Central Park SummerStage NYC



2016 Free Summer Concerts

The 2016 season of SummerStage, New York’s largest free performing arts festival, brings over 100 free performances to sixteen parks throughout the five boroughs every June through August.

Having highlighted hip-hop and Latin music in recent seasons, Central Park Summerstage is honoring another distinctly New York genre – Jazz. This season showcases exceptional artists from around the globe and includes more Jazz performances than ever before!

With performances ranging from American pop, Latin and world music to dance, spoken word and theater, SummerStage brings a huge summer arts festival to New York City’s landscape. 

2016 Central Park SummerStage NYC Schedule

Central Park SummerStage NYC
Central Park SummerStage NYC

June 4 – August 31, 2016

100+ free events. 200+ artists. 16 NYC parks. The majority of Summerstage performances are free, except for a few requiring tickets.

Select Performances Requiring Tickets:

  • Barenaked Ladies, Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark & Howard Jones – June 13, 2016
  • Ryan Adams and The Shining – July 20, 2016
  • Phillip Phillips & Matt Nathanson – August 3, 2016
  • Jerry Garcia Symphonic Celebration featuring Warren Haynes – August 8th
  • The Go-Go’s Farewell Tour – August 13, 2016
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Can’t miss events include the first free event of the season on June 4 featuring living jazz legends McCoy Tyner, Ron Carter, and Roy Haynes.

Mark your calendars for June 18, when saxophonist Kamasi Washington puts on an epic performance in Central Park and again, on July 27 as five time Grammy award winning vocalist Dianne Reeves serenades Queensbridge Park.

CPSS is welcoming Comedy Central back for a laughter-filled evening of election themed stand-up from the team at The Daily Show with Trevor Noah. We will also present free performances from international reggae artist Alpha Blondy in Marcus Garvey Park, Latin soul star Joe Bataan in St. Mary’s Park, folk-rock superstars Indigo Girls in Central Park and chillwave electro-rocker Neon Indian in East River Park!

The annual City Parks Foundation Gala will take place on June 20, 2016 with performances by Jon Bon Jovi, Idina Menzel, David Sanborn, Father Guido Sarducci (Don Novello), Paul Shaffer and the Park Rangers and other surprise guests.

Full SummerStage Schedule:

Central Park, Rumsey Playfield
Enter park at 69th Street and 5th Avenue
East side: 6 train to 68th or 77th Streets; N, R or W trains to 5th Avenue; F train to 63rd and Lexington
West side: 1, 2, 3, 9, B or C trains to 72nd Street

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Central Park NY and New York City Passes

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Offers Central Park Movie & TV Sites Tour ($25 Value) and choice of Central Park Sightseeing Bike Tours & Rentals ($50 value).

New York Explorer Pass

Offers Bike and Roll Central Park Tour ($40 value), Central Park Zoo admission and discounts to Central Park Movie & TV Sites Tour as choices.

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Central Park NY Hotels

These are NYC Insider hand picked hotels that are not just “near” Central Park, as most NYC hotels claim to be…but on the Park itself, either Central Park South, Central Park West or Fifth Ave. Many other hotels are nearby, or within a few blocks, but these are the closest, and all offer Park views from select rooms.

Central Park NY Hotels

Some of our top value picks near Central Park include:

See the Insider Guide for dozens more Central Park NY Hotels and download our free Central Park map at Central Park NY Guide

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