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There are few places better than New York City to enjoy live entertanment. The world’s best performers appear at the city’s many entertainment venues.
Music lovers will find performances of all types of genres at the city’s concert halls, clubs, and even in parks and on city sidewalks. No matter what type of music you enjoy, you’re likely to find it in NYC.
New York City is, of course, known for live theater. Spectacular Broadway musicals fill that largest of the theaters and smaller off-Broadway productions can be found in small theaters scattered around the city. Free outdoor productions can also be found during the warm months.
The city is also home to several world-class dance companies, including the New York City Ballet, the American Ballet Theatre, and the Alvin Aliley American Dance Theater.
For a good laugh, visit one of New York City’s many comedy clubs. You might manage to catch a show by a well-known comedian or catch a rising star. Comedy club shows are relatively inexpensive compared to other entertainment in the city.
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Today Show Summer Concert Series See a free concert at Rockefeller Center's Today Show Plaza (on 48th Street, between 5th and 6th Avenues). Each summer, the NBC morning news/talk show Today hosts a series of live concerts that are free for the public to attend....read more
Annual Dance Festival This annual festival celebrates Irish dance and culture with a day of dance and music performances; participatory dance workshops,jams, and group dances; Irish language lessons, and children's crafts. The event takes place at Riverside Park...read more
Hudson Riverflicks The annual Hudson RiverFlicks series brings free hit movies to Hudson River Park's Pier 63 on summer Wednesday nights. Pier 63 has a waterfront esplanade and large green lawn. The lawn is a popular sunbathing spot during the summer. Bring a blanket...read more
Free Shakespeare in Bryant Park You probably know about the free Public Theater Shakespeare productions at Central Park, but did you know you can also enjoy free Shakespeare at Bryant Park? Free Shakespeare performances are held in Bryant Park on select weekends...read more
Free World Music and Dance at Brookfield Place Waves of Tradition is a curated week-long (May 1 - 5, 2017) celebration of New York City and the waves of immigrant cultures that make up its rich history. Each day focuses on a different part of the world: West Africa,...read more
SummerStage SummerStage is an annual festival of (mostly) free performances spread out across all five boroughs. The events run from May to September, but most are scheduled in June, July, and August. Most SummerStage evens are free. Each year, however, a few of the...read more
Free Shakespeare in Central Park Shakespeare in the Park is an annual event, with free plays produced by The Public Theater staged at the outdoor stage at Central Park's Delacorte Theater. Two plays are presented each summer. The productions often feature well-known...read more
The New York Philharmonic in Central Park The New York Philharmonic has been performing free summer concerts in Central Park since 1965. You''ll get to enjoy an evening of classical music performed by one of the world's finest orchestras, plus a fireworks show after...read more
Free Tickets for Ages 13 to 26 The New York Philharmonic has a special Free Fridays offer for those 13 to 26 years of age. 100 free tickets are given out for each Friday evening subscription performance. The tickets are reserved online on a first-come-first-served...read more