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New Jersey Performing Arts Center

Come for a night at the theater and be dazzled by a Grammy Award-winning symphony orchestra, an international ballet company or a famous rock group. 

Take your seat in one of the largest venues in the United States and enjoy comedy, music and more at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. Take a tour and learn about how the building has helped regenerate Newark’s city center.

The New Jersey Performing Arts Center was the vision of the former New Jersey Governor, Thomas Kean, who commissioned the idea in 1986. The venue opened in 1997 and along with several other cultural attractions on the Passaic River waterfront, the venue has helped invigorate the city of Newark into a world-class cultural destination.

Scan the program of events and see what coincides with your visit. Previous performers to grace the stage include musician Bob Dylan, the Royal Danish Ballet Company and numerous other well-recognized stars. The world-renowned New Jersey Symphony Orchestra are based here and play a summer season each year. Take your place in the 2,800-seat Prudential Hall and see why they are considered to be among the best orchestras in the country.

If nothing in the larger theater appeals, see what is on in the more intimate Victoria Theater. Here you can catch local acts and touring performers. Book a guided tour to learn about the theater’s history and catch a glimpse of the backstage area.

Start your night at the theater with a meal at one of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center’s restaurants. Nico offers modern cuisine, while the Tier 3 Café serves light meals and great coffee.

If you are here in the summer don’t miss the Horizon Foundation Sounds of the City festival. This is a free outdoor music festival held in July and August.

New Jersey Performing Arts Center is located just west of the Passaic River waterfront area. Show times and ticket prices vary so check online or at the box office for details.  


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Lodging Near New Jersey Performing Arts Center

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$85
Best Western Plus Robert Treat Hotel

Best Western Plus Robert Treat Hotel

50 Park Pl, Newark
3.8
of 5, from 3,307 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

This downtown Newark hotel is 3 blocks from the Prudential Center and the New Jersey Performing Arts Center.

$119
Hilton Newark Penn Station

Hilton Newark Penn Station

1048 Raymond Blvd., Newark
4.1
of 5, from 1,685 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

This downtown hotel is connected to Newark Penn Station, which offers trains to NY Penn Station and the World Trade Center. The hotel is 4 miles from Newark Airport and 8.75 miles from Manhattan.

$92
Hotel Indigo Newark Downtown

Hotel Indigo Newark Downtown

810 Broad St, Newark
4.1
of 5, from 446 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Downtown Newark, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Prudential Center, Military Park, and New Jersey Performing Arts Center. Newark Museum and Riverfront Stadium are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$93
Courtyard Newark Downtown

Courtyard Newark Downtown

858 Broad St, Newark
4.3
of 5, from 552 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Downtown Newark, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Newark Museum and Prudential Center. Lincoln Park and New Jersey City University are also within 9 mi (15 km).

$118
Hampton Inn & Suites Newark-Harrison-Riverwalk

Hampton Inn & Suites Newark-Harrison-Riverwalk

100 Passaic Ave, Harrison
4.4
of 5, from 1,143 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Harrison, this hotel is close to Riverfront Stadium, Prudential Center, and Newark Public Library. Area attractions also include Bears and Eagles Riverfront Stadium and Red Saw Gallery.

$149
Element Harrison - Newark

Element Harrison - Newark

399 Somerset Street, Harrison
4.6
of 5, from 695 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated near the airport, this hotel is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Newark Museum and 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Prudential Center. Lincoln Park and New Jersey City University are also within 6 mi (10 km).

$85
Comfort Suites Newark

Comfort Suites Newark

1348 Mccarter Hwy, Newark
3.9
of 5, from 1,452 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

This contemporary, 86-suite hotel is 1 mile north of downtown Newark attractions and business offices, and 1 mile from Branch Brook Park and its 2,000 blossoming cherry trees.

Exlusive Townhome 10 Min From Aiport

Exlusive Townhome 10 Min From Aiport

244 W Kinney St, Newark
0.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Newark, this townhouse accommodation is within 1 mi (2 km) of Newark Museum and Prudential Center. Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island are also within 12 mi (20 km).