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The best events at Midsummer Night Swing at Lincoln Center

Each night a different band plays Midsummer Night Swing and an expert coaches us in the basics of salsa or disco

Photograph: Filip Wolak

Midsummer Night Swing brings together the best of music, free outdoor dance events and things to do outside in New York, but we have a few tips to help you make the most of the festival. Lovely Damrosch Park can get crowded, so be sure to book in advance, get there when the dance floor opens at 6pm, and remember that purses and backpacks must be left at the bagcheck—ladies, you’ll need a dancing frock with pockets. The whole lineup is tempting, but we’re particularly excited about these eight shows: no matter your groove of choice, you’ll be able to mobilize it in one of these evenings, which we've ordered by date. Make sure you come out to Midsummer Night Swing, one of the best reasons to stay in New York in the summer!

When is Midsummer Night Swing?

Midsummer Night Swing is on Tuesday, June 28, 2016 through Saturday, July 9, 2016. Every night, the group dance lesson goes from 6:30–7:15pm, so if you already know your boleo from your barrida, then you’ll want to get there closer to 7:30 when the live music begins.

Where is Midsummer Night Swing?


Midsummer Night Swing takes place at Damrosch Park at Lincoln Center.

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