LIVE MUSIC, DANCE AND THEATER IN THE PARK

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.

OUR PROGRAMS

SummerStage

Capital One City Parks Foundation SummerStage is New York’s largest free outdoor performing arts festival. SummerStage annually presents more than 100 performances in 16 parks throughout the five boroughs. With performances ranging across genres and artistic disciplines, SummerStage fills a vital niche in New York City’s summer arts festival landscape. Since its inception over 30 years ago, more than six million people from New York City and around the world have enjoyed SummerStage.

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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. In 2020, we are celebrating the 100th birthday of Charlie Parker in the 28th iteration of the festival. This vibrant – and free – celebration of jazz in New York brings together stories, veteran players and the next generation of jazz artists.

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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.

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PuppetMobile

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.

During the 2020 season the PuppetMobile will present the tale of #LittleRed’sHood.

Apply now to have the PuppetMobile perform in English or Spanish in your neighborhood!

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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.

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ADDITIONAL SUPPORT

Generous private support for Capital One City Parks Foundation SummerStage is provided by the Howard Gilman Foundation, Mertz Gilmore Foundation, The Shubert Organization, the J.E. & Z.B. Butler Foundation, and The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust. 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 with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and the NYC Council under the leadership of Speaker Corey Johnson, including Council Members Alicka Ampry-Samuel, Diana Ayala, Bill Perkins, Keith Powers, Donovan Richards, Carlina Rivera, Debi Rose, Helen Rosenthal, and Raphael Salamanca. Only in Queens SummerStage Concert is presented by Borough President Melinda Katz with NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer and NYC Parks. Additional support is generously provided by our dedicated festival audience and SummerStage Members.

The refurbishment of SummerStage in Central Park is supported by the NYC Council under the leadership of Speaker Corey Johnson, The Thompson Family Foundation, the Jaharis Family Foundation, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, Peter Shapiro & Dayglo Presents, the Troubh family, the Barse family, the Goodman Family Foundation, Alexander Durst, and many generous donors who have purchased seat plaques.

Generous private support for the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre is provided by The Weininger Foundation, the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation, and The Prescott Fund for Children and Youth. In partnership with NYC Parks and Historic House Trust.

Generous private support for CityParks PuppetMobile is provided by The Weininger Foundation, the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation, and The Prescott Fund for Children and Youth. This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. In partnership with NYC Parks.