• Our Guide To The Summer’s Best Outdoor Concerts

     One of our favorite aspects of living in the city is the endless amount of free cultural programming provided for NYC families, and summer is the season to take advantage of these  amazing programs and performances. We’ve rounded up a list of our favorite outdoor concert series, most of which are absolutely free! From the New York Philharmonic to the rockin’ sounds of the Deedle Deedle Dees, we’re sure that every family will find the perfect summer jam session.

    Free New York
    Philharmonic and Shanghai Symphony Concert

    Tuesday July 13, 2010 from
    8p.m. to 11p.m.

    Central Park (The Great

    Perfect for classical
    music lovers! This concert will mark the Philharmonic’s 46th season
    of concerts in the park.

    Free Encore New York
    Philharmonic Concert

    Wednesday July 14, 2010
    from 8p.m. to 11p.m.

    Central Park (The Great

    Free Met Opera Summer

    Monday July 12, 2010; 8
    p.m. – 11 p.m.; Central Park.

    Central Park’s
    SummerStage Concert Series

    A large range of
    musicians, artists and poets perform throughout the summer at Rumsey Playfield
    (70th St. at Mid Park) in Central Park. The concerts are free and
    open to the public.

    Harlem Meer Festival

    An international and
    cultural experience for the whole family held at the Dana Discovery Center at
    the Harlem Meer every Sunday.

    Madison Square Parks’
    Mad. Square Kids

    Free concerts every
    Tuesday and Thursday morning at 10:30 a.m., featuring beloved kids musicians like Erin Lee and Marci, Bubble do Beatles and The Deedle Deedle Dees.

    Summer in the Square

    Free music, yoga and
    theatrical performances for the family, every Thursday from now until August at
    Union Square Park. Starts at 7 a.m. Concert is at 6p.m.

    Hudson River Park Sumer
    Performance Series

    Free kids concerts every
    Thursday at 10:30 a.m., starting in July. There are concerts, storytelling and
    theater performances for kids up to age 7.

    Carroll Park Concert

    Four free concerts for the
    whole family! Concerts begin at 4p.m. and arts and crafts are from 3:30p.m. to

    Good Morning America
    Concert Series

    On Fridays from May to August,
    Good Morning America hosts free live performances at Rumsey Playfield in
    Central Park from 7a.m. to 9a.m.

    Toyota Concert Series
    on Today

    On Fridays from May to
    September, the Today Show hosts free live performances at Rockefeller Center
    stage from 7 a.m. to 10a.m.

    Photo: The Deedle Deedle Dees at a 2009 Performance in Madison Square Park. Courtesy of the Madison Square Park Conservancy.