We look forward to you joining us for another summer of amazing concerts and performances at Capital One City Parks Foundation SummerStage.

Here are some tips to help you plan your visit with us.

Please note: In 2022, we will no longer be checking COVID-19 vaccination status or proof of negative tests. Masks are now optional, but strongly encouraged. 

Frequently Asked Questions

  • When is SummerStage?

    Our neighborhood park performances run from June – August in all five boroughs and our Central Park series at Rumsey Playfield (E 71st St and East Drive, New York, NY 10021) will run from June – October.

    Times vary per show location. For Central Park and Coney Island shows, doors open one hour prior to the listed showtimes. In all other locations, shows start promptly at the times listed on the schedule.

  • Where is SummerStage?

    SummerStage is located in our flagship venue at Rumsey Playfield (E 71st St and East Drive, New York, NY 10021) in Central Park and also in additional parks that span across the five boroughs.

  • How do I gain admission to SummerStage events? Do I need a ticket?
    Tickets or RSVPs are not required to attend a FREE performance and admission is first come first serve. If you would like to help support City Parks Foundation, there is a suggested donation of $5 for free SummerStage in Central Park events which can be dropped in our donation bins at the doors.
    SummerStage also offers benefit concerts at our Central Park venue that require a ticket purchase. You can locate those shows, noted as Benefit, on our calendar. Please note that re-entry is not permitted to these shows once you exit the venue. 
  • How old do I need to be to go to SummerStage?

    All ages are welcome! Parents, please be aware that some performances may contain content or language that is not suitable for younger children.  

    For our ticketed benefit events, tickets are required for patrons ages 4 and up and there may be age restrictions. Please check the ticketing page of the event.

  • Who is playing SummerStage? Where can I find a schedule?

    Stay tuned for the 2023 Season lineup next spring!

    You can view our 2022 season brochure to see the 2022 schedule.

  • What time does the venue open on show days?

    For Central Park and Coney Island shows, doors open one hour prior to the performance. 

    In all other park locations outside of Central Park and Coney Island, shows start promptly at the times listed on our calendar.

    Please refer to the specific times for each show listed on our calendar

  • What am I allowed to bring to SummerStage Events?

    You are allowed to bring:

    • Food
    • Factory sealed plastic bottles
    • Strollers
    • Hats, sunglasses, your phone – basic things you need to enjoy your time at SummerStage!

    We ask that you keep the following list of items at home when you attend SummerStage. Please note outside of Central Park, guests must follow the rules and regulations of neighborhood parks. SummerStage reserves the right to determine what items are deemed appropriate for entry. In 2022, the following is not permitted at SummerStage in Central Park:

    • Bags over 16” tall x 16” wide x 8” deep in size
    • Glass Bottles
    • Cans
    • Coolers
    • Alcoholic Beverages (You can buy beer and wine in our Central Park venue, as long as you drink it within our gates.)
    • Controlled Substances
    • Weapons
    • Folding Chairs
    • Bikes
    • Scooters
    • Rollerblades
    • Skateboards
    • Beach Umbrellas
    • Balloons
    • Laser Pointers
    • Professional camera and video camera equipment (excluding press – apply for a press pass here)
    • Selfie Sticks 
    • Pets
    • Drones 
    • Professional audio recording equipment

    Coney Island Amphitheater:

    The following is a representative list of items NOT permitted inside the campus. The venue reserves the right to prohibit additional items as necessary.

    • Outside food or beverages (including alcohol)
    • Bottles, cans, or coolers
    • Weapons
    • Pets (with the exception of registered service animals)
    • Audio/Video recording devices

    Personal cameras are allowed in the venue. Flash photography, video and removable lens cameras are not permitted without venue approval.

    Clear Bag Policy

    New Clear bag policy in effect at Coney Island Amphitheater. To reduce staff contact with guest belongings, Live Nation has implemented a clear bag policy. The venue will allow clear plastic, vinyl or PVC tote bags no larger than 12" x 6" x 12" and/or small clutch bags (4.5"x 6.5"). Clear bags will be available for purchase on the boardwalk and the box office, if needed.

    If you must bring a bag larger than what is outlined below, such as a knapsack, be prepared for a thorough search by a member of our security team. Then we will ask you to check your bag with Guest Services, located in the park adjacent to West 23rd Street.

    An exception will be made for medically necessary items after proper inspection at a gate designated for this purpose.

    Prohibited items include, but are not limited to, coolers, luggage of any kind, computer bags, camera bags or any bag larger than the permissible size.

    Venue management reserves the right to add, delete and interpret the above policy for the safety of guests, artists, and staff.

  • Do you have a bag/coat check?

    Sorry, we do not offer bag or coat check. We apologize but cannot be responsible for items left outside the venue. 

  • Is there food & drink for sale at SummerStage events?

    In Central Park, food and drink is for sale by our food concessionaire. Cash and credit cards are accepted. 

    To access the food and beverage menu in Central Park, scan the QR code with your smartphone (open the camera on your smartphone and point it at the code for recognition).  

    Guests must be 21+ and must show a current valid federal or state ID to buy alcoholic beverages. You can purchase up to two drinks at a time per ID. 

    For our other events outside of Central Park, food vendors are available at most parks, but are not guaranteed. Please check event details for the show for specific park information. Cash and credit cards are accepted (may be subject to vendor).

  • Is there seating at SummerStage events?

    There is limited bleacher seating available at select Central Park performances (please note that for some ticketed benefit shows, the bleachers may be closed to general admission ticket buyers so please contact us to confirm). Bleachers will not be available to general admission guests for certain free shows in Central Park as well.

    Chairs are available at dance shows in Central Park. All seating is first-come, first served. Outside chairs are not permitted inside the Central Park venue. Sitting on picnic blankets and beach towels are allowed, however if the venue gets crowded, patrons may be asked to pick up their blankets and towels.

    For all other park locations outside of Central Park, audience members are welcome to bring folding chairs and/or blankets to sit on.

    If you are interested in seating at our events, learn more about our SummerStage membership program to gain access to bleacher seating, premium seats, express entry and more. 

  • Is smoking permitted at SummerStage?

    Smoking or vaping of any kind are prohibited in all NYC parks.

  • Is SummerStage accessible to people with disabilities?

    Yes. Accessible entrance and exit points and seating is available for every event.

    If you would like to request ADA seating or an assisted listening device in advance, please contact  

  • Are there restrooms available?

    Yes, all SummerStage events have restrooms and accessible facilities.

    In Central Park, restrooms are located behind the Member Lounge.

  • It’s going to rain, is the show still on?

    All SummerStage events are rain or shine unless the weather poses a danger to audiences or performers. We may need to cancel if conditions are dangerous – lightning, high winds or flooding, for example.  We will make announcements on Facebook, Twitter and our website in the event we need to cancel. It is unlikely that shows will be rescheduled.

    Should we need to cancel a Benefit Concert, refunds may be available depending on the circumstances of the cancellation. 

  • SummerStage Photography Policy

    While attending a SummerStage performance, our photographer may take a photo of you. All photos and videos taken are permitted to be used publicly in future City Parks Foundation & SummerStage promotional materials. 

  • I am a member of the press, how can I apply for credentials?

    We would be thrilled to have you! Currently we are not accepting press requests yet, but please check back in 2023. 

  • Who produces SummerStage?

    SummerStage is produced by City Parks Foundation, an independent nonprofit organization. Capital One is the title sponsor of SummerStage. 

    City Parks Foundation (CPF) is dedicated to invigorating and transforming parks into dynamic, vibrant centers of urban life through sports, arts, community building and education programs for all New Yorkers. Our programs — located in hundreds of parks, recreation centers and public schools across New York City — reach thousands of people each year. Our ethos is simple: thriving parks mean thriving communities.

    For more information about our work, please explore the menu bar above on this website.

  • I’m interested in becoming an artist / sponsor at SummerStage.

    We do not accept unsolicited submissions. There is no application process for performing at the SummerStage festival. If you want to keep us informed of your artist(s) or project, e-mail is the best means to do so; please send information to

    If you are interested in becoming a sponsor of SummerStage, please contact 

  • Can I rent the SummerStage venue?

    Absolutely! SummerStage in Central Park is the perfect venue for corporate outings, private events, celebrations and more. Our rental specialists will help you find the right package. Visit our rentals page for more information.

    To learn more about venue rentals, contact

  • Are you hiring?

    Please check our SummerStage Seasonal Job Opportunities page for more information.

  • I still need some assistance!

    If you have a question you still need assistance with, please contact or for up-to-date information visit us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

    If you have any questions on-site, visit our information booth on site at any SummerStage show.

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