Ozy Fest 2018

Described by The New York Times as “part music festival, part TED talk, part food fair,” and by CNBC as “New York’s answer to SXSW,” OZY FEST features world-class entertainers, innovators, esteemed thought leaders, artists and some of the world’s best food. This year’s lineup includes musicians Common and Grouplove; performers Taye Diggs, Sanaa Lathan and Laverne Cox; comedians Chelsea Handler, Hasan Minhaj and Michelle Wolf; authors Malcolm Gladwell, Steven Pinker, Roxane Gay and Salman Rushdie; celebrity chefs Marcus Samuelsson and Roy Choi; Jemele Hill (ESPN), Scott Rogowsky (HQ), Martha Stewart and more to be announced.

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“OZY FEST is a massive party that descends upon New York City, bringing together the most diverse group of performers, thinkers, chefs and entertainers for an unprecedented exchange of ideas and the most fun you’ll have all year,” says Carlos Watson, OZY co-founder and CEO. “This year we’re giving you double the fun, taking over Central Park for two days of laugh-out-loud comedy, delicious food and the hottest music. You don’t want to miss it!”

OZY FEST is something you experience — not something you just attend. OZY FEST 2017 attracted over 5,000 guests who engaged with art, opened their minds to technology, politics and provocative speakers, tasted inventive foods and partied to live music, all in one place. Past headliners have included Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden, Samantha Bee, Mark Cuban, Issa Rae, Jason Derulo, Katie Couric, Sen. Cory Booker, Jeb Bush, Eddie Huang and many more.

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City Parks Foundation Gala 2018

Gala Dinner followed by a special performance with Steven Tyler and The Loving Mary Band

Monday, June 18, 2018 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm

City Parks Foundation is pleased to announce our 2018 Gala dinner & concert. This year we proudly honor BNP Paribas and Jean-Yves Fillion, Chief Executive Officer of BNP Paribas USA, and rock legend Steven Tyler.

Following the dinner, guests will enjoy a SummerStage concert performed by Steven Tyler and The Loving Mary Band.

Limited Cocktails & Concert only tickets available! 7:30 PM Cocktails 8:30 PM Awards Ceremony & Concert Steven Tyler and The Loving Mary Band

HONOREES

BNP Paribas and Jean-Yves Fillion, CEO, BNP Paribas USA and Chairman of CIB Americas

City Parks Foundation is proud to honor BNP Paribas with Jean-Yves Fillion, CEO, BNP Paribas USA and Chairman, CIB Americas, with the “People and Parks” Award. Under Jean Yves Fillion’s leadership, BNP Paribas USA has been a major participant in our Partnerships for Parks program, sending hundreds of employee volunteers each year to help us improve parks throughout New York City. BNP is also a major supporter of CityParks Tennis, which provides free instruction and competitive opportunities for over 6,000 children annually in 38 parks.

Steven Tyler

City Parks Foundation is thrilled to present Steven Tyler with our inaugural “SummerStage Icon” Award, for his enormous contributions to our city’s — and our country’s — cultural landscape, and for his tireless efforts as an avid advocate and philanthropist. A native New Yorker, rock icon Steven Tyler . . . → Read More: City Parks Foundation Gala 2018

Adventures NYC

Saturday, June 16, 2018 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Central Park, the Bandshell Area enter at 72nd Street

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FREE EVENT Rain or shine

Get ready to paddle, climb, race, and glide at Adventures NYC!

On Saturday, June 16, join NYC Parks in Central Park to celebrate the great outdoors and enjoy a day of adventure—for free! This year’s activities include:

Rock Climbing Zip Lining Key Log Rolling Stand-up Paddleboarding Karate Lessons Red Bulls Soccer Challenge Rod and Reel Skills GaGa Ball Yoga Obstacle Races Free Bike Valet Parking Outdoor Survival Training and much more!

Please note: Activity lines are subject to close early, so come early!

Certain activities will require a waiver, which will be provided at the event for participants to sign. Participants under the age of 18 must have a legal guardian present to sign the waiver.

Highlights from previous years

Save Time In Line

Before you head to Adventures NYC, sign our waiver for participants in advance, and bring it with you along with a Photo ID! We’ll verify it on site. Kids must have a parent or guardian present at the event. Download the Adventures NYC Participant Waiver

Accessibility

For accessibility information, please contact Chris Noel by email at accessibility@parks.nyc.gov or by phone at (212) 360-1430 by June 14. To learn more about accessible paths and entrances at Adventures NYC, please view the Adventures NYC Accessibility Map [PDF] [PDF].

Sponsorship

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SummerStage – Bowie Symphonic

BOWIE SYMPHONIC: ENSEMBLE LPR PERFORMS DAVID BOWIE’S BLACKSTAR LED BY EVAN ZIPORYN WITH CELLO SOLOIST MAYA BEISER / DONNY MCCASLIN GROUP

Amazing show last Saturday night on a perfect evening in Central Park!

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The cultural influence that the late musician, iconoclast, and actor David Bowie had on millions of people can’t be overstated. The late British star, who called New York his home, recorded his final album Blackstar in secret. A star-studded orchestra arranged by Evan Ziporyn and featuring solo cellist Maya Beiser, will perform the album in full, along with a special performance by the Donny McCaslin Group, whose ensemble worked with Bowie on Blackstar.

Named after and headquartered at the acclaimed New York City venue Le Poisson Rouge, Ensemble LPR is an assemblage of New York’s finest musicians. The group personifies the venue’s commitment to aesthetic diversity and artistic excellence. This event is presented as part of the venue’s 10th anniversary season, LPR X.

 

SummerStage – Gregory Porter / Victory

In association with Blue Note Jazz Festival: GREGORY PORTER / VICTORY Saturday, June 2, 2018

Last Saturday’s inaugural SummerStage show featuring Grammy Award winner Gregory Porter and Victory, a once-in- a-generation talent who is a performance mainstay in Central Park, was a huge success. A packed house enjoyed a near perfect spring night as both performers gave stellar performances to kick off the season of free concerts at Central Park’s Rumsey Playfield.

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