New York may be known as the Great Indoors, but there is no city with more people participating in more outdoor activities during the summer. I’m not talking badminton here. We’re talking massive outdoor concerts, block parties, festivals — many, if not most, for free.

Here is a glimpse of what’s in store in 2010.

32nd Annual Museum Mile Festival
Nine celebrated museums along Fifth Avenue, all free. 6 to 9 p.m., June 8

Celebrate Brooklyn!
Free celebration of music, dance, film and spoken word at the Prospect Park Bandshell features world famous performers. June 12 to August 8.

A series of both free and benefit performances of all sorts of music and even poetry on 16 outdoor stages in parks throughout the five boroughs. June 1 to September 26

Summergarden 2010: New Music for New York

Museum of Modern Art
A tradition that began in 1971, the free Summergarden concerts are part of MoMA’s long history of presenting jazz and classical music.
Sundays, July 11, 2010 – Sun, Aug 1, 2010

Thalia al Aire Libre/Free Outdoors Festival
Thalia Spanish Theatre
Sun, June 6, 2010 – Sun, June 20, 2010
Thalia Spanish Theatre’s 16th annual outdoor festival, with one-hour performances, takes place on Sundays, June 6-June 20.

River to River Festival
The festival takes place throughout Lower Manhattan each summer. June 22 to August 19.

Vision Festival 15

Arts for Art
The 15th annual free jazz and avant-garde jazz music festival features more than 60 events, including innovative music and dance performances, poetry readings, film and visual art exhibitions, a site-specific art installation and three panel discussions on the music business.
Sun, June 20, 2010 – Wed, June 30, 2010

Rooftop Films Summer Series 2010
These al fresco screenings of more than 125 new short and feature films from around the world are usually preceded by a live music performance and wrap up with an after-party (often with free drinks). May to September, 2010

Jewish Museum’s SummerNights
Live world music in a concert setting on three Thursdays in July.

BAM’s Rhythm and Blues Festival at MetroTech
Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM)
Free rhythm and blues concerts
Thurs, June 3, 2010 – Thurs, Aug 5, 2010

CareFusion Jazz Festival
Founded by jazz impresario George Wein, what was once known as the JVC Jazz Festival—a live music series with deep pockets and big name talent—has been reincarnated by its new corporate sponsor as a scrappier and more musically-diverse jazz affair.
June 17 to 26.

Midsummer Night Swing 2010
Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
Tues, June 29, 2010 – Sat, July 17, 2010
Midsummer Night Swing turns Lincoln Center’s Damrosch Park into a dance party

And I’m not even including the Fourth of July — which is so big it gets its own post!
More later, as the summer heats up!

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