Entertainment Under the Stars: NJ Outdoor Concert Venues

'Tis the season to take your love for live entertainment outside! Whether you prefer rock, country, jazz, bluegrass or any other genre under the sun, New Jersey doesn’t miss a beat when it comes to the best summer concerts hosted at electrifying open-air music venues.

PNC Bank Arts Center 
Rated in the top five amphitheaters in America, this premier indoor/outdoor concert venue in Holmdel draws thousands of music lovers each year to catch world-class entertainers. Performances and shows run from June through September, and the center also hosts numerous special events and festivals. The pavilion boasts 7,000 seats and an expansive lawn area allows for an additional 10,000 fans. No matter where you’re sitting, state-of-the-art sound and video screens deliver a superior concert-going experience. 

For the 2024 lineup, watch for Maroon 5, Willie Nelson, Dave Matthews Band, Santana, Hootie & the Blowfish, Earth, Wind & Fire, Imagine Dragons, KIDZ BOP LIVE 2024, Barbie the Movie: In ConcertTM, The Marley Brothers: The Legacy Tour and more.


Freedom Mortgage Pavilion 
Nestled along the Camden Waterfront, Freedom Mortgage Pavilion (formerly BB&T Pavilion) boasts a 25,000-seat-capacity. The center features state-of-the-art lighting and sound systems plus a lawn with wide-open views of the Delaware River and Philadelphia skyline. Planning a fall or winter visit? Freedom Mortgage Pavilion converts into three fully enclosed, climate-controlled venues.

For the 2024 lineup, watch for Sam Hunt: Locked Up Tour 2024, Third Eye Blind with Special Guest Yellowcard – Summer Gods Tour 2024, Train & REO Speedwagon – Summer Road Trip 2024, Foreigner & Styx with John Waite – Renegades and Juke Box Heroes Tour and more.

Freedom Mortgage Pavilion

The Stone Pony 
It may not be one of the biggest places on this list, but it just may be the most famous! Celebrating “50 Years of Music and Memories” in 2024, The Stone Pony had set the stage for before-they-were-famous stars – including Stevie Ray Vaughn, Elvis Costello, The Ramones, Cheap Trick, Skid Row, Blondie, The Stray Cats and Winger – to rise to fame over the decades. Of course, every, New Jerseyan knows Bruce Springsteen’s deep connection to this iconic Asbury Park venue! During the warm-weather months, The Stone Pony Summer Stage is a must-visit outdoor setting by the sea featuring performers from cover bands to up-and-coming artists to legendary rockers.

For the 2024 lineup, watch for Jamey Johnson: What a View Tour, O.A.R. Summer Tour 24 with Special Guest Fitz and the Tantrums, Whiskey Myers, Sublime with Rome: Farewell Tour and Almost Queen – A Tribute to Queen with Super Trans Am: The Super ‘70s Concert Experience.

Stone Pony

Local Venues & Community Concerts
From beach destinations dotting the coast to small towns all around the state, music fans should check out these intimate outdoor venues to catch toe-tapping shows (many of them free!) all summer long:

  • Bryne Plaza (Wildwood)
  • Burlington County Amphitheater (Westampton)
  • Deer Path Park (Flemington)
  • Excursion Park (Sea Isle City)
  • Hall of Records (Downtown Freehold)
  • Lou Booth Amphitheater (North Wildwood)
  • Music Pier (Ocean City)
  • Pioneer Park and other locations (Morristown)
  • Seaside Heights Beach State (Seaside Heights)
  • Somerville Summer Stage (Somerville)

Concert Stage

For even more concerts and musical events, explore our calendar. To stay in tune with all things New Jersey, download our free travel guide and subscribe to our e-newsletter.