When: June 3rd - August 23th
Where: New York City, New York
Why Go: Where most of the festivals on this list work as an escape from everyday life – a few days of carnival to help you make it through weeks of boredom – Summerstage is the opposite, a series of free concerts and theatrical performances that liven parks across the boroughs for the entire summer. Highlights are many and vary based on zip code, but Chuck Chillout in the Bronx, Mobb Deep in Queens, Joe Bataan in Staten Island, Beck at Central Park and the Frankie Knuckles tribute in Brooklyn will likely all kill.
15 Must-See Acts: Beck, Mobb Deep, Mykki Blanco, Chuck Chillout & DJ Brucie B, Bataan, Ana Tijoux, Ty Dolla $ign, Blood Orange, Andrew Bird, Chronixx, Rock Steady Crew, Conor Oberst, Lisette Melendez, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Fania All Stars