101 Free Things to Do in Brooklyn This Summer 

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Classical Music and Jazz

MAY 26
Green-Wood’s Annual Memorial Day Concert
The ISO Symphonic Band performs its annual program featuring pieces from the cemetery’s “permanent residents,” like Leonard Bernstein. Green-Wood Cemetery, Sunset Park

Celebrate Ornette
The jazz saxophonist’s son, Denardo Coleman, will celebrate his father’s legacy with special guests like Afrika Bambaataa, Flea, Patti Smith and many more. Prospect Park Bandshell, Park Slope (Part of Celebrate Brooklyn!)

Night at the Movies
The Grand Street Community Band and the Brooklyn Wind Symphony will perform John Williams’s Star Wars themes, Leonard Bernstein’s dances from West Side Story, and more. Grand Street Campus High School Auditorium, 850 Grand Street, Williamsburg

JUNE 21 Make Music New York
On the summer solstice, 100s of free concerts of all genres, from punk to minimalist classical, will take place all over the city. Various locations

The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series
We really wish the Met would perform full operas with an orchestra in Prospect Park like it used to. If we can’t have that, we guess we’ll take this concert with three singers and a pianist. Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 1, Brooklyn Heights

New York Philharmonic Concerts in the Park
God bless the Phil for refusing to give up on free, full-orchestra summer parks concerts! This year’s features Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet (yes!), Richard Strauss’s Don Juan (double yes!) and more. Prospect Park, Long Meadow Ballfields

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