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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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TRYP by Wyndham Newark Downtown $99
TRYP by Wyndham Newark Downtown

TRYP by Wyndham Newark Downtown

24 East Park Street, Newark, NJ
     
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Downtown Newark, this hotel is steps from Military Park and New Jersey Performing Arts Center. Prudential Center and Rutgers University Newark are also within 15 minutes. NJPAC - Center Street Station is only a 4-minute walk and Military Park Station is 5 minutes.

    Best Western Plus Robert Treat Hotel $89
    Best Western Plus Robert Treat Hotel

    Best Western Plus Robert Treat Hotel

    50 Park Pl, Newark, NJ
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Downtown Newark, this hotel is steps from Military Park and New Jersey Performing Arts Center. Prudential Center and Rutgers University Newark are also within 10 minutes. Military Park Station and NJPAC - Center Street Station are within a 5-minute walk.

      Hampton Inn & Suites Newark-Harrison-Riverwalk $101
      Hampton Inn & Suites Newark-Harrison-Riverwalk

      Hampton Inn & Suites Newark-Harrison-Riverwalk

      100 Passaic Ave, Harrison, NJ
         
        2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in Harrison, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of New Jersey Performing Arts Center and Military Park. Prudential Center and Rutgers University Newark are also within 1 mi (2 km). Atlantic Street Station is 6 minutes by foot and Riverfront Stadium Station is 8 minutes.

        DoubleTree by Hilton Newark Penn Station $84
        DoubleTree by Hilton Newark Penn Station

        DoubleTree by Hilton Newark Penn Station

        1048 Raymond Blvd., Newark, NJ
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Downtown Newark, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of New Jersey Performing Arts Center and Prudential Center. Newark Museum and Red Bull Arena are also within 1 mi (2 km). Newark Penn Station is only a 2-minute walk and Military Park Station is 9 minutes.

          Halsey Haven - 2 Br Apts
          Halsey Haven - 2 Br Apts

          Halsey Haven - 2 Br Apts

          55 Halsey Street, Central Business District, Newark, NJ
             
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Downtown Newark, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Military Park and Rutgers University Newark. Prudential Center and New Jersey Performing Arts Center are also within 15 minutes. Washington Park Station is 5 minutes by foot and Washington Street Station is 6 minutes.

            Hotel Indigo Newark Downtown
            Hotel Indigo Newark Downtown

            Hotel Indigo Newark Downtown

            810 Broad St, Newark, NJ
               
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in 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). Military Park Station is only a 5-minute walk and Washington Street Station is 7 minutes.

              Courtyard by Marriott Newark Downtown
              Courtyard by Marriott Newark Downtown

              Courtyard by Marriott Newark Downtown

              858 Broad Street, Newark, NJ
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Downtown Newark, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Prudential Center, Rutgers University Newark, and Newark Museum. Cape Liberty Cruise Port and Statue of Liberty are also within 12 mi (20 km). Military Park Station is 6 minutes by foot and Washington Street Station is 9 minutes.

                Element Harrison - Newark $119
                Element Harrison - Newark

                Element Harrison - Newark

                399 Somerset Street, Harrison, NJ
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Red Bull Arena, Prudential Center, and New Jersey Performing Arts Center. Military Park and Rutgers University Newark are also within 2 mi (3 km). Harrison Station is only a 2-minute walk and Atlantic Street Station is 20 minutes.