CityParks Shows plays a central role in activating City Parks Foundation’s mission to create vibrant and healthy urban communities through dynamic programming in parks for all New Yorkers. We bring hundreds of live music, dance and theater performances to communities throughout New York City’s five boroughs through the Capital One City Parks Foundation SummerStage festival, the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre, and the traveling PuppetMobile.



Capital One City Parks Foundation SummerStage is New York’s largest free outdoor performing arts festival. In a typical year, SummerStage presents approximately 100 performances in 15-18 parks throughout the five boroughs. With performances ranging from American pop, Latin, world music, dance, and theater, SummerStage fills a vital niche in New York City’s summer arts festival landscape. Since its inception 35 years ago, more than six million people from New York City and around the world have enjoyed SummerStage. In 2020, Capital One City Parks Foundation SummerStage Anywhere was launched in response to the global pandemic, presenting 80 free digital performances, spanning all genres, available to viewers around the world.


Charlie Parker Jazz Festival

Each year we assemble some of the finest musicians in the world who reflect jazz luminary Charlie Parker’s musical individuality and genius, to promote appreciation for this highly influential and world-renowned artist.


Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre

For decades, the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre in Central Park has been bringing enjoyment to legions of people through its contemporary and innovative marionette productions based on children’s classics.



CityParks PuppetMobile, the oldest continually operating company of its kind in the country, presents free performances and puppet-making workshops in neighborhood parks, recreation centers, and schools throughout New York City.


SummerStage Studio

SummerStage Studio supports students during the summer months using the SummerStage Festival, and the history and culture of our city, as a backdrop for a performing arts education program taking place in all five boroughs.



Generous private support for SummerStage is provided by The Thompson Family Foundation, The Jaharis Family Foundation, Howard Gilman Foundation, Con Edison’s Arts Al Fresco Series, Mertz Gilmore Foundation, The Shubert Organization, the J.E. & Z.B Butler Foundation, and the Hyde and Watson Foundation. This program is also supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council; the National Endowment for the Arts; the New York State Council on the Arts; and the NYC Council. Capital One is the title sponsor of Capital One City Parks Foundation SummerStage. Supporting Sponsors iStar, Sierra Nevada, Bell’s Brewery, Wolffer Estate Cider, Archer Roose Wines, Two Robbers Seltzer, Con Edison’s Arts Al Fresco Series, Bloomberg Philanthropies and United Airlines. Additional support is generously provided by our dedicated festival audience and SummerStage Members.

Generous private support is provided by The Weininger Foundation, the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation, and The Jim Henson Foundation. In partnership with NYC Parks and Historic House Trust.

Generous private support is provided by The Weininger Foundation and The Jim Henson Foundation. This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. In partnership with NYC Parks.


At City Parks Foundation, our mission is to encourage New Yorkers to use their neighborhood parks by offering free environmental education, arts, sports, and community-building programs that bring people into their local green spaces. Please give now if you can—we know that city parks will continue to thrive when all New Yorkers get involved.