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Picnic Performances

Bryant Park Picnic Performances presented by Bank of America is a free outdoor festival that welcomes all New Yorkers to experience the city’s vibrant arts and culture. This summer, enjoy extraordinary artists and events in collaboration with a wide array of New York's cultural institutions.


Watch chart-topping singer, songwriter, and bandleader Thandiswa Mazwai live here on Friday, Ju1y 11 at 7pm.


Flip through the 2024 season brochure.  


Watch full livestreams of 16 of this season’s Picnic Performances on this page or @bryantparknyc on YouTube, Facebook, or Instagram.

Enjoy our 2023 season recap or rewatch our past livestreams below. Or find previous seasons' Picnics playlists on YouTube.

On the lawn

For Picnics, Bryant Park staff lends out hundreds of free blankets and provides ample bistro chairs. Food and drink is also available to purchase from local vendors. No registration is required and there are no lines to enter: it’s as easy as a walk in the park.

Bring your own picnic or purchase food and drinks from tents on the east side of the lawn. Attendees can enjoy cuisine from the five boroughs with a rotating line-up of artisanal vendors curated by Hester Street Fair.

Stout NYC also offers giant pretzels, gourmet popcorn and other light bites as well as a selection of beer, wine, and non-alcoholic beverages for purchase.

Bryant Park lends out hundreds of free blankets on a first-come, first-served basis, or bring your own cotton or fleece blanket. To protect the lawn, please do not sit on waterproof materials such as plastic tarps, yoga mats, or inflatable chairs. 

Take a seat in one of the pre-set chairs on the lawn or grab a chair from the gravel. You can use a chair anywhere in the park except for the center lawn "blanket zone". 

Find jugglers, hula hoops, giant Jenga, and more fun on the east side of the lawn at select events. 

We love dogs, but dog urine can leave the lawn with bald spots. Dogs are welcome on the gravel and bluestone, but please do not bring dogs on the lawn. 

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 on Twitter and Instagram for day-of event updates. You can also check the lawn status on the homepage.