People from all over the world flock to New York City’s public spaces throughout the summer for all types of entertainment.  While there are a plethora of Broadway shows, concert series, and live tapings for audiences to enjoy, the bulk of these activities require  hefty financial commitment.  For the frugal concert-goer who wants to enjoy New York’s offerings without breaking their budget, the Summerstage series is simply the best option.

From May 16th to September 23rd, music and entertainment lovers can pick and choose from over 115 absolutely free music, dance, theater, film, circus and family programs that boast eclectic lineups.  The program is coordinated by the City Parks Foundation, a unique program provider that is serving the diverse public in New York City by creating invigorating events in public spaces.

“Our ethos is simple: we believe thriving parks reflect thriving communities.”, according to the City Park mission statement.

City Parks Foundation is the only independent, nonprofit organization whose mission is to offer programs in public parks throughout the five boroughs of New York City at little to no cost.  While entertainment lovers have a plethora of events to choose from, SummerStage‘s June calendar promises not to disappoint as they invite locals and vistors alike to some of the most pristene public parks that the city has to offer.

Boasting a lineup that includes Just Blaze, Blonde Redhead, and Dj Rich Medina, families of all ages are welcome to pick and choose their entertainment favorites. Summerstage’s June events are listed as follows:

SaturdayJun 113:00 PMCymande / KING / Deva Mahal / DJ Parler, in association with OkayplayerCentral ParkMNMusic
MondayJun 137:00 PMDJ Hard Hittin’ Harry / Screening:Afripedia , in association with African Film Festival, Inc.Saratoga ParkBKMusic & Film
TuesdayJun 147:00 PMChairlift / Miles B.A. RobinsonCoffey ParkBKMusic
WednesdayJun 157:00 PMJust Blaze and Friends, in association with MeanRedCoffey ParkBKMusic
WednesdayJun 157:00 PMYiddish Soul: A Concert of Cantorial and Chassidic SuperstarsCentral ParkMNMusic
ThursdayJun 167:00 PMBlonde RedheadCoffey ParkBKMusic
FridayJun 177:00 PMLiza Jessie Peterson / LuQuantumleapCoffey ParkBKTheater
SaturdayJun 187:00 PMDance on the Lawn / Master Class: Calvin WileyCoffey ParkBKDance
SaturdayJun 186:00 PMKamasi Washington/ DJ Natasha Diggs, in association with Blue Note Jazz FestivalCentral ParkMNMusic
SundayJun 194:00 PMDJ Rich Medina / RAAA / Urban Word & Hi-Arts: Journal to Journey / ZiearreCoffey ParkBKFamily
MondayJun 207:00 PMScreening: In My Father’s House with Q&A with Rhymefest, in association with ImageNationSaratoga ParkBKFilm

On June 13th at 6:00 pm, the Summerstage series will host a benefit concert featuring the iconic BareNaked Ladies. This event allows concert-goers to support over 100 free performances in parks throughout the five boroughs while getting up close and personal with timeless artists.  

Although generous contributions continue to assist with the process as this event comes to New York City every summer, some of the budget was created by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

While these open air venues normally serve as a leisurely zone for visitors as they move about the city, during Summerstge the same public ares within Central Park, Saratoga Park and Coffey Park will unite large crowds of strangers as they enjoy world renowned artists.

For more information on the Summerstage and it’s dynamic offering of  events, please click here.

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Chanel Alli

Chanel is a dynamic standup comic and writer based out of Brooklyn, NY. Her commanding writing style and story-teller style allow her to cover a plethora of topics with a unique flare.

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