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Best free summer concerts in New York 2017

New York City is expensive. This is a fact. But what’s great about New York City is that there are a ton of options to see a variety of summer concerts for FREE (yes, we do mean FREE). See below for the best free summer concerts in New York 2017.

Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series
June 24, 7 p.m.
Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Blvd, Long Island City, NY

Some of the most expensive ticket prices (besides premium seats at Hamilton) belong to the Metropolitan Opera. And if you’ve seen any of their productions, you know why. As part of their annual summer recital series, soprano So Young Park, tenor Petr Nekoranec, baritone Hyung Yun accompanied by pianist Dan Saunders will perform favorite arias and duets. So you don’t get a full opera. More like a greatest hits package.

Ed Sheeran
July 6, 7 a.m.
Today Show, Rockefeller Center located on 48th Street between 5th & 6th Aves.

People seem to love this red-headed English singer-songwriter so if you’re a hardcore Sheerio (I promise I’m not making that up) the Today show recommends that you arrive as early as 5 a.m. to secure a great spot for yourself. Performances happen rain or shine so check Al Roker’s forecast and come prepared.

Lady Antebellum
July 14, 7 a.m.
Good Morning America @ Central Park Summerstage, East 72nd St. and 5th Ave.

If country is your thing, swing over to the Central Park Summerstage to see Lady Antebellum as part of the Good Morning America concert series. Watch as this Nashville trio churn out hits like "You Look Good" and, one of the best booty call songs ever, "Need You Now." Like the Today show, they recommend getting there early but the park doesn’t open until 6 a.m. so you get to spend an extra hour in bed.

Lisette Melendez
July 20, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Central Park Summerstage, East 72nd St. and 5th Ave.

Central Park Summerstage is the go-to place for free shows in the summertime. If you want to see some homegrown talent, check out East Harlem’s Lisette Melendez as she breaks out her ’90s freestyle hits including "Together Forever" and "Will You Ever Save Me."

Americanafest NYC
Aug. 12-13
Plazas of Lincoln Center, West 63rd St. & Columbus Ave.

If you want to spend more than a couple of hours listening to free music, check out the Americanafest NYC at Lincoln Center. Produced in collaboration with the Americana Music Association, as part of the Roots of American Music Weekend, this festival marks the close of the 2017 Lincoln Center Out of Doors series. Performers will be announced in early July so make sure to check Lincoln Center’s website for more details.

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