The best free concerts in NYC

You don’t have to shell out a ton of cash—or any at all—to see a great show in NYC!

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New York is the greatest place in the world for live-music lovers, and musicians agree; they’ve written many a tune about it, in fact. (For proof, just check out our 100 best NYC songs.) Seeing a great concert doesn’t have to mean reaching into your wallet, and with all that cash you save, you should treat yourself to a drink and a beautiful view at one of the best rooftop bars in NYC. Be sure to check out our full concert schedule for live music in New York City.


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Obits + Survival Knife + Hungry Ghost + Pink Avalanche

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Obits features Rick Froberg, formerly of well-loved West Coast combos Drive Like Jehu and Hot Snakes, and the band's snotty, soulful brand of art punk is unlikely to disappoint Froberg enthusiasts.

  1. Brooklyn Night Bazaar 165 Banker St, at Norman Ave, 11222
  2. Sat Nov 22
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Ensemble ACJW

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  • Free

Consistently delivering some of the best performances in town, musicians from the newest batch of devoted young pros selected for this ensemble present a set list of relative rarities: Hindemith's Wind Septet, Martinu's La revue de cuisine and

  1. Our Saviour’s Atonement Lutheran Church 178 Bennett Ave, at 189th St
  2. Sun Nov 23
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Axiom

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Jeffrey Milarsky and his crack Juilliard new-music specialists offer an exciting program of modernist pieces—Nancarrow's String Quartet No. 1; Harrison's Varied Trio for Violin, Piano and Percussion; and two works from Cage: Third Construction and

  1. Alice Tully Hall (at Lincoln Center) 1941 Broadway, at 65th St
  2. Mon Nov 24
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Winter's Eve

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  • Free

Ring in the holidays with this annual festival. The block party kicks off with a neighborhood tree lighting (5:30pm) in Dante Park, at Broadway and 63rd Street, and continues along Broadway from Columbus Circle to West 68th Street. As your family

  1. Manhattan
  2. Mon Dec 1
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Winter's Eve at Lincoln Square

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  • Free

Head to Lincoln Square for the largest holiday festival where there'll be stilt walkers, live music, dancing, food and tons of local holiday vendors.

  1. Dante Park W 63rd St, between Columbus Ave and Broadway
  2. Mon Dec 1
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Ensemble Pamplemousse Plays George Lewis

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice
  • Free

On this occasion, Pamplemousse debuts A Recital for Terry Adkins, a multimedia piece by new-music master George Lewis. Described as an "open-form ritual" for acoustic instruments and multichannel electronic sounds, it should be quite a thing to hear

  1. St. Paul's Chapel (at Columbia University) W 116th St, at Amsterdam Ave
  2. Tue Dec 2
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Anna/Kate

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  • Free

Queer folk-pop band Anna/Kate gives you songs from its debut EP, I Run With You, at its Dec 2 show.

  1. Pete's Candy Store 709 Lorimer St, between Frost and Richardson Sts, 11211
  2. Tue Dec 2
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Flatbush Zombies + The Underachievers + Obey City

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  • Free

Beast Coast affiliates Flatbush Zombies and the Underachievers, two of the more expressive underground hip-hop duos working in New York today, reach twoard distinct sounds, finding common ground in their unabashed love of psychedelics. The Zombies

  1. Best Buy Theater 1515 Broadway, at 44th St
  2. Fri Dec 5
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Mivos Quartet

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice
  • Free

The adventurous foursome plays a compelling free concert of works by Kurtág and Bach, plus contemporary pieces by Martin Stauning and Patrick Higgins.

  1. Miller Theatre (at Columbia University) 2960 Broadway, at 116th St
  2. Tue Dec 9
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Sarah Cahill + Adam Tendler: Berio in NYC

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice
  • Free

Columbia's Italian Academy hosts yet another fascinating, free concert. Sarah Cahill, a brilliant and charismatic advocate for modern and contemporary composers, joins with Adam Tendler to play all of the piano works written by Berio during his

  1. Italian Academy (at Columbia University) 1161 Amsterdam Ave, between 116th and 118th Sts
  2. Wed Dec 10
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