From now until August 24, 2014, you'll have an opportunity to be entertained in New York City for free. Yes, that's right. It won't cost you anything to see some of the finest performers in dance, music and theater do their thing live and in person. Now, you're probably thinking, there must be a catch. Well, guess what? There is no catch. All you have to do to catch one (or more) of these appealing shows is to make an appearance at the SummerStage Festival, which has been a staple of summertime in NYC since 1986. And speaking of appearance, some of the entertainers you'll see include The Rock Steady Crew, John Leguizamo (performing his solo show, "Ghetto Klown"), The Felix Hernandez Rhythm Revue, Urban Theatre Movement (performing their piece "Handball"), Dr. John & the Night Trippers, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Gregory Porter and Revive Big Band (led by Igmar Thomas), Joe Bataan, Boogaloo Assassins, DJ Turmix, Spectrum Dance Theater and Mykki Blanco.
When it comes to venues, the SummerStage Festival will be spreading the wealth. All five of New York City's boroughs are represented with stages set up in Central Park and Marcus Garvey Park in Manhattan, Queensbridge Park in Queens, Clove Lakes Park in Staten Island, Crotona Park in The Bronx, and Betsy Head Park in Brooklyn. And while the aforementioned shows are free, there are a few benefit shows that are in the very affordable price range of $30 to $50 and feature Conor Oberst, Gavin DeGrawm and The Fania All-Stars. Find the entire schedule with start times at www.centralpark.com/guide/activities/concerts/summerstage-festival.html.