SummerStage NYC is a free summer performing arts festival in New York City parks. There are always a few benefit concerts, but most are free. Performers range from world-famous artists to new talent. One of the joys of summer in New York City is discovering new artists at all the festivals. It’s not summer in New York without SummerStage.
Programming tends to get more Latin later in the season. The Metropolitan Opera, LAMC – Latin Alternative Music Conference, and Brasil Summerfest usually bring great Latin artists to SummerStage. The curators usually schedule Latin artists in August, but SummerStage is fun no matter who is performing.
2021 shows are at Central Park SummerStage (Rumsey Playfield) and Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem. The Blue Note Jazz Festival is also partnering this year.
Accept for a handful of benefit concerts that support SummerStage, tickets are free. However during the pandemic, tickets are required to all shows including free concerts. Request tickets at cityparksfoundation.org/summerstage. A ticket request doesn’t guarantee a ticket. If you win the ticket lottery, you will be notified.
Don’t just show up without a ticket. But since these are outdoor concerts, you can enjoy them from outside all around the venue. Having a picnic in the park at a SummerStage concert is one of those magical New York City things to do.
We don’t know how it will be in 2021, but normally concert lines are long. Enter the line at least two hours ahead, and don’t bring anything with you. For security purposes, you can’t take things inside the venues.
SummerStage NYC is produced by the City Parks Foundation.
It’s Not Summer in New York City Without SummerStage
The most amazing artists perform. Some are superstars and some you never heard of. Every year we discover great new artists.
We are #AllInNYC so there is something for everyone. Past Latin music programming has included afrobeat, boleros, calypso, flamenco, folk, freestyle, hip-hop, konpa (Haitian dance music), opera, pop, reggae/dancehall, rock, salsa and reggaeton. Past Latin dance programming includes ballet, modern and contemporary dance.
These NYC parks have been used for past festivals.
- The main SummerStage venue, Central Park SummerStage, is Rumsey Playfield in Central Park
- East River Park Amphitheater in the Lower East Side
- Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem
- Jackie Robinson Park in Harlem
- Brooklyn Bridge Park in Brooklyn Heights
- Ford Amphitheater in Coney Island
- Von King Park in Bedford-Stuyvesant
- Flushing Meadows Corona Park
- Queensbridge Park in Long Island City
- Socrates Sculpture Park in Astoria
- Soundview Park in Soundview
- Springfield Park in Springfield Gardens
- Crotona Park
- Williamsbridge Oval Park
Staten Island Parks
- Clove Lakes Park in Castelton Corners
- Corporal Thompson Park in Port Richmond
Past SummerStage NYC Festivals
There are many good memories in here.
Mondays ~ Contemporary Dance
Tuesdays ~ Global
Wednesdays ~ Indie Rock
Thursdays ~ Latin
Fridays ~ Hip Hop
Saturdays ~ Jazz
June – October, 2019
African, Argentine, Brazilian, Chilean, Colombian, Creole, Cuban, Dominican, French, Garifuna, Haitian, Indigenous, Italian, Jewish, Mexican, Puerto Rican, Spanish culture and more. FREE
JUNE – SEPTEMBER
Central Park SummerStage
Rumsey Playfield, Central Park
Parks across NYC
May – October
June 21 – September 10, 2017