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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.

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concerts in the parks 2017

Asbury Park Jams on the Sand
Free music on the beach at the Anchor's Bend Bar & Restaurant, 1300 Ocean Ave., Asbury Park, NJ (north side of Convention Hall), Thursdays 6-10pm. Each show starts with an acoustic performance by Chris Soltis and Brendan Brophy of Enjoy! in accition to other local players. Headliners perform two sets. Rain or shine.
Jul 27
          Bonerama.
Aug 3
          Midnight North featuring Grahame Lesh.
Aug 10
          
Hayley Jane & The Primates.
Aug 17
          
Roots of Creation.
Aug 24
          
Scott Sharrard and the Adam Ezra Group.
Aug 31
          
Start Making Sense.

Berkeley Heights Summer Concert Series
Memorial Park, 908-464-0550. Wed. concerts 7:30-9pm.
Jul 26
           Beginnings,
Chicago cover band.
Aug 2
           52nd Street, Billy Joel cover band.
Aug 9
           Beatlemania, Beatles cover band.

Bernards Township Parks & Recreation Jayne Hannigan Summer Concert Series
Pleasant Valley Park, 908-204-3003. Tuesdays at 7pm. Rainsite: Ridge High School.
Jul 25
           Frontiers, The Ultimate Journey Tribute Band.
Aug 1
           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 26
           Rave On, early rock & roll.
Aug 2
           Thunderhill, country.
Aug 9
           No Discipline, reggae/Caribbean.
Aug 16
           Symphonics, 50s, 60s, 70s.

Chatham Community Band
Concerts 7:30pm. Visit website link for summer concert schedule.

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 28
           Gloria's Miami Sound featuring Nikki Torres.
Aug 4
           New York Bee Gees.
Aug 11
           The Infernos.
Selected Special Events & Other Concerts
Jul 3
           Jersey Sound, fireworks follow concert. Brookdale Park, Bloomfield/Montclair.
Jul 28
           Steppin' Out, Grover Cleveland Park, Caldwell/Essex Fells.
Aug 1
           Gordon James, Ivy Hill Park, Maplewood.
Aug 2
           Frank Piombo Quintet, Verona Park, Verona.
Aug 9
           Frank Valdes, Riverfront Park, Verona.
Aug 15
           Symphonics, Cedar Grove Park, Cedar Grove.
Aug 18
           Cameos, Eagle Rock Reservation, West Orange.                      
Sep 10
           Mike Griot's Essex County South Mountain Blues Festival, 11am-8pm. South Mountain Reservation, West Orange.

Flemington Summer Classic Car Shows
Main St., downtown Flemington. Classic cars, local 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 every other Saturday May-Sept.
Aug 5
           Corvette.
Aug 19
           British Invasion & Foreign.
Sep 2
           Military, First Responder, Truck.

Florham Park Gazebo Concerts
Borough Hall Complex, 111 Ridgedale Ave. Sundays at 7pm. Food concession. If questionable weather, 973-301-9698. Rainsite: Ridgedale School, 71 Ridgedale Ave.
Jul 23
           The Little Big Band, featuring Jim Nuzzo.
Jul 30
           Jesse Garron's Tribute to Elvis.

Freehold Summer & Fall Downtown Events
Hall of Records, 1 E. Main St., Freehold, 732-333-0094.
Jun 8-Aug 24
           Thursdays Rock!, widely known groups and local talent entertain 7:30-9:30pm Thursdays.
Jun 7-Aug 23
           Freehold Idol, open to singers aged 10 and older. Contestants arrive at 7:00pm, show starts at 7:30pm Wednesdays. Contestants can find application online.
Jun-Aug
           Street Music Performances, Friday and Saturday nights at the Downtown Freehold Gazebo on East Main St. and the Downtown Freehold Performance Courtyard on West Main St.
Sep-Oct
           Fall Concert Series, 7pm on Wednesdays in September and October.

Hanover Township Concert Series
Malapardis Park, Cedar Knolls, 973-428-2463. Activity line: 973-887-7870. Concerts 7:30-9pm on Mondays. Food trucks on site from 6pm. Rain location: Memorial Junior School Auditorium, 61 Highland Ave., Whippany.
2017 Concert Series
Jul 24
           The B Street Band, Springsteen tribute band.
Jul 31
           Cast of Beatlemania, former members who starred in the Broadway production.

Hanson Park Conservancy Concerts
38 Springfield Ave., Cranford. Check website for future 2017 events.

Hoboken Summer Enchanted Evenings
Free concerts along the Hudson Thursdays 7-9pm. Amphitheater at Sinatra Park, Frank Sinatra Dr. between 4th & 5th Sts., 201-420-2207.
Jun 15-Aug 17
          
Thursday Evening Concerts, 7-9pm, Sinatra Park.
Family Fun Nights
Shipyard Park, 13th St. and McFeeley Dr. (just east of Kings). Free outdoor performances for the whole family Tues. evenings at 7pm June 6-Aug. 15.
Special Summer Outdoor Events
           Children's Art in the Park,
creative activities for ages 1-4 are offered in Pier A Park Mon.-Thurs. sessions, early moring or mid morning. Visit website to register.
          Embayment Paddling Program, Hoboken Youth Paddle Camp and Mommy/Daddy & Me kayaking at the Hoboken Cove Boathouse, 11100 Sinatra Drive North.

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.

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 27
          
Captain Jack Billy Joel Tribute.
Aug 3
          
Tramps Like Us, Springsteen tribute band.
Aug 10
          
The Whiptones, doo wop quartet.
Aug 17
         
 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 2017 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. Check back for 2017 schedule.

Jersey Shore Jazz & Blues
Music all day, crafters, kids activities, food. Free admission, rain or shine. Sponsored by Jersey Shore Jazz & Blues Foundation.
Aug 26
          Long Branch Jazz & Blues Festival, 1-9:30pm. On the Great Lawn at the promenade in Long Branch. Music stage, food, crafters, kid's activities. Free admission.
Thurs
          Concerts on select Thursdays in Keyport Mini Park, corner of West Front Street & Main Street, Keyport, NJ.
          Jul 27    Cruise Night with Special Request.
          Aug 17   Deb & Paul with Cutting Edge, classic rock.
Sun
          Concerts every Sunday night in Long Branch. See Long Branch listings below.

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 26-Aug 13
Just a Few Selected Events
Jul 26
          NPR Music's Turning the Tables Live, songs from NPR Music's list of the 100 greatest albums by women. 7pm, Damrosch Park.
Jul 29-30
          Family Weekend: Double Dutch, two-day event celebrates double dutch and the women of color who've contributed to the cultural fabric of NYC through this competitive sport turned art form. Featuring demonstrations, jump-ins, panel discussions, a film screening and exhibition, culminating concert, and the Double Dutch Summer Classic. Something for the People concert 6:30pm, July 30 at Damrosch Park.
Aug 3
          Bollywood Boulevard: A Journey Through Hindi Cinema, 7:30pm Damrosch Park. Silent Movie: The Big Lebowski, 10:30pm Damrosch Park.
Aug 5
          Nick Lowe's Quality Rock 'n Roll Revue starring Los Straitjackets.
Aug 6
          Talking Drums: Stand Up! Speak Out!, 7pm Damrosch Park.
Aug 11
          Kendra Foster, 7pm Hearst Plaza.
Aug 12-13
          AmericanaFest NYC: Roots of American Music.
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 $17-25. Purchase tickets online.
Jun 27-Jul 15, 2017

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 23
          Radio Nashville.
Jul 30
          1910 Fruit Gum Company.
Special Event
Jul 4

          81st Anniversary 4th of July Celebration, family fun beginning at 9am. Classic car show, swim carnival, dinosaur BBQ, food, live music. Main Stage entertainment features The Nerds at 7:45pm. Fireworks 9:15pm.

Long Branch Summer 2016
Long Branch Bands by the Beach
Concerts 7-8:30pm. 732-222-7000 x5447. West End Park, corner of Brighton & Ocean Avenues, Long Branch, NJ. Rain or shine.
          Jul 23    Norman Nardini, rock 'n roll.
          Jul 30    Liza Colby Sound, hard rock with a soul twist.
          Aug 6     Eryn Shewell & The Whiskey Devils, classic soul & jazz.
          Aug 20   Jane Lee Hooker, blues.
          Aug 27   The VooDUDES, Zydeco funk, blues, boogie-woogie, honky-tonk.
Tuesdays on Broadway
7-8:30pm, Broadway Band Shell, Long Branch, NJ. Rainsite: Fire Headquarters on Union Ave., Long Branch.
Jul 25
          Los Ciegos del Barrio.
Aug 8
          Tito Puente, Jr.
Aug 15
          David Cedeno & His Orchestra.
Aug 22
          Eco Del Sur.
Aug 29
          Marea Wilson Band, reggae.
Thursdays by the Sea
Concerts 7-8:30pm at Pier Village, Long Branch. Rainsite: Long Branch Middle School, 350 Indiana Ave. & Bath Ave.
Jul 27
          So Watt.
Aug 3
          The Doughboys.
Aug 10
          Goldenseal.
Aug 17
          Danny V's 52nd Street Band, Billy Joel tribute band.
Aug 24
          The ASAP Band.
Aug 31
          Brian Kirk & The Jirks, with fireworks.
Special Events
Aug 12

          West End Cruise Night & Classic Car Show, 6-10pm. Good Vibrations, Beach Boys tribute, and Ragdoll, Frankie Valli tribute, share the Main Stage, Municpal Lot, Kossick Way & Brighton Ave. Rain or shine.

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.
Jul 28
          Barba Roja Latin Band.
Aug 11
          Group Therapy Band.
Aug 25
          Hatchet Jack.
Sep 8
          Reeds, Rhythm & All That Brass, 17-piece jazz-swing dance band with vocalists.

Maplewood Community Music
Community bands perform in Memorial Park Amphitheater, Oakview Ave. & Dunnell Rd., Maplewood and other locations in Maplewood and South Orange. All musicians welcome. Visit website link for announcement of new events.

Maplewoodstock Music & Arts Festival
Memorial Park, Maplewood. Two day festival of regional and national music, food and arts vendors and KidsZone.
Jul 2018

Mendham Summer Concerts
Borough Park Gazebo, 19 Mountain Ave., Mendham,NJ 07945, 973-543-7152 ext. 12. Sunday concerts 7-9pm.
Jul 23
          Larry Stevens Group, pop rock hits.
Jul 30
          FabForward Band, John, Paul, George & Ringo's post-Beatle hits.

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 29
         Glenn Miller Orchestra, 6-10pm.
Aug 12
         The Urban Guerilla Orchestra, 6-10pm.
Aug 19
         Best of the Eagles, 6-10pm. $5 per car.
Sep 2-3
         INDO Fair, 8am-6pm. $5 per car.
Sep 22-24
         Italian American Festival, 12pm-11pm. $5 per car.

Met in the Parks Summer Recital Series
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, off Millburn Ave. and Main St., 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 30
          Soul Groove, R&B/Motown and pop hits.

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 TBA, 2018
          New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. Picnics, activities, art show and sale, 50/50 raffle. Gates open at 4pm for picnicking and activities, concert begins at 6pm.

Morristown Music Beyond Borders
Free lunchtime world music concert series 12:30pm Tuesdays on the Morristown Green. Rainsite: Morristown United Methodist Church, 50 Park Place on the Green, Morristown, NJ 07960.
Jul 25
          Feraba, West African dance, drumming and tap dancing.
Aug 8
          Music from China Trio.

New Brunswick Hub City Sounds
732-729-0320 ext. 201. Free and family-welcoming performing, visual and culinary arts series late July-Oct. in Boyd Park, Rt. 18 North. Food available for purchase, kid zone activities.
Aug 12
          2nd Annual Indo-American Festival, food, music, and theater performances inspired by the culture and traditions from Northern and Southern India. 1-6pm.
Aug 26
          2nd Annual Caribbean Festival, Caribbean cuisine, music and dance performances. 12-6pm.
Sep 10
          Rock New Brunswick, punk music and entertainment, featuring Latin Rock and Afro Punk performances, New Jersey music media consortium, Smugbug Productions and a DIY Flea Market.
Sep 16
          5th Annual Central Jersey Jazz Festival, 1-6pm on Livingston Avenue, between George St. and New St.
Oct 8
          Hub City Sounds @Ciclovia: 3rd Annual Corazon Latino Festival, traditional cultural dances, music and more. 11am-4pm Joyce Kilmer Park, 143 Joyce Kilmer Ave.

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.
Aug 4
          Rave On!, early rock 'n roll.
Aug 18
          No Fuss and Feathers Roadshow, folk music witha contemporary sound.

New Jersey Performing Arts Center
Sounds of the City Outdoor Music Series

Theater Square, One Center St., Newark, hotline: 973-353-8046. 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 27
          Septeto Santiaguero, Latin music.
Aug 3
          Tower of Power, R&B.
Aug 10
          Louis Prima, Jr. & The Witnesses, jazz.
Aug 17
          Black Sheep/Das EFX, hip hop.
Aug 24
          Talib Kweli, hip hop.

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra
Free family concerts in parks throughout New Jersey in June and July.

New Providence Night Under the Stars
Centennial Park, corner of Springfield Ave. and Academy St., New Providence, 908-464-4430. Thursday concerts 7-9pm 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 the Municipal Gym.
Jul 27
          The Kootz.
Aug 1 (Tuesday)
          Elefante Family Band, coincides with National Night Out and includes additional activities presented by the New Providence Police, Fire, EMS and Recreation Departments starting at 6pm.

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 28
           Fitz and The Tantrums.
Aug 4
           Brad Paisley.
Aug 18
           Hailee Steinfeld.
Aug 25
           Jason Aldean.
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 28
          Imagine Dragons.
Aug 4
          Linkin Park.
Aug 11
          Bleachers.
Aug 18
          Eric Church.
Aug 25
          Paramore.
Sep 1
          Jason Derulo.
TBD
          Dierks Bentley.

New York Philharmonic Concerts in the Park
Free summer concerts in New York City parks in June. 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, NJ, 973-669-7385. New Jersey Arts Incubator and partners present concerts, movies and special events on the open-air stage at OSPAC.
Aug 10
          Movie Night: Monster Trucks. 7:30-9:30pm.
Aug 12
          House Head Summerfest, Club 88 DJs, vendors, beer and wine garden. 12-9:30pm.
Aug 13
          Gospel Summerfest, 2-6pm. Adults $15, kids $5.
Aug 17
          Movie Night: Ant-Man. 7:30-9:30pm.
Aug 22
          Movie Night: Zootopia. 7:30-9:30pm.
Aug 24
          Freespace Dance, 8-9pm. $20.
Sep 16
          14th Annual Jazz & Brew Fest, 12-8pm.

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 29
          Strictly 60s, 60s hits.
Aug 5
          Rich Scanella Group, high energy fun.
Aug 12
          Contemporary jazz guitarist.
Aug 19
          The Suspects, 80s cover band.
Aug 26
          The Alice Project, singer/songwriter.

Rahway Big Thursday Nights
Entertainment 6:30-8:30pm on Thursday nights June-Aug.
Jun
          Entertainment, Action Plaza, Rahway Train Station, 6:30-8:30pm.
Jul
          Free Movies, City Hall Plaza, beginning at dusk.
          Jul 27: The LEGO Batman Movie.
Aug
          Summer Concert Series,
Irving Street, starting at 7pm.
          Aug 3: Almost Queen / Annie Minogue Band.
          
Aug 10: RIFF.
          
Aug 17: Larger than Life / Mike Shiavo.
          
Aug 24: Sugar Ray / Miss Ohio.

Red Bank Street Life
Downtown Red Bank.
Thurs
     
Jazz in the Park. 7:30-9pm Thursdays in July and Aug. in Riverside Gardens Park, W. Front St.
3rd Thurs
       Thursday Night Live! enjoy live music throughout Red Bank in June and July.
Sat
     
Streetlife, music, entertainment and artists on downtown streets 6-9pm Sat. June thru Aug.

River to River Festival
Attend free dance, music, theater and visual arts events in public parks and historic landmarks across Lower Manhattan and Governors Island in June.
Jun TBA, 2018

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 26
           The British Invasion Years.
Aug 2
           The Shots.
Aug 9
           Rip Tide, with special guests The Sam Sims Band, 5:30 start.
Aug 16
           Rain date.

Scotch Plains Summer Concert Series
Alan Augustine Village Green, 430 Park Ave., 908-322-6700 x223. Thursday evenings at 7:30pm.
Jul 27
          Wolf Creek.
Aug 3
          Brother John Brown Band.

Seaside Park Summer in the Park Concert Series
Seaside Park Police Department Lawn, Seaside Park. Free concerts Mondays at 7pm.
Jul 31
          The Kootz Band.
Aug 7
          Fish-Eyed Blues.
Aug 14
          JP La Stella & Company.
Aug 21
          Blame It on the Girl.
Aug 28
          The Kootz 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 30
           Blues Fest at Duke Island Park, featuring Bob Lanza Blues Band, 5:30-6:30pm; The Tyrone Stackhouse Group, 7-8:30pm.
Aug 6
           3rd Annual Food Truck Fest featuring The Duprees, 7-8:30pm. Food trucks open at 6pm.
Special Event
Jul 4, 2018

          Annual Independence Day Family Festival, 6-10pm, North Branch Park. Revolutionary War encampment 6-9pm, fireworks display 9:30pm. Free. Food available for purchase.

Somerville Cruisers & Concerts
Thurs
     
Starlit Cinema, classics, comedy, family-friendly films on a giant outdoor screen 8:30-10:30pm Thursday evenings, Division Street Plaza, July 13-Aug. 17.
Fri
     
Friday Cruise Nights, 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 7-9pm July 8-Aug. 19.

South Orange Summer Nights
Flood's Hill, Meadowland Park, 70 N. Ridgewood Rd., South Orange, 973-378-7754 ext. 2223. Concerts Wednesdays at 7:30pm. Food trucks and beverage vendors; art in the park 6-8pm, recommended for adults and children six and up. Rainsite: SOPAC, One Sopac Way, South Orange.
Jun 7-Aug 2
           Art in the Park, Wednesdays 6-8pm.
Concerts in the Park
Jul 26
           Counterfeiters, 80s, 90s party band.
Aug 2
           Rock the Hill, garage bands.

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

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 11-Sep 22
Selected Family Event
Aug 12
           Family Day: They Might Be Giants: Kids, Science, and Beyond; Bill Childs of Spare Rock, Spoil the Child Radio. 2-5pm. CityParks PuppetMobile presents Cinderelle Samba, a contemporary twist on the classic "Cinderella" fairy tale, 3-4pm.

Summit "Hot Summer Nights"
Village Green, 356 Broad St., Summit, 908-277-2932 x12. Tues. evenings at 7pm. Food trucks, free ice cream. In the event of rain, check website.
Jul 25
           Brian Kirk and the Jirks.
Aug 8
           The Shots.
Special Event
Aug 1

           National Night Out, 6-8:30pm. Food trucks open 6pm, Chris Clark Bicycle stunt show 6:15pm, Blessing of Badges 6:45pm, The Kicks in concert at 7pm. Activities include obstacle courses and bounce houses, dunk tank, displays and demos by emergency services, fitness demos, free hot dogs at the PAL food cart, and food court.

Tuckerton Seaport Friday Night Concerts
120 W. Main St. (GSP exit 58), Tuckerton, 609-296-8868. Free concerts on Friday evenings, 6:30-8pm, in July and August.
Jul 28
          
The Fabulous Silver Wings, a tribute to classic country.
Aug 4
          
The Kootz, rock & roll.
Aug 11
          
Rave-On, Buddy Holly and Roy Orbison.
Aug 18
          
Big Wave, classic rock.
Aug 25
          
Strictly 60's Band, pop and rock of the 60's.

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 or 908-654-9805. In case of rain, call hotline, 908-558-4079, after 3pm on day of concert. Refreshments on site.
Echo Lake Park Concerts
Jul 26
          Hudson River Rats.
Oak Ridge Park Concerts
Aug 2
          Dead Space, The Grateful Dead Experience.
Aug 9
          American Rapture.
Aug 16
          Black Dog, The Led Zeppelin Tribute.
Aug 23
          New York State of Mind, tribute to Billy Joel.

Warren Recreation
Warren Municipal Grounds, 46 Mountain Blvd., Warren, 908-753-8000, ext. 270. 7-9pm. Food and refreshments available.
Jul 26
          Teen Fest.
Aug 2
          Johnny's Jukebox Band.
Aug 23
          Bob Marino.

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 27
          Total Soul, Motown, soul and classical disco.
Aug 3
          Americano, modern swing rock 'n roll.

Westfield Summer Concerts
Tues
         Sweet Sounds Downtown Jazz Festival, live music 7-9pm every Tuesday in July and Aug. on downtown streets. 908-789-9444. Raindate: Wednesday. Visit website for weekly schedule of performers and locations.
Jul 25, Aug 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
         Westfield Community Band Concerts, 7:30pm Thursdays from the end of June to end of July at Mindowaskin Park Bandstand, E. Broad St., 908-789-4080.
Aug 1
          National Night Out, celebrate at the North Avenue Train Station.

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. Food trucks and stands; beer and wine available for purchase. Dogs on leash are welcome.
Country Sundays Free Concerts
Parker Press Park, 400 Rahway Ave., Woodbridge, NJ. 6pm.
Jul 23
          The Chapin Sisters (Tom Chapin's daughters), classic country duets, and The Farmer and Adele, country western cowboy swing.
Jul 30
          Radney Foster, singer/songwriter.
Aug 6
          ZBTB, Zac Brown tribute.
Aug 13
          The Gibson Brothers, bluegrass.
Aug 20
          Yarn, Americana.
Aug 27
          John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band.
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.
Jul 24
          New York BeeGees.
Jul 31
          Mahoney Bros. Jukebox Heroes.
Aug 7
          Shadows of the 60's Motown.
Aug 14
          Capris & Larry Chance & The Earls.
Aug 21
          Brit Pack, Beatles tribute.
Aug 28
          The Infernos.
Tuesday Tribute Bands
Woodbridge High School, 25 Samuel Lupo Pl., Woodbridge. Classic rock tribute bands perform Tuesdays, 7:30pm.
Jul 25
          British Invasion.
Aug 1
          Broken Arrow, Neil Young.
Aug 8
          Back to the Garden, Woodstock.
Aug 15
          Glimmer Twins, Rolling Stones.
Aug 22
          Green River, CCR.
Aug 29
          B-Street Band, Springsteen.
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. Food trucks and stands, craft beer and wine for sale. Rainsite: Woodbridge Middle School auditorium, 582 Barron Ave.
Jul 26
          Femina.
Aug 2
          Ari Hest, the Honey Dew Drops, Chrissi Poland, Matt Nakoa.
Aug 9
          Alsarah & The Nubatones.
Aug 16
          The Dustbowl Revival.
Aug 23
          Eilen Jewel Band.
Aug 30
          Harpeth Rising.
Sep 6
          Iain Matthews & Lipbone Redding.
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 29-Sep 7
2nd Friday Jazz
Frank Pelzman Park, Tappan St. & West Park Ave., Avenel. Jazz concerts on the 2nd Friday, 7:30pm.
Aug 11
          Duchess.
Sep 8
          Huntertones.


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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 29
          Lego Batman Movie.
Aug 5
          Sing.
Aug 12
          Finding Dory.
Aug 19
          Beauty and the Beast.
Aug 26
          Moana.
Sep 9
          Jaws.

Bernards Township Movies in the Park
Dunham Park, 908-204-3003. Wednesdays at 8:30pm.
Jul 26
           Finding Dory.
Aug 2
           Beauty & the Beast.

Branchburg Movies in the Park
White Oak Park, 200 Baird Rd., Branchburg, NJ, 908-526-1300 x187. Bring blankets, lawn chairs and snacks.
2018 TBA

Essex County Free Friday Flicks
Essex County Kip's Castle Park, 22 Crestmont Rd., Verona, NJ, 973-433-7659. Gates open at 7pm with pre-movie entertainment, movie begins at dusk. Rain dates are the following night.

Fanwood Movies Under the Stars 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 25
          Zootopia.
Aug 1
          Finding Dory.
Aug 8
          Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, PG-13.
Aug 15
          Sing.

Florham Park Outdoor Movie Night
Gazebo lawn of municipal complex, 111 Ridgedale Ave., Florham Park, 973-410-5390. Refreshments for sale. Call for this year's date.

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.
Jun 14-Aug 30
       Outdoor Movies, every Wed. June-Aug.
Kids & Family Movies
Aug 2
           Trolls, PG. Pre-movie activity for children by My Gym, 7pm.
Aug 9
           The Boss Baby, PG. Pre-movie activity for children by My Gym, 7pm.
Aug 16
           Sing, PG. Pre-movie musical performance by Preschool of Rock, 7pm.
Aug 21
           Ice Age: Collision Course, 8pm. Mama Johnson Field, 4th St. between Jackson & Harrison St.
Aug 30
           Frozen, 8pm. Sinatra Drive North between 11th & 12th.

Mendham Movies in the Park
Borough Park Gazebo, 19 Mountain Ave., Mendham, 973-543-7152 ext. 12. 8:30pm.
Aug 1
          Moana. Games and camp activities precede the movie, lower ball field, behind the Carriage House.

Oskar Schindler Performing Arts Center
4 Boland Dr., West Orange, NJ, 973-669-7385. New Jersey Arts Incubator and partners present concerts, movies and special events on the open-air stage at OSPAC.
Aug 10
          Movie Night: Monster Trucks. 7:30-9:30pm.
Aug 17
          Movie Night: Ant-Man. 7:30-9:30pm.
Aug 22
          Movie Night: Zootopia. 7:30-9:30pm.

Princeton Art Museum Outdoor Films
Brown Dod lawn, Princeton, 609-258-3788. Thurs. at sundown, approx. 8:30pm. Rain location: 8pm, McCormick Hall 101.
2018 TBA

Princeton Palmer Square Movies on the Green
Palmer Square West, 40 Nassau St., Princeton, 609-921-2333. Family-friendly movies begin at dusk, approx. 8:30pm.
Aug 18

Scotch Plains Friday Family Movie NIght
Alan Augustine Village Green, 430 Park Ave., 908-322-6700. Movies begin Friday evenings at dusk.
Aug 4
          West Side Story.
Aug 11
          Toy Story.
Aug 19
          A League of Their Own.
Aug 25
          Moana.

Seaside Park Drive-In Movies
Marina Lawn, J St. and Central Ave., Seaside Park. Movies begin at 8:30pm. Popcorn and shaved ice provided by PBA.
Jul 25
          Sing.
Aug 1
          Secret Life of Pets.

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 28

Somerville Starlit Cinema Series
Division Street Plaza, Somerville, NJ, 908-541-1600. Wednesdays at 8:30pm. Watch your favorite movies on a giant outdoor screen with state-of-the-art sound system. From classics to comedies, films are chosen by voting early in the season.
Jul 13-Aug 17

South Orange Moonlit Movies
Flood's Hill, Meadowland Park, 70 N. Ridgewood Rd., South Orange, 973-313-2787. Movies begin at 8:15pm.
Aug 9
           Sing.
Aug 16
           Grease.
Aug 23
           Pitch Perfect.
Aug 30
           Beauty & the Beast.

Summit Screen on the Green
Village Green, 356 Broad St., Summit. Thursdays in July and Aug. Food trucks on site and interact with on-screen characters before the movie. Movies begin after dark.
Jul 27
           Trolls.
Aug 3
           Boss Baby.
Aug 10
           Captain Underpants.

Union County Family Fun & Flix
908-527-4900, Hotline: 908-558-4079. UC Fit Kids offers healthy activities for children before the movie beginning at 7:30pm, movie begins at dusk, weather permitting. Snack stand.
Jul 25
           Sing, Warinanco Park, Elizabeth.
Aug 1
           Secret Life of Pets. National Night Out activities with emergency vehicles, games, activities begin at 6pm, Meisel Park, Springfield.
Aug 8
           Moana, Warinanco Park, Elizabeth.

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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 28-29, Aug 3-5
           Shakespeare's Twelfth Night.

Brookdale Summer Shakespeare Ensemble
On the Lawn at Larrison Hall, Brookdale Community College, Lincroft, 732-224-2411. Free performances Thurs.-Sun. at 7pm. If raining, performance will be inside BPAC.
2018 TBA


Hoboken Storybook Theatre
Elysian Park, 10th & Hudson St., Hoboken, 866-248-5091. Song, dance, poetry and drama for all ages presented by Tempest Productions. 2pm. In case of rain, tents will be set up in the park.
Jul 8
          So You Want to Be a Pirate!

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.
Romeo & Juliet
Jul 18, 25, Aug 1
          7:30pm. Fort Lee Monument Park, Palisade Ave. & Angioletti Pl., Fort Lee, NJ 07024.
Jul 26, Aug 2
          7:30pm. Hackensack Cultural Arts Center, 101 State St., Hackensack, NJ
Jul 27
          6:30pm. Hoboken Public Library, 500 Park Ave., Hoboken, NJ 07030.
Aug 3
          7pm. Somerset County Public Library, 1 Vogt Dr., Bridgewater, NJ 08807.

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 8:00pm. Tickets available on day of performance only, no advance sales. No performances on Sun. Adults $7, srs. 60 and over $5, 12 & under free, cash only for summer shows.
Aug 2-12
           Mary Poppins.

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 via mobile lottery12:00am-noon on the day of performance through TodayTix. Visit website for details. Performances Tues.-Sun. at 8pm.
Jul 11-Aug 13
           A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Scotch Plains Stars Theatre
Village Green, 430 Park Ave., 908-322-6700. Performances for kids by kids begin at 6pm. Auditions are held in spring for summer performance dates.
Jul 28-30
          Seussical Jr. (4th-8th graders).

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. Performances Tues.-Sun. at 8pm, Sun. at 4:30. Purchase tickets from box office or online. $37, 30 and under $30, 18 and under free.
Jun 14-Jul 30
           A Midsummer Night's Dream.    

Union County Shakespeare in the Park
The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey's Next Stage Ensemble performs Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew" in Union County Parks.
Aug 4
          7pm, Echo Lake Park, Mountainside.

Washington Crossing State Park Open Air Theatre
455 Washington Crossing-Pennington Rd., Titusville, 267-885-9857. Performances Fri., Sat. and Sun. June through Aug. Tickets available at box office one half hour prior to show.
Children's Theatre
Performances Fri. & Sat. at 11am, Sun. at 4pm. Tickets $5.
2018 TBA
Mainstage Theatre
Performances are Fri.-Sun. at 7:30pm. After Labor Day, shows begin at 7pm. Adults $15, 12 & under $10.
Jul 21-23, 28-30
           Hair.
Aug 4-6, 11-13, 18-20
           The Wizard of Oz.

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