100 Free Summer Concerts in Queens 2012

NYC is full of great free music and Queens has a wonderful array of lawn sitting free concerts to pick from going on all summer. These concerts are also a great way for families to hang out and have an evening picnic locally. Here is a listing of some of the best free outdoor music in Queens NYC.


Dancing Under the Stars in the Parks:

Not just a concert, this series also involves raffles, face painting, and Latin dance class under the stars.


Music in the Garden at the Noguchi Museum

This program is part of the Noguchi Museum’s Second Sundays program, which takes place on the second Sunday of each month at 3pm. All programs are free with admission. The series runs from Sunday, June 10 through to Sunday, September 9. It features an eclectic mix of modern music players: a double bass player, a postclassical string quartet, a steel pan player, and a guitarist.

When: The Second Sunday of every month, June through September from 3PM-6PM

Where: Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Road (at Vernon Boulevard)


Forest Park Summer Concert Series:

Where: Forest Park, George Seuffert Bandshell, Woodhaven Boulevard and Forest Park Drive


Summer with Satchmo 2012

The Louis Armstrong House Museum will be hosting exciting jazz concerts and special events this summer. Their Hot Jazz/Cool Garden Series happens on the third Saturday of June, July, and August at 2:00 PM. The series will feature traditional jazz bands that play and promote Armstrong’s music. Admission to the concerts is $15 and includes a historic house tour.


PS1’s Warm Up 2012

For the 15th year, PS1 will be presenting its outdoor series which features experimental live music, sound, performance art, and DJs. This series, which is held in PS1’s courtyard, will also feature a temporary urban landscape called Wendy which is basically a giant blue spiky sculpture which provides shade and water. This outdoor series is free for MoMA members and LIC residents.

When: Every Saturday between July 7 and September 8

Where: MoMA PS1, 22-25 Jackson Avenue, at 46th avenue



The City Parks Foundation offers free arts programming through Summer Stage. There are a number of concerts specifically geared towards children. Below is a selection of this year’s performances. See the whole list here.

  • Illstyle and Peace Productions (hip hop dance company) at Rufus King Park on Tuesday, July 10 from 10:30AM to 11:30AM
  • Andes Manta (traditional Andean music) at Rochdale Park on Monday, July 16 from 10:30AM to 11:30AM
  • Big Daddy Kane and Marley Marl (hip hop legends) at Queensbridge Park on Wednesday, July 18 from 7PM to 9PM
  • Queens Family Day at Springfield Park on Sunday, July 29 from 4PM to 7PM
  • The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital at Socrates Scuplture Park on Thursday, August 9 from 7PM to 8:30PM


Mommy, Music & Me, Inc. Music Together

An interactive morning of music and movement for children aged 7 and under.

When: Wednesday, July 11 at 10:30AM

Where: Buz O’Rourke Playground, Crocheron Park, 214 Place and 33 Road


Swing Music in Astoria Park

Live free music down on the Astoria Waterfront. Swing music no less!

When: July 12th

Where: Astoria Park


A Morning of Music with Darlene Graham

This is an interactive performance which will feature folk music and children’s songs.

When: Thursday, July 12 at 10:30AM

Where: Alley Pond Park, 76 Avenue and Springfield Boulevard


New York Philharmonic Concerts in the Park

This free concert under the stars always ends with a bang—fireworks! The concert at Cunningham Park will feature selections from Wagner’s Die Meistersinger Von Numberg, Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto, and Brahms’ Symphony No. 1.

When: Thursday, July 12 at 8PM

Where: Cunningham Park, 193 Street Field


Music in the Garden at Queens Botanical

Starting in July there will be performances outdoors at the Queens Botanical Garden.




Sunnyside Summer Streets

This August, Sunnyside Shines will be sponsoring their fourth annual Summer Streets under the Sunnyside arch. It will begin, as always, with the Bix Beiderbecke Sunnyside Memorial Jazz Concert. The concert will feature jazz music and will include a performance by the neighborhood’s Sunnyside Drum Corps. Other Saturdays in August will also feature concerts.

When: Saturday, August 4 from 3PM to 7:30PM

Where: 46 Street between Greenpoint Avenue and Queens Boulevard


York College Blue Notes
Annual big band concert that showcases the swinging York College Summer Jazz Institute. Also this summer, celebrate the talent of York College’s Summer Jazz Institute.
When: Saturday, August 4, 2:00 pm
Where: Louis Armstrong House 34-56 107 Street Corona, Queens, NY 11368
Join us to hear Cuban-born trumpeter and multi-Grammy award winner Arturo Sandoval at our annual outdoor block party sponsored by Jazzmobile.  This is a rare chance to hear one of the world’s greatest trumpeters — and it’s free!  A highlight of our summer concert series!
When: Thursday, August 16, 7:00 pm
Where: Louis Armstrong House 34-56 107 Street Corona, Queens, NY 11368

By: Sandy Jimenez