City Parks Foundation is presenting its annual performing arts festival at Central Park's SummerStage. The concerts are held directly in Central Park and offer a wide variety of performances, including music, comedy, dance, film, and spoken word. All performances are free, with the exception of four benefit shows priced between $25-$55. This year's lineup includes 311, The Indigo Girls, Q-Tip, and the Metropolitan Opera. The Buckingham Hotel (888-511-1900), a 100-suite boutique property located just minutes from Central Park, is offering a special package for SummerStage attendees. Starting at just $219, the hotel is offering accommodations for four coupled with VIP entrance and special seating to all Summerstage performances. The package is available through August 17 and can be booked at www.buckinghamhotel.com/summerstage.
On top of the free entrance, some performances include complimentary gifts to audience members. On June 19, Comedy Central is presenting performances by comedians Gabriel Inglesias and Pablo Francisco. The first 3,000 attendees will receive a free reusable shopping bag courtesy of the networks AddressTheMess campaign, which aims to reduce waste and promote a cleaner environment.