More than any other day of the year in New York City, the streets and parks will be full of music on Saturday, June 21, when the sun stays up extra late to welcome the first day of summer.  For the eighth year running, Make Music New York celebrates the summer solstice—the longest day of the year—with hundreds of free concerts and jams in public spaces throughout the five boroughs.

It was the French who began the tradition of toasting the brightest evening with music with their Fete de la Musique.  Now that call is answered with Make Music festivals around the world and the U.S.

Below are just a few outdoor and indoor free music events and concerts in unusual spaces (Make Music New York-related or not)  that kick off the summer season, from morning to night.

See more summer festivals in New York City, many of them free.


    Make Music New York: Privia Piano Bar

    Make Music New York: Privia Piano Bar

    Make Music New York


    Sat, Jun 21, 2014, 12:00 am

    Sponsored by Casio Keyboards, the Privia Piano Bar returns to MMNY, featuring the songs of the Piano Man himself: Billy Joel.From the back of the pick-up truck, accomplished pianist Simon Mulligan plays live music on a keyboard to accompany singers on the sidewalk—that is, anyone and everyone who’s ready to belt out “Uptown Girl”, “Just The Way You Are”, and “Only the Good Die Young.”The truck will drive through Manhattan, stopping for one-hour sets at four Billy ...

    River to River: New York Walkscape

    River to River: New York Walkscape

    River to River Festival


    Sat, Jun 21, 2014, 12:00 pm

    Imagine walking through Lower Manhattan and hearing the sounds around you become ever-changing music as you move. From one spot to the next sounds differ and the character of what you hear shifts. Your experience takes on a personal soundtrack, changing your perception and awareness.

Make Music New York: Red Baraat’s 100+ BPM

10 Grand Army Plaza

brooklyn N.Y. 11238


Brooklyn’s critically acclaimed Bhangra party band Red Baraat will premiere 100+ BPM, commissioned by NPR Music and created for the occasion by Red Baraat founder Sunny Jain.

New York

New York N.Y. 10004


Avenue of the Americas

New York N.Y. 10110