The Ultimate List of Free Summer Concerts in NYC, 2013

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Get ready to plug this in your bookmarks, iCals, sticky notes, and religious shrines, because the ultimate guide to free summer concerts in New York City is here! Seriously, scroll down and don't be stingy - share with your friends. Concerts aren't fun without friends. Just ask the lucky gal above enjoying the magic of friendship and free things at our own free 4Knots Music Festival.

BAM, Peter Jay Sharp Building:
May 24, 10 p.m.: Abdou Mboup and Waakaw
May 25, 10 p.m.: Late Night Dance Party with Ralph McDaniels & the Video Music Box
June 1, 9 p.m.: Endangered Speeches

Betsy Head Park @ 7 p.m.:
June 18: Dana Dane, Grand Puba, hosted by Chubb Rock
June 19: Hezekiah Walker
June 20: Jon B, Hi-Five

Brookfield Place Plaza:
June 29-30, 5:00 p.m.: 2013 River to River Festival
July 10-11, 6:00 p.m.: Lowdown Hudson Blues Festival
July 13, 6:30 p.m.: Brasslands

Brooklyn Bridge Park:
May 4 - August 31, 3:00 PM: Bargemusic Family Concert(s)
May 23, 7:00 PM: Old School Funk & Hip-Hop Dance Party

Central Park:
June 15, 3:00 PM: The Zombies, Django Django, Adam Green & Binki Shapiro, DJ sets by Modest P
June 30, 7:00 PM: Big Star's Third
August 20, 7:00 PM: Bobby McFerrin

Commodore Barry Park:
August 24-5: AFROPUNK FEST

Crotona Park @ 7 p.m.:
July 9-10: Tego Calderon, RVSB
July 10: DJ Kool Herc
July 12: War + DJ Afro
July 13: Ghetto Brothers

Damrosch Park at Lincoln Center:
May 31, 6:30 p.m.: Festival au Desert: Aziz Sahmaoui & University of Gnawa, Imharahan, Mamadou Kelly
July 24-6, 7:30 p.m.: Kronos at 40
August 3, 3 p.m.: La Casita
August 3, 7:30 p.m.: Zvidance
August 4, 7:00 p.m.: Sacred Drums
August 7, 7:30 p.m.: Ruben Blades
August 9, 7:30 p.m.: Amanda Palmer and the Grand Theft Orchestra + Rosin Coven
August 10, 6 p.m.: 30th Annual Roots of American Music Line Up
August 11, 5 p.m.: Bobby Rush, Allen Toussaint, Eddie and Brian Holland, The Como Mamas

East River Park Amphitheater @ 7 p.m.:
August 27: Pete Rock vs. DJ Premier hosted by Lyricist Lounge
August 28: Mac DeMarco
August 29: Larry Harlow and the Latin Legends Band

Herbert Von King Park:
June 11, 7 p.m.: Rayvon, Red Fox, Golden Child, RSNY, hosted by Shaggy
June 12, 7 p.m.: Big Daddy Kane, DJ Scratch

House of Vans @ 5 p.m.:
June 27, July 11, 18, 31 and August 15 and 29. Artists TBD.

Hudson Square Music & Wine Festival @ City Winery:
June 4, 5 p.m.: Dave Davies of the Kinks
June 26 - August 28: 4th Annual Hudson Square Music & Wine Festival

Hudson River Park:
June 7 - August 23, 7 p.m., Every Friday: Sunset on the Hudson

BAM's R&B Festival at MetroTech Center @ Noon:
June 6: Mint Condition
June 13: Bobby Rush
June 20: Zozo-Afrobeat Orchestra
August 8: Shuggie Otis

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts:
August 8, 6:30 p.m.: No BS! Brass Band

Madison Square Park:
June 19, 7 p.m.: Suzanne Vega
June 26, 7 p.m.: Anat Cohen Quartet
July 3, 6 p.m.: The Grascals, Joy Kills Sorrow
July 10, 7 p.m.: Rene Marie
July 17, 7 p.m.: Ben Sollee
July 24, 6 p.m.: Dafnis Prieto Sextext, Yosvany Terry Quintent
July 31, 6 p.m.: Erin McKeown, Lake Street Drive
August 7, 7 p.m.: Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk

Marcus Garvey Park Amphitheater
June 9, 12 p.m.: 7th Annual Mafrika Music Festival
August 6, 7 p.m.: Jungle Brothers, Zhigge, hosted by Lyricist
August 7, 7 p.m.: Bilal
August 14, 7 p.m.: Smokie Norful

Nelson A. Rockefeller Park:
June 25, 7 p.m.: Angelique Kidjo

Pier A - Hoboken (NJ):
August 18, 12 p.m.: Lackawanna Music Festival: Performers TBA

Hudson River Park at Pier 84:
August 8, 6 p.m.: Titus Andronicus + Ducktails
August 9, 7 p.m.: Wild Nothing + Grimes

Location Info

BAM Café

30 Lafayette Ave., Brooklyn, NY

Category: Restaurant

Betsy Head Park

865 Thomas S Boyland St., New York, NY

Category: General

Brooklyn Bridge Park

1 Main St., Brooklyn, NY

Category: Music

Central Park

W. 103rd & Central Park W., New York, NY

Category: General

Commodore Barry Park

Navy St., Brooklyn, NY

Category: General

Crotona Park

E. 173rd & Crotona Park, Bronx, NY

Category: General

Damrosch Park

63rd btwn Columbus & Amsterdam Ave., New York, NY

Category: General

East River Park Amphitheater

Grand & FDR, New York, NY

Category: General

Herbert Von King Park

Marcy Ave., Brooklyn, NY

Category: General

House of Vans

25 Franklin St., Brooklyn, NY

Category: Music

City Winery

155 Varick St., New York, NY

Category: Music

Hudson River Park

353 West St., New York, NY

Category: General

MetroTech Center

1 Metrotech Center, New York, NY

Category: General

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts

70 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY

Category: General

Madison Square Park

5th Ave. At 23rd St., New York, NY

Category: General

Marcus Garvey Park Ampitheater

W. 122nd St., New York, NY

Category: Music

Rockefeller Park

Battery Park City, New York, NY

Category: General

Hudson River Park

353 West St., New York, NY

Category: General

Prospect Park

95 Prospect Park W., Brooklyn, NY

Category: General

Red Hook Park

intersection of Otsego Bay, Hicks, Lorraine Court and Halleck Streets, Brooklyn, NY

Category: General

Rockefeller Center Plaza

51 E. 48th St., New York, NY

Category: General

Central Park, Rumsey Playfield

5th Ave., New York, NY

Category: Music

Central Park

W. 103rd & Central Park W., New York, NY

Category: General

South Street Seaport

19 Fulton St., New York, NY

Category: Music

Spike Hill

184-6 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn, NY

Category: Music

Tammany Hall

152 Orchard St., New York, NY

Category: Music

Tompkins Square Park

500 E. 9th St., New York, NY

Category: General

Queensbridge Park, Bridge Plaza

21st St., between Vernon Blvd. & E. River, Long Island City, NY

Category: General

Von King Park

Lafayette, Marcy & Thompkins Aves & Greene St., Brooklyn, NY

Category: General

City Winery

155 Varick St., New York, NY

Category: Music

Brookfield Place Plaza

200 Vesey St., New York, NY

Category: General

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11 comments
bingbangboom
bingbangboom

I think the Wild Nothing + Grimes show was last year...

Al Vie
Al Vie

Pinnie Lane Jessica Caruso

Sarah Felice
Sarah Felice

The Fun. show listed for tomorrow has moved from NYC to the Jersey Shore.

Shana Elliot
Shana Elliot

pretty sure Lackawanna Music Festival is also from last year

Heather Klose
Heather Klose

FYI: the 2012 House of Vans listings are featured in this post; 2013 listings have yet to be announced

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