This list of major arts events scheduled for New Jersey will be constantly updated throughout the year, as new events are announced.
Aug. 26: The Prudential Center in Newark will host this year’s MTV Video Music Awards show, with comedian Sebastian Maniscalco hosting. Ariana Grande, Taylor Swift and Billie Ellish are among the most nominated artists, and Swift is confirmed to perform. This will mark the first time the annual show has come to New Jersey.
Aug. 30-31 and Sept. 1: Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, The Traveling McCourys, The Gibson Brothers and Balsam Range will be among the performers at the Delaware Valley Bluegrass Festival at the Salem County Fairgrounds in Woodstown.
Sept. 21-22: The second annual Sea.Hear.Now Festival comes to Asbury Park, with the Dave Matthews Band, The Lumineers, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, The B-52’s, Dropkick Murphys, Dispatch, Bad Religion, Brick + Mortar and many others.
Sept. 29: Hoboken’s free, annual Fall Arts and Music Festival takes place on the city’s main drag, Washington Street. Artists TBA.
Oct. 19: Denzel Washington will receive the inaugural Ossie Davis & Ruby Dee Living Legends Award from the Crossroads Theatre Company at a gala at the State Theatre in New Brunswick.
Oct. 27: The New Jersey Hall of Fame will hold its annual induction ceremony at the Paramount Theatre in Asbury Park, with honorees including Southside Johnny, The Smithereens, Martha Stewart and Jason Alexander.
March 27-29: The annual Fest for Beatles Fans takes place at the Hyatt Regency in Jersey City.
May 29-31: The 31st annual Crawfish Fest takes place at the Sussex County Fairgrounds in Augusta. Artists TBA.
June 27: The Stone Pony Summer Stage in Asbury Park hosts the annual Shadow of the City festival, with Bleachers and others TBA.
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