Head Outside for Free Summer Concerts

New Yorkers can enjoy musical concerts under the stars throughout the summer. Photo courtesy of Chris Lee.
July 1, 2013 - Each summer New York’s parks and plazas are transformed into stages for a wide range of free summer concerts. From the New York Philharmonic’s free performances to the diverse programming hosted in parks in all five boroughs, residents and visitors alike can find a world-class performance happening close to them this July – all free of charge.

New York Philharmonic Concerts in the Parks
Since 1965, New York Philharmonic Concerts in the Parks have provided New Yorkers with an opportunity to hear the best classical music under the stars. This summer, Music Director Alan Gilbert leads four free outdoor concerts and the New York Philharmonic Brass gives a Free Indoor Concert at the College of Staten Island, CUNY.
• July 10, 8pm, Prospect Park, Brooklyn
• July 11, 8pm, Cunningham Park, Queens
• Jul 14, 3pm, College of Staten Island, CUNY
• July 15, 8pm, Great Lawn, Central Park
• July 16, 8pm, Van Cortlandt Park, Bronx

Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series
• July 16, 8pm, Central Park SummerStage, Manhattan
• July 19, 2013, 7pm, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Brooklyn
• July 23, 7pm, Crotona Park, Bronx
• July 25, 7pm, Clove Lakes Park, Staten Island
• July 30, 7pm, Jackie Robinson Park, Manhattan.
• August 1, 7:00 PM, Socrates Sculpture Park, Queens

Lincoln Center out of Doors
Lincoln Center Out of Doors brings three weeks of world-class music, dance, and spoken word to the plazas of Lincoln Center. July 24 – August 11, exact times and locations vary, Manhattan.

Central Astoria Waterfront Concert Series
Central Astoria Local Development Coalition Inc. presents its annual Waterfront Concert Series Thursday evenings, including an evening of music with Motor City Revue: A Tribute to Motown on July 25. Thursdays, July 11 – August 15, Astoria Park Lawn, Queens. FREE.

On Stage at Kingsborough Hot Summer Nights Concert Series
Kingsborough Community College presents a series of summer concerts at its outdoor bandshell, with iconic views of the New York waterfront. Highlights include The Brooklyn Community Wind Ensemble on July 6 and The Hot Sardines on July 20. All events take place Saturday evenings at 8:00 PM. Kingsborough Outdoor Bandshell, 2001 Oriental Boulevard, Brooklyn.

The Persuasions / Felix Hernandez's Rhythm Revue
Renowned a cappella group The Persuasions and Felix Hernandez’s tribute to the heyday of soul, Motown, funk, salsa and disco dance classics perform as part of the SummerStage festival. July 31, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM, Tappen Park, Staten Island.

Performances in Parks Citywide
From SummerStage to Celebrate Brooklyn!, Mad. Sq. Kids and many more, parks all over the City host dozens of artists to standalone performances all summer long. Some of the many concerts taking place include. For a complete listing of events taking place in parks, visit
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