This list of major arts events scheduled for New Jersey will be constantly updated throughout the year, as new events are announced.
June 19-23: John Prine will headline the Rockland-Bergen Music Festival, which will take place at various locations in Tappan, N.Y., and Piermont, N.Y.
June 29-30: The Rock, Ribs & Ridges festival offers music, food and camping at the Sussex County Fairgrounds in Augusta, with sets by Southside Johnny & the Asbury jukes also with 38 Special, The Outlaws, The Marshall Tucker Band, the Artimus Pyle Band and Blackfoot.
June 29-30: For the first time in 25 years, the Vans Warped Tour won’t be doing a full U.S. tour this summer. But it will be presented in three locations, including the Atlantic City Beach on this date. Performers will include 311, A Day to Remember, Andrew W.K., Anti-Flag, Bad Religion, Blink-182, Bowling for Soup, Frank Iero & the Future Violents, Glassjaw, Good Charlotte, The Offspring, Taking Back Sunday and We the Kings.
July 12-14: The 23rd annual (and final) Black Potatoe Music Festival takes place at the Red Mill Museum in Clinton. Artists TBA.
July 13-14: The 16th annual Maplewoodstock concert takes place at Memorial Park in Maplewood. Artists TBA.
July 26-28: XPoNential Music Festival at the BB&T Pavilion and Wiggins Park in Camden. Performers will include Elvis Costello & the Imposters, Blondie, Hozier, Dawes, Bettye LaVette, Amy Ray, Low Cut Connie, St. Paul & the Broken Bones, Guster, Kathleen Edwards, Rayland Baxter, The War and Treaty, Japanese Breakfast, others.
July 26-28: The QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning at the Solberg Airport in Readington will offer its usual attraction of colorful, inventive balloons, plus musical acts such as The Band Perry, The Beach Boys, Dan Zanes and ABBA the Concert, and other attractions.
July 28: Hootie & the Blowfish’s reunion tour stops at the BB&T Pavilion in Camden, with Barenaked Ladies opening.
Aug. 1 and 5: In dates postponed from June because of Mick Jagger’s heart valve replacement surgery, The Rolling Stones will perform at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford.
Aug. 10: Eddie Palmieri and his Afro-Caribbean Jazz Sextet, Bettye LaVette, Christian McBride, Joey DeFrancesco, Mark Whitfield, Mike Lee and other will perform at the 10th annual free Montclair Jazz Festival, in Nishuane Park.
Aug. 14: Kiss brings its latest farewell tour, the End of the Road Tour, to the Prudential Center in Newark.
Aug. 17: The ninth annual, free Morristown Jazz and Blues Festival brings Davy Knowles, the Bernard Allison Group, Rob Paparozzi’s Juke Joint, The Frank Vignola Trio, The Antoinette Montague Experience to Morristown Green.
Aug. 26: The Prudential Center in Newark will host this year’s MTV Video Music Awards show. 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.
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.
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