The Redhawk Native American Arts Council has already put on a kid-friendly performance at Lincoln Center's Restart Stages. Photo by Richard Termine
The Redhawk Native American Arts Council has already put on a kid-friendly performance at Lincoln Center's Restart Stages. Photo by Richard Termine

Best Outdoor Summer Concerts and Performances for NYC Kids in 2021

We're beyond ready for the return of what makes summer in NYC so special: loads of outdoor, family-friendly, (and mostly FREE) performances. So, we're rounding up all the best concerts and outdoor shows in June, July, and August, sure to keep the kids grooving all summer long.

Concerts for kids are popping up in parks, playgrounds, piers, and plazas across the five boroughs, so scroll, click, and set reminders so you don't miss your favorites. We're overjoyed to see favorite annual series, like Summer on the Hudson Playdates returning, and anticipating the action-packed calendar of live entertainment at Little Island and Lincoln Center. Be sure to bookmark our Event Calendar for family-friendly entertainment and outings all summer long

Editor's note: While we are trying to promote safer activities that occur outdoors or with social distancing guidelines in place, please keep your family and others safe by always wearing a mask and practicing social distancing. If you arrive at an event that appears too crowded, try using the “nearby” search feature on our Event Calendar to find something else to do. Please plan your outings in advance, as many venues require timed-entry tickets or reservations to limit crowd size.

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