Township of Monroe

The Mayor's Column

Free Concerts by Cultural Arts

July 01, 2016



The hills of Thompson Park will be filled with the sound of music this summer as the Township Cultural ArtsCommission and Middlesex County Parks Department hold two free concert series at the Gazebo overlooking the Manalapan Lake.

The Township Free Music in the Park Series is a long-standing tradition for the Cultural Arts Commission, where residents are encouraged to pack their chairs, picnic supplies and dancing shoes for seven evenings of free music starting at 6 p.m. each Thursday from July 7 to Aug. 18.  


The concerts include:                                                                                

July 7 – Odessa Klezmer Band

July 14 – Living the Dream (swing, jazz and favorites from the 1960s and 1970s)

July 21 – Boheme Opera NJ

July 28 – Reunited (Oldies from the 1950s – 1970s)

August 4 – The Joey Katz Orchestra (big band and swing music)

August 11 – Carnaby Street Band (British Invasion Rock)

August 18 – Soul Sounds of the 1950s – 1970s


The County’s free Afternoon Music in the Parks series will run from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays from July 6 to Aug. 17.


The concerts include:

July 6 - Mark Heter and His Band (Salute to the Stars and Stripes)

July 13 – The Broadway Pops Big Band (Classics from The Great White Way)

July 20 – The Perry Brothers (Traditional Irish Music)

July 27 – The Garden State Symphonic Band (Marches, Musicals, Moves, and More)

August 3 – The Jersey Polka Stars (Polka and Variety Music)

August 10 – Sandy Sasso’s Swingin’ Big Band (past singer with the Dorsey, Goodman & Riddle Big Bands)        
August 17 – Rave On Band (The Hits of Roy Orbison and Buddy Holly)


With its many shade trees and the serene backdrop of the Manalapan Lake, the 925 – acre Thompson Park is the ideal setting for the free concerts that bring thousands of music fans from across Middlesex County to Monroe.  It is always a pleasure to see so many friends and relatives gather for a night outdoors listening to one of the eclectic bands performing lakeside.

Furthermore, our Cultural Arts Commission along with the Mighty Oaks Players will host six performances of the Pirates of Penzance at the Monroe Township High School performing Arts Center from July 29 through July 31 and Aug. 5 though Aug. 7. The performance times and ticketing information for the Gilbert and Sullivan musical is available on   

In addition, the Commission sponsors six specialty camps as part of its Summer Enrichment  Program at the Community Center on Monmouth Road for Township children and grandchildren to learn and expand their love for the arts.


The camps include:

Dance Camp – July 16, 23, 30, Aug. 6

Summer Art Enrichment Studio – July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

Creative Writing Camp – Aug. 15-18

Children’s Theatre Camp – Aug. 15 – 18 (with an evening performance)

Summer Art Camp – Aug. 22 – 25 (with an evening exhibit)

Film Camp – Aug. 29 – Sept. 1


For more information or to register for the camps visit


From seniors to children, the Cultural Arts Commission brings world class performances to our residents at a reasonable price, including free admission to students at all of its ticketed events. Visit for the latest information about all of the Commission’s upcoming events.

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