Outdoor Summer Concerts


One of my favorite things about summer in Madison is the abundance of outdoor music. Nothing says summer like packing your lawn chair and a picnic dinner, parking yourself on the grass, and listening to local bands, or, in some cases, full symphonies. Check out the variety of outdoor music concerts throughout the summer most days a week within a 15 minute drive of Madison, most of which are totally free:

Giralda Music & Arts Festival featuring the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Sponsored by Morris Arts Giralda Farms, Madison Sunday, June 24, 2018, Gates open at 4pm for picnicking, Concert starts at 6pm

Advanced tickets: $15 adults, $4 for 12 and under, free for under age 4; Day of event: $20 adults, $5  for 12 and under.


For general information, check out my blog from last June here. Basically, you take your picnic (dinner, wine, whatever) and lawn chairs, and listen to the New Jersey Symphony playas the kids run around, and everyone has fun! Last year, we made a baseball-themed picnic, asked to be judged by the committee, and ended up winning fifth place! We got a bunch of free tickets to museums and theaters in Morris County, a mug, and an ornament. Fun family-friendly event!

Madison Downtown Concert Series featuring local bands Sponsored by Madison Downtown Development Commission and the Museum of Early Trades and Crafts On the lawn of the Museum of Early Trades and Crafts, 9 Main Street, Madison Six concerts held various Fridays from June-September. From 6pm-8pm Free


I vividly remember going to these concerts when the kids were young, in, what I think were the early years of this great concert series. We'd bring out the lawn chairs and picnic blankets, the kids would color the sidewalks with chalk, and we'd all enjoy the sounds of local bands. Becca would always dance around with an adorable little blond girl while the girl's mom and I would chat. Flash forward 6 years, and Becca and this girl are now big buddies and have been for the past 5 years since officially meeting at CAS kindergarten, her school's guidance counselor and a fifth grade teacher's husband plays in one band, and another of the bands features another good friend's parents! I love how homegrown this concert series is--mostly Madison folks playing for us all to enjoy!

June 22- What’s What

July 13th- Zaire Band

July 27th- Barba Roja Latin Band

August 10th- Mama D & the Vexations

August 24th- Jumping the Gun

September 7th- Rosewood

Florham Park Gazebo Summer Concert Series Provided to the public by donations from local residents and businesses Great Lawn @ 111 Ridgedale Ave, Florham Park; Rain location is Ridgedale Middle School Sundays, 7pm to usually 8:30 or 9pm Free

These concerts run the gamut from big band to Motown to Bon Jovi and Elvis tribute. Each week there is a featured food concession and 50/50 raffle. For details about the band styles, click here. For details about the concert series, visit http://www.florhamparkgazebo.com/

June 24--The David Aaron Orchestra

July 1--Jesse Garron's Tribute to Elvis

July 8--Street Hassle

July 15--The Little Big Band

July 22--Slippery When Wet (Bon Jovi tribute band)

July 29--The Infernos

Township of East Hanover Summer Concerts Lurker Park Main Field, 631 Ridgedale Ave, East Hanover Tuesdays in July, starting at 7pm Free

For details, visit here.

July 10-- TUSK (Fleetwood Mac tribute)

July 17--The Cameos (Oldies -- 50s, 60s, 70s)

July 24--Jersey Four (Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons tribute, plus car show)

July 31--Total Soul (R&B and classic disco)

Free Summer Concerts at Ginty Field Gazebo Sponsored by the local branch of Provident Bank and Morris Township Ginty Recreation Complex Gazebo, 45 Woodland Ave, Morristown Tuesdays in July and August, starting at 7pm Free

For details, visit here.

June 26 -- The Kootz

July 10 -- Hanover Wind Symphony

July 17 -- Heart of Gold

July 24 -- RB Express

July 31 -- Tony DeMeo and Take 9

August 7 -- Due South Band

August 14 -- The Belle Tones

If you are willing to travel just a bit further, there are many other towns in the area that have outdoor concerts throughout the summer, most of which are free. For more concerts, including those in Mendham, Bernards Twp, and Whippany, plus Lincoln Center and the NBC Today Show free summer concerts, click here.