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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  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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 :-)
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Ian F.
    Ian FrancisAugust 18, 2014
    Check out SummerStage for some great concerts and entertainment. Happens every year, and gets packed so go early.
  • Alden C.
    Alden CatesAugust 8, 2016
    Food vendors on site are actually decent! Not too crowded, seating in bleachers in the back if you don't want to stand.
  • 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.
  • Fitzcarl R.
    Fitzcarl ReidAugust 10, 2013
    Sun is shining, lovely day, music of my childhood bringing back lovely nostalgic sentiments
  • JP P.
    JP ParkOctober 26, 2015
    Love the venue for their free concerts but wish they had more seating and more capacity
  • 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.
  • Fitzcarl R.
    Fitzcarl ReidAugust 10, 2013
    Awesome, just 5 bucks to meet the Hip Hop royalty, Jamaica rules
  • Carmen C.
    The actors and stadium seating works for me. I love the place and the performances!
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Cole K.
    Cole KennedyMay 19, 2016
    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.
  • Mary M.
    Mary MottaAugust 3, 2015
    plenty of space go enjoy live music this summer. great location and crowd control.
  • Brian F.
    Brian FelixJuly 8, 2015
    Great way to enjoy live music in the summer!
  • 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 17th at 6 PM: Blue Note Jazz Festival featuring Groove Theory, Soulive, Riq and Rah with Strings (Blackthought + Rahzel) and DJ ?uestlove!
  • Pam R.
    Pam R.September 24, 2016
    Getting there early will give you a chance to score teacher seats or front row standing room.
  • 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
  • Martha
    MarthaJuly 10, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    always a good time here. good sound, friendly staff.
  • 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
  • Rebecca M.
    Rebecca MazzaJuly 30, 2016
    They cram a lot of people into the small area and it gets unpleasant very quickly
  • Jason B.
    Jason BrewAugust 5, 2016
    Small but fun venue. All standing room
  • 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!
  • Maria T.
    Maria TobarAugust 11, 2014
    If you really want to have a place get yourself there early
  • SummerStage
    SummerStageApril 27, 2012
    #summerstage2012 – June 30th and July 1st at 8 PM: Limón Dance Company with special musical guest Paquito D’Rivera!
  • Fitzcarl R.
    Fitzcarl ReidAugust 10, 2013
    Waiting for the artists, the dj spins up past classics
  • Kathryn I.
    Kathryn IJune 13
    Pack a picnic and get there early.
    Upvoted 3 weeks ago
  • Amber W.
    Amber WashingtonOctober 1, 2011
    great place to see a show, but remember to arrive early!
  • 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).
  • 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!
  • David H.
    David HartmanSeptember 24, 2013
    Catch the local musicians on the park benches
  • rabia j.
    rabia joliJuly 22, 2013
    KIM Kardashian Bhttp://www.iafrica.tv/?p=20832 aby Pictures Leaked! Baby North West Is "Adorable
  • SummerStage
    SummerStageApril 27, 2012
    #summerstage2012 – August 14th at 7 PM: Music from Goapele and Yolanda Zama with a movie screening of “Come Back Africa”!
  • Audrey O.
    Audrey OAugust 14, 2014
    Show up extra early to get ideal spots.
  • Leisha M.
    Leisha MagsisiJune 25, 2015
    Great venue to experience bands in NYC!
  • Nima B.
    Nima BeckieJuly 18, 2011
    For big concerts ,it is recommended to get there at least two hours ahead of showtime. Read more
  • Jessica P.
    Jessica PlacenciaSeptember 5, 2016
    Dope shows and often free! Cash only inside. Beer, wine and pizza.
  • Greg B.
    Greg BoullinJuly 23, 2015
    Nice chilled vibe
  • SummerStage
    SummerStageApril 27, 2012
    The Keigwin Company demonstrated the intricacies of contemporary dancing at SummerStage 2011!
  • David R.
    David RitzJuly 21, 2014
    Always a great place for a show
  • SummerStage
    SummerStageApril 27, 2012
    #summerstage2012 – July 22nd at 3 PM: Orchestre Poly-Rythmo, SMOD, Bibi Tanga and the Selenites, and DJ Chief Boima!
  • James G.
    James GJuly 6, 2013
    Be chill as hell, or you will snap and take 20 hipsters down with you.
    Upvoted 5 days ago
  • 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
  • Brian M.
    Brian MasefieldAugust 25, 2016
    One of my least favorite places in nyc. Too crowded. Too hot. Too disorganized. Too everything. It's like an outdoor subway car.
  • SummerStage
    SummerStageApril 27, 2012
    Florence Henderson's angelic voice moving the hearts of thousands at a benefit concert for SummerStage!
  • Fitzcarl R.
    Fitzcarl ReidAugust 10, 2013
    DJ Kool Herk's sister, Cindy Campbell, Jeff Chang, journalist, me, Fitzcarl
  • Brandi W.
    Brandi WilliamsJuly 28, 2015
    Open venue. Dress accordingly, no trees!
  • SummerStage
    SummerStageApril 27, 2012
    #summerstage2012 – June 7th at 7 PM: Music from Bobby Womack and Willis Earl Beal!
  • Michele I.
    Michele IveyAugust 4, 2013
    Get here early or you will stand the entire time !
  • Tania T.
    Tania TorresAugust 7, 2011
    Open air. Free concerts. Amazing atmosphere. Stay longer!
  • Khalfan B.
    Khalfan Bin DhaherAugust 9, 2014
    Fresh air, very nice place.
  • A
    AAugust 17, 2014
    Musiq Soul Child n Guest
  • SummerStage
    SummerStageApril 27, 2012
    #summerstage2012 – June 12th at 8 PM: The New York Pops with Ozomatli!
  • Bryan G.
    Bryan GrahamSeptember 24, 2010
    Beer lines of far side of entrance are lightyears shorter.
  • SummerStage
    SummerStageApril 27, 2012
    #summerstage2012 – June 24th at 3 PM: Alabama Shakes, Diamond Rugs, Robert Ellis in concert!
  • Kirsten J.
    Kirsten JJuly 22, 2011
    Absolutely gorgeous. You must go!!
  • 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
  • SummerStage
    SummerStageApril 27, 2012
    #summerstage2012 – July 14th at 3 PM: Music from Kinky, Los Auténticos Decadentes, 3Ball MTY, and DJ Raff!
  • Razorfish
    RazorfishSeptember 20, 2011
    A fantastic venue for outdoor shows.
  • SummerStage
    SummerStageApril 27, 2012
    #summerstage2012 – July 21st at 3 PM: Bebel Gilberto, Criolo, Flávio Renegado, and Béco Dranoff (DJ)!
  • G W.
    G WongAugust 9, 2011
    Bring a marker or pen and pimp up those beach balls!
  • Venera V.
    Venera VarbanovaJuly 1, 2014
    Really good free concerts!
  • SummerStage
    SummerStageApril 27, 2012
    Wiz Kalifa rocked the stage last year in a SummerStage benefit concert!
  • Shiva B.
    Shiva BhaskarJune 17, 2012
    Great bands and atmosphere
  • SummerStage
    SummerStageApril 27, 2012
    #summerstage2012 – June 16th at 7 PM: Music from Dawes and Kurt Vile and the Violators!
  • Fitzcarl R.
    Fitzcarl ReidAugust 10, 2013
    Cindy Campbell's autograph
  • Nora .
    Nora 👽September 22, 2010
    I waited over a year to see Pavement here-- totally worth it.
  • Amy R.
    Amy RobertsonJuly 29, 2015
    Cash only beer and food
  • Maarten P.
    Maarten PeschierMay 31, 2011
    Beer might be expensive, but at least you are drinking quality beer... Read more
  • Cayo H.
    Cayo HernSeptember 7, 2015
    Get online by 10 am
  • Fitzcarl R.
    Fitzcarl ReidAugust 10, 2013
    Jeff Chang's autograph
  • Irene R.
    Irene RhodesAugust 7, 2011
    Great Fun, close to the apartment
  • Fitzcarl R.
    Fitzcarl ReidAugust 10, 2013
    Reading http://cantstopwontstop.com/
  • Fitzcarl R.
    Fitzcarl ReidJune 8, 2014
    Toquino was awesomeǃǃ http://summerstage.donyc.com/events/2014/06/07/
  • 30 Minutes Or Less
    30 Minutes Or LessJuly 1, 2011
    Be the first to raise your lighter – be a leader, not a follower. #DontBlowIt
  • SummerStage
    SummerStageApril 27, 2012
    #summerstage2012 – July 17th at 7:30 PM: The Upright Citizens Brigade presents the All-Stars of Improv!
  • Helen S.
    Helen SotoSeptember 11, 2013
    Matisyahu was freakin awesome!
  • SummerStage
    SummerStageApril 27, 2012
    #summerstage2012 – July 7th at 3 PM: CBGB Music Festival!
  • Fitzcarl R.
    Fitzcarl ReidAugust 10, 2013
    Herc preaches
  • SummerStage
    SummerStageApril 27, 2012
    #summerstage2012 – June 26th at 7 PM: Workmen’s Circle Yiddishfest 2012 - Singing for a Better World!
  • Sean S.
    Sean SmythAugust 21, 2011
    EPMD and Rakim .... I think I died and went to heaven
  • Josefinne P.
    Josefinne PachecoNovember 7, 2015
    Ideal para curtir um fim de tarde no início do verão no Central Park! O festival é muito animado e reúne um público diversificado.
  • Marcello L.
    Marcello LobattoJuly 3, 2013
    Summerstage é um festival incrivel!!!! Mantenho a tradição de ver pelo menos um show aqui por ano!!!
  • Marcio O.
    Marcio OtaJune 14, 2016
    Ótimo para passear, banheiros bem localizados e limpos.
  • Isabel V.
    Isabel ValeroJuly 23, 2015
    Picnic en el jardín de fuera, lo mejor!
  • Omar L.
    Omar LoggiaAugust 16, 2016
    es una serie de eventos públicos que se realizan durante el verano -
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