SummerStage

Central Park SummerStage

Performing Arts Venue and Music Venue
Central Park, New York
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  • "Outstanding free concert in the park."(6 Tips)
    Urban Mack
    "Great Summer concerts!"(3 Tips)
    Ashley R.
    "... pizza, hot dogs, etc. Ingrid Michaelson put on a great show in June!"(2 Tips)
    Colleen M.
    "Great free and benefit concerts."(3 Tips)
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  • Elie B.
    Elie BleierJuly 14, 2014
    If you don't want to wait in line to get in the venue, the giant rock near the line is both comfortable and close enough to the music. But beware: you may encounter extremely talented hoolahoopers.
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupAugust 1, 2013
    Nothing beats seeing a summer concert on a nice night in Central Park. Most of the shows are free here, but even when tickets need to be purchased, it's totally worth it. Get here early!
  • People
    PeopleMay 31, 2011
    This beloved outdoor venue hosts (mostly) free shows, from pop musicians to dance troupes. Tip: Don't want to battle crowds? Park yourself on the lawn bordering SummerStage to enjoy the music.
  • Norman E.
    Norman EllisAugust 13, 2015
    No alcohol allowed and any beverages bought in must be in sealed plastic bottles. No portable stadium chairs allowed. Arrive at least an hour before gates open to secure a decent spot on the grass.
  • Ashley R.
    Ashley RoseJuly 4, 2015
    Great atmosphere for an outdoor concert! City Winery with a few wines on tap, pizza, hot dogs, etc. Ingrid Michaelson put on a great show in June!
  • Time Out New York
    Time Out New YorkJuly 8, 2014
    This New York institution has an ear for music of every type—M.I.A. and Television have played in recent years, as have Zap Mama and Nortec Collective. Even better? Many of the shows are free! Read more
  • Time Out New York
    Time Out New YorkMay 30, 2013
    This New York institution has an ear for music of every type—M.I.A. and Television have played in recent years, as have Zap Mama and Nortec Collective. Even better? Many of the shows are free! Read more
  • Steff E.
    Steff E.August 8, 2014
    Was here for the Ingrid Michaelson concert and had an awesome time! Lots of good quality food vendors and a pretty chill atmosphere.
  • Dee Phunk
    Dee PhunkAugust 11, 2013
    Bring a blanket. Bring snacks. Bring sunblock. Bring cash (the vendors dont take credit cards and the ATM fee is criminal). Use expert level concealment tactics for your vices.
  • Cristina
    CristinaAugust 31, 2014
    Any concert here is good! Inside the park, great vibes, and amazing music. Free concerts: thank you NY! Hungry? Try the tacos and the ice cream.
  • Justin D.
    Justin DauseAugust 8, 2014
    It's a small venue - so make sure if your going to any of the concerts in the summer, make sure you get there early. Lines are extremely long!
  • New York Habitat
    New York HabitatJuly 19, 2012
    SummerStage is one of the best places to enjoy yourself outdoors with great music and see famous celebs for free! Come early to see different performers from Beyonce to Maroon 5 :-)
  • Colleen M.
    Colleen McAndrewAugust 14, 2014
    Great free and benefit concerts. Artists always put on a great show in this unique spot. No bad views or acoustics either.
  • Cole K.
    Depending on who you see, the crowd can be a bit obnoxious, but on the whole it's a fun vibe. They could use more bathrooms, though.
  • Comedy Central
    Comedy CentralJune 20, 2012
    Follow @ComedyCentral and @UrbanOutfitters on Twitter for a chance to win free swag. Use #CCPark during your check- in and if it makes us laugh you could win. Read more
  • Fitzcarl R.
    Fitzcarl ReidAugust 10, 2013
    Jeff Chang's book, he and Cindy signed it for me, I was able to buy it on the spot with with my credit card, thanks a beautiful lady from the Strand
  • Alden C.
    Alden Cates2 weeks ago
    Food vendors on site are actually decent! Not too crowded, seating in bleachers in the back if you don't want to stand.
  • Sean M.
    Sean McKenzieDecember 31, 2013
    Grab a blanket, food and concealed wine - just in case you can't get in. You can catch tunes on the outside grass.
  • Silky W.
    Silky Waves5August 17, 2014
    Free concerts. If you like different forms of music this is heaven. You just gotta role early so you get in
  • Flavorpill
    FlavorpillFebruary 27, 2012
    SummerStage spans all five boroughs, provides free, all-ages, rain or shine cultural stimuli, and is one of the reasons why we <3 NY. http://bit.ly/yHDHKm
  • Concert Ticket Agency
    Concert Ticket AgencyAugust 25, 2012
    Make your way to the left side of the stage for easier access to a good spot after the crowds have already formed.
  • Ian F.
    Ian FrancisAugust 18, 2014
    Check out SummerStage for some great concerts and entertainment. Happens every year, and gets packed so go early.
  • Marc M.
    Marc MayerAugust 1, 2015
    Quite the perfect spot for a sunset concert. Not too big, yet plenty of space. And toilets. Lots of toilets.
  • Ann H.
    Ann HwangAugust 12, 2013
    The security didn't let us take "cans" inside...WTF? So my friends had to throw out cans...this is BS. Why can't we drink our own drinks? Besides we saw people with cans inside. Wth?
  • Tinashe D.
    Tinashe DhliwayoAugust 20, 2015
    Kind of hard to find so if you're meeting up with someone who's never been there walk together. Trust me.
  • Connie C.
    Connie ChiuAugust 18, 2014
    It's smaller than I thought. Stage itself is a good size and I like that it's turf grass for sitting.
  • SummerStage
    SummerStageApril 27, 2012
    #summerstage2012 – June 17th at 6 PM: Blue Note Jazz Festival featuring Groove Theory, Soulive, Riq and Rah with Strings (Blackthought + Rahzel) and DJ ?uestlove!
  • Matty S.
    Matty S.September 22, 2010
    Old Man Pine and Dr. Gonzo serving up some killer grilled cheeses at the VW van in the parking lot. (they also have nitrous).
  • Rebecca M.
    Rebecca Mazza3 weeks ago
    They cram a lot of people into the small area and it gets unpleasant very quickly
  • Sonar ..
    Sonar .meJuly 19, 2011
    Rain or shine, you can always catch a great show here. Hit ‘more info’ to check out upcoming events. Read more
  • SummerStage
    SummerStageApril 27, 2012
    #summerstage2012 – June 20th at 8 PM: Comedy Central’s Indecision in the Park featuring “Daily Show’s” Wyatt Cenac, Al Madrigal, John Oliver, Kristen Schaal, Rory Albanese, and Adam Lowitt!
  • SummerStage
    SummerStageApril 27, 2012
    #summerstage2012 – June 30th and July 1st at 8 PM: Limón Dance Company with special musical guest Paquito D’Rivera!
  • JP P.
    JP ParkOctober 26, 2015
    Love the venue for their free concerts but wish they had more seating and more capacity
  • Mary M.
    Mary MottaAugust 3, 2015
    plenty of space go enjoy live music this summer. great location and crowd control.
  • Ryan M.
    Ryan McCannSeptember 17, 2010
    $7beers_$7/9wine_good sound_cozy venue_easy to get to frontstage, with some gall_not necessarily worth everybodys $50+ ticket tho
  • SummerStage
    SummerStageApril 27, 2012
    #summerstage2012 – July 8th at 3 PM: SummerStage Kids Family Day with Justin Roberts and The Not So Ready for Naptime Players, Ill Style & Peace Productions and more!
  • Untapped Cities
    Untapped CitiesAugust 24, 2012
    We interviewed Eric Cannata, guitarist of Young and the Giant, who played a sold-out show at SummerStage. Read more
  • OughtToBeShot.com
    OughtToBeShot.comAugust 11, 2013
    So security insisted they take the batteries so I couldn't use my camera.Everyone in here has a camera and some have monopods!!! Bastids!
  • Rashida B.
    Rashida BJuly 21, 2012
    Bring your own drinks n food, wine pours r too short n pizza is expensive n soso
  • Fitzcarl R.
    Fitzcarl ReidAugust 10, 2013
    Sun is shining, lovely day, music of my childhood bringing back lovely nostalgic sentiments
  • Carmen C.
    The actors and stadium seating works for me. I love the place and the performances!
  • Fitzcarl R.
    Fitzcarl ReidAugust 10, 2013
    Awesome, just 5 bucks to meet the Hip Hop royalty, Jamaica rules
  • Maria T.
    Maria TobarAugust 11, 2014
    If you really want to have a place get yourself there early
  • Martha
    MarthaJuly 10
    always a good time here. good sound, friendly staff.
  • SummerStage
    SummerStageApril 27, 2012
    #summerstage2012 – June 9th at 7 PM: 10th Cine Fest Petrobras Brasil NY: Sandra de Sá Concert and a screening of RAUL!
  • Jack's Mannequin On Tour
    Come back and see Jack's Mannequin and Guster Live on August 8th, 2011. More info here: http://jacksmannequin.com/tour
  • Nima B.
    Nima BeckieJuly 18, 2011
    For big concerts ,it is recommended to get there at least two hours ahead of showtime. Read more
  • Amber W.
    Amber WashingtonOctober 1, 2011
    great place to see a show, but remember to arrive early!
  • SummerStage
    SummerStageApril 27, 2012
    #summerstage2012 – July 22nd at 3 PM: Orchestre Poly-Rythmo, SMOD, Bibi Tanga and the Selenites, and DJ Chief Boima!
  • Bryan G.
    Bryan GrahamSeptember 24, 2010
    Beer lines of far side of entrance are lightyears shorter.
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