Lincoln Center Presents “Summer for the City”


June 12, 2024 - August 10, 2024    
All Day


Lincoln Center
Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY

The events listed below offer: accessible seating, restrooms, and routes, FM assistive listening devices with headsets and neck loops, live captioning available on personal devices by scanning a QR code. American Sign Language interpretation provided at select events.

Lincoln Center seeks to create a more inclusive experience for audiences by providing a range of accommodations—no request necessary. Click here to learn more »

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Join us at the third annual Summer for the City, with hundreds of events bringing together thousands of artists, in celebration of the multitude of stories that live within our city.

“Life, Liberty, and Happiness” is this year’s guiding curatorial theme, highlighting how active participation in the arts helps strengthen civic bonds and grow strong communities.

From June 12 – August 10, we invite you to celebrate your own voice and artistry, as you join with neighbors and new friends. Together with Visual Director Clint Ramos and Donyale Werle Design, our campus will blossom into a welcoming oasis where neighbors from around the corner and across the city can gather, relax, participate in performances, enjoy expanded food offerings, and even play outdoor games.

The below events are a selection of events offered with sign language interpreting and closed captioning. Please click on the individual links for more information. Please check each event for accessibility information, as some provide sign language interpretation and closed captioning, and some offer only one or the other. Please check the Summer for the City website for the full listing of accessible events, or fill out the reservation form above for more information. 

6/14 at 8pm – Funny Puppet 

6/15 at 5pm – Engaging With Voices of a People’s History

6/15 at 6pm – Civic Speakeasy

6/19 at 1pm – Dance Storytime with Davalois Fearon

6/19 at 6pm – Some Sing: A Juneteenth Celebration

6/19 at 7:30pm – Toshi Reagon’s Songs of the Living: Freedom Songs

6/22 at 12pm – Mykal Kilgore

6/22 at 5pm – The Wedding: New York’s Biggest Day

6/29 at 5pm – Engaging With Voices of a People’s History

6/30 at 5pm – Voices of a People’s History Pop-Up Performance

6/29 at 6pm – The People Speak—and Sing!: Voices of a People’s History

7/05 at 8pm – You & Me

7/07 at 5pm – Voices of a People’s History Pop-Up Performance

7/07 at 8pm – Passing the Crown: Celebrating the Queens of Hip-Hop

7/12 at 7:30pm – Parampara and SAZ ft. Sumitra Das Goswami

7/17 at 8pm – Brasil Summerfest With Gilsons

7/19 at 8:30pm – The Ritual of Breath Is the Rite to Resist

7/20 at 5pm – Engaging With Voices of a People’s History

7/20 at 6pm – WNYC’s Public Song Project: The People’s Concert

7/27 at 6pm – Civic Speakeasy

7/27 at 7:30pm – Civic Speakeasy Patrice Roberts

7/31 at 8pm – Once on This Island: In American Sign Language by Deaf Broadway

8/3 at 6pm – The People Speak—and Sing!: Voices of a People’s History

More on Lincoln Center’s Summer for the City:

CELEBRATE new commissions for the first time

On opening night, RuPaul’s Drag Race stars Sapphira Cristál and Monét X Change show off their classical training for an extravaganza of drag and opera! Nona Hendryx pushes the boundaries of art and technology, combining the physical and digital worlds in The Dream Machine Experience. From June 13–16, Oscar-nominated filmmaker Sam Green brings his live cinema documentary masterpieces together for the first time. In July, the Festival Orchestra of Lincoln Center performs the North American premiere of Huang Ruo’s City of Floating Sounds. Bring on the laughs as the clever, big-hearted stylings of musical theater maestro Ethan Lipton & His Orchestraare elevated for the first time by a full orchestra on June 28. Or, celebrate the Queens of Hip-Hop with an immersive night of orchestral music, DJs, and dance.

PARTICIPATE at the intersection of arts and civic engagement

Join us for our Civic Saturdays performance series, designed to unite friends and strangers in the spirit of shared community. On July 6, we present Anthem to US, the culmination of a monthslong collaborative effort to create a contemporary anthem echoing our collective hopes, struggles, and histories. At Damrosch Park, we present The Ritual of Breath, a deeply moving, meditative experience that responds to the murder of Eric Garner. In August, pop culture meets activism with the Ruidosa Fest, the Latine-led international feminist platform, with a full day of lectures, live music, and a late-night silent disco.

SING and DANCE with the return of long-time favorites

NYC’s largest outdoor dance floor with a now-iconic 10-foot disco ball shines bright as the centerpiece of Summer for the City with FREE social dance nights and silent discosevery week. The Wedding: New York’s Biggest Day also returns for the third year, inviting hundreds of couples to celebrate love. Free family shows for all ages, including storytimes, Big Umbrella Day, and dance workshops are offered all summer long. Plus, much-loved performances—globalFEST, a Juneteenth Celebration, BAAND Together, Deaf Broadway, La Casita, and so much more—come back for an encore!