New Jerseyans are ready for summer and it’s no surprise we can’t wait to get back to attending live concerts, plays and festivals. If you’re looking for in-person entertainment, you can find plenty of options through Discover Jersey Arts’ online Summer Stages guide.
This curated collection, offering socially distanced opportunities from New Jersey-based cultural organizations, features dozens of concerts, drive-in movies, Shakespeare in the park, classes and more experiences across the state’s vibrant arts scene. As COVID restrictions ease up and more people get vaccinated each day it’s great to find all that NJ has to offer in the form of live entertainment all in one place.
“New Jersey summers always promise the perfect mix of outdoor festivals, performances and arts events, and we need those opportunities to gather now more than ever,” says Allison Tratner, executive director of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, which partners with ArtPride New Jersey to present the Discover Jersey Arts program. “Artists and arts organizations statewide are ready to safely bring people together for unique experiences – indoors and out – that entertain, inspire and connect us.”
No matter where in the Garden State you live, the Summer Stages guide has an assortment of great options. From beach dance parties to city streets filled with visual art, there’s something for everyone. You’ll find farms doubling as concert venues and theater taking place at vineyards.
Some of the highlights from the Summer Stages guide include:
- “Brookside Cabaret” at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, N.J., June 9 – Sept. 25
- “Vaudeville Variety” at the East Lynne Theater Company in Cape May, N.J., June 12 – Aug. 28
- Judy Collins at the Count Basie Center for the Arts in Red Bank, N.J., June 16
- 12th annual “Movie Night Under the Stars” (“To Wong Foo”), Montclair, N.J., June 26
“People are looking forward to traveling safely this summer and they are excited for live entertainment,” says Adam Perle, president and CEO of ArtPride New Jersey. “The Summer Stages campaign highlights incredible opportunities for visitors and residents to explore the arts throughout our state, which is also home to unique destinations, world-class dining, home-grown retailers and wide-open spaces full of natural beauty.”
The Summer Stages guide is updated regularly so be sure to check back often for the latest in NJ entertainment.