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.

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


Thank you so much for considering SOPAC as a ticket donation sponsor for your fundraiser. Each season/fiscal year, there are a limited number of requests that can be fulfilled.

At this time, SOPAC has donated all the tickets that were available this season/fiscal year.

The Ticket Donation Request Form will be re-activated at the start of the new fiscal year, which occurs July 2021. You may consider submitting a request form after that date for another 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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