The 2022 season of Picnic Performances presented by Bank of America showcases twenty-six live and in-person music, dance, and theater events produced in partnership with a diverse and storied lineup of New York City’s performing arts institutions. Over 20 of this season’s events will also be available to livestream in their entirety.
All performances are free to the public and designed to be enjoyed casually – no tickets required—with ample seating available and free picnic blankets to borrow. Attendees may bring their own food or purchase from on-site food and beverage vendors near the lawn. COVID-19 vaccinations and masks are not currently required but Bryant Park will continue to monitor and follow updated New York City and New York State COVID-19 guidelines throughout the summer as necessary.
Press play to rewatch Day 1 of Emerging Music Festival
5/27 - New York City Opera: The Barber of Seville
6/3 - Contemporary Dance: AThomasProject + Ephrat Asherie Dance
6/4 - Contemporary Dance: Ariel Rivka Dance + The Missing Element
6/10 - Contemporary Dance: EMERGE125 + Ayodele Casel
6/11 - Contemporary Dance: Ballet Hispánico’s Social Latin Dance Class + Dance Heginbotham
6/17 - New York City Opera: Pride in the Park
6/18 - Contemporary Dance: Juneteenth Celebration
6/24 - Emerging Music Festival curated by AdHoc
6/25 - Emerging Music Festival curated by AdHoc
7/1 - Carnegie Hall Citywide: Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble
7/8 - Carnegie Hall Citywide: The Baylor Project
7/15 - Carnegie Hall Citywide: Squirrel Nut Zippers
7/22 - Carnegie Hall Citywide: The Broadway Sinfonietta
7/23 - Jazzmobile: Bobby Sanabria Multiverse Big Band
7/28 - Ailey II + Ailey Extension
7/29 - Carnegie Hall Citywide: The Hot Sardines Featuring Nellie McKay
8/5 - Performers TBA
8/12 - New York City Opera: La traviata
8/19 - Asian American Arts Alliance: Rafiq Bhatia + Ian Chang
8/26 - Habibi Festival with Joe’s Pub: Esraa Warda, Firas Zreik, Yacine Boularès, and AJOYO
8/29 - The Town Hall: Eighth Blackbird Celebrates John Cage
9/2 - New York City Opera: Lucia di Lammermoor
9/8 - Steinway Artists Aaron Diehl + Orrin Evans
9/9 - Classical Theatre of Harlem
9/16 - Accordion Festival: Heart of Afghanistan and More
9/17 - American Symphony Orchestra
Borrow a picnic blanket or chair – or bring your own. Bryant Park blankets and chairs are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Attendees may bring their own food or purchase from on-site food and beverage vendors near the Lawn. At most performances, attendees can purchase food from a rotating line-up of local NYC vendors curated by Hester Street Fair.
Performances are cancelled when it is unsafe to be outdoors. In some cases, the Lawn may be too wet to open but the performance may continue. Follow @bryantparknyc for day-of event updates.
COVID-19 vaccinations and masks are not currently required but Bryant Park will continue to monitor and follow updated New York City and New York State COVID-19 guidelines throughout the summer as necessary.
2022 Video Archive
2021 Video Archive
New York City Opera’s Pride in the Park
Joe’s Pub: Mykal Kilgore
Carnegie Hall Citywide: The Knights
Greenwich House Music School: Riley Mulherkar and Ella Bric
Jazz at Lincoln Center: Young Stars of Jazz
Jazz at Lincoln Center: Camille Thurman and the Darrell Green Quartet
New York City Opera - Rigoletto
National Sawdust: Allison Loggins-Hull’s Diametrically Composed
Carnegie Hall Citywide
This season, Carnegie Hall Citywide presents five nights of genre-spanning music in July, featuring Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble, The Baylor Project, Squirrel Nut Zippers, The Broadway Sinfonietta, and The Hot Sardines Featuring Nellie McKay.
Emerging Music Festival
Emerging Music Festival returns for the first time since 2019 on June 24+25 with thousands of music lovers packing the lawn. Six up-and-coming bands curated by AdHoc perform on one of the biggest stages of their young careers.
New York City Opera
Extraordinary opera selections produced by New York City Opera, including The Barber of Seville, La traviata, Lucia di Lammermoor, and a special Pride in the Park performance.
Press play to rewatch The Barber of Seville here.
Showcasing major dance companies and rising stars
Major dance companies and rising stars perform at Contemporary Dance in June with curation by Tiffany Rea-Fisher, featuring Ayodele Casel, Dance Heginbotham, Ephrat Asherie, Ariel Rivka Dance, The Missing Element, Music From The Sole, EMERGE125, and a Social Latin Dance Class with Ballet Hispánico.