More than 115 FREE Music, Dance, Comedy, Family, Film and Theater programs
in 16 Parks Across all 5 Boroughs of New York City

SummerStage, which celebrates its 31st anniversary this year, is the largest FREE performing arts festival in New York City. From the iconic to the avant-garde, from opera to hip-hop, film to circus–and everything in between–this is what makes SummerStage a truly only-in New York City festival. SummerStage 2016 is organized by The City Parks Foundation, and the festival runs from May 16 to September 23, 2016.

Plenty of the events take place at the iconic SummerStage mainstage in Central Park’s Rumsey Playfield. Beyond the mainstage, the free and benefit performances takes place all summer at parks and outdoor spaces throughout NYC.

See the complete lineup of SummerStage 2016 here and below.

SummerStage 2016 free event lineup:

June 4
The Legends Honor McCoy: McCoy Tyner Quartet / Ron Carter / Roy Haynes
Central Park, 6pm

June 11
Cymande / KING / Deva Mahal / DJ Parler
Central Park, 3pm

June 13
DJ Hard Hittin’ Harry / Screening: Afripedia
Saratoga Park, Brooklyn, 7pm

June 14
Chairlift
Red Hook Park, Brooklyn, 7pm

June 15
Just Blaze and Friends
Red Hook Park, Brooklyn, 7pm

June 15
Yiddish Soul: A Concert of Cantorial and Chassidic Superstars
Central Park, 7pm

June 16
Blonde Redhead
Red Hook Park, Brooklyn, 7pm

June 17
Liza Jessie Peterson / LuQuantumleap
Red Hook Park, Brooklyn, 7pm

June 18
Dance on the Lawn / Master Class: Calvin Wiley
Red Hook Park, Brooklyn, 7pm

June 18
Kamasi Washington
Central Park, 6pm

June 19
DJ Rich Medina / RAAA / Urban Word & Hi-Arts: Journal to Journey / Ziearre
Red Hook Park, Brooklyn, 4pm

June 20
Screening: In My Father’s House with Q&A with Rhymefest
Saratoga Park, Brooklyn, 7pm

June 21
Fête de la Musique: CharlElie Couture / Yael Naim / General Elektriks / La Femme
Central Park, 6pm

June 21
Public Enemy / DJ Tedsmooth
Betsy Head Park, Brooklyn, 7pm

June 22
Angie Stone / DJ Chuck Chillout
Betsy Head Park, Brooklyn, 7pm

June 22
Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series featuring Angel Blue, Ben Bliss, Alexey Lavrov and Dan Saunders
Central Park, 8pm

June 23
Duck Down BBQ
Betsy Head Park, Brooklyn, 7pm

June 24
Nuyorican Poets Cafe featuring Mahogany Browne’s Redbone and reg e gaines’ The Last Celebrity
Betsy Head Park, Brooklyn, 7pm

June 24
Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series featuring Angel Blue, Ben Bliss, Alexey Lavrov and Dan Saunders
Brooklyn Bridge Park, Brooklyn, 7pm

June 25
Brooklyn Dance Festival / Master Class: Mr. Kid
Betsy Head Park, Brooklyn, 7pm

June 25
Butler, Bernstein, and the Hot 9 / The Hot Sardines / Bria Skonberg and the New York Hot Jazz Festival All-Stars featuring Anat Cohen, Vince Giordano, Wycliffe Gordon, Joe Saylor and Dalton Ridenhour
Central Park, 3pm

June 26
Christian Cultural Center C3 Choir / Mr. Reed / Boots Step Team / DJ Styff
Betsy Head Park, Brooklyn, 4pm

June 26
DJ Gringo / Screening: Queen Nanny: Legendary Maroon Chieftainess
Betsy Head Park, Brooklyn, 7pm

June 26
Only in Queens Summer Festival featuring Ginuwine / Mack Wilds / Kid ‘n Play
Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens, 5pm

June 26
Comedy Central Presents: The Daily Show with Trevor Noah Stand-Up in the Park
Central Park, 8pm

June 27
Felix Hernandez’s Rhythm Revue / Screening: 20 Feet From Stardom
Saratoga Park, Brooklyn, 7pm

June 27
Indigo Girls
Central Park, 7pm

June 28
Lisa Simone / Screening: What Happened Miss Simone?
Herbert Von King Park, Brooklyn, 7pm

June 29
Screening: A Ballerina’s Tale / Jeremy McQueen’s Black Iris Project / Pre-Show Panel
Central Park, 8pm

June 29
Soul in the Horn featuring Theo Croker, Maurice Mobetta Brown, Marcus Machado / Kendra Foster / DJ Natasha Diggs. Hosted by DProsper
Herbert Von King Park, Brooklyn, 7pm

June 30
Vivian Green / GrandWizzard Theodore
Herbert Von King Park, Brooklyn, 7pm

July 1
Maimouna Keita Dance Company / Master Class
Herbert Von King Park, Brooklyn, 7pm

July 2
Freedom Party 13th Anniversary
Central Park, 7pm

July 2
Everyday People
Herbert Von King Park, Brooklyn, 7pm

July 3
King Sunny Adé / Orlando Julyius and the Afro Soundz / DJ Rich Medina
Central Park, 3pm

July 3
Trouble Funk / Operator Emz
Herbert Von King Park, Brooklyn, 7pm

July 5
George Lamond / DJ Lucho
Crotona Park, Bronx, 7pm

July 6
Mexrrissey / Los Cafres / La Dame Blanche
Central Park, 6pm

July 6
Fat Joe / Tony Touch hosted by Lyricist Lounge
Crotona Park, Bronx, 7pm

July 7
Tribute to Latin Jazz Great Dave Valentin
Crotona Park, Bronx, 7pm

July 7
Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series featuring Michelle Bradley, Kang Wang, Yunpeng Wang and Dan Saunders
Clove Lakes Park, Staten Island, 7pm

July 8
Leon Larregui / Rodrigo Amarante / Grenda
Central Park, 6pm

July 8
Nuyorican Poets Cafe: Craig ‘muMs’ Grant’s “A Sucker Emcee”
Crotona Park, Bronx, 7pm

July 8 – July 31
Classical Theatre of Harlem Presents Macbeth
Marcus Garvey Park, 8pm

July 9
Acrobuffos / Rob & Miss Jane / Sxip’s Hour of Charm / It’s Showtime NYC
Crotona Park, Bronx, 7pm

July 9
Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series featuring Michelle Bradley, Kang Wang, Yunpeng Wang and Dan Saunders
Jackie Robinson Park, 7pm

July 10
Justin Roberts & the Not Ready For Naptime Players / Mister G / Excerpts from Finding Neverland / Gizmo Guys
Central Park, 3pm

July 10
DJ Kool Herc / Little Shalimar / Screening: Rubble Kings
Crotona Park, Bronx, 7pm

July 11
The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series featuring Michelle Bradley, Kang Wang, Yunpeng Wangx and Dan Saunders
Socrates Sculpture Park, Queens, 7pm

July 12
Johnny Rivera / Joan Català
St. Mary’s Park, Bronx, 7pm

July 13
Joe Bataan Meets Setenta / Joan Català
St. Mary’s Park, Bronx, 7pm

July 13
The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series featuring Michelle Bradley, Kang Wang, Yunpeng Wang and Dan Saunders
Crotona Park, Bronx, 7pm

July 14
Tito Rojas
St. Mary’s Park, Bronx, 7pm

July 15
Felix Hernandez’s Rhythm Revue / Screening: We Like It Like That
St. Mary’s Park, Bronx, 7pm

July 16
Taiwanese Waves: Anpu / Wonfu / Sunset Rollercoaster
Central Park, 6pm

July 16
Full Circle Souljahs Presents:
From The Streets To The Stage/Behind The Groove / Master Class: Kwikstep and Rokafella
St. Mary’s Park, Bronx, 7pm

July 17
Legacy Women / Recess Monkey / Music with a Message / Double Dutch Dreamz
St. Mary’s Park, Bronx, 4pm

July 17
Paulo Flores / Herencia de Timbiquí / Monsieur Periné / DJ Greg Caz / DJ Manny
Central Park, 3pm

July 18
The Feelies / Beach Fossils
Central Park, 7pm

July 26
Black Moon & Smif-N-Wessun, performing a tribute to Enta Da Stage & Dah Shinin’
Queensbridge, Queens, 7pm

July 27
Complexions Contemporary Ballet / Carolyn Dorfman
Central Park, 8pm

July 27
Dianne Reeves / DJ Greg Caz
Queensbridge Park, Queens, 7pm

July 28
Lyfe Jennings
Queensbridge Park, Queens, 7pm

July 29
Nuyorican Poets Cafe: Paolo Javier and Maria Lisella host a night of Queens Poets
Queensbridge Park, Queens, 7pm

July 30
Stefanie Batten Bland with Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber / Master Class: Karisma Jay
Queensbridge Park, Queens, 7pm

July 30
Unknown Mortal Orchestra / Empress Of
Central Park, 7pm

July 31
Marc Cary: The Harlem Jam Sessions / Joseph Webb: Dancing Buddhas / WBGO Kids Jazz Concert Featuring Brianna Thomas & The Jazz Travelers
Queensbridge Park, Queens, 4pm

July 31
Rock Steady Crew 39th Anniversary with Nice & Smooth / Bahamadia and more
Central Park, 7pm

August 2
Jon B
Clove Lakes Park, Staten Island, 7pm

August 3
Screening: Kirikou and the Wild Beasts / Orisha’s Journey / DJ Djib Sayo
Clove Lakes Park, Staten Island, 7pm

August 4
Junegle Brothers / G-Bo the Pro
Clove Lakes Park, Staten Island, 7pm

August 5
Terence Blanchard Featuring The E-Collective
Clove Lakes Park, Staten Island, 7pm

August 6
Monobloco / Cabruêra / Boogarins / DJ Luiz Santos
Central Park, 6pm

August 6
Complexions Contemporary Ballet / Master Class: Jamel Gaines
Clove Lakes Park, Staten Island, 7pm

August 7
Secret Agent 23 Skidoo / Sierra Leone Dance Troupe / Wahoo Skiffle Crazies
Clove Lakes Park, Staten Island, 4pm

August 7
Igmar Thomas & the Revive Big Band present: A Journey Through the Legacy of Black Culture
Central Park, 7pm

August 9
Neon Indian
East River Park, 7pm

August 10
“We Play For You, Butch Morris” featuring Nublu Orchestra / DarkMatterHalo with Wadada Leo Smith / Screening: Black February
East River Park, 7pm

August 10
Tamar-kali with ASE Dance Theatre Collective / Nathan Trice Rituals
Central Park, 8pm

August 11
Roberto Roena Y Su Apollo Sound
East River Park, 7pm

August 12
Roger Guenveur Smith “RODNEY KING”
East River Park, 7pm

August 13
Carolyn Dorfman / Master Class: Theresa Lavington
East River Park, 7pm

August 14
Mbongwana Star / Batida / Young Paris / Okayafrica Electrafrique feat. DJ Underdog / Pre-Show Panel
Central Park, 6pm

August 14
DJ Spinna celebrates Earth Wind & Fire / Shine & the Moonbeams
East River Park, 4pm

August 16
Alpha Blondy
Marcus Garvey Park, 7pm

August 17
Saul Williams / Kimberly Nichole
Marcus Garvey Park, 7pm

August 17
DJ KS 360 & Full Circle Souljahs Presents: Behind The Groove / Soul Connected / Raphael Xavier
Central Park, 8pm

August 18
Tamar-kali with ASE Dance Collective / Master Class: Calvin Wiley
Marcus Garvey Park, 7pm

August 19
Nathan Trice Rituals / Harlem School of the Arts Young Dance Alliance / Master Class: Calvin Wiley
Marcus Garvey Park, 7pm

August 20–21
Kalabantè Circus / Iron Skulls & , Quim Moya / Sxip’s Hour of Charm
Marcus Garvey Park, 7pm

August 21
Sweet Micky / MHD / DJ Erick La Peau
Central Park, 3pm

August 26
Charlie Parker Jazz Festival: Jason Lindner: Breeding Ground / DJ Greg Caz
Marcus Garvey Park, 7pm

August 27
Charlie Parker Jazz Festival: Randy Weston African Rhythms Sextet / Cory Henry & the Funk Apostles / The Artistry of Jazzmeia Horn / Charles Turner III / Master Class: Samuel Coleman
Marcus Garvey Park, 3pm

August 28
Charlie Parker Jazz Festival:
DeJohnette – Moran – Holland / Allan Harris / Donnie McCaslin Group / Grace Kelly
Tompkins Square Park, 3pm

August 28
GoldLink / Backyard Band / DJ Spicoli
Central Park, 3pm

August 31
Chicago The Musical: 20th Anniversary Concert
Central Park, 8pm

SummerStage 2016 benefit event lineup:

May 16
Cage the Elephant / Portugal. The Man / BRONCHO
Central Park, 6pm, $45–$50

May 17
Cage the Elephant / Portugal. The Man / BRONCHO
Central Park, 6pm, $45–$50

May 18
Rudimental / Gorgon City
Central Park, 6pm, $39.50–$40

June 13
Barenaked Ladies / Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark / Howard Jones
Central Park, 6pm, $52

July 20
Ryan Adams & The Shining
Central Park, 7pm, $59.60

July 24
Flight of the Conchords Sing Flight of the Conchords
Central Park, 6pm, $50–$55

July 25
Mass Appeal: Live at the BBQ
Central Park, 6pm, $TBA

August 3
Phillip Phillips / Matt Nathanson / A Great Big World
Central Park, 6pm, $46–$50

August 8
Jerry Garcia Symphonic Celebration featuring Warren Haynes
Central Park, 7pm, $47.50

August 13
The Go-Go’s Farewell Tour
Central Park, 6:30pm, $50–$60

September 23
Lucius / JD McPherson / Big Thief
Central Park, 7pm, $35

    SummerStage: Kamasi Washington / DJ Natasha Diggs of Soul in the Horn

    Central Park SummerStage

    Manhattan

    Sat, Jun 18, 2016, 6:00 pm

    At the age of 13, Kamasi Washington started a lifelong quest discovering the many wonders of music. One night, his father left his soprano saxophone lying on the piano. Kamasi, filled with curiosity for all the beauty he heard from the instrument, picked up his father’s horn. Even though he didn’t know anything about the saxophone – in fact, never even touched one – he played Wayne Shorter’s composition “Sleeping Dancer Sleep On.”

    SummerStage – Nuyorican Poets Cafe: Mahogany Browne’s Redbone and reg e gaines’ The Last Celebrity

    Betsy Head Park

    Brooklyn

    Fri, Jun 24, 2016, 7:00 pm - Thu, Jun 23, 2016, 9:00 pm

    Mahogany Browne’s RedboneBoth a Cave Canem & Poets House alum, Mahogany L. Browne is the Poetry Program Director of the Nuyorican Poets Café, MFA Candidate for writing & activism at Pratt Institute, an activist, publisher & educator. Browne is the founder of Women Writers of Color Reading Room & the author of books Dear Twitter (Penmanship), Smudge (Button Poetry) & NAACP Nominated Redbone (Willow Books).reg e gaines’ The Last Celebrityreg e gaines is a Tony-Award-nominated ...

    SummerStage – Screening: A Ballerina’s Tale / Jeremy McQueen’s The Black Iris Project

    SummerStage

    Manhattan

    Wed, Jun 29, 2016, 7:00 pm

    A Ballerina’s Tale Iconic ballerina Misty Copeland made history when she became the first African-American woman to be named principal dancer of the legendary American Ballet Theater. Get the incredible, behind-the-scenes story of how she overcame a tumultuous upbringing and near career-ending injuries to become one of the most revered dancers of her generation in A Ballerina’s Tale. More than just a ballet success story, Copeland’s journey is a hugely inspirational, universal tale of perseverance.Jeremy McQueen’s ...

SummerStage – Nuyorican Poets Cafe: Mahogany Browne’s Redbone and reg e gaines’ The Last Celebrity

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Mahogany Browne’s RedboneBoth a Cave Canem & Poets House alum, Mahogany L. Browne is the Poetry Program Director of the Nuyorican Poets Café, MFA Candidate for writing & activism at Pratt Institute, an activist, publisher & educator. Browne is the founder of Women Writers of Color Reading Room & the ...