Asbury Park Events
Ticketmaster: 800-745-3000. Renowned for live music, Asbury Park is home to Convention Hall and The Paramount Theatre, a historic 1,600 seat theater on the boardwalk, and clubs including The Stone Pony, Brighton Bar, Wonder Bar, Tim McLoones Supper Club and more, presenting nationally and locally known artists in concert. The Stone Pony expands its lineup during summer with an outdoor Summer Stage series. For current schedule, visit Stone Pony online or for listings for all venues, visit the Asbury Park Boardwalk website.
The Stone Pony Outdoor Summer Stage 2015
913 Ocean Ave., Asbury Park, 732-502-0600. Gates open at 5pm. All ages admitted; must be 21 in bar area. Ticketmaster for tickets, 800-745-3000. Visit website link for schedule.
Big Apple Circus
Damrosch Park, Lincoln Center, 800-922-3772, 888-541-3750. Intimate, classical one-ring circus at Lincoln Center Nov.-Jan. and other locations throughout the year.
Lincoln Center, NYC.
74th & Broadway, New York, 866-858-0008. Group sales 800-223-7565. Concerts and a variety of special events are presented in a 2,800-seat landmark building.
Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
At the site of the 1969 Woodstock festival, 200 Hurd Rd., Bethel, NY, 866-781-2922. A diverse selection of popular artists, film, educational and community programs are presented in a 15,000-capacity outdoor performing arts venue and indoor gallery space. The museum tells the story of the Sixties and the unique experience of the Woodstock Festival through film, interactive displays, text panels and artifacts.
Broadway–On & Off
For tickets, visit Ticketmaster, 800-745-3000; Telecharge; Disney on Broadway online. See introduction to New York listings for info about Broadway shows and discount tickets. See listings under New York for additional family theater events and concerts.
Selected Family-Friendly Shows
Aladdin, Disney, New Amsterdam Theatre.
The Berenstain Bears LIVE in Family Matters, the Musical,
Manhattan Movement & Arts Center.
Blue Man Group, Astor Place Theatre.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Barrymore Theatre,
FInding Neverland, Lunt-Fontanne Theatre.
The Gazillion Bubble Show, New World Stages.
The King & I, Vivian Beaumont Theatre.
Kinky Boots, Al Hirschfeld Theatre.
Les Miserables, Imperial Theatre.
The Lion King, Minskoff Theatre.
The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe, St. Luke's Theatre.
Mamma Mia, Broadhurst Theatre.
Matilda The Musical, Shubert Theatre.
Phantom of the Opera, Majestic Theatre.
Stomp, Orpheum Theatre.
Wicked, Gershwin Theatre.
Festival Pier at Penn's Landing
Columbus Blvd. and Spring Garden St., Philadelphia, PA 19106, 215-629-3200. Summer outdoor concert season at Penn's Landing. Low-back folding chairs permitted.
Season Tickets go on sale.
Garden State Exhibit Center
50 Atrium Dr., Somerset, 732-469-4000. Many shows offer free admission for children.
Garden State Cat Show.
Scrap Book Expo.
New Jersey Home Show.
Sugarloaf Crafts Festival.
Oct 31-Nov 1
BrickFair NJ 2015, LEGO fan festival.
New Jersey Family Pet Show.
Great Train Expo.
Garden State Home Show.
The Fly Fishing Show.
Guide to live music, concerts and festivals, nationwide.
From the website of Live Nation, one of the largest producers of live concerts in the world, you can search concerts by artist or venue and purchase tickets.
Madison Square Garden
The Stadium or WaMu Theater at Madison Square Garden, 7th Ave. at 33rd, 866-858-0008. Groups: 212-465-6080. Check website for new events or Ticketmaster, 800-745-3000.
New York Rangers and New York Knicks home games.
Mercer County Park Festival Groups
Mercer County Park, West Windor, NJ, 609-448-1948. New performing arts stage offers 500-700 reserved seats and approx. 7,000 lawn seats. Call or visit website for more information and to purchase tickets. Food vendors on site; no outside food, beverages or coolers permitted.
Piano Men "A Tribute to Elton John & Billy Joel. Rain date June 7.
Barenaked Ladies "Last Summer on Earth Tour," with Violent Femmes and Colin Hay.
R5 "Sometime Last Night" Tour with Jacob Whitesides & Ryland.
Lee Brice and special guests Eric Paslay and The Cadallic Three.
New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center
Raritan Center (Rt. 287 exit Rt. 514W), 97 Sunfield Ave., Edison, 732-417-1400.
FEIS-Irish Dance Competition.
Ocean City Music Pier
825 Boardwalk, Ocean City, 609-525-9300. Concert hall since 1929 hosts music, pageants, including the Miss New Jersey pageant, theater, children's theater, special events, and Ocean City Pops summer concert series.
PNC Bank Arts Center
Parkway exit 116, Holmdel, box office: 732-203-2500. Outdoor concert season May-Sept. with seating in open-air pavilion and on lawn. Free heritage festivals and classical performances presented by Garden State Arts Foundation, 732-442-9200.
2015 Heritage Festivals
All day entertainment, food, craft vendors, children's activities. Free admission.
African American Festival.
Radio City Music Hall
Rockefeller Center, 60th St. & Ave. of the Americas, 866-858-0008. Groups: 212-465-6100.
Nov 13-Jan 3
Radio City Christmas Spectacular.
St. George Theatre
35 Hyatt St., Staten Island, 718-442-2900. Call box office or Ticketmaster for tickets; 800-745-3000. Restored 2,800-seat 1929 movie and vaudeville house presents concerts, comedy, Broadway touring companies, small and large scale children's shows, and school-time performances.
Selected Children & Family Events
Shrek The Musical.
Saving Fairyland, Rainbow Magic Live!
Brad Ross' Unbelievable, magic.
101 Founders Way, Bethlehem, PA, 610-332-1300. Once the home plant of Bethlehem Steel, the ten-acre site is now a hub of music and art offering indoor and outdoor concerts, films, comedy, dance, Peas & Q's family programming, walking tours, open mic nights and eight different festivals annually.
Sun National Bank Center
81 Hamilton Ave. at Rt. 129 (Tnpk. exit 7A), Trenton, 609-656-3200, 800-298-4200. Hotline: 609-656-3222. Visit Comcast Tix for tickets. Group tickets: 609-656-3234, Home for Trenton Freedom professional indoor football as well as concerts and special events.
Mercer County Improvement Authority's 12th Annual "Touch-A-Truck" Day. 10-2. Free admission.
Susquehanna Bank Center at the Waterfront
1 Harbour Blvd. (Tnpk. exit 4), Camden, 800-745-3000. Outdoor amphitheater with huge lawn during the summer months converts to a fully enclosed theater in the fall and winter.
800-745-3000. One of the largest suppliers of tickets globally to music, sports, arts and theater events consolidates kid-friendly shows in the area at online under the "Family" heading.
Wells Fargo Center
3601 S. Broad St., Philadelphia, 800-298-4200. Event hotline: 215-336-3600. Sports–entertainment complex. For tickets, visit Comcast Tix.
Philadelphia Flyers, 76ers, Soul, Wings Lacrosse and college basketball.