This list of major arts events scheduled for New Jersey will be constantly updated throughout the year, as new events are announced.
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, with Snow Patrol and Anne Marie opening.
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.
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: Elton John brings his final tour, titled Farewell Yellow Brick Road, to the Prudential Center in Newark.
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.
May 2: The Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown presents “A Conversation with Linda Ronstadt,” described as a “a multi-media journey through her life, featuring the iconic singer’s personal recounting of her career, assisted by videos, rare personal photos and music.” Ronstadt will not sing but will participate in a question-and-answer session.
May 31-June 2: The 30th annual Crawfish Fest takes place at the Sussex County Fairgrounds in Augusta. Artists TBA.