The long days of summer are well spent listening to tunes and watching dance and theatrical performances in the great outdoor spaces of New York City. A wide variety of summer concerts and performances take place all summer long.
Excellent options for enjoying music on summer evenings. All events below are free and open to the public.
Central Park SummerStage has music, dance, and theatre events on afternoons and evenings from June through September.
The performances are held outdoors and most are free. The events have concessions stands but you can bring your own food and drinks as well.
All Mainstage events are held at Rumsey Playfield in Central Park (Enter the park at East 72nd Street off Fifth Avenue).
Madison Square Park hosts laid-back family friendly events all summer.
Join after-work business people and families with kids for the Oval Lawn Series Concerts on Wednesday nights in June and July.
For a more kid-oriented affair, try the Madison Square Kids Concerts, on Tuesday and Thursday mornings.
Listening to free opera music is a lovely way to spend the evenings of your summer in New York City. The Met Opera provides great opportunities to do just that.
Want a cheap and easy way to see Broadway musical talent?
Look no further than Broadway in Bryant Park on Thursdays at lunchtime during the summer.
The lunch hour shows attract large crowds of business people, families, and tourists. As long as you're in the park you won't have trouble hearing the hit songs, although finding a chair is a different matter.
The Washington Square Music Festival in the middle of Greenwich Village features four evenings of free outdoor classical music concerts.
Depending on the night, you may be treated to opera, vocals, orchestra, or jazz in beautiful Washington Square Park. The concerts take place on Tuesday evenings.
Lincoln Center is a world-famous center of performing arts. During the summer months, it's easier and cheaper to experience the arts.
Perhaps you would like to add a little Shakespeare to your summer evening? Both options below are free.
Every summer The Public Theatre puts on free performances of Shakespeare at the Delacorte Theatre in Central Park. The plays for Summer 2015 are The Tempest and Cymbeline. They are performed during the evenings.
The scenes take place in different locations and the audience moves with the actors, so come prepared to walk. This performance series is less well-known than Shakespeare in the Park but has some nice advantages – no lines and no reservations required.