Garden State Arts  Foundation

Children Events

FREE School Children's Performances
Children's performances offer students from kindergarten to 8th grade the opportunity to attend a live theatrical production. As economic downturns create a challenge for families to invest in the performing arts experience, our goal is to increase children's exposure to music, art and theater through stage productions held at various venues throughout New Jersey.

In 1998, the Foundation began taking the show "On The Road" to reach school children who are unable to attend performances at the Arts Center. Mercer, Cape May, Bergen, Passaic, Hudson and Atlantic county school children have had the opportunity to attend performances in their own backyard as part of the Foundation's continued outreach program.

If you would like additional information you may call us Monday through Friday 9:00a.m. to 4:00p.m. at (732) 442-9200.

2017 Children's "On The Road" Events


Schedule(s) to be determined

Cultural Events

FREE Classical/Cultural Performances
As part of the Foundation's continued outreach program and its commitment to the residents of New Jersey to provide cultural experiences to all, FREE classical/cultural programs are offered at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel during the summer concert season.

The performances are open to all residents of New Jersey. What a great way to introduce young people to the tradition of classical music, jazz and pops. Beginning in 1999, the Foundation has presented world-class performances such as those listed below:

Past Performances:

  • Canadian Brass
  • New Jersey Symphony
  • New York Pops with Skitch Henderson
  • Peter Nero and the Philly Pops
  • The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis
  • The New York Philharmonic
  • US Army Field Band
  • Westfield Symphony Orchestra

2017 Classical/Cultural Events


Friday, June 2
Gates Open at 6:00pm | PNC Bank Arts Center

Tommy James & the Shondells
50th Anniversary Celebration concert with guest artists:
  • Gene Cornish formerly of the Rascals
  • Bobby Bandiera formerly of Bon Jovi and Southside Johnny
With special guest host


How Can I Attend: This is a General Admission event.....No Tickets Required!!

Friday, September 15
8:00pm | PNC Bank Arts Center

Cousin Brucie's
Rock & Roll Yearbook Vol. 1

  • Chubby Checker
  • Jay Siegel's Tokens
  • Charlie Thomas' Drifters and a Super Girls Group
How Can I Attend

Friday, September 22
8:00pm | PNC Bank Arts Center

Dick Fox's Doo Wop Extravaganza

  • The Classics
  • The Tymes
  • Joey Dee
  • Shirley Alston Reeves of the Shirelles
  • Lou Christie and the Happenings
How Can I Attend

Senior Events

Senior performances are presented FREE of charge by the Garden State Arts Foundation for New Jersey's senior citizens and residents with special needs.

Performances by such notables as Crystal Gayle, Michael Feinstein, Bobby Rydell, Michael Amante, Marvin Hamlisch, Al Martino, Rita Moreno, Charo, Bobby Vinton, Frankie Avalon and Tony Orlando are just a few of the top names offered to our senior audiences.

Tickets for the 2017 Senior Concert Series are available through our Senior Mailing List only. To find out how you can attend, click on "How Can I Attend" next to the event.

Thank You for joining us and making our 2016 season a huge sucess!

2017 Senior Concert Series


Wednesday, May 17
1:30pm | PNC Bank Arts Center

Gary Puckett & the Union Gap

How Can I Attend

Tuesday, May 23
1:30pm | PNC Bank Arts Center

Michael Amante

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Tuesday, June 13
1:30pm | PNC Bank Arts Center

The Osmonds

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Thursday, June 29
1:30pm | PNC Bank Arts Center

The United States Army Field Band

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Wednesday, September 6
1:30pm | PNC Bank Arts Center

From Broadway to Hollywood featuring Richard Glazier

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Tuesday, September 19
1:30pm | PNC Bank Arts Center

Bobby Rydell with opening act Vinnie Medugno

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Tuesday, September 26
1:30pm | PNC Bank Arts Center

The Cameos

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