Free Concerts This Summer in NYC

Let’s face it, concert tickets are expensive! If you’re backpacking or visiting another city, you know you’ve got a set budget. To go overboard one day could cost you all the fun activities you were planning on the next day. And it’s not just the tickets but getting from one place to another costs money too! But we’ve got hacks for everything!

You could see some really good bands/artists perform at select venues for free! If you feel like unwinding one day but don’t feel like throwing a major chunk of your savings on a Selena Gomez concert, here’s your summer guide to the best free concerts!

All you gotta do is get on a bus from Syracuse to NYC this summer!


  • Who: Liam Payne & J Balvin

The ex One Direction member teams up with a Colombian reggae singer for a new sound.

Where: Summer Stage, Central Park

When: May 15


  • Who: Tiakoza Japanese Drummers

A bunch of Japanese artists on drums and bamboo flutes.

Where: Van Cortlandt Park

When: May 19


  • Who: Sting and Shaggy

Seriously!? Do we really need to explain!? An unmissable, legendary night.

Where: Summer Stage, Central Park

When: May 25


  • Who: Halsey

The voice behind the hit song ‘Closer’ by The Chainsmokers.

Where: Summer Stage, Central Park

When: June 1


  • Who: Gregory Porter/ Victory

A different kind of sound, jazz meets gospel. You be the judge!

Where: Rumsey Playfield, Central Park

When: June 2


  • Who: Common

A new approach to traditional and millennial hip-hop.

Where: Prospect Park Bandshell

When: June 5


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