New Jersey is continuing to evolve each and every day with new and exciting things to do.

You no longer have to venture into New York City for a unique and fun night out on the town.

We love arts and culture and being able to experience new and exciting things.

Check out some of our favorite places below.

Montclair Art Museum

If you are looking for an excellent place to view art, head over to Montclair Art Museum.

It opened in 1913 and serves as a wonderful museum for people of all ages.

The entry fee is $8 and they host various exhibits for children. Each room is equipped

with information cards about all the art pieces as well as audio tours.

MAM currently contains over 12,000 works of art and also holds the largest collection in

NJ of Native American artifacts. The museum is diverse and showcases different exhibits from

comic books to Andy Warhol, Matisse and Cezanne.

Currently, MAM is showcasing Patterns, Systems, Structures: Abstraction in American

Art and Georgia O’Keeffe in New Mexico: Architecture, Katsinam, and the Land. Some recent

events that have been there were the Smokin’ Hot BBQ, held on November 30, which celebrated

Georgia O’Keefe. They also hosted Free Family Day on December 2, which invited the community

for a fun-filled day of dynamic Museum-wide art activities, also inspired by Georgia O’Keeffe.

They have had many great achievements this year. Some of which are being voted among

the top three favorite museums in New Jersey and among the top six for places to take an adult or

kid’s art class by the People’s Choice Awards in 2012. Also, for the past three years (2010, 2011, 2012),

MAM has been named Best Museum in New Jersey by New Jersey Monthly magazine.

Paper Mill Playhouse

Paper Mill Playhouse was opened in 1938 and is located in Millburn. They are the New

Jersey Broadway. The theater is dazzling and offers top notch service and accommodations to

their customers. The theater is located in the heart of Millburn with tons of restaurants and

boutiques nearby, making it the perfect night out on the town.

The Paper Mill Playhouse is attributed to discovering some of the most famous talents.

One of them is Anne Hathaway, who grew up in Millburn. Anne performed there in 1997,

after attending their school for years. Here is where she first showcased her voice and now for

the first time on the big screen she will do it again in “I Dreamed a Dream” in Les Mis.

Some of their upcoming events are The Sound of Music, A Christmas Charol, Bunnicula,

Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great, and The Little Mermaid.

The Paper Mill Playhouse was voted “Favorite Theater to See a Musical” and voted “Favorite

Place to Take a Kid’s Arts Class” in Discover Jersey Arts’ “People’s Choice Awards.” Be sure to check

out reviews of their shows featured in the NY Times for outstanding performances.

South Orange Performing Arts Center  

South Orange Performing Arts Center is a 415-seat live performance space with 5 movie screens,

operated by Clearview Cinemas. With only 12 rows plus 6 in the Mezzanine, each seat is close to the stage

giving all customers the ultimate experience.

Whether you want to watch a movie or see a play, SOPAC is the place for you. They specialize in

having a diversity of entertainment available to the public. There are a variety of performances which

range from all age groups; everything from music, theater, dance and comedy.

This season’s events they have at SOPAC are a Winter Holiday Concert (which is free),

It’s a Wonderful Life: A Radio Play, and the Holiday Swing with the Juliard Jazz Ensemble featuring Carla Cook.

Don’t miss out on their promotion going on right now where they will be celebrating the holidays

with 12 days of SOPAC gifts from December 1–12. Each customer is eligible to win special deals on

upcoming SOPAC performances. This can be the perfect gift to share with your loved ones.

Algonquin Arts Theatre

The Algonquin Arts Theatre, located in Manasquan, was opened in 1991 as a nonprofit

organization. There are always a variety of performances; Broadway series, concert series,

family theater, film, and orchestra. They also have classes available for those who are interested

in pursuing a career in the arts.

Algonquin loves getting the community involved. Hosting teen nights open to children

ages 9 and up, and had shows that are put on by young children, such as Rumplestiltskin.

This theatre is one that is specifically dedicated to giving their patrons the utmost

experience. Through a friendly and experienced staff, comfortable seating, and reasonable

prices, the Algonquin Arts Theatre has earned itself an exquisite reputation in the arts industry.

It is kid friendly and a great place to go with a group of family and friends. The Nutcracker,

the Magical Christmas Horse, and a Christmas Carol are some shows going on right now which

are perfect for this time of year.

Wellmont Theater

The Wellmont Theater is a music venue located in downtownMontclair. It originally

opened in 1922 as a theater for live entertainment, and then switched to movies in 1929.

In 2008 it went through a complete renovation and became a music venue.

The Wellmont Theater has everything from concerts, stand up comedy, children’s shows,

and private events. Since 2008 they have had stellar line ups which are the buzz of the town-

Elvis Costello, Marilyn Manson, The Goo Goo Dolls, and Daughtry.

Make sure to keep up with everything they have going on and get your tickets now for

some of their upcoming shows- Matchbox Twenty, Yo Gabba Gabba,

Jon Stewart in Conversation with Stephen Colbert, and George Lopez.

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