July 4th Weekend in Central Park!

Lots to do this holiday weekend in Central Park!

Freedom Party® NYC 13 Year Anniversary

July 2 @ 6:00 pm10:00 pm

Freedom Party® NYC 

The Freedom Party® is the longest running, weekly, Friday-night party in NYC history. Winner of Village Voice’s esteemed “Best Dance Party 2015,” Papermag‘s highlycoveted award for “Best Party (People’s Choice)” and runner up in URB Mag’s “Best Party” (nationwide), Freedom was created in 2003 by Herbert Holler, DJ Cosi and Marc Smooth to provide a place for people from all walks of life to dance and be free. Today, it is a bona fide nightlife institution, with monthly events in both Chicago and Washington, D.C., as well. Playing a tight mix of danceable, soulful hits across all genres of music from the 60s through today, Freedom continues to fill its dance floor each week with fun, beautiful people from all over the globe looking to have an unforgettable, true NYC party experience.

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Stories at the Statue of Hans Christian Andersen

at Hans Christian Andersen Statue (in Central Park), Manhattan

11:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Connie Reagan Blake, Len Cabral, Laura Simms, and Lisa Marie Nedergaard will lead a special Independence Day Celebration and share Appalachian, Caribbean, and Danish stories with accompaniment from cellist Lynn Andersen.
Category: Best for Kids
Free!

Central Park Tour: Conservatory Garden

at Vanderbilt Gate (in Central Park), Manhattan

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Central Park Conservancy staff takes you on a guided stroll amid thousands of trees, shrubs, perennials, and annuals that bloom throughout the year.
Category: Nature, History, Tours

Sunday, July 3, 2016

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Central Park Conservancy Family Performance Festival: Central Park Players

at The Great Hill (in Central Park), Manhattan This is an Accessible location

12:00 p.m.1:30 p.m.
This year’s Family Performance Festival is chock-a-block full of fun and learning through music, storytelling, park adventures, puppetry, and more!
Category: Education, Nature, Festivals, Best for Kids
Free!

Best For
Kids

Monday, July 4, 2016

Exhibition – SPF16: NYC Pools and Beaches in Contemporary Photography

at Arsenal (in Central Park), Manhattan

9:00 a.m.5:00 p.m.
Celebrate the 2016 summer season with an exhibition of contemporary photography that highlights the city’s most popular warm weather amenities—its public pools and beaches.
Category: Art
Free!

Hallett Nature Sanctuary

at Hallett Nature Sanctuary (in Central Park), Manhattan This is an Accessible location

2:00 p.m.5:00 p.m.
During these limited hours, visitors can explore the normally-closed Hallett Sanctuary at their own pace along the rustic trail.
Category: Birding, Education, Nature, Hiking
Free!

Jon Bon Jovi and Idina Manzel Headline Central Park SummerStage Gala

On a perfect Summer Solstice evening in Central Park Jon Bon Jovi crooned “Who Says You Can’t Go Home” and just about everybody in the crowd of benefit goers joined Peter Yarrow on “Blowin’ in the Wind.” It was all to raise funds for SummerStage . . . → Read More: Jon Bon Jovi and Idina Manzel Headline Central Park SummerStage Gala

SummerStage Gala 2016

City Parks Foundation Gala Concert & Dinner June 20 @ 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm

A NOT TO BE MISSED GALA CONCERT & DINNER HONORING LEGENDARY CONCERT PROMOTER RON DELSENER

Performances by Jon Bon Jovi, Idina Menzel, David Sanborn, Father Guido Sarducci (Don Novello), Paul Shaffer and the Park Rangers and other surprise guests

MONDAY, JUNE 20, 2016 Under the stars at SummerStage Central Park 72nd Street and Fifth Avenue

Cocktails at 6:30 pm Dinner & Concert Performance at 7:30 pm Cocktail Party Attire Rain or Shine (Tented Venue) Please RSVP by Friday, June 3, 2016

View full invitation here. RSVP here.

For further information, please contact Bryant Bradshaw at 212.360.8170 or Events@CityParksFoundation.org.

Star Sapphire Package – $50,000 Includes VIP premiere seating for ten (10) for dinner and concert; VIP Backstage Passes with access to Artists Lounge; Verbal recognition from the performance stage; On-screen recognition during dinner.

Diamond Package – $25,000 Includes premiere seating for ten (10) for dinner and concert; VIP Backstage Passes with access to Artists Lounge; On-screen recognition during dinner.

Platinum Package – $15,000 Includes priority seating for ten (10) for dinner and concert;On-screen recognition during dinner.

Gold Package – $10,000 Includes seating for four (4) at a shared table for dinner and concert; VIP Backstage Passes with access to Artists Lounge; On-screen recognition during dinner.

Silver Ticket Package – $3,000 Includes seating for two (2) for dinner and concert.

Individual Ticket – $1,500 Includes seating for one (1) for dinner and concert.

On-screen Journal – . . . → Read More: SummerStage Gala 2016

Hallett Nature Reserve Opens to the Public

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Hallett Nature Reserve Opens to the Public . . . → Read More: Hallett Nature Reserve Opens to the Public

Hidden Gardens – The Top Ten Spring Flower Spots in Central Park

Magnolia Blossoms

While Central Park offers a tranquil respite all year round from the surrounding cacophony of urban life, it is during the springtime that the park really sparkles. . . . → Read More: Hidden Gardens – The Top Ten Spring Flower Spots in Central Park