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Your guide to SummerStage 2022

Make the most of SummerStage 2022 with our guide to New York City's biggest free summer music festival

Shaye Weaver
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Shaye Weaver
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When the city heats up, so too does SummerStage, one of the most anticipated summer concerts known for its free tickets and stellar line-up. The City Parks Foundation series is a juggernaut among warm-weather concert presenters, booking everything from classic New York hip-hop artists in outerborough NYC parks to big-name indie-rock bands on the Central Park mainstage. The festival has even expanded to film screenings and dance performances. The scope of Capital One City Parks Foundation SummerStage 2022 is so vast we wouldn't blame you for being a bit bewildered by the whole thing. Here's a quick FAQ to get you started with SummerStage 2022.

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When is SummerStage?

This year's festival runs from June 11 through October. Events happen just about every week of the summer including free concerts, dance performances and film screenings. The series' affiliated benefit shows (for which you'll need a ticket) run through August.

Where is SummerStage?

Events happen at many of the city's parks in all five boroughs. The iconic SummerStage mainstage in Central Park, situated at Rumsey Playfield, houses plenty of gigs. But the series is by no means a Manhattan-centric affair, with concerts taking place all summer at parks and outdoor spaces throughout NYC like Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem.

Who is playing SummerStage?

Frankly, too many acts to list here, but the schedule includes a staggering range of performers such as Modest Mouse, The Barenaked Ladies, Trombone Shorty, Belle & Sebastian, The Decemberists, Andy Grammer, Fitz and The Tantrums, Sharon Van Etten, Lucy Dacus, Angel Olsen and Julien Baker.

How do I get tickets to SummerStage?

As always, the majority of SummerStage's offerings are 100 percent free. There are a handful of choice benefit gigs, though; check for tickets here.

Are there seats at SummerStage Central Park?

Yes! They are first-come, first-served.

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