Best Places for Free Live Music This Summer

Family-friendly concerts throughout the Hudson Valley

Cornwall 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

Cornwall Music in the Park

Music at the Park is a 10 week concert series on Sunday evenings starting on June 9th from 6:30-8pm. Concerts take place at the grounds in front of Town Hall and include a variety of music genres including rock and roll, country, bluegrass, swing and pop! Click HERE for the full schedule.

Thursday nights from 6-8pm, head to The Run 4 Downtown Park (9-15 North St) and Friday nights from 7-9pm at Festival square (29-37 West Main St) for a night of great music and family fun! Click HERE for the full schedule.

Held at the Clinton Street Bandstand throughout the summer in the Village. Dates include; 7/11, 7/18 and 7/25. 8/1, 8/8, 8/15, 8/22, 8/29 and 9/5. In addition, the Friday night music series from 7/5-8/2 takes place from 6:30-8:30 in downtown Montgomery. Click HERE for the full schedule.

Family-friendly concerts staged on the beautiful Hudson River. All concerts are free and open to the public. Bring chairs, blankets and pets! Locations include People’s Park and Unico Park in Newburgh. Click HERE for more information.

The Orange County Summer Concert Series is a free event Saturday nights at Algonquin (54 Powder Mill Rd) and Thomas Bull Memorial (211 St. Rte 416) Parks this summer. Concerts are rain or shine within the covered pavilion. Food and beer vendors on site. Click HERE for more information.

Go to Music in the Grove and enjoy live music every Wednesday throughout the summer and free refreshments provided by Hannaford Supermarket. In case of rain, concerts move indoors at the same location. Click HERE for more information.

The Village’s 2019 Summer Concert Series run from May 25th through September 14th on the Railroad Green. Concerts begin at 7:30pm. Click HERE for the full schedule.

West Point
Music Under the Stars 2019 presented by the West Point Band is a summer concert series at the majestic Trophy Point Amphitheater. Soak in the history of West Point as you take in a concert while overlooking the waters that George Washington called “the key to the continent.” Click HERE for the full schedule.

Dutchess County

Hyde Park

2019 Music in the Parks series is held Wednesday nights from June 26th through August 15th at either Vanderbilt Mansion Historic Site or at Mills-Norrie State Park. Dates include; 6/26, 7/10. 7/17, 7/24, 7/31, 8/7, 8/14. Click HERE for full schedule.


Enjoy free concerts this summer on Tuesday evenings at Greenvale Park. Rain location at the Town of Poughkeepsie Senior Center at 14 Abe’s Way. Concerts begin June 25th through August 13th. Music begins at 7pm through July 23rd and 6:30pm from July 30-August 13. Click HERE for the full schedule.

Pleasant Valley

Concerts in the Park are held on Sunday evenings at Cady Field at 6pm. Dates include; 6/23, 7/14, 8/11 and 8/25. Enjoy great music and food from local food trucks. Grab your lawn chairs, blankets and friends for a perfect evening. Click HERE for full schedule.


Music by the Lake is a series of free concerts on Saturday nights from 6-8pm throughout the summer at the pavilion at Lakeside Park, 2 Lakeside Dr. Concerts are held rain or shine and will be moved indoors to the Lathrop building if there is bad weather. Bring a picnic and some chairs and enjoy a night at the lake. Click HERE for full schedule.


The Millbrook Arts Group presents a summer concert series at the bandshell on Franklin Avenue Saturday nights beginning June 29th at 6pm. Click HERE for the full schedule.

Free summer concerts at Maurer-Geering Park on Geering way on Wednesyda nights at 6:30pm. Themed music nights include Billy Joel Tribute, Blues, Dance, Country, Show tunes, Jazz, Rock, Pop and much more! Click HERE for the full schedule.

East Fishkill
Summer concert series for families at the Hopewell Recreation Stage beginning June 21 through August 9th. Rain dates are listed in the full schedule. Some concerts are located at Red Wing Park. Please look at the full schedule HERE for dates, times and locations.

Ulster County

Free outdoor summer concert series held on the Village Green. Concerts run from 1-5pm and are family friendly. Dates include: 5/25, 6/8, 6/22, 7/6, 7/20, 8/3, 8/31 and 9/14. Visit the Facebook page, HERE for the most up to date information.

Summer concert series to benefit the Ulster County SPCA at Mariner’s Harbor in Kingston. August 22 and 29. September 12, 19 and 26th from 6:30-9:30pm. Click HERE for schedule.

Free event for families! Bring your own blankets, coolers, picnics! Food and vendors available. Doors open at 7pm, concert at 7:30pm at Cluett-Shantz Park in Milton. July 5, 12, 19 and 26.

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