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.

Seating & Safety

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.

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


Broadway Our Way LIVE: On an Island in the River - SOLD OUT

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) - SOLD OUT

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 - SOLD OUT

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 - On sale now on our website and available via TDF

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 - SOLD OUT on our website, available via TDF

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 - On sale June 29 at 2 pm

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.

Featured artists include poets Jon Sands and Mahogany L. Browne; Phil Kaye & The Westerlies, Shaina Taub, Michael Thurber, and more.

Wednesday, July 21 at 8:00 pm
Thursday, July 22 at 8:00 pm (ASL accessible performance)
Friday, July 23 at 8:00 pm (ASL accessible performance)
Saturday, July 24 at 8:00 pm (ASL accessible performance)
Sunday, July 25 at 8:00 pm


The August Festival

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 Little Island's August festival. 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.

Full schedule of events and ticket reservations go live on July 15 at 2 pm.


Little Island Dance Festival - On sale June 29 at 2 pm

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.

Featured artists include Ronald K. Brown/Evidence, Barkha Patel, Michela Marino Lerman, Tomoe Carr, Danni Gee, Andre Imanishi, and more.

Wednesday, September 15 at 8:00 pm
Thursday, September 16 at 8:00 pm (Audio descriptions provided)
Friday, September 17 at 8:00 pm
Saturday, September 18 at 8:00 pm
Sunday, September 19 at 8:00 pm