Every summer since 1986, a series of free concerts called Summerstage has been held in Central Park. What started as a small music festival has grown into one of the most anticipated free events of summer in New York City.
The Summerstage line-up is diverse, 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. Almost all of the concerts are free!
The easiest way to get there is to take the subway. Ride the 6 train to “68th St-Hunter College” station and enter the park at Fifth Ave and 72nd St. To learn more about using the subway and other transportation, check our guide on getting around New York.
Do I need a ticket?
The answer is no for the free shows. Admission is based on a first-come, first-served basis, so entry is not guaranteed.
When should I arrive at the show?
Gatesopen 90 minutes prior to the show-time on weekends and benefit concerts and 60 minutes prior to show-time on weekdays. The more popular the performer(s), the earlier you will want to arrive
Do the shows get canceled in rain?
Nope! Unless there is lightning and conditions are not safe for the audience and the performers.
What you CAN bring with you:
At the free shows, food and non-alcoholic beverages are permitted. However, glass bottles, coolers, and alcohol are not permitted.
What you CANNOT bring with you:
Alcoholic beverages, bottles, coolers, pets, bicycles, video cameras, tape machines, or flash cameras. Bags are searched on entry.
Are there food and beverages for sale on site?
Yes, you can purchase food and drink at the concert area.