Summer at The Rink

Summer at The Rink

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The iconic Rink has transformed into a summer cultural destination offering New Yorkers and visitors a special season-long slate of opportunities to explore, play, dine, and shop in the heart of the city. In place of the world-famous ice rink is shaded outdoor seating that anchors a slate of dynamic new programming including movie nights; a major public art installation from acclaimed artist Joel Mesler; and al fresco menus from some of the world’s top chefs via NARO and Jupiter, two of the Center’s most celebrated restaurants.

Summer at The Rink: Programming and Activities

Outdoor Seating & Games

Outdoor Seating / Daily / Free and open to the public

Cornhole / Monday through Friday / 9am-6pm / Free and open to the public, first come first served

Visitors looking for a reprieve can sit back and relax with some grab-and-go treats from Under 30 Rock, or enjoy a game of cornhole on Center Plaza for some friendly competition.

Pride Summer Movie Nights at Rockefeller Center, presented by NewFest and Universal Pictures

June 1, 8, 15, 22 / 8pm

Enjoy outdoor movies at The Rink in partnership with NewFest, New York’s leading LGBTQ+ film and media organization, and Universal Pictures, throughout the month of June to celebrate LGBTQ+ Pride. The screening series will kick-off with a free outdoor screening of Beeban Kidron’s cult queer classic, To Wong Foo, And Thanks For Everything! Julie Newmar on Saturday, June 1 at 8pm. Screenings will take place the first four Saturdays of June. For the perfect opportunity for dinner and a movie,reserve a table at NARO or Jupiter, or grab a bite Under 30 Rock and enjoy your meal at the public seating (first-come, first-served).

  • June 1: To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar
  • June 8: Scott Pilgrim vs. The World
  • June 15: Fried Green Tomatoes
  • June 22: Death Becomes Her (with an exclusive sneak peek of the new Broadway Musical!)
  • Daybreaker Silent Disco
  • June 5 / 6am-9am
  • The party is starting early this summer!

Daybreaker Silent Disco June 5 / 6am-9am

  • Daybreaker is bringing their silent disco to Rockefeller Center for the third time on June 5th. The silent disco will feature artists including Crystal Waters, Radha Agrawal, Elliott LaRue, Sah D’Simone, and The Illustrious Blacks. There will also be food and drink available from HOP WTR, Magic Mind, Strong Coffee, Parch Non-Alc Cocktails, and Best Day Brewing. $1 from every ticket will be donated to Belong Center whose mission is to end loneliness and inspire belonging for all.

  • Joel Mesler’s Pool Party
  • July 2 through July 22
  • Rockefeller Center and Art Production Fund invite the public to immerse themselves in an atmosphere of hope, joy, and love at Pool Party, a public art installation by renowned artist Joel Mesler. At The Rink, visitors will find a meticulously crafted “pool” surrounded by lush turf grass and filled with sculptural floaties and beach balls. The “pool” itself will be a printed vinyl of Mesler’s signature water motif, which is the backdrop of several of the artist’s pieces. Inspired by Mesler’s memories of childhood pool parties, the installation invites visitors to kick off their shoes and “dip their toes” into a whimsical representation of summertime bliss.

  • Coinciding with the public installation, Art Production Fund, Rockefeller Center, and Joel Mesler will host an Art Sundae children’s workshop on July 9 where children will have the opportunity to collaborate with Mesler on a public art project. This workshop is free and open to the public, and all ages are welcome.
  • Jupiter
  • Outdoor terrace and main dining room / Daily / 11:30am–3:00pm, 5:00pm-10:00pm
  • Rink Level, 30 Rockefeller Plaza
  • Jupiter extends its seasonal menu to the terrace with Risi e Bisi, a Venetian-style risotto with fresh spring peas and a hint of floral Vermouth, and a taste of the Italian coast with Grilled half lobster with zucchini fritti and basil aioli. Other new additions include a 30 Rock-inspired 30-layer chocolate cake and the Granny Swizzle cocktail of brandy, rum and citrus with a green chartreuse sidecar. Book a table at Jupiter here.

  • NARO
  • Outdoor terrace / Daily / 11:30am-2:30pm, 5:00pm-9:30pm
  • Main dining room / Wednesday-Sunday / 5:00pm-9:30pm
  • Rink Level, 30 Rockefeller Plaza
  • NARO’s all new lunch and dinner terrace offerings include a Korean Fried Chicken Sandwich served on a brioche bun with refreshing pickled cucumber and carrot coleslaw; Soy Sauce Egg Bibimbap; Kimchi Fried Rice with egg pillow, 24-hour Parmigiano Reggiano sauce and sweet summer finishes like large format Mango Bingsu and Strawberry & Cream Popsicle. NARO will also offer its signature summer cocktail menu with a focus on sool, or Korean liquor, in its many forms, as well as wines by the glass and bottle. Book a table at NARO’s outdoor terrace here.
  • Rock Center Food Trucks on the Esplanades
  • Puya Tacos / Daily / 11am-6pm
  • Jupiter’s Porchetta Truck / Tuesday-Saturday / 12pm-6pm
  • Other Half Brewing / Wednesday-Sunday / 2pm-8pm
  • North and South Esplanades, off Center Plaza above The Rink
  • On the North Esplanade, located above The Rink off of Center Plaza, Puya Tacos shares its authentic, homemade Mexican food with a pop-up taqueria alongside Jupiter’s Porchetta Truck, serving freshly cut porchetta sandwiches on house made ciabatta with choice of salsa verde or apple sauce. Opposite, on the South Esplanade, Other Half Brewing opens its seasonal beer garden and brew truck pouring a selection of IPA, sours, and stouts.

45 ROCKEFELLER PLAZA NEW YORK, NY 10111

May 1—Oct 1The Rink

Free and open to the public

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