This list of major arts events scheduled for New Jersey will be constantly updated throughout the year, as new events are announced.
April 23-25: The Exit Zero Jazz Festival takes place at the Grand Green Space on the grounds of the Cape May-Lewes Ferry, North Cape May. With the Madeleine Peyroux Trio, the Robert Glasper Trio, Joey DeFrancesco, the Joey Alexander Trio, the Matthew Whitaker Quartet, Shemekia Copeland, Bill Frisell Trio, the Pedrito Martinez Band, Red Baraat, Jeffrey Gaines, Brother Joscephus and others.
June 25-27: The Rock, Ribs & Ridges Festival takes place at the Sussex County Fairgrounds in Augusta with the Marshall Tucker Band, Blackberry Smoke, the Pat Travers Band, the Artimus Pyle Band, The Weight Band, Molly Hatchet and others.
July 23-25: New Jersey Lottery Festival of Ballooning takes place at Solberg Airport in Readington with bands such as Barenaked Ladies and Styx in addition to family activities, yoga and more, in addition to the balloons.
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. 19-22: The Barefoot Country Music Fest takes place on the beach in Wildwood. Performers will include Carrie Underwood, Dan + Shay, The Zac Brown Band, Lee Brice, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Billy Currington and Jimmie Allen.
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.
Aug. 27-29: The postponed Crawfish Fest takes place at the Sussex County Fairgrounds in Augusta. With Tab Benoit, Samantha Fish, Christone “Kingfish” Ingram, Bonerama, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, New Orleans Suspects, Honey Island Swamp Band, others.
Sept. 3-5: The annual Delaware Valley Bluegrass Festival at takes place at the Salem County Fairgrounds in Woodstown. With the Del McCoury Band, Rhonda Vincent & the Rage, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Katthy Mattea, Danny Paisley & the Southern Grass, Pine Leaf Boys, Sister Sadie, others.
Sept. 11: The Stone Pony Summer Stage in Asbury Park hosts the annual Shadow of the City festival, with Bleachers and others TBA.
Sept. 17-19: The XPoNential Music Festival, organized by Philadelphia radio station WXPN (88.5 FM), takes place at the BB&T Pavilion and Wiggins Park on the waterfront in Camden. 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.
Sept. 24: “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 in theaters on on HBO Max.
Oct. 1-3: The Fest for Beatles Fans, a huge convention, is scheduled for the Hyatt Regency in Jersey City.
Oct. 2-3: The annual Maplewoodstock takes place at Memorial Park in Maplewood. Artists TBA.
Feb. 25: 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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