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All About Midsummer Night Swing at the Lincoln Center

June 11 2019

There’s no place like New York in the summertime. The city that never sleeps takes advantage of the sunny season with lots of activity, outdoor concerts and festivals. Looking for a memorable way to spend the evening? The Lincoln Center’s annual Midsummer Night Swing would make for one of your best evenings in Manhattan.

Damrosch Park has acted as the event’s “open-air ballroom” for lively outdoor dancing since 1989. Dance under the view of the city skyline at Damrosch Park at the Lincoln Center! Incredible talent plays dance sets for three weeks during the summer, this year set for June 25 through July 13.

Connect with loved ones or cozy-up to an acquaintance at this delightful summer festival that mixes movement, music, and fresh air into the perfect evening.

What to Wear

Choosing comfortable shoes you can move around in are an obvious choice, but you’ll also want to consider the no-bag policy when choosing your get-up to get-down. Pick something with pockets so you can bring along cash or a card to purchase food and drinks. Bags aren’t allowed on the dance floor, but the center does offer a $4 bag check at the door. One free bag check is included for passholders.


This three-week festival is popular, so order tickets ahead of time. You can purchase passes directly online. Passes differ from single tickets, which can be purchased at the David Geffen Hall Box Office. For ticketing questions, call (212) 721-6400.

...So You Think You Can’t Dance?

Does the mere thought of dancing in public make you uneasy? You’re not the only one. Each night begins with a 45-minute group dance lesson to show you the basics, and you’ll only get better from there.

Food & Drink

Enjoy a refreshing drink from the summer bars, open from 5 to 10 pm and feature summer cocktails, wine, and beer. You can also take a break from dancing to check out the selection of visiting food trucks. Credit cards are accepted.

Dance Floor Etiquette

The dance floor is for dancing! That means no taking photos or videos, no drinks or food, and no sitting. You are welcome to do all of these things from the sidelines, of course.

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