Coronavirus Update: Cancelled Events & Venue Closures in NJ


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As of March 16, Governor Phil Murphy suspended operation of indoor shopping malls, casinos, racetracks, gyms, fitness centers, movie theaters, performing arts center, nightclubs and other concert and entertainment centers.

This includes the American Dream megamall, which will be closed through at least mid-April.

Here, an updated list of event cancellations and postponements as well as venue shutdowns due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Festivals/Events

Six Flags Great Adventure & Safari, scheduled to open on April 4 and Six Flags Hurricane Harbor, scheduled to open May 16, are now expected to open in mid-May the earliest.

The Wildwoods’ cancelled or postponed most events through April. The Wildwood Airshow, originally scheduled for June 5–7, is cancelled.

Special Olympics New Jersey cancelled all events through May 31 as well as the 2020 Summer Games, scheduled for June 5–7 at The College of New Jersey.

The Sourland Mountain Festival, typically held in June, is postponed. Date TBA.

The Montclair Literary Festival, originally scheduled for March 25 to 29, 2020, is tentatively rescheduled to September 12, 2020.

The New Jersey Horror Con & Film Festival, originally scheduled for March 27–29, is rescheduled to June 26–28, 2020.

The Women’s History Month Film Festival, originally scheduled for Mach 25–April 16, is postponed. Date TBA.

The SOMA Film Festival, originally scheduled for March 18–22, is postponed until Fall 2020. Date TBA.

The Fest for Beatles Fans, originally scheduled for March 27–29, is rescheduled to October 9–11.

The New Jersey Folk Festival is cancelled for this year.

TEDxAsburyPark, originally scheduled for May 2, is postponed until Spring 2021 at the Two River Theater.

The Montclair Film Festival, originally scheduled for May 1-10, is postponed. Dates TBA.

Shad Fest, originally scheduled for April 25–26, is postponed. Date TBA.

The Red Bank International Beer, Wine & Food Fest, originally scheduled for April 26, is postponed. Date TBA.

The Historic Village of Allaire’s BBQ & Brew Fest, originally scheduled for April 25–26, is postponed. Date TBA. The park is open for outdoor recreation but the buildings and facilities are closed.

Historic Smithville‘s Easter Parade, currently scheduled for April 12 & 19, and the Renaissance Faire currently scheduled for April 25–26 have not yet been cancelled. Smithville’s more than 60 independent retailers could decide whether to stay open during this time. Some merchants are continuing online sales. Check individual shop pages for details.

The Jersey Shore Wine & Food Trucks Festival, originally scheduled for April 25, is rescheduled to October 3.

Collingswood’s Green Festival, originally scheduled for April 25, is cancelled.

The Morristown Brew-Stravaganza, currently scheduled for April 18, has not yet been cancelled.

The Randolph Food Truck Festival, currently scheduled for April 25, has not yet been cancelled.

The Somerville Arts & Crafts Festival, originally scheduled for April 5, is cancelled.

The Trenton Punk Rock Flea Market, originally scheduled for April 4–5, is postponed to May 30–31.

The Spring in Tuckahoe Craftsmen & Home Event, originally scheduled for April 4–5, is postponed. Dates TBA.

The Mendham Antiques, Art & Design Show, originally scheduled for April 3–5, is cancelled.

The Atlantic City Beer and Music Festival is postponed to August 7-8.

Hoboken Literary Weekend, originally scheduled for April 3–5, is postponed. Dates TBA.

Holland Ridge Farms’ Tulip Festival will now be a drive-through tulip trail. The exact dates have not been announced but the farm expects blooms at the very beginning of April.

Essex County Parks, including Branch Brook Park, are closed until further notice. Events associate with the Cherry Blossom Festival are cancelled or postponed. Family day on April 18 and Bloomfest on April 19 are cancelled. The bike race on April 4 and 10K run on April 5 are postponed. Dates TBA.

Venues/Performances

The Atlantic City Ballet cancelled the remainder of the 2020 spring season, which was scheduled through May 17.

The Plainfield Symphony Orchestra cancelled their spring concerts, originally scheduled for April 25 and May 16. The orchestra’s 2020-2021 season will open on Saturday, October 3, 2020, with the performance of Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 that was originally scheduled for April 25.

Kean Stage rescheduled events through May 10. Dates TBA.

The New Jersey Festival Orchestra‘s Casino Night fundraising gala, originally scheduled April 25, is postponed. The Annual Tour of Notable Homes, originally scheduled for May 9, is postponed. The season finale concerts Russian Nights, currently scheueld for May 30–31, have not yet been cancelled.

Outpost in the Burbs rescheduled all shows for its spring concert season.

Boheme Opera NJ’s production of Giuseppe Verdi’s Rigoletto, originally scheduled for April 17 & 19, is postponed to September 11 & 13.

ll venues on the Asbury Park waterfront are temporarily closed. This includes The Stone PonyWonder Bar, Convention Hall, and Paramount Theatre. This also encompasses the Grand Arcade (the passthrough between the Paramount Theatre and Convention Hall) and its retailers, restaurants and public restrooms.

Rutherford Hall is closed until further notice.

The Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities cancelled or postponed all public programming through April 2.

Hackensack Performing Arts Center cancelled all events through April 16.

All Jersey Shore Jazz & Blues events scheduled for March are cancelled.

The Centenary Stage Company suspended its current season until June 2020.

Paper Mill Playhouse postponed its upcoming production of Sister Act, originally scheduled to begin on April 1. Dates TBA. The Wanderer, originally scheduled for May 28–June 28, will now be produced during the 2020-21 season, from April 8—May 9, 2021.

Peak Performances at Montclair State University postponed all events.

East Lynne Theater Company in Cape May expects to hold the second production of its 2020 A Hundred Thousand Days of Light, beginning on May 30 as planned.

The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra postponed all scheduled concerts and events through May 10. Rescheduled performances of Star Wars: The Force Awakens in Concert, originally scheduled for Apr 17–19, will take place March 19–21, 2021.

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey plans to begin their 2020 season on May 20 with Enchanted April, as planned.

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey’s annual gala, originally scheduled for April 18, is postponed to October 3, 2020. 

The New Jersey Repertory Company in Long Branch cancelled all remaining performances of The Promotion, through April 5.

Luna Stage in West Orange cancelled all spring productions through May 17.

The Hopewell Theater is temporarily closed.

Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown postponed or rescheduled all events through April 30.

New Brunswick PAC (George Street Playhouse and Crossroads Theatre Company) cancelled events through April 1.

Crossroads Theatre Company’s production of Freedom Rider, originally scheduled for April 9–19, is rescheduled to September 10–20, 2020 in the Arthur Laurents Theatre of NBPAC.

George Street Playhouse cancelled all performances of Conscience, originally scheduled through March 29, and postponed A Walk on the Moon to next season.

NJPAC is Newark cancelled all events through June 1.

Bergen PAC in Englewood postponed many events through May 31. Dates TBA.

Two River Theater in Red Bank cancelled all events through May 10.

McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton cancelled all events through June 30.

State Theatre New Jersey in New Brunswick cancelled or postponed many events through May.

SOPAC in South Orange cancelled or postponed many events through May.

The Count Basie Center for the Arts in Red Bank cancelled or postponed many events through May.

The Wellmont Theater in Montclair postponed all events through April 30.

Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City postponed the Michael Bublé concert, originally scheduled for March 21. Date TBA.

The Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts in Toms River cancelled all events through March 29.

The Newton Theatre cancelled or postponed all events through April.

The Scottish Rite Auditorium in Collingswood cancelled or postponed all events through April.

The Broadway Theatre of Pitman is closed through May 15.

The Axelrod Contemporary Ballet Theater‘s production Something’s Coming: Symphonic Dances From the Best of Broadway & Film, originally scheduled for April 17–19, is postponed. Dates TBA.

Axelrod PAC has cancelled events through April.

The Road Company‘s production of Dreamgirls, currently scheduled for April 23–May 9, has not yet been cancelled.

Museums/Galleries

Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton is temporarily closed. Programs through May 5 are cancelled.

The Newark Museum of Art is closed through May 28.

The Montclair Art Museum is temporarily closed.

The Princeton University Art Museum is temporarily closed.

The Morris Museum in Morristown is temporarily closed. All live performances are also postponed until further notice.

Battleship New Jersey in Camden is temporarily closed.

Exhibit No.9 Gallery & Studio in Asbury Park is open by appointment only. 

Hunterdon Art Museum in Clinton is temporarily closed. All scheduled activities are cancelled.

The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey in Summit is closed through at least April 6.

The Vietnam Era Museum in Holmdel is temporarily closed.

The Monmouth County Historical Associationin Freehold is temporarily closed.

The Adventure Aquarium in Camden is temporarily closed.

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