Fun Things To Do in NJ in February: Music, Comedy and More

Looking for different ways to enjoy NJ this February? We've got you covered with a variety of events, from comedy shows to concerts & more.

Alton Brown
The Food Network's Alton Brown has an interactive show in Morristown this February. Courtesy of Mayo Performing Arts Center

Looking for fun? Check out these events and activities set to happen all over New Jersey this February. Please note that all schedules are subject to change; please visit the venue’s website or call for more information.

Art

Stitch Their Names Memorial Project
Thru February 27
This project uses quilts to highlight people who lost their lives as a result of racism, hate crimes and police violence. Noyes Arts Garage of Stockton University, Atlantic City (aahmsnj.org; 609-350-6662).

Between Heartlands
Thru February 27
Take in Kelly Wang’s multimedia work, which uses contemporary and ancient influences from American and Asian traditions. [email protected], Princeton (artmuseum.princeton.edu/artbainbridge; 609-258-3788).

Community 5D: All Faces on Newark
Thru February 27
Newark photographer Alessandro “Fresco” Cerdas’s collection of portraits showcases the “special, sometimes unseen” people of New Jersey’s largest city. Newark Museum of Art, Newark (newarkmuseumart.org; 973-596-6544).

Night Forms
Thru April 3
Video, light and sound create an immersive walk to site-specific works and an illuminated tree-lined path. 5-9:30 pm; $14-$28. Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton (groundsforsculpture.org; 609-586-0616).

Carlos Villa: Worlds In Collision
February 17-May 8
The exhibition Carlos Villa: Worlds In Collision showcases the life’s work of the late artist Carlos Villa, reflecting on his upbringing in San Francisco as a Filipino-American. His art uses various non-Western cultural images and objects to explore his experience as an artist in a brown body. Newark Museum of Art, Newark (newarkmuseumart.org; 973-596-6544).

Comedy

Joe DeRosa
February 4 & 5
Joe DeRosa, known for his role as Dr. Caldera on AMC’s Better Call Saul and his podcast “We’ll See You in Hell,” brings his stand-up act to Jersey. Showtimes vary; $10-$33. Bananas Comedy Club, Rutherford (bananascomedyclub.com; 201-727-1090).

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Dance

Ballet dancers performing in "Swan Lake."

There are three performances of Swan Lake happening around the state this month. Courtesy of Angela Thomas of Prana Marketing & Media Relations

Russian Ballet Theatre Presents Swan Lake
February 13-15
Enjoy Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet at Newark’s NJPAC on Feb 13 (7 pm; $80-$135. njpac.org; 888-696-5722), at Trenton’s Patriots Theater at the War Memorial on Feb 15 (7:30 pm; $35-$90. nj.gov; 609-984-8400) and at Sewell’s Investors Bank Performing Arts Center on Feb 16 (7:30 pm; $39-$89. wtps.org; 856-589-6644).

Ballet Folklórico de México
February 17
Ballet Folklórico de México, which was founded by the late dancer and choreographer Amalia Hernández in 1952, combines the music and dance of Mexican folklore from pre-Colombian civilizations through the modern era. Watch as performers capture that spirit through lively rhythms and captivating costumes. 8 pm; $15-$55. State Theatre New Jersey, New Brunswick (stnj.org; 732-246-7469).

AXIS Dance Company
February 19
AXIS Dance Company, an acclaimed ensemble of disabled and non-disabled dancers, will wow patrons with the works Roots Above Ground and Hold Fast. 8 pm; $15-$20 (free for Rowan University students). Pfleeger Concert Hall, Glassboro (cpa.rowan.edu; 856-256-4545).

Film

A black-and-white still shot of Rick and Ilsa from the classic film "Casablanca."

See Casablanca on the big screen—while the New Jersey Symphony plays the film score live. Courtesy of Mayo Performing Arts Center

New Jersey Film Festival
Thru February 20
The New Jersey Film Festival celebrates its 40th year with a variety of flicks, some from Garden State filmmakers. Because of the pandemic, the festival is virtual, with movies available for 24 hours on their show date. Select Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays; $15 per program or $100 for an all-festival pass (njfilmfest.com).

Casablanca in Concert
February 11–13
See Casablanca on the big screen, with live orchestral accompaniment by the New Jersey Symphony. Friday, Feb. 11, at Morristown’s Mayo Performing Arts Center (8 pm); Saturday, Feb. 12, at Newark’s New Jersey Performing Arts Center (8 pm); Sunday, Feb. 13, at New Brunswick’s State Theatre New Jersey (3 pm); $39–$89; find more info here.

Music

Harry Connick Jr.

Grammy-winner Harry Connick Jr. will play two Jersey shows in February. Courtesy of Sasha Samsonova

Harry Connick Jr.
February 2 & 4
New Orleans native Harry Connick Jr. performs his latest album, “Alone With My Faith,” at Morristown’s Mayo Performing Arts Center on Feb 2 (7:30 pm, $79-$199; mayoarts.org; 973-539-8008) and at Red Bank’s Count Basie Center for the Arts on Feb 4 (8 pm, $50-$179; thebasie.org; 732-842-9000). The album was produced in the Grammy winner’s home studio and reflects on his faith while in lockdown during the pandemic.

Keb’ Mo’
February 7
See the award-winning contemporary blues artist and modern master of American roots music. 7:30 PM; $45-$65. McCarter Theatre Center, Princeton (mccarter.org; 609-258-2787).

Marc Anthony
February 12
Get ready to boogie, because Grammy-winning superstar Marc Anthony is bringing his Pa’lla Voy Tour to New Jersey. 8 pm; $76-$212. Prudential Center, Newark (prucenter.com; 973-757-6000).

Roy Orbison & Buddy Holly: The Rock ’N’ Roll Dream Tour
February 12
A holographic performance, enhanced by a live band and back-up singers, unites late legends Roy Orbison and Buddy Holly for the first time. 3 & 7 pm; $29-$59. Mayo Performing Arts Center, Morristown (mayoarts.org; 973-539-8008).

The Hit Men
February 18
Once behind-the-scenes musicians and singers on classics records from Elton John, Carole King, Cat Stevens, Frankie Valli, Journey, The Rascals, The Turtles, The Who and more, The Hit Men now take center stage. See them perform the songs they helped make popular live in concert. 8 PM; $35. Broadway Theatre of Pitman, Pitman (thebroadwaytheatre.org; 856-384-8381).

Billie Eilish
February 22
One of pop’s biggest stars, 20-year-old Grammy winner Billie Eilish takes her Happier Than Ever Tour to Newark. 7:30 pm; prices vary. Prudential Center, Newark (prucenter.com; 973-757-6000).

Big Band of Brothers: A Jazz Celebration of the Allman Brothers Band
February 27
Check out jazz interpretations of the Allman Brothers Band’s best tunes. 7:30 pm; $39-$69. Union County Performing Arts Center, Rahway (ucpac.org; 732-882-7493).

Journey
February 27
Fans who never stopped believin’ can see the legendary rock band on their Freedom Tour. Special opening act Billy Idol is joining the fun, too. 7:30 pm; $49-$165. Prudential Center, Newark (prucenter.com; 973-757-6000).

Special Events

Atlantic City Fashion Week
February 7-12
Atlantic City is hosting its 20th annual Fashion Week, with runway shows, Q&As and other events. Event times vary; $30-$100. Showboat Hotel, Atlantic City (atlanticcityfashionweek.com; 800-407-9041).

Black Excellence Pop-Up Shop
February 12
During Black History Month, shop while supporting Black-owned businesses. Live music and food provide extra fun. Noon-4 PM. 1169 Elizabeth Avenue, Elizabeth (popupnextdoor.com; 908-460-4686).

Skating on the Square
Thru February 27
Put on your figure skates and enjoy the winter scenery in downtown Princeton before spring arrives. Open Thursdays-Sundays, various times; $10-$12. Palmer Square, Princeton (palmersquare.com; 609-921-2333).

Vintner Wonderland at Renault
Thru February 28
Enjoy ice skating, festive food, live entertainment, shopping and more. Prices and times vary. Renault Winery, Egg Harbor City (renaultwinery.com; 609-965-2111).

Stage

Clue
Thru February 20
A dinner party at Boddy Manor goes awry when a murder brings the night to a halt. Find out which one of the six curious characters did the deed. Showtimes vary; $36-$98. Paper Mill Playhouse, Millburn (my.papermill.org; 973-376-4343).

Oliver!
Thru February 26
Come see the award-winning musical adaptation of the classic Dickens novel, “Oliver Twist.” Showtimes vary; $20-$25. Brundage Park Playhouse, Randolph (brundageparkplayhouse.org; 973-989-7092).

Twirl
February 17-27
This play explores questions presented by the famous phone call Ginni Thomas, wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, made to Anita Hill years after her original testimony. It asks the question, “What did she hope for?” Showtimes vary; $25-$39. Vivid Stage, Summit (vividstage.org; 908-514-9654).

Alton Brown
February 26
The Food Network star promises loads of entertainment during this interactive show. 8 pm; $49-$130. Mayo Performing Arts Center, Morristown (mayoarts.org; 973-539-8008).

Benefits & Fundraisers

Just In Time Valentine’s Vendor Fair
February 6
Shop local for Valentine’s Day gifts. The event benefits Relay for Life of Old Bridge, part of the American Cancer Society. 11 am-4 pm; Old Bridge High School, Matawan (relayforlife.org/oldbridgenj).

Sidewalk Art Show Reception & Silent Auction
February 24
A cocktail party and silent art auction support the Museum of Early Trades & Crafts as well as its artists. 6-8 pm; Museum of Early Trades & Crafts, Madison (metc.org; 973-377-2982).

Polar Bear Plunge
February 26
Brrrrr! Take a chilly dip in the Atlantic Ocean to benefit Special Olympics New Jersey. A virtual plunge is also taking place. 1 pm; $25. Seaside Heights Boardwalk, Seaside Heights (plungeseaside.org; 609-896-8000).

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