Best places for free live music this summer

Family-friendly concerts throughout the Hudson Valley

music at the park family fun

Throughout the summer, many local towns offer a series of free outdoor concerts perfect for the whole family. On certain nights, you can pack a picnic, grab your lawn chairs and blankets and head to one of these local lawns for a perfect summer night.

All of the concerts below are free within local parks and historic sites throughout many of our local towns and villages in the Hudson Valley. Find one near you!

Orange County

Chester NY Concert Series every Tuesday @ 7pm from June 13-September 5 (Rain dates are Wednesday @ 7pm). Jarvis Boone Memorial Amphitheater (behind Village Hall). Local Food and Craft Beverage on site. Click HERE to see dates and bands.

Town of Cornwall "Music in the Park" 2023. All concerts are held on Sunday evenings starting at 6:30 pm at Town Hall. From June 4 to August 27. Click HERE for full schedule.

Middletown BID presents free live music on Thursdays and Fridays. Thursday performances are at the Run 4 Downtown Park, 6-8pm. Friday concerts are at John F. Degnan Square, 7-9pm. June 1-September 1. Click HERE for the full schedule.

Village of Monroe’s 2023 Summer Concert Series at The Millponds Pavilion. Saturdays June 10-August 19 from 7pm to 9pm. See their full lineup HERE.

Make your own live music with the Newburgh Drum Circle which meets every second and fourth Tuesday at Safe Harbors Green (weather permitting) or Safe Harbors Lobby at the Ritz during inclement weather. All levels of experience welcome. Bring your own drum if you have one. They also have a few extra available to share.

Sugar Loaf
On the Lawn at Sugar Loaf Crossing. Thursdays 6:30-8:30pm. Check link for dates. Sugar Loaf Crossing: 1405 Kings Highway Sugar Loaf. Click HERE for more information.

Free Concerts to the pubic in the beautiful downtown village of Warwick. Most concerts are on the Railroad Green. Bring your blankets, chairs, and dancing shoes. Fridays & Saturdays, June 3 - September 9. See the full lineup of performers and times HERE

West Point
The West Point Band is proud to announce its “Music Under the Stars” 2023 summer concert series. Most concerts will take place at the iconic Trophy Point Amphitheater. The band will also be in other locations on specific dates. Experience a piece of living history as the active-duty Soldiers of the West Point Band perform world-class music overlooking the waters that George Washington called “the key to the continent.” Audiences are welcome to bring picnics, explore the beautiful and historic grounds of West Point - the U.S. Military Academy, and enjoy scenic Hudson River views set to a soundtrack of music from across the spectrum of the American experience – classical, jazz, pop, patriotic, and more! Best of all, these concerts are FREE and open to the public. See the home and away schedule HERE.

Dutchess County

Pleasant Valley

Concerts in the Park are held on monthly on Thursday evenings at Cady Field at 6pm. June 15 - September 14. Grab your lawn chairs, blankets and friends for a perfect evening. Click HERE for full schedule.

Free summer concerts at Maurer-Geering Park located off Geering Way on Wednesday nights at 6:30pm. July 5 through August 30! Click HERE for the full schedule.

East Fishkill
Summer concert series for families at the Hopewell Rec Field across from Hockey Rink (near the Davis House) Friday nights beginning June 16 through September 2 at 7pm, Please look at the full schedule HERE for dates, times and locations.

Pawling Music By The Lake: Beach Edition. Saturdays 6-8pm at Lakeside Park. Bring your blanket and chairs and enjoy some free live music. See dates HERE.

Summer Nights Concert Series 2023 Greenvale Park. Tuesdays, June 27-August 15. Concert times vary. Remember to bring your lawn chair or picnic blanket. Click HERE to see bands and dates.

Ulster County

Music in the Park and Movies Under the Stars this summer. May 27 - August 19. Click HERE for schedule and locations.

Sullivan County

Bethel Lakeside Music has concerts every Thursday from June 29 to September 7 at Gazebo Park in Kauneonga Lake. 6-8pm. Bring a blanket or a chair, friends, family or come alone. Click HERE for their band line-up.

Updated 6/24/2023

Other articles by HVP Top Lists