On the evening of August 27, 1978, then Islip Arts Council Director Mrs. Lillian Barbash, brought the Free Concert in the Park to Heckscher State Park for the very first time. This exceptional event began with Mrs. Barbash and the New York Philharmonic, and would become an important cultural tradition on Long Island.

More than forty years later, thousands of Long Island residents still gather every summer at Long Island's premiere concert under the stars on a Saturday night in July. For the last few years, the concert featured The Long Island Orchestra, led by world-renowned conductor David Stewart Wiley.

Themes and programs vary year to year. From "Honoring Our Hometown Heroes" to celebrating the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, each concert always surprises and delights all attendees.

The Annual Free Concert in the Park continues to be an important part of Long Island's cultural landscape. 

Founded in 1976, the Islip Arts Council is dedicated to leadership, advocacy, and excellence in the arts. Our goal is to present, produce, and promote culturally responsive, high quality programs in varied artistic disciplines for our diverse  Long Island community.


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South Shore Mall
1701 Sunrise Highway
Bay Shore, NY 11706
(Next to Dick's Sporting Goods)
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 11am–4pm
Closed Sunday and Monday.