New York Philharmonic in Central Park

This year’s scheduled performance by the New York Philharmonic on Central Park’s Great Lawn promises to be another great opportunity to enjoy great music under the stars at the center of Manhattan.Performances begin at 8 p.m., so if you want seating close to the stage, plan to arrive about 2 hours early — if you’re less particular, and depending on the size of your group, you can arrive up until the show begins.

Great Lawn in Central Park, Manhattan

July 15

Pack your picnics, bring your blankets, and come hear Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic play priceless music, absolutely free. On the program: Dvo?ák’s Cello Concerto, with Principal Cello Carter Brey as soloist, and Tchaikovsky’s astounding Fifth Symphony.

Directions:Westside entrances: West 81st or 86th Streets at Central Park West; Eastside entrances: East 79th or 85th Streets at Fifth Avenue

Things to Bring:

  • Food and drink (alcohol is generally tolerated, but there are police around, so keep it low-key)
  • Candles (it gets dark as the night goes on and it can be difficult to see your companions)
  • Jacket or Sweater (after the sun sets, the temperature can drop and you’ll be happy to have it)
  • Bug spray to keep mosquitoes away (citronella candles can also do double duty)
  • Balloons are a good way to help you find your friends (cell phones work too) [Please dispose of your balloons in the trash — releasing them into the air is essentially littering and can be harmful to wildlife.]
  • Blankets to sit on (a plastic garbage bag makes a great liner between your blanket/beach towel and the moist ground)