Central Park in New York: Concerts and events

Fill your calendar with outdoor activities in Central Park in New York, including SummerStage concerts and Shakespeare in the Park performances.

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Central Park in New York: SummerStage

Central Park in New York: SummerStage Photograph: John Klemm


Come summertime, Central Park is abuzz with a staggering amount of summer events: SummerStage concerts, the free Central Park Conservancy Film Festival, comedy shows, rooftop poetry readings, Shakespeare in the Park, classical concerts, the New York Phil…. We could go on, but instead we've organized every event by date in the list below. So whether you're looking for something to do today, this weekend or next month, you can easily find what you want.

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"Antonio Canova: The Seven Last Works"

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

The nude seemingly made flesh in marble was the specialty of Venetian sculptor Antonio Canova (1757–1822) one of the greatest practitioners in the medium and a key proponent of the Neoclassical style. But as this show demonstrates, he took a bit of a departure from the work that established his reputation for the final project of his life: a plan to illustrate 32 scenes from the Bible as a suite of reliefs, intended for the Tempio Canoviano, the Palladian-style church (which later became his mausoleum) that he built for his hometown of Possagno, northwest of Venice. He managed to complete only seven clay models for the series before his death at age 65. The Met collected those studies for their first appearance in the United States.

  1. The Metropolitan Museum of Art 1000 Fifth Ave, at 82nd St, 10028
  2. Thu Apr 24 - Sun Apr 27
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"Charles Marville, Photographer of Paris"

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

The Met revisits the work of French photographer Charles Marville (1813–1879), who, in 1862, was appointed the official photographer of the city of Paris, tasked with documenting Baron Georges-Eugène Haussmann's radical modernization of the French capital. Haussmann created Paris's famed boulevards by plowing under the city's medieval-era neighborhoods, and Marville was there, capturing both the destruction of the old and the emergence of the new. His images of ancient twisting streets and alleyways awaiting the wrecking ball anticipated Eugène Atget's famed photos of similar subjects by more than a decade.

  1. The Metropolitan Museum of Art 1000 Fifth Ave, at 82nd St, 10028
  2. Thu Apr 24 - Sun May 4
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"Lucas Samaras: Offerings from a Restless Soul"

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

The Met surveys artist Lucas Samaras (born 1936), a New York art-world fixture for more than 50 years, whose category-defying pieces testify to his indelibly idiosyncratic aesthetic vision. As a performance artist, sculptor, painter and photographer, Samaras's work has been rooted in the late-1950s transition from Abstract Expressionism to a cavalcade of styles (Pop Art, Minimalism, Conceptualism), and in a sense, he borrowed and combined elements of all of them. He's probably best known for his work with Polaroids, for which he'd pose and then distort the images as they developed by running them under warm water, before rubbing them with his fingers or incising them. The results were equally comical, surreal and monstrous, and widely copied. But it is precisely this prankster's sense of fun that energizes all his pieces.

  1. The Metropolitan Museum of Art 1000 Fifth Ave, at 82nd St, 10028
  2. Thu Apr 24 - Sun Jun 1
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"Now You See It: Photography and Concealment"

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

The Met digs into its collection for this show of vintage and contemporary photos and video with the aim of exploring how the camera can hide as well as reveal subject matter. The roster of contributors includes Vera Lutter, Taryn Simon, Diane Arbus and Weegee, among others.

  1. The Metropolitan Museum of Art 1000 Fifth Ave, at 82nd St, 10028
  2. Thu Apr 24 - Mon Sep 1
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"Lost Kingdoms: Hindu-Buddhist Sculpture of Early Southeast Asia, 5th to 8th Century"

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

This roundup of 160 objects—in stone, bronze, gold, silver, terra-cotta and stucco—includes several monumental works considered national treasures in their respective countries of origin, including Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and Myanmar.

  1. The Metropolitan Museum of Art 1000 Fifth Ave, at 82nd St, 10028
  2. Thu Apr 24 - Sun Jul 27
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"Goya and the Altamira Family"

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Taken from different collections as well as the Met's, this show reunites Goya's four portraits of the Altamira family, commissioned by the Count of Altamira in 1786 and completed two years later. The works include a likeness of the count himself, the Met-owned double portrait of his wife and daughter, and, of course, the Met's other treasure Manuel Osorio Manrique de Zuñiga, a.k.a. the "Boy in Red." Goya's painting of Manuel Osorio's oldest brother—as well as one of Altamira's middle son, created by Goya's pupil Agustín Esteve—rounds out the family reunion.

  1. The Metropolitan Museum of Art 1000 Fifth Ave, at 82nd St, 10028
  2. Thu Apr 24 - Sun Aug 3
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”Italian Futurism, 1909–1944: Reconstructing the Universe”

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Painting, sculpture, architecture, design, ceramics, fashion, film, photography, advertising, free-form poetry, publications, music, theater and performance—Italian Futurism encompassed all of these and more, as one of the most dynamic, controversial and unpredictable movements in early modern art. More so than their Cubist contemporaries in Paris, the artists of Futurism celebrated the revolutionary furor and breakneck technological pace of life in the nascent 20th century, embracing its contradictions and its frequent descents into violence. This expansive overview is the first undertaking of its kind in the United States, and should prove an eye-opener.

  1. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum 1071 Fifth Ave, at 89th St, 10128
  2. Fri Apr 25 - Mon Sep 1
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Shakespeare's Birthday Sonnet Slam

  • Free

Shakespeare lovers, including Dana Ivey and event organizer Melinda Hall, endeavor to read all 154 of the Bard's sonnets over the course of the afternoon.

  1. 72nd St, at Fifth Ave
  2. Fri Apr 25
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"Carrie Mae Weems: Three Decades of Photography and Video"

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Along with Lorna Simpson, Glenn Ligon and Kara Walker, Weems was part of what was arguably the first generation of African-Americans to truly command the attention of the art world. Like her contemporaries, Weems used various approaches associated with Conceptual Art to explore the fraught subjects of race and gender. Her particular approach was to filter these issues through the narrative conventions of photography and video, resulting in works notable for their visually stark elegance and their poignant focus on the individual's relationship to history. The Guggenheim puts it all into focus with this 30-year survey of Weems's career.

  1. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum 1071 Fifth Ave, at 89th St, 10128
  2. Fri Apr 25 - Thu May 15
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Central Park Skate Circle

  • Free

The Central Park Dance Skater Association’s weekend get-togethers have been a fixture on the park's calendar for decades. Bring your own quads—or rent from the nearby Skate Truck (skatetrucknyc.com)—and bust a move to throwback R&B, house, dance and Top 40 music spun by a rotating roster of local DJs. For those who don’t skate, there’s space to groove on foot without colliding with those on wheels, or just watch the old hands do their thing.

  1. Central Park Skate Circle midpark, enter at Central Park West and W 72nd St or Fifth Ave and E 72nd St
  2. Sat Apr 26
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Central Park Skate Circle

  • Free

The Central Park Dance Skater Association’s weekend get-togethers have been a fixture on the park's calendar for decades. Bring your own quads—or rent from the nearby Skate Truck (skatetrucknyc.com)—and bust a move to throwback R&B, house, dance and Top 40 music spun by a rotating roster of local DJs. For those who don’t skate, there’s space to groove on foot without colliding with those on wheels, or just watch the old hands do their thing.

  1. Central Park Skate Circle midpark, enter at Central Park West and W 72nd St or Fifth Ave and E 72nd St
  2. Sun Apr 27
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"The Roof Garden Commission: Dan Graham with Günther Vogt"

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Graham, a pioneer of video and conceptual art, has spent the past 25 years or so creating elegant pavilions of glass and steel (and sometimes mirrors) in rural and urban outdoor settings. Similar to the architectural follies that grace formal gardens—albeit with a phenomenological bent—these structures are meant to explore the relationship between the individual and the public space. Here, in an echo of sprawling Central Park below, Graham collaborates with Swiss landscape artist Günther Vogt to site the piece within its own greensward on the Met's roof.

  1. The Metropolitan Museum of Art 1000 Fifth Ave, at 82nd St, 10028
  2. Tue Apr 29 - Mon Nov 3
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Central Park Skate Circle

  • Free

The Central Park Dance Skater Association’s weekend get-togethers have been a fixture on the park's calendar for decades. Bring your own quads—or rent from the nearby Skate Truck (skatetrucknyc.com)—and bust a move to throwback R&B, house, dance and Top 40 music spun by a rotating roster of local DJs. For those who don’t skate, there’s space to groove on foot without colliding with those on wheels, or just watch the old hands do their thing.

  1. Central Park Skate Circle midpark, enter at Central Park West and W 72nd St or Fifth Ave and E 72nd St
  2. Sat May 3
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Junior Keepers

  • Price band: 2/4
  1. Central Park Zoo Southeast corner of Central Park,, enter at Fifth Ave at 64th St
  2. Sun May 4
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Central Park Skate Circle

  • Free

The Central Park Dance Skater Association’s weekend get-togethers have been a fixture on the park's calendar for decades. Bring your own quads—or rent from the nearby Skate Truck (skatetrucknyc.com)—and bust a move to throwback R&B, house, dance and Top 40 music spun by a rotating roster of local DJs. For those who don’t skate, there’s space to groove on foot without colliding with those on wheels, or just watch the old hands do their thing.

  1. Central Park Skate Circle midpark, enter at Central Park West and W 72nd St or Fifth Ave and E 72nd St
  2. Sun May 4
More info

Central Park Skate Circle

  • Free

The Central Park Dance Skater Association’s weekend get-togethers have been a fixture on the park's calendar for decades. Bring your own quads—or rent from the nearby Skate Truck (skatetrucknyc.com)—and bust a move to throwback R&B, house, dance and Top 40 music spun by a rotating roster of local DJs. For those who don’t skate, there’s space to groove on foot without colliding with those on wheels, or just watch the old hands do their thing.

  1. Central Park Skate Circle midpark, enter at Central Park West and W 72nd St or Fifth Ave and E 72nd St
  2. Sat May 10
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Mother's Day at Central Park Zoo

  • Price band: 2/4

The Central Park Zoo will host a family party to celebrate moms, both animal and human. Meet zoo moms and their babies on a scavenger hunt, make treats, and do some Mother’s Day-themed arts and crafts. Ages 3-10 with adult.

  1. Central Park Zoo Southeast corner of Central Park,, enter at Fifth Ave at 64th St
  2. Sun May 11
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Central Park Skate Circle

  • Free

The Central Park Dance Skater Association’s weekend get-togethers have been a fixture on the park's calendar for decades. Bring your own quads—or rent from the nearby Skate Truck (skatetrucknyc.com)—and bust a move to throwback R&B, house, dance and Top 40 music spun by a rotating roster of local DJs. For those who don’t skate, there’s space to groove on foot without colliding with those on wheels, or just watch the old hands do their thing.

  1. Central Park Skate Circle midpark, enter at Central Park West and W 72nd St or Fifth Ave and E 72nd St
  2. Sun May 11
More info

Central Park Skate Circle

  • Free

The Central Park Dance Skater Association’s weekend get-togethers have been a fixture on the park's calendar for decades. Bring your own quads—or rent from the nearby Skate Truck (skatetrucknyc.com)—and bust a move to throwback R&B, house, dance and Top 40 music spun by a rotating roster of local DJs. For those who don’t skate, there’s space to groove on foot without colliding with those on wheels, or just watch the old hands do their thing.

  1. Central Park Skate Circle midpark, enter at Central Park West and W 72nd St or Fifth Ave and E 72nd St
  2. Sat May 17
More info

Central Park Skate Circle

  • Free

The Central Park Dance Skater Association’s weekend get-togethers have been a fixture on the park's calendar for decades. Bring your own quads—or rent from the nearby Skate Truck (skatetrucknyc.com)—and bust a move to throwback R&B, house, dance and Top 40 music spun by a rotating roster of local DJs. For those who don’t skate, there’s space to groove on foot without colliding with those on wheels, or just watch the old hands do their thing.

  1. Central Park Skate Circle midpark, enter at Central Park West and W 72nd St or Fifth Ave and E 72nd St
  2. Sun May 18
More info

Central Park Skate Circle

  • Free

The Central Park Dance Skater Association’s weekend get-togethers have been a fixture on the park's calendar for decades. Bring your own quads—or rent from the nearby Skate Truck (skatetrucknyc.com)—and bust a move to throwback R&B, house, dance and Top 40 music spun by a rotating roster of local DJs. For those who don’t skate, there’s space to groove on foot without colliding with those on wheels, or just watch the old hands do their thing.

  1. Central Park Skate Circle midpark, enter at Central Park West and W 72nd St or Fifth Ave and E 72nd St
  2. Sat May 24
More info

Central Park Skate Circle

  • Free

The Central Park Dance Skater Association’s weekend get-togethers have been a fixture on the park's calendar for decades. Bring your own quads—or rent from the nearby Skate Truck (skatetrucknyc.com)—and bust a move to throwback R&B, house, dance and Top 40 music spun by a rotating roster of local DJs. For those who don’t skate, there’s space to groove on foot without colliding with those on wheels, or just watch the old hands do their thing.

  1. Central Park Skate Circle midpark, enter at Central Park West and W 72nd St or Fifth Ave and E 72nd St
  2. Sun May 25
More info

Central Park Skate Circle

  • Free

The Central Park Dance Skater Association’s weekend get-togethers have been a fixture on the park's calendar for decades. Bring your own quads—or rent from the nearby Skate Truck (skatetrucknyc.com)—and bust a move to throwback R&B, house, dance and Top 40 music spun by a rotating roster of local DJs. For those who don’t skate, there’s space to groove on foot without colliding with those on wheels, or just watch the old hands do their thing.

  1. Central Park Skate Circle midpark, enter at Central Park West and W 72nd St or Fifth Ave and E 72nd St
  2. Sat May 31
More info

Central Park Skate Circle

  • Free

The Central Park Dance Skater Association’s weekend get-togethers have been a fixture on the park's calendar for decades. Bring your own quads—or rent from the nearby Skate Truck (skatetrucknyc.com)—and bust a move to throwback R&B, house, dance and Top 40 music spun by a rotating roster of local DJs. For those who don’t skate, there’s space to groove on foot without colliding with those on wheels, or just watch the old hands do their thing.

  1. Central Park Skate Circle midpark, enter at Central Park West and W 72nd St or Fifth Ave and E 72nd St
  2. Sun Jun 1
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Much Ado About Nothing

  • Free

They made adorable lovers four summers ago in The Merchant of Venice; now Lily Rabe and Hamish Linklater can't stand each other. The two return to Central Park to star as the cutely quarreling Beatrice and Benedick in Daniel Sullivan’s outdoor production of Shakespeare’s classic rom-com.

  1. Central Park, at 81st St
  2. Tue Jun 3 - Sun Jul 6
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