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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.

If you don't see this year's schedule below, check back soon as more will be posted as they become available!

See additional listings under Shows & Concerts for paid outdoor concerts in stadiums, in the parks or on the beach.

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concerts in the parks 2019

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 5-10pm. Ages 21+, dogs are not allowed. Outside alcohol, coolers, food or chairs are not permitted. Rain or shine.
Jun-Aug

Berkeley Township Sounds of Summer Concert Series 2019
Veterans Park, Bayville, NJ. Wednesday concerts begin at 6pm unless noted.30-9pm.
Jun 26
           
Rock 'n Rhythm, 6-7pm.
           Garden State Radio,
pop rock hits, 7:30-9pm.
Jul 10
           
Gerard Esposito, Atlantic City headliner. 6-7pm.
           The Duprees, golden oldies. 7:30-9pm.
Jul 24
           
Sounds of the Street, doo wop. 6-7pm.
           Beginnings, Chicago tribute band. 7:30-9pm.
Jul 31
           
Alotta Colada, concert on the beach at White Sands Beach, 23rd Ave. in South Seaside Park. 5:30-8:30pm.
Aug 7
           
Night Out Against Crime, visit police, fire and first aid squads, check out equipment and trucks. Games, prizes, bouncy houses.
           The Infernos, four decades of music. 7:30-9pm.
Aug 21

           Julian & Dominique, 1000 voices. 6-7pm.
           Wanted DOA, Bon Jovi tribute. 7:30-9pm.
Sep 7
           
Jukebox Legends, 50s and 60s. 5:30-6:30pm.
           New Power Soul, 9 piece band, R&B, classic rock, 80's to top 40. 7:30-9pm.
Sep 14
           
United Car Clubs of Ocean County Car Show.

Berkeley Heights Summer Concert Series 2019
Veterans Park, 908-464-0550. Wed. concerts 7:30-9pm.
Jul 24
          
Parrot Beach, Jimmy Buffet cover band.
Jul 31
          
The Idol Kings, Tom Petty, John Cougar Mellencamp, Journey, and more.
Aug 7
          
52nd Street Band, music of Billy Joel.
Aug 14
          
The Day Trippers, 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. Visit website link for 2019 announcement.

Boonton Area Concerts in the Park
Grace Lord Park, W. Main St. & Essex Ave., Boonton, 973-402-7433
Wednesdays 7-8:30pm. Rainsite: Darress Theatre, 615 Main St.

Chatham Community Band
May 5
          
Annual Spring Concert, with guest artist percussionist John Leister. Chatham High School, 255 Lafayette Ave., Chatham, NJ. 2pm. Donation suggested.

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.

Flemington Summer Classic Car Shows 2019
Stangl Road, Flemington, NJ, 908-806-6041. 5:30-8:30pm. Weather cancellations are made by 3pm. Free to the public, and car owners.
          Classic cars, live music at two areas on Stangl Rd., DJ, kids activities include face painting, games, and balloon sculptures. Trophys for best cars and door prize raffles for everyone.       
May 25
          
Ford, Olds, Mercury.
Jun 8
          
Camaro, Chevy, Chevelle. Car Show t-shirt sales for the day will be donated to the Flemington Fire Department.
Jun 22
          
Mopars and Motorcycle.
Jul 6
          
GTO, Firebird, Pontiacs. Kimi Goetz Day, t-shirt sales donated to support training for Flemington's hometown girl and Olympic Speed Skater Gold Medal prospect.
Jul 20
          
Mustangs and T-Birds (Liberty Village lot).
Aug 3
          
Corvette. $5 donation for Flemington Food Pantry. Food drive drop in front of 21 Stangle Rd. All t-shirt proceeds benefit food pantry.
Aug 17
          
British Invasion and Foreign.
Aug 31
          
Military, First Responder, Truck. T-shirt proceeds go to local VFW Flemington Post 7856.

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.

Freehold Summer & Fall Downtown Events 2019
Hall of Records, 1 E. Main St., Freehold, 732-333-0094.
Jun-Oct
           Street Music Performances, Friday and Saturday nights at the Downtown Freehold Gazebo on 10 East Main St. and the Downtown Freehold Performance Plaza, 27-29 West Main St.
Jun 6-Aug 22
           Thursdays Rock!, widely known groups and local talent entertain 7:30-9:30pm Thursdays.
Jun 19-Aug 21
           
Family Movie Night, Wednesdays 8:30-10pm. Hall of Records, 1 East Main St. See schedule under Movies in the Park below.
Sep-Oct
           Fall Concert Series, 7:30-9:30pm on Wednesdays in September and October in front of the Hall of Records.

Hanover Township Concert Series
Brickyard Field, Bee Meadow Park, 1 Pond Rd., Whippany, 973-428-2463. Activity line: 973-887-7870. Concerts 7:30-9pm on Mondays in July. Food trucks on site from 6pm. Rain location: Memorial Junior School Auditorium, 61 Highland Ave., Whippany.

Hanson Park Conservancy Story Time
38 Springfield Ave., Cranford.
           Explore nature and books select Wednesdays at 10:00am in Hanson Park. Recommended for ages 6 and under, no registration required. Juice and cookies provided. In the event of rain, story time is cancelled for the day.
Jul 10
           
Fun in the Garden, garden themed books with a garden craft.
Jul 24
           
Turtle Time, turtle-themed books with the appearance of a red-eared slider turtle named Sherman.
Aug 7
           
For the Love of Nature, nature-themed books followed by a nature walk around the park.

Hoboken Summer Enchanted Evenings
Free concerts, outdoor theatre, movies, children's events and more all summer in Hoboken parks. 201-420-2000 x5100.
Thursdays Jun-Aug
          
Thursday Evening Concerts, 7-9pm, Sinatra Park, Frank Sinatra Dr. between 4th and 5th Sts. Selected events below:
Tuesdays Jun-Jul
           
Tuesday Evening Concert Series in Southwest Park, 6:30-8:30pm, Observer Highway between Jackson & Harrison St. Food by D's Soul Full Cafe, beer and wine garden by Northern Soul.
Wednesdays Jun-Aug
           Wednesday Evening Concerts in Church Square Park,
7-9pm.
Family Fun Nights
Free outdoor performances for the whole family 7pm in Shipyard Park, 13th St. and McFeeley Dr. (just east of Kings).
Special Summer Outdoor Events 2018
           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.
          Fitness, Yoga, Pilates, Bootcamp & Meditation in the Park Series, free introductory class sponsored by a different local fitness establishment each week. Wear sneakers and loose fitting clothing. Bring your own mat if needed and water. In case of rain, classes cancelled, unless specified.
          Mondays: Fitness at Pier A Park, 7-8pm.
          Tuesdays: Yoga at Pier A Park, 7-8pm.
          Wednesdays: Fitness at the South West Park, 7-8pm.
          Wednesdays: Fitness under the 14th St. Viaduct, 6:30-7:30pm.
          Wednesdays: Meditation in the Park, Pier C Park, 7-7:45pm.
          Thursdays: Yoga & Pilates at Maxwell Place Park, 7-8pm.
          Thursdays: Bootcamp Fitness Series, Pop-Up Park at 12th & Adams St., 7-7:45pm.

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. Food vendors available or bring a picnic. Rainsite: Hunterdon Central Regional High School, 84 Rt. 31, Flemington.
Jun 27-Aug 15, 2019

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.
Jun-Aug

Jersey Shore Jazz & Blues Festival
On the Great Lawn at the promenade in Long Branch, NJ.
            Music all day, crafters, kids activities, food. Fireworks at dusk. Free admission, rain or shine. Sponsored by Jersey Shore Jazz & Blues Foundation.
Aug 24, 2019
           Damian & The DCQ, 1:15-2:15; Slidewinder Blues Band, 2:30-3:30; Jane Stuart, 3:45-4:45; The Shadetree Mechanics, 5-6pm; Mikey Junior Band, 6:15-7:15; Jeff Levine & Friends featuring JT Bowen, 7:30-9pm.

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-Aug

Lincoln Center 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. Group dance lesson 6:30-7:15, live music and dancing begin 7:30. Admission $17-25. Purchase tickets online. CenterCharge 212-721-6500; 212-875-5456.
Jun -Jul

Livingston Summer Concerts at the Gazebo 2019
Memorial Park Gazebo, Livingston, 973-535-7925. Concerts on Sun. 7-8:30pm in July. Rainsite: Livingston High School.
Special Events
May 27
           
Remembrance Ceremony & Parade, Memorial Oval across from Town Hall. Ceremony 9:30am, Parade 10am. Parade route from Memorial Oval to Congressional Parkway on Livingston Ave.
Jul 4

          83rd Anniversary 4th of July Celebration, family fun beginning at 9am ending with fireworks at 9:15pm. Main Stage entertainment at 7:45pm featuring Wanted DOA, Bon Jovi tribute band.
Gazebo Concerts 2019
Jul 7
           
Epic Soul, today's hits.
Jul 14
           
Route 80, 80s music.
Jul 21
           
Battle of the Doo-Wop Groups, NY vs NJ.
Jul 28
           
B-Street Band, Bruce Springsteen cover band.

Long Branch Summer 2019
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. In case of inclement weather, concert will be held in Jack's Goal Line, 149 Brighton Ave.
Jun 9
           
Philadelphia Funk Authority, dance/party band.
Jun 23
           
Sandy Sasso & Her Swingin' Big Band.
Jun 30
           
Chuck Lambert, blues.
Jul 7
           
Bob Lanza Band, blues.
Jul 14
           
JoBonanno, Spirit of Asbury Revue. On West End Beach.
Jul 21
           
Billy Hector Experience, blues.
Jul 28
           
Peter V Blues Train, blues.
Aug 4
           
Eryn & The Whiskey Devils, soulful vocalist/guitarist.
Aug 11
           
SaRon Crenshaw, blues.
Aug 18
           
Blue People, blues.
Aug 25
           
The VoodDudes, blues, rock, country, Zydeco, R&B.          
Tuesdays on Broadway
7-8:30pm, Broadway Band Shell (behind Brookdale), Long Branch, NJ. Rainsite: Portuguese Club of Long Branch, 191 Broadway, Long Branch.
Jul 9
           
Xol Azul Band, Latin rock band.
Jul 16
           
Eco Del Sur, Latin American music.
Jul 23
           
Tito Puente, Jr., Latin band.
Jul 30
           
Jersey Sound, oldies band.
Aug 13
           
David Cedeno & His Orchestra, Salsa band.
Aug 20
           
Linda Miller & the Girls Next Door, tirbute to girl groups.
Aug 27
           
Swing Sabroso, Salsa band.
Thursdays by the Sea
Concerts 7-8:30pm at Pier Village, Long Branch, NJ. Rainsite: Long Branch Middle School, 350 Indiana Ave. & Bath Ave., Long Branch.
Jun 13
           
Tim McLoone & The Shirleys, rhythm and blues/classic rock. Rain date: Sept. 5.
Jun 20
           
The ASAP Band, party band.
Jun 27
           
Moraccan Sheepherders, groove, rock, cover band.
Jul 11
           
Motor City Revue, Motown, rock, soul.
Jul 18
           
So Watt, party band.
Jul 25
           
The Weeklings, Beatles tribute band.
Aug 1
           
9 South, party band.
Aug 8
           
After the Reign, country.
Aug 15
           
The Nerds, party band.
Aug 22
           
Remember Jones, soul, pop.
Aug 29
           
Brian Kirk & The Jirks, party band, with fireworks.
Long Branch Special Events
Jun 16
           
Cruise to the Jersey Shore, 9am-3pm, Long Branch Promenade. Raindate: June 22.
Jun 26
           
Long Branch High School Soundwave Jazz Band, 7-8:30pm, West End Park.
Jul 4
           
Oceanfest at Long Branch, all day craft and food vendors, community info, fireworks at dusk. Long Branch Promenade.
Aug 17
           
West End Cruise Night & Classic Car Show, featuring The Coasters (7:00pm) and Shirley Alston Reeves (8:30pm). 6-10pm. Brighton Avenue, Long Branch.

Macculloch Hall Summer Sundays
Macculloch Hall Historical Museum, 45 Macculloch Ave., Morristown, 973-538-2404. Visit website link for 2019 events.

Madison Downtown Concert Series
Family-friendly Friday evening concerts 6-8pm outside on the lawn of the Museum of Early Trades & Crafts, 9 Main St., Madison, 973-377-2982. Picnicking encouraged. Sponsored by the Madison Downtown Development Commission.
Jun-Jul

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.
Jul 9, 2019
           
Concert Band at The Clipper Pavilion. 7pm, Essex County Paddle Boat House, West Orange, NJ.

Maplewoodstock Music & Arts Festival
Memorial Park, 580 Valley St., Maplewood. Two day festival of regional and national music, food and arts vendors and KidsZone.
Jul 13-14, 2019

Meet Me in Morristown
Come for music, crafters and food in Morristown the last Thursday of the month May-Aug. Morristown business sidewalk sales 11am-8pm. Art sales and entertainment 5-9pm.

Mendham Summer Concerts 2019
Borough Park Gazebo, 19 Mountain Ave., Mendham,NJ 07945, 973-543-7152 x12. Sunday concerts 7-9pm in July-Aug. Raindate the following week.
Jun 30
           
Carnaby Street, 60s pop.
Jul 14
           
Kimon & The Prophets, blues/rock.
Jul 28
           
Fab Forward Band, Beatles tribute.
Aug 4
           
Larry Stevens Group, pop rock hits.
Special Event
Jun 15
             
Mendham food Truck Festival, 11am-7pm. $5.

Mercer County Park Festival Grounds 2019
Mercer County Park, Hughes Dr. or Old Trenton Rd. entrance, West Windsor, NJ, 609-443-8560. 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.
Jun 15
            
Mercer County Cultural Festival, 11am-7pm. Musical performances, art demonstrations, international food trucks, bier garten, traditional dances, demonstrations and more.
Jun 29
            
94.5 PST's Freedom Festival, 3-10pm. Carnival rides, food, entertainment and fireworks. Free admission.
Jul 10-14
            
LEAD State Fair, rides, vendors, entertainment and more. 12-10pm. $5 per car.
Aug 31-Sep 1
            
INDO American Fair, 11am-7pm. Cultural programs, heritage, traditional dances, live entertainment and more. Parking $5, entry $3.

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.
Jun

Millburn-Short Hills Summer Concerts 2019
Sundays at 7pm in Taylor Park, off Millburn Ave. and Main St., Millburn, 973-564-7097. Call 973-564-7096 for rainout information. Raindates are the following Sunday.
Jun 23
            
Street Hassle, classic rock featuring 6-piece horn section.
Jul 7
            
Joey Armino & The Family, rock and roll dance band.
Jul 18
            
Teen Bands, Thursday evening concert.
Jul 21
            
Jersey Sound, classic oldies, rock and roll, MOtown, R&B, and pop.
Aug 4
            
Enough Said, classic rock from the 60's to current day.

Morris Arts Giralda Music & Arts Festival
Great Lawn, Giralda Farms Corporate Park, Rt. 124, Madison (rainsite: College of St. Elizabeth), 973-285-5115 x15. Advance tickets: Adults $18, under 12 $4, under 4 free. At the gate: Adults $25, 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 23, 2019
          New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. Picnics, children's activities, art show and sale, food truck. Gates open at 4pm for picnicking and activities, concert begins at 6pm.

Morris Museum Summer JazzFest
6 Normandy Heights Rd., Morristown, 973-371-3706
            Pack lawn chairs and picnic baskets or visit food trucks open from 5:30pm on the grounds of the Morris Museum in July and Aug. Concerts at 7:30pm. Call box office for tickets or purchase online. VIsit website link for 2019 events.

Morristown Music Beyond Borders
Free lunchtime world music/dance series 12:30pm on select Tuesdays on the Morristown Green. Rainsite: Morristown United Methodist Church, 50 Park Place on the Green, Morristown, NJ 07960.
Jun-Aug

New Brunswick Hub City Sounds
908-917-2862. Free and family-welcoming performing, visual and culinary arts events late July-Oct. in Boyd Park, Rt. 18 North, New Brunswick, NJ. Food available for purchase, kid zone activities. New series announcement in May.
Jul -Oct

NJBG New Jersey Botanical Garden 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 requested. Light refreshments available for purchase.
Jun-Aug

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-Aug

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra 2019
Free family concerts in parks throughout New Jersey in June and July.
2019 Schedule
Jun 21
          Echo Lake Park, Mountainside. 7:30pm. Free.
Jun 23
          Giralda Music & Arts Festival, Giralda Farms, Madison. Gates open at 4pm, concert at 6pm. Advance tickets $18, at gate $25, under 12 advance $5, at gate $4. For more information, visit Morris Arts or call 973-285-5115.
Jun 24
          Maxwell Place Park, Hoboken. 7:30pm. Free.
Jun 25
          Ocean County College, Toms River. 8pm. Free.
Jun 28
          Essex County Branch Brook Park, Newark. 7:30pm. Free, with fireworks.
Jun 30
          Marine Park, Red Bank. 8pm. Free.

New Providence Night Under the Stars 2019
Centennial Park, corner of Springfield Ave. and Academy St., New Providence, 908-464-4430. Thursday concerts 7-9pm in July and Aug. with face painter, magician, free hot dogs and ice cream for all. In case of rain, concert is in the gym in the Municipal Gym.
Jul 18
            
Throwback Thursday, West Morris Community Band.
Jul 25
            
Kinderhook.
Aug 1
            
Asbury Fever.
Aug 6
            
Elefante Family Band with the NJ Jazz Academy,
Tuesday evening concert coincides with National Night Out activities presented by New Providence Police, Fire, and EMS starting at 6pm.

New York City Summer Concerts
NBC Today Show Free Summer Concerts 2019
Mostly Friday mornings on the plaza at Rockefeller Center (48th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues, outside Studio 1A). On-air musical performance takes place during the 8am hour, some artists rehearse in advance of the main performance. General admission is on a first-come, first-served basis. A limited number of reserved Fan Passes are available by advanced registration via a digital lottery system two weeks before the concert date. Additional performances may be announced.
May 15
           
Meghan Trainor, Tuesday.
May 25
           
Darius Rucker.
May 28

           Troye Sivan,
Monday.
Jun 1
           
Shawn Mendes.
Jun 8
           
Kelly Clarkson.
Jun 12
           
Dierks Bentley, Tuesday.
Jun 15
           
Christina Aguilera.
Jun 22
           
5 Seconds of Summer.
Jun 25
           
Dan + Shay, Monday.
Jun 29
           
Panic! At The Disco.
Jul 6
           
Lady Antebellum.
Jul 13
           
Maroon 5.
Jul 20
           
Charlie Puth.
Jul 27
           
Julia Michaels.
Aug 2
           
Keith Urban, Thursday.
Aug 10
           
Jason Mraz.
Aug 17
           
Cole Swindell.
Additional dates for Alessia Cara and Why Don't We to 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.). Check-in at 6am, concert 7-9am. Additional dates and acts will be announced throughout the summer. Submit ticket requests online.

New York Philharmonic Concerts in the Park 2019
Free summer concerts in New York City parks in June. 8pm. Concert information hotline: 212-875-5709.
Jun 11
           
Van Corlandt Park, 8pm.
Jun 12
           
Central Park, 8pm.
Jun 13
           
Cunningham Park, Queens. 8pm.
Jun 14
            
Prospect Park, 8pm.
Jun 16
            
Staten Island, indoor concert at St. George Theatre, 4pm. Tickets are free, but required for this event.

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. See Shows & Concerts for ticketed events.

Oskar Schindler Performing Arts Center
4 Boland Dr., West Orange, NJ, 973-669-7385
             Call for information about any upcoming events.

Princeton Palmer Square Summer Music 2019
Palmer Square, 40 Nassau St., Princeton, 609-921-2333. Live music on the Green Saturdays in July and Aug. 12-2pm.
Jul 6
            
Strictly 60's.
Jul 13
            
JB Rocks.
Jul 20
            
Some Assembly Required, 1-3pm.
Aug 3
            
Kindred Spirit.
Aug 10
             
Strictly 60's.
Aug 17
             
SunDog.
Aug 24
            
Some Assembly Required, 1-3pm.
Aug 31
            
Daid Alastre and Latineo.

Special Events
Sep 15
            
Music Fest, 11am-6:30pm. A day of eclectic, non-stop music, food, drink and good times.

Rahway Big Thursday Nights
Entertainment 6:30-8:30pm on Thursday nights June-Aug.

Red Bank Summer 2019
Downtown Red Bank.
Saturdays Jun-Aug
          
Streetlife, music, entertainment and artists on downtown streets 6-9pm Saturdays in June thru Aug.
Fridays Jul 19-Aug 16
           
Red Bank Rocks, free concerts at 6:30pm Fridays in Riverside Gardens Park, W. Front St.
Sundays Jul 21, Aug 18, Sep 15, Oct 20
           Food & Wine Walk, three hours of tastings at some of Red Bank's upscale restaurants and casual eateries on the third Sunday of the month. Tickets $40, ages 21+.

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 18-29, 2019
Jun 25
            
Night at the Museums, 4-8pm. Visit Lower Manhattan's diverse institutions for free. All museums and historical sites are within walking distance from one another. Participants include: African Burial Ground National Monument, China Institute, Federal Hall National Memorial, Fraunces Tavern® Museum, Museum of Jewish Heritage, National Archives at New York City, National Museum of the American Indian, National September 11 Memorial & Museum, 9/11 Tribute Museum, NYC Municipal Archives, Poets House, The Skyscraper Museum, South Street Seaport Museum and Lower Manhattan Tours. VIsit website for more details.

Sandy Hook Beach Concert Series 2019
Gateway National Recreation Area, Sandy Hook, Beach Area E, 732-291-7733
             Summer concerts Wed. 6pm. Free admission to park after 5pm. Sponsored by the Sandy Hook Foundation.
Jun 19
           
Waiting on Mongo.
Jun 26
           Brian Kirk & the Jirks.
Jul 10
           
Tim McLoone & the Shirleys.
Jul 17
           
The Moroccan Sheepherders.
Jul 24
           
Bob Bandlera Band.
Jul 31
           
JoBonnano's Spirit of Asbury Revue.
Aug 7
           
The Carl Gentry Band.
Aug 14
           
Remember Jones.
Aug 21
           
Rain Date.

Scotch Plains Summer Concert Series
Alan Augustine Village Green, 430 Park Ave., 908-322-6700 x223. Thursday evenings at 7:30pm.

Seaside Park Summer in the Park Concert Series
Seaside Park Police Department Lawn, Seaside Park. Free concerts Mondays at 7:30pm.

Somerset County Park Commission Summer Concert Series 2019
908-722-1200 x5225. 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, x5351.
Jul 7
          
Jobonanno & The Godsons, Spirit of Asbury Revue.
Jul 14
           
Motor City Revue, Motown.
Jul 21
           
New Power Soul, 8-piece band, swing to blues to rock 'n roll.
Jul 28
           
The Cameos, 8-piece oldies/vocal harmony.
Aug 4
           
The Infernos, show band.
Aug 11
           
5th Annual Food Truck Fest, featuring Andy B.and, 5:30-6:30pm, and The Fabulous Greaseband, 7-8:30pm.
Special Event
Jul 4, 2019

          Annual Independence Day Fireworks, North Branch Paark, Bridgewater. Gates open at 6pm. Third New Jersey Regiment "Jersey Blues" Revolutionary War Encampment 6-9pm. Fireworks display 9:30pm. Food available for purchase. Park visitors should bring lawn chairs or blankets. Picnic baskets are allowed, alcohol is prohibited. Stone Flower, Santana tribute band, 6:30-8pm. Tyrone Stackhouse, Motown hits of 60's and 70's, R&B, soul, blues, 8:30-9:30pm and 10-11pm. Arrive early to avoid parking delays.

Somerville Cruisers & Concerts 2019
Thurs
     
Starlit Cinema, classics, comedy, family-friendly films on a giant outdoor screen 8:30-10:30pm Thursday evenings, Division Street Plaza, July-Aug.
            Jul 11-Aug 15
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 6-9pm May 24-Sep 21.

South Orange Summer Nights
Flood's Hill, Meadowland Park, 70 N. Ridgewood Rd., South Orange, 973-378-7754 ext. 2223. Concerts Wednesdays at 7:30-9:30pm. 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.

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 Memorial Day-Labor Day, weather permitting. Visit website for weekly schedule.

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-Sep
Selected Family Events

Summit "Hot Summer Nights"
Village Green, 356 Broad St. (across from the train station), Summit, 908-277-2932 x12. Tues. evenings at 7pm. Food trucks, free ice cream. In the event of rain, check website.

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.

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. Union County Fit Yoga begins in the parks at 6:30pm.
Echo Lake Park Concerts, Mountainside

Oak Ridge Park Concerts, Clark

Warren Recreation
Warren Municipal Grounds, 46 Mountain Blvd., Warren, 908-753-8000, x270
          7-9pm. Food and refreshments available.

West Caldwell Gazebo Concerts
Carne Park Gazebo, 30 Clinton Rd., West Caldwell, 973-226-2300. Thursday concerts at 7:30pm, weather permitting. Food available for purchase from 6:30pm.

Westfield Summer Concerts
Tues Jul-Aug
         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.
         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
          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. Traditional, alt, country rock and Americana. Beer and wine available, food trucks and stands. 6pm.

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.

Tuesday Tribute Bands
Woodbridge High School, 25 Samuel Lupo Pl., Woodbridge. Classic rock tribute bands perform Tuesdays, 7:30pm. Please bring a non-perishable food item to help restock the food pantry.

Woodbridge Wednesdays
Parker Press Park, 400 Rahway Ave., Woodbridge.
           Folk, blues, Americana, rock, world music and more 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.


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-Aug


2nd Friday Jazz
Eric LeGrand Park, 2000 Station Dr.., Avenel. Jazz concerts on the 2nd Friday, 7:30pm.



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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.

Bernards Township Movies in the Park
Dunham Park, 908-204-3003. Wednesdays at 8:30pm.

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

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.

Freehold Family Movie Night 2019
Hall of Records, 1 East Main St., 732-333-0094.
        Family movies shown Wednesdays, 8:30-10pm, June-Aug.
Jun 19
            
E.T. The Extra Terrestrial.
Jun 26
            
Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation.
Jul 3
            A League of Their Own.
Jul 10
            
Back to the Future.
Jul 17
            
Something's Gotta Give.
Jul 24
            
Elf.
Jul 31
            
Mamma Mia.
Aug 7
            
Captain Underpants.
Aug 14
            
Grease.
Aug 21
            
The Goonies.

Grounds for Sculpture Plein Air Cinema Series
Grounds for Sculpture, 80 Sculptors Way, Hamilton, NJ 08619, 609-586-0616
           Films begin at sundown. Free with after-hours park admission. Reservations required for prix fixe dinner at pop-up Cafe Terrace (609-584-7800).

Hoboken Movies Under the Stars
Pier A Park (at the east most end), 1st St. and Frank Sinatra Dr., 201-420-2207
          Shows start at sunset on Wednesdays June-Aug., approx. 9pm in June and July, 8:15pm in Aug. Snacks available at concession booth. For movie schedule, visit online link.
Jun-Aug
       Outdoor Movies, every Wed. June-Aug.
Children's Movies & Pre-Show Activities

Jenkinson's Boardwalk Movies on the Beach
300 Ocean Ave., Point Pleasant Beach, 732-892-0600
            Free movies every Friday night at dark, weather permitting. Wristband nights for rides, 5-11pm.

Maplewood Movies in the Park
Dehart Park, 120 Burnett St., Maplewood
Memorial Park Amphitheater, 580 Valley St. between Oakland Rd. and Baker St., Maplewood
973-762-3400
        Free summer movie series includes a bouncy house, magician, face painter, popcorn, drinks and games for the kids beginning at 6pm. Magician performs 6:30-7:15pm. Movie begins approximately 7:45pm after a brief message/video from the Maplewood Police Department and the Community Service Bureau. 6-9:30pm. No alcohol allowed.

Mendham Movies in the Park
Borough Park Gazebo, 19 Mountain Ave., Mendham, 973-543-7152 ext. 12. 8:30pm.

Pier Village Summer Movie Series
Pier Village, Ocean Ave. and Centennial Dr., Long Branch, 732-923-0100
          Enjoy free outdoor movies every Wednesday from July 11-Aug. 29. Pre-show fun on Festival Plaza begins at 6pm, movie begins at nightfall.

Princeton University Art Museum Outdoor Films
Brown/Dod Quad, Princeton, 609-258-3788. Thurs. at sundown, approx. 8:30pm. Rain location: 8pm, McCormick Hall 101.
2018 Series
Films inspired by the transformation of literary sources in unexpected ways, as seen in the exhibition Frank Stella Unbound: Literature and Printmaking.

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.

Scotch Plains Friday Family Movie NIght
Alan Augustine Village Green, 430 Park Ave., 908-322-6700. Movies begin Friday evenings at dusk.

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.

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.

Somerville Starlit Cinema Series
Division Street Plaza, Somerville, NJ, 908-541-1600. Thursdays mid-July to mid-Aug. 8:30-10:30pm. Watch your favorite movies on a giant outdoor screen with state-of-the-art sound system.

South Orange Moonlit Movies
Flood's Hill, Meadowland Park, 70 N. Ridgewood Rd., South Orange, 973-313-2787. Wednesday evening movies begin at 8pm.

Summit Screen on the Green
Village Green, 356 Broad St., Summit, 908-277-2932. Movies begin at dark Thursdays in July and Aug. Food trucks on site. Family dance party begins at 7:30pm. Interact with on-screen characters before the movie. Rain dates are the following Monday night.

Turtle Back Zoo Zoo-vies
Essex County South Mountain Recreation Complex
560 Northfield Ave., West Orange, 973-731-5800
            Free movies Wednesday evenings in July and August on the rooftop of the parking deck. Bring your own chair. Rain cancels. Films begin at dusk.
Jul & Aug Wednesdays

Union County Family Fun & Flix
908-527-4900, Hotline: 908-558-4079. Activities for children before the movie begin at 7:30pm, movie begins at dusk, weather permitting. Snack stand.

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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.

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.


Hoboken Storybook Theatre
Elysian Park, 10th & Hudson St., Hoboken, 866-248-5091. Song, dance, poetry and drama for all ages presented by Tempest Productions. 2-4pm. In case of rain, tents will be set up in the park.

Hudson Shakespeare Company
201-420-7137. Free summer performances in New Jersey parks, libraries and other locations. Most performances begin at 7pm. Visit website for complete schedule.

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 and under free, cash only for summer shows.

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.

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.

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, additional performance on Sun. at 4:30. Purchase tickets from box office or online. $38, 18 and under free.

Union County Shakespeare in the Park
The Shrew Mechanicals perform "Something Shakespeare This Way Comes" in Union County Parks.

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