summer is upon us and that means the parks, plazas and waterfronts become venues for more music, theater, and dance than you can shake at stick at, but it's always fun to try. here's a compiled list of the more major festivals that grace our fine city, like city parks summerstage, celebrate brooklyn, the river to river festival, take me to the river festival, the bryant park and brooklyn bridge park film festivals and a large list of free outdoor theater festivals and venues.
the main factor is that everything is free!
the full list after the jump...
CITY PARKS SUMMER STAGE
CENTRAL PARK MAINSTAGE
July 15 8:00pm Dance: Armitage Gone Dance / Dance Grand Moultrie
July 16 8:00pm Dance: Armitage Gone Dance / Dance Grand Moultrie
July 17 7:00pm Music: Pink Martini
July 23 8:00pm Dance: Keigwin + Company / Creative Outlet Dance Theatre of Brooklyn
July 24 3:00pm Music: Marcello D2 / Pitty / DJ Nuts
July 27 7:00pm Music: Wanda Jackson / Imelda May
July 30 8:00pm Dance: Forces of Nature Dance Theatre / Cecilia Marta Dance Company
Aug 6 7:00pm Music: Shelebration! A Tribute to the Works of Shel Silverstein
Aug 7 3:00pm Music: Friendly Fires / The Naked and Famous / Cults
Aug 10 7:00pm Music and Film: Joe Bataan / Johnny Colon / "We Like It Like That"
Aug 13 3:00pm Music: Henry Santos
Aug 14 3:00pm Music: Donald Lawrence and special guests
Aug 17 8:00pm Theatre: "Sangre"
Aug 20 3:00pm Music: Tiken Jah Fakoly / Meta and The Cornerstones
Aug 21 3:00pm Music: Rakim / EPMD / Funkmaster Flex
Aug 28 3:00pm Music: Jagged Edge / Avant / Melanie Fiona
QUEENS QUEENSBRIDGE PARK
July 19 7:00pm Music: Kool Moe Dee
July 20 7:00pm Music: Harold Melvin's Blue Notes
July 21 7:00pm Music: Funkmaster Flex plus special guests
July 22 7:00pm Dance: Creative Outlet Dance Theatre of Broolklyn / Waheed Works
July 24 3:00pm Queen's Family Dance
QUEENS SOCRATES SCULPTURE PARK
July 26 7:00pm Music: The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital
QUEENS SPRINGFIELD PARK
July 26 7:00pm Music: Donell Jones / Oliva
July 27 7:00pm Music: Hezekiah Walker
July 28 7:00pm Music: Chrisette Michelle
July 29 8:00pm Theater: "Tunde's Trumpet"
July 30 8:00pm Theater: "Tunde's Trumpet"
MANHATTAN JACKIE ROBINSON PARK
July 28 7:00pm Music: The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital
STATEN ISLAND TAPPEN PARK
Aug 2 7:00pm Music: Sugarhill Gang
Aug 3 7:00pm Music: The Budos Band
Aug 4 7:00pm Music: Andy Cooney
MANHATTAN MARCUS GARVEY PARK
Aug 5 8:00pm Theatre: "Henry V"
Aug 6 8:00pm Theatre: "Henry V"
Aug 7 8:00pm Theatre: "Tunde's Trumpet"
Aug 8 8:00pm Theatre: "Tunde's Trumpet"
Aug 9 7:00pm Music: Rob Base / Funkmaster Flex
Aug 10 7:00pm Music: Vashawn Mitchell
Aug 11 7:00pm Music: Ryaan Leslie
Aug 12 7:00pm Dance: Forces of Nature Dance Theatre / Dash Ensemble
Aug 13 7:00pm Dance: Celilia Marta Dance Company / Francine E Ott / The Walk
MANHATTAN HIGHBRIDGE PARK
Aug 16 7:00pm Music: Bachata Heightz
Aug 17 7:00pm Music: Henry Santos
Aug 18 7:00pm Music: Andy Andy
MANHATTAN EAST RIVER PARK
Aug 19 7:00pm Dance: Dre. Dance / White Wave Young Soon Kim Dance Company
Aug 20 7:00pm Dance: Step Afrika / Border Crossing Collective
Aug 23 7:00pm Music: Tito Rojas
Aug 24 7:00pm Music: The Cold Crush Brothers
Aug 25 7:00pm Music: Wavves
Aug 27 8:00pm Theater: "Henry V"
Aug 28 8:00pm Theater: "Henry V"
Aug 29 8:00pm Theater: "Henry V"
Aug 30 8:00pm Theater: "Oedipus Rex"
Aug 31 8:00pm Theater: "Seven Against Thebes"
Sept 1 8:00pm Theater: "Oedipus Rex"
Sept 2 8:00pm Theater: "Seven Against Thebes"
July 14 7:00pm Music: Frankie Gavins & De Dannan / Liam O Maonlai
July 15 7:30pm Music: Shirley Caesar / Vy Higginsen's Gospel for Teens Choir
July 16 4:00pm Music: Dan Zanes w The Brooklyn Youth Orchestra
July 21 8:00pm Film and Dance: West Side Story Dance & Sing-Along
July 22 7:00pm Music: Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 / Faaji Agba
July 23 7:00pm Music: The Feelies / Real Estate / Times New Viking
July 28 8:00pm Dance: Mark Morris Dance Group w Brooklyn Philharmonic
July 29 7:30pm Music: Oumou Sangare / Bassam Saba
July 30 6:30pm Music: Dr John & The Lower 911 / Chuck Brown / Red Baraat
Aug 4 7:00pm Music and Film: The Complete Metropolis w Alloy Orchestra / Marika Hughes
Aug 5 7:00pm Music: Ra Ra Riot / Delicate Steve / Buke and Gass
Aug 6 8:00pm Dance: Ailey II Revelations
CONEY ISLAND SEASIDE SUMMER CONCERTS
Concerts moved from Asser Levy Park to West 21st Street and Surf Avenue (previously occupied by Barnum & Bailey circus).
July 14 7:30pm Joan Jett and The Blackhearts / Girl In A Coma
July 21 7:30pm The Monkees / Jay Black
July 28 7:30pm Mary Wilson (of the Supremes) / The Spinners
Aug 4 7:30pm Mystery Night (TBA one week before show)
Aug 11 7:30pm Annual Latino Music By The Sea TBA / Maria Torres Dancers
Aug 18 7:30pm Cheap Trick / Newyorkestra
CENTRAL PARK NAUMBURG BANDSHELL
July 26 7:30pm The Matt Herskowitz Trio
Aug 9 7:30pm Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players
Aug 22 7:30pm The Knights
CENTRAL PARK HARLEM MEER
Sundays 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
July 17 The Ebony Hillbillies (String Band)
July 24 Pucci Amanda Jhones with the J.B.E.R. Quartet (Jazz Vocals)
July 31 Willie Villegas y Entre Amigos (Classic Salsa)
Aug 7 The Steven Kroon Sextet (Latin Jazz)
Aug 14 Charansalsa (Salsa)
Aug 21 Sounds of Deliverance (Gospel)
Aug 28 The Dennis Day Ensemble (Soul Jazz)
Sept 4 The Pedrito Martinez Group (Afro-Cuban Percussion)
SUMMER IN THE OVAL
Peter Cooper Village / Stuyvesant Town
July 16 4:00pm World Music and Food Fair
July 23 4:00pm Theater: Theatre On The Oval
July 30 4:00pm Music: Music Festival
Sept 7 7:00pm Movie: Cabaret
Sept 14 7:00pm Movie: Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery
Sept 21 7:00pm Movie: The Devil Wears Prada
MADISON SQUARE PARK CONSERVANCY
July 15 7:00pm Music: Christian McBride & Inside Straight
July 27 7:00pm Music: David Wax Museum
Aug 3 7:00pm Music: Pedrito Martinez Group
Aug 10 7:00pm Music: Davell Crawford Tribute to Ray Charles
BRYANT PARK FILM FESTIVAL
Lawn opens at 5:00pm; movie at sunset.
July 18 In The Heat of the Night
July 25 The Lady Eve
Aug 1 Cool Hand Luke
Aug 8 Airplane!
Aug 15 High Sierra
Aug 22 Dirty Harry
BROOKLYN BRIDGE PARK FILM FESTIVAL
Pier 1 Harbor View LawnMusic at 6:00pm; movie at sunset.
July 14 Ghostbusters
July 21 Sweet Smell of Success
July 28 Basquiat
Aug 4 An American Tail
Aug 11 Breakfast at Tiffany's
Aug 18 Crooklyn
Aug 25 Rosemary's Baby
EPIX MOVIE FREE-FOR-ALL
EAST VILLAGE TOMPKINS SQUARE PARK
July 14 Film: The Warriors
July 21 Film: Star Trek
July 28 Film: Arthur
Aug 4 Film: The Pope of Greenwich Village
Aug 11 Film: Kick-Ass
Aug 18 Film: Rosemary's Baby
Aug 25 Film: The Godfather
Sept 1 Film: Stake Land
CONEY ISLAND LUNA PARK
July 18 Film: Rango
July 25 Film: Top Gun
Aug 1 Film: Iron Man 2
Aug 8 Film: Annie Hall
Aug 15 Film: Moonstruck
Aug 22 Film: Justin Beiber: Never Say Never
Aug 29 Film: How She Move
BROOKLYN MCCARREN PARK
July 20 Film: Ghost World
July 27 Film: Ferris Bueller's Day Off
Aug 3 Film: Clueless
Aug 10 Film: Jurassic Park
QUEENS SOCRATES PARK
July 20 Film: Caramel
July 27 Film: The Good, The Bad, The Weird
Aug 3 Film: The Straight Story
Aug 10 Film: At The Edge of Russia
Aug 17 Film: Biutiful
Aug 24 Film: Backyard Band w/ Silent Film Festival
BROOKLYN WILLIAMSBURG WATERFRONT
July 26 5:30pm Eugene Mirman and Pretty Good Friends w/ They Might Be Giants
TAKE ME TO THE RIVER FESTIVAL
July 15 7:00pm Music: David Ippolito
July 19 6:30pm Classical: Mannes College The New School for Music
July 22 7:00pm Music: David Ippolito
July 26 6:30pm Jazz: The New School for Jazz & Contemporary Music
July 29 7:00pm Music: David Ippolito
Aug 2 6:30pm Classical: Mannes College The New School for Music
Aug 5 7:00pm Music: David Ippolito
Aug 9 6:30pm Jazz: The New School for Jazz & Contemporary Music
Aug 12 7:00pm Music: David Ippolito
Aug 16 6:30pm Classical: Mannes College The New School for Music
Aug 19 7:00pm Music: David Ippolito
July 15 8:30pm Movie: Despicable Me
July 22 8:30pm Movie: The Princess Bride
July 29 8:30pm Movie: Toy Story 3
Aug 5 8:30pm Movie: How To Train Your Dragon
Aug 12 8:30pm Movie: Shrek Forever After
Aug 19 8:30pm Movie: Tangled
July 20 8:30pm Movie: The Kids Are All Right
July 27 8:30pm Movie: The Other Guys
Aug 3 8:30pm Movie: The Fighter
Aug 10 8:30pm Movie: Scott Pilgrim vs. The World
Aug 17 8:30pm Movie: The Town
July 14 6:00pm Music: tUnE-yArDs with Austra
July 28 6:00pm Music: Metronomy with Class Actress
Aug 11 6:00pm Music: Deer Tick
July 17 7:00pm Moondance: Los Hermanos Colon
July 24 7:00pm Moondance: Octavio Brunetti's Apeadero Sur Tango Orchestra
July 31 7:00pm Moondance: Nu D'Lux Salsa
Aug 7 7:00pm Moondance: George Gee Swing Orchestra
RIVER TO RIVER FESTIVAL
WORLD FINANCIAL CENTER
July 14 12:30pm Dance: Third Rail Projects, Looking Glass
July 14 6:00pm Dance: Michael Moschen Triangle / STREB / Australia's Strange Fruit
July 15 12:00pm Dance: Michael Moschen Triangle / STREB / Australia's Strange Fruit
July 15 6:00pm Dance: Michael Moschen Triangle / STREB / Australia's Strange Fruit
July 16 2:00pm Dance: Michael Moschen Triangle / STREB / Australia's Strange Fruit
July 16 4:00pm Dance: Michael Moschen Triangle / STREB / Australia's Strange Fruit
July 16 6:00pm Dance: Michael Moschen Triangle / STREB / Australia's Strange Fruit
July 15 7:00pm Music: The Radio Dept. with Asobi Seksu
July 17 2:00pm Music: Hospitality
July 14 7:00pm Music: Patti Smith and Her Band
LINCOLN CENTER OUT OF DOORS
Jul 27 Afternoon Billy Bragg: The Big Busk; Various outdoor locations
Jul 27 7:30pm Billy Bragg: The Big Busk; Damrosch Park Bandshell
Jul 27 9:30pm Eiko & Koma: Water; Paul Milstein Pool, Hearst Plaza
Jul 28 7:30pm 3 Pianos / Taylor Made; Damrosch Park Bandshell
Jul 28 9:30pm Eiko & Koma: Water; Paul Milstein Pool, Hearst Plaza
Jul 29 7:30pm Don Byron New Gospel Quintet; Damrosch Park Bandshell
Jul 29 9:30pm Eiko & Koma: Water; Paul Milstein Pool, Hearst Plaza
Jul 30 1:00pm The Ponderosa Stomp: Girl Talk (symposium); David Rubenstein Atrium
Jul 30 4:30pm Double Dutch Divas; Josie Robertson Plaza
Jul 30 5:00pm Ponderosa Stomp: She's Got the Power! A Girl Group Extravaganza;
Damrosch Park Bandshell
Jul 30 9:30pm Eiko & Koma: Water; Paul Milstein Pool, Hearst Plaza
Jul 31 2:00pm Family Day Rhythm and ROOTS 360; Hearst Plaza
Jul 31 3:30pm Family Day Stax Music Academy; Hearst Plaza
Jul 31 5:00pm Family Day Vy Higginsen's Gospel for Teens; Hearst Plaza
Jul 31 7:00pm Mavis Staples / The Relatives; Damrosch Park Bandshell
Jul 31 9:30pm Eiko & Koma: Water; Paul Milstein Pool, Hearst Plaza
Aug 3 6:30pm Asphalt Orchestra; Plazas throughout Lincoln Center
Aug 3 7:30pm Trey McIntyre Project and Preservation Hall Jazz Band; Damrosch Park Bandshell
Aug 4 6:30pm Raya Brass Band; Broadway Plaza
Aug 4 7:30pm Malkit Singh / Dengue Fever; Damrosch Park Bandshell
Aug 5 7:30pm Mujeres de Agua by JAVIER LIMÓN; Damrosch Park Bandshell
Aug 6 12:00pm La Casita Music and spoken word performances; Hearst Plaza Stage
Aug 6 6:30pm Natural Expression Rhythm Band; Josie Robertson Plaza
Aug 6 7:30pm Grupo Folklorico y Experimental Nuevayorquiño / François Ladrezo & Alka Omeka; Damrosch Park Bandshell
Aug 7 1:00pm Heritage Sunday: Desconocido: El Otro Lado del Colombia / Unknown: The Other Side of Colombia; Hearst Plaza Stage
Aug 7 7:30pm Live from the Continent / Blitz The Ambassador / Spoek Mathambo; Damrosch Park Bandshell
Aug 10 6:00-7:30pm Spike's Side Show; Plazas throughout Lincoln Center
Aug 10 7:30pm Laurie Anderson and Friends; Damrosch Park Bandshell
Aug 11 6:00pm MarchFourth Marching Band; Josie Robertson Plaza
Aug 11 7:00pm David Dorfman Dance featuring The Family Stone; Damrosch Park Bandshell
Aug 12 7:30pm Tan Dun conducting the Metropolis Ensemble; Damrosch Park Bandshell
Aug 13 - Aug 14
28th Annual Roots of American Music Festival; Plazas throughout Lincoln Center
METROPOLITAN OPERA IN THE PARKS SUMMER RECITALS
July 11, 8:00 pm Central Park SummerStage, Manhattan
July 13, 7:00 pm Brooklyn Bridge Park, Brooklyn
July 19 7:00 pm Crotona Park, Bronx
July 21, 7:00 pm Clove Lakes Park, Staten Island
July 26 7:00 pm Socrates Sculpture Park, Queens
July 28 7:00 pm Jackie Robinson Park, Manhattan
GOOD MORNING AMERICA SUMMER CONCERT SERIES
Central Park Rumsey Playfield
Park opens 6:00am; concert during show taping.
July 15 Brad Paisley
July 22 Goo Goo Dolls
July 29 Debbie Gibson and Tiffany
Aug 5 Nicki Minaj
Aug 12 American Idol Top 11
Aug 19 Taio Cruz
Aug 26 TBD
Sept 2 Mary J Blige
THE TODAY SHOW SUMMER CONCERT SERIES
Concert during show taping; must get fan passes.
July 17 Chris Brown
July 22 Ce-Lo Green
July 29 Journey
Aug 5 Maroon 5
Aug 12 Zac Brown Band
Aug 19 Enrique Iglesias
Aug 26 Train
Sept 2 Lenny Kravitz
HUDSON SQUARE MUSIC AND WINE FEST
http://www.citywinery.com/hudsonbbqTuesday evenings from 5:30 to 7:30 in the City Winery parking lot.
July 19 Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra
July 26 Forro in the Dark
Aug 2 CCB Reggae All-Stars
Aug 9 Nicole Atkins
Aug 16 The Wood Brothers
OUTDOOR THEATER FESTIVALS AND VENUES
Boomerang Theater Company
"Much Ado About Nothing" in Central Park near the Bridle Path.
June 18 - July 18
Classical Theater of Harlem
"Henry V" in Mount Morris Park, Harlem.
Aug 5 - Sept 4
Faux-Real Theatre Company
Aeschylus' "Seven Against Thebes" and Sophocles' "Oedipus Rex" in East River Park.
Aug 30 - Sept 2
Hip-Hop Theater Company
"Much Ado About Nothing" and "Othello" in eight Queens parks.
Aug 2 - Aug 30
Chekhov's "The Seagull"
July 7 - July 31
"The Taming of the Shrew"
Aug 4 - Aug 28
all at the North Patio of the Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument in Riverside Park.
Inwood Shakespeare Festival
July 20 - Aug 6
at the Inwood Hill Park Peninsula.
Manhattan Shakespeare Project
"Henry V" (all female cast)
June 16 - July 17
at Summit Rock, Central Park; Sunset Park, Brooklyn; St Nicholas Park, Harlem.
New York Classical Theater
July 6 - July 24
at Battery Park and Governor's Island with boat transportation provided.
July 7 - 22
July 9 and 16
at The Old Stone House, Park Slope Brooklyn.
Pulse Ensemble Theater
"As You Like It"
July 14 - Aug 6
at Riverbank State Park, Harlem.
Shakespeare In The Park
"Measure For Measure" and "All's Well That Ends Well"
June 6 - July 30
at the Delacorte Theater, Central Park.
Shakespeare In The Parking Lot
"The Comedy of Errors"
July 7 - July 23
July 28 - Aug 13
in a Lower East Side parking lot.
"Romeo and Juliet"
at Pier 1, Brooklyn Bridge Park.
Xoregos Performing Company
July 23 - Aug 13
at 13 locations in 4 boroughs.
THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY SUMMER STREET TOUR
Aug 6 2:00pm Manhattan, E10th St at 1st Ave
Aug 7 2:00pm Bronx, St Mary's Park 147th St at St Ann's Ave
Aug 13 2:00pm Manhattan, Jackie Robinson Park, W147th at Brahurst Ave
Aug 14 2:00pm Brooklyn, Bed-Stuy, Marcy Ave at Tompkins
Aug 19 8:00pm Brooklyn, Coney Island Boardwalk at W 10th St
Aug 20 2:00pm Manhattan, W 90th St at Columbus Ave
Aug 21 2:00pm Manhattan, Central Park Bandshell
Aug 27 2:00pm Brooklyn, Sunset Park 44th St and 6th Ave
Aug 28 2:00pm Queens, Jackson Heights 34th Ave at 77th St
Sep 10 2:00pm Manhattan, Tompkins Square Park, E 7th St at Ave A
Sep 11 2:00pm Manhattan, Washington Square Park
Sep 17 2:00pm Staten Island, Tompkins Ave at Broad St
Set 18 2:00pm Manhattan, St Mark's Church, E 10th St at 2nd Ave