The 21 Best Outdoor Concerts Coming to New York This Summer

Jack White. Lynyrd Skynyrd. Cemetery symphonies. Let’s review.

May 17, 2018 9:00 am

This is but one installment of 37 Things a Man’s Gotta Do This Summer, our annual compendium of everything worth seeing, doing, eating, drinking and generally making time for in your neck of the woods between now and September. Stay tuned all month for more.

New York is not hurting for big-ass music festivals. And by all means, go enjoy one.

But the joys of live music and sunshine should not be limited to big-box bacchanals with Disney-length beer lines.

Hence: the 21 outdoor concerts you won’t wanna miss this summer, eclectic in aggregate but specific in use case.

We’ve got Jack White at a brewery. Yo La Tengo on a boat. And a symphony in a cemetery.

Don’t forget your sunblock.

Because it’s the swankiest ticket in town
The Modern Gentlemen at Kingsborough, May 19th

Because blues rock ages gracefully
Jack White at Ommegang, May 27th

Because it’s a symphony in a cemetery. Scared?
Memorial Day Concert in Green-Wood Cemetery, May 28th

Because the Pier is celebrating its 20th anniversary in style
Jazz at Pier 84, beginning May 31st

Because metalheads like the outdoors, too
Primus and Mastodon at Stone Pony Summer Stage, June 1st

Because no band plays to a festival crowd better
Yeah Yeah Yeahs at Governor’s Ball, June 1-3

Because he’s the voice of hip-hop’s new-wave renaissance
Common in Prospect Park, June 5th

Because it’s fun for the whole family
PVD Fest in Providence, Rhode Island, June 7-10

Because emo rock lends itself to the perfect date night
Belle & Sebastian at Forest Hills Stadium, June 8th

Because barbeque for a good cause and sweet, sweet tunes
Big Apple BBQ in Madison Square Park, June 9 & 10

Because it couldn’t get anymore Portland if it were a coffee festival
The Decemberists in Prospect Park, June 13th

Because it’s almost Zeppelin
Robert Plant at Forest Hills Stadium, June 13th

Because you’re due for a flashback
Dead and Company at Citi Field, June 15 & 16

Because you still have that acid-washed denim tucked away somewhere
Poison at Bethel Woods Center, June 22nd

Because it’s the hottest lineup of the summer
Whitney and James Murphy at Full Moon Fest, June 30th

Because word on the street is this is their last tour
Broken Social Scene in Central Park, July 1st

Because the ‘90s are alive and well
Weezer at Jones Beach, July 18th

Because they’ll literally play Free Bird
Lynyrd Skynyrd at Bethel Woods Center, July 21st

Because you want to cut a rug … like a pirate
Yo La Tengo on the Rocks Off Cruise, June 28th

Because nothing complements music better than 70 breweries
Vince Staples and the Flaming Lips at Octfest, September 8 & 9

Because when summer eventually ends, this is where you’ll want to be
Incubus and Ben Harper at Sea, Hear, Now Fest, September 29 & 30


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