The City Parks Foundation SummerStage has announced its return to live, in-person performances in Central Park this summer. Pending adjustments to current NYC restrictions, free music and dance performances will return to Rumsey Playfeld in Central Park this summer. Performances will follow all state and local regulations regarding large-scale outdoor events, including limited capacity, masks and socially distanced seating. Admittance will require a free ticket, proof of vaccine and/or negative COVID test, and health screening – such as a questionnaire and temperature checks. All in-person performances will be live-streamed on, rights permitting.

Free performances will feature distinctly New York genres including hip-hop, Latin, indie rock, contemporary dance, and global, and will also include a celebration of jazz at the annual Charlie Parker Jazz Festival. Artists, performance schedules, and free ticket reservation details will be announced at a later date. Although SummerStage neighborhood locations will be more limited this summer, the CityParks PuppetMobile will present free, family-friendly marionette theater performances in parks throughout the city. Additionally, City Parks Foundation will soon launch a special micro-grants program for grassroots arts organizations, individual artists, community parks groups, and local community-based organizations to provide funding for free cultural programs in parks and neighborhood plazas in the city’s most under-resourced communities. Both of these efforts will help ensure that free cultural programs are available around the city’s public spaces.

The First benefit show of the SummerStage season to be announced is scheduled for Friday, September 16 with folk-rock band, Dawes, as part of their 2021 tour to support their new album, “Good Luck with Whatever.” Tickets — assuming full venue capacity — will be on sale through AXS Ticketing this Friday, April 16 at 10:00 AM ET on Should health and safety guidelines continue to require more limited seating capacity, tickets may be refunded or modi?ed by The Bowery Presents.

Rock band Barenaked Ladies Last Summer On Earth tour bene?t show on July 8, 2020 that was postponed due to the pandemic has also been rescheduled for July 6, 2022. All previously purchased tickets will remain valid for 2022.

Things To Do

From The Philharmonic on the Great Lawn to Shakespeare in the Park to SummerStage, Central Park offers an endless array of things to do, see, hear – and, with two full service restaurants and several cafes, taste.  You can visit The Shakespeare Garden, take in a performance at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theater, take a ride on the Carousel – or just sit and people watch at Bethesda Terrace!

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