Each summer, Times Square celebrates New York City’s talent, culture, and creativity with free performances and activities on the pedestrian plazas. In past years our warm-weather weekday programming has included evening concerts, ambient music throughout the day, and additional activities for all ages. These weekly events are all entirely free and open to the public, and are complemented by Times Square Market’s local food and retail kiosks.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 public health crisis, our events are moving online. Sign up for our mailing list to stay up to date on our plans for the summer. 

 

 

Programs are all FREE, open to the public, and for all ages:

 

BROADWAY BUSKERS
Livestreamed Concert Series
Curated and hosted by Ben Cameron
with select artists curated by Musical Theatre Factory

Tuesdays, July 21-October 27
All concerts livestreamed at 7pm ET

Times Square’s annual concert series celebrating the talented singer-songwriters of the theater community returns this summer. The beginning of the season includes performers who have appeared on Broadway in Ain’t Too Proud, Come From Away, The Great Comet, The Addams Family and more. Tune in and enjoy FREE concerts by Broadway professionals from their living room to yours.    


PAST PROGRAMS

SONGS FOR OUR CITY
Livestreamed Concert Series
Curated and hosted by Ben Cameron

Preliminary Concerts: Tuesdays and Wednesdays, June 2nd-June 17th
Final Concert: Sunday, June 21st
All concerts livestreamed at 7:05pm ET

In celebration of the creativity and resilience of our community, we commissioned new original songs about community, the Theater District, and memories on Broadway, written in response to the present moment. The participating songwriters were all past performers in our Broadway Buskers concert series. Audiences voted to send their favorite songs into the finale, where a panel of celebrity judges selected the winner.    

 

JAZZ IN TIMES SQUARE
Concert Series
Curated by Jazz at Lincoln Center

Thursdays from 5-7pm
Broadway Plaza between 43rd and 44th Streets

Last summer, Jazz at Lincoln Center brought New York City’s hottest young jazz bands to the plaza, creating the feeling of an intimate club amidst the lights and sounds of Times Square. 

 

FREE LIVE MUSIC
Ambient music by solo musicians from MTA Music Under New York

Broadway Plazas between 42nd and 47th Streets

Normally found in the subways, musicians from the MTA Music Under New York program joined us above ground for free performances again last summer. At Lunch and Happy Hour, audiences enjoyed New York City’s diversity and depth of talent with a bite and drink while relaxing in Times Square.    

 

COLORING & DRAWING
Wednesdays from 12-3pm
Broadway Plaza between 43rd and 44th Streets
 
This unique weekly series in partnership with Strand Book Store consisted of free coloring sessions with one-of-a-kind coloring pages designed by the team behind Strand’s iconic tote bags, apparel, and merchandise, as well as custom pages from fan favorite Coloring Broadway. Seating, materials, and live music accompaniment were provided.
 

In July, Times Square hosted Street Lab’s DRAW NYC — an open-air art studio that offers New Yorkers access to fine art materials and encourages them to gather together to draw and create in public. Participants were able to use artist prompts and take part in activities, or draw from their own inspiration. DRAW NYC travels across New York City and is designed for all ages and abilities.