SHOWS

PLAN YOUR SUMMERSTAGE VISIT

We look forward to you joining us for another summer of amazing concerts and performances at Capital One City Parks Foundation SummerStage in 2020.

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

Frequently Asked Questions

  • When is SummerStage?

    Our neighborhood park performances run from June – August in all five boroughs in 18 parks and our Central Park series at Rumsey Playfield (E 71st St and East Drive, New York, NY 10021) will run from June – October in 2020.

    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.

    Brooklyn Bridge Park, Brooklyn
    Furman St. & Old Fulton St.

    Central Park, Manhattan
    69th St. & 5th Ave.

    Clove Lakes Park, Staten Island
    Clove Rd. & Beverly Ave.

    Corporal Thompson Park, Staten Island
    Broadway btwn Markham Rd. & Wayne St.

    Crotona Park, Bronx
    Claremont Parkway & Crotona Ave.

    East River Park, Manhattan
    FDR Drive btwn Jackson St. & Cherry St.

    Ford Amphitheater, Brooklyn
    At Coney Island Boardwalk
    3052 West 21st St.

    Herbert Von King Park, Brooklyn
    Lafayette Ave. & Marcy Ave.

    Jackie Robinson Park, Manhattan
    West 148th St. & Bradhurst Ave.

    Marcus Garvey Park, Manhattan
    124th St. & Fifth Ave.

    Socrates Sculpture Park, Queens
    Broadway & Vernon Blvd.

    Soundview Park, Bronx
    Morrison Ave. & Lafayette Ave.

    Springfield Park, Queens
    147th Ave. & Springfield Blvd.

    Tompkins Square Park, Manhattan
    E. 7th St. & Ave. A

    Williamsbridge Oval, Bronx
    Bainbridge Ave. & Reservoir Oval East

    Visit our SummerStage park guide for more information regarding directions, accessibility and more.

  • How do I get to a SummerStage show?

    It’s easy to get to SummerStage! Visit our SummerStage park guide to get directions and to learn about the nearest public transportation options to all of our shows. 

  • How old do I need to be to go to SummerStage?

    All ages are welcome! Some events may contain content or language not suitable for smaller children.  

    For our ticketed benefit events, tickets are required for patrons ages 4 and up.

  • 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 CPF, please explore the menu bar above on this website.

  • When will the SummerStage 2020 lineup be announced?

    Stay tuned for our 2020 lineup on our social media channels, email newsletter and website in April 2020.

  • What time are doors?

    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.

  • 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 produced by The Bowery Presents 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. 

    Tickets for our Benefit Concerts can be purchased online at AXS, by phone at (888) 929-7849, or at the venue box office at door time. Service fees apply with AXS only.

    Service Fee Free tickets for Benefit events can also be purchased at the following locations:

    Rough Trade / 6th N 9th St. btwn Kent & Wythe / BKLYN / Fri - Sat 12pm - 6pm / (718) 388-4111

  • 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
    • Professional cameras and video cameras (to apply for a press pass, click here)
    • Selfie Sticks 
    • Pets
    • 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.

  • 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 are not permitted at SummerStage in Central Park events. To apply for a press pass, click here.

  • Can I bring food and drink to SummerStage?

    For Central Park events, 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 non-alcoholic drinks (non-alcoholic) 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 concessionaire. Cash and credit cards are accepted

    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. 

  • May I reserve seats at SummerStage?

    Our SummerStage Members may reserve bleacher seating in Central Park through our membership program. Learn about membership here

    For events located outside for Central Park, reserved seating is not available.

  • Is smoking permitted at SummerStage?

    Smoking and vaping are prohibited in all NYC parks.

  • Is SummerStage accessible to people with disabilities?

    SummerStage in Central Park is ADA accessible for the mobility-impaired. For more information on accessibility in all parks, click here to read our park guide. 

    We are happy to accommodate ADA requests. The accessible seating area in Central Park is located in front of the Stage Left deck on the East side of the venue. Patrons requiring access to this area are entitled to have one guest accompany them. Email a request to volunteer@cityparksfoundation.org, including your name, the show date, and whether or not you will have a guest (and how many), with you. Note: If it is a Benefit show, you must provide the name of the person whom tickets were purchased under. You will receive an email confirmation once your space has been reserved.

  • Are there restrooms available?

    Yes, all SummerStage events have restrooms and handicap accessible facilities. In Central Park, restrooms are located behind the Member Lounge. (link to map) 

    For more information on events outside of Central Park, please visit our SummerStage park guide

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

    All SummerStage events are rain or shine. Small umbrellas are permitted inside our Central Park venue.

    In the event of dangerous conditions, such as lightning, high winds and flooding, shows may be cancelled. Announcements are made on our Facebook & Twitter pages as well as on our website. Cancelled shows are not rescheduled.

    Should a Benefit Concert be cancelled, 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. 

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

    Please contact AXS at 888-929-7849 for more assistance.

  • I’m interested in becoming an artist / food vendor / sponsor / community partner at SummerStage.

    For artists, we’ll contact you if interested. Thanks!

    Unfortunately we can not accept solicitations for food vending at SummerStage in Central Park, because we have an exclusive concessionaire. 

    For information regarding becoming a food vendor at SummerStage locations outside of Central Park, please email info@cityparksfoundation.org.

    If you are interested in becoming a sponsor at SummerStage, please contact bmcnamara@cityparksfoundation.org

    If you are a community based organization interested in tabling at SummerStage in neighborhood parks, please contact esherrod@cityparksfoundation.org.

  • Can I host a party during a show or 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, click here

  • How can I volunteer?

    As a volunteer at SummerStage, you will help greet guests and answer questions all while enjoying a great performance! Email Volunteer@CityParksFoundation.org for more information and to sign up today.

  • Are you hiring?

    Please check our Work for Us page for openings.

  • I still need some assistance!

    f you have a question you still need assistance with, please call us at 212-360-2777, contact Info@CityParksFoundation.org 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.