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Steinway & Sons at Picnic Performances at Bryant Park
Photograph: Chris Lee | Steinway Artists Aaron Diehl and Orrin Evans performs at Bryant Park in 2022.

Free Picnic Performances will return to Bryant Park this summer

Its lineup is chock full of NYC’s best performers!

Shaye Weaver
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Shaye Weaver

Summer nights, after work or a day out, will once again be alive with music and dance thanks to Bryant Park Picnic Performances presented by Bank of America.

Starting in June, the Picnic Performances will bring the best of NYC to the stage, including the New York City Opera, Jalopy Theatre, Carnegie Hall, the Classical Theatre of Harlem and the American Symphony Orchestra.

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Best of all, all 26 performances are free and open to the public! On these days, picnicking at Bryant Park will include a show.

“Thanks to Bank of America’s support, Picnic Performances has become an established venue for major cultural events,” said Bryant Park Corporation’s President Dan Biederman. “There is no easier way to experience NYC’s extraordinary music, theater, and dance: just come to Bryant Park, grab a free blanket or chair, and enjoy.”

Steinway & Sons at Picnic Performances at Bryant Park
Photograph: Chris Lee | Steinway Artists Aaron Diehl and Orrin Evans performs at Bryant Park in 2022.

Below is the full, awesome line-up:

  • June 1 — New York City Opera: La Bohème at 7pm
  • June 2 — Jazzmobile: Steve Oquendo Latin Jazz Orchestra at 7pm
  • June 8 — Contemporary Dance: Robin Dunn with Buddha Stretch and Mr. Wiggles and more at 7pm
  • June 9 — Contemporary Dance: Dance Heginbotham and others at 7pm
  • June 15 — Contemporary Dance: Terk Lewis + Kayla Farrish at 7pm
  • June 16 — Contemporary Dance: Soles of Duende + Josh Johnson at 7pm
  • June 23 — Emerging Music Festival: THUS LOVE, Psymon Spine, Katy Kirby at 7pm
  • June 24 — Emerging Music Festival: Ky Vöss, Seramic, Miss Grit, Dead T00th at 5pm
  • June 30 — Jalopy Theatre: Michael Daves Quartet ft. Tony Trischka, Yacouba Sissoko, Terrell King at 7pm
  • July 7 — Carnegie Hall Citywide: Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra at 7pm
  • July 14 — Carnegie Hall Citywide: Tessa Lark + Michael Thurber at 7pm
  • July 21 — Carnegie Hall Citywide: Magos Herrera featuring The Knights at 7pm
  • July 28 — Carnegie Hall Citywide: Champe-Soukous Collective at 7pm
  • August 3 — Ailey Moves NYC: Ailey II at 7pm
  • August 4 — Carnegie Hall Citywide: Ndlovu Youth Choir at 7pm
  • August 11 — Shaina Taub + Friends at 7pm
  • August 18 — New York City Opera: From Vienna to Broadway at 7pm
  • August 19 — New York City Opera: Alessandro Lora in Concert at 7pm
  • August 25 — Accordions Around the World: Diana Burco, Suistamon Sähkö, Ragini Ensemble at 7pm
  • August 26 — Roulette Intermedium: Immanuel Wilkins, 75 Dollar Bill, Ka Baird at 7pm
  • August 31 — The Town Hall: Martha Redbone Roots Project
  • September 1 — Classical Theatre of Harlem: Langston in Harlem at 7pm
  • September 7 — American Symphony Orchestra: American Expressions at 7pm
  • September 8 — New York City Opera: Romeo and Juliet at 7pm
  • September 9 — Drom: Gaye Su Akyol (U.S. Debut) at 7pm
  • September 14 — Harlem Stage: 40th Anniversary Celebration at 7pm

Almost all performances will be livestreamed for free on Bryant Park’s social media channels and website in case you can’t make it in person.

These Picnic Performances have become popular, so much so that last year, 75,000 people attended and nearly half a million watched online.

Don’t miss out—put these on your calendar this summer!

Picnic Performances at Bryant Park
Photograph: Chris Lee

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