Your guide to Lincoln Center Out of Doors Fest

Lincoln Center Out of Doors returns with plenty of music and dance performances for free, all under open skies

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Lincoln Center Out of Doors is upon us, bringing plenty of exciting music and dance performances to NYC. This year marks the 48th season of the festival, and the program is every bit as deliciously diverse as you'd expect from Lincoln Center. The festival is always one of the most exciting things to do in the summer, not to mention a highlight among things to do outside and free things to do in NYC.

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When is Lincoln Center Out of Doors?

The festival runs from Tuesday, July 24, 2018 to Sunday, August 12, 2018.

Where does Lincoln Center Out of Doors take place?

Lincoln Center Out of Doors takes place at the plazas of Lincoln Center.

Who is playing Lincoln Center Out of Doors?

This year's fest includes a tribute to Latin pop singer Selena (July 26), a performance of Hal Willner’s Amarcord Nino Rota album (July 27), Iranian singer Faramarz Aslani (July 28), indie artists Jonathan Wilson and Lucy Dacus (July 29), a celebration of this generation's breakout women songwriters with Carly Rae Jepsen, Jamila Woods, Mitski and Phoebe Bridgers (August 1), Sun Ra Arkestra performing a live score to Space Is the Place (August 8), and Americanafest NYC with Mavis Staples, Joe Henry, Margo Price and Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real (August 11, 12).

How do I get tickets to Lincoln Center Out of Doors?

The festival is absolutely free. If you'd like to contribute to the organization, you can do so via donations $25 and up or by becoming a Friend of Lincoln Center starting at $100. For more information, visit the official website.

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