Best Outdoor Summer Concerts in NYC for Kids in 2022

Pack a picnic for summer concerts in the park during the Bryant Park Picnic Performances season of free outdoor entertainment. Photo by Matthew Eisman
Pack a picnic for summer concerts in the park during the Bryant Park Picnic Performances season of free outdoor entertainment. Photo by Matthew Eisman

Outdoor summer concerts are an annual perk to NYC living, and there are always loads of great, mostly FREE performances to take in. We're rounding up all the best summer concerts in New York City this June, July, and August, which are sure to keep the kids grooving all summer long.

There are summer concerts in the 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 summer concert series, like Summer on the Hudson Play Dates returning, and anticipating the action-packed calendar of live entertainment during the Summer Concerts at the Well Fargo Stage in Hudson Yards and Prospect Park's annual BRIC: Celebrate Brooklyn performance festival.

Of course, you should bookmark our Family Activity Calendar for more family-friendly entertainment all summer long, and you'll find loads of no-cost fun on our list of 100 FREE things to do in NYC this summer with kids.

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Places featured in this article:


Hudson Yards Public Square and Gardens

Pier 25 at Hudson River Park

Central Park - Naumburg Bandshell

Hudson Yards Public Square and Gardens

Josie Robertson Plaza at Lincoln Center

Brooklyn Bridge Park

Josie Robertson Plaza at Lincoln Center

Josie Robertson Plaza at Lincoln Center

Jamaica Performing Arts Center

Archway Under the Bridge

Josie Robertson Plaza at Lincoln Center

Josie Robertson Plaza at Lincoln Center

Josie Robertson Plaza at Lincoln Center

Hudson River Park - Pier 76
Blessing of the Animals and the Feast of Saint Francis
Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine - 10:00 AM Pick
The Medieval Festival at Fort Tryon Park
Fort Tryon Park - 11:30 AM Pick
Art Sundae with Arghavan Khosravi
Rockefeller Center - 11:00 AM Pick
47th Annual Atlantic Antic
Atlantic Avenue - 12:00 PM Pick
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