the Festival


Washington Square Music Festival has been providing free evening concerts in the park since 1956 and has been a corner-stone of Greenwich Village life ever since. Our site has lots of information about our history, including press coverage and awards, photos of performances and the park, video clips from performances, our performers, and more. Check out the links below or the menu above to learn and see more.

Photo Courtesy of Leo Blachar

How do we do it?

All of our performers and musicians are paid at union scale, and all of our concerts are free ... so guess what? We survive by generous grants from our sponsors, lots of help from volunteers, and private donations by individuals like you. Consider making a donation today!


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Washington Square Music Festival

PO Box 1066, Village Station

New York, NY  10014-0706


The Washington Square Music Festival is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs with the City Council, The New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, NYC Council Member Margaret Chin, and the Office of the Borough President of Manhattan, Gail Brewer, BP.  Generous grants from The Earle K. & Katherine F. Moore Foundation, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, The Washington Square Association, The Music Performance Trust Fund, The Margaret Neubart Foundation Trust, New York University Community Affairs & NYU Community Fund, Salamon-Abrams Family Fund, Washington Square Park Conservancy, Con Edison, Lamia’s Fish Market, Le Souk, and Three Sheets Saloon/ Off the Wagon/Down the Hatch, and the Hilaria & Alec Baldwin Foundation are deeply appreciated.


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