City Parks Foundation’s Free Family Day in Central Park

The summer is heating up and this weekend, the whole family can enjoy an afternoon of music, puppets, games, and more during the City Parks Foundation’s Family Day!

Held on Sunday, July 14th, this year’s lineup features Railroad Earth, a bluegrass-influenced jam band from Stillwater, New Jersey, Charleston, South Carolina’s Ranky Tanky, and a performance of Bessie’s Big Shot from the CityParks PuppetMobile.

City Parks Foundation's Family Day Central Park Railroad Earth

Railroad Earth takes its name from the Jack Kerouac prose poem “October in the Railroad Earth.” The group serves up an improvisational take on bluegrass with a tinge of folk, Celtic, jazz, and rock in the tradition of bands like The Grateful Dead, String Cheese Incident, and Phish.

City Parks Foundation's Family Day Central Park ranky tanky

Ranky Tanky specializes in jazz-influenced arrangements of traditional Gullah music, created by the descendants of enslaved Africans in the southeastern U.S.’ Lowcountry region. The band’s name-which comes from a Gullah expression that translates to “get funky” pulls lyrics and melodies from Gullah spirituals, children’s rhymes, and dance music rooted in West African rhythms.

City Parks Foundation's Family Day Central Park Bessie's Big Shot

The event also includes CityParks PuppetMobile presentation of Bessie’s Big Shot, a free, traveling marionette show featuring, Bessie, the cow who dreams of joining the circus.

Disney will also be on-site with a fun activity station, giveaways and performances from their Disney Theatrical group.

Check out more of the details below about the City Park’s Foundation Free Family Day

City Park’s Foundation SummerStage Family Day
Sunday, July 14th – 3:30pm – 7:00pm
(Doors open at 3:00pm)
SummerStage in Central Park, Rumsey Playfield
Tickets: Free
For more info, check out: City Parks Foundation’s Family Day

Check out the full lineup for this season at 


Make the most out of your weekend!

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