Where to hear outdoor music this summer in NYC

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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

It doesn't get much more quintessential than summer

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 atsummerstage.org

2015 highlights:

Angelique Kidjo (June 7), Dawes and First Aid Kit (July 27), Father John Misty with Angel Olsen (Aug. 5), Phil Lesh & Friends (Sept. 16).(Credit: FLICKR/ Wally Gobetz)

Celebrate Brooklyn!

Celebrate Brooklyn! is a little edgy and a

Celebrate Brooklyn! is a little edgy and a lot Brooklyn! Even the video announcing the summer’s lineup features cute kids saying the names of the hipster bands appearing this season. Concerts are held #AtTheBandshell and some are suggested donation, some are paid benefit shows. (Celebrate Brooklyn! also hosts dance parties at Brooklyn Bridge Park in DUMBO.) The Prospect Park Bandshell, Prospect Park West and 11th Street. More info at:bricartsmedia.org

2015 highlights: Chaka Khan June 3), Lucinda Williams (June 25), Modest Mouse (July 22), Willie Nelson and The Old Crow Medicine Show (Aug. 12).

(Credit: Ryan Muir)

Jacob Riis Park

New this summer, concerts, food and events will

New this 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 has been abandoned for many years, but will be reborn as the Riis Park Beach Bazaar. The popular Brooklyn Night Bazaar (RIP- it was reported this week it will close to make way for a BMW dealership) signed a five-year lease with Gateway National Recreation Area to host the events. Lineup is still being finalized but the season begins on May 23. 157 Rockaway Beach Blvd., Rockaway Park, Queens. More info:riisparkbeachbazaar.com

(Credit: Flickr/Padraic)

Forest Hills Stadium

Forest Hills Stadium was renovated and reopened under

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

2015 highlights: Ed Sheeran (May 28 and 29), Van Morrison with Taj Mahal (June 19), D’Angelo (June 21) and Alabama Shakes and Drive-by-Truckers (Sept. 19).

(Credit: Doug Kuntz)

Randall’s Island

Home to big festivals like the Governors Ball

Home to big festivals like the Governors Ball (June 5-7) and the new FarmBorough Country Music Festival (June 26-28), this summer Randall’s Island hosts some of the biggest bands currently playing music. At Governors Ball, check out Drake, The Decemberists, Bjork and others. At FarmBorough, get your honky-tonk on with Brad Paisley, Dwight Yoakam and others. More info: randallsisland.org
(Credit: Instagram/ farmboroughfest)

Damrosch Park Bandshell, Lincoln Center

Lincoln Center Out of Doors is held every

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 22 – Aug. 9. Amsterdam Ave. and W. 62nd St.. More info:lcoutofdoors.org

2015 highlights: Gaby Moreno (July 24), The Mavericks (July 29), Americanafest NYC: Bob Dylan’s “Highway 61 Revisited” performed in its entirety by the Watkins Family Hour house band, Fiona Apple, Justin Townes Earle and more (Aug. 8.) and Lyle Lovett and his Large Band (Aug. 9).

(Credit: FLICKR/ Ian Muttoo)

50 Kent (Brooklyn Live @ The Inlet)

The Williamsburg Waterfront - any of the once

The Williamsburg Waterfront – any of the once vacant and maybe now not so vacant lots – has been host to summer shows galore for the past decade. Whether hosted by Jelly NYC, the Open Space Alliance and now, Brooklyn Live @ the Inlet (a division of Northside Media), shows have gone down along the East River, in varying degrees of legality and corporate influence. This summer four shows are planned at 50 Kent: Neko Case, Rhye, Majical Cloudz (June 12), Best Coast, Built to Spill, Alwways, Bully (June 13), Run the Jewels, Vince Staples, Sleigh Bells (June 14) and Common, Lion Babe and more TBA (July 11). More info: brooklyn-live.com(Credit: FLICKR/ Mike Dory)

Hudson RiverRocks and JBL Live at Pier 97

Hudson River Park is massive, extending from Lower


Hudson River Park is massive, extending from Lower Manhattan and into midtown. It’s no surprise then how many concerts are hosted along the river. The Hudson RiverRocks concert series celebrates 17 seasons in 2015 and features FREE performances at Pier 84. The JBL Live at Pier 97shows are benefits for the park, and are held a little further north in the park. More info:.hudsonriverpark.org/events/series

2015 highlights: Billy Idol (May 29, JBL), Barenaked Ladies (July 1, JBL), Peter Frampton and Cheap Trick (July 29, JBL), Waxahatchee (July 9, RiverRocks) and U.S. Girls and Yuck (Aug. 6, RiverRocks).

(Credit: FACEBOOK/ Hudson River Park)

MoMA PS1 Warm Up

Warm Up is one of the biggest outdoor

Warm Up is one of the biggest outdoor summer parties in the city, presenting bands and DJs all summer long in the the PS1 courtyard. Cocktails and food are available at the museum’s in-house restaurant, M. Wells Dinette. Lineup to be announced. Saturdays through Sept. 5. PS1, 22-25 Jackson Ave., Long Island City. More info:momaps1.org/warmup(Credit: Charles Roussel)

Madison Square Park

Beautiful Madison Square Park is known as a

Beautiful Madison Square Park is known as a foodie hotspot (the original Shake Shack is there and reopening soon, Eataly is across the street, Madison Sq. Eats sets up shop twice a year…) but the park is also a place of culture. In the summer, the Madison Square Park Conservancy hosts many events, from public art to music to workshops. Between Madison Avenue and Broadway and 23rd and 26th streets. More info:madisonsquarepark.org

2015 highlights: Chris Potter Underground Orchestra (June 24), Kat Edmonson (July 1) and New York Night Train Soul Clap & Dance Off with DJ Jonathan Toubin (July 29).(Credit: Flickr/Jeffrey Zeldman)

Governors Island

One of our favorite city destinations is Governors

One of our favorite city destinations is Governors Island. The newly-completed park features mini golf, ball fields, bikes, hammocks, beer, food and a spectacular view of the harbor and city. Most summers concerts are presented at Governor’s Island, and the setting is pretty awesome. Who wouldn’t want to take a ferry to a show on an island in the middle of New York Harbor?! So far, only the popular Jazz Age Lawn Party has been announced. The dress-up and drink cocktails while listening to jazz event is on June 13 and 14. For more info, checkgovisland.com
(Credit: Flickr/istolethetv)

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