This list of major arts events scheduled for New Jersey will be constantly updated throughout the year, as new events are announced.
June 25-27: The Rock, Ribs & Ridges Festival takes place at the Sussex County Fairgrounds in Augusta with The Allman Betts Band, Blackberry Smoke, the Pat Travers Band, the Artimus Pyle Band, The Weight Band, Molly Hatchet and others.
June 26-Sept. 4: Bruce Springsteen will reprise his “Springsteen on Broadway” run, at a larger Broadway theater.
July 23-25: New Jersey Lottery Festival of Ballooning takes place at Solberg Airport in Readington with co-headliners Max Weinberg’s Jukebox, Barenaked Ladies and Styx, and children’s entertainer Laurie Berkner, in addition to family activities, yoga and more, plus, of course, the balloons.
Aug. 13-15: Phish presents three shows (postponed from 2020) on the beach in Atlantic City.
Aug. 19-22: The Barefoot Country Music Fest takes place on the beach in Wildwood. Performers will include Carrie Underwood, Dan + Shay, The Zac Brown Band, Lee Brice, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Billy Currington, Colt Ford and Jimmie Allen.
Aug. 21: Kiss brings its farewell tour to the Hard Rock Live at Etess Arena in Atlantic City.
Aug. 27-29: The postponed Crawfish Fest takes place at the Sussex County Fairgrounds in Augusta. With Tab Benoit, Samantha Fish, Christone “Kingfish” Ingram, Bonerama, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, New Orleans Suspects, Honey Island Swamp Band, others.
Sept. 3-5: The annual Delaware Valley Bluegrass Festival at takes place at the Salem County Fairgrounds in Woodstown. With the Del McCoury Band, Rhonda Vincent & the Rage, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Katthy Mattea, Danny Paisley & the Southern Grass, Pine Leaf Boys, Sister Sadie, others.
Sept. 11: The Stone Pony Summer Stage in Asbury Park hosts the annual Shadow of the City festival, with Bleachers, Japanese Breakfast, Beach Bunny and others.
Sept. 17-19: The XPoNential Music Festival, organized by Philadelphia radio station WXPN (88.5 FM), takes place at Wiggins Park on the waterfront in Camden, with Dawes, Los Lobos, The Record Company, Shovels & Rope, Ani DiFranco, Strand of Oaks, Devon Gilfillian, Nicole Atkins and others.
Sept. 18-19: The third Sea.Hear.Now festival takes place in Asbury Park. With Pearl Jam, The Smashing Pumpkins, the Avett Brothers, Billy Idol, Patti Smith and Her Band, Patti Scialfa, Grouplove, Lord Huron, Dirty Heads, Ani DiFranco, Dr. Dog, Matt & Kim, Orville Peck, Goose, The Dirty Knobs with Mike Campbell, Remember Jones, Jackson Pines, American Trappist, Black Flamingos, others.
Sept. 24: “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 in theaters on on HBO Max.
Oct. 1-3: The Fest for Beatles Fans, a huge convention, is scheduled for the Hyatt Regency in Jersey City.
Oct. 1-3: The fall edition of the biannual Exit Zero Jazz Festival takes place in Cape May. Artists TBA.
Oct. 2-3: The annual Maplewoodstock takes place at Memorial Park in Maplewood. Artists TBA.
Oct. 3: Hoboken Fall Arts & Music Festival takes place on Washington Street, with artist and vendors lining the streets and bands TBA.
Oct. 21-30: Montclair Film Festival.
Feb. 25: Elton John brings his Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour to the Prudential Center in Newark, in a show postponed from April 2020.
March 24: The Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn debuts the world-premiere production of “The Wanderer,” a jukebox musical based on the life and work of Dion (“A Teenager in Love,” “Runaround Sue,” “Abraham, Martin and John”). It runs through April 24.
June 14, 2022: 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 June 23. The Dirty Dozen Brass Band will open both shows.
Sept. 20-21, 2022: My Chemical Romance brings its eagerly awaited reunion tour to the Prudential Center in Newark.
May 5-7, 2023: The Bamboozle Festival returns, at a venue TBA.
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