The best two weeks of the year are just ahead—if you're a Lincoln Center Young Patron.

If not, you can still take part in events that are open to everyone. That includes the Summer Swing Party (July 14), a Texas-themed honky-tonk during Midsummer Night Swing. It's the affair of the season for the Young Patrons, and it's smack in the middle of five events happening in 15 days this July.

But members get to take part in the full fortnight of fun. (If you like a good value, this is definitely the most beneficial time to join the Young Patrons, a group of arts lovers in their 20s through early 40s who attend performances, happy hours, and networking events all year long.) It all comes with the kind of insider access to the arts you'd expect from Lincoln Center.

Here's a look at the epic lineup from July 11 through July 26:


Lincoln Center Festival Performance Outing: Opening Skinner’s Box

You might need a drink before you settle in for the mind games that unfold during Opening Skinner’s Box, a play about psychological experiments that's making its North American debut during Lincoln Center Festival. Luckily, the Young Patrons are meeting up for happy hour at Jake's Saloon at 6:30 pm before heading over to see the play, so they can get to know each other before they begin to question how well anyone can really know another person in the first place—much less themselves.

This outing is open to all members and their guests. Learn more.

Tuesday, July 11, 8:00 pm, Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College

5 Events in 15 Days: Young Patrons Do Summer Right
Photo by Topher McGrillis
Opening Skinner's Box

Wine Down Wednesday

Each month this summer, the Young Patrons gather for a mid-week reprieve at the Bubbly Bar on the plaza outside of David Geffen Hall to sip rosé generously provided by Wӧlffer Estate Vineyard. The second of three gatherings takes place in July.

The evening starts off with a volunteer opportunity for Young Patrons in Damrosch Park at 5:30 pm. Members are invited to participate in, or assist with, a dance class for those with limited mobility. It will be led by Dance for PD, a collaboration between the esteemed Mark Morris Dance Group and the Brooklyn Parkinson Group. It's designed to creatively address balance, cognition, motor skills, and physical confidence.

Then, after loosening up at Wine Down Wednesday, Young Patrons can head over to Midsummer Night Swing to dance the night away to tunes from the evening's performers, Michael Gamble and the Rhythm Serenaders.

This outing is open to all members and their guests. Learn more.

Wednesday, July 12, 6:00–8:00 pm, Bubbly Bar at Lincoln Center

Summer Swing Party

Young Patrons travel from New York to Texas for one night during their annual Summer Swing Party.

Guests are encouraged to don their dancing boots for a honky-tonkin', boot-stompin' good time.

The night begins with Susanna Stein teaching the two-step and waltz so that dancers of all experience levels can try on some of that Southern charm. They can then alternate between socializing on The Deck at Damrosch Park with a private open bar, featuring Shiner Bock, as well as Texas BBQ, or head to the dance floor to try out their new moves to music by Dale Watson and Asleep at the Wheel’s Ray Benson, who visit Midsummer Night Swing as part of their Texas Dance Hall Tour.

This outing is open to all. Learn more.

Friday, July 14, 7:00–10:00 pm, Damrosch Park at Lincoln Center 

Ballet 101: Pas de Trois—Exploring Ballet Through Jewels

In 1967, George Balanchine's Jewels took the dance world by storm. In honor of the piece's 50th anniversary, which is celebrated with a historic staging during Lincoln Center Festival, join experts from the Bolshoi Ballet, New York City Ballet, and Paris Opera Ballet for an exclusive lecture and demonstration that showcases the history of ballet through the prism of Jewels.

Drinks will follow on the David H. Koch Balcony.

This outing is open to all members and their guests. Learn more.

Tuesday, July 18, 7:00–9:00 pm, David H. Koch Promenade

Jewels: 50th Anniversary Cocktails, Performance, and Cast Party

The Young Patrons are invited to attend an exclusive evening of dance history as three of the world's foremost ballet companies come together on one stage for the Opening Night of the 50th anniversary production of George Balanchine's Jewels.

The Young Patrons will meet for cocktails at the Travelers Patron Lounge at the Koch Theater ahead of seeing the Bolshoi Ballet, New York City Ballet, and Paris Opera Ballet dance the dazzling three-act masterwork. After the performance, they will attend the official cast party, with members from all three companies, at Tavern on the Green. It's a night unlike any other, to be treasured for a lifetime.

The Lincoln Center Young Patrons partner with the NYCB Young Patrons Circle for this enchanting event.

This outing is open to members. Learn more.

Thursday, July 20, 6:30 p.m., David H. Koch Theater

5 Events in 15 Days: Young Patrons Do Summer Right
Photo © Paul Kolnik
Jewels: Emeralds

An Evening with 3.1 Phillip Lim

The Young Patrons bring together two favorite pastimes (shopping and networking) at this in-store fundraising event. Visit 3.1 Phillip Lim for a social hour featuring a live musical performance and drinks while you browse seasonal styles. A portion of the proceeds from all purchases made throughout the evening will go toward Lincoln Center's audience development and arts education initiatives.

This outing is open to all members and those who RSVP at [email protected]. Learn more.

Wednesday, July 26, 6:00–9:00 pm, 48 Great Jones Street

T. Michelle Murphy is a writer for Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.