SummerStage Guide: Free Concerts, Tips, Calendar, Tickets, Location

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SummerStage is an awesome free music festival that takes place outdoors in the Spring and Summer in NYC! A great opportunity to see famous bands without paying a dime! Really cool. One of the biggest summer events in New York.


+100 shows in 16 parks across all five boroughs: Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx & Staten Island. Lots of fun and good vibes. The main stage is the one located in Central Park.


Usually from the beginning of June till the end of September.

June 3 – September 22, 2017 

  • Arrive early to grab a good spot and ensure your entry! Doors open an hour before the show.
  • Bleacher seating may be available (not for every show).
  • Free shows: you don’t need tickets but keep in mind that space is limited.
  • Bring cash: there are food, beverages & ice cream stands inside (cash only).
  • If you can’t get in, there’s space to listen on the grass outside of SummerStage.
  • Expect lots of people (especially for big name shows).
  • Shows will be held, rain or shine. Only cancelled under dangerous conditions.
  • You can’t bring into the Central Park venue, glass bottles, cans, coolers, folding chairs, bikes, video cameras, musical instruments, skateboards., beach umbrellas.
  • Parents: strollers are prohibited in Central Park venue, unless you’re attending Global Family Day.

Check out the complete schedule here.


FREE! Except for a couple of big name benefit concerts in order to help fund the SummerStage programming. The majority of SummerStage’s events are totally free.

Free Shows: admissions are on a first come first served basis. You don’t need tickets.

Tickets to Benefit Concerts: available for purchase on-site across from the VIP check in table on East Drive. Cash and credit cards accepted. Box office only opens on show days.

Click here to grab online tickets for the paid-concerts.


Many concerts take place in the traditional SummerStage mainstage in Central Park, located at Rumsey Playfield.

Rumsey Playfield: East 75th St. & 5th Ave.


Click below for more details:

Things to do in Central Park: Spots, Activites and more

Central Park with Kids: Things to Do

Shows at SummerStage Central Park

June 3 @ 7pm
Mavis Staples / Toshi Reagon

June 12 @ 8pm
The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series

June 14 @ 7pm
Yiddish Soul: Klezmatics / Zusha / Maccabeats / Cantors Chaim David Berson and Yanky Lemmer with host Nachum Segal

June 17 @ 6pm – 10pm
Laura Mvula / Taylor McFerrin & Marcus Gilmore in association with Jill Newman Productions and The Blue Note Jazz Festival.

June 21 @ 5pm – 10pm
Fête de la Musique: Wax Tailor / Her / Ayo / Ala.Ni

June 24 @ 5pm – 10 pm
The Gift / Dead Combo with Marc Ribot/ Sofia Ribeiro in association with Arte Institute

June 25 @ 2pm – 7pm
Robert Glasper Experiment / Phony Ppl / Tank and The Bangas presented by the Blue Note Jazz Festival

June 26 @ 5pm – 10pm
Korea GAYOJE: Year of the Ox / SsingSsing / Coreyah in association with the Korean Cultural Center New York

June 28 @ 6pm – 10pm
Freedom Party NYC: Special SummerStage Anniversary Theme

July 1 @ 5pm – 10pm
Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks with Catherine Russell / Tatiana Eva-Marie & the Avalon Jazz Band / Aurora Nealand & The Royal Roses presented by the French Embassy in association with New York Hot Jazz Festival

July 2 @ 6pm – 10pm
Bob Moses / Poolside in association with Meanred

July 8 @ 6pm – 10pm
Totó La Momposina / Mariachi Flor de Toloache

July 9 @ 6pm – 10pm
Buffy Sainte-Marie / A Tribe Called Red / Iskwé

July 10 @ 7pm – 10pm
UCB All Stars feat. Sasheer Zamata

July 12 @ 5pm – 10pm
Mon Laferte / Princess Nokia / ÌFÉ in association with the Latin Alternative Music Conference

July 15 @ 2pm – 7pm
Los Pericos / Chicano Batman / La Vida Bohéme in association with the Latin Alternative Music Conference

July 16 @ 2pm – 7pm
Fela Tribute with Roy Ayers, Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 / Underground System / Rich Medina in association with Giant Step

July 17 @ 6pm – 10pm
Yo La Tengo / Ultimate Painting

July 26 @ 7pm – 10pm
BalletX / YY Dance Company at Central Park

July 27 @ 7pm – 10pm
Regina Spektor – PAID Show

July 29 @ 6pm – 10pm
Taiwanese Waves: Fire Ex / Dadado Huang + Berry j / Sangpuy

July 30 @ 2pm – 7pm
Rock Steady Crew 40th Anniversary featuring MC Lyte 

July 31 @ 5pm – 10pm

All The Time Low / SWMRS / Waterparks / The Wrecks – PAID show

August 2 @ 7pm – 10pm
Rennie Harris Puremovement / Philadanco!

August 5 @ 6pm – 10pm
Elza Soares / Liniker e os Caramelows / Teleseen DJ Set in association with Brasil Summerfest

August 6 @ 2pm – 7pm
Basement Bhangra 20th Anniversary: Apache Indian / Panjabi MC / DJ Rekha / Madame Gandhi / Anik Khan / Horsepowar / Sikh Knowledge / DJ Petra / DJ Shilpa

August 9 @ 7pm – 10pm
Malposo Dance Company / Daymé Arocena / Nickodemus

August 12 at 2pm – 5pm
Family Day: They Might Be Giants: Kids, Science, and Beyond / Bill Childs of Spare Rock, Spoil the Child Radio

August 13 @ 4pm – 8pm
Taj Mo: The Taj Mahal & Keb’ Mo’ Band / Jontavious Willis at Central Park

August 16 @ 7pm – 10pm
Lincoln Center at the Movies: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in association with Dance Films Association

August 20 @ 5pm – 10pm
Mulatu Astatke / Emel Mathlouthi / Alsarah & the Nubatones / DJ Sirak

August 27 @ 5pm – 10pm
Valerie June / Aloysious 3 / Jalen N’Gonda

August 30 @ 5pm – 10pm

Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band – PAID show

September 13 @ 5pm – 10pm

Young the Giant with special guests Cold War Kids and Joywave – PAID show

September 14 @ 6pm – 10pm

Patti Smith and her band Jackson Smith and Jesse Paris Smith – PAID show

September 21 @ 5pm – 10pm

The Head and The Heart / The Leone Bellow / The Shelters – PAID show

September 22 @ 6pm – 10pm

The War On Drugs – PAID show

Shows at Coffey Park, Brooklyn

June 21 at 6pm – 9pm
Digable Planets  / Natasha Diggs 

June 22 at 7pm
Margaret Glaspy / Alexander F

June 23 at 7pm
Just Blaze in association with Meanred

June 24 at 5pm
Denzel Curry in association with Move Forward Music

June 25 at 5pm
KRS-One / DJ Chuck Chillout

Shows at Springfield Park, Queens

July 5 @ 7pm – 9pm
Just Sole! Street Dance Theater Company / Pretty BIG Movement at Springfield Park

July 6 @ 7pm – 9pm
Mobile Mondays! Funkin with Jamaica w. Tom Browne at Springfield Park

July 7 @ 6pm – 9pm
Slick Rick the Ruler / GrandWizzard Theodore at Springfield Park

July 8 @ 5pm – 7pm
The Jimmy Heath Big Band at Springfield Park

July 9 @ 5pm – 7pm
Ohio Players / Felix Hernandez Rhythm Revue at Springfield Park

Shows at Queensbridge, Long Island City

July 12 @ 7pm – 9pm
Ladies of Hip Hop

July 13 @ 6pm – 9pm
Judy Torres / Cynthia

July 14 @ 7pm – 9pm
Mr. Cheeks / Large Professor

July 15 @ 4pm – 7pm
The Legendary Ladies of SKYY / Felix Hernandez Rhythm Revue

July 16 @ 5pm – 7pm
Capone-N-Noreaga in association with Lyricist Lounge 25th Anniversary Series

Shows at Saint Mary’s Park, The Bronx

July 26 @ 7pm – 9pm
The Public Theater’s Mobile Unit: Star-Crossed (Los Desdichados)

July 27 @ 7pm – 9pm
Made in the Bronx presented by BAAD!

July 28 @ 6pm – 9pm
La India

July 29 @ 4pm – 7pm
Frankie Negrón

July 30 @ 5pm – 7pm
Lisa Lisa / Marlon B

Shows at Marcus Garvey Park, Harlem

August 15 @ 7pm – 9pm
Stew and The Negro Problem at Marcus Garvey Park

August 16 @ 7pm – 9pm
Bilal / DJ Reborn in association with Jill Newman Productions at Marcus Garvey Park

August 17 @ 7pm – 9pm
Step Afrika! at Marcus Garvey Park

August 19 @ 5pm – 7pm
Jim Jones at Marcus Garvey Park

August 20 @ 4pm – 7pm
Def Poets: A Reunion feat. Ursula Rucker, Jessica Care Moore, Mums, Steve Colman, Vanessa Hidary, Bonafide Rojas, Toni Blackman hosted by Asha Bandele in association with Manifesto at Marcus Garvey Park

August 24 @ 7pm – 9pm
Jason Samuels Smith’s Chasin’ The Bird Remixed at Marcus Garvey Park

August 25 @ 7pm – 9pm
Anat Cohen Tentet at Marcus Garvey Park

August 26 @ 3pm – 9pm
Lee Konitz Quartet / Terri Lyne Carrington and Social Science / Louis Hayes / Charenee Wade at Marcus Garvey Park

SummerStage Shows at Other Locations

June 14 @ 7pm
The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series at Brooklyn Bridge Park

June 11 @ 5pm
George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic / Main Source / DJ Marley Marl hosted by Roxanne Shante at Flushing Meadows–Corona Park

June 17 @ 7pm – 8:30pm
The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series – Place: Crotona Park, Bronx

June 23 @ 7pm – 8:30pm
The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series – Place: Jackie Robinson Park, Upper Manhattan

June 24 @ 7pm – 8:30pm
The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series – Place: Socrates Sculpture Park, Queens

June 28 @ 7pm – 9pm
Rare Essence with special guest DJ Kool / Felix Hernandez Rythm Revue at Betsy Head Park

June 29 @ 6pm – 9pm
Vivian Green / Music with a Message / GrandWizzard Theodore at Betsy Head Park

June 30 @ 7pm – 9pm
Ginuwine / Boogie Blind at Betsy Head Park

July 1 @ 6pm – 9pm
Everyday People at Betsy Head Park

July 2 @ 7pm – 9pm
DJ Premier and Friends in association with Lyricist Lounge 25th Anniversary Series at Betsy Head Park

July 19 @ 6pm – 9pm
TKA at Corporal Thompson Park

July 20 @ 6pm – 9pm
Lisette Melendez at Corporal Thompson Park

July 21 @ 6pm – 9pm
Joe Bataan / Felix Hernandez Rhythm Revue at Corporal Thompson Park

July 22 @ 5pm – 7pm
The Budos Band at Corporal Thompson Park

July 23 @ 5pm – 7pm
GZA in association with Lyricist Lounge 25th Anniversary Series at Corporal Thompson Park

August 2 @ 6pm – 9pm
Ultimate Break and Beats Anniversary / BreakBeat Lou / SPECIAL ED / Camp Lo / hosted by Lord Finesse at Crotona Park

August 3 @ 7pm – 9pm
A Bronx Tale at Crotona Park

August 4 @ 7pm – 9pm
Stevie B / Ted Smooth at Crotona Park

August 5 @ 4pm – 7pm
Kid Capri’s Block Party Live at Crotona Park

August 6 @ 5pm – 7pm
Jadakiss at Crotona Park

August 9 @ 7pm – 9pm
Nuyorican Poets Cafe: Stacyann Chin / Ntozake Shange / Sarah Kay at East River Park

August 10 @ 7pm – 9pm
Company SBB with Burnt Sugar Arkestra at East River Park

August 11 @ 6pm – 9pm
Andy Montañez at East River Park

August 12 @ 5pm – 7pm
Khalid at East River Park

August 13 @ 4pm – 7pm
Funkbox in the Park: Tony Touch / Danny Krivit / Jellybean Benitez / D-Train / honoring Evelyn Santos at East River Park

August 27 @ 3pm – 7pm
Joshua Redman Quartet / Lou Donaldson / Tia Fuller / Alicia Olatuja at Tompkins Square Park

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