Free Concerts in the Parks

Some of the most impressive events in New York City are the Free Concerts in the Parks. Celebrities such as James Taylor, Elton John, Simon & Garfunkel, Jackson Browne, Diana Ross, Bruce Springsteen, and Linda Ronstadt have sung here in front of over 100,000 people.

My tip: also check out my guide to Free Summer Movies in NYC for all screening locations this year.

What are the Free Concerts in the Parks?

Free concerts in the city’s parks have a long tradition that dates back to 1850 when the first musical events were held in Battery Park. In Central Park, the free concerts have been held for more than 50 years. Concerts in the Park offer something for every musical taste; the repertoire ranges from pop and rock to classical music performed by the world-famous New York Philharmonic Orchestra.

Plan a little extra time and go to the respective park during in the afternoon, as the concerts usually start at dusk.

Doing so ensures that you can get a nice central spot and watch how the spacious lawn fills up with visitors bit by bit. The atmosphere in the parks is really unique!

When do the Free Concerts in the Parks take place?

These free concerts take place in the New York City parks every summer from Memorial Day weekend in late May through mid-September.

Where do the Free Concerts in the Parks take place?

Location tends to vary somewhat each year, but there are some parks that are always included. Among the highlights are undoubtedly the NYC Philharmonic Concerts in the Parks and the Bryant Park Picnic Performances.

The free concerts taking place in the Hudson Yards are brand new, proving that it just doesn’t get boring in New York City!

Beyond enjoying music, Free Concerts in the Parks give you the perfect opportunity to explore New York City’s most beautiful parks! Even though we love Central Park ourselves, there are so many other great parks waiting for you to explore!

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Steffen

I'm a true New York fan! Not only have I visited the city over 20 times but also have I spent several months here at a time. On my blog I show you the best and most beautiful spots of the city, so that you have a really good time! You can also find lots of insider tips in our New York travel guide. Also check out my hotel finder for New York!

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