Discover Jersey Arts!
Going "Down the Shore?" New Jersey's beautiful beaches are anchored by culturally rich towns with year-round attractions. At the state's southern tip, Cape May's Victorian heritage is enchanting in every season and this historic beach town is home to the prized Cape May Stage, a professional theatre company known equally for classic and contemporary works. And there's the East Lynn Theatre Company, one of the top equity professional theaters in the state, delighting audiences since 1980 with provocative American classics and contemporary plays based on America's heritage.
North of Cape May you can catch a show at the Stockton Performing Arts Center in Galloway or browse through the galleries of traditional to cutting edge work at the Noyes Museum of Art in nearby Oceanville. In Red Bank you can stroll the downtown arts district, rich with galleries, shops, restaurants and impressive venues such as the Two River Theatre Company and the Count Basie Theatre that attract thousands no matter what the weather!
Head inland to Millville where the art and industry of glassmaking have shaped the town for centuries and continue to draw an international crowd throughout the year. Set on 50 wooded acres, the Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center includes the Museum of American Glass, Down Jersey Folklife Center and a glass factory where you can try your hand at glassblowing. For country and bluegrass concerts visit the Albert Music Hall in Waretown.
If you're traveling to central Jersey make a stop in Princeton, home to the Tony Award-winning McCarter Theatre Center for the Performing Arts, presenting more than 200 events annually, as well as the world-renowned Westminster Choir and Princeton University Art Museum.
For a truly unique experience, take the whole family to nearby Hamilton and stroll the Grounds for Sculpture, a beautifully landscaped, 35-acre outdoor sculpture park with more than 240 contemporary works of art.
Just north of there you'll find the dynamic "theatre row" in New Brunswick featuring the George Street Playhouse, whose productions of new and established plays have garnered attention both on and off-Broadway. Right next door is the Tony Award-winning Crossroads Theatre Company, one of the nation's premiere African American theater companies and the State Theatre, a major venue for performing arts and entertainment. Extend your stay with a stop on the Rutgers University campus to visit the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, home to the third-largest university-housed art collection in the country.
If you're bound for north Jersey be sure to catch a show at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) in Newark. As one of the nation's largest performing arts centers, NJPAC attracts the brightest national and international stars year-round. Just a few steps away, explore the Newark Museum, the state's largest museum that's filled with classic and contemporary art from around the world including the finest collection of Tibetan art in the Western Hemisphere. If taking in a play is more your interest, be sure to visit the Madison-based Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, one of the leading Shakespeare theatres in the nation or the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn for one of its classic productions of American Musical Theatre.
New Jersey is home to some of the hottest destinations with unique arts offerings in every corner of the state. You may have to extend your stay to fit it all in! Whatever your pleasure, New Jersey's arts scene is ready to welcome you. Come explore your passion. For a complete list of upcoming performances, exhibitions and events visit Discover Jersey Arts.