Thank you for an incredible 2019 season! More than 200,000 fans joined us this year for 90 performances in parks across the city’s five boroughs. From hip hop to indie, jazz to modern dance, salsa to reggae and more, our line-up had something for everyone.
For the 2019 season, we were thrilled to unveil our newly renovated flagship venue in Central Park. Our iconic venue transformed with a new stage, new sound system, increased lighting, upgraded backstage areas, raised seating, and an improved concert-going experience for all guests. What didn’t change was SummerStage’s mission to present iconic and emerging artists from widely diverse genres that reflect the population of our international city.
Celebrate New York, take a seat and enjoy the show all summer long! Get express entry and prime seating privileges for over 50 shows in Central Park, and receive exclusive invitations to VIP events at select performances in parks across the city.
Capital One City Parks Foundation SummerStage is New York City’s largest, free outdoor performing arts festival, taking place in Central Park and 17 neighborhood parks around the city, from June-October, presenting approximately 100 performances — the majority of which are free of charge — for 200,000+ audiences annually.
New York is the quintessential global city, and the place we have been proud to call home for more than three decades. SummerStage brings renowned artists and rising stars from around the world to local neighborhood parks, presenting distinctly New York genres — salsa, jazz, and hip hop — alongside indie, reggae, Afrobeat, soul, modern dance, and much more. We turn local parks into dynamic and accessible performance spaces. There truly is no better place to experience music than amongst the trees in this iconic spot. Come watch a legendary artist or discover the performer you’ll love next!
Generous private support 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 Goodman Family Foundation, Alexander Durst, and many generous donors who have purchased seat plaques.