Best NYC Music Festivals: Summer 2017

I think that we can all agree that one of the best things about summer is the outdoor festivals.

New York has grown to become a premier destination for all types of music and cultural fests, so break out your sunnies and get ready for some of the coolest and biggest music festivals in the country.

Here's what you need to know.


1. SummerStage

June 3 - August 27  //  16 parks across NYC  //  Add'l info

SummerStage is THE biggest music festival in NYC this summer. Kicking off on June 3, the festival features over 100 free & paid shows in 16 parks across all five boroughs. SummerStage features everything from New York hip-hop in the outer boroughs to headbanger balls on the Central Park main stage. There will be hundreds of events taking place every day, including rock concerts, theater, ballet, live poetry, outdoor opera, and most importantly: dance parties! 


2. Blue Note Jazz Festival  

June 1 - 30  //  Blue Note Jazz Club, B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, the Highline Ballroom & more  //  Add'l Info

Get ready to jazz up your life! The 2017 Blue Note Jazz Festival will feature over 100 events across 10 venues throughout the City. Presented by the Blue Note Jazz Club, this festival will feature performances from some of the greatest musicians in the Jazz universe, as well as top up-and-coming artists, too! Let that sax fire up your soul!


3. Governors Ball

June 2 - 4  // Randalls Island //  Add'l info

Simply put, Gov Ball is every music festival lovers day dream! A three day, multi-stage music extravaganza on Randall's Island that draws straight from the eclectic spirit of NYC. Each year highlights a slew of different genres and musical styles, from rock to hip-hop to country to pop. Aside from the music, the festival features amazing restaurants & food trucks, as well as activities and games like mini golf and a braid bar. Get ready for an experience of the senses all weekend long!


4. Northside Festival

June 7 - 11  //  Brooklyn  //  Add'l Info

Northside is an eight-day summer showcase throughout Williamsburg, Greenpoint, & Bushwick. The fest features over 100,000 local talents, highlighting thought-leaders across 3 categories: Music, Film & Innovation. As per the music festival, you’ll see an eclectic mix of emerging artists, indie bands, solo performers, and DJ’s. Some people on the line up: Jay Som, Lower Dens, Dirty Projectors, Total Freedom, and Elysia Crampton.


5. BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn!

June 7 - August  //  Prospect Park  //  Add'l Info 

BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! is by FAR one of the best free, summer-long, & multi-stage festivals taking place in NYC this summer! Housed in the scenic and badass bandshell in Prospect Park, the BRIC lineup includes billboard-sized names, global music icons, popular jazz artists, large-scale film projects, and much more. Go on and celebrate yourself, Brooklyn -- you’re killing it this summer.


6. Hot 97 Summer Jam

June 11  //  MetLife Stadium  //  Add'l Info

We’re bringing it back, baby! Hot since '95, Summer Jam brings hip-hop’s biggest names together and pairs them with rising talents from across the country. This year's line-up includes Chris Brown, Fat Joe, Migos, DJ Khaled, Trey Songz & many others. Get your tickets early to see some serious legends and discover some brand new new up-and-comers . Old school is the best school -- turn it up.


7. River to River FESTIVAL

June 14 - 25  // Lower Manhattan & Governors Island //  Add'l Info

The 16th annual River To River Festival will feature over 100 performances & events, presenting 17 projects at 31 beautiful sites throughout Lower Manhattan and Governors Island. Get ready for 12 days of music, dance, visual art & beyond. P.S., it's free!


8. Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival

June 17 - 18  // Croton Point Park (Westchester)  //  Add'l Info

Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival returns this year to Croton Point Park in Westchester County. The festival includes some beautifully diverse music, dance, and family activities. All proceeds go to promote education and advocacy efforts to protect the Hudson River and its environment! 


9. MoMA PS1 Warm Up

July 1 - September 2  //  Museum of Modern Art  //  Add'l Info

Calling all music aficionados and sun-worshiping revelers! MoMA PS1 Warm Up is back and bigger than ever! Known for supporting emerging artists, new ideas, and progressive combinations, MoMA combines elements of music, sound, and the performing arts with with an incredible lineup of artists and exclusive installations. Celebrating it’s 20th year, they’re offering the “1998” ticket package -- named after the series’ founding year -- which gets you into all ten shows for just $98. There are more than 750 artists in every genre, including Solange & Grimes, Richie Hawtin & Kim Ann Foxman, and Black Dice & Four Tet. 


10. Lincoln Center OutDoors

July 26 - August 13  //  Lincoln Center  //  Add'l Info

Lincoln Center Outdoors 2017 is upon us! Marking the 47th season of the festival, LIO will present us with tons of diverse music and dance performances as Lincoln Center so famously does. The only thing is... it’s outdoors and you’ll be able to watch top notch performances on a beautiful stage with amazing weather. Oh and all of the shows are completely free. What’s the catch? Nothing! Have fun.


11. Panorama Music Festival

July 28 - 30  // Randall’s Island  //  Add'l Info

From Coachella organizer Goldenvoice, NYC Panorama Music Festival promises to be one of the best events in July. Back for it’s second year, this festival goes above and beyond in every way, taking the term “music festival” to another level. It’s an all sensory experience combining top live performances, incredibly advanced technology, and unique artistry & design. Get ready to have your mind blown.


12. Afropunk Festival

August 26 - 27  // Commodore Barry Park  //  Add'l Info

Afropunk, described by the New York Times as “the most multicultural festival in the US,” takes place in August at Brooklyn Commodore Barry Park. The festival’s program includes some of the biggest hip-hop artists, as well as live art and the SpinThrift Market. The movement rides on, giving every person from every demographic a platform with a voice, freedom, and acceptance -- its all to celebrate YOU! No holding back here, self-expression is the key to greatness. Be free!


13. Electric Zoo Festival

September 1 - 3  //  Randall’s Island  //  Add'l INFO

Electric Zoo 2017: an absolute zoo of raging music and madness. Taking over all three days of Labor Day Weekend with top-shelf dance music, unprecedented acts, and unlimited entertainment, featuring a wide range of artists and top performers like DJ Snake, Above & Beyond, and Eric Prydz. This year’s EZ festival theme -- “The 6th Boro” -- plays on Electric Zoo becoming NYC’s sixth unofficial borough! What an ego. Get ready for the most serious electronic music / confetti / pyrotechnics bash of all time! 


14. The Meadows Music & Arts Festival

September 15 - 17  //  Citi Field  //  Add'l Info

For the second year in a row, The Meadows returns to Citi Field... And this year's lineup confirms the festival is anything but the new kid in class. The Meadows boats 55+ bands across four stages and satellite areas. Headliners include Jay Z, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Gorrilaz. Enough said? Food and beverages also play core roles, as well as other activities from photo booths to ping pong... Act fast -- tickets are running out!