Entertainment Summer concerts NYC: Where to hear outdoor music By Georgia Kral Updated June 15, 2016 9:19 AM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email Summer and music in NYC go perfectly together. And there are so many places to take in the sounds of the season. Here are our favorite spots: SummerStage Photo Credit: <a target=new href="http://bit.ly/20vdaSY"> Michael Galpert via Flickr (CC BY-SA)</a> It doesn't get much more quintessential than summer in Central Park. SummerStage was founded in 1986 to take advantage of the park's nature-like feeling and to bring music to the masses. Today it's one of the biggest outdoor festivals in the city, and features both free and benefit concerts. It even recently expanded to the five boroughs, hosting events and concerts in parks across NYC. 69th Street and Fifth Ave. More info at summerstage.org 2016 highlights: Indigo Girls and Lucy Wainwright Roche (June 27), The Feelies and Beach Fossils (July 18), Ryan Adams & The Shining (July 20), Garbage (Aug. 1), Tony Vega (Aug. 11, East River Park in Manhattan) BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival Photo Credit: Ryan Muir Celebrate Brooklyn! is a little edgy and a lot Brooklyn! Concerts are held at the bandshell in Prospect Park and some are suggested donation, some are paid benefit shows. (Celebrate Brooklyn! also hosts dance parties at Brooklyn Bridge Park in DUMBO.) Prospect Park West and 11th Street. More info at: bricartsmedia.org 2016 highlights: Red Baraat & Friends, DJ Rekha, Heems, Bhi Bhiman & more (July 7), Femi Kuti, Bombino (July 22), Digable Planets, Camp Lo (July 30), The Lumineers, Langhorne Slim & the Law (Aug. 3), Herbie Hancock (Aug. 11). Jacob Riis Park Photo Credit: Riis Park Beach Bazaar via Facebook For the second summer, concerts, food and events will be taking place in the bathhouse at Jacob Riis Park, a giant Art Deco structure at the Queens beach. The property had been abandoned for many years, but was reborn in 2015 as the Riis Park Beach Bazaar when the popular Brooklyn Night Bazaar signed a five-year lease with Gateway National Recreation Area to host the events. 157 Rockaway Beach Blvd., Rockaway Park, Queens. More info: riisparkbeachbazaar.com The Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk Photo Credit: Anthony Lanzilote The newest concert hall in NYC is the Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk. Shows will be held on a stage that also converts to an indoor music hall when summer is over. (Take a look at the amphitheater under construction at amny.com/ent). 3052 W. 21st St., Coney Island, coneyislandlive.com 2016 highlights: Sting and Peter Gabriel (July 3), Jane's Addiction and Dinosaur Jr. (July 15), Dark Star Orchestra (July 31), Erykah Badu (Aug. 3) and Rick Springfield (Aug. 18). Forest Hills Stadium Photo Credit: Doug Kuntz Forest Hills Stadium was renovated and reopened under new ownership in 2013, after years of disuse. At one time it was called the West Side Tennis Club in Forest Hills and was even home to the U.S. Open. This outdoor venue is a classic. 1 Tennis Place, Forest Hills, Queens. More info: foresthillsstadium.com 2016 highlights: Mumford & Sons (June 16 and 17), Dolly Parton (June 25), Paul Simon (June 30 and July 1) and Bob Dylan and His Band (July 8). Randall's Island Park Photo Credit: The Governors Ball Music Festival via Facebook Home to big festivals like the Governors Ball (now over) and the new Panorama Festival (July 22-24), Randall's Island hosts some of the biggest bands currently playing music. At Panorama, get down with Kendrick Lamar, LCD Soundsystem and Blood Orange. More info: randallsisland.org Lincoln Center Out of Doors at Damrosch Park Bandshell Photo Credit: <a target=new href="http://bit.ly/245SD8g"> Ian Muttoo via Flickr (CC BY-SA)</a> Lincoln Center Out of Doors is held every summer and features all types of events, including live music. The fest, held in Damrosch Park, runs this year from July 20 - Aug. 7. Amsterdam Ave. and W. 62nd St.. More info: lcoutofdoors.org 2016 highlights: Words and Music with Patti Smith and Lenny Kaye (July 20), AFROPUNK's Girrrl Riot (July 27), Global Beat of the Bronx (July 24), M. Ward (Aug. 5) MoMA PS1 Warm Up Photo Credit: Charles Roussel Warm Up is one of the biggest outdoor summer parties at a museum in the city, presenting bands and DJs all summer long in the the PS1 courtyard. The lineups feature experimental musicians and DJs from all over the world. Cocktails and food are available at the museum's in-house restaurant, M. Wells Dinette. Saturdays through Aug. 27. PS1, 22-25 Jackson Ave., Long Island City. More info: momaps1.org/warmup 2016 highlights: Honey Soundsystem, Nancy Whang and more (June 18), Skream, DBM (Deadboy + Murlo) and Nina Las Vegas (July 16), Joy Orbison + Ben UFO, Hot Chil (DJ Set) and Marcus Marr (Aug. 20). McCarren Park Photo Credit: Getty Images / Mike Lawrie The days of Jelly NYC and the free pool parties with Slip'N Slides are long gone. While the pool has since been renovated and filled with water (or ice for a skating rink in winter), concerts are still held in the park. 776 Lorimer St., .nycgovparks.org 2016 highlights: Silent Disco (June 25) Governors Club on Governors Island Photo Credit: Governors Club via Facebook One of our favorite city destinations is Governors Island. The park features mini golf, ball fields, bikes, hammocks, beer, food and a spectacular view of the harbor and city. Summer concerts on the Island are great. Who wouldn't want to take a ferry to a show on an island in the middle of New York Harbor?! For more info on the park, check govisland.com. Governors Club is the main outdoor venue on the island and is putting on a whole slate of concerts for 2016. More info: governorsclubny.com 2016 highlights: Victor Calderone (July 16), Full Moon Festival featuring Santigold and Pusha T (Aug. 20 and 21) By Georgia Kral Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments We're revamping our Comments section. 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