Free NYC Summer Outdoor Concerts, Movies

Part of our New York City on a Budget series

Summertime is a great opportunity to enjoy your favorite music, a popular movie, a dance group or even a Shakespeare classic in an outdoor setting. It's made even better if it is a free event. Don't miss the chance to attend one of the many free outdoor Summer concerts and movie showings around New York City. We have identified some choices that are worth your consideration. The list below is in order by location.

Free Summer Outdoor Events in Brooklyn | Manhattan | Queens | Multiple Locations | Outdoor Movies

Event Dates
Event Name / Location / Description

Jun - Aug

Celebrate Brooklyn!
Prospect Park Bandshell
Prospect Park West & 9th Street, Brooklyn, NY 718-683-5600

Celebrate Brooklyn features music, dance and other special performances - even movies. The Prospect Park Bandshell has about 2,000 seats, with lawn seating for about 6,000 more. A $3 donation is suggested. Note: Benefit concerts are ticketed and do have an admission charge.


Jul - Aug

Broadway in Bryant Park
Bryant Park
1065 6th Avenue, Manhattan, NY 212-768-4242

On Thursdays at lunchtime, cast members from the most popular shows on and off Broadway perform their biggest hits at these free outdoor performances.


Broadway on Broadway (Pending 2013 Schedule)
Times Square
Broadway & 45th Street, Manhattan, NY

For one day each year in September, Broadway comes to Times Square for an outdoor medley of numbers from current and upcoming broadway shows.

May - Aug

Fox & Friends American Concert Series
Outside Fox Studios
1211 Avenue of the Americas, Manhattan, NY

From late-May through August, FOX's Fox & Friends features outdoor concerts on Friday mornings.

Jul 21 - Sep 1

Free Summer Music Series - "Sessions"
The Shops at Columbus Circle
10 Columbus Circle, New York City, 10019 ph: 212-823-6300

Tuesdays, beginning July 21st, The Shops at Columbus Circle New York City's premier shopping, dining, and entertainment destination invites visitors to cool off with a cocktail and experience FREE live music at Sessions, the much-anticipated, FREE live music series that incorporates the talents all acclaimed musicians and rising stars of their respective genres of seven highly diverse musical groups, spanning jazz, pop, classical and world music, to create an experience for shoppers of all ages.

May - Aug

Good Morning America Summer Concerts
Rumsey Playfield, Central Park
5th Avenue & 72nd Street, Manhattan, NY

From late-May through August, ABC's Good Morning America features outdoor concerts on Friday mornings.

Jun - Sep

Harlem Meer Performance Festival
Central Park, Charles A. Dana Discovery Center
5th Avenue & 110th Street, Manhattan, NY 212-860-1370

On Sunday afternoons from late-June through early-September , the Central Park Conservancy's Harlem Meer Performance Festival presents free performances in the genres of jazz, Latin, gospel, blues and world music. Some chairs are provided, or bring a blanket and picnic lunch

Jun - Aug

HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival
Bryant Park
1065 6th Avenue, Manhattan, NY 212-512-5700

Each Monday and dusk, a different classic film is presented on a 20' by 40' outdoor screen. Take a blanket and a picnic; get there early to claim your spot (line opens about 4pm).

Jun - Aug

Madison Square Park Music
Madison Square Park
5th Avenue & 25th Street, Manhattan, NY 212-325-2101

On Wednesday evenings, the Madison Square Music Oval Lawn Series features nationally touring acts.

Jun - Jul

Music Under the Stars at Waterside Plaza
Waterside Plaza
25 Waterside Plaza, Manhattan, NY 212-340-4208

This series of concerts features local Swing and Salsa big bands and are preceded by a 30-minute dance lesson.

Jun - Aug

Naumburg Orchestral Concerts
Central Park
5th Avenue & 72nd Street, Manhattan, NY 212-501-7809

This summer classical series, dating back to 1905, are the centerpiece to the summer season. 700 seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Jun - Aug

Shakespeare in the Park
Delacourte Theater, Central Park
81st Street & Central Park West, Manhattan, NY 212-539-8750

Since 1954, each summer New Yorkers and visitors enjoy outdoor performances of usually two different plays, typically a Shakespeare classic, and sometimes from another playwright. Performances are free, but you need a ticket to get in. Check the website for ticketing options; note that waiting in line for tickets is itself an event! Delacorte Theater seats 1,872.

Jun - Aug

SummerStage Central Park
Central Park, Rumsey Playfield
5th Avenue & 72nd Street, Manhattan, NY 212-360-2777

Central Park is just one of many venues on the SummerStage calendar.

May - Sep

Today Show Summer Concerts
Rockefeller Plaza
49th Street & Rockefeller Plaza, Manhattan, NY

From mid-May until early-September, NBC's Today Show features outdoor concerts on Friday mornings.



Multiple Locations


NY Philharmonic Concerts in the Park
Various Locations, NY 212-875-5709

The NY Phil presents free outdoor concerts in July. All performances begin at 8pm.

Jun - Aug

Various Locations, NY 212-360-2777

SummerStage brings over 100 performances to eighteen parks throughout the five boroughs. Performances range from pop, Latin and world music to dance, spoken word and theater. See the Full SummerStage Schedule.

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