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. We will be following all recommended safety protocols, including requiring that all patrons have either received a vaccine or have received a negative COVID test within 72 hours prior to attending the performance.  We will also conduct health screenings onsite prior to entry.

    Tickets and timed entry will eliminate crowding as audience members arrive.  We’re very sorry, but this year, we cannot allow any stand-by lines.  If you do not have a ticket or a reservation, you will not be allowed admittance.

    Once inside our venues, we will: require all visitors to wear masks at all times unless they are eating, assign seating in pods that are at least 6 feet apart from each other, add hand sanitizer stations throughout the venue as well as extra cleaning protocols, and ensure unidirectional traffic flow throughout the venue.  In addition, in Central Park, you will be able to order all food and drink to be delivered to your seat through contactless transactions.

    Our friendly ushers and security guards will be walking through the venue to ensure that everyone is abiding by these rules, which will keep everybody safe.  Please be nice to them and to your fellow audience members by following the rules!

    Performances this year may be shorter to eliminate intermissions; that way everyone will be able to stay in their seats and enjoy the performance.

    As crowds exit at the end of each show, we will ask all audiences to leave row by row, rather than all at once.

    We look forward to welcoming you back safely!

  • Where is SummerStage?

    We expect to be back in at least two locations:

    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). 

    Other venues may be announced throughout the summer.

  • 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 smaller children.  

  • What time does the venue open on show days?

    This summer, we will require registration for free tickets, and every ticket will have an entry time assigned, which may be up to two hours before the show time, in order to allow everyone to enter safely and without crowding. Please be sure to arrive on time to prevent crowding.

    If you pick an early entry time, don’t fear! You’ll be one of the lucky audience members to enjoy DJ sets, short films and other fun stuff until the show starts.  It will be worth it - we promise.

  • How do I gain admission to SummerStage events? Do I need a ticket?

    For our 2021 season, we will require tickets or RSVPs to attend all performances (free and benefit shows). To ensure everyone gets an equal chance to attend a free show, we will issue tickets through a lottery system. More details to follow.

    SummerStage also offers 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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?

    Food is absolutely allowed and you may bring factory sealed plastic bottles, but glass bottles are not permitted in any NYC Parks. 

  • 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. You can buy beer and wine in our Central Park venue, as long as you drink it within our gates.

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

    Yes in Central Park.  More details to follow.

  • Is there seating at SummerStage events?

    Central Park performances will have assigned seats.  

    In Marcus Garvey Park, amphitheater seating is available, and all patrons will select assigned seats in pods.

  • Is smoking permitted at SummerStage?

    Smoking or vaping of any kind are prohibited in all NYC parks.

  • Are there restrooms available?

    Yes, all SummerStage events have restrooms and accessible facilities.  Central Park will include individual units with running water; Marcus Garvey Park will include portalets. Both 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. Small umbrellas are permitted inside our Central Park venue. 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. 

  • 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 / community partner at SummerStage.

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

    If you are interested in becoming a sponsor at SummerStage, please contact 

    If you are a community based organization interested in partnering with 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?

    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 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.