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A Night Out with Tony Bennett at NJPAC

He might have left his heart in San Francisco, but the living legend will be performing at NJPAC in October!

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A true musical icon is coming to the Garden State! The New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) is welcoming Tony Bennett to the Prudential Hall on Saturday, October 6, 2018 (8:00 PM). The concert promises to be one of the top NJPAC events of the entire fall, as the 92-year-old living legend will be bringing his entire repertoire to the stage. As part of the cross-country tour promoting his newest album, Love Is Here to Stay, he will be joined on stage by special guest Antonia Bennett (seamlessly filling in for the record’s collaborator Diana Krall).

What can you expect from a Tony Bennett 2018 concert?

Don’t let his age fool you. He is one of the only musical artists to have new albums reach the charts during every decade since the 1950s! Another impressive feat for this 19-time Grammy winner (and yes, we said 19-time) was being honored with The Gershwin Prize by the Library of Congress, an award that had only ever been bestowed upon composers in the past. Thus, it is fitting that his most recent album is a tribute to the music of George and Ira Gershwin!

Don’t miss your chance to see Tony Bennett at NJPAC!

Being such a significant part of the American musical canon throughout the entire 20th century, Tony Bennett’s concert is truly the centerpiece of the entire schedule of autumn NJPAC events 2018! And if you are looking for accommodations in the area that perfectly complement this virtuoso, look no further than The Wilshire Grand NJ. Located less than 10 miles away, the luxurious comfort of our accommodations makes The Wilshire Grand the ideal home base when in the area to see a show at NJPAC!


The Color Purple at Paper Mill Playhouse is an Inspirational Tour de Force!

Alice Walker's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel comes to life to begin the new season at Paper Mill Playhouse.

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The bright lights of Broadway always shine a little brighter when Paper Mill Playhouse begins its new season each fall. Located in Millburn, NJ, Paper Mill Playhouse events draw talent from the New York stages, both onstage and behind-the-scenes, to entertain and inspire patrons of regional theatre. And this year, the 2016 Tony-winning revival of The Color Purple will open the 2018-2019 season in soul-raising fashion!

If you’re a lover of the Alice Walker bestseller, you’ll never forget this powerful production of The Color Purple at Paper Mill Playhouse. Not only does it stay loyal to its inspirational source material, it recreates the award-winning reimagining that John Doyle staged on the Great White Way to universal acclaim. He returns to serve as director of this production making this a can’t miss event for any theater lover!

If you are new to this epic saga, depicting forty-years in the life of a family in rural Georgia at the turn of the century (and we mean the twentieth century), you’ll be in for quite an emotional roller coaster ride. This stirring musical follows the life of the inspirational Celie as she journeys through the innocence of youth to find hope, despair, and joy before finally discovering her voice and inner strength. If you want to see a show at Paper Mill Playhouse that extols not only the power of love, but the love of living life, this is the production for you!

The Color Purple arrives on September 26 and runs through October 21.

If you’re coming to Millburn for any Paper Mill Playhouse production, book a room with us at The Wilshire Grand NJ. Only a few miles away from the theater, the comfortable accommodations of The Wilshire Grand will ensure your own theatrical journey is truly standing ovation worthy!


3 Reasons to Say “I Do” to Fall Weddings at The Wilshire Grand

Every season is wedding season at The Wilshire Grand, but discover the distinct benefits of saying “I Do” with us in the fall!

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When pumpkin spice becomes all the rage, you know that the fall season has begun! Even though the temperatures drop, fall weddings are on the rise in popularity. There are a multitude of reasons for this ever-growing trend and we here at The Wilshire Grand NJ have composed a list of the 3 top reasons you should consider doing your wedding planning with the fall season in mind!

Weddings at The Wilshire Grand can be indoor or outdoor affairs!

Depending on the size of your ceremony, Wilshire Grand weddings can be officiated in a variety of indoor and outdoor locations. No matter which type of ceremony you decide, the picturesque fall foliage surrounding our West Orange property paints the perfect natural backdrop. This earth tone theme, mimicking the changing colors of the trees, can be incorporated into your indoor ceremony and reception, providing the perfect autumn blend of modern yet rustic luxury. The aforementioned chillier weather also caters to more diverse fashion options, ensuring that your Wilshire Grand wedding can be the ceremony you have always dreamed of.

The summer wedding season, and all of your guests’ personal vacations, are behind you!

Fall weddings at The Wilshire Grand fall perfectly on the calendar. Guests have most likely already spent some time vacationing during the warmer weather months. Your RSVP list will see an uptick in confirmations (especially as we can provide you with a block of rooms to accommodate out-of-town attendees).

Every season is wedding season at The Wilshire Grand!

Our team of wedding specialists is dedicated to making your dreams come true no matter the season. From catered menus to floral arrangements and all other “little” details that make a ceremony unique, we will ensure that your fall wedding is the perfect start for your personal “happily ever after”!


Experience the Sights and Sounds of Game of Thrones at Prudential Center

Winter is coming early this year when the critically acclaimed Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience brings the world of Westeros to the Garden State!

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If the anticipation for Season 8 of the groundbreaking HBO series Game of Thrones (GOT) is as frustrating as watching King Joffrey rule from the Iron Throne, The Wilshire Grand has the ideal solution! Take a trip into the world of Westeros yourself and take part in a live concert experience that needs to be seen to be believed! Coming off an original successful tour of North America in 2017 and a smash hit run of Europe earlier this year, Ramin Djawadi is bringing his evocative score – and the HBO adaptation of George R. R. Martin’s fantasy world from his A Song of Ice and Fire series – to life with the all-new Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience!

Experiencing Game of Thrones at Prudential Center is a must for any superfan!

This updated Game of Thrones 2018 “greatest hits” compilation, being altered from its original staging to feature the most recent season of the series, comes to the Prudential Center on Wednesday, September 26, 2018 (show starts at 8:00 PM). Along with the famed composer, a full orchestra will take you on a journey through the highlights and lowlights that are still etched in your memory. Yet instead of watching your beloved “Dragon Lady” Daenerys command her army of scaly flying creatures from the comfort of your living room, you are thrown into the action, complete with the requisite pyrotechnics and fire to ensure you feel a part of the fantasy around you.

No longer is winter coming, music is coming

and The Wilshire Grand NJ is waiting to be your Casterly Rock for this one-of-a-kind experience. Located just a short ten-mile dragon ride away, the luxurious comfort of our accommodations will keep you feeling as if you truly took a trip to the Known World, if only for one night.


It’s Time to Celebrate Labor Day in NJ!

Monday, September 3rd, brings the unofficial end of summer and with it a variety of ways to celebrate Labor Day 2018!

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The unofficial end of summer is upon us as Monday, September 3 is Labor Day in NJ. Unlike other holidays, Labor Day celebrations don’t have specific rituals to follow. No tree to decorate. No candy to trick-or-treat for. Labor Day 2018 is just a day to honor the creation of the labor movement in the US… by not working!! Labor Day Weekend in NJ promises to be chock full of regional events to enjoy. The Wilshire Grand NJ has a few suggestions that will help you celebrate the non-traditional aspects of this beloved holiday!

Looking to celebrate Labor Day in NJ throughout the entire weekend? There a few destinations you should consider that are hosting weekend-long events. The 2018 Boonton Fire Department Labor Day Carnival starts on Thursday, August 30 and runs all the way to Sunday night. This annual event features rides, games, live entertainment, a parade on Saturday, and a grand finale of fireworks on Sunday night. Another popular choice is The Feast of Saint Joseph in Lodi, NJ (Friday through Monday). This family event is full of rides, games, live entertainment and a big helping of great Italian food.

If you are just planning a one-day affair, the Labor Day Paddle on the Passaic River is always a top choice for families. Located at the Essex County Environmental Center (Roseland), you’ll be able to enjoy the relaxing ambiance of floating down the river. Or maybe check out the more traditional Rutherford Labor Day Street Fair, the largest and longest running in the entire Garden State!

No matter your choice, end your summer in memorable fashion by booking a room with us at The Wilshire Grand. Celebrate the spirit of Labor Day with all the comforts of home, but without any of the work!


Summers Are Cooler at the Family Fun Nights at Turtle Back Zoo

Uncage your wild side and enjoy this annual summer series of events at the Turtle Back Zoo!

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Anyone who has grown up in the Garden State surely has memories of family fun at the Turtle Back Zoo. Not as renowned as its nearby Bronx cousin, this small space in West Orange, NJ holds just as much animal amusements and childlike wonderment. One such example is the beloved series of Turtle Back Zoo events that have just returned for 2018. Every Wednesday and Thursday in July and August, the Zoo extends its hours of operation to 8:00 PM. These Family Fun Nights at Turtle Back Zoo allow you to visit and experience the wild wonders of the animal kingdom when the summer temperatures are cooler.

There are special events at the Turtle Back Zoo that coincide with these extended hours! Not only do you get a chance to see all of the exhibits that have captivated families for years, such as the beloved Prairie Dogs and majestic Black Bears, depending on the day of the week, there’ll be even more amazing animal action to enjoy.

Wednesdays become a trip to the “Zoo-vies”!

Enjoy family-friendly (and animal-inspired) movies on the rooftop of the parking deck. Paddington 2 and Deep have already lit up the screen, but don’t miss out on Kong: Skull Island and The Jungle Book!

Thursdays are a true behind-the-scenes affair!

Not only are you in the Zoo after hours, on Thursdays, the trainers give you even more access to your favorite exhibits. Tour behind the scenes at the Shores of Africa or take in a special night version of the beloved Sea Lion Show!

Only a short distance away, The Wilshire Grand is ready to cap off your night in truly memorable fashion. The comfortable accommodations of The Wilshire Grand NJ will help you refresh and recharge after your walk on the wild side.


Don’t Miss the Freestyle Fun of Wild N' Out Live!

Nick Cannon is set to bring a live version of his “all that” MTV show to the Prudential Center!

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Who knew what started as a summer replacement show on MTV in 2005 would go on to span twelve seasons of sketch comedy greatness! And now, Nick Cannon’s Wild N’ Out is taking their brand of hilarious competitions and “ill improv” on the road! Wild N’ Out Live is not only the first full-length tour of this hit television series; it promises to be one of the top comedic can’t-miss Prudential Center events of the year!

What can you expect from this star-studded end to summer events in NJ?

Just like when watching from the comfort of your home, Wild N’ Out in NJ will feature a comedy lineup of the show’s regular cast members. From the comedy stylings of Chico Bean and Hitman Holla to the musical mastery of Fabolous and YFN Lucci, the action at the Prudential Center on Saturday, August 25, 2018, will be wild and out of this world in terms of stand-up savagery!

Yet what’s the best thing about attending the Wild N’ Out NJ stop on the tour? It has to be the chance to participate in some of the most popular games from the show with the cast. Can you imagine getting the chance to engage in a little “Talking’ Spit” in front of the PruCenter crowd with Nick Cannon himself? Or what about being chosen to come up on stage and assist with “Tore Up From The Floor Up”? These once-in-a-lifetime moments are only possible if you are there when the show kicks off at 8:00 PM!

The Wilshire Grand NJ is ready to get “wild” with you!

Being located less than 10 miles away from the Prudential Center NJ, The Wilshire Grand is the perfect luxurious haven to ensure your freestylin’ fun doesn’t have to end after the last punchline is thrown!


3 Reasons Why Summer Weddings at the Wilshire Grand NJ = Happily Ever After!

Even though weddings at The Wilshire Grand are wonderful in all four seasons, here are the reasons why you should consider sending a “save-the-date” invitation for a summer ceremony.

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Planning a wedding in the Garden State is a choice between four differing seasons, with each one inhabiting its own inherent charm. At The Wilshire Grand, we know that there’s one season that reigns supreme in the eyes of many brides-to-be. From longer days to warmer temperatures, here are the top 3 reasons why summer weddings at The Wilshire Grand always connote ‘happily ever after’:

The natural ambiance of our outdoor courtyard is blooming with beauty.

If you are planning to have your actual ceremony with us at The Wilshire Grand NJ, there’s no better backdrop to exchange your vows than our beautiful gardens and gorgeous wooded canopy. We do offer luxurious indoor ceremonies as well, but when many think of Wilshire Grand weddings, they envision the natural, lush landscaping of our outdoor gardens that weave the wonderful summer season into their blessed event.

Summer events in NJ naturally coincide with your guests’ vacation mindset.

A wedding is a communal celebration of your love with friends and family. For all Wilshire Grand Weddings 2018, our luxurious ballrooms can accommodate up to 400 guests. Having both on-site and nearby overnight accommodations, you can invite everyone your heart desires! And during the summer, it’s a lot easier for people to RSVP with a confirmation of their attendance.

We have everything you need under one roof!

You’ll have full control of designing your personal wedding package with our expert team members. With full-service facilities, experienced chefs, hospitality suites, floral designers, photographers, musicians, and many other customizable features, you’re in control of ensuring the most important day of your life is exactly how YOU have always imagined!

Our on-line wedding planner has even more details on how The Wilshire Grand will ensure your summer wedding is the fairytale you always dreamed it would be!


Don’t Miss Out on the Summer Nights at SOPAC!

This series of summer events at SOPAC ensures that Wednesday is no longer the most dreaded day on your weekly calendar!

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Every week, the dreaded Wednesday “Hump Day” blues sink in. This sentiment may increase to truly feeling like a “Slump Day” when the summer months roll around. The kids are out of school! The weather’s warm! The nights are longer! But the work week is still only halfway through!  The Wilshire Grand wishes to ensure you no longer feel wary of Wednesday by recommending this returning and highly-anticipated series of summer events in NJ: South Orange Summer Nights!

The SO Summer Nights are weekly Wednesday night programs jointly produced by the South Orange Department of Recreation and Cultural Affairs and SOPAC. Three separate programs blend together to form these fun summer nights at SOPAC:

Art in the Park – Let your artistic soul shine at the remaining 2018 events taking place at Floods Hill in Meadowland Park from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM (adults and children age 6 and older is recommended).

Concerts in the Park – Arrive early to Floods Hill to sample the delicious delights from the food trucks and get your prime spot on the lawn before this concert series pumps up the jams at 7:30 PM (approximately 2 hours in duration). These four musical South Orange events will ensure you aren’t singing the Wednesday blues!

Moonlit Movies – Rounding out this season of SO Summer Nights are the three movie screenings at Floods Hill. Starting at 8:00 PM, a trio of 2017 family favorites (Coco, Jumanji, and Despicable Me 3) will light up the park.

Floods Hill is the place to be to wash away your case of the Wednesdays. The perfect complement to these South Orange events is booking a room with us at The Wilshire Grand NJ. Approximately five miles away, the luxurious comfort of our accommodations will guarantee your Wednesday is no longer weary and woeful, but wonderful, winsome, and worthwhile!


One Day is Not Enough to Contain the July 4th Celebrations in NJ!

New Jersey may be the third state of America, but our July 4th celebrations take the gold!

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Forget a bronze medal: the July 4th celebrations in NJ deserve the gold! This year, the midweek July 4th celebrations can make this annual birthday a headache instead of a holiday. But the patriotic summer fun in NJ is not contained to the Wednesday date alone.

Starting on Thursday, June 28th and continuing through the end of Saturday night, join in and celebrate the 4th of July in NJ a little early in Montville Township. Complete with over 20 incredible rides, a multitude of entertainment and activities for the entire family and, of course, a stellar firework show, it will be hard for you to believe that the Montville Township 4th of July Celebrations have ended in the month of June.

Turn the page on your calendar as the summer fun in NJ continues its patriotic theme at the Maplewood July 4th Celebrations! Starting on Tuesday, July 3rd, this two-day extravaganza is full of events from a 5K Run, the Zerbini Family Circus, Bike Races, Live Entertainment, and so much more. The preceding fun-filled events all lead up to the largest pyrotechnic display ever launched from Memorial Park on Wednesday night, concluding this July 4th Celebration in NJ with a big bang!

Yet on July 4th in NJ, there are many places to catch a spectacular light show. From the State Fair at the Meadowlands to the Jersey City Freedom & Fireworks Festival, there is no bad place to celebrate the 4th of July in NJ. But there is one perfect ending to America’s 242nd birthday party – book a room with us at The Wilshire Grand NJ! No matter where you choose to celebrate, let the luxury of The Wilshire Grand’s well-appointed accommodations be the best birthday present ever, for you and the Red, White and Blue!