Concerts, plays and movies in the parks offer some of the best family activities of the summer—and most are free! Bring lawn chairs or blanket, a picnic and enjoy. Free, unless indicated.
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Berkeley Heights Summer Concert Series
Memorial Park, 908-464-0550. Wed. concerts 7:30-9pm.
Beginnings, Chicago tribute band.
Elvis Tribute Show.
Bernards Township Parks & Recreation
Jayne Hannigan Summer Concert Series
Pleasant Valley Park, 908-204-3003. Tuesdays at 7pm. Rainsite: Ridge High School.
Due South, country.
Boonton Area Concerts in the Park
Grace Lord Park, W. Main St. & Essex Ave., Boonton.
Wednesdays 7-8:30pm. Rainsite: Darress Theatre, 615 Main St.
Eamon Ryan, Irish.
Rave On, early rock 'n roll.
Harmony Senior Drum Corps & Denville String Band, variety.
Big Jeff & the Bouncy People, kids of all ages.
Jersey Sound, oldies.
Chatham Community Band
Concerts 7:30pm in Chatham at the Chatham Community Gazebo in Reasoner Park on Fairmount Ave.; or in Chatham Township at The Joe Stauss Memorial Gazebo on Southern Boulevard, unless noted.
Bauer Center, Millburn, 7pm.
Essex County's Summer Concert Series
973-268-3500. Concerts are held at parks throughout Essex County. Those at Brookdale Park, located between Bellevue & Watchung Aves. in Bloomfield, are listed below, unless noted. Concerts begin at 7:30pm.
Brookdale Park Concerts
Shadows of the 60's: Tribute to the Temptations, Four Tops & Supremes.
Jersey Sound & Almost Queen.
Cast of Beatlemania.
Other Special Events
Garden State Concert Band, Eagle Rock Reservation, West Orange. 7pm.
Mike Griot's Essex County South Mountain International Blues Festival, South Mountain Reservation, West Orange.
Flemington Summer Classic Car Shows
Main St., downtown Flemington. Classic cars, live music in front of Main Street Bagel, 26 Main St., activities and food select Saturdays and Thursdays May-Sept.
Florham Park Gazebo Concerts
Borough Hall Complex, 111 Ridgedale Ave. Sundays at 7pm. If questionable weather, 973-301-9698. Rainsite: Ridgedale School, 71 Ridgedale Ave.
Desert Highway, Eagles tribute band.
Freehold Summer & Fall Concert Series
Hall of Records Parking Lot, Freehold, 732-462-3584. Thursdays 7:30-9:30pm June-Aug.
Time Machine, party band.
Phil Engel Band, rock 'n roll.
Brian Kirk & The Jirks.
After the Reign.
Jimmy & The Parrots.
Hanover Township Concert Series
Brickyard Field, Bee Meadow Park, Pond Rd., Whippany, 973-428-2463. Activity line: 973-887-7870. Concerts 7:30-9pm on Mondays.
Hotel California, Eagles tribute.
The Infernos, doo wop to disco to today.
Hoboken Summer Enchanted Evenings
Free concerts along the Hudson 7-9pm. Amphitheater at Sinatra Park, Frank Sinatra Dr. between 4th & 5th Sts., 201-420-2207.
10th Anniversary Performance by The Gordys.
Family Fun Nights
Shipyard Park, 13th St. & McFeeley Dr. (just east of Kings). Tues. evenings at 7pm June-Aug.
Preschool of Rock.
The Fuzzy Lemons, family-friendly rock.
Garden Street School of the Performing Arts Band.
Little Club Heads.
Guitar Bar Jr. All Stars.
Summer Concerts On the Hudson
Lincoln Harbor Park on the Weehawken Waterfront. Concert hotline: 201-716-4540. Free family-friendly concerts at 7pm presented by Hudson Riverfront Performing Arts Center, Inc. Call concert hotline for info & rain dates.
Edmar Castaneda, world music band.
The Django Festival All Stars.
West Point Jazz Knights.
Lisa Fischer & Grand Baton.
Hunterdon County Park System Music Under the Stars Concert Series
Deer Path Park (Rt. 78 to Rt. 31S), 120 W. Woodschurch Rd., Readington Twp., 908-782-PARK. Thurs. concerts 7-9pm. Refreshments for sale. Please note: alcoholic beverages are not permitted and please car pool. Rainsite: Hunterdon Central Regional High School, 84 Rt. 31, Flemington.
Tracy Lee & Ravine Road Band, top 40 and classic country rock cover band.
The Jersey Shades, 50s to present.
A Night at the Opera, with Susan Whitenack, Steven Snow and Rosetta Senkus Bacon.
The Vince Pettinelli Orchestra.
The British Invasion Tribute.
Jefferson Arts Summer Concert Series
Jefferson Twp. Municipal Complex gazebo, 1033 Weldon Rd., Oak Ridge, 973-697-2032. Fri. concerts at 7-9pm. Rainsite: Jefferson Twp. High School Auditorium.
Thunder Hill, country.
Reminisce, 50's & 60's.
Nicole Donetone, country.
Tri-State Rockers, rock & roll past to present.
Rave On, early rock classics.
The 3M Band.
The George Baier Project, acoustic electric band perform classic songs & current hits.
Jefferson Highlights Concerts
Camp Jefferson Amphitheater, 81 Weldon Rd., Jefferson Twp., 973-663-5590. Concerts at 8pm. Stadium, bench and lawn seating areas. Food and snacks available; no coolers, alcohol or smoking. Individual tickets $20, ages 10 and under free with paid adult. Advance tickets can be ordered online.
Lee Alverson, Billy Joel, Elton John tribute.
Simply Diamond, Neil Diamond tribute.
The Abba Girlz, Abba tribute.
The E St. Shuffle, Springsteen tribute.
Evolution, Journey tribute.
Lincoln Center Out of Doors
Events hotline: 212-875-5766. Free festival of world music, jazz, internationally acclaimed dance, special events, and fun for kids on the plazas of Lincoln Center each summer during the month of Aug.
Jul 20-Aug 10
A Memorial Concert for Pete & Toshi Seeger, an all-star line-up of family and friends. 4pm, Damrosch Park Bandshell.
Family Day, 12pm, Hearst Plaza. A Batalha do Passinho Dance Class, participatory workshop with teen dancers from Rio. 1pm.
Baby Loves Disco Family Dance Party, 11 & 2, Roslyn & Elliot Jaffe Drive.
Deep Roots of Rock & Roll, Black Rock Coalition Orchestra & special guests. 2pm, Hearst Plaza.
Roberta Flack; Davell Crawford, 7:30pm Damrosch Park Bandshell.
Americanafest NYC, Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell; Robert Ellis, 7:30pm, Damrosch Park Bandshell.
Americanafest NYC, Roseanne Cash; The Lone Bellow; Buddy Miller & Jim Lauderdale. 6pm, Damrosch Park Bandshell.
Midsummer Night Swing
Three weeks of dancing under the stars at Lincoln Center's Damrosch Park (62nd between Columbus & Amsterdam) offers a wide range of dance and music styles. Dance lessons 6:30-7:15, live music and dancing begin 7:30. Admission $17.
Ended for 2014
Livingston Music Under the Stars
Memorial Park Gazebo, Livingston, 973-535-7925. Concerts on Sun. 7-8:30pm in July. Rainsite: Livingston High School.
The British Invasion Tribute.
The B-Street Band.
National Night Out, Memorial Field oval.
Long Branch Jazz & Blues on the Beach
West End Park, corner of Brighton & Ocean Aves., Long Branch, 732-923-2044. Jazz and blues concerts every Sun. 7pm.
Jun 8-Aug 24
Blues by the Beach, Sundays at 7pm.
Thursday By The Sea
Festival Plaza in Pier Village (south side of Ocean Place Resort & Spa). Thursdays at 7pm.
Jun 12-Aug 28
Downtown Tuesday Nights
On the Broadway Stage near McDonalds. 7pm.
Classic Car Events
In the event of rain, concerts at Ocean Place Resort & Spa.
West End Cruise Night, Brighton Ave., 6-10pm. Classic car show with entertainment by Familiar Faces (West End Park), The Cherubs (Main Stage), Reanna Runge and featuring The Brooklyn Bridge.
Long Branch Jazz & Blues Festival, 1-10pm. Vendors, well-known jazz and blues artists, and fireworks on the Great Lawn by the Promenade. Sponsored by the Jersey Shore Jazz and Blues Foundation.
Madison Downtown Concert Series
On the lawn of Museum of Early Trades & Crafts, Main St. at Green Village Rd., Madison, 973-377-2982 ext. 14. Family-friendly performances 6-8pm rain or shine. In inclement weather, concert will be held inside the Museum with first come, first serve seating.
Aug 8, Sep 12
Maplewood Community Music
Community bands perform in Memorial Park Amphitheater, Oakview Ave. & Dunnell Rd., Maplewood and other locations in Maplewood and South Orange.
Outdoor Summer Concert, Memorial Park Amphitheatre.
Swingville, jazz. Downtown After Sundown, Spiotta Park, S. Orange Ave. & Village Plaza.
Mendham Summer Concerts
Borough Park Gazebo, 19 Mountain Ave., Mendham, 973-543-7152 ext. 12.
Rob Trout & The Flounders.
Carnaby Street, 60s pop.
Met in the Parks
212-362-6000. The Metropolitan Opera presents free performances in parks in and around New York City each summer. 8pm, no tickets required.
Millburn-Short Hills Summer Concerts
Sundays at 7pm in Taylor Park, Millburn, 973-564-7097. Donations for funding may be sent to Township of Millburn, Recreation Dept.–Concerts, 375 Millburn Ave., Millburn 07041. Call 973-564-7096 for rainout information.
Reverse Order, pop rock, America's Got Talent finalist.
British Invasion Tribute, The Beatles, Dave Clark 5, Rolling Stones, more.
Morris Arts Giralda Music & Arts Festival
Great Lawn, Giralda Farms Corporate Park, Rt. 124, Madison (rainsite: College of St. Elizabeth), 973-285-5115 ext. 18. Advance tickets: Adults $15, under 12 $4. At the gate: Adults $20, under 12 $5, under 4 free. Advance tickets available at Kings Supermarkets in Chatham and Morristown and at Morris Arts, 14 Maple Ave., Suite 301, Morristown.
New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. Gates open at 4pm for picnics (bring your own food, blankets, chairs; no pets or bbqs) and activities, art show, poetry tent, children's activities. Concert begins at 6pm.
Morristown Music Without Borders
World music concerts 12:30pm Tuesdays at the Morristown Green. Rainsite: Morristown United Methodist Church, 50 Park Place on the Green.
The Klez Dispensers.
Peter Smith School of Irish Dance.
New Brunswick Hub City Sounds
732-249-2220. Free performing arts series in Aug. and Sept. Visit website for schedule.
Aug 9-Sep 27
NJBG Summer Concert Series
New Jersey Botanical Garden, Ringwood State Park, 1304 Sloatsburg Rd., Ringwood, 973-962-7031. Friday concerts begin at 6:30pm, and are moved to the Carriage House Visitor Center in bad weather. $5 per person donation. Light refreshments available for purchase.
The Willy Dalton Gang, jazz, funk, Latin.
Rave On!, early rock 'n roll.
No Fuss & Feathers, contemporary folk.
New Jersey Performing Arts Center
Theater Square, One Center St., Newark, hotline: 973-353-8046.
Sounds of the City Outdoor Music Series
Free outdoor music series on Thursday evenings in July and Aug. features reggae, funk, Latin music, world music, hip-hop, soul and pop artists. 5:30-8:30pm.
Red Baraat, North Indian bhangra with jazz, go-go, brass funk and hip-hop.
Eddie Palmieri, salsa orchestra.
Black Violin with Brick City Jazz Orchestra.
Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber.
New Jersey Symphony Orchestra
Free performances in June at parks throughout New Jersey.
New Providence Night Under the Stars
Centennial Park, corner of Springfield Ave. and Academy St., New Providence, 908-464-4430. Thursday concerts 7:30-9pm in July, kids activities from 6:30. In case of rain, concert is in the gym in Borough Hall.
The David Cedeno Band.
National Night Out Program.
Independence Day Celebration, South St. from Gales Dr. to Springfield Ave. Festivities begin at 7pm with DJ, juggler, "chalk on South St." for kids of all ages, and fireworks at 9:30pm.
New York City Summer Concerts
NBC Today Show Free Summer Concerts
Friday mornings on the plaza at Rockefeller Center (between 49th & 50th Sts. near 5th Ave.). Show starts at 7am; for best viewing, arrive by 6am. Additional performances may be announced.
Good Morning America Free Summer Concerts
Friday mornings at Summerstage Rumsey Playfield in Central Park (Fifth Ave. & East 69th St., entrance at 72nd St.). Show 7-9am, recommended arrival at 6am. Additional dates and acts will be announced throughout the summer.
Kings of Leon.
Florida Georgia Line.
New York Philharmonic Concerts in the Park
Free summer concerts in New York City parks.
Ocean City Music Pier
Moorlyn Terrace & The Boardwalk, Ocean City, 609-525-9300. Historic 1928 concert hall on the boardwalk presents a variety of shows, nationally renowned musicians, the Miss New Jersey pageant and the Ocean City Pops summer concert series from July through October. Visit website for complete schedule and to purchase tickets.
Tickets for concerts below available through Ticketmaster.
David Bromberg Quintet.
The Bacon Brothers.
G. Love & Special Sauce.
Oskar Schindler Performing Arts Center
4 Boland Dr., West Orange, 973-669-7385. New Jersey Arts Incubator and partners present concerts, theater, movies and special events on the open-air stage at OSPAC July-Sept. Summer subscription discount: 12 concerts for $120. Visit website for full calendar and tickets.
Jul 18, 27, Aug 1
Cliburn Winners, Fei-Fei Dong, Sean Chen, Vadym Khodolenko.
Footloose The Musical, Theatre Next Door.
New Jersey Renaissance Faire, all day.
Guitar Festival, David Stryker, Bruce Edwards, Nat Janoff, Mak Grgic.
Mulgrew Miller PIano Festival, honors American jazz pianist and composer.
11th Annual OSPAC Jazz Festival.
Princeton Palmer Square Summer Music
Palmer Square, 40 Nassau St., Princeton, 609-921-2333. On the Green Saturdays in July and Aug. 2-4pm.
Jul 5-Aug 30
Red Bank Street Life
Downtown Red Bank.
Sat Jun 7-Aug 30 and Jul 25-27
Streetlife, music, entertainment & artists on downtown streets 6-9pm Saturdays June 7-Aug. 30 and July 25-27.
Jazz in the Park, 7:30pm Riverside Gardens Park July 3-Aug. 28.
Jul 20, Aug 17, Sep 21, Oct 19
Food & Wine Walk, sample wine and food from Red Bank restaurants. 2-6pm. Purchase wristband for $35.
River to River Festival
Free music, film, dance, theater, art and family-friendly events take place at different locations in lower Manhattan including South Street Seaport.
Sandy Hook Beach Concert Series
Gateway National Recreation Area, Sandy Hook, Beach Area E, 732-291-7733. Wed. 6pm. Free admission to park after 5pm. Sponsored by the Sandy Hook Foundation.
Tim McLoone & the Shirleys, Americana.
Rip Tide/The Haven, rock & roll. 5:30 start for cover band, Harpers Fellow.
Motor City Review, Motown.
Pat Guadagno & Candle Brothers, rock.
JoBonnano & Godsons of Soul, rock & RB.
Scotch Plains Summer Concert Series
Alan Augustine Village Green, 430 Park Ave., 908-322-6700 x223. Thursday evenings at 7:30pm.
Jul 10, 17, 24, 31, Aug 14
Somerset County Park Commission Summer Concert Series
908-722-1200. Concerts at Duke Island Park bandshell, Old York Rd., Bridgewater, 7-8:30pm, unless noted. In case of inclement weather over the weekend, 908-722-1200, ext. 7.
Time Machine, dance band.
Hotel California, salute to the Eagles.
16th Annual Bayou Fest, featuring Zydegroove, 5:30-6:30pm. Buckwheat Zydeco, 7-8:30pm.
Carlos Colina & Straight Up, jazz & blues.
Jobonanno & The Godsons of Soul, soul rock 'n roll.
John Kuse & The Excellents and Bob Miranda & The Happenings, doo wop.
Somerville Cruisers & Concerts
Friday Night Cruisers
Classic car show downtown and classic oldies with a DJ on the lawn of the United Reform Church every Friday night through Labor Day weekend. 5:30-9pm.
Thru Aug 29
Saturday Summer Stage
Live music on Division St. Saturday evenings at 7pm.
Jul 12-Aug 16
South Orange Outdoor Concert Series
Flood's Hill, Meadowland Park, 70 N. Ridgewood Rd., South Orange, 973-378-7754 ext. 2223. Wednesdays in July at 7:30pm. Food and beverage vendors. Rainsite: SOPAC, One Sopac Way, South Orange.
The Wisenheimers, rock, pop, top 40 hits.
John Lee & Friends, jazz.
Rock the Hill, rock.
Summerfest Music Series
"The Gardens" on eastern side of Liberty House Restaurant, Audrey Zapp Dr., Liberty State Park, Jersey City, 201-547-4327. If there is a threat of rain, 201-792-1993. Most concerts Tuesdays 7-9pm and Sunday evenings 5-7pm. Check website for artists and times.
Jul 6-Aug 17
National Night Out in the Parks.
Rumsey Playfield, mid-park at 72nd St. off 5th, Central Park, 212-360-2777. Parks weather hotline: 212-875-5709. City Parks Foundation brings free concerts, performances, and readings to Central Park and parks citywide June-Aug. A series of ticketed benefit concerts, featuring some of the biggest stars in contemporary music, support the free shows.
Jun 3-Aug 25
Summit "Hot Summer Nights"
Village Green, Broad St., Summit, 908-277-2932 x12. Tues. evenings in July at 7pm. In the event of rain, check website.
The Bridesmaids, community night dance party, local businesses and organizations on hand.
Brian Kirk & The Jirks.
Union County Performing Arts Center
Main Stage: 1601 Irving St., Rahway, 732-499-8226; Hamilton Stage: 360 Hamilton St., Rahway. Free summer concert series outdoors in front of the Arts Center. 7:30pm.
Pure Prairie League.
Brother Joscephus & The Love Revolution.
Southside Johnny & The Poor Fools.
Union County Summer Arts Festival
Wednesday evening concerts at 7:30pm are held at Echo Lake Park, Springfield Ave. end, Westfield/Mountainside or Oak Ridge Park, 136 Oak Ridge Rd., Clark, 908-527-4900. In case of rain, call hotline, 908-558-4079, after 3pm on day of concert. Refreshment stand on site.
Echo Lake Park Concerts
Danny V's 52nd Street, Billy Joel tribute.
Oak Ridge Park Concerts
Bernard Purdie All Stars.
Cedar Brook Park Concert
Pemberton Ave., Plainfield/South Plainfield.
Warren Municipal Grounds, 46 Mountain Blvd., Warren, 908-753-8000, ext. 270. Food and refreshments available.
So You Think You Can Sing?, local talent performs, 7-9:30pm.
West Caldwell Gazebo Concerts
Carne Park Gazebo, 30 Clinton Rd., West Caldwell, 973-226-2300. Thursday concerts at 7:30pm, weather permitting. Food available for purchase from 6:30pm.
Hotel California, music of The Eagles.
The Beth Anne Clayton Band, country pop.
Time Machine, dance rock from 60s to 80s.
Westfield Summer Concerts
Sweet Sounds Downtown Jazz Festival every Tues. in July and Aug., July 1-Aug. 26. Multiple acts play 7-9 on downtown streets. 908-789-9444. Raindate: Wednesday.
Westfield Community Band Concerts, 7:30pm Thurs. June 26-July 17. Mindowaskin Park Bandstand, E. Broad St., 908-789-4080.
Westfield Swing Band, July 24.
WoodbridgeArts Summer Concerts
Inclement weather hotline: 732-602-6045.
Woodbridge Mayor's Summer Concert Series
On the lawn at Woodbridge High School, 25 Samuel Lupo Pl., Woodbridge. Oldies & doo wop Mondays in July and Aug. at 7:30pm. Free admission with non-perishable food items for "We Feed Woodbridge" food banks.
NY Rat Pack.
Emil Stucchio & The Classics.
The Fabulous Greaseband.
Parker Press Park, 400 Rahway Ave., Woodbridge. Electric folk, rock, jazz, Americana and world music Wednesdays at 7:30pm. Farmers Market open 3-8:30pm. Rainsite: Woodbridge Middle School auditorium, 582 Barron Ave.
Socks in the Frying Pan.
Bobtown and Lera Lynn.
El Caribefunk and Ryan Tennis.
Woodbridge High School, 25 Samuel Lupo Pl., Woodbridge. Classic rock tribute bands perform Tuesdays, 7:30pm. Free with non-perishable food items for "We Feed Woodbridge" food bank.
Bell Bottom Blues, Clapton.
The B Street Band, Bruce Springsteen.
Introduction "The Chicago Experience."
The Guthrie Brothers, Simon & Garfunkel.
Beatles Faux Sale.
Tusk, Fleetwood Mac.
Local Band Thursdays
Parker Press Park, 400 Rahway Ave., Woodbridge. Local bands and musicians perform Thursdays at 7:30pm. Free admission with donation of non-perishable food items for "We Feed" food banks. Free parking at NJ Transit lot.
Jun 19-Aug 28
Berkeley Heights Movie in the Park
Memorial Park, Park Ave. & Plainfield Ave., 908-464-0550. Thurs. at 8:15pm or dusk. Free popcorn and water.
Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted.
Bernards Township Movies & Games in the Park
Dunham Park, 908-204-3003. Movies and games Wed. at dusk, approx. 8:15-8:30pm. Rain dates the following night.
Family Fun Night, 6:30-8:30. The Lego Movie, PG.
Despicable Me 2, PG.
Essex County Free Friday Flicks
Essex County Kip's Castle Park, 22 Crestmont Rd., Verona, 973-239-2485. Gates open at 7pm with pre-movie entertainment, movie begins at dusk. Rain dates are the following night.
Fanwood Movies at LaGrande Park
LaGrande Park, Fanwood, 908-370-7092. Tuesdays at dusk, approx. 8:30pm at the beginning of the schedule, 8pm by end. Raindate is the following evening.
Thor: The Dark World, PG-13.
Despicable Me 2, PG.
The LEGO Movie, PG.
Ender's Game, PG-13.
Florham Park Outdoor Movie Night
Gazebo lawn of municipal complex, 111 Ridgedale Ave., Florham Park, 973-410-5390. Refreshments for sale.
Movie TBA. 8:30pm.
Hoboken Movies Under the Stars
Pier A Park (at the east most end), 1st St. and Frank Sinatra Dr., 201-420-2207. Wed. June-Aug. Show starts at sunset, approx. 9pm in June & July, 8:15pm in Aug. Snacks available at concession booth. For movie schedule, visit "Cultural Affairs" online.
Outdoor Movies, every Wed. June 12-Aug. 28.
Preschool of Rock, musical performance 7pm. Despicable Me, movie.
My Gym Hoboken Demo, 7pm. The Lego Movie, movie.
My Gym Hoboken Demo, 7pm. Frozen, movie.
Mendham Movies in the Park
Borough Park Gazebo, 19 Mountain Ave., Mendham, 973-543-7152 ext. 12.
The Princess Bride.
Oskar Schindler PAC Movie Night
4 Boland Dr., West Orange, 973-669-7385. Free family movies at 7:30pm.
Despicable Me 2.
Princeton Art Museum Outdoor Films
Art Museum lawn, Princeton, 609-258-3788. Thurs. at sundown, approx. 8:30pm. Popcorn provided. Rain location: McCormick 106.
Painters Painting, 1973.
Picnic on the Lawn & Outdoor Film Screening, barbecue fare, live music, family-friendly activities from 6pm. Breakfast at Tiffany's, 1961 classic, will be shown at dusk.
Princeton Palmer Square Summer Movie
Palmer Square West, 40 Nassau St., Princeton, 609-921-2333.
Sea Bright Movies on the Beach
Center Beach, 1099 Ocean Ave., Sea Bright. Sunday. evenings at dusk, weather permitting.
Jul 20, Aug 3, 24
Heading to the shore this summer? Shore Flicks provides outdoor movies for many shore communities in Monmouth and Ocean Counties including Red Bank, Asbury Park, LBI, Spring Lake and more. For schedules, see shoreflicks on FB.
Somerset County Park Commission
Friday Nights at the Drive-in Movies
Duke Island Park, Old York Rd., Bridgewater, 908-722-1200 ext. 7. Friday evenings 8:30pm. Popcorn and refreshments are available. Don't forget bug spray.
Somerville Starlit Cinema Series
Division St., Somerville., 908-541-1600. Wednesdays at 8:30pm. beginning July 9.
Jul 9-Aug 13
South Orange Movies in the Park
Flood's Hill, Meadowland Park, 70 N. Ridgewood Rd., South Orange, 973-313-2787. Movies begin at 7:45pm. There is no rain location or rain dates.
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.
Summit Screen on the Green
Village Green, Broad St., Summit. Thurs. in July and Aug. Family dance party begins at 8pm, movies begin at 9pm or after dark.
Despicable Me 2, PG.
Free Birds, PG. Bring canned goods and non-perishable items for NJ Food Bank.
The Croods, PG.
Union County Family Fun & Flix
908-527-4900, Hotline: 908-558-4079. Family activities begin at 7:30pm, movie at dusk, in good weather only. Snack stand.
The Lego Movie. Warinanco Park, Elizabeth.
Jurassic Park, drive-in movie in Galloping Hill Golf Course parking lot, Kenilworth. Driving range clinic, pre-movie activity.
Despicable Me 2, Meisel Park, Springfield. National Night Out activities begin at 6pm.
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2. Conant Park, Hillside.
Warren Recreation Outdoor Movie Nights
Movie Nite/Family Campout, bring your tents to Warren Pavilion & fields. Movie (Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium), games and crafts. Register online for campout, $8 for ages 7 and up.
Turbo the Garden Snail, 7:30pm, Wagner Farm.
Bernards Township Parks & Recreation
Pleasant Valley Park amphitheater, Valley Rd., Basking Ridge, 908-204-3003. 8pm. Rainsite: Ridge High School. Free, donations appreciated. Bring your own seating, bug spray and flashlight.
Thoroughly Modern Millie, A Light Opera of New Jersey Production.
Jul 25-26, 31, Aug 1-2
Brookdale Summer Shakespeare Ensemble
On the Lawn at Larrison Hall, Brookdale Community College, Lincroft, 732-224-2411. Free performances Thurs.-Sat. at 7pm, Sun. at 6pm. If raining, performance will be inside BPAC.
A Winter's Tale.
Hoboken Storybook Theatre
Elysian Park, 10th & Hudson St., Hoboken, 201-240-2207. Song, dance, poetry and drama for all ages presented by Tempest Productions. 1-3pm, rain or shine.
Something Whistling in the Night: Folktales from Other Lands.
Hudson Shakespeare Company
973-449-7443, hudsonshakespeare.org. Free summer performances in parks in Hoboken, Jersey City, Hackensack, Kenilworth, Fort Lee, West Milford and other locations. Visit website for complete schedule.
Kenilworth Public Library, 548 Boulevard.
On the Waterfront, The Play, 7:30pm.
Stephen J. Capestro Theater, Rt. 1S (1 block south of Menlo Park Mall), Edison, 732-548-2884. Bring your own low-back chairs for these popular performances presented by the Middlesex County Dept. of Parks & Recreation. Box office opens at 5:30pm, performance at 8:30pm. Tickets available on day of performance only, no advance sales. No performances on Sun. Adults $7, srs. $5, 12 & under free.
Jul 30-Aug 9
Bye Bye Birdie.
The Public Theater Shakespeare in Central Park
Delacorte Theater, mid-park at 80th St., Central Park, 212-260-2400. Pick up free tickets (two max. per person) on the day of performance beginning at noon at the Delacorte Theater. A limited number of tickets are available online the day of performance by logging in 12am-12pm. Online tickets are awarded randomly. Performances Tues.-Sun. at 8:30pm.
Jul 22-Aug 17
King Lear, William Shakespeare.
Scotch Plains Stars Theatre
Village Green, 430 Park Ave., 908-322-6700. Performances begin at 6pm.
Disney's High School Musical Jr.
The Sound of Music.
Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey Outdoor Stage
OpOpen-air Greek amphitheatre on the campus of the College of Saint Elizabeth, 2 Convent Station, Morris Twp., 973-408-5600. Tues.-Sun. at 8:15pm, Sun. at 4:30. Purchase tickets from box office or online.
Jun 18-Jul 27
The Learned Ladies, by Moliere. The "It Girls" of the 17th century frolic in a silly, fun farce for all ages, especially families with teens.
Washington Crossing State Park Open Air Theatre
355 Washington Crossing-Pennington Rd., Titusville, 609-737-0623.
Performances Fri. & Sat. at 11am, Sun. at 4pm. NJ residents $5, non-residents $7. Advance tickets or at box office.
Disney's Aladdin, Jr.
Jul 25-Aug 3
Little Red Riding Hood.
Hansel & Gretel.
Performances are Fri.-Sun. at 7:30pm. Adults $15, 12 & under $10. Purchase tickets in advance or at box office.
Seussical the Musical.
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.
Aug 22-Sep 7
Thoroughly Modern Millie.
Big the Musical.
Sep 26-Oct 5
Fiddler on the Roof.
The Mystery of Edwin Drood.