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Little Island Is Hosting A Massive Free Arts Festival All Month Long

"NYC Free" will feature 460 artists and 160 performances

Claire Leaden Claire Leaden

Little Island Is Hosting A Massive Free Arts Festival All Month Long

More free concerts are coming your way, NYC!

The city’s brand new floating park Little Island just announced they will be hosting the city’s first-ever “NYC Free” Festival starting August 11th. The month-long event will be the culmination of New York State’s NY PopsUp initiative — which brought over 300 free, outdoor performances across NY during the pandemic — and will feature 460 artists and 160 performances, up to seven free events five days a week!

The one-time festival will run through September 5 (Labor Day Weekend). Its goal was to work with dozens of NYC artists as both performers and curators to empower them to share their creations with the rest of the city, as led by Festival Producer Mikki Shepard.

Photo courtesy of Little Island

“Artists, forever questioning how to work and engage with the public, continue to demonstrate the courage to take risks and adapt!” Shepard said. “My experience has shown me that through listening to artists and investing in their creative process and curatorial practices we can reflect on the past, stand up for what we believe in, offer hope, and reimagine a future that is safe and joyful for all New Yorkers.”

A press release promises a diverse lineup, with “a wide-ranging mix of pairings and programs, new works and surprising collaborations.” Expect everything from experimental music to poets’ tours, site-specific dance to A-List comedy lineups, and even one-night-only jazz performances. They will all take advantage of the Park’s unique landscape and performance spaces, including two distinct performances every single night in the island’s amphitheater, The Amph.


You’ll only need your regular Park reservation (which is required to visit any time after 12 p.m.) to attend most NYC Free events, but for those in The Amph you’ll need a free ticket reservation — which you can make on their website now here.

Besides this fantastic upcoming festival, Little Island is home to other weekly free programs and performances. Find all of those here!