The most wonderful word in the English language is inarguably the word “free.” Who doesn’t love free movies, pizza, and, most of all, music? Though you’d have to bring your own pizza, there will be (mostly) free concerts in Central Park this summer. Aptly dubbed SummerStage, this festival is from June 4 to September 23, 2016 at Rumsey Playfield. Most of the concerts are free and no tickets are required, but the space fills up quickly. It is suggested to arrive earlier rather than later and a good thing to note is that doors open an hour prior to the start of the show.

The concerts may be the most alluring part of SummerStage, but they’re not all that’s offered. In addition to the colossal lineup, there are other events such as dance parties, poetry readings, comedy shows, theater, ballet, and opera. Food and beverage stands will be inside the park, offering a variety of food, beer, wine, soda, and water; these stands will be cash only, so bring enough! For more information on prohibited items and other rules, you may consult the Central Park website. Here’s the SummerStage calendar for the rest of the summer:


June 28: Lisa Simone / Screening: What Happened Miss Simone?, Herbert Von King Park, Brooklyn, 7pm

June 29: Screening: A Ballerina’s Tale / Jeremy McQueen’s Black Iris Project / Pre-Show Panel, Central Park, 8pm

June 29: Soul in the Horn featuring Theo Croker, Maurice Mobetta Brown, Marcus Machado / Kendra Foster / DJ Natasha Diggs. Hosted by DProsper, Herbert Von King Park, Brooklyn, 7pm

June 30: Vivian Green / GrandWizzard Theodore, Herbert Von King Park, Brooklyn, 7pm

July 1: Maimouna Keita Dance Company / Master Class, Herbert Von King Park, Brooklyn, 7pm

July 2: Freedom Party 13th Anniversary, Central Park, 7pm

July 2: Everyday People, Herbert Von King Park, Brooklyn, 7pm

July 3: King Sunny Adé / Orlando Julyius and the Afro Soundz / DJ Rich Medina, Central Park, 3pm

July 3: Trouble Funk / Operator Emz, Herbert Von King Park, Brooklyn, 7pm

July 5: George Lamond / DJ Lucho, Crotona Park, Bronx, 7pm

July 6: Mexrrissey / Los Cafres / La Dame Blanche, Central Park, 6pm

July 6: Fat Joe / Tony Touch hosted by Lyricist Lounge, Crotona Park, Bronx, 7pm

July 7: Tribute to Latin Jazz Great Dave Valentin, Crotona Park, Bronx, 7pm

July 7: Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series featuring Michelle Bradley, Kang Wang, Yunpeng Wang and Dan Saunders, Clove Lakes Park, Staten Island, 7pm

July 8: Leon Larregui / Rodrigo Amarante / Grenda, Central Park, 6pm

July 8: Nuyorican Poets Cafe: Craig ‘muMs’ Grant’s “A Sucker Emcee”, Crotona Park, Bronx, 7pm

July 8 - July 31: Classical Theatre of Harlem Presents Macbeth Marcus, Garvey Park, 8pm

July 9: Acrobuffos / Rob & Miss Jane / Sxip’s Hour of Charm / It’s Showtime NYC, Crotona Park, Bronx, 7pm

July 9: Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series featuring Michelle Bradley, Kang Wang, Yunpeng Wang and Dan Saunders, Jackie Robinson Park, 7pm

July 10: Justin Roberts & the Not Ready For Naptime Players / Mister G / Excerpts from Finding Neverland / Gizmo Guys, Central Park, 3pm

July 10: DJ Kool Herc / Little Shalimar / Screening: Rubble Kings, Crotona Park, Bronx, 7pm

July 11: The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series featuring Michelle Bradley, Kang Wang, Yunpeng Wangx and Dan Saunders, Socrates Sculpture Park, Queens, 7pm

July 12: Johnny Rivera / Joan Català, St. Mary’s Park, Bronx, 7pm

July 13: Joe Bataan Meets Setenta / Joan Català, St. Mary’s Park, Bronx, 7pm

July 13: The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series featuring Michelle Bradley, Kang Wang, Yunpeng Wang and Dan Saunders, Crotona Park, Bronx, 7pm

July 14: Tito Rojas, St. Mary's Park, Bronx, 7pm

July 15: Felix Hernandez’s Rhythm Revue / Screening: We Like It Like That, St. Mary's Park, Bronx, 7pm

July 16: Taiwanese Waves: Anpu / Wonfu / Sunset Rollercoaster, Central Park, 6pm

July 16: Full Circle Souljahs Presents: From The Streets To The Stage/Behind The Groove / Master Class: Kwikstep and Rokafella, St. Mary's Park, Bronx, 7pm

July 17: Legacy Women / Recess Monkey / Music with a Message / Double Dutch Dreamz, St. Mary's Park, Bronx, 4pm

July 17: Paulo Flores / Herencia de Timbiquí / Monsieur Periné / DJ Greg Caz / DJ Manny, Central Park, 3pm

July 18: The Feelies / Beach Fossils, Central Park, 7pm

July 26: Black Moon & Smif-N-Wessun, performing a tribute to Enta Da Stage & Dah Shinin’, Queensbridge, Queens, 7pm

July 27: Complexions Contemporary Ballet / Carolyn Dorfman, Central Park, 8pm

July 27: Dianne Reeves / DJ Greg Caz, Queensbridge Park, Queens, 7pm

July 28: Lyfe Jennings, Queensbridge Park, Queens, 7pm

July 29: Nuyorican Poets Cafe: Paolo Javier and Maria Lisella host a night of Queens Poets, Queensbridge Park, Queens, 7pm

July 30: Stefanie Batten Bland with Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber / Master Class: Karisma Jay, Queensbridge Park, Queens, 7pm

July 30: Unknown Mortal Orchestra / Empress Of, Central Park, 7pm

July 31: Marc Cary: The Harlem Jam Sessions / Joseph Webb: Dancing Buddhas / WBGO Kids Jazz Concert Featuring Brianna Thomas & The Jazz Travelers, Queensbridge Park, Queens, 4pm

July 31: Rock Steady Crew 39th Anniversary with Nice & Smooth / Bahamadia and more, Central Park, 7pm

August 2: Jon B, Clove Lakes Park, Staten Island, 7pm

August 3: Screening: Kirikou and the Wild Beasts / Orisha's Journey / DJ Djib Sayo, Clove Lakes Park, Staten Island, 7pm

August 4: Junegle Brothers / G-Bo the Pro, Clove Lakes Park, Staten Island, 7pm

August 5: Terence Blanchard Featuring The E-Collective, Clove Lakes Park, Staten Island, 7pm

August 6: Monobloco / Cabruêra / Boogarins / DJ Luiz Santos, Central Park, 6pm

August 6: Complexions Contemporary Ballet / Master Class: Jamel Gaines, Clove Lakes Park, Staten Island, 7pm

August 7: Secret Agent 23 Skidoo / Sierra Leone Dance Troupe / Wahoo Skiffle Crazies, Clove Lakes Park, Staten Island, 4pm

August 7: Igmar Thomas & the Revive Big Band present: A Journey Through the Legacy of Black Culture, Central Park, 7pm

August 9: Neon Indian, East River Park, 7pm

August 10: "We Play For You, Butch Morris" featuring Nublu Orchestra / DarkMatterHalo with Wadada Leo Smith / Screening: Black February, East River Park, 7pm

August 10: Tamar-kali with ASE Dance Theatre Collective / Nathan Trice Rituals, Central Park, 8pm

August 11: Roberto Roena Y Su Apollo Sound, East River Park, 7pm

August 12: Roger Guenveur Smith "RODNEY KING", East River Park, 7pm

August 13: Carolyn Dorfman / Master Class: Theresa Lavington, East River Park, 7pm

August 14: Mbongwana Star / Batida / Young Paris / Okayafrica Electrafrique feat. DJ Underdog / Pre-Show Panel, Central Park, 6pm

August 14: DJ Spinna celebrates Earth Wind & Fire / Shine & the Moonbeams, East River Park, 4pm

August 16: Alpha Blondy, Marcus Garvey Park, 7pm

August 17: Saul Williams / Kimberly Nichole, Marcus Garvey Park, 7pm

August 17: DJ KS 360 & Full Circle Souljahs Presents: Behind The Groove / Soul Connected / Raphael Xavier, Central Park, 8pm

August 18: Tamar-kali with ASE Dance Collective / Master Class: Calvin Wiley Marcus Garvey Park, 7pm

August 19: Nathan Trice Rituals / Harlem School of the Arts Young Dance Alliance / Master Class: Calvin Wiley, Marcus Garvey Park, 7pm

August 20–21: Kalabantè Circus / Iron Skulls & , Quim Moya / Sxip's Hour of Charm, Marcus Garvey Park, 7pm

August 21: Sweet Micky / MHD / DJ Erick La Peau Central Park, 3pm

August 26: Charlie Parker Jazz Festival: Jason Lindner: Breeding Ground / DJ Greg Caz, Marcus Garvey Park, 7pm

August 27: Charlie Parker Jazz Festival: Randy Weston African Rhythms Sextet / Cory Henry & the Funk Apostles / The Artistry of Jazzmeia Horn / Charles Turner III / Master Class: Samuel Coleman, Marcus Garvey Park, 3pm

August 28: Charlie Parker Jazz Festival: DeJohnette - Moran - Holland / Allan Harris / Donnie McCaslin Group / Grace Kelly, Tompkins Square Park, 3pm

August 28: GoldLink / Backyard Band / DJ Spicoli, Central Park, 3pm

August 31: Chicago The Musical: 20th Anniversary Concert, Central Park, 8pm