Entertainment in Middlesex County

The New Brunswick area offers numerous museums, theaters, and shopping centers for the curious. Or maybe you’re in the mood for a music event? Get theater tickets and updates through our Middlesex County CVB portal, then book your reservations from the provided links.


In Central New Jersey, you’ll find everything from historical museums with guided tours to unexpected fun spots like the Model Railroad Club in Union. If you’re traveling with family, check out the Rutgers Geology Museum in New Brunswick or Children’s Museum of Somerset County in Bridgewater. Budding astronomers will want to visit the Sperry Observatory, Robert A. Schommer Observatory, and Raritan Valley Community College Planetarium. If you want to see why New Jersey is called the Garden State, check out the Rutgers Gardens. This natural botanical garden at Rutgers University has a student farmer’s market and is free for all visitors.

Art Galleries

Central New Jersey is a place where creativity flourishes. You’ll find this out for yourself when you visit the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, which is known for its collection of Russian art and Soviet nonconformist art. To see modern pieces by some of the world’s top artists, browse the Alfa Art Gallery in New Brunswick. There’s also the New Brunswick Cultural Center, which hosts visual and performance art shows from local acts and touring exhibitions.

Performing Arts and Shows

Looking to see a show? The PNC Bank Art Center is a large music venue that hosts concerts from a variety of entertainment acts. Some of the world’s biggest rock and pop superstars have graced the stage at the PNC Bank Art Center. If you’re a classical music fan, you’ll want to check the schedules for the Westfield Symphony Orchestra and Plainfield Symphony Orchestra. Central New Jersey is also great for theater buffs. Catch a show at State Theatre in New Brunswick or Kean Stage in Union. Rutgers is home to the Cabaret Theatre Company, which puts on plays created and performed by local students. You can also catch dinner and a movie at AMC Menlo Park 12 Dine-In Theatre, which showcases the newest Hollywood releases.


For sports enthusiasts, there are public and private golf courses that dot Middlesex County. These include the public Royce Brook Country Club, the Tamarack Golf Course, and the Rutgers University Golf Course. Of course, college sports fans love to cheer on Rutgers University, which has teams competing in the Big Ten Conference for football, baseball, lacrosse, soccer, and more.


If you’re a foodie, Central New Jersey will keep you happy and full. While the region is known for Italian (and especially pizza), you’ll find something to suit every taste. We’re talking cafes, brunch spots, and more. New Brunswick’s downtown area is a renaissance of great walk-ins, diners, and high-end culinary experiences for everyone. You’ll find dozens of outstanding eateries and bars on George Street between Albany and New streets. Downtown is open for business and following all Covid safety guidelines.

Hotels Near Arts and Entertainment

Is your idea of entertainment a resort with high-end dining and spa options? Perhaps you want a budget-friendly spot to serve as a home base while you explore the area. You’ll find exactly what you need in Middlesex Country, which is home to over 7,500 hotel rooms in over 50 hotels. That’s a bigger concentration of lodging than any other NJ region aside from Atlantic City. Central New Jersey has rooms perfect for all types of tourists, including college students, older couples, kids, and entertainment seekers. Some of the most popular options in New Brunswick are conveniently close to Rutgers University and attractions such as the State Theatre.

For more information about arts and entertainment options in Middlesex County, reach out to Middlesex County CVB. New Jersey attractions are lively and ready for business!

Things To Do in Arts and Entertainment

Central NJ arts and entertainment attractions and events cover a variety of areas:

  • Museums
  • Galleries
  • Performing Arts
  • Shows
  • Musical Events

The Central Jersey Convention & Visitors Bureau is part of the Middlesex County Regional Chamber of Commerce. This allows us to provide you with up-to-date information on local attractions.If you’re in Central Jersey and looking for things to do, start in New Brunswick. Check out this page for more information.

Art Museums and Galleries

Performing Arts, Shows, and Music


Supported in part by a grant from the New Jersey Department of State, Division, Travel & Tourism.

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