This list of major arts events scheduled for New Jersey will be constantly updated throughout the year, as new events are announced.
Through June 30: “Springsteen on Broadway.” A Jersey Event in spirit, if not location.
March 25: Justin Timberlake bring his the Man of the Woods Tour to the Prudential Center in Newark, with The Shadowboxers opening.
March 29-April 29: A new musical based on the Academy Award-winning 1973 film “The Sting” premieres at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, with Harry Connick Jr. co-starring.
April 7-8: A week before being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Bon Jovi performs at the Prudential Center in Newark.
April 28: The 44th annual New Jersey Folk Festival takes place at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, with the theme of “Native Americans in New Jersey.”
May 4-June 3: “Turning Off the Morning News” at Berlind Theatre at McCarter Theatre Center, Princeton. This will be the world premiere of a play by Christopher Durang, whose Tony-winning “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” premiered at the McCarter in 2012. “Turning Off the Morning News” is a “black comedy (that) exposes the mayhem of contemporary family life in a time of alternative facts, nonstop streaming news, and social media saturation,” according to a description on the McCarter web site.
May 6: New Jersey Hall of Fame induction ceremony at the Paramount Theatre in Asbury Park.
May 6: Loud, fiery guitar-rock will be heard at the free, outdoor Hoboken Spring Arts & Music Festival, taking place all day on Washington Street. The Dream Syndicate and Richard Lloyd will co-headline, with Long Neck, the Jaime Rose Band, Jeremy Beck and the Heavy Duty Horns among those in the supporting cast.
June 1-3: Crawfish Fest with Taj Mahal, Tab Benoit, Jon Cleary, Samantha Fish, George Porter Jr. and The Runnin’ Pardners, Marcia Ball, Bonerama, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Amanda Shaw and The Cute Guys, Ryan Montbleau, Brandon “Taz” Niederauer, Rosie Ledet, Jeffery Broussard and The Creole Cowboys, Jumpin’ Johnny Sansone, Brother Joscephus and The Love Revolution, The Matt Angus Thing, Zydeco Revelators, Jenny and The Felines, others at Sussex County Fairgrounds, Augusta.
June 22-24: Rockland-Bergen Music Festival at German Masonic Park, Tappan, N.Y. Artists TBA.
July 12-15: Black Potatoe Music Festival at Red Mill Museum, Clinton. Artists TBA.
July 13: The 24th and final Warped Tour comes to the BB&T Pavilion in Camden.
July 14: The 24th and final Warped Tour comes to the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel.
July 20-22: Taylor Swift brings her Reputation Stadium Tour to MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford.
July 27-29: XPoNential Music Festival at BB&T Pavilion and Wiggins Park, Camden. With David Byrne, The War on Drugs, Sturgill Simpson, Bermuda Triangle (featuring Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes), Josh Ritter, Femi Kuti & The Positive Force, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Sylvan Esso, The Lone Bellow, Margo Price, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, J.D. McPherson, Swift Technique, others.
Aug. 2: Superstar spouses Beyoncé and Jay-Z will bring their second tour together, OTR II, to MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford.
Aug. 31 and Sept. 1-2: Delaware Valley Bluegrass Festival at Salem County Fair Grounds, Woodstown. With Earls of Leicester, Hot Rize, Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, Suzy Bogguss, Seldom Scene, Dom Flemons, Sister Sadie, others.
Sept. 15: Paul Simon will present one of the last shows of his farewell tour at the Prudential Center in Newark.
Sept. 21-22: Ed Sheeran brings his first stadium tour to MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford.
Sept. 26: The Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience tour will bring videos and live orchestral music from the popular HBO series to the Prudential Center in Newark.
Sept. 27-Oct. 28: The Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn presents the world premiere of “Unmasked,” featuring the songs and stories of Andrew Lloyd Webber.
Oct. 18-21: The country’s largest poetry event this year will be the 31st biennial Dodge Poetry Festival, taking place at NJPAC and other Newark venues.
Nov. 2-4, 9-11 and 16-18: Broadway’s original “Annie,” Andrea McArdle, returns to the play, but in the role of the evil orphanage owner Miss Hannigan, at the Axelrod Performing Arts Center in Deal.
March 2, 2019: Elton John brings his final tour, titled Farewell Yellow Brick Road, to the Prudential Center in Newark.