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Matchbox Twenty will perform at The Prudential Center in Newark, June 27, as part of the North to Shore Festival.

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

Through June 23: The North to Shore Festival will take place at various Atlantic City venues — with The B-52’s, Barenaked Ladies, Prince Royce & Wisin, Frankie Valli and others — after a week in Asbury Park and before a week in Newark.

Through June 23: Barefoot Country Music Fest, Wildwood.

Through June 30: The North to Shore Festival takes place at various Newark venues after a week in Asbury Park and a week in Atlantic City.

June 28-30: Rock, Ribs & Ridges Festival at Sussex County Fairgrounds, Augusta. With Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes, Larkin Poe, Blackberry Smoke, The Outlaws, Molly Hatchet, The Artimus Pyle Band and others.

June 30: Outlaw Music Festival with Willie Nelson & Family, Bob Dylan, Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, and Celisse, at PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel.

July 4: Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic with Bob Dylan, Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, Maren Morris, Mavis Staples and Celisse, at Freedom Mortgage Pavilion, Camden.

July 4: Wyclef Jean, Fat Joe and DJ Funk Flex will give a free concert, followed by fireworks, at the Hudson River waterfront in Jersey City.

July 13-14: Maplewoodstock at Memorial Park, Maplewood. With Remember Jones, Daniel Donato, Tia Holt, Nation Beat, DJ Prince Hakim, others.

Aug. 30-31 and Sept. 1: Delaware Valley Bluegrass Festival at Salem County Fairgrounds, Woodstown. With Del McCoury Band, Po’ Ramblin’ Boys, Danny Paisley, Asleep at the Wheel, Gibson Brothers, The Seldom Scene, others.

Sept. 14: Morristown Jazz and Blues Festival at Morristown Green. With Joanne Shaw Taylor, Louis Prima Jr. & the Witnesses, LaBamba’s Rock ‘n R&B Big Band, U.S. Navy Band Commodores, The Hot Sardines.

Sept. 14: Montclair Jazz Festival. “Downtown Jamboree” with Lisa Fischer, Christian McBride, Steve Turre, Jerome Jennings, Edmar Castañeda, Brianna Thomas, others.

Sept. 14-15: Sea.Hear.Now festival, Asbury Park. With Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, Noah Kahan, The Black Crowes, The Gaslight Anthem, The Trey Anastasio Band, 311, Norah Jones, Kool & the Gang, Gogol Bordello, The Revivalists, The Hives, Grace Potter, The Robert Randolph Band, Larkin Poe, others.

Sept. 20-22: XPoNential Music Festival at Wiggins Park, Camden. With The Walkmen, Rosanne Cash, Guster, Trampled by Turtles, Greensky Bluegrass, Phosphorescent, Pete Yorn, Jade Bird, George Porter Jr. & Runnin’ Pardners, Blondshell, Bully, The Heavy Heavy, Julia Pratt, others.

Oct. 18-27: The 13th edition of the state’s largest film festival, The Montclair Film Festival, takes place at various locations.

Oct. 25-27: Exit Zero Jazz Festival, Cape May. With Christian McBridge & Ursa Major, Dee Dee Bridgewater & Bill Charlap, Keyon Harrold presents Foreverland, Lakecia Benjamin & Phoenix, Nduduzo Makhathini, The Cookers, Brian Betz & Behn Gillece, others.

May 30-31 and June 1, 2025: Crawfish Fest at Sussex County Fairgrounds, Augusta. Lineup TBA.


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