Central Park Up for “Best Free Attraction” in USA Today’s 10 Best Readers’ Choice Awards

Southwest_corner_of_Central_Park,_looking_east,_NYCCENTRAL PARK, NY — New Yorkers have nine days to vote for Central Park as the “Best Free Attraction” in the USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards 2016.

Twenty free, iconic U.S. attractions were chosen by USA Today travel experts and the public will decide the best. The list includes places like The Alamo in San Antonio, the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, Millennium Park in Chicago, the National Mall and Memorial Parks in D.C., and many more legendary spots.

Since we all know New York is the best city in the U.S., it only makes sense that the best free attraction would be found in our beloved city borders.

Vote – here!

Go-Go’s Farewell Performance at Central Park’s SummerStage

The Go-Go’s last appearance in NYC took place August 13th at Central Park’s SummerStage – the site of their historic 2001 comeback performance.

“After a 38 year run, we are gearing up for one last blast of a summer tour,” says the band about the farewell trek. “We feel so lucky and so grateful to have had the incredible support of our fans for so long. We can’t wait to get out on the road and give the people what they want: some loud fast music and a great party!” And the Go-Go’s did just that with a performance that rocked a sell-out crowd. Fans enjoyed a strong set of favorites highlighted by a rendition of the classic “Cool Jerk” that featured a colorful array of lucky fans that bounced around onstage. The band looked and sounded great, heating up an already sweltering Central Park night!

The legendary rock group made history as the first, and to date only, all-female band that both wrote their own songs and played their own instruments to ever top the Billboard charts. The Go-Go’s rose to fame during the early 1980s after the release of their debut album, Beauty and the Beat, which was #1 on the Billboard charts for six consecutive weeks, selling three million copies, and making it one of the most successful debut albums of all time. In 1982, The Go-Go’s were nominated for a Grammy Award for “Best New Artist” and the group also released their sophomore album, Vacation, . . . → Read More: Go-Go’s Farewell Performance at Central Park’s SummerStage

Jerry Garcia Symphonic Celebration at Central Park’s Summerstage

August 8 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm – $47.50

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By purchasing tickets to SummerStage Benefit Concerts, you are continuing to support over 100 free performances in parks throughout the five boroughs.

Jerry Garcia Symphonic Celebration featuring Warren Haynes This ground-breaking orchestral program – curated by the Garcia Family – features Garcia’s original compositions, as well as classic interpretations of his timeless standards that were hallmarks of Garcia and the Grateful Dead’s shows. Collaborating with a full symphony orchestra, renowned vocalist/guitarist Warren Haynes (Allman Brothers Band, Gov’t Mule, The Dead) lends his soul-soaked, introspective blend of rock, blues, R&B and jazz to Garcia’s masterworks.

“I’m very excited about doing these shows. We’ve chosen a very diverse list of songs from the extensive Jerry Garcia related catalog and in the true spirit of the original music we’ll be leaving room for improvisation and approaching the symphonic arrangements from a non-traditional direction. We are also going to vary the setlists to some extent for fans that want to attend multiple shows,” says Haynes, who brings an intimate knowledge of the material, having performed extensively with The Dead and Phil Lesh & Friends.

Details Date: August 8 Time: 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm Time(s): Doors 6pm / Show 7pm Cost: $47.50 Venue SummerStage, Central Park Rumsey Playfield New York, NY Map: . . . → Read More: Jerry Garcia Symphonic Celebration at Central Park’s Summerstage

Water Fight on Central Park’s Great Lawn

Water Fight on Central Park’s Great Lawn

A great way to cool off!

Waterfight NYC 2016 is happening tomorrow, Saturday, July 30. The annual event brings kids-at-heart together to duke it out super-soaker style while getting thoroughly drenched in the process.

If you’re not afraid to get a little wet, pick up one of the recommended “weapons” for the event (water guns, super soakers, squirt guns, spray bottles and water blaster) and head to the park for an afternoon of battle from 2-5pm.

You also might want to pick up goggles, a bucket to store water and five or more water bottles. You don’t want to run low on supplies after all. No RSVP or registration is required.