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.
Learn more about the performance here
Download the brochure and learn more about this season's performances that run June 1 – September 14.
01 - New York City Opera: La Bohème
02 - Jazzmobile: The Steven Oquendo Latin Jazz Orchestra
08 - Contemporary Dance: Robin Dunn and Friends, The Lite
09 - Contemporary Dance: Dance Heginbotham, Jennifer Muller/The Works
15 - Contemporary Dance: Terk Lewis + Kayla Farrish
16 - Contemporary Dance: Soles of Duende + Josh Johnson
23 - Emerging Music Festival: Psymon Spine, THUS LOVE, Katy Kirby
24 - Emerging Music Festival: Ky Vöss, Seramic, June McDoom, Miss Grit, Dead Tooth
30 - Jalopy Theatre: Michael Daves Quintet ft. Tony Trishka, Yacouba Sissoko, Terrell King
07 - Carnegie Hall Citywide: Arturo O'Farrill and the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra
14 - Carnegie Hall Citywide: Tessa Lark + Michael Thurber
21 - Carnegie Hall Citywide: Magos Herrera featuring The Knights
28 - Carnegie Hall Citywide: Champe-Soukous Collective
03 - Ailey Moves NYC: Ailey II
04 - Carnegie Hall Citywide: Ndlovu Youth Choir
11 - Joe's Pub: Shaina Taub
18 - New York City Opera: The Barber of Seville
19 - New York City Opera: Alessandro Lora in Concert
25 - Accordions Around the World: Diana Burco, Suistamon Sähkö, Ragini Ensemble
26 - Roulette Intermedium: Immanuel Wilkins, 75 Dollar Bill, Ka Baird
01 - The Classical Theatre of Harlem: Langston in Harlem
07 - American Symphony Orchestra: American Expressions
08 - New York City Opera: Romeo and Juliet
09 - Drom: Gaye Su Akyol (U.S. debut)
14 - Harlem Stage: 40th Anniversary Concert
Watch full livestreams of more than 20 of this season’s Picnic Performances on this webpage or @bryantparknyc on YouTube, Facebook, or Instagram.
Until the season starts, rewatch our past livestreams below and check out our 2022 season recap.
New York City Opera: The Barber of Seville
New York City Opera: Pride in the Park
Emerging Music Festival: Day 1
Emerging Music Festival: Day 2
Carnegie Hall Citywide: Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble
Carnegie Hall Citywide: The Baylor Project
Carnegie Hall Citywide: Squirrel Nut Zippers
Carnegie Hall Citywide: Broadway Sinfonietta
Jazzmobile: Bobby Sanabria Multiverse Big Band
Carnegie Hall Citywide: The Hot Sardines with Nellie McKay
Greenwich House Music School: Mireya + Alea
New York City Opera: La Traviata
Habibi Festival with Joe's Pub
The Town Hall: Eighth Blackbird Celebrates John Cage
New York City Opera: Lucia di Lammermoor
Jazz at Lincoln Center: Summer Camargo Sextet
New York City Opera: Pride in the Park
Joe’s Pub: Mykal Kilgore
New York City Opera: Carmen
Carnegie Hall Citywide: Spanish Harlem Orchestra
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: Now That's What I Call Opera!
New York City Opera: Rigoletto
Classical Theatre of Harlem: A Harlem Dream + Langston in Harlem
National Sawdust: Allison Loggins-Hull’s Diametrically Composed
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 a parachute, 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 bryantpark.org homepage.