Since 1985, SummerStage, run by the City Parks Foundation, has been presenting an eclectic mix of the finest musicians, dancers and spoken word artists from around the world in an exciting series of both free and benefit performances. Until 2009, all SummerStage events took place in Central Park. Starting in the summer of 2010, the stages have multiplied. Events are now held on 16 outdoor stages in parks all over the five boroughs.
Seating is on fold-out chairs and bleachers. Many people bring blankets to spread on the ground both inside and outside the seating area. Gates open one hour prior to listed start times. For schedule updates, contests and more information, call the SummerStage hotline: (212) 360-2777.