One of the crown jewels of summer in NYC is the New York Philharmonic‘s free outdoor concerts in the city’s parks. Thankfully, after two years of cancellation due to COVID-19, they are finally making their return! Here are all the dates you need to mark in your calendar.
The performances stretch across all five boroughs, with four outdoor performances and one indoor (Staten Island). There is limited seating at the Central Park show (Great Lawn) so get there EARLY. If you’ve never experienced the power of one of the world’s greatest orchestras playing under the stars, then now’s your chance.
The concerts dominate mid-June, here’s the schedule:
Tuesday, June 14 at 8:00 p.m.
Van Cortlandt Park, Bronx
Enter the park from Broadway, near West 251st Street. Concert site is north of the baseball fields.
Wednesday, June 15 at 8:00 p.m.
Central Park, Great Lawn, Manhattan
Great Lawn, Central Park, Manhattan
Westside entrances: West 81st or 86th Streets at Central Park West
Eastside entrances: East 79th or 85th Streets at Fifth Avenue
Thursday, June 16 at 8:00 p.m.
Cunningham Park, Queens
Enter at 193rd Street, near 81st Avenue or Union Turnpike. Concert site is at 193rd Street Field.
Friday, June 17 at 8:00 p.m.
Prospect Park, Brooklyn
Long Meadow Ballfields, Prospect Park, Brooklyn
Enter at Grand Army Plaza, Prospect Park West at 9th Street, or Bartel-Pritchard Circle at the intersection of Prospect Park West, Prospect Park Southwest, and 15th Street.
Sunday, June 19 at 4:00 p.m.
St. George Theatre, Staten Island
Stick around after each outdoor show for the fireworks that end-cap each performance in a truly spectacular fashion!
The series is presented by Didi and Oscar Schafer, and has been ongoing since 1965.
For weather and other updates, call the Concert Information Hotline at (212) 875-5709. To see the exact music program for each spot, or find out more info, see their website here!