The Beach Boys at SummerStage in Central Park

the-beach-boys-tickets_05-15-16_17_564b645a8b256September 14 @ 6:00 pm10:00 pm
$50 – $55

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

The Beach Boys

The Beach Boys celebrate 50 years of “Good Vibrations” in 2016 with a summer tour that takes them to SummerStage in New York City’s Central Park. Few, if any, acts can match The Beach Boys’ concert presence, spirit and performance. The Beach Boys are led by Mike Love and Bruce Johnston, who along with Jeffrey Foskett, Brian Eichenburger, Tim Bonhomme, John Cowsill and Scott Totten continue the legacy of the iconic American band. Mike Love’s forthcoming memoir, “Good Vibrations: My Life as a Beach Boy,” is due out on September 13.


September 14
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Doors 6:30pm / Show 7pm
SummerStage, Central Park
Rumsey Playfield
New York, NY

Flight of the Conchords at SummerStage in Central Park

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July 24 @ 5:00 pm10:00 pm

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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.

Flight of the Conchords

Grammy Award-winning folk comedy duo Flight of the Conchords (aka Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie) will return to the U.S. this summer. The “Flight of the Conchords sing Flight of the Conchords Tour”, is their first since co-headlining 2014’s “Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Tour”. Jemaine and Bret have new material in the works, which they’ll showcase exclusively at these shows. The amphitheatre and concert hall tour will make stops in Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Minneapolis, Seattle, Atlanta, and more.

The “Flight of the Conchords sing Flight of the Conchords Tour” begins June 11th in Cleveland, OH at State Theatre and ends July 27th in Los Angeles, CA at The Greek Theatre. Highlights for the tour include July 5th in Morrison, CO at Red Rocks Amphitheatre; Newport Folk Festival July 22; and SummerStage in Central Park July 24th. Tickets are on sale beginning Friday, March 4th at 10am.

Eugene Mirman

Eugene Mirman is currently known as the voice of “Gene” on Fox’s Emmy award-winning Bob’s Burgers. He’s also supporting I’m Sorry, You’re Welcome, his acclaimed 9-volume, 7-LP comedy set out now worldwide on Sub Pop. Mirman has also appeared on Flight of the Conchords HBO series, Adult Swim’sDelocated, and has had two comedy specials on Comedy Central. His latest comedy special is available on Netflix. Mirman is also a frequent co-host of Neil deGrasse Tyson’s science show Star Talk.

Ryan Adams & The Shining at Central Park’s SummerStage

ryan-adams-tct-2-626x433Ryan Adams is a multiple-Grammy-nominated singer songwriter from Jacksonville, NC who has released a veritable onslaught of critically acclaimed and commercially successful albums since 2000. Among the most recent of these was September 2014’s Ryan Adams. Written, recorded and produced by Adams, the album led off with “Gimme Something Good,” the first vinyl single to go #1 at the music store, and entered the Billboard chart at career high #4. The album earned two nominations at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards: Best Rock Song for “Gimme Something Good” and Best Rock Album. In Fall 2015, Adams commemorated the release of his full-album cover of Taylor Swift’s 1989 by appearing as the first music guest on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, then opening Jimmy Kimmel Live’s week of shows airing from New York, playing (of course) “Welcome To New York” from 1989.

Among the other monuments in the Adams canon are: Ashes & Fire, his 2011 Glyn Johns-produced  “gorgeous, shimmering solo album” (USA Today); 2007’s Easy Tiger which opened at #7 on the U.S. chart with Ryan’s biggest first week sales to date and wound down the year with “Halloweenhead” making Rolling Stone’s Best Songs of 2007; 2005’s Cold Roses and Jacksonville City Nights; 2004’s Love Is Hell; Ryan’s 2001 major label debut Gold, which has sold nearly a million copies worldwide to date and features “When Stars Go Blue,” quoted in Stephen King’s Lisey’s Story and widely known as “that Tim Graw song the kid did on American Idol” or “the song the Corrs did with Bono”; and his 2000 solo debut Heartbreaker, released on Bloodshot Records and including “My Winding Wheel,” “Oh My Sweet Carolina” (featuring Emmylou Harris), “Come Pick Me Up.”

Ryan Adams is also CEO of his own PAX-AM label through which he has released numerous singles and albums including the 15-LP exclusive vinyl edition of his 2012 Live After Deaf box set that sold out its entire pressing in eight minutes. He has also produced albums for Jenny Lewis, La Sera, Fall Out Boy, Willie Nelson, Jesse Malin, and collaborated with Norah Jones, America, Cowboy Junkies, Beth Orton and many others. His current band The Shining has accompanied him on world spanning rave-reviewed tours since 2014.

July 20 @ 6:00 pm10:00 pm

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

Ryan Adams


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

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


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

Best For

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

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

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 – and to honor legendary rock impresdario Ron Delsener and the amazing array of music he brought to Central Park starting in the ’60s, when seats were $1 thanks to sponsor Rheingold Beer.

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“They threw me out of Central Park 35 years ago; I’m back tonight,” Delsener reminisced while accepting his award. He also shared anecdotes including a backstage conversation with Ray Charles, encountering a guy dressed in plastic on Madison Avenue, and a hot-dog vendor who made off with most of the hot dogs. In an accompanying video, he walked around the park and shared memories of the night George Harrison showed up when Tina Turner was playing, Led Zeppelin agreeing to play for almost nothing, the crowds that came out for Simon & Garfunkel, Elton John’s costume changes, and building a stage on Sheep Meadow for Barbra Streisand in 1967.

While New York’s parks department takes care of physical maintenance, the City Parks Foundation focuses on programming. In addition to concerts, the charity brings the parks recreational programs like tennis or track and field.

Delsener himself assembled the line-up for a concert that followed the family-style dinner set up on the grounds of SummerStage. Paul Shaffer was the band leader, saxophonist David Sanborn joined for two tunes, and Idina Menzel sang Radiohead’s “Creep” after telling the crowd how Delsener discovered her, and made a “Long Island Jewish girl’s dreams come true.”

Father Guido Sarducci, an ’80s fixture of “Saturday Night Live,” provided a comic interlude by introducing his invention — small food plates designed to rest on one’s shoulder, which he demonstrated over his robes. One possible use at a party, he said: a place to rest the appetizer you took a bite of and didn’t like, warning others not to try it.