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New concerts and shows are continuously added. Check the convenient links to listing websites OFTEN for new events. For smaller venues, see listings under Music & Dance and Theatre.

Fresh Beat Band, Pine Belt Arena, December 13, 2014

Asbury Park Events
Tickets: 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 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 website or for listings for all venues, visit the Asbury Park website.
The Stone Pony Summer Stage 2015
913 Ocean Ave., Asbury Park, 732-502-0600. Gates open at 5pm. All ages admitted; must be 21 in bar area. Tickets: www.ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000. Visit website in the spring for 2015 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.
Nov-Jan
         Metamorphosis, Lincoln Center, NY.

Beacon Theatre
74th & Broadway, New York, 866-858-0008. Group sales 800-223-7565. Concerts and a variety of special events are presented in a renovated 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 and concerts.
Selected Family-Friendly Shows
        Aladdin, Disney, New Amsterdam Theatre.    
       Blue Man Group,
Astor Place Theatre.
       Cinderella,
Broadway Theatre.
       The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time,
Barrymore Theatre, teens.
       The Gazillion Bubble Show,
New World Stages.
       Les Miserables,
Imperial Theatre.
       The Lion King,
Minskoff Theatre.
       The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe,
St. Luke's Theatre.
       Mamma Mia,
Broadhurst Theatre.
       Matilda,
Shubert Theatre.
       Once,
Jacobs Theatre, teens.
       Phantom of the Opera,
Majestic Theatre.
       Stomp,
Orpheum Theatre.
       Wicked,
Gershwin Theatre.

Garden State Exhibit Center
50 Atrium Dr., Somerset, 732-469-4000. Many shows offer free admission for children.

Izod Center
Rt. 3, East Rutherford. Box office: 201-935-3900; group sales 201-460-4370.
Selected Events
Jan 30-31
         Monster Jam.

Jambase.com
Guide to live music, concerts and festivals, nationwide.

Live Nation
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.
Selected Family Events
Winter
         New York Rangers and New York Knicks home games.

New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center
Raritan Center (Rt. 287 exit Rt. 514W), 97 Sunfield Ave., Edison, 732-417-1400.

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 International Heritage Festivals
All day entertainment, food, crafts, children's activities. Free admission. Visit website in June for 2015 dates.

Prudential Center
165 Mulberry St., Newark, 973-757-6000. Tickets: Ticketmaster, 800-745-3000.
Ongoing
         New Jersey Devils, New York Liberty and Seton Hall Pirates men's basketball.

Radio City Music Hall
Rockefeller Center, 60th St. & Ave. of the Americas, 866-858-0008. Groups: 212-465-6100.
Nov 7-Dec 31
         Radio City Christmas Spectacular.

St. George Theatre
35 Hyatt St., Staten Island, 718-442-2900. Call box office or Ticketmaster for tickets, www.ticketmaster.com; 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.

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 website for tickets. Home for Trenton Steel football as well as concerts and special events.
Ongoing
        
Trenton Steel football.
Dec 19-20
         
Indoor Auto Racing "Battle of Trenton."
Dec 27
         
Monster Jam.
Jan 28-Feb 1
         
Disney On Ice presents Princesses & Heroes.
Mar 7
         Harlem Globetrotters 2015 World Tour.

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.

Ticketmaster
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 www.ticketmaster.com 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.
Ongoing
         Philadelphia Flyers, 76ers, Soul, Wings Lacrosse and college basketball.
Selected Events
Dec 17
         Justin Timberlake.
Dec 25-Jan 4
         Disney On Ice presents Frozen.

Wellmont Theater
5 Seymour St., Montclair, 800-745-3000. 2000-seat concert venue in renovated 1922 theater. Check Ticketmaster for upcoming events.