SummerStage Community Partners Application

SummerStage logo with Capitol One Sponsor logo
City Parks Foundation's SummerStage is New York's largest free outdoor performing arts festival that runs this season from June to October each summer. With over 100 shows in 18 parks featuring iconic performers to the latest up-and-coming artists from a variety of genres, we transform local neighborhood parks into gathering spaces to experience world class culture. 

CPF's SummerStage seeks to increase community involvement and grow opportunities for local nonprofits and neighborhood groups to participate in the festival taking place in parks in all five boroughs. CPF will collaborate with select organizations to curate activations and tented areas that connect and celebrate our City’s exceptional variety of cultures and communities. We are looking for groups to present family-friendly activations that showcase the amazing work your organization is doing. 
Priority will be given to existing groups involved with the neighborhood surrounding the SummerStage park. We will accept a limited number of applications per park and the application will be open through April 21st. Apply now to partner with SummerStage!   

Note: City Parks Foundation has limited tables, chairs, and tents and cannot provide electricity. Community partner activations will be from the ground, there is no stage access permitted. Vehicles are limited and may not be allowed enter the park.  

Applications are open to collaborate with us as a community partner for the following sites:  
  • Herbert Von King Park, Brooklyn
  • Betsy Head Park, Brooklyn
  • Queensbridge Park, Queens
  • Springfield Park, Queens
  • Corporal Thompson Park, Staten Island
  • Soundview Park, Bronx (temporary location while St. Mary's is under construction)
  • Crotona Park, Bronx
  • East River Park, Manhattan
  • Marcus Garvey Park, Manhattan       
Please complete the application below to be considered. If selected, your organization will be added to our events listings and there are opportunities for promotion on social media. Each selected partner will be required to complete a partner agreement.                                                                                                            
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Herbert Von King Park, Brooklyn dates for participation

  • Thursday, June 20 - Rapper/Hip-hop/Soul/Rock
  • Friday, June 21 - Traditional/Contemporary African Dance
  • Saturday, June 22 - Dance party
  • Sunday, June 23 - Reggae

Betsy Head Park, Brooklyn dates for participation

  • Thursday, June 27 - Hip-hop
  • Friday, June 28 - Hip-hop
  • Saturday, June 29 -  DJ; Rapper

Springfield Park, Queens dates for participation

  • Thursday, July 5 - Calypso; Caribbean island / steel drums
  • Friday, July 6 - Soul/Funk
  • Saturday, July 7 -Konpa (Haitian dance music); Blend of Haitian Troubadou, Vodou, Rara, and Rap

Queensbridge Park, Queens dates for participation

  • Thursday, July 11 -(Spanish) Cumbia; Rock; DJ
  • Friday, July 12 - Flamenco dance
  • Saturday, July 13 - (Spanish) Rock & Roll; Rock; Indie Rock; Pop
  • Sunday, July 14 - genre tbd 

Corporal Thompson Park, Queens dates for participation

  • Thursday, July 18 - Pop/R&B/dance/freestyle; freestyle; DJ
  • Friday, July 19 - Fusion of R&B, hip-hop, House, jazz, pop, drum & bass, ambient, spoken-word
  • Saturday, July 20 - Alternative hip-hop; folklore/psychedelic/punk; Indie rock/indie pop
  • Sunday, July 21 - R&B; Hip-hop Duo; DJ

Soundview Park, Bronx dates for participation

  • Thursday, July 25 - genre tbd
  • Friday, July 26 - Salsa
  • Saturday, July 27 - Rap; DJ/Hip-hop
  • Sunday, July 28 - DJ/Hip-hop

Crotona Park, Bronx dates for participation

  • Wednesday, July 31 - Salsa/tropical
  • Thursday, August 1 - African dancehall; Neo-soul/afro-soul
  • Friday, August 2 - Garifuna Dance
  • Saturday, August 3 - Hip-hop duo; DJ/Rapper; Afrowave

East River Park, Manhattan dates for participation
  • Thursday, August 8 - Alternative Indie/Rock; Combo of jazz, hip-hop, R&B, reggae, soul, & rock; Melodic Grunge
  • Friday, August 9 - Modern Dance
  • Saturday, August 10 - Indie folk/indie rock
  • Sunday, August 11 - Salsa/Latin jazz

Marcus Garvey Park, Manhattan dates for participation
  • Wednesday, August 14 - Soul; Alternative/Indie
  • Thursday, August 15 - ballet / contemporary
  • Saturday, August 17 - jazz; hip-hop; jazz trumpeter
  • Sunday, August 18 - Reggae

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