If you’re lucky enough to be in New York City during the summer of 2012, you’ll want to be sure and check out what’s happening at Central Park during your visit, for this year the festivities are non-stop! Ensure you find a cheap hotel in New York to make the most of your stay so you can spend your cents on having fun elsewhere. Throughout June, July and August you’ll find Central Park’s stages, pavilions and gardens presenting everything from the sophistication of Shakespeare to the rowdiness of Comedy Central with lots of galas, concerts and parties thrown into the mix. Seems the goal is to make Central Park’s summer of 2012 one that people will be talking about for years to come.
Taste of Summer
Kick off summer in the city at the ultimate NYC smorgasbord, featuring specialties from some of the Big Apple’s finest chefs. Just take your appetite to the Bethesda Terrace on Wednesday, June 6, 2012 at 7:00 PM and prepare to be wined, dined and entertained by the best purveyors in town. Exclusive tables are available for reservations at the Taste Café or just wander around sample goodies from famous bars and eateries like Armani Ristorante, the 21 Club, Brasserie Cognac and the Central Park Boathouse.
A first for the SummerStage event in Central Park, Comedy Central Live will present a show featuring Hannibal Buress with Kevin Barnett and Josh Robinowitz. There will be two shows June 23, one starting at 7:30 PM and the second seating will be complete by 9:30 PM.
Another iconic event happening during SummerStage 2012 is the annual charity gala at Ramsey Field which will honor Jimi Hendrix. On June 5, guest performers like Bebel Gilberto and Soulive will recreate the music of this legendary songwriter. Packages include passes to attend the VIP cocktail party, have dinner outdoors by candlelight and be a part of the backstage festivities.
Shakespeare in the Park
Celebrating their 50th anniversary, the 2012 lineup for this talented theater troupe includes the bard’s classic As You Like It (June 5-30) and Steven Sodheim’s play, Into the Woods (July 23-August 25). Tickets are free at the Central Park Delacorte Theater beginning at 1:00pm the day of the show, but they are only distributed two at a time.
Evening in the Garden
Celebrate the glories of summertime with the Greensward Circle at the Central Park Conservancy Garden at their annual kick-off event June 20, 2012, from 6:00 – 8:30 PM. Enjoy refreshing cocktails, savory nibbles and live music at this annual charity event that offers tickets in advance or at the door.
Philharmonic Concerts in the Park
Get comfortable on the Great Lawn in Central Park on July 12 and July 17 to listen to the famed New York Philharmonic Orchestra performs classical favorites from composers like Tchaikovsky, Respighi and Brahms. Open seating begins two hours before the music starts 8:00 PM. By the way, it is considered respectful to let the serious classical buffs have the ringside seats while those who just want to have a soundtrack for a pleasant summer evening chat will chose locations around the fringes.
Photo Safari – Belvedere Castle
Learn the tricks to getting great photos of Central Park in full bloom at the Belvedere Castle at 10:00 AM July 8 and 14. The workshop last until 12:30 and includes lessons on visual editing, floral lighting and landscape photography techniques. Appropriate for any skill level, the photo safari encourages shutterbugs to visit at different times a year to capture the beauty of Central Park as it changes through the seasons.
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