Will you find yourself in NYC this Summer? Care to enjoy one of the city’s outdoor music venues for some of the best concerts taking place this season? From the Celebrate Brooklyn concert series in Prospect Park, to the famous SummerStage nestled between 70th and 71st street in Central Park, there are many, many outdoor live music offerings this season.
Such as…Father John Misty, Mac Demarco, Beck, The Lumineers, BTS, Mark Ronson. The National, Courtney Barnett, Kurt Vile, Jason Isbell, and more. Here are this Summer’s Most Anticipated Outdoor Concerts in NYC, broken down by borough.
The Good Morning America Concert Series: Central Park
Better known as the GMA Concert Series, America’s beloved morning show rakes in some of the highest, most internationally renowned talent every Summer. And beyond highest expectation, the concerts are free. What’s the catch? Acquiring tickets can be difficult, and often requires being on a waitlist. But if you are one of the lucky fans who is chosen by their lottery system, get ready to party, as the 2019 GMA Concert Series promises an outstanding roster: BTS, Hozier, Alessia Cara, Adam Lambert, Blink-182, Keith Urban, Chance the Rapper, and more. Find out how to win GMA Concert Series tickets here. And if you don’t happen upon the fortune of winning GMA Concert tickets, check out our inventory of the mentioned artists—many of which are on tour, and performing near NYC.
The Rooftop at Pier 17: South Street Seaport
Offering stunning views of the Manhattan skyline, Brooklyn Bridge, and the Statue of Liberty, the Rooftop at Pier 17 is slated to become one of the most iconic outdoor venues in NYC. Returning from a highly successful, star-powered inaugural year, the Rooftop Summer concert series is back with an impressive lineup. Passion Pit will kick off the series, followed by Walk Off the Earth, Nav, Billie Eilish, The Lonely Island, and more. Don’t miss your chance to catch some spectacular concerts at what was recently named “Best New Concert Venue” by Pollstar.
SummerStage: Central Park, Rumsey Playfield
At first, the Central Park SummerStage was limited, offering just a handful of concerts every Summer that no one could keep track of in time to attend. Now, it’s safe to say that SummerStage is one of the most iconic concert series in the city, hosting over 200 live music acts from June – October. Not all concerts are free, but many of them are, the other shows being ticketed benefit concerts. You can check out the full, 2019 SummerStage Calendar for more specification. The 2019 SummerStage calendar includes: Emily King, Kurt Vile and the Violators, Corinne Bailey Rae, Guster, The Growlers, Bloc Party, and more.
Randall’s Island Park
From summer music festivals such as Electric Zoo, Gov Ball, and Punk Island, to a DJ set from famed Uptown Special producer Mark Ronson, there is plenty going on at Randall’s Island Park every Summer—you just have to be in the loop. The 273-acre playground floating on the East River may seem like a strange place to host raucous concerts, but considering how its events have only grown in popularity we think it’s time to check it out for yourself. Aside from the live music, their 2019 calendar will show a number of recreational events occurring throughout the Summer.
BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn!: Prospect Park Bandshell
Back for its 41st year, the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! concert series continues to be a huge draw for live music fans and foodies. The series will kick off June 4th with a free—oh, did we mention? 25/29 of the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! concerts are free of charge—revel hosted by Patti LaBelle, and run through August 10th with a closing night celebration from Bomba Estéreo and Delsonido. But Celebrate Brooklyn! doesn’t stop at just live music. Film, dance, and multimedia works by artists from around the world—as well as food and other goods created by local vendors—have been incorporated into the series. The 2019 roster will include its usual number of free and ticketed benefit (Father John Misty, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Mac Demarco) shows, in addition to a new “Women In Music Series” featuring Ibeyi, Sudan Archives, Orion Sun, Liz Phair, and more.
CityFarm Presents Summer Series: Industry City
Brooklyn’s newest concert series at Courtyard 1-2 will return from June – September, hosting 35 live concerts and dance parties at Industry City. With a diverse lineup spanning from rock, to EDM, to jazz and soul, the Summer Series at Industry City is a delectable representation of wide-ranging Brooklyn artists. With a lot of young, emerging talent in the Industry City Summer Series calendar, fans will have the opportunity to catch musicians on the verge of becoming stars. The 2019 Industry City Summer Series will include sets from Frankie Cosmos, Bombino, Chrome Sparks, Lady Wray, Blonde Redhead, and more.
Forest Hills Stadium
If you haven’t made it up to Queens to check out the 2013 renovation of Forest Hills Stadium, you’re long overdue, as there has been a stellar concert series taking place there for many years now. The Summer 2019 Forest Hill Stadium schedule will include: Greta Van Fleet, The Head and the Heart, Weird Al Yankovic, My Morning Jacket, and more.
Did you know there is more than baseball happening at Citi Field? Every year, the park hosts a number of concerts—most of which have yet to be announced. But we do know that Dead & Company will be making a stop at Citi Field along their North American tour. Don’t miss your chance to see John Mayer, Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Bob Weir, Allman Brothers’ bassist Oteil Burbridge, and Fare Thee Well and RatDog keyboardist Jeff Chimenti as they continue to be one of the best touring acts in America.
SummerStage Corona Park
Central Park isn’t the only venue hosting the SummerStage concert series, which extends into all five boroughs, including The Bronx. The Bronx SummerStage takes place in Corona Park, and will host a number of Latin and Global musicians including Ray de la Paz, Edgar Joel and Anthony Colon, Samini, The Garifuna Collective, and more. Most importantly: most SummerStage concerts taking place in Corona Park are free.
Known as the gateway to the Bronx river and for providing spectacular views of Hunts Point to Manhattan, Soundview Park is also home to a number of concerts and DJ sets this Summer. The 2019 calendar for Soundview Park includes Slick Rick, Grand Wizzard Theodore & Uptown Vinyl Supreme, DJ Perly, The Boogie Down All-Stars, Lalo Rodriguez, The Tedsmooth Oldschool Jam, and more. Check out more Free Concerts in The Bronx, here.