WHERE ART meets culture
Text CULTURE to 56512 to experience events and
performances in Middlesex County.
Middlesex County has something for everyone! Located
within the heart of New Jersey, Middlesex County has
set itself apart in the region as an easily accessible
place to visit, live and work. From small towns to larger
cities, Middlesex County promotes local arts scenes
and produces dynamic arts events for its residents
and visitors. Filled with countless cultural and creative
opportunities, Middlesex County includes vibrant hubs
with highly active arts councils and commissions such
as those in Carteret, Metuchen, New Brunswick, Perth
Amboy and Woodbridge.
From local artistic businesses and art galleries to
museums and musical venues, Middlesex County attracts
visitors looking for all types of artistic and top-notch
cultural arts programming. Looking for Broadway-quality
theater with affordable tickets? We are home to the
historic State Theatre of New Jersey and the region’s
only African-American theater, Crossroads Theatre
Company. The award-winning Plays-in-the-Park series
held at the amphitheater in Edison’s Roosevelt Park
attracts an audience of over 50,000 each summer. A
unique collaboration between community theater and
local government since 1963, these standout theatrical
productions recreate as closely as possible the intent,
stature and scope of the original Broadway productions.
Looking for weekend activities that are fun, free and
family-friendly? Our calendar is full of annual multicultural
street fairs and festivals that reflect the colorful diversity of
our residents. We have a biannual Film Festival with over
100 screenings and events sponsored by the Rutgers Film
Co-Op/New Jersey Media Arts Center.
The Middlesex County Office of Arts and History plays a
major role in the development and funding of programs
throughout the county that promote public interest in local
and county history, in the arts and in the cultural values,
goals and traditions of the community, the state and the
The Office of Arts and History offers fine-arts and
folklife programs, including Native American events
and workshops, multicultural celebrations and festivals,
cultural publications, traveling educational programs,
lectures on social history, arts and wellness programs and
STEAM-related Makerspace workshops.
The office’s Folklife Program for New Jersey is a key
component of connecting with and preserving the
rich cultural traditions of Middlesex County’s diverse
residents. Designated a Local Legacy by the United States
Congress, the Folklife Program supports, identifies and
preserves the culture and traditions expressed by the
diverse communities of Central New Jersey.
Engaging programs are held for all ages at almost 200
locations in communities across the county.
Zimmerli Art Museum