Events in the Amph

Little Island's inaugural season presents an eclectic range of live performing arts experiences on The Amph stage. From festivals that celebrate a unifying theme throughout the park, to more intimate performances with the Hudson River as a backdrop, come experience the breadth of arts presentations that we have to offer.

Tickets at Little Island

The majority of performances at Little Island are free with no reservations required. Learn more about our recurring artist series and family programming.

For our ticketed performances in The Amph, 30% of seats are available for sale to the general public via our website, 30% are distributed for free to our Community partners, and the remaining 40% are available for sale through the Theater Development Fund (TDF) at a lower price of $25 to their wide membership base. Through this distribution, we hope to make our shows as accessible to as many New Yorkers as possible. Read through our ticketing FAQs here to learn more.

We look forward to catching a show with you! Purchase or reserve tickets for these select events on this page when they go onsale.

Little Island is a rain or shine venue

We make the best effort to keep to our scheduled events and performances despite any inclement weather. This may mean we change the start times to our scheduled performances. We will notify ticket holders of any such changes. Unless you hear directly from us, all shows will go on as scheduled. Be sure to follow us on social media for all performance updates.

Seating & Safety

All events in The Amph are general admission. As such, seating is selected on a first-come, first-served basis.

In accordance with current New York State and CDC guidance, we can seat our full house capacity of 687 guests in The Amph. Both vaccinated and unvaccinated guests can attend these events. All unvaccinated guests will be required to wear their masks when they cannot maintain 6-feet of distance from others. Children under the age of 2 are not required to wear a mask.

Please do not visit Little Island or attend any of our performances if you have received a positive Covid-19 diagnosis in the last 10 days or if you are feeling any symptoms of Covid-19. If you can no longer attend a performance due to these reasons, please email so we can issue a refund.

To reserve wheelchair accommodation in The Amph, please email to check availability.

If you are experiencing issues purchasing tickets please email


Broadway Our Way LIVE: On an Island in the River

Saturday, June 19 at 8:00 pm
Sunday, June 20 at 8:00 pm (ASL accessible performance)

Broadway Inspirational Voices (BIV) Founder and Little Island Artist-in-Residence Michael McElroy brings his love of gospel and Broadway music together for a night of joy and celebration in his farewell concert. With Co-Director and BIV Board Co-Chair Schele Williams at the helm, McElroy brings back some of BIV’s greatest hits from its Broadway Our Way web series plus new arrangements by McElroy, incoming Artistic Director Allen René Louis, and other talented members of BIV’s music team.

Tina and Friends: BYOB (Bring Your Own Beautiful)

Saturday, June 26 at 8:00 pm

In celebration of Pride month and all things beautiful, join us for a celebratory evening of music and more from Artist-in-Residence Tina Landau and a collection of her 20+ best friends from Broadway and beyond. It’s a variety show, a concert, and an intimate party rolled into one, and we invite you to join the festivities by bringing YOUR own “beautiful” (A flower? A balloon? A boa? A…?). This is a free ticketed event.

An Evening with American Ballet Theatre

Saturday, July 3 at 5:00 pm
Saturday, July 3 at 8:00 pm (Audio descriptions provided)

A national treasure of dance, American Ballet Theatre graces the stage at Little Island. Embodying the company’s spirit of creative innovation, six dancers present three pas de deux (duets) in an intimate evening in The Amph.

Little Orchestra Society's Things That Go Bang

Saturday, July 10 at 2:00 pm
Saturday, July 10 at 4:00 pm
Sunday, July 11 at 2:00 pm
Sunday, July 11 at 4:00 pm

This lively percussion-based show will get Little Island’s tiniest audience members jamming out and making music in their seats. Performed by musicians from The New York Percussion Group, "Things That Go Bang" teaches all ages about sounds and rhythms through an interactive, orchestral concert performance.

Island Music Weekend

Saturday, July 17 at 8:00 pm
Sunday, July 18 at 8:00 pm

Little Island gets festive in this weekend-long celebration of live music and dance from island nations and territories all over the world, curated by the World Music Institute, one of the leading presenters of world music and dance.

Saturday evening features the Cuban rhythms of Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, plus special guests. Sunday night closes out the weekend with opening act Paul Beaubrun, who appears courtesy of the Haiti Cultural Exchange, and Jamaican dancehall legend Sister Nancy taking the stage with her classic reggae rhythms.

Little Island Storytelling Festival

A celebration of storytelling takes over Little Island in July, where singer-songwriters, musicians, poets, and more show how stories can be told in a variety of art forms. Programs mix and match genres while artists invite audiences to collaborate in the creative process. Curated by Little Island Artist-in-Residence PigPen Theatre Co., this multidisciplinary festival draws upon their theatrical and eclectic style to animate and activate Little Island’s spaces with stories and wonder.

Live Literature Concert: Sarah Kay, Mahogany L. Browne, and Jon Sands - Wednesday, July 21 at 8:00 pm
Live Literature Concert: Sarah Kay, Mahogany L. Browne, and Jon Sands - Thursday, July 22 at 8:00 pm (ASL accessible performance)
Sing Again: A Reunion Concert with Shaina Taub & Community - Friday, July 23 at 8:00 pm (ASL accessible performance)
Sing Again: A Reunion Concert with Shaina Taub & Community - Saturday, July 24 at 8:00 pm (ASL accessible performance)
Welcome Home: An Evening with Phil Kaye & The Westerlies - Sunday, July 25 at 8:00 pm


August 11 - September 5, 2021

The statewide NY PopsUp! Initiative—designed to revitalize the arts and entertainment sector of New York—will culminate this summer with NYC FREE. The festival, under the artistic leadership of producer Mikki Shepard in collaboration with artistic advisors and artist curators, celebrates New York City’s wonderful mix of cultures reflected in four weeks of adventurous, free live performances, including innovative site-specific dance, experimental music, interactive poetry walks, late-night comedy shows, surprising collaborations, and new commissions, with over 35 free performances in The Amph.

The Heartbeat of A City: Four National Youth Poet Laureates reimagine the next New York
Hosted by Mahogany L. Browne + Presented by Urban Word/NYC

Saturday, September 11 at 8:00 PM in The Amph

“Poetry is ordinary language raised to the Nth power.” So said the famed poet and teacher Paul Engle. Now, four brilliant young poets—Meera Dasgupta, Alexandra Huynh, Kara Jackson, and Jellystone Robinson-Frazier—will display that powerful definition for us all. These National Youth Poet Laureates will be bringing their beautiful verses to Little Island on September 11, 2021, for an evening that reflects on our country’s recent challenges from 9/11 to Covid, reminds us of the resiliency that got us through, and reassures us that the future of our country and our planet are in the hands of brilliant young thinkers and doers.

Hosted by Mahogany L. Browne, this event will be presented by Urban Word/NYC, one of the oldest youth literary organizations in the United States. Their mission is to elevate youth voices as leaders at the intersection of the literary arts and civic engagement. That is exactly what these four artists are doing with their words and their deeds.

Maya Angelou said, “People may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel.” Come feel the healing, come feel the hope, come feel the heartbeat of this indomitable city. (ASL Interpreted Performance)

Little Island Dance Festival

Join us for a park-wide takeover of percussive dance forms, filling Little Island’s spaces with beats and rhythms of lively movement styles. Co-curated by Little Island Artist-in-Residence Ayodele Casel and Torya Beard, the Dance Festival features tap artists, classical and contemporary Indian Kathak dance, African drumming, and more in a variety of performances including a National Dance Day celebration on September 18. The Festival culminates with a showcase of young dance artists that you won’t want to miss.

Barkha Patel and Michela Marino Lerman’s LOVE MOVEMENT - Wednesday, September 15 at 8:00 pm
Ayodele & Friends - Thursday, September 16 at 8:00 pm (Audio descriptions provided)
Ronald K. Brown / EVIDENCE - Friday, September 17 at 8:00 pm
A Celebration of National Dance Day - Saturday, September 18 at 8:00 pm
They Got Next: The Next Generation of Dance Leaders - Sunday, September 19 at 8:00 pm

Little Island Presents a Conversation with Samantha Bee and Kara Swisher

Monday, September 20 at 7:00 pm

If anyone can imagine what’s ahead for New York, it’s two of the most original thinkers and observers of our time, Samantha Bee (Emmy award-winning host of Full Frontal) and Kara Swisher (New York Times Opinion writer and host of the podcast Sway). In a special live event, these two remarkable women will consider and discuss what New Yorkers should look forward to in media, politics, culture, and more, all through a post-pandemic lens. Please join us for an evening that will equally entertain and educate, plus deliver more than a few good laughs.