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

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • When is SummerStage?

    SummerStage will begin in June and will continue until October.

  • How is SummerStage ensuring that everyone is safe this year?

    We have been working closely with the NYS Department of Health on our plans to keep audiences and artists healthy and safe this summer.

    Please refer to our SummerStage Experience page for the latest updates on safety protocols.

    SummerStage will no longer require tickets for free performances. All free performances will be open to the public, first come, first served, and accessible to all but may be subject to venue capacity limits and will follow CDC recommendations for health and safety related to COVID-19. 

    In response to the increasing spread of the COVID-19 Delta variant, all guests will be required to show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination in order to enter our shows at Rumsey Playfield in Central Park. In addition, masks are required upon entry to the venue and strongly encouraged for all guests for the duration of the performance, as is physical distance. Learn more about acceptable documentation, mask guidelines, and other safety protocols here or contact with any questions.

    SummerStage performances in the Richard Rodgers Amphitheater in Marcus Garvey Park and the Coney Island Amphitheater require either proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID-19 PCR test administered within 72 hours prior to entry. 

    Once inside our venues, we currently are: 

    • Offering hand sanitizer stations throughout the venue as well as ensuring extra venue cleaning protocols before shows
    • Offering a cashless venue with contactless concessions – you will be able to order all food and drink with your smartphone both in advance and on site

    We will also be livestreaming many of our performances this year (artist approval and rights permitting), so visit to watch live from home.

    For the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival in Marcus Garvey Park,  all guests of the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival SummerStage events at Marcus Garvey Park on August 27, 28 and 29, will be required to show either proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or a negative PCR test within the last 72 hours in order to enter. For Charlie Parker partner events, please refer to the individual event page for COVID protocols. Learn more about acceptable documentation, mask guidelines, and other safety protocols here 

    Our mission at SummerStage is to create a place where everyone is welcome and feels at ease. So, please be respectful of your fellow attendees by following the rules and enjoy a long-awaited live concert!

  • Where is SummerStage?

    We will be back in four locations this year:

    Central Park’s Rumsey Playfield, East 71st Street and East Drive, New York, NY 10021. 

    Richard Rodgers Amphitheater in Marcus Garvey Park, 124th Street and Fifth Avenue,  New York, NY 10027. 

    The Coney Island Amphitheater, 3052 W 21st St, Brooklyn, NY 11224.

    Flushing-Meadows Corona Park, 47-01 111th St., Corona, NY 11368

  • 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. All free performances will be open to the public and accessible to all but may be subject to venue capacity limits. 
    SummerStage also offers ticketed benefit concerts at our Central Park venue and these 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.
    To gain admission to any SummerStage show, patrons will need to provide proof of vaccination. Please visit our SummerStage Safety page for more information on acceptable documentation. 
  • 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.

  • What time does the venue open on show days?

    Doors will be open at least two hours prior to show time to ensure everyone can enter the venue without crowding. Please refer to the specific times for each show listed on our calendar

  • Are there any health screening requirements required before entry to a show?

    All patrons must provide proof of a completed FDA or WHO vaccination to enter SummerStage in Central Park. Full vaccination means having received a final FDA or WHO dose at least 14 days prior to the performance date.  Please refer to the specific event page for the full vaccination eligibility date to enter the show.

    To expedite entry into the venue, we recommend that you use Health Pass by CLEAR and bring your government-issued ID with you. The CLEAR mobile app allows you to easily link your proof of vaccination to streamline entry. You will need a government-issued ID, your vaccination card and a smartphone to download the app. Download Health Pass by CLEAR and enroll here.

    The following are also acceptable forms of vaccination proof at SummerStage:

    • CDC vaccination cards with a corresponding government-issued ID
    • Photos or photocopies of your CDC vaccination card with a corresponding government-issued ID
    • NY State Excelsior Pass with a corresponding government-issued ID
    • NYC COVID Safe App (Apple | Android) to display your photo ID and vaccine card only.
    • EU Digital Covid Certificates with a corresponding government-issued ID
    • CDC vaccination cards for the Astra Zeneca vaccination study with a corresponding government-issued ID

    Please note: SummerStage in Central Park will not accept proof of a negative COVID-19 test to enter.

    Those who are not able to be vaccinated because of a disability will be provided reasonable accommodation and will be required to wear masks at all times.

    Children under the age of 12 who are not able to receive the vaccination may accompany their fully vaccinated parent or guardian, but must wear masks at all times if they are physically able.


    SummerStage performances in the Richard Rodgers Amphitheater in Marcus Garvey Park and the Coney Island Amphitheater require either proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID-19 PCR test administered within 72 hours prior to entry.  

  • What am I allowed to bring to SummerStage Events?

    You are allowed to bring:

    • Food
    • Factory sealed plastic bottles
    • Non professional cameras with 100MM+ lenses
    • Strollers
    • Hats, sunglasses, your phone – basic things you need to enjoy your time at SummerStage!

    Please note at the Coney Island Amphitheater:  To reduce staff contact with guest belongings, this venue 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. An exception will be made for medically necessary items after proper inspection at a gate designated for this purpose.

    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.

     In 2021, 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
    • Laser Pointers
    • Professional cameras and video cameras (excluding press – apply for a press pass here)
    • Selfie Sticks 
    • Pets
    • Drones 
  • 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?

    Yes in Central Park. In 2021, all ordering will be done using a QR code through an app from your seat. Please note that this season, the venue will be completely cashless. 

    To view our menu, click here. Food and beverage can be ordered in advance for pick up in Central Park here as well. 

    To access the food and beverage menu, scan the QR code with your smartphone (open the camera on your smartphone and point it at the code for recognition). Through your phone, you will be able to place an order and pay for it using a major credit card or Apple, Google, Android or Samsung pay. Once ready, patrons will pick up their orders. 

    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. Servers delivering to the pod will ID the guests.  

  • Is there seating at SummerStage events?

    In Central Park, chairs are available at select dance and film shows. All seating is first-come, first served. Outside chairs are not permitted inside. Sitting on picnic blankets and beach towels is allowed, however if the venue gets crowded, patrons may be asked to stand to allow more guests to enter.

    Marcus Garvey Park also has seating available on a first-come, first served basis. 

    At the Coney Island Amphitheater, limited amphitheater seating is available, and will be first-come, first served. The performance will include some space, by request, that maintains social distance between audience members.

  • 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 an assisted listening device in advance, please contact  

  • Are there restrooms available?

    Yes, all SummerStage events have restrooms and accessible facilities.

    In Central Park, each section of the venue has convenient access to designated restrooms. We ask that you use the restroom located closest to your section. Each restroom will be cleaned and sanitized regularly. Additionally, hand sanitizer dispensers will be located around the venue.

    Marcus Garvey Park will have portalets. The Coney Island Amphitheater has in-house restrooms available.  All locations will be sanitized regularly and between each use. 

  • 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. For more information regarding cancellations of ticketed events, contact AXS at 888-929-7849 for The Bowery Presents performances and contact for Blue Note performances. 

  • Is there merchandise for sale? Can I get SummerStage merch?

    Yes! Visit our online Summershop to buy exclusive SummerStage 2021 merch. Just purchase the items you want and they will be shipped directly to you. All proceeds help keep SummerStage free!

  • Help, I’ve lost my ticket/email confirmation!

    For benefit shows produced by Capital One City Parks Foundation SummerStage, please contact with any questions.

    For benefit shows produced by The Bowery Presents, please contact AXS at 888-929-7849 for more assistance.

    For benefit shows produced by Blue Note, please contact 

  • 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! SummerStage is now accepting press requests for SummerStage 2021. Press interested in receiving credentials should fill out the form at the following link and will receive a response closer to the requested show date(s): 

    Please note that our press lists are extremely limited this year, adhering to capacity and distancing requirements.

    If you have any additional questions about the application below, please reach out to publicists, Katy Cooper and Gabriella Natali at Big Picture Media: and

  • 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 more than 400 parks, recreation centers and public schools across New York City — reach 310,000 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. 

    To learn more about venue rentals, contact

  • How can I volunteer?

    Unfortunately, we are not accepting volunteers for the 2021 season. Please check back in 2022!

  • Are you hiring?

    Please check our Work for Us page for openings.

  • What is SummerStage Anywhere?

    In 2020, we announced digitally streamed performances with Capital One City Parks Foundation SummerStage Anywhere in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We presented more than 80 free exclusive digital performances in 2020 that you can watch from anywhere on our YouTube page. We're thrilled to continue SummerStage Anywhere in 2021, visit to watch our latest performances and visit our YouTube page to watch archival performances from our season

    In 2021, all free, in-person performances at SummerStage will be live-streamed on, rights permitting.  

  • 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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