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.
Watch the livestream of Asian American Arts Alliance: Rafiq Bhatia + Ian Chang on Friday, August 19 at 7pm.
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 - Greenwich House Music School: Mireya + Alea
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 - Jazz at Lincoln center: Summer Camargo Sextet
9/16 - Accordion Festival
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
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.
Asian American Arts Alliance
The Asian American Arts Alliance is a nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring greater representation, equity, and opportunities for Asian American artists and cultural organizations through resource sharing, promotion, and community building. Bryant Park is excited to partner with A4 for the first time this summer.
Habibi Festival with Joe's Pub
Enjoy a summer pop-up edition of Habibi Festival, a new NYC celebration of contemporary and traditional musics of the SWANA (South West Asian and North African) region at Bryant Park. The show features performances from three different artists: Palestinian Kanun player and composer Firas Zreik and his trio; traditional Algerian/Moroccan music and dance with artist Esraa Warda and The Châab Lab; and AJOYO, a blend of traditional African, jazz, and soul music led by French-Tunisian saxophonist and composer Yacine Boularès. This event is presented in collaboration with Joe's Pub, an independent, non-profit music venue within the Public Theater dedicated to supporting performing artists at every stage of their careers.
Greenwich House Music School
Since 2014, Greenwich House Music School's Uncharted series has emerged as one of New York's most exciting and unpredictable live concert series, drawing attention from tastemakers and curators from across the city. Every Uncharted performance features New York City-based artists premiering new projects or meeting new collaborators on stage.