Summer Festivals in New York City

New York is known as the city that never sleeps, and this summer is no exception! With temperatures rising, music festivals of all sizes and genres are popping up across the city. From Sensation, to Governor’s Ball, to Crossroads Guitar festival, there’s sure to be something for everyone this summer in the city. Check out our guide below to learn more! Click here for a guide to all summer concerts and music festivals!

Top 10 New York City Festivals


October 26

Sensation is back in 2013, and New York is one of the 22 cities the world’s leading dance event will be visiting this time around. House music fans, don’t miss out on the chance to unite dressed in all white, as The Ocean of White U.S. Tour takes over the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn on October 26.

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Electric Zoo Festival
August 30-September 1

End summer with a bang at the Electric Zoo Festival this Labor Day Weekend in NYC on Randall’s Island Park. This annual electronic music festival brings in top international DJs and live acts from across the globe to perform on four stages over three days.

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Governor’s Ball
June 7-9

The Governor’s Ball Music Festival, also known as Gov Ball or Gov Ball NYC, returned to Randall’s Island for it’s third year. Rain and mud didn’t stop festival-goers from having a great time, watching performances by musical acts such as Kings of Leon, Nas, Pretty Lights, Fesit, Kendrick Lamar, The Lumineers, Animal Collective, Cut Copy, Deerhunter, Beirut, Bloc Party, Dinosaur Jr., Yeasayer, along with many more.


Electric Daisy Carnival
May 17-18

This well established EDM (electronic dance music) festival hit New York for the first time this past May. DJs such as AVICII, Calvin Harris, Fedde le Grand, and Afrojack performed in front of tens of thousands of fans, taking festival-goers on an adventure far beyond the typical concert experience.

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Mad Decent Block Party
August 10

Mad Decent Block Party takes New York August 10 on its 8th stop of 14. Don’t miss out on your chance to watch Major Lazer, Matt & Kim, Dillon Francis, Fosstradamus, and more perform live at Williamsburg Park in Brooklyn from 1PM-10PM.


Crossroads Guitar Festival
April 12-13

Madison Square Garden was alive with Rock & Roll as Eric Clapton and his incredible lineup of music legends took the stage for Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival. Performers included the Allman Brothers Band, Citizen Cope, John Mayer, B.B. King, Keith Urban and many more.

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92.3 NOW One Night Stand
May 1

92.3 NOW’s One Night Stand has become one of the biggest shows of the spring/summer and this year was no different. Sammy Adams, Emblem 3, Midnight Red, and Jessica Sanchez blew up the stage as pop music fans sang and danced along at Terminal 5.


POP Festival
May 30-June 2

Back in its 18th year, POP festival brought pop music acts from across the globe to six different venues over four days. This veteran festival was a hit yet again with performances by The Hobbes Fanclub, Adveta, Azure Blue, Silkies, The Very Most, Grand Resort, and many more.

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Hudson River Rocks
July 11, July 25, August 8

Over the past 15 years, Hudson River Rocks has become one of New York’s quintessential free outdoor summer concert series, featuring established and up-and-coming artists. Generationals, Foxygen, The Aves, Titus Adronicus, Ducktails, and more will take the stage at the beautiful Pier 84 on three separate dates – July 11, July 25, and August 8.

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CBGB Festival
October 9-13

The iconic CBGB will celebrate its 40th anniversary with CBGB Music & Film Festival October 9-13. This five day festival/conference will be NYC’s largest ever showcase of music, film, art, social awareness, entertainment industry workshops and conferences, taking place at a variety of music venues throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn.

Full List of New York City Summer Festivals

Festival Name City Date Range
Crossroads Guitar Festival New York, NY 2013/04/12 – 04/13
Sensation Brooklyn, NY 2013/03/09 – 10/26
Electric Zoo Festival New York, NY 2013/08/30 – 09/01
Governors Ball New York, NY 2013/06/07 – 06/09
Celebrate Brooklyn! Perf. Arts Fest Brooklyn, NY 2013/07/27 – 08/04
Mad Decent Block Party New York, NY 2013/07/27 – 09/15
92.3 NOW One Night Stand New York, NY 2013/01/07 – 10/28
Caribbean Fever Music Festival Brooklyn, NY 2013/08/30 – 09/01
Tramps Like Us New York, NY 2013/02/28 – 09/01
Hudson River Rocks New York, NY 2013/07/11 – 08/08
Afro-Punk Festival Brooklyn, NY 2013/08/24 – 08/25
International Pop Overthrow New York, NY 2013/03/15 – 08/24
Triton Festival New York, NY 2013/09/05 – 09/06
CBGB Festival New York, NY 2013/10/09 – 10/13
Charlie Parker Jazz Festival New York, NY 2013/08/24
Jazz Festival Hamburg, HH 2013/03/31 – 09/14
Starfest Staten Island, NY 2013/08/31
POP Festival New York, NY 2013/01/11 – 08/08
music of prince New York, NY 2013/03/07
Global Dub Festival New York, NY 2013/02/08 – 05/17
Summer Camp New York, NY 2013/05/24 – 07/05
Teen Cancer America Benefit New York, NY 2013/02/28
The Great GoogaMooga Brooklyn, NY 2013/05/17 – 05/19
The Official XXL Freshman Live Concert New York, NY 2013/05/21
Stones Fest New York, NY 2013/05/22 – 05/30
All Tomorrow’s Parties New York, NY 2013/05/10 – 06/22
Faster Horses Festival Brooklyn, MI 2013/07/19 – 07/21
globalFEST New York, NY 2013/01/13
Blue Note Jazz Festival New York, NY 2013/06/29
Tibet House Concert New York, NY 2013/02/21
CMA Songwriters Series New York, NY 2013/02/25 – 05/08
The Apple Stomp New York, NY 2013/05/31
Dylan Fest New York, NY 2013/05/26
Crossing Brooklyn Ferry Brooklyn, NY 2013/04/25 – 04/27
ATP’s \I’ll Be Your Mirror\”” New York, NY 2013/02/16 – 05/04
Super Sonic Kindie Music Festival Brooklyn, NY 2013/05/05
New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival Brooklyn, NY 2013/04/05 – 04/06
Dark Arts Music Fest Ii Festival Brooklyn, NY 2013/04/06
NORTHSIDE FEST Brooklyn, NY 2013/06/13 – 06/16
Mmny Festival New York, NY 2013/06/21
Seaport Music Festival New York, NY 2013/06/07 – 06/28
Brooklyn Philharmonic Outside-In Annual Concert Brooklyn, NY 2013/05/01
Music Under New York New York, NY 2013/04/08
4 Knots Music Festival New York, NY 2013/06/29 – 06/29
The Apple Stomp Festival New York, NY 2013/05/31 – 06/01
Summer Soiree Festival New York, NY 2013/06/23
Make Music Ny Festival Brooklyn, NY 2013/06/21
NYC Popfest Brooklyn, NY 2013/06/01 – 06/02
Regina Opera Company Brooklyn, NY 2013/06/01 – 06/09
Martyrdoom Festival Brooklyn, NY 2013/06/28
Denroy Morgan’s Birthday Bash New York, NY 2013/05/13 – 05/14
Johnny Thunders’ Birthday Bash New York, NY 2013/07/14
Rawnew York City Presents Generation Festival New York, NY 2013/03/14
Generations Of The Beat Part Ii Festival New York, NY 2013-03/23 – 03/24
Hurricane Sandy Benefit Concert New York, NY 2013/01/02
NYC Winter Jazzfest New York, NY 2013/01/11 – 01/12
Kidrockers Festival Brooklyn, NY 2013/02/03 – 02/10
Mil’s Trills 3rd Annual Winter Bash Brooklyn, NY 2013/01/27 – 02/27
Area 4 Festival New York, NY 2013/04/06 – 04/13
Hip Tot Music Festival Brooklyn, NY 2013/01/13 – 05/12
Art Of Living Festival Brooklyn, NY 2013/02/19
Bob Marley Birthday Bash New York, NY 2013/02/02 – 02/06
Petty Fest Brooklyn, NY 2013/02/27
Navel Brooklyn, NY 2013/02/15 – 05/24
H Festival Brooklyn, NY 2013/07/07
Ecstatic Music Festival New York, NY 2013/02/02 – 02/09
Tibet House Benefit New York, NY 2013/02/21
The United States of Mikey Jay Nyc Concert New York, NY 2013/03/17 – 04/28
Happy Birthday Drink More Records Festival Brooklyn, NY 2013/03/09
Urban Brew Fest Brooklyn, NY 2013/03/02
Tromas Occupy Cannes Fundraiser Festival New York, NY 2013/02/16
Dubl Handi Freetown Produce Festival Brooklyn, NY 2013/03/22
Sunrise Fest Festival Brooklyn, NY 2013/03/10 – 06/01
Aputumpu Festival New York, NY 2013/03/28 – 03-30
2013 Winter Jazzfest New York, NY 2013/01/12
6Th Annual John Hartford Tribute Festival Brooklyn, NY 2013/01/26
Rockers In Recovery Relief Concert New York, NY 2013/01/25
Caribbean Woodstock Brooklyn, NY 2013/08/29