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 a long winter — New Yorkers are ready to shed their diapers and bask in the sun. And open-air festivals are flourishing again in the five boroughs.

The Post has selected the best of these festivals of theatre, music, film, food and more.

From the ever-enchanting Shakespeare in the Park to hard seltzer spritzes to musical parties with hot lineups featuring Kid Cudi, Herbie Hancock and Blondie, this summer has plenty to do.

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

Governors Ball Music Festival

Post Malone performed at last year’s Gov Ball.
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After COVID pushed this mega-event back to September of last year, Governors Ball is returning to its usual spot on the June schedule. Once again, it will take place at the home of the New York Mets, Citi Field. Kid Cudi headlines day one, 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. Next, J. Cole performs Day 3, featuring R&B diva Jazmine Sullivan, “Heat Waves” band Glass Animals and Grammy-winning DJ-producer Kaytranada. Gov Ball After Dark takes the party indoors with concerts at clubs around the city, including Irving Plaza (Tove Lo June 9), Bowery Ballroom (Soccer Mommy June 10) and Brooklyn’s Elsewhere (Kaytranada encore, June 11 June).

From June 10 to 12. CitiField. 41 Seaver Road;

Forest Hills Stadium

Norah Jones of Puss n Boots performs at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, Saturday, May 7, 2022, in New Orleans.
Norah Jones will perform at Forest Hills Stadium in August.
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Long ago – even before the Williams sisters were born – Forest Hill Stadium hosted the US Open tennis tournament. Today, its bucolic setting and country-club atmosphere make it a magical musical getaway. This season’s lineup features an eclectic assortment of acts for music fans of all tastes. The series kicks off with Grammy-winning indie folk Bon Iver on June 3, then Led Zeppelin god Robert Plant and bluegrass queen Alison Krauss form a roots duo on June 4. Australian electronic trio Rüfüs du Sol will bring the beats on June 10 and 11, while indie rocker Phoebe Bridgers will get the crowds pumping on June 16. Later in the summer, Norah Jones will light up the stage on August 4, and Queens’ own LL Cool J will headline her hip-hop Rock the Bells. hop festival on august 6th.

Various dates. Forest Hills stadium, 1 tennis court;

The Rooftop at Pier 17 Concert Series

The roof of Pier 17
Several numbers are docking at Pier 17 this summer.
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In just its fourth season, this South Street Seaport venue has become a summer musical paradise, with the Brooklyn Bridge providing the scenic backdrop for an array of artists to create serious sound waves. Among the artists moored at Pier 17 this year are singer-songwriter Vance Joy on June 4, reggae band Rebelution on June 15 and rapper Pusha T – who recently debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with their new album, “It’s Almost Dry” – on June 16. July highlights include Australian pop-rock band 5 Seconds of Summer on July 12 and 13, and a night of new-wave nostalgia with the Psychedelic Furs on July 15. Then August heats up with buzzy indie artist Girl in Red on August 2, Elvis Costello & the Imposters on August 11, and downtown New York legends Blondie on August 17-18.

Various dates. Pier 17, 89 South Street;

Electric Zoo

Electric Zoo
Dutch DJ Martin Garrix – who was the most requested in fan polls – will lead a packed lineup at Electric Zoo.

This year, New York’s biggest electronic music festival is putting technology to the test with a Web 3.0 theme. In another technological twist, the festival will accept crypto payments. But one thing remains the same: the DJs, who will have the masses spinning on Randall’s Island Park over Labor Day weekend. Dutch DJ Martin Garrix – who was the most requested spinner in fan polls – will lead a packed line-up that also includes Diplo, DJ Snake, Armin Van Buuren, Afrojack and UK house music master Carl Cox. In addition to these big names in gaming, Electric Zoo 3.0 will also shine the spotlight – literally: Expect a dizzying display of lights – on up-and-coming DJs such as Kyle Walker, Wax Motif, Sidepiece and the Queens native CID .

Sept. 2-4. Randall Island Park. 20 Randall’s Island Park;

Summer internship

George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic are performing this year.
George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic will perform at SummerStage.
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While Central Park will always be the heart of SummerStage, this year’s festivities will take you all over the city to soak up the sounds of the season. Jazz legend Herbie Hancock will officially open the proceedings with a free concert in Central Park on June 11, organized in association 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 will take place everywhere from Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem to Tompkins Square Park in the East Village from August 26-28. And R&B icon Stephanie Mills will headline a free show at the Coney Island Amphitheater in June. 25. Dance troupes – including the Dallas Black Dance Theater at Brooklyn’s Herbert von King Park on July 22 – will twirl through the city as part of the festival.

Various dates and locations;

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”.
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Last year, professional theater returned to the city after a long COVID-related shutdown with Shakespeare in the Park. This summer, the 60-year-old Central Park institution is back in all its glory with two productions: “Richard III” (June 17-July 17) with Danai Gurira of Marvel’s “Black Panther” as that title king; and a new musical version of the comedy “As You Like It” (August 10-September 11) from talented composer Shaina Taub, whose “Suffs” is currently playing at the Public Theater downtown. Tickets to Al Fresco Shakespeare are free and there are many ways to get them (a daily in-person giveaway, a queue and a digital lottery). Unlike Broadway, you will need to show proof of vaccination to enter, but face masks are not required.

Various dates. Delacorte Theater, 81 Central Park West;

rooftop movies

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

These outdoor screenings combine independent films with parties – sometimes even after-parties. Events take place at unique locations dotted around the city, not all rooftops – past locations include Greenwood Cemetery and the top of the Old American Can Factory in Gowanus – and often kick off with drinks and music live. Fun titles this year include “Fire of Love” (June 15), a documentary about a couple volcanologists; “Memoria,” a Tilda Swinton-directed film from Palme d’Or-winning director Apichatpong Weerasethakul; and “I Love My Dad” (July 3) with Patton Oswalt.

Different dates and places. Tickets are $16.

Smorgasburg and Bronx Night Market

The Fried Kitchen, Bronx Night Market, 2021 season, Fordham Plaza.  It's a food truck that comes every Saturday to the Bronx Night Market.
The Fried Kitchen at the Bronx Night Market last year.
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Discover exciting local food vendors at this outdoor food festival, held weekly in Williamsburg, Prospect Park, Lower Manhattan and Jersey City and made the Spaghetti Donut and Ramen Burger famous. Stock up on bites from vendors like Big Mozz, known for its giant fried mozzarella sticks in Prospect Park; Carlitos Barbecue Taqueria (at the World Trade Center, Jersey City and Prospect Park); lobster rolls from Red Hook Lobster Pound (at the World Trade Center, Jersey City and Prospect Park); and Rosie’s Empanadas (Jersey City and Prospect Park). Meanwhile, at the Bronx Night Market in Fordham Plaza, now in its fifth year, a rotating lineup of more than 50 vendors features cuisines from more than 20 countries. Don’t miss Barbecue on a Stick’s Filipino-style barbecue; Cajun seafood like fried shrimp and lobster from Rockin’ Cajun Seafood Grill, known for its seafood broths, lobster fires and po’ boys; and Jamaican specialties like jerk chicken from Rostacy Jamaican Food.

Different dates and places.
May 28 at 1 p.m. Bronx Night Market, 1 Fordham Plaza;


A woman pours a Vizzy hard seltzer drink into a mug.
Seltzerland offers over 100 flavors of hard seltzer.
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Get your spritz on at this nationally touring hard seltzer festival at Pier 36 in lower Manhattan, where drinkers can sample more than 100 sparkling flavors. Expect crowd-pleasing products like White Claw and Mike’s Hard Lemonade Seltzer as well as other novelty brands like Vizzy, BuzzBallz and Topo Chico Hard Seltzer on tap. Attendees can also indulge in snacks from rotating vendors, to be announced soon, and plenty of Instagram-worthy photo moments.

August 6. Tickets start at $35. Pier 36, 299 South Street;

Lincoln Center’s Summer for the City

The Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts offers hundreds of events from May through August 14.
The Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts offers hundreds of events from May through August 14.
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With more than 300 events from May 14 to August 14, the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts seeks to breathe new life into New Yorkers. “One of the most basic jobs of the arts is to help heal,” artistic director Shanta Thake said in a press release. “This summer we will do just that, with times to rejoice, reclaim and remember in a transformed city.” “The Oasis” dance floor installation will get revelers moving their feet to salsa, swing, bachata, merengue and more. The ADB! The Bronx Academy of Dance will present the Mini Kiki Ball for Pride Month and later in August there will be the BAAND Together Dance Festival. And on July 10, couples “whose weddings have been canceled or diminished due to the pandemic” are invited to re-do “the ritual alongside hundreds of other New Yorkers, with live musical performances, a ‘second dance’, desserts and a reception on the dance floor,” according to the statement.

Different dates and places. Lincoln Center;

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