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Global Citizen Festival Returns to New York City

Join us in Central Park as we call on world and corporate leaders to make commitments to end extreme poverty. Take action now for equity, for the planet, for food and for jobs.

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Print Your Tickets Out

You can only get in with a printed out ticket. Check your ticket to know what entrance you should come in through.

Gates open at 2PM

The show will start at 4 p.m. The gates close at 8 p.m. The show will end around 10 p.m.

No Camping Out

Camping overnight in Central Park is strictly prohibited. Central Park opens at 6 a.m. and our gates open at 2 p.m. 

Getting There

Check your ticket to know what entrance you should come in through.

Bag Policy

No backpacks are allowed. Only bags that are allowed:

Small, clear plastic or PVC bags 
(12”x12”x6” max size)

Non-clear clutch/purse/fanny
(4.5” x 6.5” max size)

Prohibited Items

Do not bring any of these:

Light Sticks


Bicycles & Scooters




Blankets & Chairs



Audio/Visual Equiptment

Large Cameras


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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Global Citizen?

Global Citizen is the world's largest movement of action takers and impact makers dedicated to ending extreme poverty NOW. The voices of millions of Global Citizens around the world are driving lasting change towards sustainability, equality, and humanity by taking action every day. 

We post, tweet, message, vote, sign, and call to inspire those who can make things happen to act — government leaders, businesses, philanthropists, artists, and citizens — together improving lives. 

By downloading our app, Global Citizens learn about the systemic causes of extreme poverty, take action on those issues, and earn rewards with tickets to events, products, subscriptions, and more. 

Global Citizens have taken over 33.5 million actions since 2009. Today, these actions, in combination with high-level advocacy work, have led to over $43.6 billion being distributed to our partners around the world, impacting 1.29 billion lives in the fight to end extreme poverty.

You can learn more about our impact here:

What is the Global Citizen Festival?

Global Citizen Festival is an annual music festival where fans take actions toward ending extreme poverty in order to earn free tickets. Our festivals bring together Global Citizens, artists, activists, world leaders, philanthropists, corporate leaders, and more, with one collective mission: End Extreme Poverty NOW. It’s a moment both to celebrate all we have achieved together, and all we continue to achieve together. 

The inaugural Global Citizen Festival took place on September 29, 2012 with 60,000 people in attendance on the Great Lawn in New York’s iconic Central Park. The festival featured live performances by Neil Young with Crazy Horse, Foo Fighters, The Black Keys, Band of Horses, K’Naan and more. Since then, artists like Rihanna, Beyoncé, JAY-Z, Pearl Jam, Stevie Wonder, Coldplay, Billie Eilish, and many more have performed on Global Citizen Festival stages around the world. 

Global Citizen Festival is timed to coincide with the UN General Assembly to leverage opportunities to get policy and financial commitments from government, corporate, and philanthropic leaders to defeat poverty, demand equity, and defend the planet. Tickets to Global Citizen Festival are awarded through points earned by taking actions to fight extreme poverty, such as signing petitions, calling your political representatives, participating in challenges, and more.

On Saturday, September 23, Global Citizen Festival will return to the iconic Great Lawn of Central Park in New York City to drive urgent action to End Extreme Poverty NOW. Joining Global Citizen will be headliners Red Hot Chili Peppers, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Conan Gray, and Stray Kids. 

For the first time in a generation, the number of people living in extreme poverty is rising. The 2023 Global Citizen Festival campaign takes aim at the major issues perpetuating extreme poverty, including the impacts of climate change on the Global South, the inequities affecting women and girls around the world, and the global hunger crisis, and will call on governments to protect and defend advocates everywhere. The campaign will unite millions of voices, amplified by the world’s biggest artists, to demand urgent action from world leaders gathering in New York City for the United Nations General Assembly in September. 

Where and when is the Global Citizen Festival in New York City?

The Global Citizen Festival NYC is taking place on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2023, in NYC’s Central Park on the Great Lawn. The gates at Central Park will open at 2 p.m. and the show will start around 4 p.m. 

Please note, the gates will close around 8 p.m. and the show will end around 10 p.m. — so get to the Great Lawn early to enjoy the full show!