Picnic Performances

Enjoy world class performances on the Lawn

Bryant Park Picnic Performances are an accessible and inviting way to experience New York City’s incredible performing arts.

See the full lineup here.

The series includes Contemporary Dance, Shakespeare, Latin Dance Festival, Accordions Around the World, New York City Opera, Emerging Music Festival, Carnegie Hall Citywide concerts, and an Alvin Ailey Revelations Celebration Community Workshop.

All Picnic Performances are free to the public with no dress code, no tickets, and no lines. At each show, Bryant Park lends out 250 free picnic blankets for audience members to spread out and relax on the Lawn as they watch. Beer, wine, and food are available for purchase, and the grass is dotted with jugglers and supersized games.

Grab a blanket, get comfortable, and enjoy the show!

Easy admission

All Picnics events are free and open to the public. No tickets, no lines. Come as you are and leave when you please.


At every Picnics event, the park lends out over 250 blankets. Borrow one for free at our green Park Shop + Info tent. Or bring your own, but remember that plastic tarps are not allowed on the Lawn.

Games and activities

Enjoy lawn games including juggling, giant Jenga, hula hoops, and more.