“This summer, Lincoln Center invites you to experience the healing and rejuvenating power of the arts. Whether it’s rejoicing the night away on the dance floor, reclaiming rituals hindered by the pandemic, or moments for collective remembering, we offer this warm welcome to come together after so much time apart.” –Shanta Thake
Rejoice, reclaim, remember
Come together after such a challenging period
Join us in celebrating this summer's mantra with 300+ free events spanning genres and artforms. Rejoice, social dance is back—taking place on NYC's largest outdoor dance floor with a 10-foot disco ball! Reclaim the traditions and annual festivals that were postponed at globalFEST, an all-day celebration of music from around the world. Remember as we honor the lives of iconic individuals including Muhammad Ali, James Baldwin and Greg Tate.
Participate in citywide collaborationsLincoln Center and its presenting partners invite you to catch a flick under the stars from July 13–30 at our Outdoor Cinema; take a breath and move during our Wednesday night wellness sessions at the Atrium; witness NYC's most iconic dance companies share the spotlight in the BAAND Together Dance Festival; or join educators and an exciting lineup of artists for free weekly workshops and performances for kids, teens, and families.
Encounter new works and reimagined classicsThe Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra performs a series of concerts that showcase a breadth of repertoire and diverse slate of offerings. This August, we present a brand-new dance festival curated by renowned choreographer and MacArthur Fellow Kyle Abraham, featuring seven contemporary dance makers—followed by Requiem: Fire in the Air of the Earth, a new work exploring death and reincarnation through a reimagining of Mozart’s Requiem in d minor.
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Health and safetyAt this time, face coverings and proof of COVID-19 vaccination will not be required for outdoor events; however, face coverings are welcome and we encourage everyone to complete their primary vaccination series and get boosted before attending.
For indoor events at the Atrium, Rose Theater, and Alice Tully Hall, proof that the final dose of primary COVID-19 vaccination series was administered at least 14 days before entry is required. Face coverings are required as well. Learn more »
Summer venues and more
Upcoming Events at Summer for the City
Series & Programs
Social Dance at The Oasis
GATHER: A series of monuments and rituals
Reunions and Requiem
Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra
BAAND Together Dance Festival
Kids, Teens, and Families
Lincoln Center Activate
The Art of Wellbeing
The Speakeasy at Jaffe Drive
David Rubenstein Atrium
Alice Tully Hall
Plan Your Visit
Lincoln Center’s approach to accessibility mirrors our commitment to transform performing arts spaces to be more inclusive of our audiences’ identities and access needs by design, not as an afterthought or add-on.
Health & Safety
For indoor events at the Atrium, Rose Theater, and Alice Tully Hall, proof that the final dose of primary COVID-19 vaccination series was administered at least 14 days before entry is required. Face coverings are required as well. For greater detail, please click here.
Dear New York,
We invite you to the first annual Summer for the City at Lincoln Center to experience the healing and rejuvenating power of the arts, after this period of so much upheaval.
For my first summer at Lincoln Center, we've curated a unified season that reflects all of the ideas of what it means to be a whole person in New York—culturally, physically, and spiritually—and a taste of so much of what this vibrant city has to offer. This is just the beginning of a new artistic vision for Lincoln Center that is intentional about collaboration with its community partners and resident organizations, encourages active participation, and ensures that our programs are more accessible and reflect the multifaceted communities of New York.
I believe the arts are strongest when in conversation with their communities and their moments in time. We are listening closely and humbly, and inviting New Yorkers to actively participate—through social dance, singalongs, pre-performance rituals, civic activations, and much more—this summer and beyond. We are also thrilled to be making the arts more accessible to more New Yorkers, with Free offerings all summer long, and select indoor performances using a Choose-What-You-Pay ticketing model.
Summer for the City animates every inch of our campus and creates new and exciting spaces — including the city’s largest outdoor dance floor, The Oasis, an Outdoor Cinema at Hearst Plaza, and an underground Speakeasy bar and performance space hosting comedy, poetry, jazz, and more. With over 300 events, 10 stages, and a variety of genres, we hope you find something you love that speaks to you directly.
Whether it’s rejoicing the night away on the dance floor, reclaiming rituals hindered by the pandemic, or moments for collective remembering, we offer this warm welcome to come together after so much time apart.P.S. Every Summer for the City event begins with a quick pre-show ritual. Learn the meaning and signs from Poet-in-Residence Mahogany L. Browne and Alexandria Wailes.
Thanks to Our Supporters
Lead Support for Summer for the City Community Programming is provided by Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF)
Signature support for Summer for the City is provided by SK Group
Major support for Summer for the City is provided by the Mellon Foundation, the LuEsther Mertz Charitable Trust, and First Republic Bank
Additional support is provided by Chanel, the Ford Foundation, PGIM, the Shubert Foundation, Amazon, the Howard Gilman Foundation, Warburg Pincus, the Scully Peretsman Foundation, and Lincoln Center’s 21/22 Donors and Members
Endowment support is provided by the Blavatnik Family Foundation Fund for Dance, The Marie-Josée and Henry R. Kravis Foundation, Oak Foundation, PepsiCo Foundation, and Rockefeller Brothers Fund
Programs are made possible, in part, by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York State Council on the Arts with support of the Office of the Governor, Mayor of the City of New York, the New York State Legislature and the New York City Council
NewYork-Presbyterian is the Official Hospital of Lincoln Center
Pianos by Steinway & Sons – the Artistic Choice of Lincoln Center
How to Get Tickets to Summer for the City
There are three ways to get tickets to Summer for the City at Lincoln Center, depending on the venue and the programming. Read below to learn more about ticketing for the specific event you’d like to attend.
Entry to all Summer for the City performances and events at Damrosch Park, The Oasis on Josie Robertson Plaza, the David Rubenstein Atrium, The Deck, Hearst Plaza, and The Speakeasy on Jaffe Drive will be available for FREE via General Admission—first-come, first-served. Advance reservations are not required; just show up! Learn more »
In addition to General Admission, we’re offering a FREE Advance Reservation option for select Summer for the City events held at Damrosch Park, The Oasis, and Hearst Plaza. With Advance Reservation, guests can get priority access to events by booking ahead of time. Event admission is only guaranteed until 10 minutes before showtime. Learn more »
The Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra performances at Alice Tully Hall from July 22–August 6 and Kyle Abraham’s Requiem at the Rose Theater from August 11–13 will be ticketed events. Tickets will be available on a Choose-What-You-Pay basis; day-of general admission will not be offered for these shows. Learn more »
Box Office Hours
Call CenterCharge at 212-721-6500 from Monday–Saturday 10:00 am–8:00 pm and Sunday 12:00 pm–6:00 pm
Book in-person at the Alice Tully Hall box office (Broadway and 66th Street) from Monday–Saturday 10:00 am–6:00 pm and Sunday noon–6:00 pm.
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Weddings are one of our great community rituals. They remind us of our commitments to each other and the undeniable power of love. After two years of having our collective rituals diminished by the pandemic, Lincoln Center invites you to celebrate love once again. This is a special day for newlyweds, those whose weddings were canceled or diminished, and people who want to recommit their love to their partners and the city we love.
Event Schedule for Participants:
- 5:30 pm – Participants and their guests check in and pick up their (Re)Wedding kits. Please note that primary contacts should arrive together with their partner and guests.
- 5:30 pm – (Re)Wedding Pre-party begins: take stunning selfies, adorn yourself with henna, and participate in other festivities
- 6:15 pm – Participants line up for opening procession
- 6:30 pm – Symbolic ceremony begins. Ceremony runs for 60 minutes.
- 8:00 pm – Dance party and reception begins. Spend the evening lounging on the Lincoln Center campus with legendary NYC DJ Belinda Becker, enjoy the post-show activities, or dance the night away to the beats of Bollywood Biggish Band on NYC's largest outdoor dance floor with a 10-foot disco ball.
- 9:00 pm – Activities at Damrosch Park conclude.
- 10:00 pm – Dance party on the Oasis concludes.
Director: Ellie Heyman
Bollywood Biggish Band: Ben Parag - vocals, Alison Shearer - alto saxophone, Reginald Chapman - trombone, Julia Chen - keyboards, Ricky Quiñones - guitar, Adam Roberts - bass, Mauro Refosco - percussion, Sunny Jain - drumset / musical director
About the Ceremony
The ceremony begins with you making your way down the aisle alongside hundreds of other couples and flower children. The sounds of the New York Philharmonic Brass and instrumentalists from Oratorio for Living Things fill the air as you take your seats.
Host Lea DeLaria starts us off with an introduction and congratulations. After words of inspiration from faith leaders Reverend Dr. Jacqui Lewis, Imam Khalid Latif, and Rabbi Matt Green and live musical performances by Mario Cantone, Jerry Dixon, Paolo Montalban, Tamika Lawrence and the cast of Heather Christian’s Oratorio for Living Things, the ceremony concludes with a unity ritual.
- What should I wear? Your best wedding finery (whatever that means to you). Feel free to dig out your wedding whites and tuxedos from the back of your closet or wear your prettiest summer outfit.
- Are children allowed? Absolutely! Children will have the opportunity to participate in the ceremony as Flower Children.
- Can we bring outside food & drink? No, but we will have cookies and a complimentary champagne toast for those over the age of 21. Other refreshments and tasty treats including Mexican food from the El Toro Rojo food truck will be available to purchase. Please note that all sales are credit card only.
Two lucky couples will win Movado gift cards.
NO PURCHASE NECESSARYTO ENTER OR WIN THE PROMOTION. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. Open to legal residents of the 50 United States and D.C., age 18 or over. Void outside the listed locations and where prohibited. Promotion begins and ends on July 10, 2022. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. There will be two (2) prizes awarded. ARV of each Prize: $2,100 US Dollars. For complete official rules, prize description and sweepstakes entry information, visit www.lincolncenter.org/love. Sponsors: Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Inc. 70 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023.
*While this is a celebration of love, please note that the ceremony is not legally binding.
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