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Come back in June for the 2014 summer season of free concerts, movies and plays in parks throughout New Jersey.

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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 at 7:30pm in June & July; 7pm in Aug. 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.

East Hanover Music in the Park
Lurker Park, Ridgedale & Eagle Rock Ave., East Hanover, 973-428-3095. Concerts Tuesdays in July and Aug. at 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.

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. Wednesdays 7:30-9:30pm. Fall concerts begin at 7pm.

Hanover Township Concert Series
Malapardis Park, 189 Malapardis Rd., Cedar Knolls, 973-428-2463. Activity line: 973-887-7870. Concerts 7:30-9pm on Mondays in July. Food and beverages for sale.

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.

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 7-8:30pm. 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.
Jul -Aug
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. Late June-mid-July: Dance lessons 6:30-7:15, live music and dancing begin 7:30. Admission.

Livingston Music Under the Stars
Memorial Park Gazebo, Livingston, 973-535-7925. Concerts on Sun. 7-8:30pm. Rainsite: Community Center.

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. Family-friendly performances 6-8pm rain or shine.

Maplewood Community Music
Memorial Park Amphitheater, Oakview Ave. & Dunnell Rd. 6:30-9pm.

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: Mennen Sports Arena), 973-285-5115 ext. 14. 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 Beyond Borders.
World music concerts 12:30pm Tuesdays at the Morristown Green. Rainsite: Morristown United Methodist Church, 50 Park Place on the Green.

Music at Moorland
Moorland Farms, Far Hills, 908-685-2500. Concert benefit for Somerset Medical Center features the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and fireworks by the Grucci family Visit website for more information.

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. 5-10pm.

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra
Free performances in late 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 7:30-9, kids activities. In case of rain, concert is in the gym.

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. 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.

Red Bank
Downtown Red Bank.
         Streetlife, music, entertainment & artists on downtown streets 6-9pm Saturdays June-Aug.

River to River Festival
Free music, film, dance, theater, art and family-friendly events take place at different locations in lower Manhattan including the World Financial Center Plaza, Rockefeller Park, Battery Park, South Street Seaport and others.
Mid Jun-mid Jul

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. 351.

Somerville Cruisers & Concerts
Thursday Music Slightly Off Main
Performances on Division St., Thursdays 6-7:30pm. Farmers Market open before the show.

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, 201-547-6921. 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 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 Recreation
Municipal front parking lot, 46 Mountain Blvd., Warren, 908-753-8000, ext. 270. Thurs. at 7pm. Rain site is Stonecrest Community Church, off Technology Dr. Food and refreshments available.

Westfield Summer Concerts
        Sweet Sounds Downtown Jazz Festival every Tues. July-Aug. Multiple acts play 7-9pm on downtown streets. 908-789-9444. Raindate: Wednesday.
Westfield Band Concerts, 7:30pm Thurs. June 27-July 15. Mindowaskin Park Bandstand, E. Broad St., 908-789-4080.

Woodbridge Wednesdays
Parker Press Park, 400 Rahway Ave., Woodbridge, 732-602-6045. Wed. concerts start at 7:30pm. Farmers Market open 3-8:30pm. Rainsite: Woodbridge Middle School auditorium, 582 Barron Ave.

Woodbridge Mayor's Summer Concert Series
Woodbridge High School, 25 Samuel Lupo Pl., Woodbridge, 732-602-6045. Mondays in July & Aug. at 7:30pm. Donate a non-perishable food item for "We Feed Woodbridge."

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movies in the park

Belmar Movies on the Beach
8th Ave. Beach, Belmar. Sun. 7:30-9:30pm in July and Aug., weather permitting.

Berkeley Heights Movie in the Park
Memorial Park, Park Ave. & Plainfield Ave., 908-464-0550. Thurs. at 7:30pm.

Bernards Township Movies & Games in the Park
Dunham Park, 908-204-3003. Movies and games Wed. at 8:45pm. Rain site: Dunham Indoor Room.

Branchburg Movies in the Park
White Oak Park, Baird Rd., 908-526-1300 ext 188. Dusk.

Essex County Free Friday Flicks
Essex County Kip's Castle Park, 22 Crestmont Rd., Verona, 973-239-2485. Gates open at 7pm, 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.

Princeton Art Museum Outdoor Films
Art Museum lawn, Princeton, 609-258-3788. Thurs. at sundown, approx. 8:30pm. Popcorn and soda will be served. Rain location: McCormick 106.

Sea Bright Movies on the Beach
Sea Bright Movies on the Beach Center Beach, 1099 Ocean Ave., Sea Bright. Tues. evenings at dusk, weather permitting.

Somerset County Park Commission
Friday Nights at the Drive-in Movies

uke Island Park, Old York Rd., Bridgewater, 908-722-1200. Friday evenings 8:30pm. Popcorn and refreshments are available. Don't forget bug spray.

Somerville Summer Cinema Series
Division St., Somerville., 908-541-1600. Wed. at 8:30pm. beginning July 10.

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. Trailside Eco-van presentation at 7:30pm, movie at dusk, in good weather only. Snack stand.

Warren Recreation Outdoor Movie Nights

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plays in the park

Bernards Township Parks & Recreation
Pleasant Valley Park amphitheater, 908-204-3003. 8pm. Rainsite: Ridge High School. Free. Bring your own seating, bug spray and flashlight.

Brookdale Summer Shakespeare Ensemble
The Great Lawn, Brookdale Community College, Lincroft, 732-224-2411. Free performances Thurs.-Sat. at 7pm, Sun. at 6pm. If raining, performance will be inside BPAC.

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.

Hudson Shakespeare Company
973-449-7443. Free performances in Hudson County parks and throughout the state.
Kenilworth Performances
David Brearley High School Football Field, 425 Monroe Ave. Rain location: 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.
Jun 3-Jul 8, 2014
         Much Ado About Nothing, with Lily Rabe, Hamish Linklater.
Jul 22-Aug 17, 2014
King Lear, with John Lithgow.

Scotch Plains Stars Theatre
Alan Augustine Village Green, 430 Park Ave., 908-322-6700. Performances begin at 6pm.

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.

Washington Crossing State Park Open Air Theatre
355 Washington Crossing-Pennington Rd., Titusville, 609-737-0623.

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