Summer for the City Returns to Lincoln Center for Third Year

Photo: Lawrence Sumulong

Lincoln Center’s Summer for the City series will return for a third season from June 12–August 10, offering hundreds of free events across its campus.

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This year’s theme is “Life, Liberty, and Happiness,” focusing on how active participation in the arts fosters community strength and civic bonds. The campus will feature a design “inspired by flora and fauna of the American prairie.”

There will be several new commissions across classical music, hip-hop, multimedia, musical theater, and the intersections of art and technology. Some favorites will also be returning: dances and silent discos under the giant disco ball, comedy and jazz at The Underground at Jaffe Drive and outdoor film screenings in Damrosch Park.

Photo: Sachyn Mital

This year’s festival includes concerts by the Festival Orchestra with its new music director Jonathon Heyward; a week dedicated to Indian culture; the BAAND Together Dance Festival; Pride Month and Juneteenth celebrations; comedy nights; and technology and wellness workshops.

Photo: Anne Whitman

A range of accessible events and features will also be offered, such as Deaf Broadway performances, silent discos, and inclusive dance classes.

There will also be expanded food offerings at the Lincoln Center Night Market.

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Most events are free, with some indoor performances using a “Choose-What-You-Pay” model starting at $5. Fast Track registration for priority access is available for free performances.

Choose-What-You-Pay tickets go on sale to the public Thursday, May 16 at 12pm. Friends of Lincoln Center have pre-sale access to Choose-What-You-Pay tickets beginning Thursday, May 9 at 12pm.

Most free performances offer a free Fast Track line to gain priority access to the event ahead of the general admission line, and these free Fast Track registrations are available every Monday at noon for that week’s performances. Check event webpages on SummerForTheCity.org for performance-specific information on Fast Track availability or ticket on-sale dates.


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