Taxi horns aren’t the only sounds you’ll be hearing outside this summer: New York hosts some of the best outdoor concerts around, with musicians representing every imaginable genre in all corners of the city. For more picks, have a look at our Summer Art Guide.
Catalpa NYC Music Festival
For its first outing, Catalpa NYC (which shares its name with a flowering vine) emphasizes blues, hip-hop, and world-fusion, with The Black Keys and Snoop Dogg as its headlining acts.
July 12, July 16, and August 9
Find your way to Pier 84 for free concerts by the coolest bands spearheading the indie scene, including Dan Deacon, Wild Nothing, Oberhofer, and Grimes.
June 5—August 11
Prospect Park comes alive each summer, when this festival brings thirty-two free benefit concerts to its bandshell. Standout acts include Hot Chip, Dirty Projectors, Sigur Rós, Wilco, and M. Ward.
Lincoln Center Out of Doors
July 25—August 12
This eclectic outdoor music series presented by the Lincoln Center spans three venues and cream of the crop performance troupes. Alt-jazz pioneers The Bad Plus will play their version of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, Kimmo Pohjen and Helsinki Nelson present their Accordion Wrestling in a U.S. premiere, and the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble will perform excerpts from Lush Life, a blend of dance, poetry, and jazz in collaboration with Maya Angelou.
City Parks Foundation’s SummerStage
June 6—August 30
Now in its twenty-seventh year, this mammoth fest features more than one hundred performances in all five boroughs. Acts slated for Central Park include Norah Jones, Beach House, and M83.
Williamsburg Summer Concerts
July 17—September 27
If you’re looking to dance with your favorite under-thirty hipsters, hit up the Williamsburg Waterfront for a slew of concerts both free (Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, OK GO, Eugene Mirman, and Pretty Good Friends) and ticketed (My Morning Jacket, Cake, Jane’s Addiction, Off!, and Die Antwood).