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SummerStage 2023 Guide

Make the most of SummerStage 2023 with our guide to New York City’s biggest free summer music festival.

Shaye Weaver
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Shaye Weaver

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 2023 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.

When is SummerStage?

SummerStage is kicking off June 3 and it runs through September 30. Events happen just about every week of the summer including free concerts, dance performances and film screenings.

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.

This year, it’ll be at Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem, Tompkins Square Park in the East Village, Von King Park and The Coney Island Amphitheater in Brooklyn, Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens, Crotona Park in the Bronx and Stapleton Waterfront Park in Staten Island.

Who is playing SummerStage?

The official line-up, which is right here (and below), includes artists like Indigo Girls, Sammy Rae & The Friends, Grandmaster Flash, The Metropolitan Opera, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds and Garbage, Kool and the Gang, DJ Rekha, Regina Spektor and much, much more. 

How do I get tickets to SummerStage?

As always, the majority of SummerStage’s offerings are 100% free. There are a handful of choice benefit gigs, though. Visit to get yours.

Are there seats at SummerStage Central Park?

Yes! They are first-come, first served.

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