Top 10 Things Going on in Central Park to Add to Your Calendar 2017

Our horse and carriage rides operate throughout the year. We believe that each season has its own charm and nowhere is this better reflected than in Central Park. We offer a perennial service because a traditional carriage ride is the best way to experience the magic of Central Park as it goes through its natural transformations. However, it has to be said that the summer is a great season for enjoying the park. There is always a lot going on in the park over the summer months and beyond. Here is a list of ten things happening in Central Park this summer.

elvis costello in central park1. Summer Stage.

This annual concert series happens at the Rumsey Playfield on the east side of the park. It takes place from May to September and features music to satisfy all tastes. 2017 will see Elvis Costello and the impostors perform a benefit show at Summer Stage. The legendary, Grammy award winning artist will take to the stage on June 15 from 6:30 – 10:00PM.

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2. Family Performance Festival.

If you have kids and you want them to experience some of the fun things on offer in the park, why not take them to the Family Performance Festival? This year there is a lot going on at the festival including music, storytelling, park adventures, puppetry and more. This free event takes place every Sunday from mid-June to September on the Great Hill.

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3. NYRR New York Mini 10K.

This is the world’s original women only road race. It began in 1972 and is named after the mini skirt. Women of all ages and fitness levels are welcome to take part and experience the empowering nature of the race. Everyone who registers gets a free t-shirt and everyone who finishes gets a medal. The race is happening on June 10 from 8:00am – 10:30AM.

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4. Afro Flow Yoga.

Free the mind and body from stress through natural movements. Learn about the connection between spirituality, human beings and the natural world. Combine electrifying African music with meditative Yoga. It all happens at Afro Flow Yoga on 97th and Fifth Avenue on June 17, July 22 and August 19 between 11:00AM and 12:00PM.

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5. Children’s Adventure Theatre: The Quest for the Seven Teeth.

This unique fairy tale is full of fanciful characters that your child will be fascinated by. They will encounter a magical world with castles and troll bridges and characters who use puzzles, games and crafts. This interactive show runs for two hours on limited Sundays throughout Spring, Summer and Fall.

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6. Gay History Walking Tour.

Discover the historical significance to the LGBT community of famous Central Park locations such as the Bethseda Terrace, the Mall, the Ramble, the Sheep Meadow and Strawberry Fields. This walk will change your appreciation of these landmarks as you will find a long-hidden history oozing up from the ground. Below Central Park’s surface of carefully tended woodlands, meadows and streams runs a current of gay history which will prove fascinating to all comers, gay or straight. The tour runs until September 2, 2017 from 1:00 – 2:30PM. The meeting place is at the statue of Samuel Morse on East 72nd Street & 5th Avenue.

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7. Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre: The Princess, the Emperor and the Duck.

A retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic fairy tales, The Princess and the Pea, The Emperor’s New Clothes and the Ugly Duckling, this performance boasts new marionettes and hand painted scenery. It is set in Africa, China and Central Park and retains the important life lessons of the original tales. Performances take place until September 17.

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8. The Yoga Trail – Vinyasa Yoga classes.

Experience the restorative power of Yoga with the relaxing, meditative Vinyasa Yoga class. However, Vinyasa is more than about relaxation: there is movement as well. In fact, expect to work up a sweat. The Yoga Trail begins in front of the café, Le Pain Quotidien on the North side of Sheep Meadow, from which you will walk together to the class location. The classes run until October 29. Arrive early and don’t forget to bring a mat!

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9. Landforms

A History of Central Park’s Fort Landscape Exhibit. Learn about the important role the Fort Landscape has played in New York and national history and how this history is preserved by the Central Park Conservancy. The exhibit displays the findings of investigations, both archaeological and historical, that took place as part of the recent landscape restoration. The exhibit is free and is located at the Charles A. Dana Discovery centre. It runs until November 5, 2017.

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10. Fishing at the Harlem Meer

Catch and release fishing has become a popular thing to do in Central Park and the Meer is the best location for it. A thriving aquatic ecosystem, the Meer supports all manner of flora and fauna. Some of the fish you’ll expect to catch are Largemouth Bass, Pumpkinseed Sunfish, Carp and Chain Pickerel. Fishing is free and takes place until November 30.

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There is so much going on in Central Park this year that you really are spoiled for choice. But it is like this every year. The park is the jewel at the heart of a great and vast city so it is to be expected. If you are new to New York and wish to visit the park we would recommend that you take a horse and carriage ride first to get a good overview of the park and enjoy its ambience. Our 20 min and 45 min tours serve as excellent introductions to Central Park. So, book a ride today and experience Central Park in the summer. You will find that there is nothing quite like it.

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