This list of major arts events scheduled for New Jersey will be constantly updated throughout the year, as new events are announced.

May 3: The free, annual Hoboken Spring Arts & Music Festival takes place in downtown Hoboken. Artists TBA.

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 5-7: The spring edition of the biannual Exit Zero Jazz Festival (postponed from April) takes place in Cape May, with Sergio Mendes, the Madeleine Peyroux Trio, the Joey Alexander Trio, Joey DeFrancesco’s Philadelphia Reunion Band (featuring Kevin Eubanks, Lil’ John Roberts and Orrin Evans), the Eddie Palmieri Jazz Sextet, Liv Warfield, the Bill Frisell Trio, Matthew Whitaker and others.

June 19-21: The Barefoot Country Music Fest takes place on the beach in Wildwood, With Carrie Underwood, Blake Shelton, Dan + Shay, Billy Currington, Trace Adkins, LANCO, High Valley, Jimmie Allen, Colt Ford, Filmore 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.

June 27-28: The 11th annual Rock, Ribs & Ridges Festival at the Sussex County Fairgrounds in Augusta will feature Max Weinberg’s Jukebox, Don Felder, The Outlaws, Molly Hatchet, Pat Travers and others.

July 11-12: The annual, free Maplewoodstock festival takes place at Memorial Park in Maplewood. Artists TBA.

July 14: The reunited Black Crowes will perform at the BB&T Pavilion in Camden on this date, and at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel on July 17.

July 31-Aug. 2: The annual XPoNential Music Festival takes place in Camden. Artists include Norah Jones, Mavis Staples, Nathaniel Rateliff, Grace Potter, Citizen Cope, The New Pornographers, The Marcus King Band, Nicole Atkins, Son Volt, Liz Phair, Samantha Fish, Black Puma, others.

Aug. 15: The annual, free Morristown Jazz and Blues Festival takes place at Morristown Green. Artists TBA.

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. With Pearl Jam, the Avett Brothers, Cage the Elephant, Billy Idol, Lord Huron, Dirty Heads, The Beach Boys, Patti Smith, Dr. Dog, Phoebe Bridgers, Ani DiFranco, The Dirty Knobs with Mike Campbell, Remember Jones, Jackson Pines, American Trappist, Black Flamingos, others.

Sept. 22-23: My Chemical Romance brings its eagerly awaited reunion tour to the Prudential Center in Newark.

Sept. 25: “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.

Feb.-March 7, 2021: The Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn will present the premiere of a “reimagined” version of the Elton John and Tim Rice musical, “Aida.”


Since launching in September 2014, has become one of the most important media outlets for the Garden State arts scene. And it has always offered its content without a subscription fee, or a paywall. Its continued existence, though, depends on support from members of that scene, and the state’s arts lovers. Please consider making a contribution of $10, or any other amount, to via PayPal, or by sending a check made out to NJ Arts Daily to 11 Skytop Terrace, Montclair, NJ 07043.

Personal Info

Donation Total: $10.00