Voted in the TOP 5 theatres in America, the PNC Bank Arts Amphitheatre is a premier venue, with a mega seating capacity of 17,500, with the grass areas allowing for a whopping 10,500 people! The Amphitheatre was originally named Garden State Arts Center. The amphitheatre was designed by noted modernist architect Edward Durell Stone and featured open sides covered by a 200-foot (61 m), saucer-like roof supported by eight large concrete pillars.

The Garden State Arts Center first opened on June 12, 1968, with a program featuring pianist Van Cliburn, conductor Eugene Ormandy, and the Philadelphia Orchestra.


PNC Bank Arts Center Concerts

The Venue has had some of the biggest music artists ever! These include:

  • James Taylor
    Bruce Springsteen
    Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band
    Jackson Browne
    Whitney Houston

With some huge festivals;

Mayhem Festival, The Uproar Festival, The Gigantour, The Area:One and Area2 Festival, Ozzfest, Projekt Revolution, Crüe Fest and Crüe Fest 2.
Lilith Fair.

PNC Bank Arts Center features one of the most extravagant drive through light displays in the tri – state area. The spectacular is a 2.5-mile (4.0 km) drive through a forest of lights. Over 5 million lights were used over 225 displays. The Light Spectacular usually runs from the end of November through January 2. You will not see anything like it in the surrounding area and is worth checking out, even if you are not attending a show!


This year the PNC Bank Arts Center has some of the biggest music artists in the world, from pop legend Lionel Richie, to the best live bands Dave Matthews band and the Zac Brown Band, to 70’s rock legends Journey and Boston – the Band. It’s all kicking off here in New Jersey, don’t miss out, head over to our schedule page for listings of the latest events! OR Check out our Pnc Bank Arts Center Rules

 2019 is just around the corner!

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