Arts & Entertainment
Must-See Arts & Culture
by Alyson Penn, 05/12/2015
SummerStage. Photo: Will Steacy
SummerStage, now in its 30th year, hosts more than 100 free performances in all five boroughs this summer along with benefit concerts, readings, kid-friendly events, parties with international bands, theatrical productions and, on July 31, a Smorgasburg pop-up. This season brings big names like the Kooks, Ingrid Michaelson and Guster. Visit cityparksfoundation.org for the full lineup.
Free-music aficionados should also check out the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival. Held August 21 to 23 (the first two days in the last and Harlem's Marcus Garvey Park; the last in Alphabet City's Tompkins Square Park), it will include performances by the Oliver Lake Big Band, Dr. Lonnie Smith and Joe Lovano.