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

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 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.

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.
        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,
        The Gazillion Bubble Show,
New World Stages.
Richard Rodgers Theatre, teens.
        Kinky Boots,
Al Hirschfeld Theatre.
        Les Miserables,
Imperial Theatre.
        The Lion King,
Minskoff Theatre.
        The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe,
St. Luke's Theatre. Thru Feb. 28.
        Mamma Mia,
Broadhurst Theatre.
        Matilda The Musical,
Shubert Theatre.
        Phantom of the Opera,
Majestic Theatre.
Orpheum Theatre.
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.
May 1
         2015 Season Tickets on sale.

Garden State Exhibit Center
50 Atrium Dr., Somerset, 732-469-4000. Many shows offer free admission for children.
Jan 10-11
         The Harley Rendezvous, motorcycle-car show and craft fair.
Jan 18
         American Bridal Show.
Jan 23-25
         The Fly Fishing Show.
Feb 6-8
         Garden State Home Show.
Feb 20-22
         2015 Woodworking Show.
Feb 27-Mar 1
         New Jersey Golf Show.

Izod Center
Rt. 3, East Rutherford. Box office: 201-935-3900; group sales 201-460-4370. Sporting events, concerts, Disney shows and special events.
Selected Events
Jan 30-31
         Monster Jam.
Mar 18-22
         Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey presents Circus Extreme.
Apr 18-19
         Disney Live! Three Classic Fairy Tales.
Jun 4
         American Young Voices.
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
         New York Rangers and New York Knicks home games.
Feb 13
         Sprint NBA All-Star Celebrity Game.
Feb 14
         NBA All-Star Practice.
Feb 16-17
         Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.
Apr 4
         Dick's Sporting Goods High School Nationals.

New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center
Raritan Center (Rt. 287 exit Rt. 514W), 97 Sunfield Ave., Edison, 732-417-1400.
Jan 8-11
        Garden State Outdoor Sportsman Show.
Jan 16-18
        NJ Winter RV Show.
Jan 23-25
        Country Folk Art.
Feb 6-8
        Super Pet Expo.
Feb 12-15
        NJ Flower & Garden Show.
Feb 19-22
        NJ Boat Sale & Expo.
Feb 28-Mar 1
        Greenberg's Train & Toy Show.
Mar 6-8
        NJ Home Show.
Mar 13-14
        Kidzsignments, consignment sale.
Mar 13-15
        Country Folk Art.
Mar 15
        Travel Expo NJ 2015.
Mar 20-22
        New Brunswick Kennel Club Dog Show.
Mar 28-29
        Innovative Beads Expo; World's Greatest Hobby Show.
Apr 10-12
        NY/NJ Mineral, Fossil, Gem & Jewelry Show.
Apr 18-19
        India Fair.
May 1-3
        The 2015 Abilities Expo.
May 15-16
        NJ Homeschool Convention.
Jun 6-7
        Challenge of Champions, martial arts.
Jun 28
        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, 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.
May 1
2015 Season Tickets on sale.
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.
         New Jersey Devils and Seton Hall Pirates men's basketball.
Selected Family Events
Jan 15-19
         Disney On Ice presents Princesses & Heroes.
Mar 12-15
         Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus Xtreme.
May 14
         Travis Pastrana's Nitro Circus Live.

Radio City Music Hall
Rockefeller Center, 60th St. & Ave. of the Americas, 866-858-0008. Groups: 212-465-6100.
Mar 12-May 3
         New York Spring Spectacular, Rockettes.

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.
Apr 26
         The Wizard of Oz, Plaza Theatricals.
May 15
         Curious George, Plaza Theatricals.

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, 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 website for tickets. Home for Trenton Freedom football as well as concerts and special events.
Jan 28-Feb 1
         Disney On Ice presents Princesses & Heroes.
Feb 6
         World Championship Ice Racing.
Feb 8
         Mardi Gras Bead Blitz Cheerleading.
Feb 22
         Cheer Limited Trenton Open Championships.
Mar 7
         Harlem Globetrotters 2015 World Tour.
Mar 12
         Blue Man Group.
Mar 22
        Trenton Freedom Professional Indoor Football Game,vs Richmond Raiders. City Employee Night, 4pm. Tickets from $15. 800-500-1776.
Apr 4
        Trenton Freedom Professional Indoor Football Game,vs Columbus Lions. Hispanic Heritage Night, 7pm. Tickets from $15. 800-500-1776.
Apr 11
        Trenton Freedom Professional Indoor Football Game,vs Erie Explosion. Cancer Awareness Night, 7pm. Tickets from $15. 800-500-1776.
Apr 25
        Trenton Freedom Professional Indoor Football Game,vs Lehigh Valley Steelhawks. Scout Night, 7pm. Tickets from $15. 800-500-1776.
May 30
        Trenton Freedom Professional Indoor Football Game,vs Alabama Hammers. Military Night, 7pm. Tickets from $15. 800-500-1776.
Jun 20
         Trenton Freedom Professional Indoor Football Game, vs Nashville Venom. Fan Appreciation Night, 7pm. Tickets from $15. 800-500-1776.

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.
2015 Dates
Jul 6
         Foo Fighters.
Aug 7, 22
Sep 4 5
         Seconds of Summer.

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.
Selected Events
Feb 11-16
         Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey presents Circus Xtreme.
Mar 8
         Harlem Globetrotters.
May 17
         The Who.

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