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performing artsI bet you didn’t know that Bergen County is a performing arts center.  Performing arts is one of our greatest assets.

Bergen County has the advantage of being just a short hop across the George Washington Bridge from New York City.  As a result, we are next to Manhattan’s world class theater and entertainment.  You don’t have to cross the bridge, however, because we have that right here.

The Bergen Performing Arts Center is located right in downtown Englewood.  Known as Bergen Pac  it presents live performperforming artsances 12 months of the year.  Bookings run from the New Jersey Symphony to international stars. Musical performances have included Ray Charles, Pink Floyd, Dionne Warwick, Natalie Cole and the Beach Boys.  Comedian have included Don Rickles, Bill Cosby and Wanda Sykes just to name a few.

Begen PAC is extremely popular because it gives you world class entertainment that’s easy.  You don’t have to drive to Manhattan and pay exorbitant parking fees in NYC garages.  Englewood has so many great restaurants.  What a perfect setup for a full night out.

You start with dinner out at one of the many excellent restaurants in downtown Englewood.  You follow that up with a great live show at Bergen PAC.  When the weather allows, Englewood has a downtown that is filled with people during the evening enjoying dinners, cappuccino or just walking up and down Palisade Avenue looking at all the shops.

Bergen PAC is fabulous but it’s not the only reason that Bergen County is a performing arts center.

Bergen County boasts many local theater companies including the Garage Theater Group in residence at Fairleigh Dickinson University.  Garage has a focus on grooming younger performers.  There are very popular community theater groups including Bergen County Players and The Player’s Guild of Leonia.

Opera is not forgotten because we have our own opera company.  This is The New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera.

Ramapo College has the Berrie Center for the Performing Arts.  This theater is situated on a beautiful campus and is host to quite a variety of plays, concerts, lectures.  Because it’s at the northern end of Bergen County it attracts Rockland County residents too.

Bergen County is a performing arts center for both it’s residents and those from bordering locations. Performing arts is well supported and something we treasure here.  Our high schools have strong performing arts programs.  Many students go on to professional careers.  High school plays are so good that you’d think it’s Broadway.  This is another reason why Bergen County is a great place to live.

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