Summer in Coney Island is more than just hot dogs and amusement park rides. Just a few blocks from the Stillwell Avenue–Coney Island station sits the Ford Amphitheater, a covered, beachside concert venue and gastropub that restored a 1923 landmark, the former Childs Restaurant, to its original glory.
The summer concert lineup at this 5,000-seat music venue features a stellar mix of hip hop, rock, reggae, and old school legends. See headliners like Big Daddy Kane, Wiz Khalifa, Barenaked Ladies and The Beach Boys. Or go full-nostalgia with shows like Lost 80s Live featuring Flock of Seagulls, Nu Shooz and more, or Boardwalk House Party with blasts from the past like Kid ‘n Play and Naughty By Nature.
Adjoining the amphitheater is a restaurant, Kitchen 21, and rooftop bar where you can begin and end every performance—the makings of a perfect day in Coney.
Here are some of summer’s best shows to pencil in—many of them free:
June 20: Big Daddy Kane *FREE SummerStage Show
July 8: Barrington Levy with Third World, Kabaka Pyramid, DJ Gravy, and Federation Sound *FREE SummerStage Show
July 13: Tito Rojas and Andy Montanez *FREE SummerStage Show
July 29: The Lox with Young M.A, Special Guest DJ Funk Flex, Hosted by Torae *FREE SummerStage Show
August 2: Wiz Khalifa
August 10: Dark Star Orchestra
August 12: Dej Loaf with IAMDDB. / QUIÑ *FREE SummerStage Show
August 17: The Beach Boys