Summer in NYC is filled with so many events that it can get pretty overwhelming. Summer is obviously the busiest season in New York City. There’s always something going on and at any given time. These events include music festivals and summer concerts in NYC. There’s numerous free concerts and outdoor concerts. There are also music festivals which draw in numerous people. These big music festivals are usually held at Randall’s Island, Central Park and Governors Island. It usually turns into a huge, loud and fun party.
Summer in New York City reminds you that it is definitely a great time to be alive. With that being said, here are our favorite music festivals and summer concerts in NYC.
New York City is Known for Free Concerts
Free concerts in NYC happens all the time during the summer. You just need to know where to look. Since free concerts aren’t announced until closer to the show date, we will be updating this section throughout the summer.
1. CityPark’s Summerstage
Every year, Summerstage kicks off at Central Park and goes to about 15-18 neighborhood parks as well. Summerstage attracts about 250,000 people every year where most of the concerts are free. That’s right, we said it, free! For the 2019 season, CityPark has improved their concert venue in Central Park so guests have a better experience. More information can be found on their website here.
Music Festivals in NYC
Music Festivals are definitely an event that you should check out and is one of the best things to do in the summer in NYC. These type of events usually bring out top talent and a large crowd.
1. E-Zoo (Electric Zoo)
This three-day festival starts on August 31st and ends on September 2nd. This music festival takes place on Randall’s Island, which you can walk to if you’re in Astoria, Queens. Electric Zoo brings in some of the top performers in the house and dubstep genre. Some of the past performers include the late Avicii, Steve Aoki, Benny Benassi and much more. There are a bunch of ways to get to Randall’s Island. Unfortunately, there aren’t any subways that lead to it. Your best bet is either by taking an Uber. Also, if you’re in Astoria, you can walk across the RFK bridge. That bridge will lead you right into the island. For more information on E-Zoo in NYC please visit their website. For tickets, please click here.
2. Governors Ball
This music festival takes place on Governors Island and is one of the most popular ones in NYC. It draws a lot of people and brings in top talent from different musical genres. You’ll often find celebrities and influencers joining in on the fun as well. This year, Governors Ball will take place on May 31–June 2. The line-up this year is pretty packed with familiar names such as Tyler, The Creator, Lil’ Wayne, Sheck Wes and hip-hop legend, Nas. For more info, please visit the Governors Ball website here and for tickets click here.
3. Panorama Music Festival
The Panorama Music Festival usually takes place at the end of July or beginning of August. This music festival, which is similar to Governors Ball covers numerous music genres such as rock, alternative rock, hip-hop, EDM and much more. No dates have been set yet for 2019, but last year’s line-up included The Weeknd, Janet Jackson, and ODESZA. The 3-day festival takes place on Randall’s Island. For more information please visit their website.
4. Blue Note Jazz Festival
This is for the lovers of jazz music. The 2019 schedule is not available yet, but according to last year’s press release, the festival didn’t announce their line-up until May. This festival is about a month long and takes place across different venues in NYC. Their mission is to bring in some of the top talents around the world and locally based and bring jazz music to the people here in NYC. It’s definitely you don’t want to miss, especially if you’re a jazz lover. Please visit their website for more information.
5. MoMA PS1 Warm-Up
In Long Island City, The MoMA PS1 hosts their annual “Warm-Up” party. The party happens at the MoMA PS1 museum and usually has up-and-coming artists perform. Click here for more information. Also, if you’d like to visit the museum, we recommend purchasing the New York Pass to receive free entry to multiple museums including this one.
Concert Tours Making it’s Way to NYC This Summer
Usually, popular artists and musicians have a music tour to promote an upcoming album or one that has just been recently released. Here are some of the artists that have scheduled to make their way to NYC in the summer 0f 2019.
1. Hot 97 Summer Jam 2019
Ok, so this is not necessarily a tour, but it does happen annually. Hot 97 is one of the most popular radio stations here in NYC and they have a concert in the summer dedicated to their fans. They bring in the most popular artists to perform. This year it will be on June 2nd at The MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The line-up includes Cardi B, Meek Mill, Migos, A Boogie and more. Click here for more information. For tickets, please click here.
2. John Mayer in NYC
On July 25th and the 26th, John Mayer will be performing at the Madison Square Garden in NYC. The singer has won multiple Grammy awards and has hit songs such as “Waiting on the World to Change” and ” Your Body is a Wonderland”. His summer tour will hit 27 major cities in the US including NYC.
3. Talib Kweli
Hip-Hop fans, Talib Kweli will be performing at the Brooklyn Bowl on May 2nd. He’s considered an icon to the genre and it’s definitely something fans shouldn’t miss. Go out there and show support. Tickets can be found here.
4. Billy Joel
Billy Joel will be making his way to NYC and will perform on June 2nd at Madison Square Garden. He’s best known for his hit song “Piano Man” which was released back in 1973. For tickets, please click this link here.
5. Ariana Grande
She’s definitely one of the most popular musicians out there today and she’ll be making her way to Brooklyn and performing at the Barclays Center on June 14th and the 15th. A few days later she’ll perform at Madison Square Garden on June 18th and 19th. If you’re a big fan of her and will be in NYC on these dates, definitely try and purchase tickets.
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