SummerStage Festival

Summer Stage
Summer Stage by Chris Becker

Check back frequently as the 2017 schedule continues to be updated.

SummerStage is an outdoor festival of the arts held each year at Rumsey Playfield in Central Park. Performances are mostly free, with the exception of a few big name benefit concerts that help fund the SummerStage programming.

5/17 | 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM Gov't Mule / Chris Robinson Brotherhood
6/15 | 6:30 PM - 10:00 PM Elvis Costello & The Imposters
7/7   | 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM Umphrey's McGee
7/19 | 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM PJ Harvey
7/27 | 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM Regina Spektor
7/31 | 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM All Time Low / SWMRS / Waterparks / The Wrecks
8/3   | 5:30 PM - 10:00 PM Dashboard Confessional / The All-American Rejects / The Maine
8/5   | 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM Elza Soares / Liniker e os Caramelows / Teleseen
8/6   | 2:00 PM -   7:00 PM Apache Indian / Panjabi MC / DJ Rekha / Madame Gandhi / Anik Khan
8/9   | 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM Malpaso Dance Company / Daymé Arocena / Nickodemus
8/10 | 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM The Revivalists / White Denim
8/13 | 4:00 PM -  8:00 PM Taj Mo: The Taj Mahal & Keb’ Mo’ Band / Jontavious Willis / Dante Ross
8/20 | 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM Mulatu Astatke / Emel Mathlouthi / Alsarah & the Nubatones / DJ Sirak
8/27 | 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM Valerie June / Aloysius 3 / Jalen N’Gonda / Boogie Blind
8/30 | 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band
9/13 | 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM Young the Giant w/Special Guests Cold War Kids & Joywave

More dates and concerts to follow. Check back frequently.

Helpful SummerStage Tips to Know Before You Go:

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. Click here for directions

Admission and Seating Policy

Admission to all free performances (not benefit concerts) is on a first come, first-served basis, no tickets required. Tickets to Benefit Concerts at SummerStage are only available on Ticketfly or at our on site box office. Tickets to Benefit Concerts are available for purchase on-site across from the VIP check in table on East Drive. Cash and credit cards are accepted. The box office is only open on show days.

Depending on the show, chairs may or may not be placed on the field, and bleacher seating may or may not be available. At dance shows in Central Park, first-come, first-served limited seating will be offered. E-mail for questions concerning specific shows.

There is space to listen on the grass outside of the venue.

If you want to get into events more easily, consider a SummerStage Membership which offers members express entrance to shows, seats on the bleachers and more.

Not Permitted

The following cannot be brought into the Central Park venue: large backpacks, luggage, glass bottles, cans, coolers, folding chairs, bikes, rollerblades, scooters, skateboards, beach umbrellas, video cameras, selfie sticks, musical instruments, professional camera gear or pets (service animals are allowed).

Strollers are prohibited in the venue unless you are attending Global Family Day.

Food and beverages are available to purchase at all shows. Menu items include burgers, hot dogs, vegetarian sandwiches, beer and wine. At the free shows, food and non-alcoholic beverages are permitted. However, glass bottles, coolers and alcohol are not permitted. Note that for benefit shows no outside food or drink of any kind is permitted in any way, shape or form.

Bags are subject to search.

Smoking is prohibited in all NYC parks.


Pets are not allowed into the shows. Seeing Eye Dogs are allowed.


Shows are RAIN or SHINE and are only cancelled in the event of dangerous conditions.


SummerStage is accessible to the mobility-impaired. For additional information please call (212) 360-2789 and ask to speak with the Volunteer Coordinator.

To obtain the Parks Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (TDD), please call (800) 281-5722.

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