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New concerts and shows are continuously added. Check the convenient links to listing websites OFTEN for new events. For smaller performance venues, see listings under Music & Dance and Theatre.

Asbury Park Events
Ticketmaster: 800-745-3000. 
          Renowned for live music, Asbury Park is home to Convention Hall and The Paramount Theatre, a historic 1,600 seat theater on the boardwalk, and legendary clubs including The Stone Pony, Brighton Bar, Wonder Bar, Tim McLoones Supper Club and more, presenting nationally and locally known artists in concert. The Stone Pony expands its lineup during summer with an outdoor Summer Stage series. For current schedule, visit Stone Pony online or for listings for all venues, visit the Asbury Park Boardwalk website.
The Stone Pony & Outdoor Summer Stage
913 Ocean Ave., Asbury Park, 732-502-0600
    Summer Stage all ages admitted; must be 21 in bar area. Ticketmaster for tickets, 800-745-3000. Visit website link for schedule.

BB&T Pavilion
1 Harbour Blvd. (Tnpk. exit 4), Camden, 800-745-3000
    Outdoor amphi­theater with huge lawn during the summer months converts to a fully enclosed theater in the fall and winter.

Beacon Theatre
2124 Broadway, New York, NY, 866-858-0008
    Concerts and a variety of special events are presented in a 2,800-seat landmark building.
Apr 14-15
          Bubble Guppies Live!: Ready to Rock.
May 19-20
          Peppa Pig Live!

Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
200 Hurd Rd., Bethel, NY, 866-781-2922
    A diverse selection of popular artists, film, educational and community programs are presented in a 15,000-capacity outdoor performing arts venue and indoor gallery space at the site of the 1969 Woodstock Festival. The museum tells the story of the Sixties and the unique experience of the Woodstock Festival through film, interactive displays, text panels and artifacts.

Broadway–On & Off
For tickets, visit Ticketmaster, 800-745-3000; Telecharge; Disney on Broadway online.
          See introduction to New York listings for info about Broadway shows and discount tickets. See listings under New York for additional family theater events and concerts.
Selected Family-Friendly Shows
         Aladdin, Disney, New Amsterdam Theatre.
         Anastasia, Broadhurst Theatre.
         The Band's Visit, Ethel Barrymore Theatre. Ages 12+.
         Blue Man Group, Astor Place Theatre.
         Come From Away, Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre.
         Dear Evan Hansen, Music Box Theatre. 12+.
         Farinelli and the King, Belasco Theatre.
         The Gazillion Bubble Show, New World Stages.
         Hamilton, Richard Rodgers Theatre.
         Hello Dolly!, Schubert Theatre.
         Kinky Boots, Al Hirschfeld Theatre, teens.
         The Lion King, Minskoff Theatre.
         Once on This Island, Circle in the Square. 10+.
         Phantom of the Opera, Majestic Theatre.
         School of Rock, Winter Garden Theatre.
         Sponge Bob Squarepants, Palace Theatre.
         Springsteen on Broadway, Walter Kerr Theatre.
         Stomp, Orpheum Theatre.
         That Physics Show, Elektra Theatre.
         Waitress, Brooks Atkinson Theatre. Ages 8+.
         Wicked, Gershwin Theatre.

Cure Insurance Arena
81 Hamilton Ave. at Rt. 129, Trenton, 609-656-3200
Tickets: 800-298-4200
    Hosts concerts and special events.
Selected Family Events
Mar 3
          Harlem Globetrotters 2018.
Apr 17-18
          Paw Patrol.

Festival Pier at Penn's Landing
Columbus Blvd. and Spring Garden St., Philadelphia, PA, 215-629-3200
    Summer outdoor concert season at Penn's Landing. Low-back folding chairs permitted.
May 1
          Season tickets go on sale.
         Guide to live music, concerts and festivals, nationwide.

Live Nation
         From the website of Live Nation, one of the largest producers of live concerts in the world, you can search concerts by artist or venue and purchase tickets.

Madison Square Garden
The Stadium or WaMu Theater at Madison Square Garden,
7th Ave. at 33rd, 866-858-0008. Groups: 212-465-6080.
          Check website for new events or Ticketmaster, 800-745-3000.
         New York Rangers and New York Knicks home games.
Feb 12-14
         Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.

Meadowlands Exposition Center
355 Plaza Dr., Secaucus, 201-330-7773
Jan 13-15
          Dinosaur Time Trek.
Feb 17-18
          New Jersey Spring Home Show.
Mar 2-4
          The Woodworking Show.
Mar 23-25
          Beneath the Sea.
Apr 25
          New Jersey National College Fair.
Apr 27-29
          East Coast ComiCon.
Jun 23-24
          Reef A Palooza.
Jul 7-8
          Brick Fest Live.
Sep 15-16
          A Video Game Con.
Oct 13-14
          The Gluten Free & Allergy Friendly Expo.
Oct 19-21
          Aquatic Experience.
Oct 26-28
          Magic The Gathering Grand Prix.

William G. Mennen Sports Arena
161 E. Hanover Ave., Morristown, 973-326-7651
    Hosts special events and competitions. Spectators are welcome at youth hockey playoffs and championships, open skating competitions and special events.

Mercer County Park Festival Groups
Mercer County Park, West Windor, NJ, 609-448-1948.
          Summer performing arts stage offers 500-700 reserved seats and approx. 7,000 lawn seats. Call or visit website for summer lineup and to purchase tickets. Food vendors on site; no outside food, beverages or coolers permitted.

Metlife Stadium
One MetLife Stadium Drive, East Rutherford, 201-559-1300
    Home to the New York Jets and New York Giants, the 82,500-seat stadium hosts sports, concerts and special events.

New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center
Raritan Center, 97 Sunfield Ave., Edison, 732-417-1400
    Visit website link for new events.
Jan 11-14
           Garden State Outdoor Show.
Jan 19-21
           NJ Winter RV Show.
Jan 26-28
           The Fly Fishing Show.
Feb 9-11
           New Jersey Home Show.
Feb 15-18
           New Jersey Boat Sale & Expo.
Mar 2-4
           Greater New Jersey Golf Show.
           Sugarloaf Craft Festival.

Mar 10-11
           Innovative Beads Expo.
           World's Greatest Hobby on Tour.

Mar 16-18
           Salt Water Fishing Expo.
Mar 23-25
           New Brunswick Kennel Club Dog Show.
Mar 31-Apr 1
           India Fair.
Apr 4-8
           NY/NJ Mineral, Fossil, Gem & Jewelry Show.
Apr 13-15
           Super Pet Expo.
Apr 26-29
           The Quilt & Sewing Fest of New Jersey.
Apr 27-29
           Sports & Memorabilia Show.
May 4-6
           The 2018 Abilities Expo.
May 20
           Asian American Festival.
Jun 2-3
           Challenge of Champions.
Jun 16
           Tri-State VegFest.
Jul 14
           Innovative Beads Expo.
Jul 21-22
           Garden State Cat Expo.
Aug 11-12
           Greenberg's Train & Toy Show.
Sep 8-9
           Heroes & Villains Fan Fest.
Oct 6-7
           Baby Show Expo.
Oct 13-14
           Innovative Beads Expo.
Nov 9-11
           Sugarloaf Craft Festival.
Nov 24-25
           Greenbergs Train & Toy Show.
Dec 1-2
           Challenge of Champions.

PNC Bank Arts Center
Parkway exit 116, Holmdel, Box Office: 732-203-2500
    Outdoor concert season May-Sept. with seating in open-air pavilion and on lawn. Free heritage festivals and classical performances presented by Garden State Arts Foundation, 732-442-9200.
Tickets on sale for new season.

Prudential Center
25 Lafayette St., Newark, 973-757-6000.
Tickets: 800-745-3000; Ticketmaster.
          Grammy Museum Experience, open 11-6 Tues.-Sun.; 11-8 on event days.
          New Jersey Devils hockey and Seton Hall Pirates men's basketball.
Selected Family Events
Jan 27-29
          Monster Jam Triple Threat Series 2018.
Mar 15-18
          Marvel Universe Live! Age of Heroes.

Radio City Music Hall
Rockefeller Center, 1260 6th Ave., New York, NY, 866-858-0008.
Groups: 212-465-6100.

Skylands Stadium
94 Championship Place, Augusta, 973-940-0222
    4,200-seat stadium hosts special events, concerts and the Sussex County Miners, CanAm baseball league.
           Sussex County Miners, Can-Am baseball.

St. George Theatre
35 Hyatt St., Staten Island, 718-442-2900
Call box office or Ticketmaster for tickets; 800-745-3000. 
    Restored 2,800-seat 1929 movie and vaudeville house presents concerts, comedy, Broadway touring companies, small and large scale children's shows, and school-time performances.
Selected Children & Family Theatre
Feb 25
          Erth's Dinosaur Zoo Live!
Mar 3
          Shopkins Live! Shop It Up!
Apr 15
           The Wizard of Oz.
May 18
          Curious George.

101 Founders Way, Bethlehem, PA, 610-332-1300
    Once the home plant of Bethlehem Steel, the ten-acre site is now a hub of music and art offering indoor and outdoor concerts, films, comedy, dance, family events, walking tours, open mic nights and eight different festivals annually. Free and ticketed events.
          Peas & Q's Family Programming, music, performances, storytelling, crafts, Sat. 11:30am. Inside in the Capital BlueCross Creativity Commons; outside on the Air Products Town Square.
          Free Summer Concerts, June-Sept. Most 7:30pm at Levitt Pavillion SteelStacks, 645 E. First St., Bethlehem, PA 18015. Visit website for schedule.
          MusikFest 2018, one of the largest and most diverse music festivals in the nation features 500+ shows on 14 stages over 10 days.

    One of the largest suppliers of tickets globally to music, sports, arts and theater events consolidates kid-friendly shows in the area on their website under the "Family" heading.

Wells Fargo Center
3601 S. Broad St., Philadelphia, 215-336-3600
    Sports and entertainment complex.
         Philadelphia Flyers, 76ers, Philadelphia Soul indoor football league, Villanova Basketball and other college sports.
Selected Family Events
Feb 16-19
          Marvel Universe Live! Age of Heroes.
Mar 4
          The Original Harlem Globetrotters.

Wellmont Theater
5 Seymour St., Montclair, 800-745-3000
    2000-seat concert venue in renovated 1922 theater.