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, 2015, 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.
Bernards Township Parks & Recreation
Jayne Hannigan Summer Concert Series
Pleasant Valley Park, 908-204-3003. Tuesdays at 7pm. Rainsite: Ridge High School.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Freehold Summer & Fall Concert Series
Hall of Records Parking Lot, Freehold, 732-462-3584. Thursdays 7:30-9:30pm June-Aug.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Livingston Music Under the Stars
Memorial Park Gazebo, Livingston, 973-535-7925. Concerts on Sun. 7-8:30pm in July. Rainsite: Livingston High School.
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.
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.
Maplewood Community Music
Community bands perform in Memorial Park Amphitheater, Oakview Ave. & Dunnell Rd., Maplewood and other locations in Maplewood and South Orange.
Mendham Summer Concerts
Borough Park Gazebo, 19 Mountain Ave., Mendham, 973-543-7152 ext. 12.
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.
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.
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.
New Brunswick Hub City Sounds
732-249-2220. Free performing arts series in Aug. and Sept. Visit website for schedule.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Princeton Palmer Square Summer Music
Palmer Square, 40 Nassau St., Princeton, 609-921-2333. On the Green Saturdays in July and Aug. 2-4pm.
Red Bank Street Life
Downtown Red Bank.
Streetlife, music, entertainment & artists on downtown streets 6-9pm Saturdays.
Jazz in the Park, 7:30pm Riverside Gardens Park.
Food & Wine Walk, sample wine and food from Red Bank restaurants. 2-6pm. Purchase wristband.
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.
Scotch Plains Summer Concert Series
Alan Augustine Village Green, 430 Park Ave., 908-322-6700 x223. Thursday evenings at 7:30pm.
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.
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.
Saturday Summer Stage
Live music on Division St. Saturday evenings at 7pm.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Warren Municipal Grounds, 46 Mountain Blvd., Warren, 908-753-8000, ext. 270. Food and refreshments available.
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.
Westfield Summer Concerts
Sweet Sounds Downtown Jazz Festival every Tues. in July and Aug. Multiple acts play 7-9 on downtown streets. 908-789-9444. Raindate: Wednesday.
Westfield Community Band Concerts, 7:30pm Thurs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Florham Park Outdoor Movie Night
Gazebo lawn of municipal complex, 111 Ridgedale Ave., Florham Park, 973-410-5390. Refreshments for sale.
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-Aug.
Mendham Movies in the Park
Borough Park Gazebo, 19 Mountain Ave., Mendham, 973-543-7152 ext. 12.
Oskar Schindler PAC Movie Night
4 Boland Dr., West Orange, 973-669-7385. Free family movies at 7:30pm.
Princeton Art Museum Outdoor Films
Art Museum lawn, Princeton, 609-258-3788. Thurs. at sundown, approx. 8:30pm. Popcorn provided. Rain location: McCormick 106.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Warren Recreation Outdoor Movie Nights
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Scotch Plains Stars Theatre
Village Green, 430 Park Ave., 908-322-6700. Performances begin at 6pm.
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.
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.
Performances are Fri.-Sun. at 7:30pm. Adults $15, 12 & under $10. Purchase tickets in advance or at box office.