Few destinations on the planet have as many excuses to visit as New York City. Whether it's summer or winter or anytime in between, this city is full of cultural attractions, hot restaurants, the best shopping, and much more. If you're looking for excuses to visit New York during the summer season, check out the Central Park Summerstage. While the title might give off the impression of a single stage, this annual event is actually the largest free performing arts festival in New York, bringing together over 100 performances to 18 parks spread throughout the five boroughs. In Central Park and beyond, Summerstage provides free outdoor entertainment for all ages.
The 2012 Festival
While some festivals come and go in the blink of an eye in New York, you can enjoy the Central Park We have rentals in both North
and South Central Park
. Summerstage at any time between June and August
. This year's entertainment includes film screenings, acts like Foster the People
and the Alabama Shakes
, the Meteropolitan Opera
, and mjuch more. Central Park is considered the main stage of this festival that is sponsored by the city parks department, with other venues in Manhattan including East River Park
and Tompkins Square Park
. There are also more appealing venues spread throughout the five boroughs including Brooklyn Bridge Park
, Queensbridge Park
, and more.
Central Park Details
During the summer season, Central Park is one of the most beautiful spaces to spend some time in New York City. You can reach the Central Park Summerstage from either side (east or west) of the park. Approaching from the West Side, you will want to take the subway to 72nd Street and Central Park West. Approaching from the East Side, you will want to take the subway to 69th Street and 5th Avenue. The Central Park stage has a variety of entertainment, including music in several genres, dance, theater, spoken word, film, and even family-specific entertainment.
The 2011 Festival
The best way to get an idea of whether the Central Park Summerstage is the festival for you is to take a look at past year's entertainment. In 2011, there was a huge variety of performers taking the Central Park Stage starting in June and running all the way through August. There were free music concerts in summer 2011 from acts like the Silk Road Ensemble
, Fitz & the Tantrums
, Funkmaster Flex
, The Naked and Famous
, the Jazz Mafia Symphony
, and many more. If you're interested in dance, 2011 included performances from the Forces of Nature Dance Theatre
, the Cecilia Marta Dance Company
, and the Creative Outlet Dance Theatre of Brooklyn
Another fun (but not free) part of Central Park Summerstage is the benefit concerts. These concerts help to support the other more than 100 free concerts and events that are part of the Summerstage Festival. In 2011, some big names were part of the benefit concert series including Florence and the Machine
, Jack's Mannequin
, the Levon Helm Band
, and many more. These evening performances sell out every year, so don't delay to purchase your tickets. In 2011, doors opened at 5 or 5:30 p.m. for a 6 or 6:30 p.m. concert.
Central Park Summerstage Rentals
If you're planning a trip to New York City
to enjoy Summerstage, odds are you want to get to know the Big Apple beneath the surface. The best way to accomplish this is with a vacation rental. Skip the generic hotels with thousands of rooms in favor of a unique vacation rental in a real neighborhood. It will be easier to eat in local restaurants and enjoy local nightlife when you put yourself in the center of a Manhattan neighborhood. With a kitchen, you can also pack a picnic to enjoy during Summerstage performances.
Central Park North Rentals
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