Lincoln Center Presents
Summer for the City

June 12–August 10, 2024
200+ FREE or Choose-What-You-Pay events for all New Yorkers!

 
 

Fast Track reservations open Mondays at noon

In addition to General Admission, we’re offering a FREE Fast Track option for most Summer for the City events—giving you priority access. Bookmark this page »

New discoveries meet timeless classics

Don't miss the 2024 season of the Festival Orchestra of Lincoln Center, taking place July 20 – August 10. Festival Orchestra of Lincoln Center »

July 23 at 10:30 am

Summer for the City
Festival Orchestra of Lincoln Center

Relaxed Open Rehearsal: Beethoven's Pastoral Symphony

Beethoven
Lincoln Center Presents

July 23 at 10:30 am

Wu Tsai Theater, David Geffen Hall

This Relaxed Rehearsal will provide a peek behind the scenes as the Festival Orchestra prepares a piece for performance.

July 23 at 7:30 pm

Summer for the City
Festival Orchestra of Lincoln Center

Beethoven's Pastoral Symphony and a Huang Ruo Premiere

Opening Performance of the Festival Orchestra of Lincoln Center

Huang Ruo | Beethoven
Lincoln Center Presents

July 23 at 7:30 pm

Wu Tsai Theater, David Geffen Hall

Celebrate nature and explore your surroundings in a new light with this timeless classic and Huang Ruo’s City of Floating Sounds.

July 24 at 11:00 am

Summer for the City
Kids, Teens, and Families

Musical Storytime with Thorgy Thor

Lincoln Center Presents
In collaboration with The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts

July 24 at 11:00 am

LeFrak Lobby, David Geffen Hall

Kids of all ages will be entranced by this book reading with live music, narrated by Thorgy Thor from RuPaul‘s Drag Race.

July 24 at 1:00 pm

Summer for the City
Kids, Teens, and Families

Musical Storytime with Thorgy Thor

Lincoln Center Presents
In collaboration with The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts

July 24 at 1:00 pm

LeFrak Lobby, David Geffen Hall

Kids of all ages will be entranced by this book reading with live music, narrated by Thorgy Thor from RuPaul‘s Drag Race.

Find your bliss as Lincoln Center's outdoor spaces transform

From June 12—August 10, our outdoor campus transforms into a welcoming oasis where neighbors and New Yorkers from across the city can gather, relax, participate in performances, enjoy expanded food options, read a new book, create art, and even play outdoor games! The outdoor spaces are designed by Visual Director Clint Ramos and inspired by flora and fauna of the American prairie—evoking the ideals of Life, Liberty, and Happiness—with greenery and plants by Donyale Werle Design. Explore spaces & venues »

This is your place to BE this summer

CELEBRATE new commissions for the first time

In July and August, the Festival Orchestra of Lincoln Center performs the North American premiere of Huang Ruo’s City of Floating Sounds, an interactive work that fuses music and technology with a mobile app-enabled soundscape and live performance, and a world premiere by Hannah Kendall, inspired by scripture from Job:27 and Schumann’s Symphony No. 2. Through August 9, experience the next generation of experimental canon with this summer's category-defying Living Music Underground series, curated by Nadia Sirota.

PARTICIPATE at the intersection of arts and civic engagement

Join us for our Civic Saturdays performance series, designed to unite friends and strangers in the spirit of shared community, including the Civic Speakeasy hosted by poet-in-residence Mahogany L. Browne. In August, our longtime partner, Voices of a People's History, hosts The People Speak—and Sing!, a performance of songs and readings that speak to the themes of liberty and the pursuit of happiness. On August 10, pop culture meets activism with the Ruidosa Fest, the Latine-led international feminist platform, with a full day of lectures, live music, and a late-night silent disco.

SING and DANCE with the return of long-time favorites

NYC's largest outdoor dance floor with a now-iconic 10-foot disco ball shines bright as the centerpiece of Summer for the City with FREE social dance nights and silent discos every week. Free family shows for all ages, including storytimes, kid-friendly concerts, and dance workshops are offered all summer long. Jazz at Lincoln Center returns with Jazz Underground, featuring a selection of rising star instrumentalists and vocalists that delight audiences at the underground pop-up bar and performance stage. Plus, much-loved performances—globalFEST, BAAND TogetherDeaf Broadway, and so much more—come back for an encore!

Free concerts at Damrosch Park

Friday, July 26

The Queen of Merengue Típico

Saturday, July 27

The Duchess of Soca

Series & programs

Social Dance

With a roster of free Social Dance programs—each beginning with a DJ set and dance tutorial—you’ll find an array of genres, styles, and opportunities to get your groove on. FREE Social Dance series »

Festival Orchestra of Lincoln Center

Join us in celebrating the inaugural season under Renée and Robert Belfer Music Director Jonathon Heyward with exciting premieres and commissions paired with timeless classics. Learn more »

Silent Disco

Strut your stuff under the stars as our popular Silent Disco series returns to NYC’s largest outdoor dance floor with a ten-foot disco ball, where we’ll turn the heat up and the volume way down. Upcoming Silent Discos »

Kids, Teens, and Families

Make Lincoln Center your summer destination for fun-filled FREE shows and creative activities for kids of all ages, families, and teens. Learn more »

BAAND Together Dance Festival

Ballet Hispánico, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, and Dance Theatre of Harlem on one stage! Learn more about the series »

The Dream Machine Experience

From the mind of the incomparable Nona Hendryx, comes a brand-new experience that pushes the boundaries of art and technology from June 12–30, 2024. Learn more »

The Outdoor Film Series

Film at Lincoln Center, one of the world's most respected arthouse cinemas, expands out of the theater to under the stars with an exciting selection of free outdoor movie screenings. Learn more »

The Art of Wellbeing

Shake off your week—and kick off your weekend—with a mix of participatory movement and mindfulness sessions that are sure to get those feel-good endorphins flowing. Learn more »

Civic Saturdays

Participate in a public event performance series designed to unite friends and strangers in the spirit of shared community. Learn more »

Comedy Underground

It’s all the laughs of a downtown comedy club without a two-drink minimum… and you won't even have to validate your parking. Explore the series »

Jazz Underground

Curated by the unparalleled Jazz at Lincoln Center team, a handpicked selection of rising stars will congregate to delight audiences. Click here for the series »

Living Music Underground

The series features virtuosic soloists and trailblazing ensembles performing instrumental music at the fringes of classical, jazz, experimental, ambient, electronic and pop. Click here »

India Week

Celebrate the beauty and vibrancy of Indian culture with a week-long extravaganza of events showcasing the country’s music, dance, art, cuisine, and more! India Week events »

Urban Bush Women's 40th Anniversary

The Brooklyn-based performance ensemble and dance company brings untold and under-told stories to light from a woman-centered perspective. Learn more about the series »