NY Philharmonic Concerts in the Parks

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The NY Philharmonic Concerts In The Parks are back for 2024! For those of you asking what are the NY Philharmonic Concerts in the Parks, this is a wonderful free series of classical concerts put on by the NY Philharmonic in each of the five boroughs.

The NY Philharmonic is ready once again to put on these concerts for New Yorkers and visitors to New York. Read on to see how you can take part in this classic New York activity!

My tip: check out the full list of artists and all parks featured at Free Concerts in the Parks here. And in addition to the free concerts, there are plenty of free movie viewings – you can find out more in my guide to Free Summer Movies in New York. Bryant Park is part of the action, too!

What are the NY Philharmonic Concerts in the Parks?

Since 1965, the NY Philharmonic has been putting on this classical concert series throughout the New York parks during the summer.

When do the NY Philharmonic Concerts in the Parks take place?

This varies a little every year. This year you can attend the New York Philharmonics concerts in June.

What to expect from the Concerts in the Parks?

These outdoor performances are a great way to enjoy New York in the summertime. Music lovers, picnickers, friends, and families can come together to enjoy great temperatures, fine music, and fireworks.

That’s right – after every NY Philharmonic Concert In The Parks performance in Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Queens there is a fireworks display to light up the night sky!

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NY Philharmonic Concerts in the Parks Fireworks
Fireworks at NY Philharmonic Concerts in the Parks, Photo: Chris Lee

Line-Up 2024

This summer, Thomas Wilkins will conduct the Orchestra in a program featuring classics by Beethoven, Elgar, and Rimsky-Korsakov, Felix Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto with Randall Goosby as the soloist, and new music by Carlos Simon and the NY Phil Very Young Composers. These are the dates for 2024:

  • June 11, 2024: Van Cortland Park, Bronx
  • June 12, 2024: Central Park, Manhattan
  • June 13, 2024: Cunningham Park, Queens
  • June 14, 2024: Prospect Park, Brooklyn
  • June 16, 2024: St. George Theatre, Staten Island (free indoor concert)

Here you find more details about the line-up.

Related Events

If none of these dates work for you, check out these free summer concerts:

Is the NY Philharmonic Concerts in the Parks free?

Yes, entrance to the NY Philharmonic Concerts in the Parks is free.

How early can we arrive?

All NY Philharmonic Concerts In The Parks performances begin at 8:00 PM except the indoor concert in Staten Island, which begins at 4:00 PM. Arriving two hours early is generally recommended to be able to secure your spot.

Can I bring food and drinks to the concerts?

Yes, attendees to the concert series may bring their own food or purchase from on-site food and beverage vendors nearby.

Are kids allowed?

Yes, this classical music series is open to all ages. 

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