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NBC and ABC Summer Concerts

TBA; usually from around 1 May to 28 August
Every year ABC and NBC studios conduct free summer concerts featuring some of the heavyweights in the recording and entertainment industry. These concerts are usually held on Friday mornings at 8.30 am. ABC’s favorite venue is Bryant Park, and NBC’s is the Plaza in Rockefeller center.
NBC and ABC Summer Concerts 2013

Central Park SummerStage

TBA; usually from around 12 June to 16 August
Celebrating its twenty second anniversary, the Central Park Summer Stage schedule for 2013 promises to be as electrifying as ever with a calendar chock-full of culturally diverse programs in multiple disciplines including music, dance, word, film, and comedy.
Central Park SummerStage 2013

New York Philharmonic

TBA; usually from around 14 July to 20 July
Every year, Philharmonic in the Parks offers performances at parks in Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and Long Island. While this offers an opportunity for the uninitiated to get a taste of classical music, more importantly it’s an opportunity to gather with friends and enjoy drinks, snacks and conversation with the New York Philharmonic providing a soundtrack.
New York Philharmonic 2013

Metropolitan Opera Summer Recitals

TBA; usually from around 20 June
The Met’s annual concerts in New York City parks are one of the most beloved summer traditions in the city. This year, the company will present a six-performance series of recitals in the parks of all five boroughs. The Met also offers “FREE screenings of some of its most famous operas at Lincoln Center Plaza. The Summer Recital Series kicks off with a concert at Central Park SummerStage on July 13, featuring Tony Award winner Paulo Szot, rising opera singers Lisette Oropesa and Alek Shrader. Actor/conductor Damon Gupton, a Juilliard graduate, will host several of the concerts. All performances in the Summer Recital Series are free and no tickets are required, except for the concert at SummerStage which requires tickets even though they are free.
Metropolitan Opera Summer Recitals 2013

Naumburg Orchestral Concerts

TBA; usually from around 24 June to 05 August
Since 1905, the Naumburg Orchestral Concerts has continuously presented free, outdoor classical music concerts to New Yorkers of all walks of life. Named after founder and philanthropist Elkan Naumburg, who donated the Naumburg Bandshell to New York City in 1923, and inspired by his own love of music, the series seeks to stimulate and encourage new and expanded audiences for classical music in the informal and beautiful setting of Central Park.
Naumburg Orchestral Concerts 2013

Broadway in Bryant Park

TBA; usually from around 10 July to 14 August
Broadway in Bryant Park is a special outdoor series of summer concerts featuring some of the most popular musicals from both on- and off-Broadway
Broadway in Bryant Park 2013

Washington Square Music Festival

TBA; usually from around 21 June & 8, 15, 22, 29 July
The Washington Square Music Festival, a free outdoor classical and Music of the Americas concert series, is celebrating its 52nd season by presenting five evenings of great music under the stars performed by musicians who regularly play in Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Metropolitan and New York City Opera orchestras and the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
Washington Square Music Festival 2013

Pool Parties in McCarren Park

TBA; usually from around 29 June to 17 August
One of New York City’s free outdoor concert series, Pool Parties at McCarren Park features a series of bands, as well as bbq, a slip and slide and beer for sale. The concerts are all on Sunday afternoons from 3 p.m. – 8 p.m., with doors opening at 2 p.m. Admission is free, but they solicit donations to support the concerts.
Pool Parties in McCarren Park

Madison Square Music

TBA; usually from around 18 June to 06 August
The summer season of Madison Square Music presents national touring artists in a scenic outdoor setting perfect for evening picnics or just relaxing on the lawn. Shows are appropriate for all ages.
Madison Square Music 2013

Rhythm & Blues Festival at MetroTech

TBA; usually from around 19 June to 07 August
This free outdoor summer concert series features an eclectic roster of legendary trailblazers and emerging musical visionaries. Past performers have included Maceo Parker, Los Lobos, Jimmy Cliff, The Wailers, Odetta, Salif Keita, Amadou and Mariam, and The Spinners.
Rhythm & Blues Festival at MetroTech 2013

Lincoln Center Festival 2013

TBA; usually from around 02 July to 27 July
Plunge into a world of dance, theatre, opera, music, new circus, puppetry and film this July, as the Lincoln Center Festival opens the door to the summer in a celebration of global arts.
Lincoln Center Festival 2013

Celebrate Brooklyn Festival 2013

TBA; usually from around 12 June to 09 August
Celebrate Brooklyn is one of New York City’s longest running, free, outdoor performing arts festivals. Launched in 1979, as a catalyst for a Brooklyn performing arts scene and to bring people back into Prospect Park after years of neglect, Celebrate Brooklyn has been an anchor in the park’s revitalization and has become one of the city’s foremost summer cultural attractions.
Celebrate Brooklyn Festival 2013

Summer in the Square

TBA; usually from around 19 June to 14 August
Union Square celebrates summer each Thursdaday throughout June, July and August with a series of free concerts, storytelling and dance performances.
Summer in the Square 2013

Summer Garden Concert

TBA; usually from around 11 July to 22 August
Flushing Town Hall hosts this eclectic concert series on select Friday nights in July & August.
Summer Garden Concert 2013

Clinton Concert Series

TBA; usually from around 14 June to 22 September
Enjoy a variety of FREE live music performances while watching the sun set on the Hudson. Friends of Hudson River Park, Friends of Clinton Cove, Dewitt-Clinton Park Conservancy and the West 44th Street Better Block Association/ Friends of Pier 84 co-sponsor this music series on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month, June through September.
Clinton Concert Series 2013

Harlem Meer Performance Festival

TBA; usually from around 25 May to 28 September
The Harlem Meer Performance Festival returns to the lakefront plaza at the Charles A Dana Discovery Center in Central Park for another season of sumptuous Sunday music performances.
Harlem Meer Performance Festival 2013

CityParks Concerts

TBA; usually from around 08 July to 26 August
CityParks Concerts bring the music New Yorkers love right into their neighborhood parks. All concerts begin at 7:00 PM.
CityParks Concerts 2013

River Rocks

TBA; usually from around 10 July to 14 August
Staged on the waterfront right next to New York City’s electrifying Meatpacking District, Hudson River Park’s signature concert series is the place to be this summer with top level performers and the surroundings to match!.
River Rocks 2013


TBA; usually from around 06 July to 24 August
Summergarden is supported in part by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. Major annual support is provided by The Ethel P. Shein Fund for Music at MoMA, which is generously funded by Agnes Gund and by Jo Carole and Ronald S. Lauder. Additional support is provided by Paul D. Shein and Elizabeth Pozen.
Summergarden 2013

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