Celebrate Brooklyn!/Prospect Park Bandshell

Performing Arts Venue, Music Venue, and Concert Hall
Prospect Park, Brooklyn
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  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupAugust 1, 2013
    The setting is amazing, especially on a nice summer night. Bring a blanket, some food and some friends, and grab a seat on the lawn. Make sure to come very early, as the line to get in can be crazy!
  • Stina P.
    Stina P.June 10
    thank you celebrate brooklyn and prospect park for one of my favorite places in all of ny! always a great summer line up and food from the farm on adderley. If show is free, go early for a seat
  • Time Out New York
    Time Out New YorkJuly 11, 2013
    Celebrate Brooklyn! at Prospect Park Bandshell gets our vote for best park-based music series by rocking not only a virtuosic and varied lineup of acts, but also mouth-watering local Brooklyn food. Read more
  • Zayed K.
    Zayed KhanAugust 2, 2015
    Amazing spot, and great free shows. Seats are a nice idea, but if it's a popular act everyone will crowd near the stage, and you will probably have to give up your seat if you want to see anything.
  • Kayleigh H.
    Great venue. Bring a picnic and settle in early for a good spot. Alcohol can't be brought in but beer and wine can be purchased there.
  • Metromix
    MetromixMarch 11, 2011
    The Bandshell draws in some of the best summer outdoor concerts in NYC, including performers like Rufus Wainwright and The Stills, as well as classical & jazz concerts like the Brooklyn Philharmonic. Read more
    Upvoted Aug 13
  • Fodor's Travel
    Fodor's TravelSeptember 9, 2015
    Look for silent film nights accompanied by innovative live music or spoken word performances. Pack a picnic or buy food from local, on-site vendors like the Farm on Adderley. Read more
  • Ray L.
    Ray LinMay 14, 2012
    If you can't snag a ticket for the paid benefit shows in the summer, grab a blanket + friends and chill outside the walls, you'll still be able to hear fine. Look out for dancing children.
  • Jeff R.
    Jeff RosenJune 30, 2013
    Great music last night. Good food concession & great beers. I enjoyed a blanket on the lawn with friends, and then had no problem finding a seat to watch the main act.
  • Fanny M.
    Fanny MAugust 12, 2014
    The space was good, loved the vibe and the sound, great god option too! Liked it better than Central Park concerts
  • Time Out New York
    Time Out New YorkMay 30, 2013
    Thanks to Celebrate Brooklyn!, the Prospect Park Bandshell is to Brooklynites what Central Park SummerStage is to Manhattan residents—the place to hear great music in the great outdoors. Read more
  • Marie A.
    Marie AzcuetaJune 5, 2014
    Go early when gates open to avoid the line that extends outside of the park. Otherwise bring a blanket and snacks and lounge right outside of the event space, skipping said line.
  • Cole K.
    Cole KennedyJune 20, 2015
    Arrive early to stake out a picnic spot on the lawn. Bring blankets, food, and whatever else you need to have a great night with music and friends.
  • Sheena
    SheenaJune 19
    Bring your own food and alcohol as long as it's not in a glass container! Save $$ (though the food is quite good too). Also a blanket a must.
  • Fodor's Travel
    Fodor's TravelAugust 21, 2015
    Since its founding in 1979, more than 2,000 musical acts have have performed at the Prospect Park Bandshell, which draws 250,000 people each summer to watch.
  • Charlotte S.
    Love the summer series. Pack a picnic and arrive early to nab a spot on the grass up the back. Best seat in the house!
  • Daniel K.
    If the concert is too pricey, join the rest of the millennials and sit on the nearby grass. You can still hear the band and the vibe is rad.
  • Danny Z.
    Always easy to grab a spot on the grass next to the back of the actual venue to get a free seat for the show.
  • Lindsey R.
    Lindsey RhoadesJuly 24, 2011
    Beautiful venue, great sound. The benefit shows are worth paying the extra cash to support the many free events they host all summer long.
  • Michael
    MichaelAugust 2, 2010
    Went to see Sonic Youth last Friday. They're still as mad as ever. Just with better equipment and better roadies than the old days. It was great. Only a few shows left.
  • Jill C.
    Jill CornellAugust 11, 2013
    Come early for a good seat. Or even better but a membership. Great benefits and you also get he warm fuzzies from supporting a great Brooklyn happening.
  • Lauren S.
    Lauren SAugust 14, 2013
    I saw Shaggy here last weekend and it was so much fun! Its the ideal date night as its free, early on in the night, and inspires dancing together. https://www.facebook.com/BonfireApp
  • Bryan O.
    Bryan OrtizJuly 22, 2010
    There's a great, fun, intense boot camp that meets in front of the statue monday,tues,thurs & sat mornings visit ortizfitness.com for more into
  • Marc M.
    Marc MayerJune 21, 2015
    Ridiculously good sound for an outdoor venue, and the weirdos who come out of the woodwork are as entertaining to watch as the acts on stage.
  • David T.
    David TaylorJune 1, 2014
    Pack a picnic and arrive really early to snag a good blanket spot on the hill.
  • Steve R.
    Steve RitterJuly 19, 2012
    Stake out a spot stage right (house left) and you'll have groove space and short beer & bathroom lines all night.
  • Markeisha G.
    Markeisha GrantJune 5, 2014
    Get here at least an hour and a half in advance if you want to see the concerts. The lines get really crazy.
  • Nikki M M.
    Nikki M MascaliJuly 28, 2013
    This was such a great, beautiful venue to see a show (especially Robert Plant!)! So easy to get to, too.
  • Patti M.
    Patti MMay 1, 2010
    Check out the New York Yoga Club. Started in May and will be meeting here regularly for classes. Great location, people and teacher. Read more
  • John H.
    John HarringtonJune 11, 2011
    Don't be discouraged by the long line.. you'll get in. This is a great venue.. much better than Central Park SummerStage.
  • Yan P.
    Yan PAugust 5
    Great venue. Bring lawn chairs. Get there early and claim a spot.
  • Sara .
    Sara 🌈⚔🍾July 6, 2015
    A great place to being a picnic and catch a show or outdoor movie.
  • Jeff W.
    Jeff WooJuly 22, 2011
    One of the best if not THE best way to enjoy summer, friends & amazing music in Brooklyn!
  • Daniel S.
    Daniel SalinasJuly 12, 2015
    Pro tip: don't go into the festival, just sit behind the fence, enjoy the music and have a nice picnic
  • Kevin M.
    Kevin McKennaJuly 24, 2012
    Wheelchair seating is behind all the people standing in front. Try ( legal ) ADA seating line of sight viewing!!!
  • Staff Picks
    Staff PicksJuly 15, 2014
    Get your tickets now to see the legendary alt-rock band Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds! Devendra Banhart & Nicole Atkins join the group for this Brooklyn set. Sat, 7/26, 7pm, $71.90. Read more
  • Julia V.
    Julia VasindaAugust 12
    Beautiful venue, lots of space but the bathroom line gets very long
  • Jon C.
    Jon CNovember 27, 2009
    Although the entrance to Bandshell is located at Prospect Park West and 9th Street, its GPS Coords are N 40 39.801, W 73 58.591 Read more
  • Miss T. H.
    Miss T. HoopsJuly 24, 2011
    Bring food and non-alcoholic drinks, have a picnic, listen to great live music! <3
  • Joanna F.
    Joanna FlammMay 17, 2013
    Bring a picnic and listen to great music outdoors all summer long. $3 donation suggested.
  • Benjamin H.
    The Wood Brothers were amazing. Plus, Aoife O'Donovan signed my CD! (swoon)
  • Stephanie Y.
    Arrive early if it's a free show to snag a prime spot.
  • Carolyn W.
    Carolyn WeissJune 30, 2013
    Get a friend pass for $50 - it lets you cut the long line all summer long!
  • Mike Bloomberg
    Mike BloombergJune 4, 2013
    Welcome to Celebrate Brooklyn! The arts have never been stronger or more vibrant here in New York City: http://bit.ly/18LOcF6
  • Sam R.
    Sam RosenthalJune 10, 2013
    One of the coolest venues to see a show. Small enough to be personal, but outdoors!
  • Joe G.
    Joe GruchaczAugust 15, 2011
    Sold out? Grab a seat on the lawn and take a listen. Most musicians aren't that attractive anyway... Read more
  • Mike H.
    Mike HopkinsJune 13, 2015
    Get there early for a good seat, or bring a blanket if you come later.
  • Ariel H.
    Ariel HyatJuly 31, 2011
    Go to the back of the venue w a blanket buy a beer or wine and soak in the birds eye view!
  • Christen D.
    Christen DuongAugust 27, 2011
    What Brooklyn summers are made of. Bring a blanket and an intimate group of friends.
  • Kirsten P.
    Kirsten PowerAugust 3, 2013
    Be respectful of your other concert goers- be a people not a sheeple!
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