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About City Parks Foundation

At City Parks Foundation, we are 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 more than 310,000 people each year. Our ethos is simple: thriving parks mean thriving communities.

2021 Announcements

City Parks Foundation is thrilled to return to live, in-person performances this summer with the announcement of the shows planned for the 2021 season of Capital One City Parks Foundation SummerStage, New York City’s largest free outdoor performing arts festival. This year’s festival will showcase renowned artists and rising stars with an important tie to New York City. SummerStage shows will be returning to Rumsey Playfield in Central Park, Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem, Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens, and The Coney Island Amphitheater, presenting distinctly New York genres including hip-hop, Latin, indie rock, contemporary dance, jazz, and global music.

Read the full press release here. 

Click here to read our latest press release announcing new shows and that tickets are no longer required for free performances. 

City Parks Foundation, with the newly-formed Culture in Parks and Plazas Coalition, is thrilled to announce the GREEN / ARTS LIVE NYC fund.

Read the full press release here. 


The Capital One City Parks Foundation SummerStage Anywhere digital series is excited to announce a continuation of weekly digital performances in 2021 on The series will debut on January 15th with a performance commemorating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday.

Read the full press announcement here.

Click here for our February release announcing our Black History Month programming and here for our March release about our Women’s History Month programming. Read our press release about April programming here.


In celebration of Earth Day, City Parks Foundation has launched registration for the second cohort class of the CityParks Green Girls Empowered by ING Curriculum Training.

Read the official release here

2021 PRESS

2020 Press

City Parks Foundation

Reopen NYC: Annual SummerStage Jubilee goes virtual amid coronavirus pandemic (Sept. 18) – ABC7NY

New York’s SummerStage Shines Remotely With Anywhere Series, Star-Studded Jubilee (Sept. 17)– Pollstar

Sting, Norah Jones, Trey Anastasio, More to Perform at SummerStage Benefit Thursday (Sept. 17) – Variety

Fresh Air Open Spaces program expected to serve nearly 200 campers in Pelham Bay Park (July 28) – Bronx News 12

CityParks Learn

Group of girls, women show how adaptability can revive a youth program, as other programs shut down (April 28) – Pix 11

CityParks Play

City Parks Foundation Holds Online Auction (Sept. 6) – Baseline

Spectators Are Not Allowed at the U.S. Open. Except These Lucky Few (Sept. 4) – The New York Times


5 Things to do this New Year’s Weekend (Dec. 31) – The New York Times

City Parks Foundation Keeps Up Free Music Programming During 2020 Season (Dec. 24) – Forbes

7 Things to Do This Weekend (August 6) – The New York Times

SummerStage Anywhere kicks off August programming with unique livestream performances and talks (August 4) – AM New York

What This Arts Festival Organizer Learned By Going Digital (August 3) – BizBash

Mala Rodríguez, Pabllo Vittar & Ibeyi to Take Part in Virtual SummerStage Festival (July 29) – Remezcla

SummerStage Anywhere to highlight different genres daily in ongoing summer lineup (July 6) – AM New York

SummerStage Anywhere to highlight different genres daily in ongoing summer lineup (July 6) – Bronx Times

Celebrate Juneteenth at these events across New York City (June 17) – AM New York

City Parks Foundation SummerStage Brings Juneteenth Celebration Online (June 17) – Newsweek

A guide to this year’s best Juneteenth events in NYC (June 17) – Time Out New York

An Online Dance Event Will Celebrate the 155th Anniversary of Juneteenth (June 17) – Billboard

SummerStage’s digital day of dance honoring Juneteenth (June 17) – Time Out New York

Racial Justice Resources (June 15) – Dance NYC

Seminars and Concerts and STEM, Oh My: Here Are Some Virtual (And In-Person) Events to Check Out This Weekend (June 11) – The Root

Here Are All the Livestreams & Virtual Concerts to Watch During the Coronavirus Crisis: Week of June 8 (June 11) – Billboard

The best things to do in NYC this weekend (June 11) – Time Out New York

The best things to do in NYC this week (June 8) – Time Out New York

SummerStage to bring shows online this coming June (May 29) – AM New York

SummerStage Announces Weekly Digital Series (May 29) – Brooklyn Vegan

SummerStage Concert Series Goes Digital With Angelique Kidjo, LAMC and More (May 29) – Variety

SummerStage Anywhere’ Schedules Free Digital Performances All Summer Long (May 29) – Relix

CityParks Build

University Heights: Friends of Aqueduct Walk Partner with Photoville to Document History (Nov. 27) – Norwood News

Daisies in the Park (Oct. 30) – Queens Chronicle

Volunteer Organizations Clean Parks Across the City Amid Maintenance Budget Cuts (Oct. 17)– Spectrum News NY1


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Are you interested in learning more about SummerStage or attending a show as a member of the press? Please reach out to our publicist, Katy Cooper at Big Picture Media: