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 one of New York’s most beloved, broadly accessible, free outdoor performing arts festivals. SummerStage annually presents nearly 80 free and benefit performances in Central Park and neighborhood parks throughout the five boroughs to 217,000 fans. With performances in genres that represent the cultural fabric of New York City ranging from jazz, hip-hop, Latin, global, indie and contemporary dance, SummerStage fills a vital niche in New York City’s summer arts festival landscape. Since its inception nearly 40 years ago, more than six million people from New York City and around the world have enjoyed SummerStage.


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.


Be the first to find out about free arts programming in your local park

Be the first to find out about free arts programming, including SummerStage, in your local park



Generous private support for SummerStage is provided by The Thompson Family Foundation, Howard Gilman Foundation, The Jaharis Family Foundation, Mertz Gilmore Foundation, The Shubert Organization, J.E. & Z.B. Butler Foundation, Garcia Family Foundation, The Hyde and Watson Foundation, and NYU Community Fund. This program is 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 the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature; NY Music Month (an initiative of the NYC Mayor’s Office of Media + Entertainment); and the Consulate General of Brazil in New York. Capital One is the title sponsor of Capital One City Parks Foundation SummerStage. Supporting Sponsors Safehold, Subaru, Poppi, Bloomberg Philanthropies, National Grid, TF Cornerstone, New York Lottery, Sixpoint, Fiddlehead, Wolffer Cider, Sunboy, Archer Roose, The Dermatology Specialists, United Airlines. Public support is also provided by Council Member Kamillah Hanks, Council Member Chi Ossé, and Council Member Keith Powers. Media partner support for the season is provided by iHeartMedia including Z100 New York, 106.7 Lite FM, Power 105.1, KTU, and Q104.3, Zoom Media | GymTV, ALL ARTS and The WNET Group, Telemundo, WBGO, WFUV, Relix, DoNYC, NME, and Big Screen Plaza. Live Nation is the exclusive provider of benefit concerts.

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.

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