Not all summer entertainment on Long Island has to come with a hefty price tag. In fact, some shows don't come with a price tag at all.
We've rounded up a host of FREE local outdoor concerts—all parents need to do is grab a lawn chair or picnic blanket and get ready to shimmy, shake and smile with the little ones.
For more seasonal fun, be sure to check out our outdoor movie roundup, or perhaps our list of FREE summer activities for LI kids. Our Summer Fun Guide offers more ideas for getting the best out of the summer months.
The Nassau Pops Symphony Orchestra
Various parks, including the Village Green in Valley Stream and Heckscher Park in Huntington
July 9-August 11
Pop concerts with Broadway, TV and film themes are sure to please the crowds at these FREE concerts. The Nassau Pops Symphony Orchestra performs everything from melodies of Rodgers and Hammerstein to the screen music of John WIlliams.
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Enjoy a sunset concert at Planting Fields Arboretum.
Concert in the Park — Oyster Bay
Planting Fields Arboretum, Coe Hall, 1395 Planting Fields Rd.
Saturdays, July 1-September 2, 6pm
Bring a chair and blanket and enjoy music and the beauty of Planting Fields. Families can pack their own picnic or purchase snacks, sandwiches, desserts, and drinks from the park's caterer.
Downtown Sounds — Glen Cove
Village Square, intersection of Glen and Bridge streets
Fridays and Saturdays, July 7-August 25, 7:30pm
During July and August the downtown Village Square comes alive with music from New York-area artists. Guests enjoy jazz, rhythm and blues, rock, and salsa. FREE parking is available; in the case of rain, the concerts will be held at R.M. Finely School at 1 Forest Avenue.
Evening Concerts in the Village — Westbury
Piazza Ernesto Strada, Post and Maple avenues
Thursdays through August 31, 7pm
Live bands performing salsa, jazz, blues, reggae, and tango will have kids shimming and shaking all summer long. FREE parking is available.
International Nights — East Meadow
Harry Chapin Theater at Eisenhower Park, 1899 Park Boulevard
Sundays, through September 10 (other dates as well), 7:30pm
International Nights celebrate a new culture each week. Children will enjoy learning about different traditions through live music and dance.
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Kids shows take center stage at the Jones Beach band shell. Photo courtesy of Darlene Graham.
Kids Night Concerts — Jones Beach
Band shell at Jones Beach (Field 4)
Tuesdays, July 4-August 29, 7:30pm
Jones Beach offers upbeat, interactive music and dance to spark the imaginations and creativity of little ones. FREE parking after park hours.
Martin "Bunky" Reid Park — Westbury
Broadway and Union avenues
July, 7, 7:30pm
Artist Wayne Holmes performs a tribute to Ray Charles. The rain location is at Yes We Can Community Center. Families are encouraged to bring their own seating.
Mary Jane Davies Green Summer Concerts — Manhasset
Mary Jane Davies Green, Plandome Road (across from 220 Plandome Road)
Mondays, July 17-August 7, 7:30pm
Whether you are a fan of oldies, country, rock, or 80s music, this concert series will be your soundtrack for the summer.
Morgan Park Summer Music Festival — Glen Cove
Morgan Park, Germaine Street
Sundays, July 2-August 27, 7:30pm (other dates as well)
Nonprofit volunteers organize this festival and bring Broadway shows, folk music, opera, rock, and more to families every weekend in July and August. The harbor and Long Island Sound are a gorgeous backdrop for the evening's entertainment.
Summer Concert Series — East Meadow
Harry Chapin Theater at Eisenhower Park, 1899 Park Boulevard
Fridays and Saturdays through August 26 (other dates as well), 8pm
From Elvis and Billy Joel tribute bands to Motown hits and oldies, families are sure to enjoy these outdoor concerts. Bring beach chairs and blankets.
Sunday Afternoons at the Beach — Port Washington
North Hempstead Beach Park, 175 W Shore Road
Sundays, July 9-August 27, 1pm
Kids will enjoy dancing to performances from a Persian pop star, a Johnny Cash tribute band, and an oldies band. Parking fees apply.
Clark Botanic Garden Summer Performances — Albertson
193 I. U. Willets Road
Tuesdays, July 11-August 8, 7pm
Children will enjoy the scenery at this beautiful garden and performances by the New York Brass Choir and a live production of Madagascar on family night, July 11. Other Tuesday evenings offer up a folk festival, a ballet, and an instrumental night.
Village of Cedarhurst's Under the Gazebo Series — Cedarhurst
Andrew J. Parise Park, 257 Cedarhurst Ave.
Tuesdays, July 11-August 29, 7pm
Enjoy this summer series highlighting acts such as Captain Jack, a Billy Joel tribute band, and Dancing Dream, an Abba tribute band.
Young People and the Arts Series — Town of North Hempstead
Tuesday mornings, July 11-August 1, 10:30am
The whole family will enjoy this children's summer festival, which includes music, magic, and more.
Babylon Summer Concert Series — Babylon
Various locations, including Tanner Park, Overlook Beach, Geiger Lake, and Brennan High School
Tuesday, July 18, all day
Wednesdays and Fridays through August 11, 7:30pm
Thursdays, July 13-July 27, 7pm
Monday, July 10, July 24, August 7, all day
With some of the hottest original acts and tribute bands in the country, the Town of Babylon's Summer Concert Series is sure to get the family dancing. More than a dozen concerts are scheduled to provide kids with a summer of unforgettable tunes.
Bay Shore Brown-Bag Lunchtime Concerts — Bay Shore
Bay Shore Bandshell, 80 East Main Street
Tuesdays, July 4-August 29, 12:30pm
This concert series is a great excuse to take a long lunch and spend time with the kiddos. Located on Main Street in Bay Shore, music talents play everything reggae to bluegrass, leaving the whole family smiling.
Huntington Lighthouse Music Fest — Lloyd Harbor
Lloyd Harbor at the entrance to Huntington Bay
Saturday, September 2, 11am
This FREE concert is a boat-only event, no land access is available. Long Island musicians perform Motown, reggae and more from atop of the lighthouse. Rain date is Sunday, September 3.
Kids Concert at Hoyt Farm — Commack
Hoyt Farm Park Preserve, 200 New Highway
July 21, 7:30pm
The Smithtown Recreation Department presents its FREE concert program for kids. Elementary-grade children are welcome to enjoy this one special show. All residents, including parents, are welcome to attend.
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Enjoy some magical "Musical Moments" in Kings Park.
Musical Moments in Kings Park — Kings Park
Russ Savatt Park, Main Street
Fridays through August 26, 7:30pm
The summer series features local musicians such as Stagecoach, The Acoustix, Copy Cat, and The New Yorkers. Families are welcome to bring their own picnics or enjoy local restaurants. Concerts are canceled on rainy days.
Nesconset's Summer Concerts — Nesconset
The Gazebo at Neconset Plaza, 127 Smithtown Boulevard
Tuesdays, July 11- August 15, 7:30pm
Raffles, family fun and live music are part of this concert series. Guests can expect to hear jazz as well as tunes from the 70s and 90s.
Northport Harbor Family Nights — Northport
Main Street, Northport Village Park
Tuesdays, August 1 and August 8, 6:30pm
Enjoy two jam-packed evenings of music, sidewalk sales, and family fun, including scavenger hunts and contests.
Port Jefferson's Sunset Concerts — Port Jefferson
Harborfront Park, Port Jefferson
Wednesdays, July 5-August 30, 6:30pm
Enjoy concerts at the Jeanne Garant Harborfront Park every Wednesday. In the event of rain, concerts move to the first floor of the Village Center. Acts such as the Bryan Gallo Band, Como Brothers and Hungrytown perform.
Stony Brook Summer Concerts — Stony Brook
Stony Brook Village Center, Main Street, along the harbor
Sundays, July 10-August 28, 7pm
In addition to a season of live music, nine "Long Island's Got Talent" semifinalists perform and audience members vote for their favorite. No rain dates.
Summerfest Concerts — Northport
Patio at the Dock, Northport Village Park
Fridays through September 1, 7pm
The waterside commons area features a playground, chess tables, and live music at the bandshell. Weather permitting, enjoy folk, bluegrass, blues, ska, new age and jazz.
Summer Concerts at The Bellport Bandshell — Bellport Village
Fridays through September 2, 8pm
This series features jazz, R&B, classical, western, calypso, doo wop, and modern rock. In the event of rain, concerts will be held at the Bellport Community Center, 4 Bell Street, Bellport.
Summer Concert Series — Lake Grove
Lifestyle Village at 313 Smith Haven Mall
Thursdays, July 6-September 21
This FREE and newly expanded summer concert series includes a variety of tribute and cover bands playing classic rock. Families are encouraged to bring their own seating. FREE parking is available.
Village of Lindenhurst Free Summer Concert Series — Lindenhurst
Village Square Park, 430 S. Wellwood Avenue
Saturdays through August 27, 7:30pm (other dates as well)
The village hosts its annual FREE summer series. Picnics are welcome, and there are a number of restaurants within walking distance of the park.
Wednesdays in the Park — Sayville
The Common Ground at Rotary Park, Gillette and Candee Avenues
Wednesdays, June 28-August 23, 7pm
Bands include a Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers tribute band, and other pop, rock, blues and jazz artists. In the event of rain, concerts are held the next day, Thursday.
The East End
Concerts at the Park — Southampton
Agawam Park and Cooper's Beach
Wednesdays, July 3-August 30, 6:30pm (with some other dates)
This annual series of concerts organized by the Southampton Cultural Center celebrates its 32nd season. The lineup includes bands such as Chiclettes, Bobo Quartet, Billboard Live, Center Stage, and others.
East Quogue Village Green Concert Series — East Quogue
East Quogue Park, 630 Montauk Highway
Tuesdays, June 27-August 1, 7pm
In addition to great music, there is a playground on site and two ice cream trucks on premises. FREE parking is available on Lewis Road and Montauk Highway.
Monday Night Concert on the Green — Montauk
742 Montauk Highway
Mondays, June 26-August 28, 6:30pm (August shows start at 6pm.)
Families can enjoy free concerts at the gazebo in Montauk. Bring a blanket, and beach chair and enjoy the sounds of local performers. This series features reggae, rock, surf blues, and classic rock.
Southold Summer Concerts — Southold
Town Green, at Silversmith's Corner Park (Youngs Avenue and Route 25)
Wednesdays, June 25-August 20, 7:30pm
Performances showcase a variety of musical styles under the park's gazebo in the heart of Southold.
Top photo: Planting Fields Arboretum's summer concerts are sure to get everyone dancing. Unless otherwise noted, photos courtesy of the venues.