Whether you live in New York City, you're in New York City searching for a new home or just visiting, you cannot afford to miss the joys of this amazing metropolis in the summer.
From Bryant Park to Lincoln Center, Central Park, Hudson River Park, Uni0on Square Park and many others, there are musical performances and free outdoor films (including the HBO Bryant Park Film Festival and RiverWalk Film Festival) beneath the stars all summer long.
Amazing concerts such as:
• New York Philharmonic in the Parks Free!
From June 24- July 15, 2008 the New York Philharmonic will perform in New York City parks.
• Metropolitan Opera in the Parks Free!
On June 20, 2008 the Metropolitan Opera will perform in Prospect Park.
• Naumburg Orchestral Concerts 2008 Free!
The oldest free outdoor concert series in the US, the Naumburg features symphonic and semi-classical music on select Tuesdays and Wednesdays in Central Park's Naumburg Bandshell.
• GMA's Summer Concerts Free!
On Friday mornings in May - August, be a part of Good Morning America's audience in Bryant Park and see popular acts, including the Josh Groban and Chaka Kahn.
• Broadway in Bryant Park Free!
On Thursdays at 12:30 from July 10 - August 14, see performances from popular Broadway shows live in Bryant Park.
• 50th Annual Washington Square Music Festival Free!
On select Tuesdays in July (and one Saturday in June) you can enjoy this free outdoor concert series.
• Mad Sq Music Free!
Free concerts on select Wednesday nights at 7 p.m. from June 18 - August 6, 2008.
• Free For All At Town Hall Free!
Free classical concerts at Town Hall on Sundays in April and May. Free tickets are distributed beginning at noon on the day of the concert.
• Mostly Mozart
The 40th Season of this Lincoln Center series dedicated to the works of Mozart runs from July 29-August 23, 2008.
• Lincoln Center Festival
Ballet, music, dance, and more are featured throughout the festival which runs from July 2-27, 2008. Some free events.
• JVC JazzFest
From June 15-28, 2008 the JVC Jazz Festival will be in New York City. There are free events, as well as a series of shows at popular venues.
• Summer in the Square Free!
On Wednesdays, June 19 - August 14, 2008 Union Square is host to a lunchtime concerts, afternoon yoga classes and evening performances.
• Lincoln Center Out Of Doors Free!
Over 100 different events including world music, internationally acclaimed dance, cutting-edge performances, special events, cool jazz, and fun for kids from August 7-24, 2008.
• Clinton Concert Series Free!
See free concerts in Clinton Cove Park at 55th Street and Pier 84 at 44th Street on select Monday evenings from June - September.
• Cityparks Concerts Free!
In July & August, free concerts will be held at many of New York City's neighborhood parks
• River Rocks Free!
Check out these free concerts on Pier 54 in Hudson River Park (at 14th Street) on July 10, 31, and August 14, 2008.
• Summergarden Free!
Concerts presented in the MoMA Sculpture Garden every other Sunday evening July 6 - August 24.
• Summer Jazz
Enjoy jazz concerts at the Scandinavia House in June and July. Admission $12-15.
Awaiting 2008 Updates
• River To River Festival Free!
From May to September, the Downtown NYC River to River Festival features a variety of musical performances, as well as movies, readings and more.
• Charlie Parker Jazz Festival Free!
On Saturday August 25 and Sunday August 26, experience the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival in two Manhattan parks where Parker lived and worked.
• Seaside Concert Series Free!
On Thursday evenings at 7:30 p.m. in Asser Levy Park from July 12 - August 23, check out popular musical acts like Liza Minnelli and Al Green.
• Martin Luther Jr. Concert Series Free!
On Monday evenings at Wingate Field check out these free concerts featuring top R&B, soul, reggae and gospel performers.
• Broadway Under the Stars Free!
On June 26 at 8 p.m. Broadway performers and a full orchestra will entertain the audience on Central Park's Great Lawn with music and choreography from popular Broadway shows.
Central Park and Shakespeare in the Park, the museums ( the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Guggenheim, the Whitney and many others), Times Square, Broadway shows (see a Broadway show where the proceeds go to keep children safe) or purchase tickets at www.ticketmaster.com , walking tours, Little Italy, Chinatown, the shopping, nightlife, arts and entertainment, a Yankees or Mets game, street fairs and the myriad of restaurants await you.
Summer in New York City offers dining at some of the most incredible restaurants including outdoor sidewalk dining. NYC Restaurant Week Summer 2008 takes place during July 21 -25th and July 28th - August 1st offers the best prices in town for dining at the best restaurants.
And from May 15, 2008- August 8, 2008 - Private Dining Discount at the '21' Club 21 West 52nd Street | 212-582-1400 Receive a 15% reduction on food and beverage pricing when you book and hold an event in one of our ten private rooms now through August 8, 2008. Please mention this offer from nycvisit.com at time of booking. Visit www.21club.com/nycevents for complete terms and conditions.
No matter what your reason for spending time in New York City this summer, New York has much to offer!
Enjoy your summer in New york City!!!