A summer of free outdoor performances has been announced for New York City's Bryant Park. The Picnic Performances series, presented by Bank of America, will feature performances from the Classical Theatre of Harlem, New York City Opera, Shaina Taub for Joe's Pub, Carnegie Hall Citywide, and more.
Kicking off June 1 with New York City Opera's La Bohème, the lineup includes Carnegie Hall Citywide's Ndlovu Youth Choir (August 4), Joe's Pub: Shaina Taub (August 11), New York City Opera's The Barber of Seville (August 18) and Alessandro Lora in Concert (August 19), The Classical Theatre of Harlem's Langston in Harlem (September 1), and New York City Opera's Romeo and Juliet. For the month of July, each performance will be a different presentation from Carnegie Hall Citywide. Performances have been announced through September 14 which will be the 40th Anniversary Concert for Harlem Stage.
No tickets are required to attend. For each event, staff lend out free picnic blankets for those sitting on the lawn and provide bistro chairs for others. While local vendors will be selling food and drink, guests are welcome to bring their own picnic feast. Cancellations due to weather and other issues will be announced via @bryantparknyc.
Check out the full line-up below.
1 - New York City Opera: La Bohème
2 - Jazzmobile: The Steven Oquendo Latin Jazz Orchestra
8 - Contemporary Dance: Robin Dunn + Legendary Friends
9 - Contemporary Dance: Dance Heginbotham + TBA
15 - Contemporary Dance: Terk Lewis + Kayla Farrish
16 - Contemporary Dance: Soles of Duende + Josh Johnson
23 - Emerging Music Festival: Psymon Spine, THUS LOVE, Katy Kirby
24 - Emerging Music Festival: Ky Vöss, Seramic, Miss Grit, Dead Tooth
30 - Jalopy Theatre: Michael Daves Quartet ft. Tony Trishka, Yacouba Sissoko, Terrell King
7 - Carnegie Hall Citywide: Arturo O'Farrill and the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra
14 - Carnegie Hall Citywide: Tessa Lark + Michael Thurber
21 - Carnegie Hall Citywide: Magos Herrera featuring The Knights
28 - Carnegie Hall Citywide: Champe-Soukous Collective
3 - Ailey Moves NYC: Ailey II
4 - Carnegie Hall Citywide: Ndlovu Youth Choir
11 - Joe's Pub: Shaina Taub
18 - New York City Opera: The Barber of Seville
19 - New York City Opera: Alessandro Lora in Concert
25 - Accordions Around the World: Diana Burco, Suistamon Sähkö, Ragini Ensemble
26 - Roulette Intermedium: 75 Dollar Bill, Ka Baird, TBA
1 - The Classical Theatre of Harlem: Langston in Harlem
7 - American Symphony Orchestra: American Expressions
8 - New York City Opera: Romeo and Juliet
9 - Drom: Gaye Su Akyol
14 - Harlem Stage: 40th Anniversary Concert