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Make the end of summer count with these outdoor music festivals

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Tolly Wright

Emerging Music Festival
Gather in Bryant Park for a last summer hurrah at this two-day fest that celebrates up-and-coming acts. Highlights include energetic indie-rock five-piece Landlady, led by theatrical frontman Adam Schatz; ethereal, folky singer-songwriter Cassandra Jenkins; psychedelic, disco seven-piece 79.5; soulful blues singer Breanna Barbara; and post-punk band Rips. Between sets, grab refreshments from local vendors curated by Hester Street Fair, and try your hand at juggling and lawn games. Bryant Park, 40th to 42nd Sts between Fifth and Sixth Aves ( Friday, August 18 at 6pm, Sat 19 at 4pm; free.

Listen: Rips, "Losing II"

Billboard Hot 100 Festival
Decide for yourself who deserves the coveted Song of the Summer title when Billboard brings a host of contenders to Jones Beach Theater. Pop superstar Demi Lovato will get the crowd singing her new self-empowerment anthem “Sorry Not Sorry,” while German EDM party-starter Zedd will rile the masses with “Stay.” The clear front-runner, however, is DJ Khaled, with his Santana-sampling Rihanna vehicle “Wild Thoughts.” Other heavy hitters performing include Gucci Mane, Major Lazer, Camila Cabello and Big Sean. 895 Bay Pkwy, Wantagh, L.I. ( Saturday, August 19; Sunday, August  20 at 11:30am; $60–$150, two-day pass $100–$280.

Listen: Camila Cabello, "Crying in the Club"

Fool’s Gold Day Off
A-Trak’s Brooklyn record label is back with its annual hip-hop and house-music bash. Along with dance tunes spun by trap-heavy DJs Flosstradamus, Nick Catchdubs and A-Trak himself, hip-hop offerings include wordsmith Jay Electronica, alt-R&B singer PnB Rock and laid-back Queens rapper Remy Banks. Coney Art Walls, 3050 Stillwell Ave, Brooklyn ( Saturday, August 19 at 3pm; $10–$125.

Listen: A-Trak, "We All Fall Down"

Charlie Parker Jazz Festival
For 25 years, SummerStage has celebrated Yardbird’s music, life and legacy at the city’s parks. This year, tap dancer extraordinaire Jason Samuels Smith kicks off the four-day fest with choreography from his dance opera Chasin’ the Bird Remixed. Veteran acts paying tribute to Parker’s signature bebop style include sax-led groups Lee Konitz Quartet and Joshua Redman Quartet, clarinetist Anat Cohen’s Tentet and legendary Blue Note altoist Lou Donaldson.
Marcus Garvey Park, 18 Mt. Morris Park West between 120th and 124th Sts. August 24, 25 at 7pm; August 26 at 3pm • Tompkins Square Park, 7th St at Ave A. August 27 at 3pm •; free.

Listen: Joshua Redman, "Two Steps" 

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