Richard Rodgers and Friends (June 2) The Metropolitan Orchestra of New Jersey will perform their spring concert, An Evening with Richard Rodgers and Friends. The evening will include selections from Carousel and Fiddler on the Roof. 400 Hartshorn Dr, Short Hills. 973-379-6431, metropolitanorchestra.org.
The Pirates of Penzance (June 6) The Ridgewood Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company present the concert version of The Pirates of Penzance. No tickets are necessary, but seats are filled on a first-come-first-served basis. 7 pm; free. 100 Ridge Rd, Mahwah. 201-529-7323; mahwahlibrary.org.
Valley Shepherd Cheese Festival (June 14) Taste and discuss the creamery’s cave-aged cheeses. Each cheese will be paired with a unique drink to complement its complex flavors. Make your reservations early. Spots are limited. 50 Fairmount Rd, Long Valley. 908-876-3200, valleyshepherd.com.
Edible Plants and Ornamentals (June 16) Karen Bussolini, award-winning garden writer, lectures on creating a garden that combines edible plants and ornamentals. Pre-registration is required. 1–3 pm; $30. 53 E Hanover Ave, Morristown. morrisparks.net.
Fine Art Show (June 16–17) The Spring Fine Art and Crafts Show features 160 juried fine artists, sculptors, photographers and craftspeople displaying and selling their unique work in Essex County’s sprawling Brookdale Park. 473 Watchung Ave, Bloomfield. rosesquared.com.
The Comedy of Errors (June 20-July 29) The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey’s Outdoor Stage will mount The Comedy of Errors, one of the Bard’s most outrageous plays. Perfect for the whole family, this classic tale of mistaken identity is directed by Jason King Jones. 2 Convent Rd, Morris. 973-408-5600; shakespearenj.org.
Crosby, Stills and Nash (June 26–27) Crosby, Stills and Nash returns to the tour circuit to perform some of the best folk and rock from the 1960s and 70s. 8 pm; $56–$151. 5 Seymour St, Montclair. 877-935-5668; wellmonttheatre.com.
Akua Dixon (July 5) Newark Museum’s Jazz in the Garden concert series hosts this accomplished cellist, composer, arranger and conductor. Her debut CD, Moving On, features a selection of original works and new arrangements of jazz classics. 49 Washington St, Newark. 973-596-6550; newarkmuseum.com.
Squeeze and the B-52s (July 10) Two rock favorites will share the stage for one unforgettable night at the Mayo Performing Arts Center. Squeeze will perform classics like “Tempted” and “If I Didn’t Love You,” while the B-52s play rock anthems like “Love Shack” and “Rock Lobster.” 100 South St, Morristown. 973-539-8008; mayoarts.org.
Break: The Hip Hop Spectacular (July 11) The Mayo Performing Arts Center invites a cast of four dancers accompanied by a percussionist to perform choreography from the worlds of breakdancing, locking, power tumbling and bucket drumming. The program is recommended for audiences ages 5 and up. 100 South St, Morristown. 973-539-8008; mayoarts.org.
Ice Cream Social (July 14) The Museum of Early Trades and Crafts hosts its annual sundae extravaganza. Build your own tasty summer treat and enjoy numerous ice-cream-themed games and activities. 9 Main St, Madison. 973-377-2982; metc.org.
Smokey Joe’s Café (July 18-22) Broadway’s longest-running musical revue is coming to the Alexander Kasser Theatre. This juke-box musical collects the earthy rock-and-roll hits of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. One Normal Ave, Montclair. 973-655-5112; peakperfs.org.
Jennifer Lopez and Enrique Iglesias (July 20) The Latin music icons will be joined by special guests Wisin and Yandel. Fans can also purchase special VIP packages including premium seats, pre-show parties, autographed memorabilia and exclusive merchandise. 165 Mulberry St, Newark. 973-757-6000; prucenter.com.
13 Annual Garden Party (July 21) Rain or shine, the Garden Party will feature plenty of lectures and workshops for green thumbs of all skill levels at the Colonial Park Perennial Garden. Complimentary refreshments and live music will round out the afternoon. 11 am; $3. Colonial Park Perennial Garden, Franklin. 732-766-5955; somersetcountyparks.org.
Slash (Aug 3) The lead guitarist of Guns ‘N’ Roses will be joined by special guests Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators. The Wellmont Theatre will host the concert. 5 Seymour St, Montclair. 877-935-5668; wellmonttheatre.com.
Summer Conservatory Concert (Aug 3-4) The Papermill Playhouse’s annual season finale concert features 120 of New Jersey’s finest young performers. Rising Star winners and nominees take the stage for a musical celebration of growing up and changing the world. 22 Brookside Drive, Millburn. 973-376-4343; papermill.org.
Measure for Measure (Aug 8-26) The Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey mounts the Bard’s seriocomic masterpiece. Measure for Measure is the story a young man and his sister who become embroiled in a high-tension scandal. 2 Convent Rd, Morris. 973-408-5600; shakesprearenj.org
Rock ‘n’ Blues Fest (Aug 16) The Johnny Winter Band, the Edgar Winter Band, Rick Derringer and Mountain’s Leslie West will descend on the Mayo Performing Arts Center for a celebration of classic rock and blues. 100 South St, Morristown. 973-539-8008; mayoarts.org.
The County Caper (Aug 25 and 26) This two-day game takes families and friends on an interactive tour of Somerset County’s parks and facilities. Challenge your mental and physical capabilities as you race against the clock to complete fun tasks with your team. 190 Lord Stirling Rd, Basking Ridge. 908-766-6471; somersetcountyparks.org.
American Idol Live (Aug 28) This year’s crop of American Idols will showcase their talents at the Prudential Center. This is your first chance to see your favorite performers in concert. 165 Mulberry St, Newark. 973-854-8760; prucenter.com. —Dylan Runco