Picnic Performances

Enjoy world class performances on the lawn

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 and audience registration required. Bryant Park will observe all New York City and New York State guidelines immediate to the time of the performance. Bryant Park will place seats in positions with adequate room for social distancing and ensure attendees have masks and understand the events’ safety protocols. More details about COVID-19 safety and audience experience will be available soon.

2021 schedule

June 9 – September 20
Check back soon for the full season lineup

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!

Safety protocols

All Picnic Performances will follow New York State guidelines for outdoor events, including pre-set and socially distant seating, advanced registration, and face coverings for all attendees. More details about events in the park will be available soon.