The scenic midtown Manhattan oasis Bryant Park, which is visited by more than six million people each year, is located behind the New York Public Library between 40th and 42nd Streets, and Fifth and Sixth Avenues. It was a great season of free entertainment here, and there's still a few weeks left to enjoy additional culture, from music to Shakespeare to comic opera. The sprawling park also offers guests movable chairs and tables, cafe umbrellas to shade the sun, and a variety of food kiosks and restaurants, as well as restrooms. Here's the September lineup. Until next year!
8/24-9/8 Shakespeare at Bryant Park—Macbeth
Photo: Matthew Eisman
The Drilling Company's final Shakespeare performance of the summer season at Bryant Park, this Gangs of New York-styled Macbeth is set in the mid-1800s, when early settlers fought for turf in the infamous Five Points area. Fridays & Saturdays.
9/5 Accordions Around the World
A celebration of the accordion with a genre-spanning global perspective, featuring twelve different performers, including vintage Roma ballads with Eva Salina and Peter Stan. 5:30pm.
9/12 Accordions Around the World
A celebration of the accordion with a genre-spanning global perspective, featuring twelve different performers, including the winner of seven important international accordion competitions, Serbian national Maestro. 5:30pm.
9/14 Accordions Around the World-Accordion Festival
Accordion Festival: Shashmaqam, João Cirilo Pilom Batuko Band, Shilpa Ray, Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino, and Rimel
The culminating show features Shashmaqam (Bukharian Jewish Music and Dance from Central Asia); Rhode Island-based João Cirilo Pilom Batuko Band (Funana and Batuko from Cape Verde); New York's very own Shilpa Ray (Indie rock on the harmonium); Italian superstars Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino (Pizzica Tarantata from Puglia); and all-women, sister act Rimel (Mexican Norteño). 5pm.
9/17 New York City Opera—The Barber of Seville
The fourth and final show invites guests to enjoy the sounds of Rossini's sparkling comic opera, The Barber of Seville, and follow the hijinks of Figaro, opera's most famous barber. 6pm.
All Bryant Park Picnics events are free to the public. There is no dress code. Tickets aren’t required and there is no line. At each show, Bryant Park lends out over 200 free blankets for guests to relax on while enjoying the performance. Hester Street Fair will bring an array of local food vendors. Beer and wine is available for purchase, and entertainment abounds with jugglers, supersized games, and more. Visit BryantPark.org for up-to-the-minute lineup updates and show additions.