MPAC’s free summer entertainment: From Bollywood to salsa, and ‘Barbie’ to ‘Wonka’

Joshua Van Ness


From the Mayo Performing Arts Center:

MPAC’s Arts in the Community Free Concerts and Events Summer 2024


The Mayo Performing Arts Center is excited to announce its 2024 Summer free concert and movie lineup.  Events will take place outdoors at Vail Mansion Plaza and Pioneer Park by 1776 on the Green.  Summer movies will be held at MPAC.

This year’s outdoor events will feature music ranging from salsa to hip hop to Bollywood.

The Summer Arts in the Community concert series is sponsored by ADP.

MPAC Arts in the Community Free Summer Events 2024


MPAC Music Student of the Month Recital
Wednesday, June 12, at 6 pm
Location: Vail Mansion Plaza

Students from Morris County schools honored as MPAC Music Students of the Month throughout this past season showcase their talents.

Music Student of the Month sponsored by The Walter F. and Alice Gorham Foundation, Inc.

Joshua Van Ness
Wednesday, June 19, at 6 pm
Location: Vail Mansion Park

Singer songwriter Joshua Van Ness is both the working man’s musician and a true indie spirit whose music echoes the classics from decades ago, yet is driven by a desire to stay ahead of the trends.

Bollywood Dance Bash with DJ Arjun
Wednesday, July 10, at 6 pm
Location: Pioneer Park

Born in Mumbai, DJ Arjun is known for his Bollywood and Top 40 dance music mix, infusing his events with energy and enthusiasm that captivates the dance floor! Featuring Indian dance instruction from B2Z Dance School and henna tattoo artist Mehndikalogie.

Salsa at Sunset with DJ KD
Wednesday, July 24, at 6 pm
Location: Pioneer Park

MPAC’s popular salsa dancing event returns featuring DJ KD providing the spirited sounds of salsa, merengue and more. Dance instruction from Daniel Herrera and Dreams Dance Studio.

Summer Soulful Dance Party with DJ Frank D
Wednesday, Aug. 7, at 6 pm
Location: Pioneer Park

Morristown’s own DJ Frank D expertly mixes, blends and spins every genre of music.  You won’t want to miss him!  Photobooth available!

Jake Wildhorn
Wednesday, Aug. 21, at 6 pm
Location: Vail Mansion Plaza

Jake Wildhorn

Singer/Songwriter Jake Wildhorn is a skilled writer, producer and performer, showcasing the talents he’s inherited from his mother, well-known Broadway singer, Linda Eder, and his father, composer Frank Wildhorn. His music is a mix of alternative blues rock and acoustic rock inspired by both modern and classic artists such as Don Henley, Rob Thomas, John Mayer, and Ed Sheeran.


Summer Movies at MPAC:

Tuesday, July 30, at 10:30 am

This fantasy musical based on the character from Roald Dahl’s novel follows young Willy Wonka as he sets off on his dream to become the greatest chocolatier of all time. Timothée Chalamet stars. PG

Tuesday, July 30, at 7 pm

Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling star in this blockbuster that finds Barbie and Ken leaving the seemingly perfect world of Barbie Land to discover the joys and perils of the real world.  PG-13

Tuesday, Aug. 13, at 10:30 am

Young Asha’s wish sets her on a magical adventure in which she must summon the courage she never knew she had to defeat a ruthless ruler with designs on destroying everything she loves.  PG

Bob Marley: One Love
Tuesday, Aug. 13, at 7 pm

This musical biopic of Bob Marley delves deep into the reggae superstar’s legacy and cultural influence while presenting the captivating journey of the man behind the music. PG-13

Summer Arts in the Community is sponsored by ADP.

 Rain sites TBD.

About MPAC

Mayo Performing Arts Center, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, presents a wide range of programs that entertain, enrich, and educate the diverse population of the region and enhance the economic vitality of Northern New Jersey. The 2023-2024 season is made possible, in part, by a grant the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as support received from the F.M. Kirby Foundation, The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation and numerous corporations, foundations and individuals. Mayo Performing Arts Center was named 2016 Outstanding Historic Theatre by the League of Historic American Theatres, and is ranked in the top 50 mid-sized performing arts centers by Pollstar Magazine.