This list of major arts events scheduled for New Jersey will be constantly updated throughout the year, as new events are announced.
Through 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.
April 25-28: Asbury Park Music and Film Festival, with participants including The Farrelly Brothers, David Crosby, Cameron Crowe, Gary U.S. Bonds, Jakob Dylan and many others.
April 27: New Jersey Folk Festival at Rutgers University, New Brunswick.
May 3-12: New Jersey’s leading film festival, the Montclair Film Festival, brings dozens of screenings and special events to various Montclair venues. Participants will include Mindy Kaling, Stephen Colbert and Nicholas Hoult.
May 5: Hoboken’s free, annual Spring Arts and Music Festival takes place on the city’s main drag, Washington Street. Buster Poindexter headlines.
May 11: This year’s edition of the annual McDonald’s Gospelfest, taking place at the Prudential Center in Newark, will feature Yolanda Adams, Bishop Hezekiah Walker, Shirley Caesar, Tamar Braxton and Fred Hammond, a tribute to the late Aretha Franklin, and more.
May 31-June 2: The 30th annual Crawfish Fest takes place at the Sussex County Fairgrounds in Augusta, with Aaron Neville, The Marcus King Band, The Rebirth Brass Band, Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience, Cowboy Mouth, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Walter “Wolfman” Washington and many others.
June 2: The summer’s biggest hip-hop show, anywhere, takes place at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford on this date, with radio station Hot 97’s annual Summer Jam. Performers will include Cardi B, Meek Mill, Migos, Tory Lanez, A Boogie Wit da Hoodie and many others.
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 and The Beach Boys and other attractions.
July 28: Hootie & the Blowfish’s reunion tour stops at the BB&T Pavilion in Camden, with Barenaked Ladies opening.
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. 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.
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