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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.

Check back in June, 2016, for new arts in the parks schedules.

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Berkeley Heights Summer Concert Series
Memorial Park, 908-464-0550. Wed. concerts 7:30-9pm.
Jul 20
     
Beatlemania, Beatles tribute.
Jul 27
      Beginnings, Chicago tribute.
Aug 3
     
52nd Street, Billy Joel tribute.
Aug 10
     
Jersey Four, Four Seasons tribute.

Bernards Township Parks & Recreation Jayne Hannigan Summer Concert Series
Pleasant Valley Park, 908-204-3003. Tuesdays at 7pm. Rainsite: Ridge High School.
Jul 5
     
Reminisce, classic car show at 5pm.
Jul 12
      Asbury Fever.
Jul 19
     
Jimmy & the Parrots.
Jul 26
      Beatlemania Again.

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.
Jun 29
      The Cameos, oldies.
Jul 6
     
Doc Holiday, country.
Jul 13
      Harmony Senior Drum Corp, 7-7:30; PGQ & A, classic rock, 7:45-8:30.
Jul 20
      Tommy Gardner, kids of all ages.
Jul 27
      Rave On Early, rock & roll.
Aug 3
      No Discipline, Reggae/Caribbean.
Aug 10
      The Kootz, pop/rock.

Chatham Community Band
Concerts 7:30pm unless noted.

Essex County's Summer Concert Series
973-268-3500. Free concerts and festivals are held at parks throughout Essex County June to Sept. Those at Brookdale Park, Bellevue and Watchung Aves., Bloomfield, are listed below. Brookdale Park concerts begin at 7:30pm. Visit website link for complete schedule.
Brookdale Park Concerts
Jul 1
      AM Gold & Fireworks Spectacular.
Jul 8
      Bronx Wanderers.
Jul 15
       Stylistics.
Jul 22
       Mike Del Guidice & Big Shot, Billy Joel tribute.
Jul 29
       Beginnings, Chicago tribute.
Aug 5
       Eaglemania.
Aug 12
       The Infernos.
Selected Special Events
Jun 28
       New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Branch Brook Park, Heller Parkway, Newark. 7:30pm. Fireworks.
Jul 6
       Smooth, tribute to Motown, Weequahic Park, Newark. 7:30pm. Fireworks.
Aug 8
       Jersey Sound, Grover Cleveland Park, Caldwell/Essex Fells. 7pm.
Aug 10
       Frank Piombo Quintet, Verona Park, Verona. 7pm.
Aug 19
       Ron Aprea Orchestra, Eagle Rock Reservation, West Orange. 7pm.
Sep 11
       Mike Griot's Essex County South Mountain Blues Festival, South Mountain Reservation, West Orange. 11-8.

Flemington Summer Classic Car Shows
Main St., downtown Flemington. Classic cars, live music in front of Main Street Bagel (26 Main St.) and The Grill Shack (136 Main St.), kids' activities and food 5:30-8:30pm select Saturdays May-Sept.
Jun 25, Jul 9, 23, Aug 6, 20, Sep 3

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.
Jun 19
     
Tramps Like Us, Springsteen tribute.
Jun 26
     
David Aaron Orchestra.
Jul 10
      Desert Highway, Eagles tribute.
Jul 17
      Jesse Garron, Elvis tribute.
Jul 24
      Slippery When Wet, Bon Jovi tribute.
Jul 31
      The Little Big Band, Jim Nuzzo.

Freehold Summer & Fall Concert Series
Hall of Records Parking Lot, Freehold, 732-333-0094. Thursdays 7:30-9:30pm June-Aug.
Jun 9
      Mission Dance.
Jun 16
      Jersey Four.
Jun 23
      Time Machine.
Jun 30
      The Nerds.
Jul 7
      NRG.
Jul 14
     
Phil Engel Band.
Jul 21
      Brian Kirk & The Jirks.
Jul 28
     
Eaglemania.
Aug 4
     
Lifespeed.
Aug 11
     
British Invasion.
Aug 18
     
Jimm & The Parrots.
Aug 25 
      Daddy Pop.

Frelinghuysen Arboretum Cottage Garden Concert Series
Frelinghuysen Arboretum, Morris Twp., 973-394-1100. Outdoor concerts in the Cottage Garden 7-8pm on select Fridays in June and July. Matilda's Cafe open for a snack and beverage. Admission $15, pre-registration required.
Jun 10
      The Break Lights, India.
Jun 24
     
The Buskers, country.
Jul 15
      Cherry Lane, coffee house.
Jul 22
     
Dani Zanoni, eclectic pop.
Jul 29
     
Aubrey Anne Trio, Brazilian jazz.

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. Food trucks on site from 6pm. Rain location: Memorial School Auditorium, 61 Highland Ave., Whippany.
Jul 11
      Beginnings, Chicago tribute.
Jul 18
      Yeehaw, country.
Jul 25
      AM Gold, 70's to 90's.

Hanson Park Conservancy Concerts
38 Springfield Ave., Cranford. Sunday concerts in the park begin at 5pm.
Jul 10
      Chuck Lambert Band.
Aug 7
      Spooky Hand Band.Thurs

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.

Thurs
     
Thursday Concerts, 7-9pm Sinatra Park June 2-Aug. 18.
Jun 13, Jul 18, Aug 18
      Open Mic Showcase, 7-9pm.

Selected Concerts
Jun 26
     
Skanatra, 20th Anniversary Performance.
Jun 30
      New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Pier A. Park.
Aug 4
      David Bowie Tribute.
Family Fun Nights
Shipyard Park, 13th St. & McFeeley Dr. (just east of Kings). Tues. evenings at 7pm June-Aug.
Jun 21
      Erin Lee & the Up Past Bedtime Band.
Jun 28
      The Fuzzy Lemons.
My Gym demo at 6:30.
Jul 12
      Ron Albanese (Polka Dot) & His Polka Dot Pals.
My Gym demo at 6:30.
Jul 19
      The Hey Ya Brothers.
Jul 26
      Americana Family Jamboree.
Aug 2
     
Music Together.
Aug 9
      Garden Street School of the Performing Arts Band.
Aug 16
      Carol Lester
presents The Bubble Queen & The Royal Bubble Pops.

Hudson Riverfront PAC 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 and rain dates.
Jun 29
      Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks.
Jul 13
      The Persuasions.
Aug 3
      Centennial Tribute to Billy Strayhorn.
Aug 17
      The Davidl Band.
Aug 29
      Broadway on the Hudson.

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.
Jun 23
      Hunterdon Symphony.
Jun 30
     
Hunterdon Harmonizers.
Jul 7
      Scott DeCarlo, country-rock.
Jul 14
      Full County Big Band.
Jul 21
     
Jim Barone, Elvis tribute.
Jul 28
      Tusk, Fleetwood Mac tribute.
Aug 4
     i40th Anniversary Party.
Aug 11
     
Captain Jack, Billy Joel tribute.
Aug 18
      Amish Outlaws.

Jefferson Arts Summer Concert Series
Jefferson Twp. Municipal Complex gazebo, 1033 Weldon Rd., Lake Hopatcong, 973-697-2032. Fri. concerts at 7-9pm. Rainsite: Jefferson Twp. High School Auditorium. Visit website link for 2016 schedule.

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, srs. $15, ages 11-17 $10, ages 10 and under free with paid adult. Advance tickets can be ordered online.
Jul 16
      Evolution.
Jul 23
      Desert Highway.
Jul 30
      Pat Benatar.
Aug 8
      Elvis with Jesse Garron.
Aug 13
     
Beatlemania Again.

Jersey Shore Jazz & Blues
Music all day, crafters, kids activities, food. Free admission, rain or shine. Sponsored by Jersey Shore Jazz & Blues Foundation.
Jun 18
     
Point Pleasant Boro Jazz & Blues Festival, 12-8. Riverside Park, Maxson Ave. & River Rd.
Jul 23
      Asbury Park Blues & Brews Festival, 12-8. Bradley Park, 1300 Ocean Ave.
Aug 27
      Long Branch Jazz & Blues Festival, 12-9:30pm. Great Lawn at the Promenade. Fireworks.

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 late July to Aug.
Jul 20-Aug 7
Selected Events
Jul 20
      A Night of Words and Music with Patti Smith, Lenny Kate & Tony Shanahan; Mariachi Flor de Toloache. 7:30pm, Damrosch Park.
Jul 23
     
Family Day: Lincoln Center Block Party with Illstyle & Peace Productions. 11am, Josie Robertson Plaza.
     Dance Theatre of Harlem Company & School, 1pm, Josie Robertson Plaza.
     Illstyle & Peace Productions. 1pm, Hearst Plaza.
     She's a Rebel: The Girl Group Project. 3pm, Josie Robertson Plaza.
     An Evening with Darlene Love. 7:30pm, Damrosch Park.
Jul 29
     
The Bells: A Daylong Celebration of Lou Reed, all day, Damrosch Park.
Jul 31
      Songs of Freedom; Ky-Mani Marley; Finotee, Caribbean Cultural Center. 7pm, Damrosch Park.
Aug 4
      NPR Music Live in Concert, hosted by Bob Boilen & Robin Hilton of All Songs Considered and Felix Contreras and Jasmine Garsd of Alt.Latino. 7pm, Damrosch Park.
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.
Jun 21-Jul 9
Jul 9
      LC Kids Dance, Rodney Lopez teaches ballroom, 3pm Damrosch Park. Recommended for ages 6-10. Free.

Livingston Summer Concerts at the Gazebo
Memorial Park Gazebo, Livingston, 973-535-7925. Concerts on Sun. 7-8:30pm in July. Rainsite: Livingston High School.
Jul 10
     
The Infernos.
Jul 17
      Park Ave.
Jul 24
      AM Gold.
Jul 31
      B Street Band.
Special Events
Jul 4
      4th of July Community Celebration, Memorial oval. Rides, games, classic car show , bbq, The Nerds at 7:45, fireworks at 9:15.

Long Branch Summer 2016
Long Branch Bands by the Beach
Concerts 7-8:30pm. 732-222-7000 x5447.
Sun
      Bands by the Beach, Sundays at West End Park (corner of Brighton & Ocean Aves.), 7-8:30pm June 12 to Aug. 28.
Thurs
      Thursdays by the Sea, Pier Village. See schedule below.
Jul 4
     Oceanfest at Long Branch, vendors on the boardwalk, fireworks at dusk.
Jul 19
     
David Cedeno & His Orchestra, Broadway Band Shell, 3rd & Broadway.
Aug 13
      West End Cruise Night & Classic Car Show, 6-10pm Brighton Ave. Main Stage      The Happenings, opening act Dive Bar Romeos.
Aug 16
      Ray Rodriguez Y Swing Sabroso, Broadway Band Shell, 3rd & Broadway.
Aug 30
     
Origens Band, St. Luke's Church, 535 Broadway.
Sep 11
      Cruise to the Jersey Shore Car Show, 9-4, Oceanfront Promenade & Great Lawn.
Thursdays by the Sea
Concerts 7-8:30pm at Pier Village. Rainsite: Long Branch Middle School, 350 Indiana Ave. & N. Bath Ave.
Jun 16
      Tim McLoone & The Shirleys.
Jun 23
      Motor City Review.
Jun 30
     The Liza Colby Sound.
Jul 7
      The Bob Burger Band.
Jul 14
      After the Reign.
Jul 21
      The Nerds.
Jul 28
      Lavender Steel.

Aug 4      
      Dead On Live.
Aug 11
      The Fleshtones.
Aug 18
      The ASAP Band.
Aug 25
      Mad Satta.
Sep 1
       Brian Kirk & The Jirks, with fireworks.

Madison Downtown Concert Series
Family-friendly Friday evening concerts 6-8pm outside on the lawn of the Museum of Early Trades & Crafts. Picnicking encouraged. Sponsored by the Madison Downtown Development Commission.
Jun 24
     
The Frost Kings.
Jul 15
     
Bally Castle Band.
Jul 29
      Rosewood.
Aug 12
      Barba Roja Latin Band.
Aug 26
    
Jumping the Gun.
Sep 9
      Sunnyside Jazz.

Maplewood Community Music
Community bands perform in Memorial Park Amphitheater, Oakview Ave. & Dunnell Rd., Maplewood and other locations in Maplewood and South Orange.
Jul 12
      Maplewood Community Concert Band, South Mountain Reservation, Cherry Lane (near Paddle Boat House), West Orange. 7:30-8:30.
Jul 13
     
Maplewood Community Concert Band, Memorial Park Amphitheater. 7:30-8:30pm.

Maplewoodstock Music & Arts Festival
Memorial Park, Maplewood. Two day festival of regional and national music, food and arts vendors and KidsZone.
Jul 9-10
      Headliners: Railroad Earth, Sat. 8:15; NRBQ, Sun. 8:15; Maya Azucena, Sat. 7:15; Nicole Atkins, Sun. 6:45. Visit website link for complete lineup.

Mendham Summer Concerts
Borough Park Gazebo, 19 Mountain Ave., Mendham, 973-543-7152 ext. 12. Sunday concerts 7-9pm.
Jul 3
     
Carnaby Street.
Jul 10
     
Kimon & The Prophets, blues/rock.
Jul 24
      Larry Stevens Group, pop rock hits.
Jul 31
      British Invasion Tribute.

Mercer County Park Festival Groups
Mercer County Park, Hughes Dr. or Old Trenton Rd. entrance, West Windsor, NJ, 609-448-1947. Performing arts stage features 500-700 reserved seats and approx. 7,000 lawn seats for summer concerts. Food vendors on site. For tickets: 888-929-7849.
Free Summer Concerts
6-10pm.
Jul 9
      Chevy Chevis & Her Band.
Jul 23
      Blue Meanies & Satisfaction, Beatles & Rolling Stones tribute.
Jul 30
      DD & the Divebombers; Joe Zook & the Blues Deluxe; The Ernie White Band.
Aug 6
      The Prophets & 80's UnderCover, 80's tribute.
Aug 20
      Human Wheels & the Best of the Eagles, John Mellencamp & Eagles tribute.
Special Events
Jun 18
      Mercer County Cultural Festival, 11-7.
Jun 25
     
Mercer County Freedom Festival, 3-11.
Jul 2
     
New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, 7:30-9:30.
Aug 12
     
Dark Star Orchestra: The Ultimate Grateful Dead Experience. 6pm. $27.
Sep 3-4
      Indo American Fair, 11-7.
Sep 23-25
    
Italian American Festival, Fri. 3-11; Sat. 12-11, fireworks; Sun. 12-9:30.
Oct 2
      Slovak Festival, 12-6.
Oct 8
      BLEND Central Jersey Craft Beer Festival, 12-6pm.
Oct 15
      Fall Food Truck Fiesta, 10-6.

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.
Selected Events
Jun 22
     
Central Park Summerstage, Rumsey Playfield. 8pm.
Jul 7
     
Clove Lakes Park, Staten Island. 7pm.
Jul 9
     
Jackie Robinson Park, Manhattan. 7pm.

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, NJ 07041. Call 973-564-7096 for rainout information.
Jun 26
     
The British Invasion Tribute, Beatles, Dave Clark 5, Stones and more.
Jul 10
      Bazooka Joe & The Bubblegum Machine, rock & roll dance band.
Jul 24
      Soul Groove, R&B/Motown and pop hits.
Aug 7
     
Street Hassle, classic rock with 6-piece horns.

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, under 4 free. At the gate: Adults $20, under 12 $5. Discount advance tickets available at Kings Supermarkets in Chatham and Morristown; Gary's Wine & Marketplace in Madison; and at Morris Arts, 14 Maple Ave., Suite 301, Morristown, or online.
Jun 26
      New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. Gates open at 4pm for picnics (bring your own food, blankets, chairs; no pets or bbqs) and activities, art show, children's activities. Concert begins at 6pm. No barbecues or pets.

Morristown Music Beyond Borders
World music concerts 12:30pm Tuesdays on the Morristown Green. Rainsite: Morristown United Methodist Church, 50 Park Place on the Green.
Jun 28
     
Smitty's Polka Band Trio.
Jul 12
      Shivalik Ghoshal on Tabla and Vocalist/Harmonium player Andrew Shantz, Indian Ragas and Rhythms.
Jul 26
     
Mexico Beyond Mariachi.
Aug 9
      Lei Pasifika, Tahitian and Hawaiian dance from the Pacific Islands.

New Brunswick Hub City Sounds
732-729-0320 ext. 201. Free performing arts series in Aug. and Sept. Visit website link for 2016 schedule.
Aug-Sep

NJBG Summer Concert Series
New Jersey Botanical Garden, Ringwood State Park, 1304 Sloatsburg Rd., Ringwood, 973-962-9534. 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.
Jun 10
     
Brassworks, classical to ragtime.
Jun 24
     
The Kootz, rock 'n roll.
Jul 8
      The Dalton Gang, jazz, funk and Latin.
Jul 22
      The Guthrie Brothers, Simon & Garfunkel, Everly Brothers songbooks.

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. 5-9pm.
Jul 7
     WBGO DJ Felix Hernandez's Rhythm Revue Dance Party.
Jul 21
      Universal Hip Hop Museum: The Peace, Unity & Love Show.
Aug 4
      Junior Marvin's Wailers.
Aug 11
      Avery Sunshine.
Aug 18
    
Tortured Soul.
Aug 25
     
Bilal.

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra
Free performances in June throughout New Jersey.
Jun 23
      Overpeck County Park, Bergen County. 8pm.
Jun 24
      Echo Lake Park, Mountainside. 7:30pm.
Jun 28
     
Branch Brook Park, Newark. 7:30pm.
Jun 29
    
 Meadowland Park, South Orange. 7:30pm.
Jun 30
     
Pier A Park, Hoboken. 7:30pm.
Jul 2
      Mercer County Park, West Windsor. 8pm.

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 with kids entertainment, free hot dogs by Prestige Diner and free Italian ice from Zita's. In case of rain, concert is in the gym in Borough Hall.
Jul 14
      1910 Fruitgum Company.
Jul 21
     
Cindy Gelormini.
Jul 28
      Asbury Fever.
Aug 2
     
Elefante Family Band / National Night Out.

New York City Summer Concerts
NBC Today Show Free Summer Concerts
Mostly 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.
Jun 21
     
Meghan Trainor.
Jun 23
      Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.
Jun 24
     Steven Tyler.
Jul 1
      Rachel Platten.
Jul 8
      Shawn Mendes.
Jul 22
     
Celine Dion.
Aug 5
     
Blake Shelton.
Aug 26
     
Jessica Simpson.
Aug 29
     
DNCE.
Sep 2
     
Alicia Keys.
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. Some concerts require free tickets in advance for entry.
Jun 17
      Demi Lovato.
Jun 24
      Brad Paisley.
Jul 1
      Blink 182.
Jul 8
      Kenny Chesney.
Jul 15
      Elie King, Times Square Studio.
Jul 22
      Sia.
Jul 29
      James Bay.
Aug 5
      X Ambassadors.
Aug 12
      Keith Urban.
Aug 19
     
TBD.
Aug 26
     
Jason Aldean.
Sep 2
      Jason Derulo.

New York Philharmonic Concerts in the Park
Free summer concerts in New York City parks.
Selected Events
Jun 15- 16
      Great Lawn, Central Park, 8pm.

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.

Oskar Schindler Performing Arts Center
4 Boland Dr., West Orange, 973-669-7385. New Jersey Arts Incubator and partners present concerts, movies and special events on the open-air stage at OSPAC.
Selected Events
Jun 18      
     
Latin Night at OSPAC, 6:30-7:30pm.
Aug 19
      Freespace Dance & Rude Boy George, 8-9pm. Tickets $15.

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 2-Aug 27
Selected Special Events
Jun 17-19
       
JaZams 20th Birthday Weekend of Fun. Fri.: block party 6-9pm, Dan Zanes in concert, 8pm. Sat.: Outdoor screening on the Green of "Despicable Me," 8:30pm. Sun.: Concert by Alex & the Kaleidoscope and birthday cake, 2pm.
Sep 18
      25th Annual Jazz Feast, open-air jazz festival with all day jazz and restaurant showcase. Free admission for music. 12-6pm.

Red Bank Street Life
Downtown Red Bank.
Thurs
     
Jazz in the Park. 7:30-9pm every Thursday in Riverside Gardens Park, W. Front St.
Sat
     
Streetlife, music, entertainment and artists on downtown streets 6-9pm Sat. June thru Aug.

River to River Festival
Attend free dance, music, visual art and new media projects in public parks, historic landmarks, along the waterfront in lower Manhattan and on Governors Island.
Jun 16-26
Selected Events
Jun 21
      Night at the Museums, free admission at 14 museums and cultural institutions in lower Manhattan. 4-8pm.

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.
Jun 15
      The Nerds.
Jun 22
      The Weeklings.
Jun 29
     
Matt O'Ree Band.
Jul 6
      Tim McLoone & The Shirleys.
Jul 13
     
Bob Bandiera Band.
Jul 20
      Sensational Soul Cruisers.
Jul 27
      The Carl Gentry Band.
Aug 3
     
Rain Date.
Aug 10
     
Rip Tide, with special guests The Sam Sims Band, 5:30 start.
Aug 17
      Jobonanno and the Godsons of Soul.

Scotch Plains Summer Concert Series
Alan Augustine Village Green, 430 Park Ave., 908-322-6700 x223. Thursday evenings at 7:30pm.
Jul 14
      Jersey Sound.
Jul 21
      Full Count Big Band.
Jul 28
      Wolf Creek.
Aug 4
      Funktion 11.
Aug 11
     
Good Works Band.

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.
Jul 10
   
   Beginnings, Chicago tribute.
Jul 17
      Yeehaw, country band.
Jul 24
     
Joseph Leo Bwarie & His Orchestra.
Jul 31
      20th Annual Bayou Fest at Duke Island Park, Zydeco-A-Go-Go, 5:30-6:30pm. CJ Chenier & The Red Hot Louisiana Band, 7-8:30pm.
Aug 7
     
Joe Zook and Blues Deluxe.
Aug 14
      3rd Annual Doo-Wop & Food Truck Fest, featuring Tramps Like Us, Springsteen tribute.

Somerville Cruisers & Concerts
Thurs
     
Starlit Cinema, classics, comedy, family-friendly films on a giant outdoor screen 8:30pm Thursday evenings, Division Street Plaza, July 14-Aug. 18.
Fri
     
Friday Night Cruisers, classic car show on Main Street every Friday night Memorial Day through Labor Day weekend. 6-9pm.
Sat
     
Saturday Summer Stage, live music at Division St. Plaza Saturday evenings at 7pm July 16-Aug. 20.

South Orange Taste the Music
Flood's Hill, Meadowland Park, 70 N. Ridgewood Rd., South Orange, 973-378-7754 ext. 2223. Concerts Wednesdays at 7:30pm. Food and beverage vendors; kids art in the park 6-8pm, recommended for ages 5 & up. Rainsite: SOPAC, One Sopac Way, South Orange.
Jun 29
     
New Jersey Symphony Orchestra.
Jul 6
      Mark Murphy.
Jul 13
     
Dr. 's Motown Revue.
Jul 20
      90's Night.
Jul 27
      Max Headroom.
Aug 3
      Rock the Hill.
Art in the Park
Arts and crafts outdoors, 6:30-8pm.
Jun 15
      Origami Extravaganza,
ages 8-adult.
Jun 22
      Acrylic Guided Painting.

South Orange Downtown After Sundown (DAS) Concert Series
Spiotta Park and corner plaza on Sloan St. and South Orange Ave. 973-763-6899. Fri. and Sat. evenings, weather permitting, 7:30-10pm. Visit website for weekly schedule.
Fri-Sat

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.

SummerStage
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 4-Sep 23
Selected SummerStage Events, Central Park
Doors open 1 hr. before show time, first come, first-served.
Jul 10
      Justin Roberts & The Not Ready for Naptime Players, Mister G, Finding Neverland, Purelements, Gizmo Guys. 2-6pm.
Aug 31
     
Chicago The Musical: 20th Anniversary Concert. 7-10pm.

Summit "Hot Summer Nights"
Village Green, Broad St., Summit, 908-277-2932 x12. Tues. evenings at 7pm. Food trucks, free ice cream. In the event of rain, check website.
Jul 12
     
American Bandstand Review.
Jul 19
     
Dancin' Machine, Community Night, local non-profits.
Jul 26
      Total Soul.
Aug 9
      Brian Kirk & the Jirks.e.

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. Refreshments on site.
Echo Lake Park Concerts
Jun 24
      New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Friday evening concert, 7:30pm.
Jul 6
      Tusk, Fleetwood Mac tribute.
Jul 13
      American Rapture.
Jul 20
      Ed Palermo's British Invasion, Beach Boys tribute.
Jul 27
      Pat Dinizio of The Smithereens, Confessions of a Rock Star.
Oak Ridge Park Concerts
Aug 3
     
Black Dog, Led Zeppelin tribute.
Aug 10
      Dead on Live, Grateful Dead tribute band.
Aug 17
      Hey Bulldog, music of The Beatles.
Aug 24
      New York State of Mind, Billy Joel tribute.

Warren Recreation
Warren Municipal Grounds, 46 Mountain Blvd., Warren, 908-753-8000, ext. 270. 7-9pm. Food and refreshments available.
Jun 2, 9, 23, 30, Aug 4, 11, 18, 25
       Mic Night.
Jun 29
      50's Night with Keynotes.
Jul 13
      Warren's Got Talent.
Jul 20
     
The British Invasion Tribute.
Jul 27
     
Teen Summer Fest.
Aug 10     
      Bob Marino Concert.

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.
Jun 30
      Beginnings, Chicago tribute.
Jul 14
     
Steppin' Out, CR&B, disco, Motown, jazz.
Jul 21
      AM Gold, 70's to 90's.
Jul 28
      Roustabouts, retro rock 'n roll.
Aug 4
      Tramps Like Us, Springsteen tribute.

Westfield Summer Concerts
Tues
         Sweet Sounds Downtown Jazz Festival every Tues. in July and Aug. Multiple acts play 7-9 on downtown streets. 908-789-9444. Raindate: Wednesday.
Thurs Jun 23, 30, Jul 4, 7, 14, 21
         Westfield Community Band Concerts, 7:30pm Thurs. June 23-July 21. The July 21 concert features the Swing Band. Mindowaskin Park Bandstand, E. Broad St., 908-789-4080.

Wildwood Isle of Wild Festival of Music
Adventure Pier, Spencer Ave. and the Boardwalk, Wildwood. Indie artists and School of Rock students ages 7-17 provide free live music all summer, 7pm. Visit website link for schedule.

WoodbridgeArts Summer Concerts
Presented by Woodbridge Arts and Township of Woodbridge. Inclement weather hotline: 732-602-6045. All concerts free, please bring donation of non-perishable food item to restock food pantries.
Country Sundays
Jun 26
      Christian Lopez Band.
Jul 10
      Radney Foster.
Jul 17
    
Ron Ickes & Trey Hensley.
Jul 24
     
Covers in the Round.
Jul 31
      Broken Road.
Aug 7
     
ZBTB.
Aug 14
      Whitney Rose.
Aug 21
      Hot Club of Cowtown.
Aug 28
     
Truck Stop Troubadors.
Monday Oldies
On the lawn at Woodbridge High School, 25 Samuel Lupo Pl., Woodbridge. Oldies & doo wop Mondays in July and Aug. at 7:30pm.
Jun 27
     
The Duprees.
Jul 3
      Fireworks, Alvin Williams Park Sewaren.
Jul 11
      The Bronx Wanderers.
Jul 18
      Time Machine.
Jul 25
     
The Happenings.
Aug 1
     
Shadows of the 60's.
Aug 8
     
The Cameos.
Aug 15
      The Mahoney Brothers.
Aug 22
     
Jersey Sound.
Aug 29
      The Infernos
Tuesday Tribute Bands
Woodbridge High School, 25 Samuel Lupo Pl., Woodbridge. Classic rock tribute bands perform Tuesdays, 7:30pm.
Jun 28
      The B Street Band, Bruce Springsteen tribute.
Jul 5
      Green River, CCR tribute.
Jul 12
     
Eaglemania, Eagles tribute.
Jul 19
     
The British Invasion, 60's pop and rock.
Jul 26
     
Scarborough Fair, Simon & Garfunkel tribute.
Aug 2
     
Tusk, Fleetwood Mac tribute.
Aug 9
     
The Brit Pack, 70's British hits.
Aug 16
     
Back to the Garden, Woodstock tribute.
Aug 23
      Neil Berg's Pianomen, Elton John/Billy Joel tribute.
Aug 30
     Glimmer Twins, Rolling Stones tribute.
Woodbridge Wednesdays
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.
Jun 29
     
Meta and the Cornerstones.
Jul 6
     
Idlewheel (Jack Sundrud of Poco & Craig Bickhardt) with Loretta Hagen opening.
Jul 13
      Willie Nile.
Jul 20
      Bumper Jacksons with Ryan Hobler opening.
Jul 27
     
Cover Songs in the Round: Jeffrey Gaines, Kenny White, Jann Klose & Francis Lombardi.
Aug 3
     No Fuss and Feathers with The Honey Dewdrops opening.
Aug 10
      Ryan Tennis and the Clubhouse Band with Bailen opening.
Aug 17
     
The End of America and Mary Courtney, co-bill.
Aug 24
      Gina Chavez.
Aug 31
     
Birds of Chicago.
Sep 7
    
Martin Barre Band.
Local Band Thursdays
Tanzman Park, across from Woodbridge Train Station, Woodbridge. Local bands and musicians perform Thursdays at 7:30pm. Free parking at NJ Transit lot.
Jun 23-Sep 1
2nd Friday Jazz
Frank Pelzman Park, Tappan St. & West Park Ave., Avenel. Jazz concerts on the 2nd Friday, 7:30pm.
Jun 10
     
The Dalton Gang.
Jul 8
     
Jazzmeia Horn.
Aug 12
      Eli Yamin Jazz Quartet.
Sep 9
      Tomoko Ohno Trio.


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movies in the park

Belmar Movies on the Beach
8th Avenue Beach, Belmar. Family movies on Saturdays in July and Aug. Movies begin at dusk.
Jul 9-Aug 27

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. Check website link for 2016 schedule.

Bernards Township Movies in the Park
Dunham Park, 908-204-3003. Wednesdays at 8:30pm.
Jul 6
      Hotel Transylvania 2.
Jul 13
      Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, dj, games and prizes at 6:30pm.
Jul 20
     
The Incredibles.
Jul 27
     
Jurassic World.

Branchburg Movies in the Park
White Oak Park, 200 Baird Rd., Branchburg, NJ, 908-526-1300 x187. Bring blankets, lawn chairs and snacks.
Jun 25, Jul 23, Aug 20

Essex County Free Friday Flicks
Essex County Kip's Castle Park, 22 Crestmont Rd., Verona, 973-433-7659. Gates open at 6:30pm with pre-movie entertainment, movie begins at dusk. Rain dates are the following night.
Jun 10
     
Big Hero 6, PG.
Jun 17
      Cinderella, PG.

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.
Jun 28
      Minions.
Jul 5
      Goosebumps.
Jul 12
     
The Peanuts Movie.
Jul 19
      Guardians of the Galaxy, PG-13.
Jul 26
     
Inside Out.
Aug 2
     
Cinderella, 2015 version.
Aug 9
      Hotel Transylvania 2.
Aug 16
     
The Good Dinosaur.

Florham Park Outdoor Movie Night
Gazebo lawn of municipal complex, 111 Ridgedale Ave., Florham Park, 973-410-5390. Refreshments for sale.
Aug 2
     
Inside Out, begins at dusk.

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 and July, 8:15pm in Aug. Snacks available at concession booth. For movie schedule, visit online link.
Wed
       Outdoor Movies, every Wed. June 8-Aug. 17.
Kids & Family Movies
Jun 22
      Star Wars: The Force Awakens, PG-13.
Jul 25
      Star Wars: The Force Awakens, PG-13. Mama Johnson Field, 4th St. between Jackson & Harrison.
Jul 27
     
Jurassic World, PG-13. Performance by singer-songwriter Mya Hansen, 7:30pm.
Aug 3
      Minions, PG. Free demo for children with My Gym Hoboken, 7pm.
Aug 10
     
The Peanuts Movie, G. Preschool of Rock performance, 7pm.
Aug 17
     
Inside Out, PG. Free demo for children with My Gym Hoboken, 7pm.

Mendham Movies in the Park
Borough Park Gazebo, 19 Mountain Ave., Mendham, 973-543-7152 ext. 12.
Jun 29
      Hotel Transylvania, 8:30pm.
Jul 27
      Field of Dreams, 8:15pm behind Carriage House on lower baseball field.

Oskar Schindler PAC Movie Night
4 Boland Dr., West Orange, 973-669-7385. Free family movies at 8:30pm.
Aug 2
      The Good Dinosaur.
Aug 9
     
Big Hero 6.
Aug 16
      The Danish Girl.

Princeton Art Museum Outdoor Films
Brown Dod lawn, Princeton, 609-258-3788. Thurs. at sundown, approx. 8:30pm. Rain location: 8pm, McCormick Hall 101.
Jun 23, Jul 7, Aug 4
      Film Series: Girl Power, celebrates women in film.
Aug 4
     
Picnic on the Lawn & Outdoor Film Screening, barbecue fare, live music, family-friendly activities from 6pm. Brave will be shown at dusk.

Princeton Palmer Square Movies on the Green
Palmer Square West, 40 Nassau St., Princeton, 609-921-2333. Family-friendly movies begin at dusk, approx. 8:45pm.
Jun 18, Jul 16, Aug 20

Scotch Plains Friday Movies
Alan Augustine Village Green, 430 Park Ave., 908-322-6700. Movies begin Friday evenings at dusk.
Jun 17
      Hotel Transylvania.
Jun 24
      
Jetsons.
Jul 1
      
Minions, sponsored by Pantagis Renaissance.
Jul 15
      
Cars.
Jul 29
      
Aladdin.
Aug 5
      
Good Dinosaur.
Aug 12
      
Hercules.
Aug 19
      
Up.
Aug 26
      
Zootopia, sponsored by Johnston Communications.

Shore Flicks
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. 351. Friday evenings 8:30pm. Popcorn and refreshments are available. Don't forget bug spray.
Jul 15
      The Peanuts Movie.
Jul 22
      Ferngully: The Last Rainforest.
Jul 29
     
Home Alone.

Somerville Starlit Cinema Series
Division Street Plaza, Somerville., 908-541-1600. Wednesdays at 8:30pm. beginning July 14.
Wednesdays Jul 14-Aug 18

South Orange Moonlit Movies
Flood's Hill, Meadowland Park, 70 N. Ridgewood Rd., South Orange, 973-313-2787. Movies begin at 7:45pm. Visit website for July dates and films.
Jul

Summit Screen on the Green
Village Green, 356 Broad St., Summit. Thurs. in July and Aug. Family dance party begins at 7:45pm, interact with on-screen characters before the movie. Movies begin after dark.
Jul 21
      The Peanuts Movie.
Jul 28
      Alvin and the Chipmunks.
Aug 4
      The Book of Life.
Aug 11
      Kung Fu Panda 3.

Turtle Back Zoo Zoo-Vies
Essex County South Mountain Recreation Complex, 560 Northfield Ave., West Orange, 973-731-5800. Family movies begin at dusk on the rooftop of the parking deck. Bring your own lawn chair. Refreshments for sale. Rain cancels. The zoo is open until 8:30pm on Wed. for Family Fun Nights.
Jul 6
      Jumanji.
Jul 13
      Jaws.
Jul 20
      Zookeeper.
Jul 27
      Kung Fu Panda 3.
Aug 3
     
Muppets Most Wanted.
Aug 10
     
Aladdin.
Aug 17
     
Finding Nemo.
Aug 24
     
Babe the Gallant Pig.
Aug 31
      Zootopia.

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.
Jul 12
     
Minions. Warinanco Park, Elizabeth.
Jul 19
     
Hotel Transylvania 2. Warinanco Park, Elizabeth.
Jul 26
     
Good Dinosaur. Warinanco Park, Elizabeth.
Aug 2
     
Zootopia (tentative), Meisel Park, Springfield. National Night Out activities.
Aug 9
     
Inside Out. Warinanco Park, Elizabeth.

Warren Recreation Outdoor Movie Nights
Municipal Complex Pavilion off Bardy Rd., Warren, 908-753-8000. Call for 2016 dates.

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plays in the park

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.
Jul 14-16, 21-23
      In the Heights, Trilogy Repertory Company.
Jul 29-30, Aug 4-6
     The Rainmaker, Trilogy Repertory Company.

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.
mid Jul
     
Measure for Measure.

Hoboken Storybook Theatre
Elysian Park, 10th & Hudson St., Hoboken, 201-240-2207. Song, dance, poetry and drama for all ages presented by Tempest Productions. 2pm.
Jun 11
      The Cheese, by Margie Palatini.
Jul 9
     
A Story! A Story!, folktales, rhythms and music of Africa.
Aug 13
     
Seuss on the Loose, celebrates the works of Dr. Seuss.

Hudson Shakespeare Company
973-449-7443. Free summer performances in New Jersey parks, libraries and other locations. Most performances begin at 7pm. Visit website for complete schedule.
Jun 13
      Richard II, 7pm, Montclair Library.
Jul 13
     
Edward III, 7pm, Summit Library.
Aug 9
     
Henry IV Parts 1 & 2, Woodbridge Library.
Aug 13
      Henry IV Parts 1 & 2, Long Pond Iron Works State Park, Hewitt.
Kenilworth Performances
Kenilworth Public Library, 548 Boulevard, Kenilworth, NJ.
Jul 18
     
Edward III, 7pm.
Aug 15
     
Henry IV Parts 1 & 2, 7pm.
Westfield Performances
Westfield Memorial Library, 550 E. Broad St., Westfield, NJ.
Jun 8
     
Richard II, 7pm.
Jul 14
     
Edward III, 7pm.
Aug 11
     
Henry IV Parts 1 & 2, 7pm.

Plays-In-The-Park
Stephen J. Capestro Theater, Rt. 1S (1 block south of Menlo Park Mall), Edison, 732-745-3900. 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, cash only.
Jun 15-25
     The Little Mermaid.
Jul 6-16
      Sister Act.
Jul 27-Aug 6
      South Pacific.

The Public Theater Shakespeare in Central Park
Delacorte Theater, mid-park at 80th St., Central Park, 212-539-8500. 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 8pm.
Thru Jun 26
      The Taming of the Shrew, William Shakespeare.
Jul 19- Aug 14
      Troilus & Cressida, William Shakespeare.

Scotch Plains Stars Theatre
Village Green, 430 Park Ave., 908-322-6700. Performances begin at 6pm.
Jul 8-10
      Aladdin.
Aug 22- 24
     
Guys and Dolls.

Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey Outdoor Stage
Open-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 22-Jul 31
      The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) (Revised),
a madcap romp through Shakespeare's entire canon, 37 plays in 97 minutes and a terrific show to introduce young people to Shakespeare.

Washington Crossing State Park Open Air Theatre
455 Washington Crossing-Pennington Rd., Titusville, 267-885-9857. Tickets available at box office one half hour prior to show.
Children's Theatre
Performances Fri. & Sat. at 11am, Sun. at 4pm. Tickets $5.
Jun 18-26
      Disney's The Aristocats Kids.
Jul 1-10
     
Snow White.
Jul 15-24
     
Pinocchio.
Jul 29- Aug 7
     
Disney's Cinderella Kids.
Aug 12-21
     
Jack & The Giant.
Aug 26- Sep 4
      Disney's Sleeping Beauty Kids.
Sep 10-18
      Hansel & Gretel.
Sep 24-Oct 2
      The Snow Queen's Frozen Adventure. Sat. & Sun. at 2pm.
Oct 8-16
     
It's the Great Pumpkin the Park, trick or treat, characters, games, music. Sat. & Sun. 12-3pm.
Mainstage Theatre
Performances are Fri.-Sun. at 7:30pm. After Labor Day, shows begin at 7pm. Adults $15, 12 & under $10.
Jun 17-26
      Little Women, The Broadway Musical.
Jul 1-3
      Stars 'n Stripes.
Jul 8-24
      Disney's The Little Mermaid.
Jul 29-31
      Heathers.
Aug 5-21
      Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
Aug 26-Sep 4
     
Cabaret.
Sep 30- Oct 16
      Jekyll & Hyde.

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