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

  • When is SummerStage?

    Our neighborhood park performances run from June – August and our Central Park series 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 home at Rumsey Playfield (E 71st St and East Drive, New York, NY 10021) in Central Park and also in 17 additional parks that span across the 5 boroughs.

    Betsy Head Park, Brooklyn
    Dumont Ave. & Strauss St.

    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.

    Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, Queens
    Grand Central Pkwy., Whitestone Expwy.
    btwn 111 St. & College Point Blvd., Park Drive E.

    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.

    Queensbridge Park, Queens
    41st Ave. & Vernon Blvd.

    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

  • 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 300,000 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. 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.

  • How much does SummerStage cost?

    SummerStage offers 90+ FREE performances this season. Tickets or RSVPs are not required to attend a FREE performance. If you would like to help support City Parks Foundation, there is a suggested donation of $5 for free SummerStage in Central Park events.

    SummerStage also offers BENEFIT CONCERTS produced by The Bowery Presents.

    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.

  • Do I need a ticket to attend SummerStage?
    Tickets or RSVPs are not required for our FREE performances in Central Park or our FREE performances throughout the 5 boroughs.
    Tickets for our Benefit Concerts can be purchased by visiting:

  • 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 admission to all Benefit Concerts in Central Park. Please note that re-entry is not permitted. 
  • How can I volunteer?

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

  • 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, video cameras (to apply for a press pass, click here), selfie sticks, 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.

  • Is there seating at SummerStage events?

    There is limited bleacher seating available at select Central Park performances. Bleachers will not be available to general admission guests for certain shows in Central Park. There may also 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.

  • 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. See our current menu here.

    For our other events outside of Central Park food vendors may be available on a case by case basis but are not guaranteed.

  • 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.

  • 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, and Instagram. Schedule of events & performers are subject to change.

  • 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 2019. Press interested in receiving credentials should fill out the form at the following link and will receive a response closer to requested show date(s): If you have any additional questions about SummerStage press, please reach out to Publicist, Shoshie Aborn at Big Picture Media:

  • Is SummerStage handicap accessible?

    SummerStage in Central Park is ADA accessible for the mobility-impaired. We also have assistive listening devices on site at Central Park.

    For additional information on access to events outside of Central Park contact

  • 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 may be available depending on circumstance of the cancellation. Cancelled shows are not rescheduled. Small umbrellas are permitted inside the venue.

  • 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.