This list of major arts events scheduled for New Jersey will be constantly updated throughout the year, as new events are announced.
Through June 3: “Turning Off the Morning News” at Berlind Theatre at McCarter Theatre Center, Princeton. This will be the world premiere of a play by Christopher Durang, whose Tony-winning “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” premiered at the McCarter in 2012. “Turning Off the Morning News” is a “black comedy (that) exposes the mayhem of contemporary family life in a time of alternative facts, nonstop streaming news, and social media saturation,” according to a description on the McCarter web site.
June 1-3: Crawfish Fest with Taj Mahal, Tab Benoit, Jon Cleary, Samantha Fish, George Porter Jr. and The Runnin’ Pardners, Marcia Ball, Bonerama, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Amanda Shaw and The Cute Guys, Ryan Montbleau, Brandon “Taz” Niederauer, Jeffery Broussard and The Creole Cowboys, Jumpin’ Johnny Sansone, Brother Joscephus and The Love Revolution, The Matt Angus Thing, Zydeco Revelators, Jenny and The Felines, others at Sussex County Fairgrounds, Augusta.
June 10: Kendrick Lamar and Lil Wayne co-headline radio station Hot 97’s annual Summer Jam concert at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, also featuring A$AP Ferg, Meek Mill, Tory Lanez, Swizz Beatz & Friends, Remy Ma, Rich the Kid and many others.
June 22-24: Rockland-Bergen Music Festival at German Masonic Park, Tappan, N.Y. Artists TBA.
June 23-24: Travis Tritt, The Outlaws, Foghat, Poco and The Weight Band will be among the performers at the Rock, Ribs and Ridges festival at the Sussex County Fairgrounds in Augusta.
July 12-15: Black Potatoe Music Festival at Red Mill Museum, Clinton. Artists TBA.
July 13: The 24th and final Warped Tour comes to the BB&T Pavilion in Camden.
July 14: The 24th and final Warped Tour comes to the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel.
July 20-22: Taylor Swift brings her Reputation Stadium Tour to MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, with Camila Cabello and Charli XCX opening.
July 27-29: XPoNential Music Festival at BB&T Pavilion and Wiggins Park, Camden. With David Byrne, The War on Drugs, Sturgill Simpson, Bermuda Triangle (featuring Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes), Josh Ritter, Femi Kuti & The Positive Force, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Sylvan Esso, The Lone Bellow, Margo Price, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, J.D. McPherson, Swift Technique, others.
Aug. 2: Superstar spouses Beyoncé and Jay-Z will bring their second tour together, OTR II, to MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford.
Aug. 31 and Sept. 1-2: Delaware Valley Bluegrass Festival at Salem County Fair Grounds, Woodstown. With Earls of Leicester, Hot Rize, Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, Suzy Bogguss, Seldom Scene, Dom Flemons, Sister Sadie, others.
Sept. 15: Paul Simon will present one of the last shows of his farewell tour at the Prudential Center in Newark.
Sept. 21-22: Ed Sheeran brings his first stadium tour to MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford.
Sept. 26: The Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience tour will bring videos and live orchestral music from the popular HBO series to the Prudential Center in Newark.
Oct. 18-21: The country’s largest poetry event this year will be the 31st biennial Dodge Poetry Festival, taking place at NJPAC and other Newark venues.
Nov. 2-4, 9-11 and 16-18: Broadway’s original “Annie,” Andrea McArdle, returns to the play, but in the role of the evil orphanage owner Miss Hannigan, at the Axelrod Performing Arts Center in Deal.
March 2: Elton John brings his final tour, titled Farewell Yellow Brick Road, to the Prudential Center in Newark.
April 4-May 5: “Benny & Joon,” a musical based on the 1993 film that co-starred Johnny Depp and Mary Stuart Masterson, will make its East Coast premiere at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn.