We look forward to you  joining us for another summer of amazing concerts and performances at SummerStage in 2019. Here are some tips to help you plan your visit with us.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Where is SummerStage?

    SummerStage takes place in 19 locations across NYC. 

    Betsy Head Park, Brooklyn

    Dumont Ave. & Strauss St.

    Brooklyn Bridge Park, Brooklyn

    Furman St. & Old Fulton St.

    Central Park, Manhattan

    E. 71st St. & 5th Ave.

    Clove Lakes Park, Staten Island

    Clove Rd. & Beverly Ave.

    Coffey Park, Brooklyn

    Verona St. between Richard St. & Dwight St.

    Corporal Thompson Park, Staten Island

    Broadway between Markham Rd. & Wayne St.

    Crotona Park, Bronx

    Claremont Parkway & Crotona Ave.

    East River Park, Manhattan

    FDR Drive between Jackson St. & Cherry St.

    Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens

    Grand Central Pkwy., Whitestone Expwy. between  111 St. & College Point Blvd., Park Drive E.

    Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk

    3052 West 21st St., Brooklyn

    Jackie Robinson Park, Manhattan

    West 148th  St. & Bradhurst Ave.

    Marcus Garvey Park, Manhattan

    124th St. & Fifth Ave.

    Queensbridge Park, Queens

    41st Ave. & Vernon Blvd.

    Rockaway Beach Boardwalk, Queens

    Beach 94th Street Plaza off of Shorefront Parkway

    Socrates Sculpture Park, Queens

    Broadway & Vernon Blvd.

    Springfield Park, Queens

    147th Ave. & Springfield Blvd.

    St. Mary’s Park, Bronx

    St. Ann’s Ave. & 146th St.

    Tompkins Square Park, Manhattan

    E. 7th St. & Ave. A

    Williamsbridge Oval, Bronx

    Bainbridge Ave. & Reservoir Oval East

  • How can I partner with SummerStage?

    City Parks Foundation collaborates with select organizations to curate onsite activations that connect and celebrate our City’s exceptional variety of cultures and communities. The SummerStage partners application has now closed for the 2018 season. We appreciate interest in the program and will notify selected applicants in mid April. Please note, CPF will not be able to accept all applications for the program.

  • Can I become a food vendor at SummerStage?

    Applications are now closed for vending at SummerStage citywide. 

  • What time are doors?

    For Central Park and Coney Island shows, doors open one hour prior to the performance. Tickets are required for all Benefit Concerts in Central Park.  In all other park locations outside of Central Park and Coney Island, shows start promptly at the times listed on the calendar.

  • Are there any restrictions on what to bring?

    We are thrilled to have you visit us and there are only a few items we recommend you leave at home. Please note outside of Central Park, guests must follow the rules and regulations of neighborhood parks. Strollers are prohibited in the venue unless you are attending Central Park Family Day.

    Restricted items in our Central Park venue include glass bottles, cans, coolers, alcoholic beverages, controlled substances, weapons, folding chairs, bikes, scooters, rollerblades, skateboards, beach umbrellas, laser pointers, video cameras, selfie sticks, cameras with 100MM+ lenses, pets, and drones. 

    Please note that all bags are subject to search (see backpacks below) and concert attendees may be hand-screened with an electronic wand by SummerStage security personnel.

  • How much does SummerStage cost?

    SummerStage features over 90 FREE performances this season.  If you would like to help support City Parks Foundation, there is a suggested donation of $5 for free SummerStage in Central Park events.

    Please note that our Benefit Concerts in Central Park require a ticket purchase. You can locate those shows, noted as Benefit, on our calendar. Re-entry is not permitted.

  • Is there seating at SummerStage events?

    There is limited bleacher seating available in Central Park for all events. There may be additional seating available on the field for select Central Park performances. All seating is first-come, first served. Outside chairs are not permitted inside the Central Park venue. 

    For all other park locations outside of Central Park, reserved seating is available for SummerStage members. General Admission seating is not guaranteed. Limited seating will be available for all dance and theatre performances on a first-come, first served basis. Audience members are welcome to bring folding chairs and/or blankets to sit on in our other parks.

  • May I reserve seats at SummerStage?

    Our SummerStage Members may reserve bleacher seating in Central Park through our membership office. Learn about membership here.  For events located outside for Central Park, reserved seating is not available.

  • Where can I find a schedule of performances?

    A complete list of performance dates is available here. You can stay in touch and receive performance updates by signing up for our mailing list, joining us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat. Schedule of events & performers are subject to change.

  • Is smoking permitted at SummerStage?

    Smoking and vaping are prohibited in all NYC parks.

  • Can I bring food and drink to SummerStage?

    For Central Park events, food and factory sealed plastic water bottles and refillable bottles are allowed inside the venue (a water fountain is available for refilling). For our other park locations outside of Central Park, food and drinks are permitted. Please note, glass bottles are not permitted in any location.

  • Can I bring alcoholic beverages to SummerStage?

    Sorry, alcoholic beverages are not permitted in NYC Parks and the distribution/sale of unauthorized materials is banned. In our Central Park venue, beer and wine are for sale for on-site consumption only.

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

    In Central Park, food and drink is for sale by our food vendor Smorgasburg. For our other events outside of Central Park food vendors may be available on a case by case basis but are not guaranteed.

  • Do you accept credit cards?

    Yes, in Central Park credit cards may be used to purchase tickets, merchandise, and all food and drink. ATMs are available in Central Park. Credit cards are not accepted at events outside of Central Park.  

  • Are backpacks/bags allowed?

    Yes, small to mid-size backpacks and bags are permitted. All bags are subject to search. Bags and containers larger than 16″ x 16″ x 8″ are not permitted.

  • Do you have a bag/coat check?

    Sorry, we do not offer a bag & coat check area. Please be aware we are not responsible for prohibited items left outside the venue. 

  • Are cameras allowed into SummerStage events?

    Professional gear including video cameras or cameras with lens 100mm and over are not permitted at SummerStage in Central Park events. 

  • How do I gain admission to SummerStage events?

    Admission is first come first served for free events. Admission to the venue closes for the remainder of the event once capacity is reached (even if audience members leave early). Tickets are required for all Benefit Concerts in Central Park. Re-entry is not permitted. 

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

    We would be thrilled to have you out to cover SummerStage 2018! Please complete this application to be considered for 2018 press credentials. If you have any additional questions about SummerStage press, please reach out to City Parks Foundation Publicist, Shoshie Aborn at Big Picture Media:

  • Is SummerStage handicap accessible?

    Is SummerStage handicap accessible?

    SummerStage in Central Park is accessible for the mobility-impaired. For additional information on access to events outside of Central Park contact our volunteer coordinator at (212) 360-2789.  To obtain the Parks Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (TDD), please call (800) 281-5722

  • Are there restrooms available?

    Yes, all SummerStage events have restrooms and handicap accessible facilities.  

  • If it’s raining is the show cancelled?

    All SummerStage events are rain or shine. In the event of dangerous conditions, shows may be cancelled. Announcements are made on our FacebookTwitter pages. Should a Benefit Concert be cancelled, refunds will be available. Cancelled shows are not rescheduled. Small umbrellas are permitted inside the venue.