Summer Music Festivals

Free music in your hometown!


Morgan Park Summer Music Festival
July 5-August 30, 2009 (Saturdays/Sundays)
Morgan Park, Glen Cove
(516) 671-0017,

Free concert series against the backdrop of the Long Island Sound. Acts include the Nassau Pops Symphony Orchestra, Warchild and the Eglevsky Ballet Company.

International Night Concert Series
July 5-August 31, 2009 (Saturdays/Sundays)
Harry Chapin Lakeside Theatre, East Meadow
(516) 572-0348

Series of musical acts celebrating countries across the globe. Nights include Ireland, Pakistan, India, Israel, Greece and Korea.

Music Under the Stars
July 6-August 11 (Monday-Wednesday, Friday-Saturday)
Various Parks and Beaches across the Town of Oyster Bay
(516) 797-7900,

Acts will include notables in contemporary pop, oldies, cover bands, kids music and more.

Music in the Park
August 9, 2009 (Sunday)
Hall’s Pond Park, West Hempstead
(516) 733- 0879

The New York Connection Band is featured in the West Hempstead Civic Association’s sixth year of free family musical programs.



Concerts at Bayard Cutting Arboretum
July 5-August 30, 2009 (Sundays)
Bayard Cutting Arboretum State Park, Oakdale
(631) 224-5420,

Sunday afternoon series of live music (predominantly in the Jazz/Swing genre) presented by the Islip Arts Council.

Alive After Five
July 17-August 14 (Fridays)
Main Street, Patchogue
(631) 207-1000,

Will feature retail and service booths, numerous bands of all genres and plenty of kid-friendly activities.

Concerts on the Green
July 12-August 30, 2009 (Sundays)
Stony Brook Post Office, Stony Brook
(631) 751-2244,

Sunday series of free live music, performed in front of the Stony Brook Post Office. Acts range from folk (Jo Williamson) to traditional Irish music (Fiddler’s Green Band). That’s what we call delivery.

Riverhead Blues & Music Festival: July 18-19, 2009 (Saturday-Sunday)
Vail-Leavitt Music Hall, Riverhead
(631) 727-5782,

Three stages of local/international blues acts are featured at the 11th edition of the two-day festival.

Long Island Bluegrass Festival
August 15, 2009 (Saturday)
Tanner Park, Copiague
(631) 587-3696,

Bring a lawn chair and enjoy the 7th annual Long Island celebration of bluegrass. Acts include The Josh Williams Band and James Reams & The Barnstormers.

Elwoodstock 10 Music Festival
August 16, 2009 (Sunday)
Elwood Park, Elwood

(631) 261-2941
Free Elwood Park concert, with live music by Reckoning, Kelly Project, Fusion Collective, Adam Gieckel and more.

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Niko Krommydas has written for Tasting Table, BeerAdvocate, Munchies, and First We Feast. He is editor of Craft Beer New York, an app for the iPhone, and a columnist for Yankee Brew News. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.