This list of major arts events scheduled for New Jersey will be constantly updated throughout the year, as new events are announced.
Oct. 1-4: The fall edition of the biannual Exit Zero Jazz Festival (postponed from April) takes place in Cape May, with Wynton Marsalis, Eddie Palmieri, Matthew Whitaker and others. (NJArts.net Preview.)
March 12: “The Many Saints of Newark,” the feature-film prequel to “The Sopranos” — co-written and co-produced by “Sopranos” creator David Chase — will be released.
May 8: The 2021 edition of New Jersey’s biggest annual gospel event (and one of the biggest in the country), McDonald’s Gospelfest 2020, takes place at the Prudential Center in Newark, with Bishop Hezekiah Walker, Kelly Price, Yolanda Adams and others.
May 21-23: The postponed Crawfish Fest takes place at the Sussex County Fairgrounds in Augusta. Artists TBA.
May 29: The Stone Pony Summer Stage in Asbury Park hosts the annual Shadow of the City festival, with Bleachers and others TBA.
June 16-17: The 11th Rock, Ribs & Ridges Festival at the Sussex County Fairgrounds in Augusta will feature Outlaws, Molly Hatchet and others.
June 25-27: The Barefoot Country Music Fest takes place on the beach in Wildwood. Artists TBA.
Aug. 2: The Doobie Brothers are reuniting with former lead singer Michael McDonald for a 50th anniversary tour that comes to the PNC Bank Arts Center on this date, and the BB&T Pavilion in Camden on Aug. 4. The Dirty Dozen Brass Band will open both shows.
Aug. 13-15: Phish presents three shows (postponed from 2020) on the beach in Atlantic City.
Aug. 19: Lady Gaga brings her Chromatica Ball tour to MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford.
Aug. 21: Kiss brings its farewell tour to the Hard Rock Live at Etess Arena in Atlantic City.
Aug. 21: The annual, free Morristown Jazz and Blues Festival takes place at Morristown Green. Artists TBA.
Sept. 3-5: The annual Delaware Valley Bluegrass Festival at takes place at the Salem County Fairgrounds in Woodstown. Artists TBA.
Sept. 18-19: The third Sea.Hear.Now festival takes place in Asbury Park. With Pearl Jam, The Smashing Pumpkins, the Avett Brothers, Billy Idol, Patti Smith and Her Band, Patti Scialfa, Grouplove, Lord Huron, Dirty Heads, Ani DiFranco, Dr. Dog, Matt & Kim, Orville Peck, Goose, The Dirty Knobs with Mike Campbell, Remember Jones, Jackson Pines, American Trappist, Black Flamingos, others.
Sept. 21-22: My Chemical Romance brings its eagerly awaited reunion tour to the Prudential Center in Newark.
Feb. 25, 2022: Elton John brings his Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour to the Prudential Center in Newark, in a show postponed from April 2020.
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