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The 10 Best Upcoming Cheap Summer Music Events in NYC

The 10 Best Upcoming Cheap Summer Music Events in NYC

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Updated: 12 December 2015
Everyone loves a good concert, but not everyone is looking to spend a fortune to see one. Here are the top 10 cheap or free upcoming music events all around New York City this summer for music-lovers on a budget.

MoMa PS1 Warm Up Series

Every Saturday afternoon during the Summer, MoMa PS1 hosts their Warm Up series in the PS1 Courtyard, featuring local and international artists, both emerging and established. A list of upcoming performances is available here on PS1’s website. Tickets are $18 in advance and $20 at the door, and frequently following the afternoon concerts is an after party advertised by the artists.

MoMa PS1 Warm Up Series, 25 Jackson Ave, Long Island City, NY, USA, +1 (718) 784-2084

Rockwood Music Hall

Rockwood Music Hall is an intimate venue that hosts mostly free shows (at most, a $15 ticket) for singer-songwriters and new artists. With three main stages, multiple performances can happen simultaneously in the venue, and typically there will be about 3-8 performers a night on each stage. With constant fresh faces, Rockwood Music Hall appeals to all demographics in the 21+ crowd.

Rockwood Music Hall,196 Allen St, New York, NY, USA, +1 (212) 477-4155

SummerStage Concert Series

Part of the City Parks Foundation, SummerStage is a series of summer concerts located at different parks across New York City’s five boroughs. While some events are free, others require tickets (that cost at the most $40), and will feature artists such as Milky Chance and Glass Animals before the end of the summer. Find ticket information and pricing here.

Good Morning America Friday Summer Concert Series

At Rumsey Playfield in Central Park, Good Morning America hosts a free summer concert event every Friday morning. Although the concerts are early, (doors open at 6 am and the show is from 7-9 am), they host big name artists such as Ed Sheeran, Jason Derulo, and this coming Friday, Nicki Minaj will take the stage. For a full line up and more information, see GMA’s website here.

Good Morning America Friday Summer Concert Series, Central Park, 69th St. and 5th Avenue, New York, NY, USA

Seaside Summer Concert Series

The Seaside Summer Concert Series in Coney Island was once a staple of Brooklyn summers, but took a year off in 2014. In the past 35 years, it has drawn artists such as Joan Jett, John Legend, and Aretha Franklin. The festival starts on Wednesday, July 22nd, featuring JT Taylor of The Voice, Starship featuring Mickey Thomas on Thursday, and Eddie Santiago and N’Klabe on Friday. All shows start at 7:30 pm; click here for more information.

Seaside Summer Concert Series, Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn, NY, USA, +1 (718) 222-0600

Prohibition Open Mic Nights

Prohibition, an Upper West Side favorite, is an upscale bar with a speakeasy feel that offers live music nightly. Their extensive menu of small bites and cocktails has wide appeal, with drinks ranging from classic Prohibition Era beverages, to modern cocktails with exotic twists. Though the food and drinks can get a bit pricey past happy hour, there is no cost of admission, and the musical performances are frequently changing. For more information and a full event calendar, click here.

Prohibition Open Mic Nights, 503 Columbus Ave, New York, NY, USA, +1 (212) 579-3100

BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Benefit Concerts

Celebrate Brooklyn! is one of the area’s longest running free outdoor concert series. Now attracting musicians such as Modest Mouse (7/22) and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros (8/4), the Celebrate Brooklyn! concert series is on the upswing. Though the performances are advertised as free, some of the more well known artists do have ticket fees, at most $40. Beer and wine are sold at the venue. For more information and upcoming performances, click here.

BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Benefit Concerts, 9th Street & Prospect Park West, Brooklyn, NY, USA

Lincoln Center Out of Doors

Lincoln Center Out of Doors is an ongoing free event series hosted at the Lincoln Center plazas all summer long. With spoken word, dance, and music performances, this is a cultural draw for many NYC natives and visitors. Performances start July 22nd and run through August 9th, and there are multiple events every day. Check out artists such as Grammy award-winning Gaby Moreno on July 24th and Brooklyn-based string duo Chargaux on July 31st. For a full performance calendar, click here.

Lincoln Center Out of Doors, 10 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY, USA, +1 (212) 875-5456

Mister Sunday at Industry City

Every Sunday at Industry City in Brooklyn, Eamon Harkin and Justin Carter host an outdoor DJ-centered musical event called Mister Sunday. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door, and “the party,” as their website refers to it, will go from 3 pm to 9 pm. Click here for upcoming shows.

Mister Sunday at Industry City, 31st St, Brooklyn, NY, USA, +1 (718) 965-6450

Brooklyn Bowl

This bowling alley/concert venue hybrid located in Brooklyn hosts nightly music events. While the pricing of each performance varies, entrance fees and tickets are typically only around $10, though some are completely free. Live music happens past 6 pm on weekdays, and after 12 pm on weekends. For a full list of upcoming shows, click here.

Brooklyn Bowl, 61 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, NY, USA, +1 (718) 963-3369

By Elena Adams