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.