert Series. Free summer outdoor concerts in Bryant Park in Midtown Manhattan NYC.
  • Friday, July 23, 2021 beginning at 7 pm - The Knights / Carnegie Hall Citywide Concert Series. Free summer outdoor concerts in Bryant Park in Midtown Manhattan NYC.
  • Friday, July 30, 2021 beginning at 7 pm - Adrienne Warren & Friends / Carnegie Hall Citywide Concert Series. Free summer outdoor concerts in Bryant Park in Midtown Manhattan NYC.
  • Friday, August 6, 2021 beginning at 7 pm - Terence Blanchard & the ECollective with Turtle Island Quartet / Carnegie Hall Citywide Concert Series. Free summer outdoor concerts in Bryant Park in Midtown Manhattan NYC.

Grand Central Terminal - Free Outdoor Summer Concerts 2021

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 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. Pershing Square Sounds

  • Along Park Avenue between 41st & 42nd Streets just south of Grand Central Terminal - organized by the Grand Central Partnership.
  • Tuesdays 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm & Wednesdays 4.45 - 6 pm
  • Tuesday, July 13, 2021 - Eric Person Quartet - Saxophonist, Contemporary Jazz - Free summer outdoor concerts south of Grand Central Terminal in Midtown Manhattan NYC.
  • Wednesday, July 14, 2021 - Bobby Harden and the Soul Purpose Band - R&B - Free summer outdoor concerts south of Grand Central Terminal in Midtown Manhattan NYC.
  • Tuesday, July 20, 2021 - Mala Waldron Trio - Soulful jazz pianist and vocalist - Free summer outdoor concerts south of Grand Central Terminal in Midtown Manhattan NYC.
  • Wednesday, July 21, 2021 - CC and The Boys - Country - Free summer outdoor concerts south of Grand Central Terminal in Midtown Manhattan NYC.
  • Tuesday, July 27, 2021 - Eric Person Quartet - Saxophonist, Contemporary Jazz - Free summer outdoor concerts south of Grand Central Terminal in Midtown Manhattan NYC.
  • Wednesday, July 28, 2021 - A Latin Movement - Latin Jazz/Salsa Band - Free summer outdoor concerts south of Grand Central Terminal in Midtown Manhattan NYC.
  • Tuesday, August 3, 2021 - Eric Person Quartet - Saxophonist, Contemporary Jazz - Free summer outdoor concerts south of Grand Central Terminal in Midtown Manhattan NYC.
  • Wednesday, August 4, 2021 - Judd Nielsen & The Neighborhood Crew - Jazz and funk - 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 2021

  • Lexington Ave at East 53rd Street
  • Thursdays, 12:30 pm – 1:45 pm - Early May - Late June - Normally

 

Venue III. Midtown Concerts - DUE TO COVID THESE HAVE GONE VIRTUAL

  • Chapel of St. Bart’s Church, 325 Park Avenue at East 51st Street
  • Thursdays, 1.15 – 2 pm - Late April - Mid June - Normally

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.



Hudson River Park - Free Summer Concerts 2021

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 2021

Free Things To Do / Free Summer Outdoor Concerts in the 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.

Location. Concerts are held on Oval Square. The free summer concerts are organized by the Madison Square Park Conservancy.

Time. Concerts run from 6 - 7 pm unless othewise stated. Limited seating available.

  • Wednesday, July 7, 2021 - from 6 - 7 pm - Music on the Green with Carnegie Hall. Limited seating & first come / first serve. Free summer outdoor concerts in Madison Square Park in the Flatiron District of Midtown Manhattan NYC.
  • Wednesday, July 14, 2021 - from 6 - 7 pm - Music on the Green with Carnegie Hall. Limited seating & first come / first serve. Free summer outdoor concerts in Madison Square Park in the Flatiron District of Midtown Manhattan NYC.
  • Wednesday, July 21, 2021 - from 6 - 7 pm - Music on the Green with Carnegie Hall. Limited seating & first come / first serve. Free summer outdoor concerts in Madison Square Park in the Flatiron District of Midtown Manhattan NYC.
  • Wednesday, July 28, 2021 - from 6 - 7 pm - Music on the Green with Carnegie Hall. Limited seating & first come / first serve. Free summer outdoor concerts in Madison Square Park in the Flatiron District of Midtown Manhattan NYC.
  • Wednesday, August 4, 2021 - from 6 - 7 pm - Music on the Green with Carnegie Hall. Limited seating & first come / first serve. Free summer outdoor concerts in Madison Square Park in the Flatiron District of Midtown Manhattan NYC.
  • Wednesday, August 11, 2021 - from 6 - 7 pm - Music on the Green with Carnegie Hall. 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


Hudson River Park - Free Concerts Manhattan 2021

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.

 

THIS PARK NEEDS UPDATING for 2021.

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


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 villageClick here to view a Tompkins Square Park map. 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.

 

THIS YEAR 2021 THE CHARLIE PARKER JAZZ FESTIVAL IS STAGED ENTIRELY UPTOWN AT MARCUS GARVEY PARK ON SATURDAY & SUNDAY, AUGUST 28TH & 29TH - SCROLL DOWN FOR DETAILS.

  • 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 outdoor concerts in the East Village 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.


Washington Square Park Salsa Social 2021

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

  • Tuesdays, July 13 - September 28, 2021 — 5,30 – 8 pm - Salsa Social in Washington Square Park.
    • Description. Aksana Almaguer is excited to bring Salsa to Washington Square Park! Weather permitting, classes will be on Tuesdays from July 13-September 28. 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm : 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.
    • Location. Salsa social will take place at Garibaldi Plaza in Washington Square Park in the Village.

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

In the past there was also the Oval concerts in Stuyvesant Park. And the NY Musical Theatre Festival in mid July - at various venues. We'll see what the new normal looks like in 2022.



7. Free Concerts in SoHo, Bowery & LES Manhattan 2021


East River Park Amphitheater - Free Concerts NYC

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

 

THIS PARK IS UNDER EVALUATION FOR IT'S PROXIMITY TO THE EAST RIVER AND LOW ELEVATION. They held an event earlier in the summer and seem unlikely to do much more this summer of 2021.

 

NOTE DATE / YEAR. These performances were organized by SummerStage Page in 2016 and ran daily.

  • 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

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




8. Tribeca & Downtown Free Summer Concerts Manhattan


Free Summer Outdoor Concerts at the South Street Seaport & Downtown NYC 2021

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

Click here to view a Tribeca neighborhood map. The following concerts are all at venues located in the South Street Seaport area.

  • Thursdays, July 15, 22 & 29, 2021 from 5 - 9 pm - On the Heineken River Deck - Mateo Difontane 7.15 / Belinda Becker 7.22 / Neil Robertson 7.29. Free summer outdoor concerts at the South Street Seaport in Manhattan NYC.
  • Fridays, July 16, 23 & 30, 2021 from 5 - 8 pm - On the Fulton Street Stage - Taulant 7.16 / Rita the Band 7.23 / DJ Set with Street Dreams 7.30. Free summer outdoor concerts at the South Street Seaport in Manhattan NYC.
  • Sundays, July 18, 25 & August 1, 2021 from 12 noon - 4 pm - On the Greens - Ibe Soliman 7.18 / Mateo Difontane 7.25 / DJ Riz 8.1. Rsvp at Free & paid concerts at the South Street Seaport in Manhattan NYC.

 

  • 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.
  • 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].



9. Free Summer Concerts in Harlem 2021


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

Free Summer Concerts in Washington Heights & Inwood TBD

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

 

  • Date / Time / Event. Saturday, August 28, 2021 from 6 - 7 pm (doors open 4 pm) - Charlie Parker with Strings: The Donald Harrison Quartet and The Harlem Symphony Orchestra. Tickets are no longer required for free performances at SummerStage. All performances are open to the public, first come, first served, with limited capacity. Free summer outdoor concerts at Marcus Garvey Park in the Harlem section of Manhattan NYC.
    • Location. Marcus Garvey Park at 18 Mount Morris Park West in the Harlem neighborhood of Manhattan.

 

  • Date / Time / Event. Sunday, August 29, 2021 from 6 - 7 pm (doors open 4 pm) - Willie Jones III - A Charlie Parker Centennial Celebration featuring Sarah Hanahan, Godwin Louis, Justin Robinson, Erena Terakubo with Donald Vega and Endea Owens. Tickets are no longer required for free performances at SummerStage. All performances will be open to the public, first come, first served, with limited capacity. Free summer outdoor concerts at Marcus Garvey Park in the Harlem section of Manhattan NYC.
    • Location. Marcus Garvey Park at 18 Mount Morris Park West in the Harlem neighborhood of Manhattan.

Free Things To Do / Free Outdoor Summer Concerts in Manhattan NYC 2021

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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