This list of major arts events scheduled for New Jersey will be constantly updated throughout the year, as new events are announced.
Through Jan. 20: The 20th annual Light of Day Festival takes place in various locations in Asbury Park, New York City, Rockland County and Philadelphia, with Willie Nile, Joe Grushecky, Remember Jones, The Weeklings, Dramarama, The Bongos and many others.
Jan. 30-March 1: The Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn presents “Unmasked: The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber,” featuring songs from the composer’s famous musicals (including “Jesus Christ Superstar,” “Evita,” “Cats” and “Phantom of the Opera”) as well as new music written for this production.
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 28-June 28: The Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn presents “The Wanderer,” a new jukebox musical featuring the music of Dion (“Runaround Sue,” “A Teenager in Love,” “I Wonder Why,” “Abraham, Martin & John”).
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 19-21: The Barefoot Country Music Fest takes place on the beach in Wildwood, with Carrie Underwood, Blake Shelton 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.
Aug. 29: Kiss brings its farewell tour to Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, with David Lee Roth 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.
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