Everything You Need to Know About the Best Outdoor Music Festivals This Summer in NYC

Although Mother Nature has been seriously temperamental lately, we've got our fingers crossed that the warm weather gets here as soon as possible.

There are so many amazing opportunities to enjoy the outdoors this summer, and we seriously can't wait. 

Summer entertainment in New York City is especially dope - the concert lineup is no exception. 

That's right, the music festivals we know an love are returning to the city once again: SummerStage, Governors Ball, and Summer Jam to name a few. 

Check out the rest of the lineup and grab your tickets while you can.

We guarantee these will all be better than Coachella. 

1. Central Park's SummerStage

This huge summer music event is one of the most popular in NYC. It brings together an eclectic mix of musical artists, ranging from New York based hip-hop artist to widely-known indie rock bands.


All of the concerts are free of charge, and while exact dates aren't available yet, you can expect SummerStage to run from mid-May until October. 

The event is free, and takes place in Central Park. 

2. MoMA PS1: Warm Up


Whoever said there was nothing to do in Queens? Nobody. Nobody says that. The people that do are dumb. Don't be friends with those people. 

This annual event taking place at MoMA PS1 in Long Island City combines elements of performing art, music, and sound for a unique experience each Saturday this summer.

See more all ticket info here, and save an extra $2 when you purchase in advance. 

3. Electric Zoo Festival

If you love electronic music, this one is absolutely not to be missed. 

It's set to take place on Randall's Island over Labor Day weekend (September 2nd-4th), and will feature music from veteran artists as well as some amazing new voices in the electronic-dance music world.

Get your tickets here.

4. Northside Festival


Indie rock fans, rejoice! 

This Brooklyn-based festival, which will also include film screenings and talks run by the Northside Media Group, will feature live performances from artists such as Wolf Parade, Conor Oberst, and King Khan & The Shrines. 


It runs from June 6th-12th, but all the music events will go down on June 9th and 12th. Check here for more tickets and more information. 

5. Celebrate Brooklyn!


This annual event brings a wide variety of genres and musical talents to Prospect Park every summer.

And the best part? It's completely free! There is a $3 suggested donation, but coughing up a measly 3 bucks for an amazing lineup of artists is still a steal. 

The event runs from June 8th through August, and you can get more info here


6. Governors Ball


Get yourself to Randall's Island this summer if you want the chance to see some of the biggest names in pop music.

Governors Ball is back again, and you can look forward to performances from artists such as Kanye West, The Killers, and Haim. 


The event goes down June 3rd-5th. Get tickets here, but hurry - they sell out fast!

7. Summer Jam 


If you care at all about hip-hop music, you absolutely need to be at Summer Jam this year. Especially since they've secured Kendrick Lamar as this year's headliner.

Summer Jam has also featured some of the biggest names in hip-hop at the prime of their careers: WuTang in 1994, Biggie in 1995, and the Fugees in 1996. It's definitely not one to miss. 

The event takes place at New Jersey's MetLife Stadium on June 7th, and you can grab your tickets here.

8. Afropunk Festival


This concert event is not only a chance to hear some great music, it's also a multicultural celebration. Win-win, right?

There will also be food trucks, live artworks, and the SpinThrift Market. 


It's happening in Brooklyn's Commodore Barry Park from August 21st to 23rd. Get tickets here!

9. Panorama Music Festival


In case there weren't enough music events happening on Randall's Island this summer, you can also catch the Panorama Music Festival there from July 22nd-24th. 

The event will feature an amazing lineup with artists such as Alabama Shakes, FKA Twigs, and Major Lazer. See more info here

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