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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.

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.

    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.

    Coney Island 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.

    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 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.
  • 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?

    View our calendar to see the season lineup. 

    You can also view our season brochure to see the 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
  • 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. You can scan our QR code on site to also place orders.

    To access the food and beverage menu in Central, 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. 

     

    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 an assisted listening device in advance, please contact summerstage@cityparksfoundation.org.  

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

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

    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 club@bluenote.net. 

  • 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 2022. 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): https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfZZhJLYlE501dzqGASKIzvLh7syfYaxL4ZBK_99tKOl6NZzw/viewform

    If you have any additional questions about the application below, please contact summerstage2022@dkcnews.com

  • 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 talent@cityparksfoundation.org.

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

  • 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 events@cityparksfoundation.org.

  • Are you hiring?

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

  • 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 SummerStageAnywhere.org 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 were live-streamed on SummerStageAnywhere.org, rights permitting.  

  • I still need some assistance!

    If you have a question you still need assistance with, please contact summerstage@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.

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