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Happy Mother's Day
Tired of sending flowers? Give your mom the gift of the arts this Mother's Day!
Treat her to a performance, exhibition or another unique experience and create memories that will last a lifetime.
Check out the options below or search our complete Event Calendar for more ideas.
North Jersey
Northern Events
Central Jersey
Central Events
South Jersey
Southern Events
Northern Events

Pump Boys and Dinettes
Paper Mill Playhouse (Millburn)

Now - May 1 | Event Details

Bring your mother and have a raucous good time with this musical full of joy, a bit of heartbreak, and lots of hilarity. It's a celebration of life, love, Dolly Parton, and catfish!

Boney James
bergenPAC (Englewood)

May 5 | Event Details

Boney James is a four-time Grammy Award nominee and a Soul Train Award winner. He has also been honored with two NAACP Image Award nominations for Best Jazz Album.

Listen to Your Mother
South Orange Performing Arts Center (South Orange)

May 7 | Event Details

Come to listen to live readings by local writers on the beauty, the beast, and the barely-rested of motherhood, in celebration of Mother's Day. Born of the creative work of mothers who publish online, each production is directed, produced, and performed by local communities, for local communities.

Battle of the Sexes: Comedy Night
Union County Performing Arts Center (Rahway)

May 7 | Event Details

See two male comics, two female comics, one each married and single, talking about relationships and other wonders. Re-celebrate Valentine's Day (or don't!) with tales of love and not-love, bad dinners and good dates, broken cars and unbroken dreams.

Itzhak Perlman with Rohan de Silva
Mayo Performing Arts Center (Morristown)

May 7 | Event Details

The reigning virtuoso of the violin, Itzhak Perlman enjoys superstar status rarely afforded a classical musician. Beloved as much for his charm and humanity as his talent, he is treasured by audiences who respond to his remarkable artistry and to his irrepressible joy of making music.

Mother's Day Good Music Festival
New Jersey Performing Arts Center (Newark)

May 8 | Event Details

Six R&B superstars, one musically memorable night! Keyshia Cole, Monica, Tank, Ginuwine, Joe, and Avant will all perform in this metro area exclusive!

The Flowering - Art in Bloom Floral Exhibition
Montclair Art Museum (Montclair)

May 11-15 | Event Details

The 2016 rendition of the biennial Art in Bloom festival of floral design will present 32 enchanting floral interpretations of works of art. The exhibition is a remarkable collaboration of floral arrangements created by more than 30 floral designers from the tristate area and the art that inspired them.

A Song at Twilight
The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey (Madison)

May 11-29 | Event Details

Noel Coward's final and semi-autobiographical play kicks off the season in high style. A celebrated writer, his devoted wife, and a glamourous woman from his past -- add a sprinkling of piano music and Coward's delicious quips, and it's the perfect recipe for this bittersweet comedy.

Central Events

My Name is Asher Lev
George Street Playhouse (New Brunswick)

Now - May 1 | Event Details

This award-winning play by Aaron Posner, based on the best-selling novel by Chaim Potok, tells the story of Asher Lev, a young Jew growing up in post-war Brooklyn who must create art at any cost, regardless of the will of his family, his community, and tradition.

Two River Theater (Red Bank)

Now - May 8 | Event Details

Shakespeare's thrilling and epic tale of adventure, shipwreck, and romance is brought to life with original songs by Rinde Eckert and directed by David Schweizer. This is an exhilarating and mystical event you won't want to miss!

Villainous Company: A Caper for Three Women
New Jersey Repertory Company (Long Branch)

May 5 - June 5 | Event Details

When Claire returns home from an afternoon of shopping, she discovers one of her packages is missing. Before long, larceny and trickery abound as she and two other women compete in a suspenseful game of cat-and-mouse.

Lang Lang
McCarter Theatre (Princeton)

May 7 | Event Details

Lang Lang inspires millions with his open-hearted, emotive playing, whether it be in intimate recitals or on the grandest of stages. He forms enduring musical partnerships with the world's greatest artists and builds cultural bridges between East and West.

Hooray for May: A Free Family Art Day
The Center for Contemporary Art (Bedminster)

May 7 | Event Details

During this fun and interactive day, a variety of hands-on art activities for kids of all ages and parents alike will take place in three art studios and in the outdoor pavilion, including a variety of creative projects to keep or give on Mother's Day.

Alice Cooper
State Theatre (New Brunswick)

May 10 | Event Details

See rockstar Alice Cooper live in concert! Alice Cooper pioneered a grandly theatrical brand of hard rock that was designed to shock. Drawing equally from horror movies, vaudeville, and garage rock, he continues to tour regularly, performing shows worldwide with dark, horror-themed theatrics.

Silver Shell Glass: A History of Native American Beadwork
New Jersey State Museum (Trenton)

Now - September 4 | Event Details

This exhibition looks at the way beads were made, used, and changed over time, and also compares the ways Native peoples used symbols, colors, and patterns. Included is a hands-on bead activity for children.

Southern Events

Guys and Dolls
The Road Company (Williamstown)
Now - May 14 | Event Details

What better way to bring the classics to the Grand's anniversary season than with the Tony Award-winning Guys & Dolls? This oddball romantic comedy tells the story of four very different people taking a gamble on love.

Of Mice and Men
Bridge Players Theatre Company (Burlington)
April 29 - May 14 | Event Details

A story of friendship, loneliness, racism and the struggle for personal independence, Of Mice and Men follows the poignant journey of two traveling friends and ranch workers as they strive for a better life and a little piece of the American Dream.

A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur
South Camden Theatre Company (Camden)
April 29 - May 15 | Event Details

Written by Tennessee Williams, this charming comedy following four eccentric women in 1930s St. Loius became the basis for the highly successful TV series The Golden Girls in the 1980s.

The Great American Trailer Park Musical
Ritz Theater Company (Haddon Township)
May 5-29 | Event Details

"Undeniable fun," writes the New York Post about this laugh-out-loud musical, also described as a chair-throwing episode of Jerry Springer set to music. Come meet the tenants of Armadillo Acres Trailer Park -- a stripper, an agoraphobic, and a tollbooth collector.

Jazz Brunch at the Estate for Mother's Day
Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts (Cape May)
May 8 | Event Details

Jazz brunch comes to the beautiful Emlen Physick Estate! Linger over a Sunday morning brunch buffet as you listen to live jazz from The Great American Songbook with musicians Mary Lou Newnam and Pat Mercuri.

Strawbs -- Hero & Heroine Live
Strand Center for the Arts (Lakewood)
May 11 | Event Details

The Strawbs return to The Strand for the first time since 2012 with the full electric band. They will perform their 1974 masterpiece Hero & Heroine (listed as one of Rolling Stone's Top 50 prog albums of all time) in its entirety, followed by a second set of career spanning hits.

The Sister Chapel - An Essential
Feminist Collaboration
Rowan University Art Gallery (Glassboro)
Now - June 30 | Event Details

The Sister Chapel, a historic collaborative installation created at the height of the women's art movement, opens at Rowan University Art Gallery West for its first public exhibition since 1980. The installation embraces the cooperative spirit of the women's art movement.

All information presented has been furnished by listed sources and is subject to change. Confirming information prior to attending any event is strongly recommended. ArtPride New Jersey Foundation, New Jersey State Council on the Arts and/or State of New Jersey cannot be held responsible for the accuracy, claims or content of information presented.