Summer for the City returns!
The Ultimate New York Festival
June 14–August 12, 2023

Lincoln Center invites New Yorkers to come together for hundreds of events with thousands of artists celebrating the cultural communities of NYC.

June 03 at 7:30 pm

Summer for the City

Mahogany L. Browne's Musing(s)

Lincoln Center Presents

June 03 at 7:30 pm

David Rubenstein Atrium

Join a selection of poets and artists for a revolutionary exploration into the healing powers of the spoken word and the power of creative thought.

June 07 at 7:30 pm

Summer for the City

Arun Ramamurthy Trio

Lincoln Center Presents

June 07 at 7:30 pm

David Rubenstein Atrium

The Arun Ramamurthy Trio fuses South Indian Carnatic classical, western classical, and contemporary jazz into a lively storm of cross-cultural sound.

June 08 at 7:30 pm

Summer for the City

Second Moon: Moonlight Flows

Lincoln Center Presents
Korean Cultural Center New York

June 08 at 7:30 pm

David Rubenstein Atrium

South Korean ensemble Second Moon finds inspiration in ethnic folk music from around the world, including pansori, Irish traditional, and bluegrass.

June 09 at 7:00 pm

Summer for the City

Sydnie L. Mosley Dances’ PURPLE: A Ritual in Nine Spells

Co-presented by Gibney Center and Lincoln Center

Lincoln Center Presents

June 09 at 7:00 pm

Clark Studio Theater

A choreopoem created by Sydnie L. Mosley Dances and inspired by playwright Ntozake Shange illuminates the power of deep sisterhood for social change.

The Dance Floor is back!

New York City's largest outdoor dance floor with a—now iconic—10-foot disco ball returns, setting the stage for the city's hottest Social Dance events and Silent Discos.

Celebrating 21 years with Louis Langrée

The 2023 Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra series honors Langrée's incredible accomplishments with several tributes and specially curated performances. Learn more »

Where New Yorkers come together in real life

Where New York DANCES together

Five of NYC’s most iconic dance companies come together for the annual BAAND Together Dance Festival; Kyle Abraham's curation returns this summer for a new site-specific mini-fest; and The Bessie Awards hit the Damrosch stage. The professionals aren't the only ones moving and grooving at Summer for the City. We invite all New Yorkers to come out and dance at our most popular weekly Social Dance events and Silent Discos under a mega disco ball—FREE all summer long!

Where New York SINGS together

We're proud to present international musical artists, from a wide range of genres, to New Yorkers at Summer for the City. Sweeping musical festivals globalFEST, Brasil Summerfest, and Mahindra Blues Special offer audiences the chance to experience exceptional artistry for FREE. Korean rock indie bands Crying Nut & Say Sue Me headline Lincoln Center's Korean Arts Week; and J.PERIOD, Rakim, and Big Daddy Kane push Hip-Hop to the forefront at Damrosch Park. In July, you won't want to miss Octavia E. Butler's Parable of the Sower, an insightful opera based on the classic sci-fi novel, presented at David Geffen Hall.

Where New York CELEBRATES together

Join us in celebrating the magic of our bustling, unstoppable city as we come together to laugh, love, and reflect in community. The Jazz at Lincoln Center Second Line processional returns for a second year, along with a symbolic The Wedding: New York's Biggest Day for hundreds of couples. Carl Hancock Rux's artistic vision sprawls across campus in celebration of Juneteenth; and 2023 winners of Podcast of the Year bring the laughs at Las Culturistas Culture Awards. In June, tribute concerts will be held for beloved Haitian singer-songwriter Michael "Mikaben" Benjamin and LGBTQIA+ musical icon Sylvester.

Stay for the day! Joy blooms from every corner

Visual Director Clint Ramos transforms the Lincoln Center campus with multiple open-air spaces spaces of welcome—inviting all New Yorkers to enjoy throughout their day, whether a show is on the agenda or not! Bust a move and snap a photo on The Dance Floor at Josie Robertson Plaza, read a book at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts' Reading Room, beat the heat at The Garden at Damrosch Park, or relax and and play corn hole (amidst hundreds of pink flamingos!) at Hearst Plaza. Explore spaces & venues »

See yourself at Lincoln Center

Summer series & programs

Social Dance

Slide on to The Dance Floor for NYC's hottest outdoor summer dance parties, including nights devoted to salsa, Lindy hop, disco, country, Hip-Hop, freestyle, ballroom, and much more. Learn more »

Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra

The Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra performs a series of FREE and Choose-What-You-Pay concerts in celebration of Music Director Louis Langrée’s twenty-first and final year with the Orchestra. Learn more »

Kids, Teens, and Families

Make Lincoln Center your summer destination for fun-filled FREE shows and creative activities for kids of all ages, families, and teens. Learn more »

Hip-Hop Week

From August 9–12, join us in celebrating the golden anniversary of Hip-Hop: the music, fashion, dance, poetry, and global cultural influence. Learn more »

Korean Arts Week

Lincoln Center’s Korean Arts Week brings together the past, present, and future of Korean arts. Learn more »

Silent Discos

Lincoln Center is the place to be this summer as we turn the heat up and the volume way down at late evening DJ sets transmitted through neon headphones. Learn more »

Underground Jazz, Jokes, and Poetry

Introducing the Upper West Side’s summertime pop-up cabaret—a literal underground venue for comedy, jazz sets, and spoken word events. Learn more »

The Art of Wellbeing

Shake off your week—and kick off your weekend—with a mix of participatory movement and mindfulness sessions that are sure to get those feel-good endorphins flowing. Learn more »

BAAND Together

Ballet Hispánico, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, and Dance Theatre of Harlem come together on one stage. Learn more »

Outdoor Cinema

Film at Lincoln Center, one of the world's most respected arthouse cinemas, expands out of the theater to under the stars with an exciting selection of free outdoor movie screenings. Learn more »