Review; Lincoln Center New York Review Ticket Deals & Free Performances.
If you’re in New York and care about culture (music, dance and theater), you’ll want to spend time at Lincoln Center. Lincoln Center is a carefully planned campus with several performance venues, all bursting with creative energy. Here’s what you need to know to enjoy the best experience.
The Lincoln Center complex of buildings, including Avery Fisher Hall (recently renamed David Geffen Hall), David H. Koch Theater, and the Metropolitan Opera House, covers 16.3-acres in the Lincoln Square neighborhood of Manhattan in New York City. Even if you don’t plan to attend an event there, you can enjoy walking around these iconic building and just enjoy the grounds and the architecture.
Lincoln Center is the home for eleven world renowned cultural organizations: Metropolitan Opera, Lincoln Center Theater, New York City Ballet, New York Philharmonic, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Film Society of Lincoln Center (sponsor of the New York Film Festival), Juilliard School, New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, School of American Ballet, and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Inc.
The performances are so good, I almost feel guilty telling you about any upcoming discounts to Lincoln Center performances. Almost. A few top ticket deal sources regularly offer tickets for around half price for many Lincoln Center concerts and events. The links below to find tickets and for details on specific concerts and events.
How To Get Lincoln Center Discount Tickets
- Discount Tickets 50% Off — Ticket deals are often available via Goldstar.com at around half off.
- Day-of-Show Discounts — You can buy discount and day-of-show tickets south of Lincoln Center at the Rubenstein Atrium. Go to the Atrium Tuesday through Saturday to see available tickets. You can sometimes find tickets discounted as much as 25 to 50 percent. Credit cards are accepted. Four ticket maximum per person.
- Student Discounts — All of the Lincoln center venues offer student discounts to certain performances, including rush tickets available online up to 10 days before the concert. Follow the link for more info from each venue page.
Lincoln Center Free Performances
- Free Screenings — Lincoln Center free performances take place throughout the year. Free screenings a fun and educational (in a good way) and often give you an opportunity to meet the artists.
- Target Free Thursdays — The regular Target Free Thursdays provide free public performances on Thursday nights at 8:30, at David Rubenstein Atrium. If you go, get there early because seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Curated by Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Inc., Target® Free Thursdays performances feature national and international touring and local artists, and also artists from Lincoln Center’s resident organizations, including The Juilliard School, Jazz at Lincoln Center, and The Chamber Music Society, among others.
LINCOLN CENTER LOCATIONS
The campus houses many buildings (Map). These are the most popular for performances.
- Avery Fisher Hall (now David Geffen Hall) — 10 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY
- David H. Koch Theater — 20 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY.
- Metropolitan Opera House (The Met) — 30 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY.
- Fountain Show — Head over to Lincoln Center’s famous Revson Fountain for choreographed, five-minute water shows daily at: 12pm, 12:30pm, 1pm, 6pm, 6:30pm, 7pm, 7:30pm, 7:35pm, 7:40pm, 7:45pm, 7:50pm.
- Hang Out — Take a picnic lunch and grab a spot on the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Lawn. Or grab a hot chocolate and catch a free performance at David Rubenstein Atrium.
- Take a Tour — To take a tour of this NYC cultural hub, begin at the David Rubenstein Atrium, the starting point for all guided tours. If you’re doing the full on tourist thing, check out the New York Explorer Pass, which includes a very good guided tour on Lincoln Center as an option, along with many other New York attraction freebies and discounts.
- Family Friendly — Find out what’s happening for kids and families at Lincoln Center on this page.
- Location — Lincoln Center is on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, located between West 62nd and 65th Streets and Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue.
- Where to Park — You can park at Lincoln Center on 62nd, 63rd, and 65th Streets.
- Taking the Subway — Take the 1 train to 66th Street–Lincoln Center, or the A, B, C, or D train to 59th Street– Columbus Circle.
- By Bus — The M5, M7, M10, M11, M66, and M104 buses all stop within one block of Lincoln Center.