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SummerStage 2020

New York's largest free outdoor performing arts festival

SummerStage in New York 2020 - Best Time
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SummerStage is one of the major highlights of the concert calendar for all music fans in NYC. For 30 years, it has been the preeminent outdoor concert series featuring performers like Liam Gallagher, Trombone Shorty, Jason Mraz, and O.A.R. It includes more than 100 free events, like readings by star writers, kids' shows, theatre and dance performances, and of course, live music shows by stars from around the world. The festival's main stage is at Rumsey Playfield in Central Park, but over the years it has expanded to five venues. Among them—St.Mary Park in the Bronx and Queensbridge Park in Queens.

Tank & the Bangas, Central Park SummerStage 2020
Tank & the Bangas, Central Park SummerStage

SummerStage features everything from local hip-hop artists in several NYC parks to famous indie-rock bands on its main stage in Central Park. The festival usually runs from late May to late September. Various events happen almost every day—such as free concerts, dance parties, poetry readings, and outdoor opera.

Old Crow Medicine Show, Central Park SummerStage 2020
Old Crow Medicine Show, Central Park SummerStage

According to its creators, SummerStage represents all the things great about New York: its vast cultural diversity and almost unlimited entertainment options.

Carla Morrison at SummerStage Concert Series 2020
Carla Morrison at SummerStage Concert Series
Alex Anwandter at SummerStage Concert Series 2020
Alex Anwandter at SummerStage Concert Series