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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, 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.
Jul 22
         The Infernos.
Jul 29
         Parrot Beach.
Aug 5
         Jersey 4.

Bernards Township Parks & Recreation
Jayne Hannigan Summer Concert Series

Pleasant Valley Park, 908-204-3003. Tuesdays at 7pm. Rainsite: Ridge High School.
Jul 14
         Jimmy & The Parrots, Jimmy Buffett cover.
Jul 21
         Rhyme & Reason, Dave Matthews tribute.
Jul 28
         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.
Jul 15
         Rave On, early rock 'n roll.
Jul 22
         Nite Flyte, classic rock.
Jul 29
         Nostalgia, big band.
Aug 5
         Thunderhill, country.
Aug 12
         No Discipline, reggae/Caribbean.
Aug 19
         Garden State Dance Band, big band.

Chatham Community Band
Concerts 7:30pm unless noted.
Jul 21
         Summer Concert III, Juniper Village, 500 Southern Blvd., Chatham Twp.

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 24
         My Invincible, Michael Jackson tribute.
Jul 31
         Abbamania, Abba tribute.
Aug 7
         The Cameos & The Infernos.
Selected Other Concerts & Events
Jul 21
         Jersey Sound, 7pm. Kip's Castle Park.
Aug 4
         Symphonics, 7pm. Grover Cleveland Park, Caldwell/Essex Fells.
Aug 14
         Count Basie Tribute Band, 7pm. Eagle Rock Reservation, West Orange.
Sep 13
         Mike Griot's Essex County South Mountain International Blues Festival, 11-8. 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.) and The Grill Shack (136 Main St.), kids' activities and food 5:30-8:30pm select Saturdays May-Sept.
Jul 11
         Camaros & Chevelles.
Jul 25
         Mustangs & T-Birds.
Aug 8
         Corvettes.
Aug 22
         Firebirds & Pontiacs.
Sep 5
         Military & First Responders.

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.
Jul 12
         The Little Big Band, featuring Jim Nuzzo.
Jul 19
         Bahama Mamas, dance party.
Jul 26
         Jesse Garron, Elvis tribute.

Freehold Summer & Fall Concert Series
Hall of Records Parking Lot, Freehold, 732-462-3584. Thursdays 7:30-9:30pm June-Aug.
Jul 23
         Phil Engel Band, rock 'n roll.
Jul 30
         EagleMania.
Aug 6
         Brian Kirk & The Jirks.
Aug 13
         Bobby & The Jets.
Aug 20
         British Invasion.
Aug 27
         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. Rain location: Memorial School Auditorium, 61 Highland Ave., Whippany.
Jul 13
         The B Street Band, Springsteen tribute.
Jul 20
         Gerard Esposito, Sinatra tribute.
Jul 27
         Hotel California, Eagles tribute.
Aug 3
         The Jersey Four, Frankie Valli tribute.
Sep 12
         Hanover Township Day.

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.
Jun 4-Aug 20
         Thursday Concerts, 7-9pm.
Jul 16
         The Gordys and Abbe River & Friends.
Family Fun Nights
Shipyard Park, 13th St. & McFeeley Dr. (just east of Kings). Tues. evenings at 7pm June-Aug.
Jul 14
         Ron Albanese (Polka Dot) & the Polka Dot Pals, music & comedy show.
Jul 21
         The Hey Ya Brothers.
Jul 28
         The Fuzzy Lemons, family-friendly rock.
Aug 4
         Guitar Bar Junior All Stars.
Aug 11
         Garden Street School of the Performing Arts.
Aug 18
         Music Together.

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.
Jul 22
         Inti-Illimani, South America.
Aug 5
         Craig Handy & 2nd Line Smith, with special guest Catherine Russell, New Orleans.
Aug 19
         The Cyrille Aimee Band, jazz.

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.
Jul 16
         Tracy Lee & Ravine Road Band, country rock.
Jul 23
         Jersey 4, Four Seasons hits.
Jul 30
          The Jazz Lobsters Big  Band.
Aug 6
          Captain Jack, Billy Joel tribute.
Aug 13
          Best of the Eagles.

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.
Jul 17
         The James Dean Orchestra.
Jul 24
         Tequila Rose.
Jul 31
         Shore Soundz.
Aug 7
         Jersey Sound.
Aug 14
         Soul Groove.
Aug 21
         Carnaby Street.
Aug 28
         Dr. Brian & Friends.

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. Adults $20, srs. $15, ages 11-17 $10, ages 10 and under free with paid adult. Advance tickets can be ordered online.
Jul 18
         Evolution, Journey tribute.
Jul 25
         Beatlemania Again.
Aug 1
         Glimmer Twins, Stones tribute.
Aug 8
         Desert Highway, Eagles tribute.
Aug 15
         Simply Diamond, Neil Diamond tribute.
Aug 22
         Bad Medicine, Bon Jovi tribute.

Jersey Shore Jazz & Blues
Sponsored by Jersey Shore Jazz & Blues Foundation.
Long Branch Blues by the Beach
West End Park, corner of Brighton & Ocean Aves., Long Branch, 732-923-2044. Jazz and blues concerts every Sun. 7pm.
        Jun 7-Aug 30
Thursdays By The Sea
Festival Plaza in Pier Village (south side of Ocean Place Resort & Spa). Thursdays at 7pm.
        Jun 11-Aug 27
Jazz & Blues Festivals
Music all day, crafters, kids activities, food. Free admission, rain or shine.
Jul 18
         Asbury Park Blues & Brews Festival, 12-8. Bradley Park, 1300 Ocean Ave.
Aug 29
         Long Branch Jazz & Blues Festival, 12-9:30. 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 22-Aug 9
Selected Events
Jul 25
         Family Day: Baby Loves Disco, A Family Dance Party. Entertainment from 10am, Jaffe Drive/Toll Porte-cochere and Josie Robertson Plaza.
         Lil Buck, 11am. Josie Robertson Plaza.
         Randy Newman; Wycliffe Gordon & His International All-Stars; Lil Buck, 7pm. Damrosch Park.
Aug 2
         Heritage Sunday: Celebrating Immigrant New York, from 1pm. Hearst Plaza.
Aug 8
         Americanafest NYC: Sam Outlaw; The Quebe Sisters. 2pm, Hearst Plaza.
         Bob Dylan's Highway 61 Revisited, Watkins Family Hour house band, Shawn Colvin, Fiona Apple and more. 7pm, Damrosch Park.
Aug 9
         Americanafest NYC:: An Evening with Lyle Lovett and his Large Band, 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 23-Jul 11

Livingston Music Under the Stars
Memorial Park Gazebo, Livingston, 973-535-7925. Concerts on Sun. 7-8:30pm in July. Rainsite: Livingston High School.
Jul 12
         The British Invasion Tribute.
Jul 19
         B Street Band.
Jul 26
         The Cameos.

Maplewood Community Music
Community bands perform in Memorial Park Amphitheater, Oakview Ave. & Dunnell Rd., Maplewood and other locations in Maplewood and South Orange.
Jul 14
         Maplewood Community Concert Band, 7pm, Clipper Pavilion, South Mountain Reservation, West Orange.
Jul 22
         Maplewood Community Concert Band, 7pm, Memorial Park Amphitheater.

Mendham Summer Concerts
Borough Park Gazebo, 19 Mountain Ave., Mendham, 973-543-7152 ext. 12. Sunday concerts 7-9pm.
Jul 12
         Larry Stevens, pop rock hits.
Jul 26
         Kimon & The Prophets, blues/rock.
Aug 2
         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.
Jul 18
         R5 Concert with Jacob Whitesides & Ryland.
Aug 13
         Lee Brice with special guests Eric Paslay and The Cadillac Three.

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, NJ 07041. Call 973-564-7096 for rainout information.
Jul 12
         Soul Groove, R&B, Motown and pop hits.
Jul 26
         The Happening, rock 'n roll dance band.
Aug 9
         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, 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.
Jun 28
         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 Beyond Borders
World music concerts 12:30pm Tuesdays on the Morristown Green. Rainsite: Morristown United Methodist Church, 50 Park Place on the Green.
Jul 21
         Barynya, Ukrainian music and dance.
Aug 4
         Korean Drum Dance Ensemble with KTDOC, Korean music and dance

New Brunswick Hub City Sounds
732-249-2220. Free performing arts series in Aug. and Sept. Visit website for schedule.
Aug-Sept

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.
Jul 24
         The Dalton Gang, jazz, funk and Latin.
Aug 7
         Rave On!, early rock 'n roll.
Aug 21
         The Guthrie Brothers, Simon & Garfunkel songbook.

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 16
         George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic.
Jul 23
         Eric Roberson.
Jul 30
         The Family Stone.
Aug 6
         Motor City Revue.
Aug 13
         Slick Rick.
Aug 20
         Jose Alberto "El Canario."
Aug 27
         Alice Smith.

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 with kids entertainment. In case of rain, concert is in the gym in Borough Hall. Check website for 2015 performers.
Jul

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.
Jul 17
         Alan Jackson.
Jul 31
         Jason Aldean.
Aug TBD
         Jennifer Lopez.
Aug 12
         Lunch Money Lewis.
Sep 4         
         Brad Paisley.
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.
Jul 17
         TBD.
Jul 24
         Nicki Minaj.
Jul 31
         Hozier.
Aug 7
         Luke Bryan.
Aug 14
         TBD.
Aug 21
         5 Seconds of Summer.
Aug 28
         TBD.
Sep 4
         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.

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 July-Sept.
Selected Events
Jul 25-26
         New Jersey Renaissance Faire, 11-6.
Aug 28
         Freespace Dance, 8-9pm. $15.
Sep 19
         12th Annual Jazz & Brew Fest, 12-8pm. $10.

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 4-Aug 29
Selected Special Events
Sep 20
         24th Annual Jazz Feast, 12-6pm.

Red Bank Street Life
Downtown Red Bank.
Sat
          Streetlife, music, entertainment & artists on downtown streets 6-9pm Saturdays June 6-Aug. 29.
Jul 19, Aug 16, Sep 20, Oct 18
          Food & Wine Walk, sample wine and food from Red Bank restaurants. 2-5pm. Purchase wristband for $35.

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 18-28

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.
Jul 15
         Carl Gentry Band, classic rock.
Jul 22
         Motor City Review, Motown.
Jul 29
         Pat Guadagno & Candle Brothers, rock.
Aug 5
         The Haven, rock and roll.
Aug 12
         The Shots, rock.
Aug 19
         Rain Date.

Scotch Plains Summer Concert Series
Alan Augustine Village Green, 430 Park Ave., 908-322-6700 x223. Thursday evenings at 7:30pm.
Jul 9
          Sounds of the Street.
Jul 16
          Funktion 11.
Jul 23
          Wolf Creek.
Jul 30
          Full Count Band.
Aug 6
          DeLauro Italian Band.
Aug 13
          Universal Sound 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 19
         Marc Antoine, jazz guitarist.
Jul 26
         19th Annual Bayou Fest, featuring The Voodudes. 5:30-6:30pm. Sunpie & the Louisiana Sunspots, 7-8:30pm.
Aug 2
         Gerard Esposito, Broadway to Vegas.
Aug 9
         2nd Annual Doo-Wop & Food Truck Fest, featuring The Cameos, 5:30-6:30pm. Emil Stucchio & The Classics, 7-8:30pm.
Aug 16
         Blues in the Park, featuring Johnny Charles, 5:30-6:30pm. Tweed & The Sugardaddies, 7-8:30pm.

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. 6-9pm.
        Thru Sep 4
Saturday Summer Stage
Live music on Division St. Saturday evenings at 7pm.
        Jul 1-Aug 15

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; kids activities begin at 6pm. Rainsite: SOPAC, One Sopac Way, South Orange. www.sopacnow.org.
Jul 15
         Dub Proof; Eastbourne, reggae.
Jul 22
         Rave On; Bottle Cap Rockets, rockability.
Jul 29
         Rock the Hill, local garage bands.
South Orange Downtown After Sundown (DAS) Concert Series
Spiotta Park, Village Plaza & South Orange Ave. and corner plaza on Sloan St. and South Orange Ave. 973-763-6899. Fri. and Sat. evenings, weather permitting, 7:30-10pm.
Jun 12
         Jazz Lab 6, Spiotta Park; FrostKings Band, Sloan Street.
Jun 13
         Black Wax, Spiotta Park; TBD, Sloan Street.
Jun 19
         Flip Da Skrip Band, Spiotta Park; TBD, Sloan Street.
Jun 20
         The Accelertors, Spiotta Park; Score, Sloan Street.

Summerfest Music Series
Tuesday concerts: 7-9pm at the "The Public Gardens" on eastern side of Liberty House Restaurant, Audrey Zapp Dr., Liberty State Park, Jersey City, 201-
547-4327. Sunday concerts: 5-7pm at the field north of Terminal by free parking lot, 1 Audrey Zapp Dr.
         If there is a threat of rain, 201-792-1993. Check website for artists and times.
Sunday Concerts
Aug 2
          
Chembro Corniel, percussionist-conga drummer.
Aug 9
          
Nick Stefanacci, pop fusion Sax Man.
Aug 16
          
Cintron Band, Latin band.
Aug 23
          
Oli Silk, smooth jazz, keyboardist.
Tuesday Concerts
Aug 4
          
Moonlighters Orchestra, big band swing era music.
Aug 11
          
Soul Finderz, gospel.
Aug 18
          
Valarie Adam & the Dimension Band, rhythm and blues.
Aug 25
          
Redeemed Grace, gospel.
Sep 1
          
The Milwaukees, rock and roll.
Sep 8
          
Kareem Walkes, smooth jazz.

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 2-Sep 24
Selected Free Events
Jul 15
         NPR and WNYC's Ask Me Another: Celebrating 30 Years of SummerStage, 6-10pm.
Aug 2
         Family Day, 4-7pm. Clove Lakes Park, Staten Island, NY.
Aug 23
         Charlie Parker Jazz Festival, 3-7pm, Tompkins Square Park, 500 E. 9th St., New York, NY

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.
Jul 14
         AM Gold, late 70's to mid 80's.
Jul 21
         Function 11, pop, jazz, R&B, hip hop, soul and rock and roll.

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. Yoga in the Park begins at 6:30pm.
Oak Ridge Park Concerts
Jul 15
         Ed Palermo's Big Band.
Jul 22
         Jo Bonanno & the Godsons of Soul.
Jul 29
         Hey Bulldog, Beatles tribute.
Echo Lake Park Concerts
Aug 5
         Good Vibrations, Beach Boys tribute.
Aug 12
         American Rapture.
Aug 19
         The Benjamins.
Aug 26
         The Sensational Soul Cruisers.

Warren Recreation
Warren Municipal Grounds, 46 Mountain Blvd., Warren, 908-753-8000, ext. 270. 7-9pm. Food and refreshments available.
Jul 15
         The Sal Ritz Band, classic 60's-70's rock.

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.
Jul 16
         Simply Diamond, Neil Diamond tribute.
Jul 23
         Rachel Allyn Band, new wave country.
Jul 30
         CSN Songs, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young 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
         Westfield Community Band Concerts, 7:30pm Thurs. June 25-July 16.
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.
Jun 13-Sep

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
Parker Press Park, 400 Rahway Ave., Woodbridge. Sundays at 6:00pm.
Jul 12
         Eilen Jewell.
Jul 19
         Moot Davis & The Good Americans.
Jul 26
         Front Country.
Aug 2         
         Amy Helm.
Aug 9
         A Tribute to Patsy Cline.
Aug 16
         Cricket Tell the Weather.
Aug 23
         Spirit Family Reunion.
Aug 30
         Girls, Guns & Glory.
Monday 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.
Jul 13
         The Happenings.
Jul 20
         The Brooklyn Bridge.
Jul 27
         The Fabulous Greaseband.
Aug 3
         Jersey Sound.
Aug 10
         The 1910 Fruitgum Company.
Aug 17
         Cameos.
Aug 24
         Emil Stuccio & the Classics.
Aug 31
         The Infernos.
Tuesday Tribute Bands
Woodbridge High School, 25 Samuel Lupo Pl., Woodbridge. Classic rock tribute bands perform Tuesdays, 7:30pm.
Jul 14
         The British Invasion.
Jul 21
         Scarborough Fair, Simon & Garfunkel tribute.
Jul 28
         Hotel California, a salute to the Eagles.
Aug 4
         Back to the Garden, Woodstock tribute.
Aug 11
         The Glimmer Twins, Rolling Stones cover.
Aug 18
         The "Chicago" Experience.
Aug 25
         Beatles Faux Sale.
Sep 1
         Abba Girlz.
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.
Jul 15
         The Black Lillies.
Jul 22
         Yarn.
Jul 29
         Brother Sun.
Aug 5
         Guy Davis.
Aug 12
         Ari Hest.
Aug 19
         Joe D'Urso and Stone Caravan.
Aug 26
         El Caribefunk.
Sep 2
         Kenny White.
Local Band Thursdays
Parker Press Park, 400 Rahway Ave., Woodbridge. Local bands and musicians perform Thursdays at 7:30pm. Free parking at NJ Transit lot.
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movies in the park

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.
Jul 23, Aug 6

Bernards Township Movies & Games in the Park
Dunham Park, 908-204-3003. Wednesdays at 8:30pm.
Jul 15
         Dr. Seuss' The Lorax. DJ, games and prizes at 6:30pm.
Jul 22
         Big Hero 6.
Jul 29
         Back to the Future II. DJ, games and prizes at 6:30pm.

Branchburg Movie in the Park
White Oak Park, 200 Baird Rd., Branchburg, NJ, 908-526-1300 x187. Bring blankets, lawn chairs and snacks.
Jun 26, Jul 18, Aug 15

Essex County Free Friday Flicks
Essex County Kip's Castle Park, 22 Crestmont Rd., Verona, 973-239-2485. Gates open at 6:30pm with pre-movie entertainment, movie begins at dusk. Rain dates are the following night.
Jun 12
         The Lego Movie, PG. Build Legos with Snapology, 6:30pm.
Jun 19
         Divergent, PG-13. Archery demonstration, 6:30pm.
Jun 26
         Eat, Pray, Love, PG-13.

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.
Jul 14
        Paddington.
Jul 21
        Mr. Peabody & Sherman, 8:15pm.
Jul 28
        Penguins of Madagascar, 8:15pm.
Aug 4
        The Boxtrolls, 8:00pm.
Aug 11
        Big Hero 6, 8:00pm.

Florham Park Outdoor Movie Night
Gazebo lawn of municipal complex, 111 Ridgedale Ave., Florham Park, 973-410-5390. Refreshments for sale.
Aug 4
         Big Hero 6, 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 & July, 8:15pm in Aug. Snacks available at concession booth. For movie schedule, visit "Cultural Affairs" online.
Wed
         Outdoor Movies, every Wed. June 10-Aug. 19.
Kids & Family Movies
Jul 29
         Big Hero 6, PG.
Aug 5
         My Gym Hoboken Demo, 7pm. Cinderella, movie.
Aug 12
         Preschool of Rock performance, 7pm. How to Train Your Dragon 2, movie.
Aug 19
         Frozen, PG.

Mendham Movies in the Park
Borough Park Gazebo, 19 Mountain Ave., Mendham, 973-543-7152 ext. 12.
Jul 29
         The Lego Movie, 8:15pm.

Oskar Schindler PAC Movie Night
4 Boland Dr., West Orange, 973-669-7385. Free family movies at 7:30pm.
Aug 4
         Frozen.
Aug 11
         Malificent.
Aug 18
         The Lego Movie.

Princeton Art Museum Outdoor Films
Brown Dod lawn, Princeton, 609-258-3788. Thurs. at sundown, approx. 8:30pm. Popcorn provided. Rain location: Art Museum.
Jul 23
          Some Like It Hot, 1959. PG.
Aug 6
         Picnic on the Lawn & Outdoor Film Screening, barbecue fare, live music, family-friendly activities from 6pm. American Graffiti, the 1973 coming-of-age story, 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 20-Aug 22


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. 7. Friday evenings 8:30pm. Popcorn and refreshments are available. Don't forget bug spray.
Jul 18
         Rise of the Guardians, PG.
Jul 25
         Parental Guidance, PG.
Aug 1
         Mr. Peabody & Sherman, PG.

Somerville Starlit Cinema Series
Division St. Plaza, Somerville., 908-541-1600. Wednesdays at 8:30pm. beginning July 8.
Jul 8-Aug 12.

South Orange Moonlit Movies
Flood's Hill, Meadowland Park, 70 N. Ridgewood Rd., South Orange, 973-313-2787. Movies begin at 7:45pm.
Aug 12, 19, 26

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.
Jul 23
         Spongebob: Sponge Out of Water.
Jul 30
         Home.
Aug 6
         Rio 2.
Aug 13
         How to Train Your Dragon 2.

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 new parking deck. Bring your own lawn chair. Refreshments for sale. Rain cancels. The zoo is open late on Wed. for Family Fun Nights.
Jul 15
         The Lorax.
Jul 22
         ET.
Jul 29
         101 Dalmations.
Aug 5
         Jurassic Park.
Aug 12
         Madagascar.
Aug 19
         Curious George.
Aug 26
         A Bug's Life.

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 14
         Box Trolls. Warinanco Park, Elizabeth.
Jul 21
         Dolphin Tale 2. Warinanco Park, Elizabeth.
Jul 28
         Big Hero 6. Warinanco Park, Elizabeth.
Aug 4
         Alexander & the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, Meisel Park, Springfield. National Night Out activities.
Aug 11
         Annie. Warinanco Park, Elizabeth.

Warren Recreation Outdoor Movie Nights
Municipal Complex Pavilion off Bardy Rd., Warren, 908-753-8000. Movies start at dusk.
Aug 5
        How to Train Your Dragon 2.
        Mr. Peabody & Sherman.

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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 16-18, 23-25
        Mary Poppins, 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.
Jul 9-19
         Titus Andronicus.

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.
Aug 8
          The Circus McGurkus, by Dr. Seuss.

Hudson Shakespeare Company
973-449-7443. Free summer performances in parks in Hoboken, Jersey City, Hackensack, Kenilworth, Fort Lee, West Milford and other locations. Visit website link for complete schedule.
Aug 9
         Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, 5pm, Long Pond State Park, West Milford, NJ.
Aug 20
         Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, 7:30pm, Springfield Library, Springfield, NJ.
Kenilworth Performances
Kenilworth Public Library, 548 Boulevard, Kenilworth, NJ.
Jul 20
         The Murder of Thomas Arden of Faversham, 7pm.
Aug 17
         Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, 7pm.
Westfield Performances
Westfield Memorial Library, 550 E. Broad St., Westfield, NJ.
Jul 16
         The Murder of Thomas Arden of Faversham, 7pm.
Aug 5
         Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, 7pm.

Plays-In-The-Park
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, cash only.
Jul 8-18
         Oklahoma!
Jul 29-Aug 8
         Jesus Christ Superstar.

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.
Jul 23-Aug 23
         Cymbeline, William Shakespeare.

Scotch Plains Stars Theatre
Village Green, 430 Park Ave., 908-322-6700. Performances begin at 6pm.
Jul 10-12, Jul 24-26

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 17-Jul 26
         Love's Labour's Lost, a play for the whole family to enjoy about young love, with witty language and outlandish follies.

Washington Crossing State Park Open Air Theatre
355 Washington Crossing-Pennington Rd., Titusville, 267-885-9857.
Children's Theatre
Performances Fri. & Sat. at 11am, Sun. at 4pm. NJ residents $5, non-residents $7. Advance tickets or at box office.
Jul 17-26
         Disney's Aladdin, Jr.
Jul 31-Aug 9
         The Little Mermaid.
Aug 14-23
         Disney's 101 Dalmations.
Aug 28-Sep 6
         Disney's Cinderella Kids.
Sep 12-20
         Little Red Riding Hood.
Sep 26-Oct 4
         The Snow Queen's Frozen Adventure.
Oct 10-18
         It's the Great Pumpkin in the Park, 12-3pm.
Mainstage Theatre
Performances are Fri.-Sun. at 7:30pm. After Labor Day, shows begin at 7pm. Adults $15, 12 & under $10. Purchase tickets in advance or at box office.
Jul 10-26
         Monty Python's Spamalot.
Jul 31-Aug 9
         The Wizard of Oz.
Aug 14-16
         Smile the Musical.
Aug 21-30
         Sweet Charity.
Sep 4-13
         Jesus Christ Superstar.
Sep 18-20
         Heathers.
Sep 25-Oct 4
         Shrek the Musical.
Oct 9-18
         Sweeney Todd.

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