Everyone knows Bryant Park, right? But what you may not know, is that the midtown park puts together a Picnic Performances series every summer.
You can expect 26 live and free performances: opera, dance, classical, jazz, contemporary artists....even accordion this year!
Here's the lineup so far. Be aware that more shows will be added in the future:
May 27 - New York City Opera performs The Barber of Seville
June 3 - Contemporary Dance (performers TBA)
June 4 - Contemporary Dance: Ariel Rivka Dance and Works & Process at the Guggenheim's The Missing Element
June 10 - Contemporary Dance: EMERGE125 and Avodele Casel
June 11 - Contemporary Dance: Ballet Hispánico's Social Latin Dance Class and Music From the Sole
June 17 - New York City Opera: Pride in the Park
June 24 - Emerging Music Festival curated by Ad Hoc
June 25 - Emerging Music Festival curated by Ad Hoc
July 1 - Carnegie Hall Citywide: Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble
July 8 - Carnegie Hall Citywide: The Baylor Project
July 15 - Carnegie Hall Citywide: Squirrel Nut Zippers
July 22 - Carnegie Hall Citywide: The Broadway Sinfonietta
July 23 - Jazzmobile: Bobby Sanabria Multiverse Big Band
August 12 - New York City Opera: La Traviata
August 19 - Asian American Arts Alliance: Rafiq Bhatia and Ian Chang
August 26 - Habbi Festival with Joe's Pub: Esraa Warda, Firas Zreik, Yacine Boularès and AJOYO
August 29 - The Town Hall: Eighth Blackbird Celebrates John Cage
September 2: New York City Opera: Lucia di Lammermoor
September 8 - Steinway Artists Aaron Kiehl and Orrin Evans
September 9 - Classical Theatre of Harlem
September 16 - Accordian Festival: Hearts of Afghanistan and More (told ya!)
September 17 - American Symphony Orchestra 60th Anniversary Concert
So here's the deal: Performances start at 7 pm. but the lawn opens at 5, so be sure to come early for a front row seat! Bring your own food, but if you forget, there are plenty of food and beverage vendors around, including wine and beer. Bryant Park blankets and chairs are available on a first-come, first-served basis, so if you want to borrow one or the other, definitely get there on the early side, or bring your own.
As we said, the full lineup has yet to be announced, but you can check here for any updates.
Image via Steven Pisano/Flickr