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The Lincoln Center Festival guide

Each summer Lincoln Center Festival offers stunning plays, dance, operas and visual art from around the world

One of the city’s most thrilling multi-arts events, Lincoln Center Festival offers stunning plays, dance, operas and visual art from around the world. There’s no shortage of arts festivals in New York each summer. But they tend to be niche affairs, catering to Off-Off theater fans (the New York International Fringe Festival), outdoor concertgoers (Central Park SummerStage) or classical-music buffs (Mostly Mozart Festival).

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Lincoln Center Festival is different: Spanning nations and artistic disciplines, it brings a wealth of top-notch work to various stages each July and August. Ace curator Nigel Redden and his producers rack up frequent-flier miles trekking across the globe to discover live acts to thrill local culture vultures.

Tickets can be expensive and go fast, but unless you want to break the bank on airfare and hotels, the festival is a great way to see music, dance, theater and opera from around the world—without leaving home. Where else but in New York can you see the National Ballet of Canada dance pirouettes one night and Druid Theatre Company give a Celtic spin to Shakespeare the next?

What is Lincoln Center Festival?

It's Lincoln Center's annual summer festival of dance, theater, music, opera and multidiscplinary performance from around the world.

When is Lincoln Center Festival?

Lincoln Center Festival runs July 13 through August 31, 2016.

Where is Lincoln Center Festival?

Festival venues tend to be concentrated around the Lincoln Center campus, inlcuding Alice Tully Hall, the David H. Koch Theater and the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse. Most years, the festival also presents work in the Rose Theater at the Time Warner Center and at the Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College.

Where do I get tickets?

Visit Lincoln Center Festival's home page for tickets and other details of the festival.

Lincoln Center Festival coverage


The complete Lincoln Center Festival 2016 lineup

See world-class ballet, music and theater from around the globe

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The best restaurants near Lincoln Center

Grab a bite on your way to Central Park or a pre-show dinner at the best restaurants near Lincoln Center in NYC

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Archive Lincoln Center Festival coverage


Beautiful photos of the National Ballet of China’s The Peony Pavilion

On a rare visit to our shores, the National Ballet of China performs its internationally acclaimed classic

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Things to do

Meet the characters of Monkey: Journey to the West

One of the highlights of this year’s Lincoln Center Festival is based on a 16th-century Chinese folktale

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Lincoln Center Festival 2012: stage classics from Russia, Ireland, Australia and around the world

One of the summer’s main events gives you reason not to take a vacation to an exotic locale

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Lincoln Center Festival 2010

We review epic work from Japan, Italy and England

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Lincoln Center Festival: Les Éphémères

Time is fleeting in French berdirector Ariane Mnouchkine’s new work with her communal troupe

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Bolshoi Ballet

The glorious Bolshoi Ballet kicks off its Lincoln Center Festival run with three performances of Swan Lake

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Lincoln Center Festival: DruidSynge

What do vampires and Irishmen have in common?

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