Entertainment Under the Stars: Outdoor Concert Venues

PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel is a premier indoor/outdoor concert venue that draws thousands each year 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 pavilion has 5,800 seats, with lawn seating for an additional 10,000, and features state-of-the-art sound and video screens.

At the Camden Waterfront is the Freedom Mortgage Pavilion (formerly 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, the 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 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. This legendary outdoor venue by the sea features lineups of everything from cover bands to up-and-coming artists to iconic rock stars.

For free summer concerts, grab a lawn chair or blanket and head to the Burlington County Amphitheater in Westampton. Every Friday and Saturday evening from July through late September, you can enjoy live music beginning at 6 p.m. during the annual Summer Concert Series.

From June through August, you can also experience summertime concerts presented by Ocean City. All shows start at 7 p.m. at the oceanfront Music Pier. Be sure to check the schedule and get your tickets ahead of time.