Apr 13, 2021

Capital One City Parks Foundation SummerStage Announces Return to In-Person Performances In NYC This Summer

Capital One is bringing concerts back this summer!

Capital One City Parks Foundation SummerStage is thrilled to announce its return to live, in-person performances this summer. Pending adjustments to current NYC restrictions, free music and dance performances will return to Rumsey Playfield in Central Park this summer and performances will also be held in Harlem’s Marcus Garvey Park/Richard Rodgers Amphitheater. Performances will follow all state and local regulations regarding large-scale outdoor events, including limited capacity, masks and socially distanced seating. Admittance will require a free ticket, proof of vaccine and/or negative COVID test, and health screening – such as a questionnaire and temperature checks. All in-person performances will be live-streamed on, rights permitting.

Free performances will feature distinctly New York genres including hip-hop, Latin, indie rock, contemporary dance, and global, and will also include a celebration of jazz at the annual Charlie Parker Jazz Festival. Artists, performance schedules, and free ticket reservation details will be announced at a later date.

Although SummerStage neighborhood locations will be more limited this summer, the CityParks PuppetMobile will present free, family-friendly marionette theater performances in parks throughout the city. Additionally, City Parks Foundation will soon launch a special micro-grants program for grassroots arts organizations, individual artists, community parks groups, and local community-based organizations to provide funding for free cultural programs in parks and neighborhood plazas in the city’s most under-resourced communities. Both of these efforts will help ensure that free cultural programs are available around the city’s public spaces.

The first benefit show of the SummerStage season to be announced is scheduled for Friday, September 16 with folk-rock band, Dawes, as part of their 2021 tour to support their new album, “Good Luck with Whatever.” Tickets — assuming full venue capacity — will be on sale through AXS Ticketing this Friday, April 16 at 10:00 AM ET on Should health and safety guidelines continue to require more limited seating capacity, tickets may be refunded or modified by The Bowery Presents.

In 2020, SummerStage launched its first-ever digital festival, SummerStage Anywhere, presenting over 100 digital performances. Continuing into 2021, SummerStage Anywhere is presenting weekly digital performances and will offer live streams of all in-person performances, pending artist permission, on