Live concerts may have been put on pause during the pandemic, but they are back and better than ever. New Jersey has so many great performance indoor and outdoor venues to see fan-favorite comedians, bands, or singers. Keep reading for a list of venues across the state to catch your favorite act.
NJ Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) | 1 Center Street, Newark
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A classic Newark event space, NJPAC has events for every age and interest. From family-fun events like Peppa Pig to classical performances by top symphonies, there is something for everyone. Other artists including poets and singers also grace the stage here at NJPAC. Until April 25, 2022, guests 5 years and above must show proof of vaccination or a negative Covid test to enter.
The Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC) | 30 North Van Brunt Street, Englewood
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BergenPAC calls itself “northern New Jersey’s busiest nonprofit performing arts center.” Upcoming performances include Tusk and Eaglemania and Straight No Chaser later this fall. This venue even lists out local, sponsoring restaurants to try before or after the show.
Starland Ballroom | 570 Jernee Mill Road, Sayreville
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After being completely remodeled following damage from Hurricane Sandy in 2012, this indoor theater welcomes acts of all shapes and sizes including Jon Bon Jovi and the Jonas Brothers. Concertgoers can purchase tickets online or at the box office, but the Starland Ballroom also offers a 25-ticket season pass (for $600) that you can purchase. This venue is basing its vaccination requirements on local mandates, as well as artists’ preferences, so be sure to check out the website for the most up-to-date information.
The Stanhope House | 45 Main Street, Stanhope
This venue has two stages, The Roadhouse Stage and The Crossfire Lounge, for audiences to enjoy an eclectic array of artists and performers. What was once a stop for blues legends, these historic stages now attract many smaller and regional artists. There is a chance you might even see (or experience) the Stanhope House Ghost when visiting.
The Wellmont Theater | 5 Seymour Street, Montclair
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Originally built about 100 years ago, The Wellmont Theater was created for vaudevillian acts and plays alike. This stage was once graced by Charlie Chaplin, and more recently DNCE, Third Eye Blind, and Jim Gaffigan have performed here. Upcoming shows include cover bands and comedians. Make sure to have proof of vaccination, or else show a negative PCR test at the theater.
Various Atlantic City Hotel Venues | Atlantic City
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There are plenty of concert venues near and along the boardwalk in Atlantic City. If you are a music lover visiting the area, make sure to check out one of the many stages and venues at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, including the Hard Rock Live at Etess Arena (where Chris Stapleton will be performing in April). Another top event space is at the Borgata, where The Event Center and The Music Box call home. Check out upcoming artists and performers including Chris Rock and Jim Gaffigan.
White Eagle Hall | 337 Newark Avenue, Jersey City
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Nestled in between Hamilton Park and Downtown Jersey City, White Eagle Hall hosts comedians, dance parties, artists for all genres, and more. Be sure to check out Cellar 335, a “modern tiki cocktail lounge” in the basement, before or after your event. Concertgoers must only show proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test if the artist or performers require it. Check the website for a list of concerts requiring this documentation.
Ocean City Music Pier | 825 Boardwalk, Ocean City
Come to Ocean City, spend the day at the beach, and end your adventure with a show at Ocean City Music Pier, an oceanfront venue. This venue has outdoor seating, as well as indoor tickets available. This venue has more than just concerts too, it also hosts craft fairs and other fun events.
PNC Bank Arts Center | 16 Garden State Parkway, Holmdel
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This outdoor amphitheater holds more than 17,000 people to enjoy artists from all genres. While audiences can purchase a ticket for a seated area, there is also the upper grass area. Bring a blanket to sit and enjoy the performance, but you might want to get there early since the grass seating is first come first serve. Upcoming acts include Tim McGraw, The Lumineers, and Nick Cannon.
The Stone Pony | 913 Ocean Avenue, Asbury Park
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While The Stone Pony began as an indoor venue, it has also introduced the Summer Stage which allows audiences to experience performances in a Covid-safe, outdoor environment. Bruce Springsteen, Southside Johnny, and Steve Van Zandt may have helped make The Stone Pony what it is, but this venue is still showcasing other rising stars in the industry.
Waterfront Music Pavilion | 1 Harbour Boulevard, Camden
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Formerly called the BB&T Pavillion, this indoor-outdoor venue can seat up to 25,000. Upcoming performers include The Lumineers, Miranda Lambert, The Doobie Brothers, Machine Gun Kelly, and more. Check out the website for more information on purchasing a season ticket which gives patrons VIP access, premier seating options, and parking, and much more.