Tanglewood, Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Caramoor and other state parks with shows this summer
Many state parks and performing arts centers schedule in-person events, and for Long Islanders who want to explore beyond the region’s borders, here are some opportunities to enjoy live music, live entertainment comedy, festivals and more this summer.
Guests should be prepared to follow any COVID restrictions still in place at each location.
NYC AND NEW YORK STATE
Shakespeare in the park
After nonprofit show company Public Theater was forced to skip its 2020 shows at the park’s open-air Delacorte Theater, the organization plans to return to the stage for eight weeks from July 6 to July 28. August. The free show is a production of “Merry Wives”, in an adaptation set in a West African immigrant community in South Harlem, and will celebrate their lives, strength and moments of joy.
INFO Enter Central Park from West 81st Street, walk to West Drive, then to South Lawn; 212-539-8500, publictheater.org.
The park’s picnic entertainment schedule includes music, dance and theater events this summer. Experience the “Pride in the Park” recital featuring members of the New York City Opera on June 18th. Look for other appearances from the group on July 2, August 21, and September 3. Visitors can enjoy free yoga sessions on the park’s lawn on Wednesdays at 6 p.m. between June 16 and August 18; reservations (via the park website) are required.
INFO 40th-42nd Sts., Fifth-Sixth Aves .; 212-768-4242, bryantpark.org.
Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts
The grounds of this performance hall are slated to reopen from June 11, with 35 live shows scheduled between June 19 and September 12 at reduced capacity. There will be concerts on its lawn and at its Friends Field – and Venetian Theater ticket holders will also be able to enjoy “Garden Listening,” an option that offers outside listening capability.
Upcoming events include an opening night jazz gala by the Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton marsalis (June 19; tickets starting at $ 750), singer Joan osborne (July 17; $ 47 to $ 83) and Construction site (July 23; $ 47 to $ 83). Visitors to the center can also visit the Rosen House, the former estate of Lucie and Walter Rosen, the founders of Caramoor.
INFO 22 149 Girdle Ridge Road, Katonah; 914-232-1252, caramoor.org
WHERE TO STAY Crabtree’s Kittle House restaurant and inn (11 Kittle Road, Chappaqua; 914-666-8044, crabtreeskittlehouse.com) is a great choice for sleeping when visiting Caramoor, the hotel offers a 20% discount (Sunday to Friday) throughout the summer season (subject to availability). The hostel will also prepare take-out picnics for outdoor shows and has a dining room where a chef-led, locally sourced farm-to-table menu is served; there is also a tap room where seasonal pub food is available. Room rates vary depending on the date.
Saratoga Spa State Park
More than just a place to watch a show, this park spans over 2,300 acres and is equipped with two golf courses, an aquatic complex and two museums. the Saratoga Performing Arts Center (108 Avenue des Pins; 518-584-9330 spac.org) is also located here, and its 2021 entertainment program features shows presented by Living country entertainment business (livenation.com). Planned performances include a variety of music stars, such as Phish-frontman Trey Anastasio (June 18-20), Rod stewart (July 31), Hall and Oates (August 15) and Dave Matthews Group (September 17-18); the list of expected shows also organizes evenings with the New York Ballet (July 14-17).
INFO 19 Roosevelt Drive, Saratoga Springs; 518-584-2535, parcs.ny.gov.
WHERE TO STAY Among the amenities found at the park, there is a place to stay, the Gideon Putnam Resort and Spa (24 Gideon Putnam Road; 866-890-1171, gideonputnam.com). With a restaurant and spa, room rates range from $ 118 to $ 299, depending on the date.
OUT OF STATE
The Boston Symphony Orchestra’s summer residence reopens for 2021 with a truncated six-week schedule (July 9 to August 16), marking the Orchestra’s first live performances to a live crowd since March of the ‘last year. Other shows this season include musicians from the Boston Symphony Orchestra playing other forms of music, such as “American melodies, a family event that touches on gospel, folk, jazz and more (July 17) and an evening with the Boston Pop Orchestra covering music created by acclaimed cinematic composer (and former Pops Principal Conductor) John Williams (July 23). A limited number of seats are available for performances held at the BSO Symphony Hall and the centre’s Koussevitzky Music Shed, but for those who come to sit on the lawn, screens and speakers are present to allow all to see. and hear what is happening on stage; the provision of blankets and chairs is authorized.
INFO 297 West Street, Lenox, Massachusetts; 617-266-1200, bso.org. Tickets go on sale May 17 at 10 a.m., when pricing will also be announced.
WHERE TO STAY Among the hotels in the region is the Wheatleigh Hotel in the Berkshires. (Hawthorne Rd., Lenox, MA; 833-774-6752, Wheatleighhotel.com) Located in a former 19th century estate, it also offers refined cuisine and a heated outdoor swimming pool. Room rates start at an average rate of $ 609.
Simsbury Meadows Performing Arts Center
An open-air performance venue about a 25-minute drive from Hartford, Connecticut, the main event on this year’s calendar is the postponed performance of the Grammy-winning singer Darius rucker (August 28) during an evening that will also include a fireworks show ($ 65- $ 150; concerts.trantolaw.com). Other planned highlights include the Talcott Mountain Music Festival (July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, hartfordsymphony.org), the Simsbury Meadows Comedy Series (July 7, 14, 21) and Simsbury Meadows Connecticut Concert Series (August 4, 11, 18). The PAC also welcomes “Bar above“classes Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. (starting May 11), which offer a fusion of elements of yoga, aerobics, Pilates and dance, which are taught on the Simsbury stage Meadows with social distancing in effect; classes are $ 15 each, email [email protected] for more information.
INFO 22 Iron Horse Boulevard, Simsbury, Connecticut; 860-651-4052, simsburymeadowsmusic.com.
WHERE TO STAY Due to the center’s proximity to Hartford, many hotels are available in the area. A well-placed option is the Residence Inn by Marriott Hartford Avon (55 Simsbury Rd., Avon; 860-678-1666, marriott.com), located just 8 km from PAC and offers a free full American breakfast, a free fitness center and a heated outdoor swimming pool among its amenities. The rates vary according to the date and the type of room.
Cape May Rotary Park Kiosk
Equipped with a bandstand, the town of Cape May, New Jersey, announced its free series “Music in the Park,” with more than three dozen live shows between June 30 and September 11. talent based and specialized acts in a variety of genres; all are welcome to bring blankets and beach chairs to attend the shows, which take place at 7 p.m. Friday through Monday.
WHERE TO STAY Congress Hall (200 Congress Pl., Cape May; 609-884-8421, caperesorts.com) has over 200 years of history as the perfect place to stay in Cape May. This resort is the size of a block and is just 300 meters from the Rotary Park Bandstand. Reservations are required so that customers can dine in its restaurants and taverns; it’s also equipped with a large lawn, pool, and waterfront. Rooms start at $ 524.