Central Park is so much more than an appealing picnic spot; it also doubles as a hub for summertime arts events. Shakespeare in the Park, for instance, is a beloved New York City tradition produced by the Public Theater at the open-air Delacorte Theater in the park. Admission is free, and New Yorkers show up early to wait for tickets to the selected comedy and tragedy of the season. Central Park also hosts the SummerStage concert series, New York City’s largest free music festival. Concerts range from contemporary hip-hop to famous indie-rock bands, with dates that extend well into September.