NYC is back, and to celebrate the return, there will be FREE concerts in each borough the week of August 16. The final concert, in Central Park, includes Bruce Springsteen, Paul Simon, Andrea Boccelli, Jennifer Hudson, LL Cool J and Earth, Wind and Fire.
Concerts in Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island feature Hip-Hop stars, and designated as “It’s Time for Hip-Hop”.
All five free concerts are part of NYC Homecoming Week and to celebrate the Summer of New York City and the resilience of New Yorkers and NYC from the last 18 months of hell.
Free tickets will be available only to those who have been vaccinated against Covid-19.
There are 60,000 tickets for the Central Park concert. 80% of them are FREE, the other 20% are for a fee.
The free tickets become available on Monday, August 2.
The paid tickets went on sale over the weekend.
Proof of vaccination will be required to enter the outdoor concert venues.
If you get your first vaccine dose at an NYC-run vaccine site starting July 30, you will receive a $100 pre-paid debit card.
The five free concerts also coincide with the last week of NYC Restaurant Week, which is the biggest and best in the 30+ year history of the festival, with more than 500 participating restaurants in all five boroughs.
Save the Dates for These Homecoming Week Concerts:
Monday, August 16th at Orchard Beach in The Bronx
Tuesday, August 17th at Richmond County Bank Park in Staten Island
Thursday, August 19th at Brooklyn Army Terminal in Brooklyn
Friday, August 20th at Forest Hills Stadium in Queens
Saturday, August 21st at The Great Lawn, Central Park in Manhattan
There also will be some ticketing requirements for free admission.
If you can’t attend in person, no worries. The concerts will also be live-streamed on Behind The Rhyme, a hip hop channel on Twitch, and will feature backstage content and interviews.
In addition to the shows, nonprofit Thrive Collective will be putting together a collection of street artists that will create live, temporary art installations during the concerts, a nod to the history between hip hop and graffiti.
NYC Homecoming Week events will also include free film screenings hosted by Rooftop Films, NYC Restaurant Week, Summer Streets, events, cultural activities, public art, and more in all five boroughs.
This celebration of New York City’s resilience will drive support for the mom-and-pop businesses and local organizations that define our neighborhoods and that kept the heart of our city beating throughout the COVID pandemic.
The shows are free to attend, but tickets are required.
The tickets are being released to the public in batches at the following dates and times:
- Monday, August 2 at 10 a.m.
- Tuesday, August 3 at 7 a.m.
- Wednesday, Augsut 4 at 9 p.m.
- Thursday, August 5 at 7 a.m.
- Friday, August 6 at 10 a.m.
- Saturday, August 7 at 9 p.m.
To sign up for Homecoming Week events, email updates and tickets, go to nyc.gov/HomecomingWeek.
Tickets also go on sale on Monday, August 2, at noon to see GRAMMY®-winning rapper, songwriter and actor, Common in Central Park on Sunday, August 22, the final day of Homecoming Week events.
This is a benefit show for SummerStage, which provides FREE concerts, dance performances and puppet shows for kids in all five boroughs, including the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival later in August.
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Full lineups for the outer-borough Homecoming Week concerts
Monday, August 16- 3pm to 9:30pm at Orchard Beach in the Bronx:
- Slick Rick
- Remy Ma
- Busy Bee
- CL Smooth
- DJ Hollywood
- DJ Jazzy Joyce
- DJ Kevie Kev
- Fantastic Five
- Furious 5 featuring Grandmaster Melle Mel and Scorpio
- Grand Wizard Theodore
- Joeski Love
- Kid Capri
- Nice & Smooth
- PopMaster Fabel
- Soul Sonic Force
- T La Rock
- Ultra MAgnetic MC’s
Tuesday, August 17 – 4pm to 9:30pm at Richmond County Bank Ballpark on Staten Island:
- Raekwon and Ghostface Killah
- Crystal Waters
- DJ Chuck Chillout
- Force MDs
- Hakim Green
- HeeSun Lee
- Kool Keith
- Lizzy Ashliegh
- Pharoahe Monch
- Rob Base
Thursday, August 19 – 4pm to 9:30pm at Brooklyn Army Terminal in Brooklyn:
- Big Daddy Kane
- C&C Music Factory
- DJ Mr. Cee
- Judy Torres
- Lizzy Ashliegh
- Obsai Jackson
- PopMaster Fabel
- Special Ed
- Sweet Sensation
- Young Devyn
Friday, August 20th- 4pm to 9:30 pm at Forest Hills Stadium in Queens
- George Clinton + The P-Funk All Stars
- Too $hort
- DJ Hurricane
- DJ Wiz
- Mobb Deep
Statements by NYC Officials
“Joining one of the greatest Central Park concerts in history will be momentous concerts in each borough featuring renowned artists who have made New York City proud,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “It’s time to celebrate our city, support our local businesses, and have an incredible Summer of New York City.”
“No city rivals New York as a stage for artists and spectators to come together in personn—and for too many months, we’ve missed experiencing the rousing energy of live performances in public places,” said Danny Meyer, restaurateur and Board Chair of NYCEDC. “It’s time for a homecoming—for New Yorkers who temporarily moved away, and for visitors who have been longing for what we do better than anywhere else on earth. Be there. This homecoming is for you.”
“NYC Homecoming Week will be a special and celebrated moment to bring visitors back to the five boroughs for a bundle of authentic New York City events including live concerts, cultural and outdoor activity, and dining with an extended NYC Restaurant Week,” said NYC & Company President and CEO Fred Dixon. “We are grateful to the Mayor for organizing this remarkable period of events that will help to tell visitors and the world, ‘It’s time for New York City now.’”
“It’s the Summer of NYC, and the best place to be is in our 30,000 acres of parks and open spaces!” said NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP. “This event signifies the resurgence of New York City’s cultural life, which is a magnet for visitors and residents alike. Throughout the years our parks have been the home of many iconic concerts, and we are proud to host this very special homecoming event.”
“On March 14th, we gathered to honor those we lost to COVID. On July 7th, we honored our essential workers and first responders who sustained us through the darkest days of the pandemic with a historic ticker tape parade,” said Citywide Events Executive Director Dan Gross. “Come August 14th, we will show the world that New York City is once again the epicenter for live events, the arts and culture, and all that makes our city the ultimate place to be. On behalf of all of our agency partners, it is our distinct honor to show the world that there is No Stopping New York.”
“Just like Hip Hop music triumphantly emerged originally from the tumultuous ’70s, the Universal Hip Hop Museum is proud to produce a part of the NYC Homecoming celebration,” said Rocky Bucano, Executive Director and President, Universal Hip Hop Museum. “Hip Hop culture reflects the mosaic that makes NYC, with its sound coming from all genres and spanning many communities. Working in partnership with the City and others, this is our love letter to music fans from all over NYC.”
“We are delighted that New York City’s arts, entertainment and hospitality communities have come together to support this historic celebration of our city’s resilience,” said Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment Commissioner Anne del Castillo. “It’s inspiring to see our creative community, which is core to our identity as a global capital, once again leading the city’s recovery.”
“Small businesses are the backbone of our communities and have demonstrated remarkable grit and determination over the last year,” said Department of Small Business Services Commissioner Jonnel Doris. “NYC Homecoming Concerts are a great way to enjoy the vibrancy of the City this summer, and support businesses that give our neighborhoods strength and character. We need all New Yorkers to ‘Shop Your City’ this summer—and every day.”
“We’re thrilled to be a part of the NYC Homecoming Week festivities this summer,” said Ken Podziba, President and CEO of Bike New York. “What better way to acknowledge the people and places that have kept this city going over the past year than a car-free ride through all five boroughs. Given the current biking boom, this 43rd edition of the TD Five Boro Bike Tour promises to be one of the most exciting ways to celebrate all that New York City has to offer.”
“As New York City comes together to celebrate its rebirth and triumphant comeback during NYC Homecoming Week, NYRR is proud to once again host, in collaboration with the Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce, the return of the Harlem 5K Run Honoring Mayor David Dinkins,” said Ted Metellus, Vice President of Event Development & Production for New York Road Runners and Race Director for the TCS New York City Marathon. “This annual race encapsulates the spirit and energy of Harlem, and this year’s event will serve as a truly memorable celebration for the thousands of runners participating.”
“We’re so excited to launch our newest platform — Lets get Fr.ee — as part of NYC Homecoming Week,” said Afropunk Founder Matthew Morgan. “It’s the perfect opportunity to celebrate, and accelerate, diversity in the entertainment industry…and what better place to celebrate than in Queens, the most diverse county in the most diverse city in the world.”
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