SummerStage is New York City’s largest, free outdoor performing arts festival, taking place in Central Park and 17 neighborhood parks around the city, from June-October, presenting approximately 100 performances — the majority of which are free of charge — for 200,000+ audiences annually.

New York is the quintessential global city, and the place we have been proud to call home for more than three decades. SummerStage brings renowned artists and rising stars from around the world to local neighborhood parks, presenting distinctly New York genres — salsa, jazz, and hip hop — alongside indie, reggae, Afrobeat, soul, modern dance, and much more. We turn local parks into dynamic and accessible performance spaces. There truly is no better place to experience music than amongst the trees in this iconic spot. Come watch a legendary artist or discover the performer you’ll love next!

City Parks Foundation is the only independent, nonprofit organization whose mission is to offer programs in public parks throughout the five boroughs of New York City. At City Parks Foundation, we are dedicated to invigorating and transforming parks into dynamic, vibrant centers of urban life through sports, arts, community development, and education programs for all New Yorkers. Our programs and community building initiatives — located in more than 300 parks, recreation centers, and public schools across the city — reach 425,000 people each year. Our ethos is simple: we believe thriving parks reflect thriving communities.


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Sample Press

New York Magazine: Free Tunes

The New York Times: ASE Dance Theater Collective and Nathan Trice/Rituals Dance Theater

PBS Metro Focus: Jerry Garcia, Warren Haynes, & Summer Stage

Village Voice: In These Dark Times, Shirley Manson and Garbage Are Better Than Ever

Vice: Go Going, Go Going, Gone – One Last Star Turn for America’s Most Punk Pop Stars, the Go Go’s

Wall Street Journal: Rock, Pop and Jazz: Summer Concerts in New York City