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The best free concerts in NYC this summer

You don't have to shell out a ton of cash—or any at all—to see great live acts at these free concerts in NYC

Photograph: Virginia Rollison

Seeing a great show doesn’t have to mean reaching into your wallet, believe it or not. All it takes is a little planning beforehand—which is where we've got your covered with our top free concerts NYC has to offer. From summer music festivals at NYC parks to live gigs and parties at the best clubs in NYC, here's where you can see your favorite rapper, band or DJ without spending a single penny. And if you've saved up a little here and there, be sure to check out our full list of summer concerts in NYC for more opportunities to catch your favorite artists in town!

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Free concerts in NYC this summer

June 2
Whitney at Other Music

June 5
Perc + Donor + Mary Yuzovskaya at Output

June 8
BRIC Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings at Prospect Park

June 9
Wolf Parade + Land of Talk at McCarren Park
DIIV + BADBADNOTGOOD + Sunflower Bean + The Paranoyds at House of Vans

June 10
Grandmaster Flash at McCarren Park

June 11
Cymande + KING + Deva Mahal + DJ Parler at Central Park

June 14
Chairlift at Red Hook Park

June 15
Just Blaze at Red Hook Park

June 16
Rae Sremmurd + Denzel Curry + Kamaiyah at House of Vans

June 16
Blonde Redhead at Red Hook Park
Baaba Maal + Lakou Mizik at Prospect Park

June 18
Kamasi Washington at Central Park Summerstage
Violent Femmes + Kristin Hersh at Prospect Park
Underground System at Riis Park Beach Bazaar
The Sun Ra Arkestra at Union Pool

June 19
Breakdown Brass Band at Riis Park Beach Bazaar
Rich Medina, RAAA, Urban Word NYC & Hi-Arts: Journal to Journey, Ziearre at Red Hook Park

June 21
Public Enemy + DJ Tedsmooth at Betsy Head Memorial Playground

June 23
Alvvays + Ducktails + Big Thief at Prospect Park
Sleep + Battles at House of Vans

June 29
Neon Indian + Factory Floor + Kim Ann Foxman at House of Vans

July 3
King Sunny Ade + Orlando Julius and The Afro Soundz + Rich Medina at Central Park

July 6
Quicksand + Converge at House of Vans

July 7
Red Baraat (Brooklyn Mela) at Prospect Park

July 8
Josh Ritter + Martha Redbone + Birds of Chicago at Prospect Park

July 9
4knots Music Fest: Guided By Voices + The Strumbellas + Protomartyr + Car Seat Headrest + Girlpool and more at South Street Seaport

July 12
Lowdown Hudson Music Fest: The Roots + Antibalas at Brookfield Place Plaza

July 13
Lowdown Hudson Music Fest: Drive-by Truckers at Brookfield Place Plaza

July 16
Deer Tick + Margo Price + Anais Mitchell + Breanna Barbara at Pier 97
WALL at Union Pool
The Wood Brothers + Aoife O'Donovan + Hiss Golden Messenger at Prospect Park

July 18
The Feelies + Beach Fossils at Central Park

July 20
Out of Doors Festival: Patti Smith + Lenny Kaye + Tony Shanahan at Damrosch Park Bandshell

July 22
Femi Kuti + Bombino at Prospect Park

July 23
Jon Batiste and Stay Human at Prospect Park
Darlene Love at Damrosch Park Bandshell

July 30
Unknown Mortal Orchestra + Empress Of at Central Park

Aug 4
The Bays + Joan As Police Woman + Benjamin Lazar Davis at Prospect Park

Aug 5
M. Ward + Margaret Glaspy at Damrosch Park Bandshell

Aug 9
Neon Indian at East River Park Amphitheater

Aug 10
Tamar-Kali + Nathan Trice Rituals at Central Park

Aug 12
Dr. Dog + The Knights at Prospect Park

Aug 14
DJ Spinna, Shine and the Moonbeams at East River Park Amphitheater

Aug 15
Mbongwana Star + Batida + Young Paris + Okayafrica Electrafique (ft. DJ Underdog) at Central Park

Aug 18
Tamar-Kali at Marcus Garvey Park

Aug 28
Goldlink + Backyard Band + DJ Spicoli at Central Park Summerstage

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Kim G
Kim G

Um, it would be nice to add the TIMES to when these summer concerts will be on? Otherwise, it's totally useless...

Edwin M
Edwin M

The sit is pretty useless, it just keeps circling and does not give you the info you click on

Mark W
Mark W

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