A thousand free concerts on the longest day of the year


Friday marks the Summer Solstice, which means that it’s time for the citywide Make Music New York festival to return for its 13th year, and the schedule is jam-packed with hundreds of music events taking place in outdoor public spaces in all 5 boroughs from the North Bronx to the southernmost tip of Staten Island. From 10am to 10pm, you can hear every kind of music, from metal to opera to ska to ragtime to hip hop, and it’s all totally free. You can search the massive list of offerings by neighborhood or genre to help you decide which performance to attend, but one that caught our eye is Improv Everywhere’s Mp3 Experiment at 8:30pm in Prospect Park. Participants are asked to download a special app before the event and bring headphones and a few other specific items—once the audio track starts, you just need to follow the synchronized instructions to join the crowd in the ensuing absurdity.

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