Last year, the Park brought the arts back to NYC by hosting tons of outdoor performances, welcoming programs from the likes of the New York Philharmonic, Carnegie Hall and Jazz at Lincoln Center.
Well now it’s back and better than ever, with Picnic Performances, presented by Bank of America, kicking off on Thursday, June 1st. The series of performances will feature most of those same favorites including the New York City Opera, American Symphony Orchestra, along with additions such as Drom and Jalopy Theatre.
Performances are entirely free and open to the public, with no advanced tickets required this year. Plus, more than 20 of the performances will be available to watch via livestream on Bryant Park’s social media and website.
Besides the big-name New York institutions shared above, other performances include: the Classical Theatre of Harlem, Accordions Around the World mini-festival, Ailey II Dance Company and others.
Below is the full schedule running from June 1st – September 14 (all performances start at 7 p.m.). There are even picnic blankets you can borrow!
- June 01 – New York City Opera: La Bohème – 7pm
- June 02 – Jazzmobile: Steve Oquendo Latin Jazz Orchestra- 7pm
- June 08 – Contemporary Dance: Robin Dunn and more TBA – 7pm
- June 09 – Contemporary Dance: Artists TBA- 7pm
- June 15 – Contemporary Dance: Terk Lewis + Kayla Farrish- 7pm
- June 16 – Contemporary Dance: Soles of Duende + Josh Johnson – 7pm
- June 23 – Emerging Music Festival: THUS LOVE, Psymon Spine, Katy Kirby – 7pm
- June 24 – Emerging Music Festival: Ky Vöss, Seramic, Miss Grit, Dead T00th – 5pm
- June 30 – Jalopy Theatre: Michael Daves Quartet ft. Tony Trischka, Yacouba Sissoko, Terrell King – 7pm
- July 07 – Carnegie Hall Citywide: Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra – 7pm
- July 14 – Carnegie Hall Citywide: Tessa Lark + Michael Thurber – 7pm
- July 21 – Carnegie Hall Citywide: Magos Herrera featuring The Knights – 7pm
- July 28 – Carnegie Hall Citywide: Champe-Soukous Collective – 7pm
- August 03 – Ailey Moves NYC: Ailey II – 7pm
- August 04 – Carnegie Hall Citywide: Ndlovu Youth Choir – 7pm
- August 18 – New York City Opera: The Barber of Seville – 7pm
- August 19 – New York City Opera: Alessandro Lora in Concert – 7pm
- August 25 – Accordions Around the World: Diana Burco, Suistamon Sähkö, Ragini Ensemble – 7pm
- August 26 – Roulette Intermedium: 75 Dollar Bill, Ka Baird, Additional Artist TBA – 7pm
- September 01 – Classical Theatre of Harlem: Langston in Harlem – 7pm
- September 07 – American Symphony Orchestra: American Expressions – 7pm
- September 08 – New York City Opera: Romeo and Juliet – 7pm
- September 09 – Drom: Gaye Su Akyol (U.S. Debut) – 7pm
- September 14 – Harlem Stage: 40th Anniversary Celebration – 7pm
Over 20 of these performances will also be available to livestream if you can’t make it in person.
See their website for any further details. We can’t wait!