NYC’s best music, food, and film festivals of summer 2022

When the asphalt begins to sizzle, some New Yorkers flee, others festi-vizzle.

After two years of COVID — and an extended winter — New Yorkers are able to shake off their layers and bask within the solar. And outside festivals are as soon as once more blooming within the 5 boroughs.

The Submit has culled the perfect of those fests in theater, music, movie, meals and extra.

From the always-enchanting Shakespeare within the Park to hard-seltzer spritzes to music fetes with scorching lineups that includes Child Cudi, Herbie Hancock and Blondie, this summer time has loads on faucet.

So make just like the Beastie Boys and “Ch-Test it out.”

Governors Ball Music Pageant

Submit Malone carried out eventually 12 months’s Gov Ball.
Getty Pictures for Governors Ball

After COVID pushed this mega-event to September final 12 months, Governors Ball returns to its common spot on the June calendar. As soon as once more, it will likely be held on the dwelling of the New York Mets, Citi Discipline. Kid Cudi headlines Day 1, with Migos, Black Pumas and “First Class” rapper Jack Harlow additionally rocking the group. Day 2 options Halsey, rapper Roddy Ricch and digital artist Flume. Then J. Cole performs Day 3, together with R&B diva Jazmine Sullivan, “Warmth Waves” band Glass Animals and Grammy-winning DJ-producer Kaytranada. Gov Ball After Darkish takes the celebration inside with concert events at golf equipment throughout town, together with Irving Plaza (Tove Lo on June 9), Bowery Ballroom (Soccer Mommy on June 10) and Brooklyn’s Elsewhere (Kaytranada once more, on June 11).

June 10 to 12. Citi Discipline. 41 Seaver Manner; GovernorsBallMusicFestival.com

Forest Hills Stadium

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

A very long time in the past — earlier than the Williams sisters have been even born — Forest Hill Stadium hosted the US Open tennis match. Now, its pastoral setting and country-club vibe make it a magical music getaway. This season’s lineup affords an eclectic assortment of acts for music followers of all tastes. The collection kicks off with Grammy-winning indie folkie Bon Iver on June 3, after which Led Zeppelin god Robert Plant and bluegrass queen Alison Krauss make a roots-y twosome on June 4. Aussie digital trio Rüfüs du Sol can be bringing the beats on June 10 and 11, whereas indie rocker Phoebe Bridgers will crank up the group on June 16. Later in the summertime, Norah Jones will torch the stage on Aug. 4, and Queens’ personal LL Cool J will headline his Rock the Bells hip-hop competition on Aug. 6.

Numerous dates. Forest Hills Stadium, 1 Tennis Place; ForestHillsStadium.com

The Rooftop at Pier 17’s live performance collection

The Rooftop at Pier 17
A number of acts are docking at Pier 17 this summer time.
Keeyahtay Lewis

In simply its fourth season, this South Avenue Seaport venue has turn into a summer time music haven, with the Brooklyn Bridge offering the scenic backdrop for an array of artists to make some critical sound waves. Among the many acts docking at Pier 17 this 12 months are singer-songwriter Vance Pleasure on June 4, reggae band Rebelution on June 15 and rapper Pusha T — who just lately debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 along with his new album, “It’s Virtually Dry” — on June 16. July highlights embrace the Australian pop-rock group 5 Seconds of Summer season on July 12 and 13, and an evening of new-wave nostalgia with the Psychedelic Furs on July 15. Then August heats up with buzzy indie artist Woman in Crimson on Aug. 2, Elvis Costello & the Imposters on Aug. 11 and downtown New York legends Blondie on Aug. 17 and 18.

Numerous dates. Pier 17, 89 South St.; Pier17NY.com

Electrical Zoo

Electric Zoo
Dutch DJ Martin Garrix — who was essentially the most requested in fan surveys — will lead a loaded lineup at Electrical Zoo.

New York’s greatest digital music competition turns up the know-how with a Internet 3.0 theme this 12 months. In one other tech twist, the competition will settle for crypto funds. However one factor stays the identical: the DJs, who can be sending the plenty spinning on Randall’s Island Park over Labor Day weekend. Dutch DJ Martin Garrix — who was essentially the most requested spinner in fan surveys — will lead a loaded lineup that additionally consists of Diplo, DJ Snake, Armin Van Buuren, Afrojack and British house-music grasp Carl Cox. Along with these huge names within the sport, Electrical Zoo 3.0 will even flip the highlight — actually: Count on a dizzying show of lights — on rising DJs comparable to Kyle Walker, Wax Motif, Sidepiece and Queens native CID.

Sept. 2 to 4. Randall’s Island Park. 20 Randall’s Island Park; ElectricZoo.com


George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic performing this year.
George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic will carry out at SummerStage.
Getty Pictures

Whereas Central Park will at all times be the guts of SummerStage, this 12 months’s festivities may have you venue-hopping everywhere in the metropolis to absorb the sounds of the season. Legendary jazzman Herbie Hancock will formally open the proceedings with a free Central Park live performance on June 11, held in affiliation with the Blue Note Jazz Festival. Central Park will even host profit exhibits that includes indie rock band Modest Mouse (June 8), George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic (June 15) and singer-songwriter Andy Grammer (Aug. 4). For “Chicken” lovers, the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival can be bopping all over the place from Harlem’s Marcus Garvey Park to the East Village’s Tompkins Sq. Park Aug. 26 to twenty-eight. And R&B icon Stephanie Mills will headline a free present on the Coney Island Amphitheater on June 25. Dance troupes — together with Dallas Black Dance Theatre at Brooklyn’s Herbert von King Park on July 22 — will twirl throughout town as a part of the fest.

Numerous dates and areas; CentralPark.com

Shakespeare within the Park

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

Final 12 months, skilled theater returned to town after an extended COVID-related shutdown with Shakespeare within the Park. This summer time the 60-year-old Central Park establishment is again in its full glory with two productions: “Richard III” (operating June 17-July 17) starring Danai Gurira of Marvel’s “Black Panther” because the title king; and a brand new musical model of the comedy “As You Like It” (Aug. 10-Sept. 11) from the gifted composer Shaina Taub, whose “Suffs” is at present on on the Public Theater downtown. Tickets for al fresco Shakespeare are free and there are many methods to get your arms on them (a every day distribution in-person, a standby line and a digital lottery). In contrast to Broadway, you’ll have to current proof of vaccination to enter, however face masks will not be required.

Numerous dates. Delacorte Theater, 81 Central Park West; PublicTheater.org

Rooftop Movies

Rooftop Summer Series at Green-Wood Cemetery.
Rooftop Summer season Sequence at Greenwood Cemetery.
Maike Schulz

These outside screenings mix indie movies with events — generally even after-parties. The occasions are held at distinctive venues scattered all through town, not all of them rooftops — previous areas embrace the Greenwood Cemetery and the highest of Outdated American Can Manufacturing facility in Gowanus — and sometimes kick off with drinks and stay music. Some enjoyable titles this 12 months embrace “Fireplace of Love” (June 15), a documentary a couple of volcano scientist couple; “Memoria,” a Tilda Swinton-led flick from Palme d’Or profitable director Apichatpong Weerasethakul; and “I Love My Dad” (July 3) starring Patton Oswalt.

Numerous dates and areas. Tickets are $16. RooftopFilms.com

Smorgasburg and Bronx Night time Market

The Fried Kitchen, Bronx Night Market, 2021 season, Fordham Plaza. It is a food truck that comes every Saturday to Bronx Night Market.
The Fried Kitchen on the Bronx Night time Market final 12 months.
Courtesy of Bronx Night time Market

Uncover thrilling native meals distributors at this open-air meals competition, which is held weekly in Williamsburg, Prospect Park, decrease Manhattan and Jersey Metropolis and made the Spaghetti Donut and the Ramen Burger well-known. Stomach as much as bites from distributors like Large Mozz, recognized for its large fried mozzarella sticks in Prospect Park; Carlitos Barbecue Taqueria (at World Commerce Middle, Jersey Metropolis and Prospect Park); lobster rolls from Crimson Hook Lobster Pound (at World Commerce Middle, Jersey Metropolis and Prospect Park); and Rosie’s Empanadas (Jersey Metropolis and Prospect Park). In the meantime, on the Bronx Night time Market at Fordham Plaza, now in its fifth 12 months, a rotating lineup of greater than 50 distributors showcase cuisines from greater than 20 international locations. Don’t miss Filipino-style barbecue from Barbecue on a Stick; cajun seafood like fried shrimp and lobster from Rockin’ Cajun Seafood Grill, recognized for its seafood boils, lobster fires and po’ boys; and Jamaican specialties like jerk rooster from Rostacy Jamaican Meals.

Numerous dates and areas. Smorgasburg.com.
Might 28 at 1 p.m. Bronx Night time Market, 1 Fordham Plaza; TheBronxNightMarket.com


A woman pours a Vizzy hard seltzer drink into a cup.
Seltzerland options greater than 100 flavors of arduous seltzer.
Courtesy of Seltzerland

Get your spritz on at this nationally touring arduous seltzer competition at decrease Manhattan’s Pier 36, the place imbibers can pattern greater than 100 fizzy flavors. Count on crowd pleasers like White Claw and Mike’s Laborious Lemonade Seltzer in addition to extra novelty manufacturers like Vizzy, BuzzBallz and Topo Chico Laborious Seltzer on faucet. Attendees may bask in munchies from rotating distributors, quickly to be introduced, and loads of Instagram-worthy photograph moments. 

Aug. 6. Tickets begin at $35. Pier 36, 299 South St.; Seltzerland.com

Lincoln Middle’s Summer season for the Metropolis

The Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts has hundreds of events from May until August 14.
The Lincoln Middle for the Performing Arts has lots of of occasions from Might till Aug. 14.
Sachyn Mital

With greater than 300 occasions from Might 14 till Aug. 14, the Lincoln Middle for the Performing Arts is trying to put the spring again in New Yorkers’ steps. “One of the crucial fundamental jobs of the humanities is to assist heal,” Chief Inventive Officer Shanta Thake stated in a press launch. “This summer time we are going to do precisely that, with moments to rejoice, reclaim, and bear in mind inside a metropolis remodeled.” “The Oasis” dance flooring set up will permit revelers to maneuver their toes to salsa, swing, bachata, merengue and extra. The BAAD! Bronx Academy of Dance will current the Mini Kiki Ball for Pleasure Month and later, in August, there would be the BAAND Collectively Dance Pageant. And July 10, {couples} “whose weddings have been canceled or diminished because of the pandemic” are invited to redo “the ritual alongside lots of of different New Yorkers, with stay musical performances, a ‘second dance,’ desserts and a reception on the dance flooring,” in response to the discharge.

Numerous dates and areas. Lincoln Middle; SummerForTheCity.org

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