Thank you for joining us this past summer—the 2022 Summer for the City season is now closed!
Whether it was rejoicing the night away on the dance floor, reclaiming rituals hindered by the pandemic, or sharing moments for collective remembering, we enjoyed coming together after so much time apart.
Rejoice, reclaim, remember
Come together after such a challenging period
Join us in celebrating this summer's mantra with 300+ free events spanning genres and artforms. Rejoice, social dance is back—taking place on NYC's largest outdoor dance floor with a 10-foot disco ball! Reclaim the traditions and annual festivals that were postponed at globalFEST, an all-day celebration of music from around the world. Remember as we honor the lives of iconic individuals including Muhammad Ali, James Baldwin and Greg Tate.
Participate in citywide collaborationsLincoln Center and its presenting partners invite you to catch a flick under the stars from July 13–30 at our Outdoor Cinema; take a breath and move during our Wednesday night wellness sessions at the Atrium; witness NYC's most iconic dance companies share the spotlight in the BAAND Together Dance Festival; or join educators and an exciting lineup of artists for free weekly workshops and performances for kids, teens, and families.
Encounter new works and reimagined classicsThe Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra performs a series of concerts that showcase a breadth of repertoire and diverse slate of offerings. This August, we present a brand-new dance festival curated by renowned choreographer and MacArthur Fellow Kyle Abraham, featuring seven contemporary dance makers—followed by Requiem: Fire in the Air of the Earth, a new work exploring death and reincarnation through a reimagining of Mozart’s Requiem in d minor.
Summer venues and more
Upcoming Events at Summer for the City
Series & Programs
Social Dance at The Oasis
GATHER: A series of monuments and rituals
Reunions and Requiem
Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra
BAAND Together Dance Festival
Kids, Teens, and Families
Lincoln Center Activate
The Art of Wellbeing
The Speakeasy at Jaffe Drive
David Rubenstein Atrium
Alice Tully Hall
Plan Your Visit
Lincoln Center’s approach to accessibility mirrors our commitment to transform performing arts spaces to be more inclusive of our audiences’ identities and access needs by design, not as an afterthought or add-on.
Health & Safety
For indoor events at the Atrium, Rose Theater, and Alice Tully Hall, proof that the final dose of primary COVID-19 vaccination series was administered at least 14 days before entry is required. Face coverings are required as well. For greater detail, please click here.
Dear New York,
We invite you to the first annual Summer for the City at Lincoln Center to experience the healing and rejuvenating power of the arts, after this period of so much upheaval.
For my first summer at Lincoln Center, we've curated a unified season that reflects all of the ideas of what it means to be a whole person in New York—culturally, physically, and spiritually—and a taste of so much of what this vibrant city has to offer. This is just the beginning of a new artistic vision for Lincoln Center that is intentional about collaboration with its community partners and resident organizations, encourages active participation, and ensures that our programs are more accessible and reflect the multifaceted communities of New York.
I believe the arts are strongest when in conversation with their communities and their moments in time. We are listening closely and humbly, and inviting New Yorkers to actively participate—through social dance, singalongs, pre-performance rituals, civic activations, and much more—this summer and beyond. We are also thrilled to be making the arts more accessible to more New Yorkers, with Free offerings all summer long, and select indoor performances using a Choose-What-You-Pay ticketing model.
Summer for the City animates every inch of our campus and creates new and exciting spaces — including the city’s largest outdoor dance floor, The Oasis, an Outdoor Cinema at Hearst Plaza, and an underground Speakeasy bar and performance space hosting comedy, poetry, jazz, and more. With over 300 events, 10 stages, and a variety of genres, we hope you find something you love that speaks to you directly.
Whether it’s rejoicing the night away on the dance floor, reclaiming rituals hindered by the pandemic, or moments for collective remembering, we offer this warm welcome to come together after so much time apart.P.S. Every Summer for the City event begins with a quick pre-show ritual. Learn the meaning and signs from Poet-in-Residence Mahogany L. Browne and Alexandria Wailes.
Thanks to Our Supporters
Lead Support for Summer for the City Community Programming is provided by Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF)
Signature support for Summer for the City is provided by SK Group
Major support for Summer for the City is provided by the Mellon Foundation, the LuEsther Mertz Charitable Trust, and First Republic Bank
Additional support is provided by Chanel, the Ford Foundation, PGIM, the Shubert Foundation, Amazon, the Howard Gilman Foundation, Warburg Pincus, the Scully Peretsman Foundation, and Lincoln Center’s 21/22 Donors and Members
Endowment support is provided by the Blavatnik Family Foundation Fund for Dance, The Marie-Josée and Henry R. Kravis Foundation, Oak Foundation, PepsiCo Foundation, and Rockefeller Brothers Fund
Programs are made possible, in part, by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York State Council on the Arts with support of the Office of the Governor, Mayor of the City of New York, the New York State Legislature and the New York City Council
NewYork-Presbyterian is the Official Hospital of Lincoln Center
Pianos by Steinway & Sons – the Artistic Choice of Lincoln Center
How to Get Tickets to Summer for the City
There are three ways to get tickets to Summer for the City at Lincoln Center, depending on the venue and the programming. Read below to learn more about ticketing for the specific event you’d like to attend.
Entry to all Summer for the City performances and events at Damrosch Park, The Oasis on Josie Robertson Plaza, the David Rubenstein Atrium, The Deck, Hearst Plaza, and The Speakeasy on Jaffe Drive will be available for FREE via General Admission—first-come, first-served. Advance reservations are not required; just show up! Learn more »
In addition to General Admission, we’re offering a FREE Advance Reservation option for select Summer for the City events held at Damrosch Park, The Oasis, and Hearst Plaza. With Advance Reservation, guests can get priority access to events by booking ahead of time. Event admission is only guaranteed until 10 minutes before showtime. Learn more »
The Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra performances at Alice Tully Hall from July 22–August 6 and Kyle Abraham’s Requiem at the Rose Theater from August 11–13 will be ticketed events. Tickets will be available on a Choose-What-You-Pay basis; day-of general admission will not be offered for these shows. Learn more »
Box Office Hours
Call CenterCharge at 212-721-6500 from Monday–Saturday 10:00 am–8:00 pm and Sunday 12:00 pm–6:00 pm
Book in-person at the Alice Tully Hall box office (Broadway and 66th Street) from Monday–Saturday 10:00 am–6:00 pm and Sunday noon–6:00 pm.
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The Oasis will be open daily to the public from June 1–August 14 between 8:00 am and midnight, excluding set-up and breakdown times before and after scheduled events.
Sprouting from the center of the concrete jungle like a fantastical mirage is The Oasis—New York City’s largest outdoor dance floor with a 10-foot disco ball and the central gathering place of Summer for the City. The creative vision of Tony Award-winning costume and set designer Clint Ramos with lighting design by Andrew Grant, the blue, mirrored stage muraled art installation transforms Josie Robertson Plaza and invites New Yorkers to come back together among a sea of mirrors, that reflect the myriad participants.
Offering a soul-quenching respite, The Oasis invites visitors to dance, gather, and reconnect during daily operating hours and for free curated events for all ages. The installation plays host to this summer's Social Dance series, featuring swing, Afrobeats, house, salsa, hip hop, disco, and more; as well as Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra Young Players concerts, Saturday morning creative workshops for kids, teens, and families, adapted dance classes and accessible silent discos, poetry readings, and a public wedding celebration for hundreds of New Yorkers!
Whether you're dancing, snacking, chatting, or relaxing, we hope the rejuvenating summer air and the cool glistening of the Fountain inspire you to rejoice the shared moment with old friends and new.
Other summer venues and more
Thanks to Our Supporters
Signature support for the Oasis provided by SK Group
Major support provided by Jody and John Arnhold, Arnhold Dance Innovation Fund, and NewYork-Presbyterian
Endowment support is provided by the Blavatnik Family Foundation Fund for Dance