This list of major arts events scheduled for New Jersey will be constantly updated throughout the year, as new events are announced.
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.
Sept. 26-Oct. 31: The Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn kicks off its 2018-19 season with the musical, “The Color Purple.”
Sept. 29-30: The Sea.Hear.Now Festival brings Jack Johnson, Incubus, Social Distortion, Ben Harper, Brandi Carlile, Blondie, The Front Bottoms, Jesse Malin and more to Asbury Park.
Sept. 30: The Smithereens (featuring Marshall Crenshaw) headline the free Fall Arts and Music Festival on Washington Street in Hoboken, with Joe Grushecky & the Houserockers, The Rock n’ Roll Hi-Fives, The Sensational Country Blues Wonders, Sylvana Joyce + the Moment, the Zydeco Revelators and others also performing.
Oct. 6: Richard Barone and James Mastro of The Bongos, The Glenn Mercer Band and Elk City will perform at a benefit for NJArts.net at Tierney’s Tavern in Montclair.
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.
Jan. 29-Feb. 24: The George Street Playhouse in New Brunswick will mount a world premiere production of “Little Girl Blue — The Nina Simone Musical.”
March 2: Elton John brings his final tour, titled Farewell Yellow Brick Road, to the Prudential Center in Newark.
March 29-31: The long-running Fest for Beatles Fans, a celebration of all things Fab, presents its 2019 edition at the Hyatt Regency in Jersey City.
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, with The Rebirth Brass Band, Cowboy Mouth, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band and many others.
July 12-14: The 23rd annual Black Potatoe Music Festival takes place at the Red Mill Museum in Clinton.