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Summer concerts, dance parties, and social events in Brooklyn

There are so many free outdoor concerts, dance parties, and social events for families to enjoy this summer in Brooklyn! Our overview includes musical concerts, dance performances, and social hours that are open to all ages. Performance series include the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn concerts in Prospect Park, DUMBO’s Live at the Archway program, plus tons of live music, dance parties, and other performances in Brooklyn Bridge Park.

RECESS @ Industry City | Sunset Park

Every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday | 5-9pm | Through Labor Day

Come join us for an evening of chill vibes and chilled cocktails at Courtyard 1/2. Enjoy music from local DJs for free every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 5-9pm all summer long.

Live Salsa Music @ Sahadi’s | Industry City | Sunset Park

Every Friday | 6:30-9:30pm

Come join us at Sahadi’s for an unforgettable evening of summer Salsa music. Cuarteto Guataca plays high energy acoustic Son Cubano and Salsa with an old school sound, making people dance in clubs, parks and streets of NYC since 2012. See all upcoming salsa nights here.

Live at the Archway: Sonóra Nuyorkina & 20×200 presents Joan Lemay | DUMBO

Thursday, July 18 | Doors at 5pm | Music at 6pm | RSVP here

Live at the Archway is an annual series of free concerts and visual art in the unique setting of the Dumbo Archway. La Sonora Nuyorkina is a contemporary salsa band bringing a fresh sound to the latin genres, playing all-time classics to the most popular hits of today. Dumbo based 20×200 presents Joan LeMay on the Art Wall.

BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Richie Ray, Meridian Brothers & Madame Vacile | Prospect Park Bandshell

Friday, July 19 | Doors at 6pm | Show at 7pm | RSVP here

Richie Ray – also known as “The King of Salsa” and “El Embajador del Piano” – is a Brooklyn-born musical virtuoso and half of one of the greatest salsa duos in music history. Classically trained, he transforms Latin genres like Guajira, Cha-Cha, and Bolero into a sound uniquely his own. Meridian Brothers will open with their high energy, boundary-pushing music that infuses Latin Tropical styles with a psychedelic and experimental twist. Madame Vacille will kick off the night with her ethereal blending of Afro-Caribbean sounds with other genres.

BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Habibi Festival | Prospect Park Bandshell

Saturday, July 20 | Doors at 6:30pm | Show at 7:30 pm | RSVP here

Created with the goal of giving a snapshot of contemporary and traditional music of the South West Asia North Africa (SWANA) region, Habibi Festival aims to take listeners on a journey of the sounds wafting through the airwaves and living rooms of cities spanning Marrakech to Baghdad. This new performing arts festival is a collaboration between the Director of Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater Alex Knowlton, artist/composer/curator Yacine Boulares, and curator/producer Meera Dugal who are bonded by the goal of creating more joyful spaces for performance, conversation, and storytelling from this part of the world. The festival aims to position music from this region as living, breathing, and evolving art forms – that even ancient traditions are having new lives breathed into them with contemporary artists.

Lazy Daze: Lovers Rock | Pier 6 Liberty Lawn | Brooklyn Bridge Park

Sundays, 4-9pm | July 21 & August 18

NYC’s longest running reggae day party arrives in Brooklyn! Join host Ma Cherie & DJ Jam Central for an afternoon of Studio One, Lovers Rock and dancehall at Pier 6 Liberty Lawn. Presented in partnership with the Conservancy. Come with friends, or come alone — these afternoons are an opportunity to relax, lay out, and do not too much of anything, while a rotation of DJ’s do their thing in the background. We’re taking lazy Sundays very seriously, creating moments for good vibes and good people. Food and drink will be available for sale by Fornino.

Live at the Archway: Jerron Paxton, Dennis Lichtman & Emily Nam | DUMBO

Thursday, July 25  | Doors at 5pm | Music at 6pm | RSVP here

Live at the Archway is an annual series of free concerts and visual art in the unique setting of the Dumbo Archway. Jerron Paxton (formerly “Blind Boy” Paxton) and Dennis Lichtman are both world-renowned multi-instrumentalists and vocalists whose musical friendship has grown organically in New York City for more than a decade. Their formal partnership began with a video shoot, Just Cross the River From Queens, at the Louis Armstrong House Museum in 2017. Emily Nam brings her sensorial interplay between color and shape to the Art Wall.

Sounds at Sunset: Brooklyn Americana Music | Pier 6 Picnic Tables | Brooklyn Bridge Park

Friday, July 26 | 7-9:30pm

Ease into the weekend with live music, and a beautiful sunset. On Friday, July 26, Brooklyn Americana Music curates a taste of their award-winning festival featuring internationally touring singer-songwriters with fiddles, banjos and guitars. Celebrating 10 years, their annual festival curates a blend of internationally recognized and up-and-coming music artists.

BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Ronald K. Brown & EVIDENCE | Prospect Park Bandshell

Friday, July 26 | Doors at 7pm | Show at 8pm | RSVP here

EVIDENCE, A Dance Company seamlessly integrates traditional African dance with contemporary choreography and spoken word. Founded in Brooklyn in 1985 by internationally acclaimed Director Ronald K. Brown, EVIDENCE provides a unique view of human struggles, tragedies, and triumphs, and uses movement as a way to reinforce the importance of community in African American culture.

BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Watchhouse & Black Belt Eagle Scout | Prospect Park Bandshell

Saturday, July 27 | Doors at 6:30pm | Show at 7:30 pm | RSVP here

Get ready for a night of soul-stirring indie Americana. Watchhouse, composed of Andrew Marlin and Emily Frantz, produce poignant songs that “redefine roots music for a younger generation.” BlackBelt Eagle Scout, the project of Swinomish/Iñupiaq musician Katherine Paul, will immerse you in the sounds of Paul’s ancestral landscapes, with lyrical provocations of resilience and healing.

Sounds at Sunset: Steely Dan Happy Hour | Pier 3 Plaza | Brooklyn Bridge Park

Sunday, July 28 | 4-7pm

The Sounds at Sunset concert series is a series of free music concerts that take place on Fridays across the summer season at Pier 3 Plaza. Kicking off the series is The Royal Scam helming a Steely Dan Happy Hour. The Royal Scam are the definitive Steely Dan Tribute featuring New York City’s elite touring and recording musicians with an opening DJ set by Maurice Bernstein (founder of Giant Step).

Live at the Archway: Gentleman Brawlers & Annick Martin | DUMBO

Thursday, August 1 | Doors at 5pm | Music at 6pm | RSVP here

Live at the Archway is an annual series of free concerts and visual art in the unique setting of the Dumbo Archway. Acclaimed by the BBC’s Tom Robinson as “a virtuoso live band, grooving together like a beautifully engineered machine,” the Gentleman Brawlers blends disco-based horn lines, sticky highlife guitar, and polyrhythms from West Africa, Trinidad, and Brazil, into live shows that ignite a community-based, improvisational energy. A Design Director at Nickelodeon, Dumbo-based Annick Martin brings her playful, colorful aesthetic to the Art Wall.

BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Meshell Ndegeocello & Talibah Safiya | Prospect Park Bandshell

Friday, August 2 | Doors at 6pm | Show at 7pm | RSVP here

GRAMMY-winning multi-instrumentalist, singer, and songwriter Meshell Ndegeocello will unveil her groundbreaking and visionary album No More Water: The Gospel of James Baldwin. Through a performance transcending musical boundaries, let yourself be ignited by the passion and legacy of James Baldwin’s storytelling and activism. Prepare to be moved by our opener Talibah Safiya, a Memphis-born soul artist whose captivating lyrics and minimal instrumentation evoke powerful and undeniable emotions.

Sounds at Sunset: PAAK Appreciation | Pier 6 Picnic Tables | Brooklyn Bridge Park

Friday, August 2 | 7-9:30pm

Ease into the weekend with live music, and a beautiful sunset. On Friday, August 2, Anderson devotees can hear songs, samples, and collaborations across .Paak’s growing body of work (pre-Oxnard) with this DJ set and drum clinic, hosted by drummer and producer Geogrge “Spanky” McCurdy. Check back for more registration.

Mark Morris Dance Group | Pier 1 Harbor View Lawn | Brooklyn Bridge Park

Saturday, August 3 | 2-4pm

Mark Morris Dance Group (MMDG) returns to Brooklyn Bridge Park for a special, outdoor performance and an all-ages family-friendly workshop at Pier 1 Harbor View Lawn on Sunday, August 3. Stay tuned for the repertoire and details of the workshop.

Lazy Daze: Friends & Lovers | Pier 6 Liberty Lawn | Brooklyn Bridge Park

Sunday, August 4 | 4-9pm

Friends & Lovers returns to Brooklyn Bridge Park with their signature soulful vibes, providing a safe space to let loose, be yourself, dance, make friends, and maybe fall in love.This event is part of the Lazy Daze series, featuring an opportunity to relax, lay out, and enjoy chill Sunday afternoons at Pier 6 Liberty Lawn in Brooklyn Bridge Park while a rotation of DJs are featured in the background. Food and drink will be available for sale by Fornino.

Live at the Archway: Tracy Bonham & Joshua Reynolds | DUMBO

Thursday, August 8 | Doors at 5pm | Music at 6pm | RSVP here

Live at the Archway is an annual series of free concerts and visual art in the unique setting of the Dumbo Archway. Tracy Bonham is a classically trained violinist and pianist turned alternative singer-songwriter who rose to fame in 1996 with her twice GRAMMY (TM) nominated album, The Burdens of Being Upright (Island Records). “Bonham, from the beginning and increasingly over time, is a riveting, complicated maker of pop music” ~ PopMatters. Joshua Reynolds brings his PhotoGraffix style to the Art Wall.

BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Jesse Royal, Anant Pradhan & Larry McDonald, and Ayanna Heaven | Prospect Park Bandshell

Friday, August 9 | Doors at 6:30pm | Show at 7:30pm | RSVP here

Jesse Royal, a Jamaican reggae sensation hailed for his impeccable rhythms and vivid storytelling, will bring his resonant messages of hope, love, and consciousness to the Bandshell. Icons Anant Pradhan & Larry McDonald are continuing the legacy of early Jamaican innovators and setting the sonic tone for future generations. Ayanna Heaven will kick off the night by spinning a set filled with roots, reggae, afrobeats, and funk.

Celebrate World SteelPan Day | Brooklyn Bridge Park

Saturday, August 10 | 12-2pm

Join to celebrate and experience the sounds and tastes of Caribbean culture! Enjoy the unique sound of steel drums ringing through the air – listen and dance to the sounds of steel pan bands in competition! The Carlos Lezama Archives and Caribbean Cultural Center (CLACC-C) will host performances, workshops, and activities in partnership with Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy – check back for full schedule and details. Location to be announced.

BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Charlotte Adigéry & Bolis Pupul,  Sinkane, and Ushka | Prospect Park Bandshell

Saturday, August 10 | Doors at 6:30pm | Show at 7:30pm | RSVP here

Charlotte Adigéry & Bolis Pupul will transport you into a world of thought-provoking beats and exhilarating melodies. Defying conventions, the electrifying duo navigates issues like cultural appropriation and post-colonialism with infectious synth concoctions and an impressive ease. Known for their smash hit debut album Topical Dancer, which topped many critics’ “Best of” lists in 2022, their dynamic live shows are considered a do-not-miss. Sinkane will open, bringing his signature genre-bending style that infuses pop, funk, and electronic elements with the soulful rhythms of Sudan. DJ and multidisciplinary artist USHKA will kick off the nightspinning a wide range of diasporic club music.

Open Studios: Fogo Azul | Brooklyn Bridge Park

Sundays, 2-5pm | August 11 & September 8

Fogo Azul returns to Brooklyn Bridge Park for an Open Studios performance, in partnership with Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy. The New York City-based all-women, trans, and non-binary Brazilian Samba Reggae drum line among New York City’s best and most powerful performance group.

Live at the Archway: Queerchella & Melanie Hope Greenberg | DUMBO

Thursday, August 15 | Doors at 5pm | Music at 6pm | RSVP here

Live at the Archway is an annual series of free concerts and visual art in the unique setting of the Dumbo Archway. Queerchella is a monthly LGBTQ festival that celebrates inclusivity but also amplifies the voices and experiences of queer artists.. The brainchild of Kiernan and Price Troche,  the festival curates an entertaining lineup and revel in an evening of queer art. Live at the Archway line up to be announced. Melanie Hope Greenberg brings her love of mermaids and all things Coney Island to the Art Wall.

Big Summer Chop & Vibes | Pier 3 Plaza | Brooklyn Bridge Park

Sunday, August 17 | 6-10pm

Get your dance moves ready for all-ages Big Summer Chop & Vibes, hosted by African Chop House in partnership with Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy! In West Africa, a chop bar is a roadside bar/restaurant that serves as a meeting place for the community. It brings people together through food and music to exchange information, ideas and connect with each other. African Chop House was inspired by the sounds, smells, and visuals that surrounded us growing up in African home. “Come Chop” is a pidgin expression inviting friends and family to come eat. Join us for diaspora sounds and delicious food selections curated by African Chop House at Pier 3 Plaza and Central Lawn! Doors open at 6:00 PM and the dance party starts at 7:00 PM. Bring your good vibes and your best moves – RSVP so we know you’re coming! Check back for registration link. These are all-age events, but youth under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Only adults 21 and over may purchase alcohol, which must be consumed on site.

Jazz at Jitu: Stephanie Jeannot | Clinton Hill

Thursday, August 22 | 6-8pm | Jitu Weusi Plaza

Live jazz lovers: plan to spend several warm summer evenings on the plaza with Jazz at Jitu! We have a great lineup of local musicians and artists who are sure to entertain even the slightest jazz fan. As always, you are free to bring your own lawn chair to this FREE outdoor jazz concert. In the event of inclement weather, we’ll move indoors across the street at 966 Fulton.

Jazz at Jitu: Stanley Banks | Clinton Hill

Thursday, September 12 | 5-7pm | Jitu Weusi Plaza

Live jazz lovers: plan to spend several warm summer evenings on the plaza with Jazz at Jitu! We have a great lineup of local musicians and artists who are sure to entertain even the slightest jazz fan. As always, you are free to bring your own lawn chair to this FREE outdoor jazz concert. In the event of inclement weather, we’ll move indoors across the street at 966 Fulton.

Sounds at Sunset: Igmar Thomas & Musical Guests | Pier 3 Plaza | Brooklyn Bridge Park

Friday, September 30 |  7-9:30pm

The Sounds at Sunset concert series is a series of free music concerts that take place on Fridays across the summer season at Pier 3 Plaza. Maestro, trumpeter, conductor, composer, and arrange Igmar Thomas hosts Jam sessions with invited musical guests.

Updated: July 18, 2024. Main Image: Dance party in Brooklyn Bridge Park. 

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