Since 1986, SummerStage in Central Park has been a sure bet for great live music in a picturesque alfresco setting—for free. Though it started (and still takes place) in the park’s Rumsey Playfield, approximately 100 happenings now occur across the five boroughs from May through October. The annual outdoor performing arts series spans all genres, bringing renowned artists and rising stars from around the world to NYC neighborhood parks. Audiences can expect to enjoy distinctly New York genres—salsa, jazz and hip-hop—alongside indie, reggae, Afrobeat, soul, modern dance and more, in addition to a Family Day event in July.
Photo: Emily Goncalves
Central Park's Rumsey Playfield
Enter Central Park at Fifth Avenue & 69th StreetManhattan, NY