Entertainment Under the Stars: Outdoor Concert Venues

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PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel (formerly the Garden State Arts Center) is a premier indoor/outdoor concert venue that each year draws thousands to see world-class entertainers and concert groups. Performances and shows run from May through September and the center also hosts numerous special events and festivals. The center has 6,900 seats, with lawn seating for an additional 10,600, and features state-of-the-art sound and video screens.

At the Camden Waterfront is the BB&T Pavilion, a year-round facility that serves as a 25,000 capacity outdoor amphitheater during the summer months. The center features a lawn with video screens, computerized sound enhancement and a clear view of the Philadelphia skyline, Delaware River and the Benjamin Franklin Bridge to the northwest. In the fall and winter months, the center converts to a fully enclosed, climate-controlled, flexible-capacity theater for up to 7,000 people offering a variety of concerts, Broadway theatrical productions and family entertainment.

In Asbury Park, The Stone Pony brings the party outside during warm weather months at The Stone Pony Summer Stage. Featuring a lineup of anything from iconic rockstars to cover bands to new artists, this outdoor venue boasts an incredible backdrop of the ocean, perfect for watching a show and the sunset.

Free concerts abound during the summertime at the Burlington County Amphitheater in Westampton. Every Friday and Saturday night from late June through late August, enjoy live music during the Summer Music Series, beginning at 7 p.m.

Meanwhile, Thursday evenings from early June through mid-August is when the stage comes to life at the Amphitheater at Sinatra Park in Hoboken, where you can watch free live music at 7 p.m. Remember to bring a lawn chair or blanket to make yourself comfortable.