Forest Hills Stadium is one of the greatest places in New York City to see live music, and it's easily accessible by the E/F/M/R trains and the Long Island Rail Road (which you can now also catch from Grand Central Madison).

The open-air venue, now 100 years old, has a fascinating history filled with highs, lows, and legendary lineups. They’ve hosted iconic acts like The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Supremes, Joan Baez, Jimi Hendrix, hometown boys Simon & Garfunkel, and even Richie Tenenbaum. Not bad for a stadium that was originally built to host the U.S. Open back in the 1920s, and you'll see its history all over when you visit.

Before we get to the present day offerings, let's take a look back:

The Beatles land at the stadium (Courtesy of Forest Hills Stadium)
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Hendrix takes the stage (Courtesy of Forest Hills Stadium)
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Dylan backstage (Forest Hills Stadium)

The 13,000-capacity stadium has been revived in recent years, and consistently delivers on solid lineups during the warmer weather months in the city.  

You won’t just be welcomed by the music, though. The unique stadium is also home to a number of food vendors, complimenting the great spots you can hit up around Forest Hills before the show — definitely take a stroll along Austin Street before heading in. It also offers a relaxing space for a pre-show hang along the sprawling grass tennis court concourse.


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Overlooking the food vendors (Courtesy of Forest Hills Stadium)
Around the historic stadium (Courtesy of Forest Hills Stadium)
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There are lots of spaces to lounge (Courtesy of Forest Hills Stadium)


  • Pulled Pork Sandwich | 16.00

    • comes w/ pickled veggies, and 4 oz cole slaw 

  • Burnt End Sandwich | 17.50

    • comes w/ pickled veggies, and 4 oz cole slaw 

  • Dirty Fries | 15.50

    • comes smothered in burnt ends, spicy sauce, onions, and scallions 

  • Mac Fritters | 10.00  

    • 6 fried mac and cheese balls. Served with Tangy BBQ sauce 

  • Cornbread - $4.00 

  • Fries | 6.50  


  • Loaded Lamb Gyro Sandwich | 15.00 

    • Sliced Lamb Gyro, Lettuce, Tomato, Tzatziki, French Fries, Served On Pita Bread  

  • Loaded Chicken Gyro Sandwich | 15.00

    • Sliced Chicken Gyro, Lettuce, Tomato, Tzatziki, French Fries Served On Pita Bread 

  • Loaded Vegan Gyro Sandwich | 15.00

    • Sliced Vegan Gyro, Lettuce, Tomato, Hummus, French Fries Served On Pita Bread *Vegan* 

  • Baklava | 5.00 


  • Filet Mignon Spring Rolls | 16.00 

  • Florentine Spring Rolls | 13.00

    • Spinach & Feta Stuffed Spring Rolls Served With A Pesto Aioli 

  • Baklava | 5.00


  • Stacked Vegan Sandwich | 16.00

    • Salami, Ham, Turkey, Roast Beef, Mortadella, Provolone, American Cheese, LTO, Sweet Peppers, Spicy Peppers, Oil and Vinegar

  • Stacked Cheesesteak | 16.00

    • Thinly Sliced Top Round Beef, Sauteed Onions, Creamy Cheese Sauce  

  • Pastrami | 16.00 

    • Pastrami, Swiss, Coleslaw, Tomato, Onion, Russian Dressing and Spicy Mustard 


  • Beef Empanada | 6.00

  • Cheese Empanada | 6.00

  • Chicken Empanada | 6.00 

  • Chorizo Empanada | 6.00 

  • Dessert Empanada | 6.00 


  • Pretzel | 5.00 

  • Pretzel Bites | 7.00 


  • Creamy Paleta | 5.50 

  • Fruity Paleta | 4.50 


  • Cheeseburger | 12.00 

  • Fresh Ground Beef Burger | 11.00 

  • Cheese Fries | 11.00 

  • Sliced Watermelon | 6.00 


  • Milk Shake | 10.00 

  • Foot Long Hot Dog | 8.00 


  • Chicken Quesadilla | 13.00 

  • Carnitas Tacos | 14.00 

  • Chicken Burrito | 14.00 

  • Fish Tacos | 15.00 

  • Mexican Street Corn | 7.00 


  • Hot Dog | 6.00 

  • Chopped Cheese Hot Dog | 12.00

    • Ground Chuck, Onions, American Cheese, Lettuce And Tomato on a Hero Roll 

  • Slaw Dog | 10.50

    • Mighty Quinn’s Coleslaw, Celery Salt, BBQ Sauce  

  • Swedish Hot Dogs | 11.00

    • with a Spicy Chutney, Small Axe Centennial Hot Sauce 

  • Vegan Hot Dog | 6.00 


  • Chicken Tenders and Fries | 12.00 

  • Spicy Chicken Sandwich | 13.00 

  • Fries | 5.00 


The stadium grounds are filled with little areas to enjoy a beverage before the show, but don't sleep on the speakeasy suites — these have a bar and lounge inside (which is located under the bleachers) and a "front porch" where you'll have a great view of the show.

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Tom Petty playing one of his final shows in 2017 (Photo by Peter Wolf, courtesy of Forest Hills Stadium)
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The Speakeasy Suites (Courtesy of Forest Hills Stadium)

Here’s the lineup for 2023, their centennial year (with more shows to be announced): 

  • June 3: Lane 8, Sultan + Shepard, Jerro, Massane (LIVE), Ocula 

  • June 4: Kevin Hart 

  • June 9: Dave Matthews Band 

  • June 14: Bert Kreischer’s Fully Loaded Comedy Festival 

  • June 16: Re:SET with LCD Soundsystem

  • June 17: Re:SET with boygenius

  • June 18: Re:SET with Steve Lacy 

  • June 23-24: Zach Bryan, Charles Wesely Godwin 

  • July 7: The Smile, Robert Stillman 

  • July 8: Two Friends, Matoma, NOTD, Deerock 

  • July 13: Weezer, Future Islands, Joyce Manor 

  • July 27: Maggie Rogers, Soccer Mommy 

  • July 29: Louis Tomlinson 

  • Aug. 1: Fall Out Boy, Bring Me The Horizon, Royal & The Serpent, Games We Play 

  • Aug. 5: Rock The Bells Festival 

  • Aug. 12: Queens of the Stone Age, Phantogram 

  • Aug. 17: Jason Mraz & His Superband with The New York Pops 

  • Aug. 19: The Strokes, Angel Olsen, Seaton Smith, Promiseland 

  • Sept. 8-9: Arctic Monkeys, Fontaines D.C. 

  • Sept. 15: Cigarettes After Sex 

  • Sept. 17: Willie Nelson’s Outlaw Festival 

  • Sept. 22: Duran Duran, Grace Jones, Nile Rodgers & Chic, Bastille 

  • Sept. 29: Sylvan Esso, Goth Babe, Charlotte Adigéry & Bolis Pupul 

  • Sept. 30: Jungle


The steps leading up to the LIRR station at Forest Hills

Forest Hills Stadium is easy to reach with mass transit. Just take the E/M/F/R trains to Forest Hills-71 Av, which is less than a 10-minute walk to the stadium. Or take the LIRR to Forest Hills, which will deliver you right to the stadium's entrance at 1 Tennis Place. As always, check or the TrainTime app for any service changes before heading out.





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Take the subway or the LIRR to Forest Hills and be within walking distance of the stadium

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