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The best events at Midsummer Night Swing at Lincoln Center

At Midsummer Night Swing, a different band plays each night as you learn to salsa and swing dance under the stars

Photograph: Filip Wolak

Midsummer Night Swing brings together the best of music, free events and things to do outside, but we have a few tips to help you make the most of the two-week festival. Lovely Damrosch Park at Lincoln Center 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 bag check—ladies, you’ll need a dancing frock with pockets. Whether your favorite dance genre is swing dancing or salsa dancing, the event has a night for you, and for people who really love to get down, the best nights to go are June 23 and July 2, when the four hours of dancing are followed by an additional hour-and-a-half of silent disco where DJs spin tunes channeled directly into wireless headphones. Don’t be bummed if a particular night sells out—you’ll still be able to hear the music and dance the night away from outside the tent with other toe tappers in Damrosch Park, making it one of the best reasons to stay in New York in the summer.

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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 bolero from your barrida, get there closer to 7:30pm, when the live music begins.

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

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