South Orange Summer Nights

Flood’s Hill in South Orange is the place to be each Wednesday evening all summer long.

Beginning in June, enjoy programming on our summer stage. As the evenings get longer in July music takes center stage, complete with free concerts, food trucks, arts activities and games for the kids. In August comes the popular movies; bring your blanket, your family, and your friends and enjoy the show!

South Orange Summer Nights 2021

Programs are subject to change. In the case of inclement weather, activities will be canceled. 

South Orange Summer Nights is jointly produced by the South Orange Department of Recreation and Cultural Affairs and SOPAC. 


June 10, 11, 12, 13 from 6PM-9PM
Matilda the Musical – Columbia High School


July 7 at 7:30PM – Stuff Bros. Band

July 14 at 7:30PM – Empire

July 21 at 7:30PM – Gravy Train

July 28 at 7:30PM – Marry the Sea


August 11 at 8PM –Frozen 2

August 18 at 8PM –Onward

August 25 at 8PM –Jumanji The Next Level


Playin’ Around South Orange was a seasonal public art project highlighting both the visual and the performing arts.


Pianos transformed into works of art themselves by extraordinary local artists provided unexpected and delightful encounters and encouraged active arts engagement through the spontaneous making of music. The keys of the pianos would be ‘tickled’ every day giving performers and passerby alike a moment’s break from their daily routine.

Playin’ Around South Orange pianos were located throughout downtown South Orange and at Seton Hall University during the late summer and early fall months.

To honor each year’s pianos as pieces of art, they were auctioned off and/or donated to benefit SOPAC’s education programming.

The Ticket Donation Request Form will be re-activated at the start of the new fiscal year, which occurs July 2022. You may consider submitting a request form after that date for a future fundraiser. In the meantime, we wish you luck with your upcoming event.

In cooperation with our strategic partners, it is the mission of SOPAC to enrich individual lives, and to engage and serve the needs and interests of our diverse community, through arts experiences that educate, inspire and transform.

Eligible 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations wishing to be considered for a ticket donation may receive no more than one voucher per year. Ticket donations are available through the web inquiry form below only.

Please do not solicit donations by phone, mail, e-mail or in-person. 
Please do not submit multiple requests.

To be considered, your organization must meet at least one of the following requirements:

  • The mission of your organization must align with SOPAC’s (above)
  • The organization is located within 10 miles of South Orange/Maplewood
  • Is serving the cultural arts, families and/or needs of our community
  • Is holding a fundraising event within three months of issued donation

And, your organization must accept the following conditions:

  • Ticket donations/vouchers are limited
  • Requests are accepted July 1 through approximately March 1
    (Or, until availability runs out)
  • Issued at the discretion of SOPAC on a first-come, first-served basis
  • Valid for the season/fiscal year in which they are issued
  • Good for “SOPAC-Presented” performances only
  • Must be redeemed at least 4 weeks prior to a performance
  • Expiration dates cannot be extended
  • SOPAC is not responsible for lost or stolen vouchers


The Ticket Donation Request Form will be re-activated at the start of the new fiscal year, which occurs July 2022. You may consider submitting a request form after that date for a future fundraiser. In the meantime, we wish you luck with your upcoming event.

SOPAC is thrilled to be able to participate in the New Jersey’s Families First Discovery Pass program offering free or discounted tickets to the performances listed below for the current season.

A Families First Card (or New Jersey WIC Identification Folder) is required for eligibility and must be presented when picking up tickets from Will Call at the SOPAC Box Office the day of the show. Limit of 4 tickets per FF/WIC card for each performance. Tickets may be purchased in person or over the phone.

Offerings are subject to availability. Due to Covid-19 we have suspended performances. 

SOPAC Box Office

(973) 313-2787  |

South Orange Performing Arts Center
South Orange, NJ 07079

About the Program

The New Jersey State Council on the Arts and the New Jersey Historical Commission have partnered with the NJ Departments of Human Services (DHS) and Health (DOH) to launch New Jersey’s Families First Discovery Pass (FFDP) program. This program provides families and individuals enrolled in state assistance programs with free or highly discounted admission to arts and history organizations, venues and programs. The Families First Discovery Pass Program offers broad access to cultural experiences for New Jersey residents and helps cultural organizations engage new audiences with the goal of building long-lasting relationships. Residents who receive benefits through SNAP, WFNJ, Child Care Subsidy and/or WIC are eligible for free or steeply discounted cultural programs throughout the State.

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School Performance Series

Live performances can be an unforgettable experience that reinforce classroom learning, ignite creativity and help young people develop a lifelong enthusiasm for the arts. The School Performance Series presented by SOPAC complements classroom lesson plans by engaging students in entertaining and educational performing arts experiences that support the NJ Core Curriculum Content Standards. Performances often include Q&A sessions with artists along with Study Guides to help get the most fun and learning from your field trip experience.

Music Residency

Funded by the Frank and Lydia Bergen Foundation, the Music Residency provided by SOPAC pairs the Orange School District’s only instrumental strings teacher and their students with a professional musician and Teaching Artist to provide these motivated students of music long-term, sequential, classical music instruction in the elementary and high schools. The incredible growth and noticeable improvement is evident as the students earned ‘Superior’ ratings at the High Note Music Festival. The students are eager to learn and achieve.

Dance Residency

With the generous help from several funders and individual donors, SOPAC has partnered with The Ailey Organization’s Arts In Education & Community Program,  AileyDance Kids, to offer a Dance Residency at the South Orange and Maplewood middle schools.

Each year, the dance residency, which began in the 2018-19 school year, serves both 7th and 8th graders once per week for 16 weeks. Taught by Ailey Arts in Education Teaching Artists, Aaron Thomas and Akira Armstrong. Students take pride in the chance to share what they’ve learned over the course of the dance residency in a culminating performance and celebrate their achievements with their classmates, families and school community.

INSPIRED MINDS: Young Artist Exhibition

Providing opportunities for emerging artists was a passion of The Herb + Milly Iris Gallery’s benefactor, Milly Iris. Coupling those opportunities with arts education is at the core of SOPAC’s mission.

INSPIRED MINDS is a celebration of young artists in the region. The program provides an opportunity for Essex County high school students to undergo a full professional gallery experience; from application through exhibition, and possible sale of their art.

INSPIRING MINDS: Art Educators Exhibition

INSPIRING MINDS, presented in tandem with the student exhibition, is an opportunity for Art Educators to share their individual talents beyond their teaching credentials. Every teacher spends hours demonstrating art techniques, cultivating and displaying the artwork of budding student artists, but this show focuses on the other side of art education: the educator as an artist. This exhibition celebrates current art educators who continue to cherish their own inspirational journey and creative development. These unique and talented artists understand the significance of not only teaching art but creating it as well.

Poetry Out Loud

Poetry Out Loud® is a free national arts education program that encourages the study of great poetry by offering educational materials and a dynamic recitation competition to high schools across the country. This program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, learn about literary history and contemporary life as well as compete for awards and scholarships totaling $100,000.

SOPAC is the proud partner for Region 5 of the New Jersey Poetry Out Loud® competition. 

SOPAC has collaborated with the New Jersey State Council on the Arts as the Region 5 Partner since 2013. Since becoming a partner, Region 5 has produced 2 State Champions, 1 State Runner-Up and 1 National Semi-Finalist.

For more information visit the NJ Poetry Out Loud (NJPOL) website ( the national Poetry Out Loud® (POL) website (