NYC’s Best Summer Music, Food & Film Festivals 2022

When the asphalt begins to sizzle, some New Yorkers flee, others party.

After two years of COVID – and a long winter – New Yorkers are ready to shed their layers and bask in the sun. And outdoor festivals are blooming again across the five boroughs.

The Post has handpicked the very best of these celebrations in theatre, music, film, food and more.

From the ever-enchanting Shakespeare in the Park, to hard-hitting seltzer, to music festivals with hot line-ups like Kid Cudi, Herbie Hancock and Blondie, this summer has plenty to offer.

So do it like the Beastie Boys and “Ch-Check it out”.

Governor’s Ball Music Festival

Post Malone performs during the 2021 Governors Ball Music Festival at Citi Field on September 26, 2021 in New York City.
Post Malone performed at the Gov Ball last year.
Getty Images for the Governor’s Ball

After COVID postponed this mega-event to last September, the Governors Ball returns to its regular spot on the June calendar. It will again be played at the New York Mets’ home stadium, Citi Field. Kid Cudi headlines Day 1 with Migos, Black Pumas and “First Class” rapper Jack Harlow also rocking the crowd. Day 2 features Halsey, rapper Roddy Ricch and electronic artist Flume. Then J. Cole performs Day 3, along with R&B diva Jazmine Sullivan, “Heat Waves” band Glass Animals and Grammy-winning DJ-producer Kaytranada. Gov Ball After Dark is bringing the party to the table with concerts at clubs across the city including Irving Plaza (Tove Lo on June 9th), Bowery Ballroom (Soccer Mommy on June 10th) and Brooklyn’s Elsewhere (again, Kaytranada on June 11th).

June 10-12. Citi Field. 41 Seaver Way; GovernorsBallMusicFestival.com

Forest Hills Stadium

Norah Jones of Puss n Boots performs at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in New Orleans on Saturday, May 7, 2022.
Norah Jones will perform at Forest Hills Stadium in August.
Amy Harris/Invision/AP

Long ago – even before the Williams sisters were born – Forest Hill Stadium hosted the US Open tennis tournament. Now its rural setting and country club vibe make it a magical music vacation. This season’s lineup offers an eclectic selection of acts for music fans of all tastes. The series begins June 3 with Grammy-winning indie-folkie Bon Iver, and June 4 sees Led Zeppelin god Robert Plant and bluegrass queen Alison Krauss doing a roots duo. Australian electronic trio Rüfüs du Sol bring the beats On June 10th and 11th, indie rocker Phoebe Bridgers will be heating up the crowds on June 16th. Later in the summer, Norah Jones will set the stage on fire on August 4th, and Queens’ own LL Cool J will have his Rock the Bells hip hop fest on August 6th.

Various appointments. Forest Hills Stadium, 1 tennis court; ForestHillsStadium.com

The Rooftop at Pier 17 concert series

The roof at Pier 17
Several acts are docking at Pier 17 this summer.
Keyahtay Lewis

Now in its fourth season, this South Street Seaport venue has blossomed into a summertime music haven, with the Brooklyn Bridge providing the scenic backdrop for an array of artists making some serious sound waves. Acts docking at Pier 17 this year include singer-songwriter Vance Joy on June 4th, reggae band Rebelution on June 15th and rapper Pusha T – who recently released his new album It’s Almost Dry. debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 July highlights include Australian pop-rock group 5 Seconds of Summer on July 12-13 and a night of new wave nostalgia with the Psychedelic Furs on July 15. Then August heats up with feisty indie artist Girl in Red on August 2nd, Elvis Costello & the Imposters on August 11th and New York legends Blondie on August 17th and 18th.

Various appointments. Pier 17, South St. 89; Pier17NY.com

Electric Zoo

Electric Zoo
Dutch DJ Martin Garrix – the most-voted fan poll – will lead a packed line-up at Electric Zoo.

New York’s largest electronic music festival is cranking up the technology with a Web 3.0 theme this year. In another tech twist, the festival accepts crypto payments. But one thing remains the same: the DJs who will get the crowds spinning at Randall’s Island Park on Labor Day weekend. Dutch DJ Martin Garrix – who was the most requested weirdo in fan polls – will headline a loaded lineup that also includes Diplo, DJ Snake, Armin Van Buuren, Afrojack and British house music master Carl Cox. In addition to these big names in the game, Electric Zoo 3.0 will also spotlight up-and-coming Queens DJs like Kyle Walker, Wax Motif, Sidepiece and CID – literally: expect a dizzying light show.

September 2nd to 4th. Randall’s Island Park. 20 Randall’s Island Park; ElectricZoo.com

summer stage

George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic are performing this year.
George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic will perform at SummerStage.
Getty Images

While Central Park will always be the centerpiece of SummerStage, this year’s celebrations will have you traveling across the city to enjoy the sounds of the season. Legendary jazz musician Herbie Hancock will officially open the proceedings on June 11 with a free concert in Central Park in conjunction with the Blue Note Jazz Festival. Central Park will also host benefit shows featuring indie rock band Modest Mouse (June 8), George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic (June 15), and singer-songwriter Andy Grammer (August 4). For “bird” lovers, the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival takes place August 26-28 everywhere from Harlem’s Marcus Garvey Park to Tompkins Square Park in the East Village. And R&B icon Stephanie Mills will headline a free show at Coney Island Amphitheater on June 25. Dance troupes — including the Dallas Black Dance Theater at Brooklyn’s Herbert von King Park on July 22 — will be twirling around town as part of the celebration.

Various dates and locations; CentralPark.com

Shakespeare in the Park

Shakespeare in the Park at the Delacorte Theatre.
Shakespeare in the Park has two productions: Richard III and As You Like It.
Tammy Shell

Last year, after a long COVID-related closure, professional theater returned to the city with Shakespeare in the Park. This summer, the 60-year-old Central Park institution returns in all its glory with two productions: Richard III (running June 17-July 17) starring Marvel’s Black Panther’s Danai Gurira as the titular king; and a new musical version of the comedy As You Like It (Aug. 10-Sept. 11) from talented composer Shaina Taub, whose “Suffs” is currently playing at the Public Theater Downtown. Tickets to Shakespeare outdoors are free, and there are many ways to get your hands on them (a daily in-person distribution, a standby line, and a digital lottery). Unlike Broadway, you must show proof of vaccination to enter, but face masks are not required.

Various appointments. Delacorte Theater, 81 Central Park West; PublicTheater.org

Movies on the roof

Rooftop Summer Series at Green-Wood Cemetery.
Rooftop Summer Series at Greenwood Cemetery.
Mike Schulz

These outdoor screenings combine indie films with parties—sometimes even after-parties. Events take place in unique locations scattered across the city, not all rooftops – previous locations include Greenwood Cemetery and the top of the Old American Can Factory in Gowanus – and often start with drinks and live music. Fun titles this year include Fire of Love (June 15), a documentary about a volcano scientist couple; “Memoria,” a Tilda Swinton-directed film by Palme d’Or winner Apichatpong Weerasethakul; and “I Love My Dad” (July 3) with Patton Oswalt.

Various dates and locations. Tickets cost $16. RooftopFilms.com

Smorgasburg and Bronx Night Market

The Fried Kitchen, Bronx Night Market, Season 2021, Fordham Plaza.  It's a food truck that comes to the Bronx Night Market every Saturday.
The Fried Kitchen at the Bronx Night Market last year.
Courtesy of Bronx Night Market

Discover exciting local food vendors at this open-air food festival held weekly in Williamsburg, Prospect Park, Lower Manhattan and Jersey City that made the spaghetti donut and ramen burger famous. Indulge in vendors like Big Mozz, known for its giant fried mozzarella sticks in Prospect Park; Carlito’s Barbecue Taqueria (at the World Trade Center, Jersey City and Prospect Park); Red Hook Lobster Pound lobster rolls (at the World Trade Center, Jersey City and Prospect Park); and Rosie’s Empanadas (Jersey City and Prospect Park). Now in its fifth year, the Bronx Night Market at Fordham Plaza features a rotating lineup of more than 50 vendors showcasing cuisines from more than 20 countries. Don’t miss Barbecue on a Stick’s Filipino barbecue; Cajun seafood like fried shrimp and lobster from Rockin’ Cajun Seafood Grill, known for its cooked seafood, lobster fire and Po’boys; and Jamaican specialties like jerk chicken from Rostacy Jamaican Food.

Various dates and locations. Smorgasburg.com.
May 28 at 1 p.m. Bronx Night Market, 1 Fordham Plaza; TheBronxNightMarket.com

Seltzerland

A woman pours a Vizzy Hard Seltzer drink into a mug.
Seltzerland offers more than 100 flavors of hard seltzer.
Courtesy of Seltzerland

Get your spritz on at this nationwide touring hard seltzer festival at Pier 36 in Lower Manhattan, where drinkers can sample more than 100 fizzy flavors. Expect crowd favorites like White Claw and Mike’s Hard Lemonade Seltzer, as well as new brands like Vizzy, BuzzBallz, and Topo Chico Hard Seltzer on tap. Attendees can also indulge in nibbles from rotating vendors to be announced soon, and plenty of Instagram-worthy photo moments to let.

6th of August. Tickets start at $35. Pier 36, South St. 299; Seltzerland.com

Lincoln Center’s summer for the city

The Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts offers hundreds of events from May through August 14th.
The Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts offers hundreds of events from May through August 14th.
Sachin Mital

With more than 300 events from May 14th to August 14th, the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts aims to bring new momentum to New Yorkers. “One of the most fundamental purposes of art is to assist in healing,” Chief Artistic Officer Shanta Thake said in a press release. “This summer we will do just that, with moments of joy, reclamation and remembrance in a changed city.” The Oasis dance floor installation allows revelers to flex their feet to salsa, swing, bachata, merengue and more. The BAAD! The Bronx Academy of Dance presents the Mini Kiki Ball for Pride Month and later in August, the BAAND Together Dance Festival. And on July 10, couples “whose weddings have been canceled or reduced due to the pandemic” will be invited “to join hundreds of other New Yorkers to complete the ritual with live musical performances, a ‘second dance,’ desserts and a dance floor reception.” repeat,” the press release said.

Various dates and locations. Lincoln Center; SummerForTheCity.org

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