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Big Shows and Concerts in New Jersey

where to see live music and large-scale special events in new jersey?

Check the convenient links to websites below OFTEN for upcoming events. New concerts and shows are continuously added. See listings under Music & Dance and Theatre for smaller event venues.

Asbury Park Boardwalk
          Renowned for live music, Asbury Park is home to Convention Hall and The Paramount Theatre, a historic 1,600 seat theater on the boardwalk (see separate listing below), and legendary 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 Asbury Park Boardwalk events.
The Stone Pony & Outdoor Summer Stage
913 Ocean Ave., Asbury Park, 732-502-0600
    Summer Stage all ages admitted; must be 21 in bar area. Visit website link for schedule.
Dec 9
          
A Very Asbury Holiday Show,
national and local acts hit the stage of the historic Paramount Theatre to benefit the Asbury Park Music Foundation, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Monmouth County, the Asbury Park Toy Drive and Jewish Family Services of Asbury Park. Musicians from Asbury’s past will be sharing the stage with Asbury’s present and future artists, from members of the Rascals – Gene Cornish & Carmine Appice to the Lakehouse Music Academy kids.
           Other guests include Tangiers Blues Band with Danny Clinch, Bobby Bandeira, Brian Kirk, The Weeklings, members of the Kings of Suburbia, Williams Honor, Eddie Testa, Anthony Krizan, CC Coletti, Layonne Holmes, Des, Waiting on Mongo, JT Bowen, Joel Krauss, Carl Gentry, Taylor Tote, Jillian Rhys McCoy, Lance Larson, and more. Pat Roddy and Tony Perruso lead an all-star band throughout the night. Tickets available at the Stone Pony Box Office, www.livenation.com or by phone, 800-745-3000.

BB&T Pavilion
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.

Beacon Theatre
2124 Broadway, New York, NY, 866-858-0008
    Concerts and a variety of special events are presented in a 2,800-seat landmark building.
Upcoming Family Events
Mar 28-31
          
The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical.
Apr 13
          
Wild Kratts - Live!

Jun 18
          
Nickelodeon's Jo-Jo Siwa D.R.E.A.M. The Tour, 7pm.

Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
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 at the site of the 1969 Woodstock Festival. The museum tells the story of the Sixties and the unique experience of the Woodstock Festival through film, interactive displays, text panels and artifacts.
2019
          
Fiftieth Anniversary of the Woodstock Festival, activities, festivities, special exhibits and more marks the golden anniversary. Visit website for events.

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.
         Anastasia, Broadhurst Theatre.
         The Band's Visit, Ethel Barrymore Theatre. Ages 12+.
         Blue Man Group, Astor Place Theatre.
         Come From Away, Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre.
         Dear Evan Hansen, Music Box Theatre. 12+.
         Frozen, St. James Theatre.
         The Gazillion Bubble Show, New World Stages.
         Hamilton, Richard Rodgers Theatre.
         Kinky Boots, Al Hirschfeld Theatre, teens.
         The Lion King, Minskoff Theatre.
         Mean Girls, August Wilson Theatre.
         Once on This Island, Circle in the Square. 10+.
         Phantom of the Opera, Majestic Theatre.
         The Play That Goes Wrong, Lyceum Theatre.
         The Prom, Longacre Theatre.
         Sponge Bob Squarepants, Palace Theatre.
         Springsteen on Broadway, Walter Kerr Theatre.
         Stomp, Orpheum Theatre.
         Waitress, Brooks Atkinson Theatre. Ages 8+.
         Wicked, Gershwin Theatre.

Cure Insurance Arena
81 Hamilton Ave. at Rt. 129, Trenton, 609-656-3200
Tickets: 800-298-4200
    Hosts concerts and special events.
Nov 18
          
Sesame Street Live! Let's Party!
Nov 30-Dec 2
          
Monster Jam.

Jan 3-6
          
Disney On Ice: 100 Years of Magic.
Mar 2
          
Harlem Globetrotters.

Festival Pier at Penn's Landing
Columbus Blvd. and Spring Garden St., Philadelphia, PA, 215-629-3200
    Summer outdoor concert season at Penn's Landing. Low-back folding chairs permitted.
May
          Season tickets go on sale.

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.
Winter
         New York Rangers and New York Knicks home games.
Dec 13-30
          
Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas, The Musical.
Feb 15-24, 2019
          
Sesame Street Live!
Apr 13-14, 2019
          
Paw Patrol Live.

Meadowlands Exposition Center
355 Plaza Dr., Secaucus, 201-330-7773
Dec 8-9
          
Holiday Super Pet Adoption.
Jan 19-21
          Kids Fun Fair & Traveling Zoo.
Jan 25-27, 2019
          
MagicFest Meadowlands 2019.
Feb 9-10
          
Greenberg's Model Train Show.
Feb 16-17
          
NJ Spring Home Show.
Mar 1-3
          
The Woodworking Show.
Apr 3
          
New Jersey National College Fair.
Apr 27-28
          
Castle Point Anime Convention.
May 3-5
          
Stranger Things Convention.
May 17-19
          
East Coast ComiCon.
May 24-26
          
National Youth Convention.
Jun 1-2
          
World Dog Expo.
Oct 5-6
          
The Gluten-Free & Allergy Friendly Expo.
Nov 1-3, 2019
          
BrickFair NJ 2019.

William G. Mennen Sports Arena
161 E. Hanover Ave., Morristown, 973-326-7651
    Hosts special events and competitions. Spectators are welcome at youth hockey playoffs and championships, open skating competitions and special events.

Mercer County Park Festival Groups
Mercer County Park, West Windor, NJ, 609-443-8560
          Summer performing arts stage offers 500-700 reserved seats and approx. 7,000 lawn seats. Call or visit website for summer lineup and to purchase tickets. Food vendors on site; no outside food, beverages or coolers permitted.

Metlife Stadium
One MetLife Stadium Drive, East Rutherford, 201-559-1300
    Home to the New York Jets and New York Giants, the 82,500-seat stadium hosts sports, concerts and special events.
Apr 27
          
Monster Energy AMA Supercross.
Dec 11
           
2021 Army-Navy Game.

New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center
Raritan Center, 97 Sunfield Ave., Edison, 732-417-1400
    Visit website link for new events.
Nov 24-25
           Greenbergs Train & Toy Show.
Nov 24
           
Kid Preneur Business Expo.

Dec 1-2
           Challenge of Champions.
Dec 8-9
           
Walker Stalker Con.
Dec 28-31
           
Jurassic Quest XL Out of Extinction.
Jan 10-13
           
Garden State Outdoor Show.
Jan 18-20
           
New Jersey RV & Camping Show.
Jan 25-27
           
The Fly Fishing Show.
Feb 8-10, 2018
           Super Pet Expo.

Feb 14-17
           New Jersey Boat Sale & Expo.
Feb 22-24
           
New Jersey Home Show.

Mar 1-3
           
Sugarloaf Craft Festival.
           New Jersey Golf & Travel Show, Inc.
Mar 9-10
           
Greenberg's Train & Toy Show.

Mar 15-17
            Salt Water Fishing Expo.
Mar 22-24
            New Brunswick Kennel Club.
Mar 29-31
            Sports & Memorabilia Show.
Apr 25-28
            New Jersey Flower & Garden Show.
May 3-5
            
Abilities Expo.
May 19
            
Asian American Festival.
Jun 1-2
            
Challenge of Champions.
Jun 29-30
            
Heroes & Villains.

Aug 10-11
            
Greenberg's Train & Toy Show.
Nov 15-17
            
Sugarloaf Craft Festival.
Nov 30-Dec 1
            
Greenberg's Train & Toy Show.
Dec 7-8
            Challenge of Champions.
Dec 27-30, 2019
           
Jurassic Quest XL Out of Extinction.

New Jersey Performing Arts Center
1 Center St., Newark, NJ, 888-466-5722
       Also see Music & Dance and Theatre categories.

Paramount Theatre
1300 Ocean Ave. between Fifth and Sunset, Asbury Park, 732-897-6500
       1600-seat historic theater with superior acoustics hosts national and international entertainers. Tickets and complete calendar available through Ticketmaster link.

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.

Prudential Center
25 Lafayette St., Newark, 973-757-6000.
Tickets: 800-745-3000; Ticketmaster.
Open
          Grammy Museum Experience, open 11-6 Tues.-Sun.; 11-8 on event days.
Winter
          New Jersey Devils hockey and Seton Hall Pirates men's basketball.
Selected Family Events
Dec 30
          Harlem Globetrotters.
Jan 3-6
          
Disney On Ice: Frozen.
Jan 25-27
          Monster Jam.
Feb 15
          Kidz Bop Live.

Radio City Music Hall
Rockefeller Center, 1260 6th Ave., New York, NY, 866-858-0008.
Groups: 212-465-6100.
Nov 9-Jan 1, 2019
          
Christmas Spectacular starring The Radio City Rockettes.

Skylands Stadium
94 Championship Place, Augusta, 973-940-0222
    4,200-seat stadium hosts special events, concerts and the Sussex County Miners, CanAm baseball league.
Nov 16-Dec 30
            
Christmas Light Show & Village, mile-long drive-through course and outdoor village.
May-Sep
           Sussex County Miners, Can-Am baseball.

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.
Dec 27
          
Frozen: Family Movie Night.
Jan 25
          
PBS Kids Live! Really Big Tiny Adventure presented by Zappos Adaptive
.
Mar 2
          
American Girl Live.

Mar 24
          New Shanghai Circus.

SteelStacks
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, family events, walking tours, open mic nights and eight different festivals annually. Free and ticketed events.
Sat
          Peas & Q's Family Programming, music, performances, storytelling, crafts, Sat. 11:30am. Inside in the Capital BlueCross Creativity Commons; outside on the Air Products Town Square.
Nov 16-Dec 23
          
Christkindlmarkt, annual holiday market features more than 150 fine artisans, live Christmas music, Santa, ice carving and glassblowing demonstrations, breakfast with St. Nicholas (additional ticket required). Visit website for schedule of events.
Dec 30-31
          
PeepsFest, annual two-day New Year’s Eve festival features family-friendly activities and a 4-feet, 9-inches tall, 400-pound lit PEEPS® Chick that descends at 5:15 p.m. on Dec. 31 to commemorate the beginning of the new year. Family entertainment includes kid-friendly bands, magicians, Family Disco Lounge, kids fun run, clowns, balloonmaking and more. 10-5:30pm.
Jun-Sep
          Free Summer Concerts, June-Sept. Most 7:30pm at Levitt Pavillion SteelStacks, 645 E. First St., Bethlehem, PA 18015. Visit website for schedule.
Aug
          MusikFest, one of the largest and most diverse music festivals in the nation features 500+ shows on 14 stages over 10 days.

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 on their website under the "Family" heading.

Wells Fargo Center
3601 S. Broad St., Philadelphia, 215-336-3600
    Sports and entertainment complex.
Ongoing
         Philadelphia Flyers, 76ers, Philadelphia Soul indoor football league, Villanova Basketball and other college sports.
Dec 24-31
           
Disney On Ice presents Mickey's Search Party.
Mar 3
           
Harlem Globetrotters.
Jun 20-23
           
Cirque du Soleil Crystal, A Breakthrough Ice Experience.

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