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Mother's Day Events Guide

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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

Spooktacular South Pacific
Paper Mill Playhouse (Millburn)
Now - May 4 | Times vary | Event Details

One of the most acclaimed musicals of all time, South Pacific is an exquisite story of romance and love set against the backdrop of a lush tropical island during WWII.

Montclair Film Festival
Montclair Film Festival (Montclair)

Now - May 4 | Times vary | Event Details

The Festival creates a cultural focal point in the Township of Montclair that unites, empowers, educates and celebrates our region's diverse community and robust artistic heritage.


Spooktacular iPhoneography Workshop
Montclair Art Museum (Montclair)
May 8 | 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM | Event Details

Enjoy a night out at MAM with some friends, have a glass of wine and be inspired to turn your photos into keepsakes.

Reasons to Be Pretty
UCPAC (Rahway)
May 9-17 | 8:00 PM | Event Details

Written by Neil LaBute, this is the final installment of a trilogy of plays connected not by characters or plot but by the recurring theme of body image within American society.


Spooktacular Little Shop of Horrors
The Attic Ensemble (Jersey City)

May 9-18 | 8:00 PM | Event Details

Don't miss this fantastic comedy-horror-rock musical, by composer Alan Menken and writer Howard Ashman, about a hapless florist shop worker who raises a plant that feeds on human blood and flesh!

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
NJPAC (Newark)
May 10-11 | 8:00 PM; 1:00 PM; 5:00 PM | Event Details

Known for a vibrant fusion of modern dance, classical, ballet and jazz, the company returns with programs that include some of their newest works as well as company classics like Revelations, Alvin Ailey's undisputed masterpiece, inspired by blues, spirituals and gospel.


Spooktacular Listen to Your Mother
SOPAC (South Orange)

May 10 | 5:00 PM | Event Details

This show takes the audience on a well-crafted journey that celebrates and validates mothering through original readings performed live on-stage by local authors.

American Chronicles: The Art of Normal Rockwell
Newark Museum (Newark)
Now - May 26 | 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM | Event Details

This exhibit traces the evolution of Rockwell's art and iconography throughout his career -- from reflections on childhood innocence in such paintings as "Day in the Life of a Little Girl" (1952) to powerful images like "The Problem We All Live With" (1964), documenting the traumatic realities of desegregation in the South.


Central Events

Spooktacular HAIR
Kelsey Theatre (West Windsor)
Now - May 4 | 8:00 PM | Event Details

You don't have to be a hippie to enjoy this ground-breaking rock musical about a group of young Americans in the 1960s searching for peace and love in a turbulent time.

Sandy Hackett's Rat Pack Show
Algonquin Arts Theatre (Manasquan)
May 1-4 | 8:00 PM, 2:00 PM | Event Details

This acclaimed production includes the classic songs everyone knows and loves as well as never before heard songs.


Spooktacular A Midsummer Night's Dream
DanceVision (Ewing)

May 3-4 | 7:00 PM, 2:00 PM | Event Details

DanceVision Performance Company and Artistic Director and choreographer Risa Kaplowitz are pleased to present the original ballet based on William Shakespeare's classic comedy and set to Mendelssohn's lush score.

La Boheme Encore
Monmouth University (West Long Branch)
May 4 | 1:00 PM | Event Details

Puccini's moving story of young love is the most performed opera in Met history--and with good reason. Anita Hartig stars as the frail Mimi in Franco Zeffirelli's classic production, with Vittorio Grigolo as her passionate lover, Rodolfo.


Spooktacular Goldoni's Gl'innamorati, The Lovers
Princeton University Art Museum (Princeton)

May 8 | 8:00 PM | Event Details

In honor of the special exhibition 500 Years of Italian Master Drawings from the Princeton University Art Museum, the students of L'avant Scene will, for the first time, read excerpts from Venetian playwright Carlo Goldoni's Gl'innamorati (The Lovers) in Italian.

Hooray for May! A Family Art Day
The Center for Contemporary Art (Bedminster)
May 10 | 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM | Event Details

A variety of hands-on art activities for kids of all ages and parents alike will take place in The Center's three art studios and in the outdoor pavilion, and include a variety of creative projects to keep or give on Mother's Day.


Spooktacular Our Town
George Street Playhouse (New Brunswick)

Now - May 25 | 8:00 PM, 2:00 PM | Event Details

The inaugural production of a landmark theatrical partnership between Mason Gross School of the Arts and GSP, in which a cast of twenty-four -- both professional actors and graduating superstars of one of the country's most revered masters degree programs -- will bring to life Thornton Wilder's Pulitzer Prize-winning play on the George Street Playhouse stage.

Poetry in the Park: Cool Women
Grounds For Sculpture (Hamilton)
May 11 | 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM | Event Details

Like jazz musicians, the Cool Women will celebrate with poems about motherhood and Mother Earth, riffing on each other's work, turning playful, critical, joyous, or elegiac and providing a poetry concert full of risk and surprise.


Southern Events

Spooktacular Cape May's Spring Festival
Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts (Cape May)
Now - May 4 | Times vary | Event Details

Celebrate the arrival of springtime in America's first seaside resort with Private Homes Tours, Ghost Tours, Murder Mystery Dinners, food and wine events, living history programs and much, much more.

True West
South Camden Theatre Co. (Camden)
Now - May 11 | 8:00 PM | Event Details

This play portrays the sibling rivalry between two estranged brothers who return to their mother's home and learn the different paths their lives have taken.


Spooktacular The Wild Party
Ritz Theatre (Haddon Township)
May 1-25 | 8:00 PM, 2:00 PM | Event Details

This edgy new musical from the composer of Big Fish and The Addams Family is a booze- and drug-fueled romp through the 1920s featuring powerful vocal performances and stylized dance.

All My Sons
Bridge Players Theatre. Company (Burlington)
May 2-17 | 8:00 PM, 3:00 PM | Event Details

Arthur Miller's Tony Award-winning post-WWII family drama explores the effects of deception and ignored truths in order to avoid catastrophic consequences.


Spooktacular Raritan River Music Festival
Raritan River Music (Stockton)
May 3 | 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM | Event Details

In honor of Hunterdon County's 300th anniversary, this year's 25th Raritan River Music Festival will feature specially planned concerts that focus on century landmarks and musical highlights from 1714, 1814, 1914, and today.

Mosaic Flowerpots for Adults
Appel Farm Arts & Music Center (Elmer)
May 2-17 | 6:00 PM | Event Details

Add a little more color and sparkle to your garden with a gorgeous handcrafted mosaic flowerpot. Learn how to combine and adhere ceramic tile, glass and mirror onto the surface of a terra cotta flowerpot.


Spooktacular NJ 350: Through the Lens of Glass
WheatonArts (Millville)
Ongoing through 2014 | 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM | Event Details

The exhibition explores the relationship between glass and South Jersey from the Colonial Era to the present day, including oral histories and examples of artists currently working in the region.

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.