NYC’s Summerstage Series Returns

This week, New York’s City Parks Foundation kicks off Summerstage, the highly anticipated series of free outdoor events that brings in thousands of visitors each summer. The season-long festival features over 100 performances in Central Park and neighborhood parks throughout the city’s five boroughs, from rock concerts to opera performances, theater shows to contemporary dance, and everything in between.

Now in its 33rd year, Summerstage is the largest free outdoor performing arts festival in New York, bringing in a variety of performers from award-winning artists, through to New Yorkers fresh on the scene. This year, over 150 artists are participating, covering genres including indie-rock, hip hop, jazz, salsa, Latin, R&B and more.

Ticketed benefit concerts in partnership with The Bowery Presents will raise money for the City Park Foundation, supporting its free programs for New Yorkers. These shows include musicians like American rock band Gov’t Mule, Grammy award-winning Elvis Costello & The Imposters, avant-rocker and New Yorker PJ Harvey, and indie-pop singer Regina Spektor.

Annual events like the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival, now in its 25th year, and the Metropolitan Opera Summer Recitals Series are two of the most highly anticipated events of the festival season. And for theater enthusiasts? The cast of the Broadway hit, A Bronx Tale, will perform August 3.

Since Summerstage began 32 years ago, more than six million New Yorkers and visitors have enjoyed the arts for free in a city where a Broadway ticket can typically start at over $300. The program also supports the City Parks Foundation, a New York institution dedicated to transforming parks into vibrant and dynamic centers of urban life. The foundation works in over 750 parks citywide, and is one of the largest and oldest park organizations in the United States.

To learn more about Summerstage scheduling and information, visit


Words by Rocky Casale