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.

Music programming in 2020 will be scheduled and adjusted as the COVID-19 public health crisis evolves. Sign up for our mailing list to receive updated information on our plans for the summer. We look forward to sharing music with you again soon! 

 

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

 

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

Join us in celebrating the creativity and resilience of our community with a songwriting challenge featuring new original songs about community, the Theater District, and memories on Broadway, written in response to the present moment. The participating songwriters are all past performers in our Broadway Buskers concert series, which showcases Broadway actors and composers who are also singer-songwriters. The Songs for Our City concerts are free to view. We encourage audience members to vote for their favorite songs and to donate to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS’ COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Fund, which provides resources and emergency financial assistance to those within the entertainment community who have been impacted by the pandemic.     

 

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

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

Before you take your seat in the theatre on Tuesday evenings, enjoy original music performed by Broadway actors and composers at the Crossroads of the World. The lineup last summer included Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winners, veteran ensemble members, performers making their Broadway debuts in new hit shows, a world champion whistler, and a simple sponge who lives in a pineapple under the sea. Positioned within Times Square Market, the  local outdoor food market in Times Square, audiences can enjoy food and Happy Hour drinks while taking in FREE concerts by Broadway professionals.     

 

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

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

Give your Thursday night a new rhythm as you head to the train or wait for a colleague to join you for dinner. 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 can enjoy 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.