This list of major arts events scheduled for New Jersey will be constantly updated throughout the year, as new events are announced.
Aug. 29: Kiss brings its farewell tour to Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, with David Lee Roth opening.
Oct. 3-4: The annual, free Maplewoodstock festival takes place at Memorial Park in Maplewood. (The event was postponed from its usual time in July.) Artists TBA.
Oct. 22: North America’s largest poetry festival, the Dodge Poetry Festival, usually takes place at NJPAC and other Newark locations, but will be online only this year, starting on this day.
Nov. 6-8: The fall 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), “I Got Life: The Music of Nina Simone” (featuring Carol Riddick and Gerald Veasley) and others.
Feb. 4-March 7: The Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn will present the premiere of a “reimagined” version of the Elton John and Tim Rice musical, “Aida.”
March 12: “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.
April 23-25: The spring edition of the biannual Exit Zero Jazz Festival (postponed from April) takes place in Cape May. Artists TBA.
May 21-23: The postponed Crawfish Fest takes place at the Sussex County Fairgrounds in Augusta. Artists TBA.
May 29: The Stone Pony Summer Stage in Asbury Park hosts the annual Shadow of the City festival, with Bleachers and others TBA.
June 16-17: The 11th Rock, Ribs & Ridges Festival at the Sussex County Fairgrounds in Augusta will feature Outlaws, Molly Hatchet and others.
June 25-27: The Barefoot Country Music Fest takes place on the beach in Wildwood. Artists TBA.
Aug. 2, 2021: 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, 2021. The Dirty Dozen Brass Band will open both shows.
Aug. 13-15, 2021: Phish presents three shows (postponed from 2020) on the beach in Atlantic City.
Aug. 19, 2021: Lady Gaga brings her Chromatica Ball tour to MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford.
Aug. 21, 2021: The annual, free Morristown Jazz and Blues Festival takes place at Morristown Green. Artists TBA.
Sept. 3-5, 2021: The annual Delaware Valley Bluegrass Festival at takes place at the Salem County Fairgrounds in Woodstown. Artists TBA.
Sept. 18-19, 2021: The third Sea.Hear.Now festival takes place in Asbury Park. With Pearl Jam, the Avett Brothers, Billy Idol, Lord Huron, Dirty Heads, Ani DiFranco, The Dirty Knobs with Mike Campbell, Remember Jones, Jackson Pines, American Trappist, Black Flamingos, others.
Sept. 21-22, 2021: My Chemical Romance brings its eagerly awaited reunion tour to the Prudential Center in Newark.
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