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In honor of National Autism Awareness Month, we've put together a guide to events designed to provide a safe, welcoming, non-judgmental space for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder or other sensory, learning, or communication differences. In addition to relaxed performances (also known as sensory-friendly performances), some NJ organizations are raising awareness about autism through benefit concerts, workshops, and more.

April is only the beginning! Many area arts organizations offer similar performances for children and adults throughout the year, so visit their websites for more information.

Check out our selection of events below and visit the calendar for even more options all year long.

Art+Autism Exhibit
Pollak Gallery @ Monmouth University
(West Long Branch)

Apr 1 - May 31 | 9 AM - 7 PM | Event Details

This juried exhibition will showcase the talents and abilities of artists living with Autism Spectrum Disorder and initiate a conversation about the unique power of art in the autism community.

Bravo Amici Benefit Concert
Pollak Theatre @ Monmouth University
(West Long Branch)

Apr 2 | 8 PM | Event Details

This special concert held on World Autism Awareness Day will feature Geoff Sewell and his cast of Broadway performers singing favorite pieces from musicals, operas, and popular music.

American Repertory Ballet's
A Midsummer Night's Dream
UCPAC (Rahway)
Apr 2 | 1 PM | Event Details

The abridged, one-hour, sensory-friendly performance of American Repertory Ballet's A Midsummer Night's Dream is especially for children and adults with special needs.

The Stars Shine on Autism New Jersey
Montclair State University (Montclair)
Apr 3 | 7:30 PM - 10:30 PM | Event Details

Broadway royalty Marin Mazzie and Melba Moore will headline the sixth annual MSU benefit for Autism New Jersey. The musical theater department's Freshman Revue will also perform.

Laughing With Me! Improv Workshops
Pollak Theatre @ Monmouth University
(West Long Branch)

Apr 8 & Apr 15 | Times vary | Event Details

In this interactive program for three separate age groups, students learn how to make a game out of communication issues by learning about "earned laughter" and how to handle the unexpected.

Imperfectly Normal Book Launch and Autism Fundraiser
Strand Center for the Arts (Lakewood)
Apr 9 | 6 PM | Event Details

Skylar Josephsen is having a launch party for her newest book of poetry, Imperfectly Normal, and raising money for local autism awareness groups.

Popovich Comedy Pet Theater
State Theatre NJ (New Brunswick)
Apr 9 | 1 PM | Event Details

Starring a group of more than 30 immensely talented performing pets, this is the "purrfect" show for people of all ages. The 1 PM show is a relaxed performance, specially designed to create a safe, welcoming environment.

The Lego Batman Movie
The Newton Theatre (Newton)
Apr 9 | 3 PM | Event Details

Come see a hit movie and support a great cause. Before the show, join the theatre for a super hero party with a live appearance from Batman, face painting, and refreshments.

Charlotte's Web
Theatreworks USA @ Paper Mill Playhouse (Millburn)
Apr 29 | 10 AM | Event Details

E.B. White's loving story explores the true meaning of friendship. Prior to the show, a "Meet Your Seat" Open House will take place Thursday, Apr 27 from 4PM - 6 PM.

Laurie Berkner Relaxed Performance
McCarter Theatre (Princeton)
Apr 29 | 11 AM | Event Details

This performance has been adapted to provide a welcoming and judgment-free environment. Recognized as "the queen of children's music," Laurie Berkner has been a longtime fixture of children's TV shows.

Roxey Ballet's Cinderella
Kendall Main Stage Theatre @ TCNJ (Ewing)
May 6 | 1 PM | Event Details

Roxey Ballet is proud to offer a relaxed, sensory-friendly performance of the fairytale classic Cinderella for children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other sensitivity issues or special needs.

The Little Prince
MPAC (Morristown)
May 7 | 4:30 PM | Event Details

Inventive puppets, live actors, original music, and magnificent set design bring to life a heartwarming story that awakens the child tucked away inside us all. The 4:30 performance has been designed to create a supportive, welcoming experience.

Charlotte's Web
Count Basie Theatre (Red Bank)
May 18 | 4 PM | Event Details

E.B. White's loving story of the friendship between a pig named Wilbur and a little gray spider named Charlotte comes to life in Charlotte's Web. This will be a sensory-friendly performance.

The Cultural Access Network, a cosponsored project of the New Jersey Theatre Alliance and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, provides a wide range of services and programs to assist theatres and cultural organizations in making their programs and facilities accessible to seniors and people with disabilities.

All information presented has been furnished by listed sources and is subject to change. Confirming information prior to attending any event is strongly recommended. ArtPride New Jersey Foundation, New Jersey State Council on the Arts and/or State of New Jersey cannot be held responsible for the accuracy, claims or content of information presented.