This list of major arts events scheduled for New Jersey will be constantly updated throughout the year, as new events are announced.
Dec. 31: A New Jersey tradition continues with a New Year’s Eve concert by Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes at the Count Basie Center for the Arts in Red Bank.
Dec. 31: New Jersey First Night events include: First Night Morris; First Night Ocean County in Seaside Heights; First Night Ocean City; First Night Haddonfield; and First Night at Battleship New Jersey, Camden.
Jan. 11-21: The Light of Day Festival raises money for Parkinson’s Disease research with concerts in Asbury Park, Montclair, Philadelphia and New York.
Jan. 29-Feb. 24: The George Street Playhouse in New Brunswick will mount a world premiere production of “Little Girl Blue — The Nina Simone Musical.”
March 1: Rapper Snoop Dogg will star in a play — yes, a play, titled “Redemption of a Dogg” — at Prudential Hall at NJPAC in Newark.
March 2: Elton John brings his final tour, titled Farewell Yellow Brick Road, to the Prudential Center in Newark.
March 29-31: The long-running Fest for Beatles Fans, a celebration of all things Fab, presents its 2019 edition at the Hyatt Regency in Jersey City.
April 4-May 5: “Benny & Joon,” a musical based on the 1993 film that co-starred Johnny Depp and Mary Stuart Masterson, will make its East Coast premiere at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn.
April 12-14: Pianist Chick Corea’s Trilogy, featuring bassist Christian McBride and drummer Brian Blade, will be one of the headliners at the Spring 2019 edition of the biannual Exit 0 Jazz Festival, taking place in Cape May.
May 3-12: New Jersey’s leading film festival, the Montclair Film Festival, brings dozens of screenings and special events to various Montclair venues.
May 31-June 2: The 30th annual Crawfish Fest takes place at the Sussex County Fairgrounds in Augusta, with Aaron Neville, The Marcus King Band, The Rebirth Brass Band, Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience, Cowboy Mouth, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Walter “Wolfman” Washington and many others.
June 13, 17: In what may possibly be their last New Jersey shows ever, The Rolling Stones bring their No Filter Tour to MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford.
June 19-23: John Prine will headline the Rockland-Bergen Music Festival, which will take place at various locations in Tappan, N.Y., and Piermont, N.Y.
July 12-14: The 23rd annual Black Potatoe Music Festival takes place at the Red Mill Museum in Clinton. Artists TBA.
Sept. 21-22: The second annual Sea.Hear.Now Festival comes to Asbury Park, with artists TBA.