This list of major arts events scheduled for New Jersey will be constantly updated throughout the year, as new events are announced.
Dec. 31: Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes will present their traditional New Year’s Eve concert at the Count Basie Center for the Arts in Red Bank.
Jan. 10-20: The 20th annual Light of Day Festival takes place in various locations in Asbury Park, Montclair, New York City, Rockland County and Philadelphia, with Willie Nile, Joe Grushecky, Remember Jones, The Weeklings and many others.
March 27-29: The annual Fest for Beatles Fans takes place at the Hyatt Regency in Jersey City.
April 15: Elton John brings his final tour, titled Farewell Yellow Brick Road, to the Prudential Center in Newark.
April 17-19: The spring edition of the biannual Exit Zero Jazz Festival takes place in Cape May, with Sergio Mendes, Joey DeFrancesco’s Philadelphia Reunion Band (featuring Kevin Eubanks, Lil’ John Roberts and Orrin Evans), Liv Warfield, the Joey Alexander Trio, the Bill Frisell Trio, Matthew Whitaker and others.
April 23-26: The sixth annual Asbury Park Music and Film Festival takes place on these days. Major attractions will include a Melissa Etheridge concert and a conversations with “The Sopranos” creator David Chase.
May 20-23: Cirque du Soleil presents its first ice-rink show, “Crystal” at the Cure Insurance Arena in Trenton.
May 29-31: The 31st annual Crawfish Fest takes place at the Sussex County Fairgrounds in Augusta. Featuring Tab Benoit, Samantha Fish, Jonathon Long and others.
June 27: The Stone Pony Summer Stage in Asbury Park hosts the annual Shadow of the City festival, with Bleachers and others TBA.
June 27: The Doobie Brothers are reuniting with former lead singer Michael McDonald for a 50th anniversary tour that comes to the BB&T Pavilion in Camden on this date and the PNC Bank Arts Center on June 29. The Dirty Dozen Brass Band will open both shows.
Aug. 22: Kenny Chesney brings his Chillaxification Tour to MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, with Florida Georgia Line, Old Dominion and Michael Franti & Spearhead opening.
Sept. 4-6: The 49th annual Delaware Valley Bluegrass Festival at takes place at the Salem County Fairgrounds in Woodstown. With Del McCoury Band, Rhonda Vincent & the Rage, Kathy Mattea, Danny Paisley & the Southern Grass, Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, Pine Leaf Boys, others.
Sept. 19-20: The third annual Sea.Hear.Now festival takes place in Asbury Park. Artists TBA.
CONTRIBUTE TO NJARTS.NET
Since launching in September 2014, NJArts.net has become one of the most important media outlets for the Garden State arts scene. And it has always offered its content without a subscription fee, or a paywall. Its continued existence, though, depends on support from members of that scene, and the state’s arts lovers. Please consider making a contribution of $10, or any other amount, to NJArts.net via PayPal, or by sending a check made out to NJ Arts Daily to 11 Skytop Terrace, Montclair, NJ 07043.