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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 The 6: BFA Fine Arts Exhibition
Paul Robeson Galleries (Newark)
April 30 - May 14 | Event Details

Each featured BFA fine arts student chose to address a different concept. With a range spanning the flow of energy to personal identity, this year's students aim to change how we perceive the world around us.

A Year with Frog & Toad
Growing Stage Theatre: Children's Theatre of NJ (Netcong)

Now - May 10 | Event Details

This whimsical Tony-nominated show follows two great friends -- the cheerful, popular Frog and the rather grumpy Toad -- through four, fun-filled seasons. The two best friends celebrate and rejoice in their differences that make them unique and special.


Spooktacular Pink Martini
MPAC (Morristown)
May 7 | Event Details

Pink Martini cuts across the genres of pop, jazz and classical to celebrate the world's musical diversity with a hypnotic sound that transcends cultures and languages. Enjoy an evening of music that soothes, music that grooves and music that's just pure fun.

Audra McDonald
bergenPAC (Englewood)

May 8 | Event Details

Audra McDonald now holds the record for the most Tonys won by an actor, surpassing Julie Harris and Angela Lansbury with five Tony Awards each. Recently, recently received her sixth Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play for her role as Billie Holiday.


Spooktacular Alvil Ailey American Dance Theater
NJPAC (Newark)
May 8-10 | Event Details

Mother's Day becomes even more special with NJPAC's annual engagement of America's premier modern dance company. Elegant, electrifying, and marvelously athletic, this always dazzling company arrives with programs that include some of their newest works as well as company classics.

Listen to Your Mother
SOPAC (South Orange)

May 9 | Event Details

Listen to Your Mother features 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 on-line, each production is directed, produced, and performed by local communities, for local communities.


Spooktacular Hassan Hajjaj: My Rock Stars
Newark Museum (Newark)
Now - August 9 | Event Details

This video installation by Moroccan-born, UK-based artist Hassan Hajjaj pays tribute to individuals who--though they may not all be famous--have inspired the artist personally.

Central Events

Spooktacular Ernest Shackleton Loves Me
George Street Playhouse (New Brunswick)
Now - May 17 | Event Details

In a new, epic musical, a sleepdeprived single mom and video game music composer is contacted across time by the famous explorer Ernest Shackleton. Inspired by her music, he shares his epic Antarctic journey as they struggle toward and conquer new horizons in this cross-time love affair for the ages.

Five Mile Lake
McCarter Theatre (Princeton)

May 1-31 | Event Details

A play about a small town and the wide world. With exquisite care, Rachel Bonds paints a moving portrait of a group of young people, yearning to make the right choices--and facing the choices they have already made--as they journey into their thirties in a rapidly transforming world.


Spooktacular Jonathan Singer: Botanica Magnifica
Monmouth Museum (Lincroft)
May 3 - June 21 | Event Details

Photographer Jonathan Singer has created an unparalleled array of astounding botanical photographs of rare and exotic flowers and plants near extinction, assembled from the botanical treasures of private collectors, respected nurserymen, and botanical institutions.

Dark Star Orchestra
State Theatre (New Brunswick)

May 7 | Event Details

The Dark Star Orchestra recreates historic Grateful Dead concerts with compelling accuracy. The group has their craft so well-refined that even members of the Dead themselves have appeared on stage and performed with these live music interpreters.


Spooktacular Sinatra: An American Icon Symposium
Monmouth University Ctr for the Arts (West Long Branch)
May 9 | Event Details

As part of this year's Sinatra 100 centennial celebration honoring one of the most cherished entertainment legends of all time, Monmouth University in partnership with the Grammy Museum will be hosting this day-long symposium. Confirmed Panelists will include Max Weinberg and Southside Johnny.

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

May 9 | 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.


Spooktacular Reflections in the Classroom
Grounds For Sculpture (Hamilton)
May 9 - June 21 | Event Details

This multimedia exhibition, featuring student artists from Bear Tavern Elementary School, pairs artwork inspired by explorations at GFS with selected student writings. Come see how a range of media can be used to interpret a single subject, and how expressive young artists can be.

Southern Events

Spooktacular Chromography: Writing in Color
Rowan University Art Gallery (Glassboro)
Now - May 9 | Event Details

In exploring these concepts of translation and symbol-based communication, artists Melinda Steffy and Gerard Brown start with different sets of symbols, and each has developed a system for translating methods of communication into visual artworks.

King Hedley II
South Camden Theatre Company (Camden)

Now - May 10 | Event Details

Often thought of as the bitterest and most tragic of Wilson's Pittsburgh cycle, the play focuses on the downfall of the prideful ex-con protagonist, King Hedley II. The mid-1980s setting finds Wilson's beloved Hills District in a dismal, poverty-stricken neighborhood.


Spooktacular Bonnie & Clyde: The Musical
Burlington County Footlighters (Cinnaminson)
May 1-16 | Event Details

Although Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow's reckless behavior turned adventure into a downward spiral, their story of love and crime captured the attention of an entire country. This version features an eclectic mix of American musical styles to tell the story of the most notorious couple of the 20th century.

West Side Story
The Road Company Theater Group (Williamstown)

April 30 - May 16 | Event Details

Leonard Bernstein's moving, timeless score comes to life with fully choreographed dance sequences and tender moments between Maria and Tony -- a modern-day Romeo and Juliet.


Spooktacular Jazz Brunch at the Estate for Mother's Day
Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts (Cape May)
May 10 | Event Details

Jazz brunch comes to the Emlen Physick Estate! Linger over a Sunday morning brunch buffet on Mother's Day under the tent as you listen to live jazz from The Great American Songbook featuring Mary Lou Newnam, saxophone, clarinet and flute, and Jon Pruitt, piano. Advance reservations recommended.

Dr. Cook's Garden
Bridge Players Theatre Company (Burlington)

May 1-16 | Event Details

When a young doctor returns to his New England home town after a long absence, he visits with the town's kindly old physician, Dr. Cook, a man he has admired since childhood. However, he soon finds out that the old doctor is keeping a mysterious secret.


Spooktacular Curious George
Theatreworks USA @ Guaracini PAC (Vineland)
May 10 | Event Details

Invite your family to join the inquisitive, lovable little monkey Curious George in this delightful new musical. With every swing and flip, George takes the audience through a fun-filled adventure in which he learns more about Rome...and meatballs...and the "secret ingredient" to cooking!

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