• Journey to New York City and its boroughs for the SummerStage festival

    2012-03-23

    Summer is a wonderful time to be outdoors during one's vacation, especially when they venture to New York City. This year, the metropolis will be hosting the annual Free SummerStage festival that takes place throughout the area and welcomes guests of all ages to enjoy music, activities and fun.

    All five boroughs - Queens, Brooklyn, Manhattan, the Bronx and Staten Island - will be participating in the event that features more than 100 performers at 18 various public parks. The shows and demonstrations will take place throughout the summer on several dates, so no matter when travelers head to the city during the season, they are sure to catch some of these festivities.

    Since the late 1980s, the City Parks Foundation (CPF) has funded the extravaganza that has been enjoyed by thousands over the years. CPF aims to bring culture and music to the masses through this series of summer shows and allow all to attend free of charge.

    In the past, the festival has welcomed an eclectic mix of musical genres to the stages, including African, Latino, Folk, Top 40 and more. Some of the more notable acts have been Sonic Youth, Curtis Mayfield, Chaka Khan and Ladysmith Black Mambazo.

    This year, the lineup is sure to not disappoint and has many big names as well as local talent performing. Those who take part in SummerStage may attend one of the free theatrical performances, out on by resident troupes and international groups as well. Plays like Sangre and Tunde's Trumpet will be featured in various venues throughout all the boroughs. Other activities to try include art exhibits, dance demonstrations and sporting events .

    If travelers would like to help or donate, they may purchase tickets for some of the shows that are hosted to raise funds for thel festival. Beach House and Young The Giant are among some of the bands playing in Central Park in July.

    Family travel excursions are ideal when both kids and adults are able to enjoy themselves and participate in exciting events. The SummerStage festival may be the perfect way to incorporate exploring New York City and having a blast outdoors in the summer weather.

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