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The Best Performing Arts Events in New Jersey

Best of NJ works hard to create a statewide calendar full of fun things to do. But since there are so many types of events going on all year round, we’re breaking things up a bit. Below, you’ll find a list of The Best Performing Arts Events in New Jersey.

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North Jersey Performing Arts Events


Caffeinated Open Mic
Caffeinated Open Mic

Where: Cedar Bean’s Coffee Joint – 04/02/2020 - 07/24/2020: 11:00 pm - 1:00 am
Details: Thursday nights at Cedar Bean’s Coffee Joint features an all-ages Caffeinated Open Mic. Poets, troubadours and instrumentalists welcome.


Crime Junkie Podcast

Where: Prudential Hall at New Jersey Performing Arts Center – 07/17/2020: 8:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Details: Crime Junkie Podcast


Introductory Tae Kwon Do

Where: Newton Recreation Center – 07/18/2020: All Day
Details: Introductory Tae Kwon Do


Third Saturday Showcase

Where: Good Shepherd Church – 07/18/2020: 7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Details: Welcome ALL musicians of ALL styles of music. Come share your talent or just come to listen to live, local music in a safe, friendly…


Day - Studio Art: Drawing, Painting, + Sculpture

Where: Centenary College – 07/19/2020: All Day
Details: Day - Studio Art: Drawing, Painting, + Sculpture


Resident - Writer's Workshop

Where: Centenary College – 07/19/2020: All Day
Details: Resident - Writer's Workshop


Youth Art & Painting Class - July 20

Where: Newton Recreation Center – 07/20/2020: All Day
Details: Youth Art & Painting Class - July 20


Adult Painting Class - July 21

Where: Newton Recreation Center – 07/21/2020: All Day
Details: Adult Painting Class - July 21


Pre-School Exploratory Art & Sensory Class

Where: Newton Recreation Center – 07/22/2020: All Day
Details: Pre-School Exploratory Art & Sensory Class


Poetry For Justice, Hosted By Toney Jackson

Where: Puffin Cultural Forum – 07/22/2020: 7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Details: Facebook Live Event. Puffin’s Poetry MC Toney Jackson will host an evening spoken word and poetry that speaks to the continuing protests and outcry against…


Ken Jeong

Where: Prudential Hall at New Jersey Performing Arts Center – 07/24/2020: 8:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Details: Ken Jeong


WBGO Kids Jazz Concert Series: Eli Yamin

Where: Cicely Tyson School of Performing and Fine Arts – 07/26/2020: 1:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Details: You Bring the Kids, We'll Bring the Jazz WBGO and host Rhonda Hamilton celebrate with jazz and blues pianist, composer, singer, producer, and educator Eli…


Kingdom Comedy Tour (18+ Event)

Where: White Eagle Hall – 07/26/2020: 5:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Details: Kingdom Comedy Tour (18+ Event)


Session 3 | Regular Camp Hours

Where: Camp Liberty – 07/27/2020: All Day
Details: Session 3 | Regular Camp Hours


Virtual Open Mic Night

Where: Johnson Public Library – 07/30/2020: 7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Details: Open Mic Night is online this month and featuring YOU! Feeling a little bottled up lately? Missing your usual outlets or audiences for your creativity?…


Forever Plaid

Where: Centenary Stage Company – Sitnik Theatre – 07/30/2020: 7:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Details: Forever Plaid


Forever Plaid

Where: Centenary Stage Company – Sitnik Theatre – 07/30/2020: 7:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Details: Forever Plaid


Cinderella - The Musical

Where: Bergen Performing Arts Center – 07/31/2020: 8:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Details: Cinderella - The Musical


Cinderella Ballet Englewood

Where: Bergen Performing Arts Center – 07/31/2020: 8:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Details: Cinderella Ballet Englewood


Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella

Where: Bergen Performing Arts Center – 07/31/2020: 8:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Details: Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella


Bergenpac Presents - Cinderella - 3:00PM

Where: Bergen Performing Arts Center – 08/01/2020: 3:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Details: Bergenpac Presents - Cinderella - 3:00PM


Cinderella - The Musical

Where: Bergen Performing Arts Center – 08/01/2020: 3:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Details: Cinderella - The Musical


Cinderella Ballet Englewood

Where: Bergen Performing Arts Center – 08/01/2020: 3:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Details: Cinderella Ballet Englewood


Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella

Where: Bergen Performing Arts Center – 08/01/2020: 3:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Details: Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella


Plastic Cup Boyz

Where: New Jersey Performing Arts Center – 08/01/2020: 7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Details: Plastic Cup Boyz


Bergenpac Presents - Cinderella - 8:00pm

Where: Bergen Performing Arts Center – 08/01/2020: 8:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Details: Bergenpac Presents - Cinderella - 8:00pm


Cinderella - The Musical

Where: Bergen Performing Arts Center – 08/01/2020: 8:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Details: Cinderella - The Musical


Cinderella Ballet Englewood

Where: Bergen Performing Arts Center – 08/01/2020: 8:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Details: Cinderella Ballet Englewood


Comedy Night At Blackjack Mulligans

Where: Blackjack Mulligan’s – 08/01/2020: 8:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Details: Unusual Culprits Presents another monthly comedy showcase that features the hottest comedy talent NY/NJ has to offer $3 Heineken, $5 Mixed Martinis! Live DJ! Come…


Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella

Where: Bergen Performing Arts Center – 08/01/2020: 8:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Details: Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella


Plastic Cup Boyz

Where: New Jersey Performing Arts Center – 08/01/2020: 10:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Details: Plastic Cup Boyz


Bergenpac Presents - Cinderella - 3:00PM

Where: Bergen Performing Arts Center – 08/02/2020: 3:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Details: Bergenpac Presents - Cinderella - 3:00PM


Cinderella - The Musical

Where: Bergen Performing Arts Center – 08/02/2020: 3:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Details: Cinderella - The Musical


Cinderella Ballet Englewood

Where: Bergen Performing Arts Center – 08/02/2020: 3:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Details: Cinderella Ballet Englewood


Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella

Where: Bergen Performing Arts Center – 08/02/2020: 3:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Details: Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella


Youth Art & Painting Class - Aug 3

Where: Newton Recreation Center – 08/03/2020: All Day
Details: Youth Art & Painting Class - Aug 3


Adult Painting Class - August 4

Where: Newton Recreation Center – 08/04/2020: All Day
Details: Adult Painting Class - August 4


McDonald & Carney, Vinny the Shoe

Where: The Stanhope House – 08/07/2020: 6:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Details: McDonald & Carney, Vinny the Shoe


magic on main

Where: Darress Theater – 08/07/2020: 8:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Details: close up magic, and stage magic for all of the famley


Chris Distefano

Where: New Jersey Performing Arts Center – 08/08/2020: 8:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Details: Chris Distefano


Chris Distefano

Where: New Jersey Performing Arts Center – 08/08/2020: 10:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Details: Chris Distefano


Session 4 | Regular Camp Hours

Where: Camp Liberty – 08/10/2020: All Day
Details: Session 4 | Regular Camp Hours


Ladies of Laughter

Where: Bergen Performing Arts Center – 08/13/2020: 8:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Details: Ladies of Laughter


Colin Jost

Where: Wellmont Theatre – 08/21/2020: 8:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Details: Colin Jost


Jesus Christ Superstar

Where: The George Frey Center for Arts and Recreation in the Fair Lawn Community Center – 08/28/2020: 8:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Details: Pioneer Productions Company is thrilled to present the 3rd installment in their "50th Anniversary" tribute series:  HAIR ('68 - '18), The Who's Tommy ('69 -…


Jesus Christ Superstar

Where: The George Frey Center for Arts and Recreation in the Fair Lawn Community Center – 08/29/2020: 8:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Details: Pioneer Productions Company is thrilled to present the 3rd installment in their "50th Anniversary" tribute series:  HAIR ('68 - '18), The Who's Tommy ('69 -…


Jesus Christ Superstar

Where: The George Frey Center for Arts and Recreation in the Fair Lawn Community Center – 08/30/2020: 3:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Details: Pioneer Productions Company is thrilled to present the 3rd installment in their "50th Anniversary" tribute series:  HAIR ('68 - '18), The Who's Tommy ('69 -…


Jesus Christ Superstar

Where: The George Frey Center for Arts and Recreation in the Fair Lawn Community Center – 09/04/2020: 8:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Details: Pioneer Productions Company is thrilled to present the 3rd installment in their "50th Anniversary" tribute series:  HAIR ('68 - '18), The Who's Tommy ('69 -…


Big Apple Comedy Club 46

Where: Newton Theatre – 09/05/2020: 8:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Details: Buddy Fitzpatrick is currently touring the United States sharing his comedy perspective. His act combines the skill of a great monologist with a physical style that brings…


Jesus Christ Superstar

Where: The George Frey Center for Arts and Recreation in the Fair Lawn Community Center – 09/05/2020: 8:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Details: Pioneer Productions Company is thrilled to present the 3rd installment in their "50th Anniversary" tribute series:  HAIR ('68 - '18), The Who's Tommy ('69 -…


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Central Jersey Performing Arts Events


Dance Camp

Where: Canal Studios – 07/15/2020: 9:30 am - 11:30 pm
Details: Ages 5-7 | M-F ~ 9:30am - 2:30pm Roxey Ballet Company's official school, The Mill Ballet School provides dance classes all summer long! Mill Ballet's…


Young Dancers Workshop

Where: Canal Studios – 07/15/2020: 9:30 am - 11:30 pm
Details: Ages 7 - 10 | M-F ~ 9:30am - 3:30pm ​Roxey Ballet Company's official school, The Mill Ballet School provides dance classes all summer long!…


Aureum

Where: Avenel Performing Arts Center – 07/15/2020: 2:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Details: The benevolent White Queen of Aureum and her warrior guardian welcome twins into the world. Knowing that the White Queen’s bloodline is the only way…


2020 Monologues @ MONDO

Where: Dreamcatcher Rep @ MONDO – 07/16/2020: 8:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Details: Join us for four unique evenings of one-person plays read at the intimate brownstone MONDO venue. Every Thursday between July 9 and July 30 features…


Ladies of the 80s

Where: Music Mountain Theatre – 07/18/2020: 3:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Details: Sat 7/18 @ 3PM Ladies of the EightiesThis is the brain child of Jen Lameo. Audiences may remember her as Princess Winnifred in our production…


Day Camp - Week 5

Where: Chapin School Princeton – 07/20/2020: All Day
Details: Day Camp - Week 5


Junior Art Studio: Travel the World - Week 5

Where: Chapin School Princeton – 07/20/2020: All Day
Details: Junior Art Studio: Travel the World - Week 5


Rex Arts - Broadway Belters Camp (Grades 4-6)

Where: WWP High School North – 07/20/2020: All Day
Details: Rex Arts - Broadway Belters Camp (Grades 4-6)


Rex Arts - Broadway Teens (Grades 7-9)

Where: WWP High School North – 07/20/2020: All Day
Details: Rex Arts - Broadway Teens (Grades 7-9)


Rex Arts -Shining Stars (Grades 1-3)

Where: WWP High School North – 07/20/2020: All Day
Details: Rex Arts -Shining Stars (Grades 1-3)


Senior Camp - Week 5

Where: Chapin School Princeton – 07/20/2020: All Day
Details: Senior Camp - Week 5


Summer Voices

Where: St. Bernards Church – 07/20/2020: All Day
Details: Summer Voices


Hall Mills Murder Trial Play

Where: Avenel Performing Arts Center – 07/22/2020: 8:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Details: Before the O.J. Simpson trial, before the Lindbergh kidnapping trial, Central New Jersey was home to the original Trial of the Century – the Hall…


2020 Monologues @ MONDO

Where: Dreamcatcher Rep @ MONDO – 07/23/2020: 8:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Details: Join us for four unique evenings of one-person plays read at the intimate brownstone MONDO venue. Every Thursday between July 9 and July 30 features…


Hall Mills Murder Trial Play

Where: Avenel Performing Arts Center – 07/23/2020: 8:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Details: Before the O.J. Simpson trial, before the Lindbergh kidnapping trial, Central New Jersey was home to the original Trial of the Century – the Hall…


Mamma Mia!

Where: Kelsey Theatre at Mercer County Community College – 07/24/2020: All Day
Details: Presented by M & M Stage ProductionsFridays, July 24 & 31 at 8pmSaturdays, July 25 & Aug. 1 at 2pm & 8pmSundays, July 26 &…


Ballet Intensive

Where: Postal code 08530, US – 07/24/2020: 8:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Details: Ballet IntensiveJuly 20th - July 31stAges 9 - 18 | M-F ~ 9:30am - 3:30pmRoxey Ballet Company's official school, The Mill Ballet School provides dance intensives all…


Hall Mills Murder Trial Play

Where: Avenel Performing Arts Center – 07/24/2020: 8:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Details: Before the O.J. Simpson trial, before the Lindbergh kidnapping trial, Central New Jersey was home to the original Trial of the Century – the Hall…


Louis, Katie & Patrick: A Virtual Cabaret

Where: Music Mountain Theatre – 07/25/2020: 3:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Details: Sat 7/25 @ 3PM Louis, Katie and PatrickA Cabaret show featuring the vocal stylings of Louis Palena and Katie Rochon, who MMT audiences may remember…


Hall Mills Murder Trial Play

Where: Avenel Performing Arts Center – 07/25/2020: 8:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Details: Before the O.J. Simpson trial, before the Lindbergh kidnapping trial, Central New Jersey was home to the original Trial of the Century – the Hall…


Day Camp - Week 6 - AM

Where: Chapin School Princeton – 07/27/2020: All Day
Details: Day Camp - Week 6 - AM


Senior Camp - Week 6

Where: Chapin School Princeton – 07/27/2020: All Day
Details: Senior Camp - Week 6


2020 Monologues @ MONDO

Where: Dreamcatcher Rep @ MONDO – 07/30/2020: 8:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Details: Join us for four unique evenings of one-person plays read at the intimate brownstone MONDO venue. Every Thursday between July 9 and July 30 features…


Carousel

Where: Music Mountain Theatre – 07/31/2020: 8:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Details: music by RICHARD RODGERSbook and lyrics by OSCAR HAMMERSTEIN IIbased on the play “Liliom” by FERENC MOLNAR JULY 31 – AUGUST 16, 2020         Friday and Saturday…


Broadway Millennials

Where: Music Mountain Theatre – 08/01/2020: 3:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Details: Sat 8/1 @ 3PM Broadway MillennialsWhen Covid-19 struck, many people went out of work. This included tons of young performers who had jobs lined up…


Audubon Artists

Where: Scherman-Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary – 08/03/2020: All Day
Details: Audubon Artists


Day Camp - Week 7

Where: Chapin School Princeton – 08/03/2020: All Day
Details: Day Camp - Week 7


EXPRESS YOURSELF

Where: Plainsboro Preserve – 08/03/2020: All Day
Details: EXPRESS YOURSELF


Junior Art Studio: Magical Museum Mystery Tour - Week 7

Where: Chapin School Princeton – 08/03/2020: All Day
Details: Junior Art Studio: Magical Museum Mystery Tour - Week 7


PRIMATIVE PURSUITS

Where: Plainsboro Preserve – 08/03/2020: All Day
Details: PRIMATIVE PURSUITS


Senior Camp - Week 7

Where: Chapin School Princeton – 08/03/2020: All Day
Details: Senior Camp - Week 7


NJ Summer (Virtual) Dance Intensive

Where: Carolyn Dorfman Dance – 08/03/2020: 12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Details: NJ Summer (Virtual) Dance Intensive with Carolyn Dorfman Dance - Online via Zoom!August 3-7, 2020, 12:00 – 4:30 pm Friday, August 7th at 6:00 pm…


NJ Summer (Virtual) Dance Intensive

Where: Carolyn Dorfman Dance – 08/03/2020: 12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Details: NJ Summer (Virtual) Dance Intensive with Carolyn Dorfman Dance - Online via Zoom!August 3-7, 2020, 12:00 – 4:30 pm Friday, August 7th at 6:00 pm…


Robin Hood

Where: Music Mountain Theatre – 08/07/2020: 11:00 am - 11:30 pm
Details: book, music, and lyrics by LOUIS PALENAbased on stories by Howard Pyle AUGUST 7 – 15, 2020         Friday and Saturday @ 11am & 1pmIn this revved up…


Men of Musical Theatre

Where: Music Mountain Theatre – 08/08/2020: 3:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Details: Sat 8/8 @3PM The Men of Musical TheatreThis concert will end our Virtual Concert & Cabaret series and will feature ten of our current male…


Day Camp - Week 8

Where: Chapin School Princeton – 08/10/2020: All Day
Details: Day Camp - Week 8


Senior Camp - Week 8

Where: Chapin School Princeton – 08/10/2020: All Day
Details: Senior Camp - Week 8


Dixie’s Tupperware Party

Where: Avenel Performing Arts Center – 08/11/2020: 7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Details: This hilarious off-Broadway show comes back to Avenel, featuring Dixie Longate, the fast-talking, gum chewing, ginger-haired Alabama gal who is bringing your grandma’s Tupperware party…


Day Camp - Week 9

Where: Chapin School Princeton – 08/17/2020: All Day
Details: Day Camp - Week 9


Senior Camp - Week 9

Where: Chapin School Princeton – 08/17/2020: All Day
Details: Senior Camp - Week 9


101 Dalmatians

Where: Music Mountain Theatre – 08/21/2020: 11:00 am - 11:30 pm
Details: music, and lyrics by MEL LEVEN, RANDY ROGEL, RICHARD GIBBS, BRIAN SMITH, MARTIN LEE, FULLER, and DAN ROOTbook adapted and additional lyrics by MARCY HEISLERmusic…


By Popular Demand

Where: Music Mountain Theatre – 08/21/2020: 8:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Details: AUGUST 21 – 23, 2020        Friday and Saturday @ 8pm, Saturday and Sunday @ 3pm“I don’t really know that show.” can be overheard on occasion…


Late Nite Catechism: Back to School

Where: Avenel Performing Arts Center – 08/25/2020: 7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Details: It is that time of year again and Sister is preparing her classroom for another long year of Catechism. You are in store for another…


Late Nite Catechism: Back to School

Where: Avenel Performing Arts Center – 08/26/2020: 8:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Details: It is that time of year again and Sister is preparing her classroom for another long year of Catechism. You are in store for another…


Late Nite Catechism: Back to School

Where: Avenel Performing Arts Center – 08/28/2020: 8:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Details: It is that time of year again and Sister is preparing her classroom for another long year of Catechism. You are in store for another…


Snow White

Where: Music Mountain Theatre – 09/05/2020: 11:00 am - 11:30 pm
Details: book, music, and lyrics by LOUIS PALENAbased the folk tale by THE BROTHERS GRIMM SEPTEMBER  5 – 19, 2020             Saturday @ 11am – 1pmDeep in the…


One Slight Hitch

Where: Hunterdon Hills Playhouse – 09/09/2020: 1:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Details: One Slight Hitch


Russian Ballet Presents Swan Lake

Where: Patriots Theater at the War Memorial – 09/17/2020: 7:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Details: Russian Ballet Presents Swan Lake


Russian Ballet Theatre Presents Swan Lake

Where: Patriots Theater at Trenton War Memorial – 09/17/2020: 7:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Details: Russian Ballet Theatre Presents Swan Lake


Drowsy Chaperone

Where: Music Mountain Theatre – 09/18/2020: 8:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Details: music and lyrics by LISA LAMPERT & GREG MORRISONbook by BOB MARTIN & DON McKELLAR SEPTEMBER 18 – OCTOBER 4, 2020     Friday and Saturday @ 8pm,…


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Jersey Shore Performing Arts Events


POSSESSING HARRIET (NJ Premiere)

Where: First Presbyterian Church of Cape May – 07/15/2020: 8:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Details: In 1839, Harriet Powell escaped from her Southerner owner with the help of a freed slave who took her to the home of abolitionist Gerrit…


The Wedding Singer

Where: Hackensack Meridian Health Theatre – 07/17/2020: 8:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Details: The Wedding Singer


Bert Kreischer

Where: Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa – 07/18/2020: 7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Details: Bert Kreischer


The Wedding Singer

Where: Hackensack Meridian Health Theatre – 07/18/2020: 8:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Details: The Wedding Singer


Tyler Henry - Hollywood Medium

Where: Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa – 07/18/2020: 9:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Details: Tyler Henry - Hollywood Medium


Bert Kreischer

Where: Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa – 07/18/2020: 10:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Details: Bert Kreischer


The Wedding Singer

Where: Hackensack Meridian Health Theatre – 07/19/2020: 3:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Details: The Wedding Singer


Broadway Jr Into the Woods AM Cast

Where: Count Basie Center for the Arts – 07/20/2020: All Day
Details: Broadway Jr Into the Woods AM Cast


Creativity Day Camp Ages 6-8

Where: Count Basie Center for the Arts – 07/20/2020: All Day
Details: Creativity Day Camp Ages 6-8


Week 3-Private Instruction-60 minutes

Where: ACBT Performing Arts Academy – 07/20/2020: All Day
Details: Week 3-Private Instruction-60 minutes


Who Loves You-A Musical Tribute to Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons

Where: The Surflight Theatre Mainstage – 07/20/2020: All Day
Details: July 20 at 5:30pm & 8:00pm What can be better than having the music of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons live? It is the…