Best Free Summer Concerts In NYC

May 25, 2015 6:00 AM

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Summer is almost here and in New York City that means free access to various music and dancing events, many of which are sponsored by the city’s Department of Parks and Recreation. Below are some of the best free concerts that will be offered in New York City this summer. If interested in viewing all of the free summer concerts visit, click here.

Bayside Historical Society Annual Lawn Concert
Crocheron Park
35th Ave.
Bayside, NY 11361
(718) 352-4793 ext.301
www.baysidehistorical.org/events.htm

Date: June 7, 3015 at 6 p.m.

The Bayside Historical Society is hosting its annual concert this summer. The historical society was founded in 1964 and is located in the Castle in Fort Totten. The society hosts several events throughout the year with a specific focus on the arts and humanities. The outdoor concert is co-sponsored with the New York Department of Parks and Recreation and features the classic rock band Desert Highway. Lawn chairs or blankets are suggested.

Make Music New York Presents: Sousapalooza
Upper Terrace in Bryant Park
Between 40th and 42nd St. & 5th and 6th Ave.
New York, NY 10018
(212) 768-4242
www.makemusicny.org

Date: June 21, 3015 at 2 p.m.

Sousapalooza will feature the West Point Band. The event is three hours in length and will be held outdoors. The West Point Band or U.S. Military Academy Band is the U.S. Army’s oldest active band and dates back to the American Revolution. The band will play the music of John Philip Sousa who is known for songs such as “Semper Fidelis” and “The Stars and Stripes Forever”.

Summer On The Hudson: Locomotive Lawn Live
Riverside Park South
60 Riverside Blvd.
New York, NY 10069
212-408-0219
www.nycgovparks.org/parks/riverside-park-south/events/2015/05/28/summer-on-the-hudson-locomotive-lawn-live

Date: May 28, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. Repeats weekly until June 25, 2015.

Frederick law Olmsted designed Riverside Park back in the 1870s. Over the next 60 years or so, the park was developed and expanded and today spans 330 acres. The Riverside Park Conservancy, the organization that maintains Riverside Park, hosts several different events through the year. The Locomotive Lawn Live is a weekly musical event that celebrates the diverse group of people that call New York City home. At the Summer on the Hudson: Locomotive Lawn Live there will be music, dance, and puppetry in languages such as Spanish or Mandarin.

Related: NYC’s 5 Best Upcoming Summer Concerts

Dancing In Bryant Park
Fountain Terrace in Bryant Park
1078 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10018
(212) 768-4242
www.bryantpark.org/plan-your-visit/dance_in_bp.html

Date: May 27, 2015 at 6 p.m. Repeats weekly until June 17, 2015.

If you’re looking to add some dancing into your life this summer then Dancing in the Park is for you. This weekly event is an after work dance class taught by Talia Castro-Pozo. You’ll learn several dance styles such as the Swing and Salsa. If you’re not swayed by the thought of a free dance class, will the live music provided after each lesson move you to attend?

Queens Symphony Orchestra
George Seuffert Bandshell in Forest Park
Brooklyn-Queens Greenway
Woodhaven, NY 11421
(718) 235-4100
https://www.queenssymphony.org

Date: Aug. 9, 2015 at 5 p.m.

This summer why not give classical music a try? The Queens Symphony Orchestra, the “only professional orchestra and the oldest and largest professional arts organization in Queens,” will be hosting a concert in Forest Park. The hour and a half-long concert will feature many classical favorites. The Queens Symphony Orchestra’s concert is outdoors and great for everyone, from novice fans to more seasoned pros. With live music and the great outdoors, it’s sure to be a great summer evening for all involved.

Related: A Guide to the Best Free Summer Concerts in NYC

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