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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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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.

Berkeley Township Sounds of Summer Concert Series
Veterans Park, Bayville, NJ.
        Wednesday concerts begin at 6pm unless noted.30-9pm.

Berkeley Heights Summer Concert Series
Veterans Park, 908-464-0550.
         Wed. concerts 7:30-9pm.

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
Visit website link for summer concert schedule.

Essex County's Summer Concert Series
          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
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.       

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
Hall of Records, 1 E. Main St., Freehold, 732-333-0094.
           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 -Aug
           Thursdays Rock!, widely known groups and local talent entertain 7:30-9:30pm Thursdays.
Family Movie Night, Wednesdays 8:30-10pm. Hall of Records, 1 East Main St. See schedule under Movies in the Park below.
           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.

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,
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
Visit website link for schedule and to register.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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
Memorial Park Gazebo, Livingston, 973-535-7925. Concerts on Sun. 7-8:30pm in July. Rainsite: Livingston High School.
Special Events
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

          4th of July Celebration, family fun beginning at 9am ending with fireworks at 9:15pm. Main Stage entertainment at 7:45pm.

Long Branch Summer
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.
Tuesdays on Broadway
7-8:30pm, Broadway Band Shell (behind Brookdale), Long Branch, NJ. Rainsite: Portuguese Club of Long Branch, 191 Broadway, Long Branch.
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.
Long Branch Special Events
Visit website link for classic car shows, concerts and other special events throughout the summer.
Jul 4
Oceanfest at Long Branch, all day craft and food vendors, community info, fireworks at dusk. Long Branch Promenade.

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.

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, 580 Valley St., Maplewood. Two day festival of regional and national music, food and arts vendors and KidsZone.

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
Borough Park Gazebo, 19 Mountain Ave., Mendham,NJ 07945, 973-543-7152 x12. Sunday concerts 7-9pm in July-Aug. Raindate the following week.

Mercer County Park Festival Grounds
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.

Met in the Parks Summer Recital Series
             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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

New York City Summer Concerts
NBC Today Show Free Summer Concerts
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.
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
Free summer concerts in New York City parks in June. 8pm. Concert information hotline: 212-875-5709.

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
Palmer Square, 40 Nassau St., Princeton, 609-921-2333. Live music on the Green Saturdays in July and Aug. 12-2pm.

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

Red Bank Summer
Downtown Red Bank. Visit website link for special events.
Saturdays Jun-Aug
Streetlife, music, entertainment and artists on downtown streets 6-9pm Saturdays in June thru Aug.
Fridays Jul-Aug
Red Bank Rocks, free concerts at 6:30pm Fridays in Riverside Gardens Park, W. Front St.

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.

Sandy Hook Beach Concert Series
Gateway National Recreation Area, Sandy Hook, Beach Area E, 732-291-7733
             Summer concerts Wed. 6pm June-Aug. Free admission to park after 5pm. Sponsored by the Sandy Hook Foundation.

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, July-Aug. In case of inclement weather over the weekend, 908-722-1200, x5351.
Special Event
Jul 4

          Annual Independence Day Fireworks, North Branch Park, 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. Live music from 6:30pm. Arrive early to avoid parking delays.

Somerville Cruisers & Concerts
Starlit Cinema, classics, comedy, family-friendly films on a giant outdoor screen 8:30-10:30pm Thursday evenings, Division Street Plaza, July-Aug.
Friday Cruise Nights, classic car show on Main Street every Friday night Memorial Day through Labor Day weekend. 6-9pm.
Saturday Summer Stage, live music at Division St. Plaza Saturday evenings 6-9pm late May-Sep.

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
Sloan St. (under the gazebo), South Orange, 973-763-6899.
           Sounds in Spiotta and Jazz on Sloan presented 7-10pm 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.

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.

Summit "Hot Summer Nights"
Village Green, 356 Broad St. (across from the train station), Summit, 908-277-2932 x12. Tues. evenings at 7pm July-Aug. Food trucks, free ice cream. In the event of rain, check website.
Special Event
National Night Out with Summit Police Department. Food trucks, demos, and activities from 6:00pm, concert at 7:00pm.

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.

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.
          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.
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
Hall of Records, 1 East Main St., 732-333-0094.
        Family movies shown Wednesdays, 8:30-10pm, June-Aug.

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.
       Outdoor Movies, every Wed. June-Aug. Check website link for children's movie nights and 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
        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.

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.

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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