Picnic Performances

Enjoy performing arts on the lawn—or wherever you are

Reserve New York City Opera - Pride in the Park tickets

Bryant Park is excited to announce the 2021 return of Picnic Performances: twenty-five 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. Thanks to the generous support of Bank of America, nearly all of the events will be available for the public to livestream at no cost, significantly expanding the audience beyond the park.

The season opens on June 9 with a four-night run of shows by musicians from the New York Philharmonic and closes on September 20 with a 100th anniversary celebration of our beloved neighbor, The Town Hall. In between, don’t miss performances produced in partnership with Carnegie Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, New York City Opera, Classical Theatre of Harlem, Joe’s Pub, Paul Taylor Dance Company, Limón Dance Company, Elisa Monte Dance, National Sawdust, Harlem Stage with Jazzmobile and Historic Harlem Parks, Greenwich House Music School, New York Chinese Cultural Center, Music from the Sole, and more.

All events will be free and open to the public with limited capacity. Bryant Park will observe all New York City and New York State guidelines immediate to the time of the performance. Scroll below for more details, livestream info, and the full lineup!

2021 schedule

All performances start at 7pm

June 09: New York Philharmonic
June 10: New York Philharmonic*
June 11: New York Philharmonic*
June 12: New York Philharmonic*
June 18: New York City Opera – Pride in the Park
June 25: New York Chinese Cultural Center
June 26: Joe’s Pub – Mykal Kilgore

July 02: New York City Opera – Carmen
July 09: Carnegie Hall Citywide – Toshi Reagon and BIGLovely
July 16: Carnegie Hall Citywide – Spanish Harlem Orchestra
July 23: Carnegie Hall Citywide – The Knights
July 30: Carnegie Hall Citywide – Adrienne Warren and Friends
July 31: Greenwich House Music School – Riley Mulherkar and Ella Bric (Linda Briceño)

August 06: Carnegie Hall Citywide – Terence Blanchard and The E-Collective
August 12: Harlem Stage – Craig Harris’s Nocturnal Nubian Ball…: A Tribute to Sun Ra
August 13: Jazz at Lincoln Center – Dizzy’s Club: Young Stars of Jazz
August 14: Jazz at Lincoln Center – Dizzy’s Club: Camille Thurman and the Darrell Green Quintet: Burt Bacharach Reimagined
August 16: The Limón Dance Company and Music from the Sole
August 20: Paul Taylor Dance Company and Elisa Monte Dance
August 21: New York City Opera – Now That’s What I Call Opera!
August 27: Save the Date – Dance Performance TBA

September 03: New York City Opera – Rigoletto
September 10: Classical Theatre of Harlem
September 17: National Sawdust – Allison Loggins-Hull’s Diametrically Composed
September 20: The Town Hall – Centennial Concert featuring Chris Thile and special guests

*The New York Philharmonic performance will be livestreamed only on Wed, June 9

Digital livestream

New this year: thanks to generous support from Bank of America, nearly all Picnic Performances will be livestreamed and available to watch at no cost. We invite you to grab a blanket, get comfortable, and enjoy the show, no matter where you are! Find all livestream info (and view the live performance) here.

Watch on Bryant Park’s Facebook, Instagram*, and YouTube channels: @bryantparknyc

The New York Philharmonic Instagram livestream on June 9, 6:45pm, will be hosted exlusively on the Philharmonic Instagram.

Ticket information

Beginning on June 25, advance ticket registration is no longer required. Entry to Picnic Performances will be open to the public on a first-come, first serve basis for all audience members who present either digital or physical proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or an immediately recent negative COVID-19 test, along with government issued photo ID. Please arrive no earlier than 5:30pm when doors open.

The ticket information below is relevant only for the upcoming New York City Opera - Pride in the Park event.

  • There are two separate ticket types: vaccinated or tested
  • Attendees with vaccinated tickets must show proof of vaccination
  • Attendees under 16 may register for a vaccinated ticket as long as they are accompanied by a vaccinated adult
  • Attendees with tested tickets must show proof of a negative COVID-19 test
  • Each ticket includes an entry time
  • Attendees may arrive as early as 5:30pm
  • Please arrive no later than the entry time shown on your ticket

Proof of vaccination or recent COVID-19 test

All audience members must present confirmation of one of the following:

  1. A negative COVID-19 PCR/NAAT test taken within 72 hours of the event
  2. A negative COVID-19 antigen “rapid” test taken within 6 hours of the event
  3. A COVID-19 vaccination series completed at least 14 days prior to the event

Digital and physical forms of proof will be accepted, including:

  • CDC Vaccination Card
  • Test results from a healthcare provider
  • Excelsior Pass
  • CLEAR Health Pass

Health Pass is a free service on the CLEAR mobile app that allows users to confirm proof of vaccination or a recent COVID-19 test result. Before arriving at the park, download and enroll in the CLEAR app and follow the prompts to enter your relevant health information in Health Pass. Once complete, the Health Pass is valid for 12 hours. When prompted, use guest code BRYANTPARKNYC.

In addition to the above, a government-issued photo ID is required.

Protocols for all attendees

  • All event attendees are invited to bring food and drink. Food and beverage is also available for purchase from vendors in the park before taking a seat on the lawn.
  • No dogs or plastic tarps are allowed on the lawn.
  • Your presence at Picnic Performances constitutes acknowledgement and consent that you may be photographed and/or videotaped by Bryant Park Corporation, and your image or likeness may be used as the result of a photo / video shoot.
  • If you can no longer attend the event after registering, please cancel your order so others have the opportunity.

Protocols for vaccinated attendees

  • Vaccinated attendees may either bring a picnic blanket or sit in a Bryant Park bistro chair. Plastic tarps are not allowed on the lawn.
  • Once at the park, vaccinated attendees should follow signs to vaccinated entrances.
  • Attendance is limited so that vaccinated attendees will have ample space on the lawn to distance from others at their own discretion.
  • Masks are strongly encouraged for vaccinated guests during the entrance process.
  • In line with current CDC and New York State guidelines, attendees are allowed to remove masks at their own discretion once within the fully vaccinated areas of the lawn.

Protocols for tested attendees

  • Tested attendees must wear masks at all times unless seated in socially distanced chairs.
  • Tested attendees must keep six-foot distance from other parties at all times.
  • Once at the park, tested attendees should follow signs to the designated tested entrance.
  • During the entrance process, tested attendees must confirm they are not experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms and have not been in close contact in the past 10 days with any person with a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19.
  • Tested attendees will be temperature screened upon arrival.Within the tested section, Bryant Park bistro chairs will be placed in exact positions by event staff. Please do not move furniture.
  • Outside chairs and blankets are not allowed.
  • Tested attendees may not enter the fully vaccinated areas of the lawn.