Billboard’s Hot 100 Festival
Big-name talent is the main attraction at this Long Island concert, with pop superstar Ariana Grande, Taylor Swift ex Calvin Harris, rapper J. Cole and hookmaster Fetty Wap topping the bill. The warm-up acts—Sleigh Bells, Rae Sremmurd and Desiigner—ain’t too shabby either. Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, 1000 Ocean Pkwy, Wantagh, L.I. (billboard.com/hot-100-fest). August 20, 21 at 1pm; single-day pass $59.50, two-day pass $119–$139.
Song to hear: Desiigner - "Tiimmy Turner"
Fool’s Gold Day Off
Hosted by the Brooklyn record label Fool’s Gold, this annual party takes over a waterfront lot wedged between the East River and the FDR Drive. Watch out for high-energy rap trio Migos, label head A-Trak, Diplomats rapper Juelz Santana and rising Atlanta talent Lil Yachty (download his hooky Summer Songs 2 mixtape ASAP). 34th Street Heliport, 499 E 34th St (foolsgoldrecs.com/dayoff). August 20 3–10pm; $35.
Song to hear: Lil Yachty - "King Of Teens"
The two-day beach bash caters to fans of danceable music of all genres. Representative acts include disco ensemble Escort, Clipse wordsmith Pusha T, soulful techno maestro Moodymann and jangly indie-pop outfit Allah-Las. Beach at Governors Island (fullmoonfest.com). August 20, 21 2pm–midnight; single-day pass $65–$80, two-day pass $110–$150.
Song to hear: Pusha T - "Drug Dealers Anonymous"
Nowhere to Run Festival
This DIY fest celebrates synth-heavy, ’80s-indebted postpunk music with two-stages: one outside, one inside. Acts hail from NYC (like the Joy Division–y Bootblacks) and abroad (Spain’s dancy Belgrado). The Paper Box, 17 Meadow St, Brooklyn (facebook.com/nowheretorunfestival). August 20 1pm–4am; $20.
Song to hear: Bootblacks - "Decoy"
Charlie Parker Jazz Festival
The city’s top jazz practitioners take their talents to two NYC parks over three days. It’s hard to go wrong, whether you opt for the opening night with a strings-and-horns ensemble led by pianist Jason Lindner or Sunday’s powerhouse headlining trio of drummer Jack DeJohnette, bassist Dave Holland and pianist Jason Moran. Marcus Garvey Park, Mt. Morris Park West to Madison Ave between 120th and 124th Sts. August 26 7–9pm, August 27 3–7pm • Tompkins Square Park, Ave A to Ave B between 7th and 10th Sts. August 28 3–7pm. • summerstage.org; free.
Song to hear: Donny McCaslin - "Fast Future"
The multicultural music fest brings together a pan-genre lineup of old-school innovators and the newer acts following in their footsteps. All in one place you get to experience West Coast rap godfather Ice Cube, P-funk inventor George Clinton, pop futurist Janelle Monáe, Odd Future associates Tyler the Creator, Earl Sweatshirt and the Internet, and much more (the corresponding Bites & Beats Food Festival brings 25-plus food trucks to keep you fed). Commodore Barry Park, Flushing Ave at Navy St, Brooklyn (afropunkfest.com/brooklyn). August 27, 28 1–10pm; single-day pass $45, two-day pass $75.
Song to hear: The Internet - "Girl"
Summer’s End Music Fest
The aptly named weekend series presides over summer 2016’s closing rites with a lineup jammed full of skilled locals at cozy DIY venue Aviv. Skronky-sax–fueled quartet Pill, garage-punk act Honduras and art-pop duo Sonnymoon (featuring neosoul-influenced Kendrick Lamar collaborator Anna Wise) are just a few of the acts that’ll lead you gently into fall. Aviv, 496 Morgan Ave, Brooklyn (aviv.nyc). September 2–4 6pm–1am; single-day pass $10–$15, three-day pass $30.
Song to hear: Anna Wise - "Precious Possession"