Free Concerts in Central Park at Summerstage 2019
This post is about Summerstage, a series of free concerts held in Central Park every summer. We include information about how to attend a show, a list of who is performing and other free music options throughout NYC.
Every summer since 1986, a series of free concerts called Summerstage has been held in Central Park.
Though most of the shows are in Central Park, there are also concerts scheduled in over 15 additional parks throughout the 5 boroughs.
The Summerstage line-up is diverse and includes everything from afro-punk, Latin jazz, soul, hip-hop, avant-garde, and good old rock and roll.
They also have stand-up comedy, dance performances and sometimes Broadway musical performances .
A few shows require paid tickets, but those are benefit shows to raise money to keep the rest of the concerts free.
If you are heading to a show, why not make time before to explore Central Park?
Consider joining us on of one of our pay-what-you-wish tours . We also have a GPS-led Audio Tour of Central Park which you can take any time.
Where is Summerstage
The stage is located in Central Park at Rumsey Playfield near 5th Avenue and 72nd Street.
How To Get There
The easiest way to get there is to take the subway. Take the 6 train to “68th St-Hunter College” station and enter the park at Fifth Ave and 72nd St.
You can use this Google Maps link to get exact directions from your point of departure to Summerstage.
To learn more about using the subway check our guides
Are Tickets Needed?
No tickets are necessary if it is a free show. Admission is given on a first-come, first-served basis, so entry is not guaranteed.
Benefit shows require a ticket. These shows cost around $50-65.
Some extra spectacular with multiple top performers, shows may cost $100 and up.
When Should I Arrive?
Free weekends shows – gates open 90 minutes prior to the show-time
Free weekday shows – gates open 60 minutes prior to show-time
Benefit concert times vary
Food and Beverages
At the free shows, food and non-alcoholic beverages are permitted
However, glass bottles, coolers, and alcohol are not permitted
You can purchase food and drink at the concert
Items Not Allowed in Concerts
Your bags will be searched on entry. You cannot bring:
any kind of glass bottle
TIP: If you have large bags, a bicycle, luggage or anything else you cant bring into the concert, you can find inexpensive hourly storage in the area.
See our post about where to store luggage and more in NYC.
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LINE-UP OF PERFORMERS FOR 2019
6/1 at 6:00 pm – Opening Show: Emily King / Durand Jones and the Indications
6/8 at 7:00 pm – Parquet Courts / Sachiko Kanenobu / ARP / Prince of Queens
6/10 at 8:00 pm – The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series
6/12 at 7:00 pm – The New York Cantors with Special Guests Shulem and Frank London conducted by Zalmen Mlotek
6/13 at 7:00 pm – Big Freedia / Mike Q / BATEKOO / Hosted by Gina Yashere
6/15 at 7:00 pm – Jack DeJohnette, Ravi Coltrane and Matt Garrison Trio, Brandee Younger
6/19 at 8:00 pm – Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo
6/22 at 2:00 pm – THE AUSSIE BBQ: A.B. Original / Hermitude / San Cisco / The Teskey Brothers / Tkay Maidza / WAAX
6/23 at 6:00 pm – Fete de la Musique: Zdar from Cassius / Les Negresses Vertes
6/24 at 7:00 pm – Japanese Breakfast/ House of Nod (DJ Set)
6/26 at 7:00 pm – Alvvays/ The Courtneys / Ellis
6/30 at 6:00 pm – Buika / A-WA / Blick Bassy / DJ Tara
7/7 at 6:00 pm – Efya / Blinky Bill / DJ Mohogany
7/10 at 6:00 pm – Ximena Sarinana / iLe / Nathy Peluso
7/13 at 3:00 pm – 20th Anniversary Latin GRAMMY’s Celebration
7/14 at 4:00 pm – Family Day: Railroad Earth / Ranky Tanky
7/17 at 8:00 pm – Merce Cunningham: SummerCool feat. Stephen Petronio Company / Melissa Toogood and more
7/27 at 6:00 pm – Alceu Valença / Cordel do Fogo Encantado / LaBaq / DJ Grace Kelly
7/28 at 3:00 pm – Magic System / Smarty / Selma Uamusse / DJ Birane
7/31 at 11:00 AM – Youth Matinee
7/31 at 8:00 pm – FELA! The Concert (PM)
8/3 at 6:00 pm – Taiwanese Waves: One Fang / Tizzy Bac / A Bao / 9m88
8/4 at 7:00 pm – Corinne Bailey Rae / Jose James / DJ Natasha Diggs from Soul in the Horn
8/10 at 6:00 pm – VP Records 40th Anniversary: Elephant Man / Junior Reid / Estelle / Raging Fyah
8/11 at 7:00 pm – Lila Downs / Lido Pimienta / DJ Ripley
8/18 at 8:00 pm – Selena for Sanctuary: Cuco / Ambar Lucid / DJ Svani / Santuario House Band
8/21 at 8:00 pm – Carnival of the Animals with Wendy Whelan and Marc Bamuthi Joseph / Film: Restless Creature
8/25 at 7:00 pm – La India / Cimafunk / DJ Sonni / DJ Lucho
8/27 at 7:00 pm – The Originals
Benefit Show Schedule- Ticket Purchase Required
6/4 at 6:00 pm – One Nation Under A Groove – Farewell Tour 2019: George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic / Galactic / Fishbone / Dumpstaphunk / Miss Velvet
6/20 at 6:00 pm – Khruangbin / Connan Mockasin and Kikagaku Moyo
7/25 at 6:00 pm – Kurt Vile and the Violators / Dinosaur Jr. / Cate Le Bon
8/8 at 6:00 pm – Guster / Rubblebucket
8/28 at 7:00 pm – King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard
9/4 at 6:00 pm – Tash Sultana
9/14 at 6:00 pm – The Growlers
9/16 at 7:00 pm – MARINA – Love + Fear Tour
9/20 at 8:00 pm – Bloc Party performing Silent Alarm
9/24 at 6:00 pm – The B-52s / Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, Berlin
Purchase tickets here .
See the Summerstage website for more details.
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MORE FREE MUSIC
Look at our guide to Summer in NYC and our mo nthly posts:
Also, see our post on hundreds of free things to do in New York.
Don’t forget that NYC Street & Subway Performers are always free!
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