Spectacular Summer Shows – at Lincoln Center’s Restart Stages

Outdoor Venue in NYC with buildings all around, grass with people sitting on it, a fountain in the middle with rainbow colors

Restart Stages” is a Lincoln Center initiative to help kickstart the performing arts sector and New York City’s revival with their outdoor performing arts center.


The outdoor space has been reimagined by celebrated set designer and MacArthur Genius grantee Mimi Lien:

“When invited to consider how the physical space of Josie Robertson Plaza could be re-envisioned to be a more inclusive and inviting environment, I immediately thought that by changing the ground surface from hard paving stones with no seating to a material like grass, suddenly anyone would be able to sit anywhere.”

There are numerous events for kids, including pop-up workshops, an open-air reading room, and participatory art installation, surprise dance workshops, story time, arts and crafts, and poetry readings.

There are also musical performance (including chamber music), multimedia shows, events you can dance at, audio portraits and sculptures,  and an art instillation.

Just a few of the enticing offerings:

Make a Joyful Noize: “A multimedia universe that blends music, film, interviews, spoken word and dance to capture the contagious energy of Black joy.” (July 15)

Boogaloo Familia: “(featuring members of Spanglish Fly), is an interactive, bilingual musical history of Latin boogaloo, or bugalú.”(July 3)

The Memory of Water: “A multimedia examination of the healing and devastating power of water by two prominent AAPI experimental sound artists.” (July 30)

Raga Maqam: “Composer Amir ElSaffar partners with Brooklyn Raga Massive to show the shared spiritual and musical connections of classical Iraqi and Indian music.” (July 31)

Mighty Sparrow: “Light a candle and hold it up as the Trinidadian Calypso King and inimitable vocalist and storyteller Mighty Sparrow (OBE) brings the Caribbean Island fire to Lincoln Center for a career-spanning set of songs on the eve of his 86th birthday.” (July 6)

Jazz at Lincoln Center:  “Artists include vocalist Martina DaSilva, Colombian harpist Edmar Castañeda, and trumpeter Anthony Hervey. Enjoy the feeling of being back in an intimate jazz club while soaking in the open air and the NYC skyline. ” (July 10th, 17th & 24th, respectively.)

Free tickets can be had via TodayTix Lottery which opens for entries two weeks before each performance. (You can read their health and safety guidelines here.)