Central Park Summerstage Concert Guide

Throughout the Summer, Enjoy Concerts at Central Park Summerstage.

Trinidad-born, Brooklyn-bred Rapper/MC Theophilus London closes his set with young fans from the audience on stage at Central Park SummerStage, New York, New York, August 4, 2012.
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2015 Central Park SummerStage Schedule
Central Park Visitors Guide | Where To Pack a Picnic for Central Park SummerStage

The Central Park SummerStage hosts numerous dance, spoken word and music events throughout the summer. Many of the events are free, while others require advance tickets and serve as benefits for the Central Park SummerStage series.

Central Park SummerStage is an outdoor venue, located at Rumsey Playfield.

Rumsey Playfield is located on East 72nd Street off Fifth Avenue. The closest subway is the 6 train to 68th Street. You can easily enter the park on 69th Street and 5th Avenue.

Entrance to the Central Park SummerStage area begins 90 minutes before the shows start on weekends, and 60 minutes before for weeknight performances.

Things to Bring to Central Park SummerStage

  • Water
  • Blanket
  • Picnic dinner
  • Sunblock/Sunhats for daytime shows

Things Not to Bring to Central Park SummerStage

  • Glass Bottles
  • Cans
  • Coolers
  • SLR Cameras
  • Chairs
  • Skateboards/bikes

Good to Know About Central Park SummerStage

  • There are no tickets for free events, but space is limited and available on a first come, first served basis. For some of the most popular shows, lines form over an hour before the gates open.
  • There is an open area where many people spread out blankets so they can sit during the show/between sets.
  • There is also bleacher seating, some of which is available to the public (some is reserved for folks with SummerStage memberships.
  • If you're attending a show during the daytime, keep in mind that there is little shade, so sunblock and a hat are highly recommended. Also, drink plenty of water to avoid getting dehydrated.
  • If you want to get into events more easily, consider SummerStage Membership which offers members express entrance to shows, seats on the bleachers and more.
  • For special news, updates, and even "skip-the-line" passes, follow SummerStage on Facebook and SummerStage on Twitter
  • Concessions are available inside Central Park SummerStage, including beer & wine ($8-11) and soda & water ($2). There are also food vendors: Pizza Moto with $5 slices, Asia Dog with $5 hot dogs, and Lone Star Empire with $7 sandwiches. There is ice cream from Blue Marble ($5).
  • If you're not into battling crowds and are content to just hear the music, there is plenty of space on the grass outside of the Central Park SummerStage area. From there, you can easily hear the concert while lounging on the grass.

Official Central Park SummerStage Website
2015 Central Park SummerStage Schedule

Central Park SummerStage Visitors Guide
Central Park Visitors Guide | Where To Pack a Picnic for Central Park SummerStage

Monday, May 18, 2015 | 6 p.m.
Tedeschi Trucks Band
Free!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015 | 5 p.m.
Mastodon / Clutch with guest Graveyard
$35 (Buy Tickets from Ticketfly)

Saturday, June 6, 2015 | 2 p.m.
Blue Note Jazz Festival: Meshell Ndegeocello / Roy Hargrove / Gabriel Garzón-Montano
Free!

Sunday, June 7, 2015 | 2 p.m.
Angelique Kidjo / Emmanuel Jal / Rich Medina
Free!

Saturday, June 13, 2015 | 2 p.m.
Lettuce / The Soul Rebels
Free!

Monday, June 15, 2015 | 7 p.m.
The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series featuring Janai Brugger, Nathan Gunn, Isabel Leonard, and pianist Dan Saunders
Free!

Tuesday, June 16, 2015 | 6 p.m.
Yiddish Soul: A Concert of Cantorial and Chassidic Music
Free!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015 | 6 p.m.
Lindsey Stirling: The Music Box Tour
$35 (Buy Tickets from Ticketfly)

Saturday, June 20, 2015 | 5 p.m.
The Big Quiet – A Meditation in Central Park
Free!

Saturday, June 20, 2015 | 6 p.m.
Jungle / Ibeyi
Free!

Monday, June 22, 2015 | 6:30 p.m.
Save the Date: City Parks Foundation Gala
(Buy Tickets Here)

Wednesday, June 24, 2015 | 5 p.m.
The Kooks / Atlas Genius with guest Joywave
$35 (Buy Tickets from Ticketfly)

Saturday, June 27, 2015 | 2 p.m.
VP Records 35th Anniversary: Maxi Priest / Gyptian / Bunji Garlin & Fay Ann Lyons / Massive B
Free!

Sunday, June 28, 2015 | 2 p.m.
Catalan Sounds On Tour: Oques Grasses / La iaia / Sílvia Pérez Cruz / DJ Guillamino
Free!

Monday, June 29, 2015 | 5 p.m.
Ingrid Michaelson / Jukebox the Ghost / Secret Someones
$35 (Buy Tickets at Ticketfly)

SummerStage Visitors Guide

Central Park SummerStage Visitors Guide
Central Park Visitors Guide | Where To Pack a Picnic for Central Park SummerStage

Wednesday, July 1, 2015 | 6 p.m.
Basement Jaxx (Live) plus special guests
$35 (Buy Tickets at Ticketfly)

Thursday, July 2, 2015 | 7 p.m.
Un Break à Mozart / The DASH Ensemble
Free!

Sunday, July 5, 2015 | 2 p.m.
Global Family Day: Shine and the Moonbeams with special guest the Noel Pointer Youth Orchestra / The Red Trouser Show / Batoto Yetu / Ziporah Roney and Collaborative Artists
Free!

Wednesday, July 8, 2015 | 5 p.m.
Compass / Systema Solar / Helado Negro
Free!

Saturday, July 11, 2015 | 2 p.m.
Vicentico / Ximena Sariñana / No Te Va Gustar
Free!

Sunday, July 12, 2015 | 2 p.m.
Cesária Évora Orchestra / Mayra Andrade / Dino D’Santiago
Free!

Wednesday, July 15, 2015 | 6 p.m.
NPR and WNYC’s Ask Me Another: Celebrating 30 Years of SummerStage
Free!

Saturday, July 18, 2015 | 6 p.m.
Freedom Party® NYC: Special SummerStage Anniversary Theme
Free!

Sunday, July 19, 2015 | 6 p.m.
Jorge Drexler / Diego Garcia / Danay Suárez
Free!

Monday, July 20, 2015 | 6 p.m.
Guster / Kishi Bashi
$40 (Buy Tickets from Ticketfly)

Wednesday, July 22, 2015 | 6 p.m.
Milky Chance / X Ambassadors
$35 (Buy Tickets from Ticketfly)--Sold Out

Saturday, July 25, 2015 | 2 p.m.
Bombino / Young Fathers / Fantastic Negrito
Free!

Sunday, July 26, 2015 | 2 p.m.
Rock Steady Crew 38th Anniversary Concert: Whodini / Big Daddy Kane & more
Free!

Monday, July 27, 2015 | 5 p.m.
Dawes & First Aid Kit
$37.50 (Buy Tickets from Ticketfly)

Tuesday, July 28, 2015 | 5 p.m.
Rise Against with Killswitch Engage & Letlive
$39.50 (Buy Tickets from Ticketfly)

Wednesday, July 29, 2015 | 7 p.m.
PHILADANCO! / TU Dance
Free!

Friday, July 31, 2015 | 5 p.m.
Smorgasburg
$10 (Buy Tickets from Ticketfly)

Central Park SummerStage Visitors Guide
Central Park Visitors Guide | Where To Pack a Picnic for Central Park SummerStage

Saturday, August 1, 2015 | 2 p.m.
Dr. John & the Nite Trippers / Amy Helm
Free!

Sunday, August 2, 2015 | 2 p.m.
Nação Zumbi / Nation Beat’s Carnival Caravan feat. Cha Wa / DJ sets by Vinil Pompéia
Free!

Monday, August 3, 2015 | 7 p.m.
Beautiful – The Carole King Musical: Songs in Concert
Free!

Wednesday, August 5, 2015 | 5 p.m.
Father John Misty with Angel Olsen & Summer Moon
$35 (Buy Tickets from Ticketfly)

Saturday, August 8, 2015 | 5 p.m.
30th Anniversary DJ Celebration: Quantic / Gilles Peterson / Afrika Bambaataa
Free!

Sunday, August 9, 2015 | 2 p.m.
Glass Animals / Taylor McFerrin / BattleFest League Dancers
Free!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015 | 7 p.m.
The Wiz: A Celebration in Dance and Music
Free!

Saturday, August 15, 2015 | 6 p.m.
Brazilian Film Festival of NY: Baby Do Brasil / screening: Samba & Jazz
Free!

Sunday, August 16, 2015 | 5 p.m.
Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito 25th Anniversary concert / screening: Stretch and Bobbito: Radio That Changed Lives
Free!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015 | 7 p.m.
ALT MODE: a collaboration between RYAT and Kate Watson-Wallace
Free!

Sunday, August 23, 2015 | 6 p.m.
RCA Summer Concert Celebration featuring: Jazmine Sullivan / Jordan Bratton & more
Free!

Wednesday, September 2, 2015 | 5 p.m.
Lake Street Dive / Kitty, Daisy & Lewis
Free!

Wednesday, September 16, 2015 | 5 p.m.
Phil Lesh & Friends featuring Chris Robinson, Neal Casal, Eric Krasno, Adam MacDougall and Tony Leone
$59.50 (Buy Tickets from Ticketfly)

Thursday, September 24, 2015 | 6 p.m.
Walk the Moon
$35 (Buy Tickets from Ticketfly