Previewing: Lincoln Center Out Of Doors

World class music, film, and dancing. This is just some of what you will find at The Lincoln Center’s three week long event, “Out of Doors,” happening July 24th through August 12th. From R&B, bluegrass, and hip-hop performances to the 50th year celebration of the Center for Traditional Music and Dance, there is some form of artistry that everyone can enjoy. Below, we’ve covered all the details so you can make the most out of this great NYC event.

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The Basics

The Out of Doors event will be taking place in Damrosch Park in Lincoln Center, super close to several Westside Glenwood buildings, such as The Regent, Hawthorn Park, and The Encore. While all events are free, the seating is first come, first served, and it’s helpful to note that gates open exactly one hour before the performance starts. The line to get in forms along 62nd Street, and event organizers recommend that your entire party be present in order to gain entry.

Since all the events are outside, you can find up to the minute updates about shows with any potential weather concerns at

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Food And Drink

There’s plenty of food and drink to enjoy at the festival, making it a fun night out on all accounts. Starting at 5pm on nights of performances, there’ss a great lineup of food trucks such as Hill Country BBQ, Korilla Korean BBQ, L’Arte del Gelato, and Motorino Meatball. If you’re looking for something liquid to cure that summer parch, head on over to the Fun Bar which features outdoor classics such as specialty frozen rosé, summer cocktails and mocktails, wines, and beers. No need to remember to bring cash to this summertime soiree, as credit cards are accepted at all stands.

And if you have little ones with you, don’t miss out on visiting The Deck, which has a special Kid Zone for the youngest patrons of the arts stocked with juices, candies, and free fruit, along with games to keep everyone entertained.

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Event Highlights

Events at Lincoln Center start between 6pm and 7:30pm during the weeknights and end no later than 10pm, which make them perfect for heading to after a day at the office.

But there are also opportunities to enjoy the music on weekends! For parents with little ones, you’ll be particularly interested in the Out of Doors Family Day, which happens this season on Saturday, July 28th. Kicking off at 11am, kids and adults of all ages and abilities will be able to dance with the Mark Morris Dance Group. Then, at 12pm move on to music with a performance by the Marching Cobras, a high energy 60-member drumline and dance team. Capping off at 1pm, enjoy Soul Science Lab, which mixes dancing and singing with a blend of hip-hop, jazz, funk, soul, and Afrobeat rhythms.

Also not to miss is Heritage Sunday, happening Sunday, August 5th at 1pm. It is the 50th birthday celebration of the Center for Traditional Music and Dance, so in honor of the day the lineup will be filled with an eclectic range of artists, reflecting the diversity of New York City’s neighborhoods. The festivities end with a bang with a DJ led dance party at 5pm.

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Before You Go

To make the most out of your Lincoln Center Out of Doors experience, here’s a few key things to keep in mind.

–There will be a bag check before entering the venue, so it’s best to pack light.

–The events are taking place in the peak of NYC summertime without much coverage from trees, so don’t forget to pack your SPF, a hat to keep out the sun, and hydrate with plenty of water.

–If you’d like to pop by to hear just a little bit of the music, but don’t have the time or inclination to wait in line and get through security, it’s good to know that since it’s an open air concert space you can still appreciate the music and performances from the outskirts. If you live locally, this is a great way to get a taste of many different performances before heading home for the evening.

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