This list of major arts events scheduled for New Jersey will be constantly updated throughout the year, as new events are announced.
Through Nov. 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.
Through Nov. 18: The TD James Moody Jazz Festival takes place at NJPAC and other Newark venues, with performances by Dianne Reeves, Gregory Porter, Marcus Miller, David Sanborn, Lalah Hathaway, the Count Basie Orchestra, Sheila E., Eddie Palmieri, Tito Rojas, the Christian McBride Big Band and more.
Dec. 1: NJPAC in Newark will present “An Evening With Stephen Colbert and Meryl Streep” as a fundraiser for Montclair film.
Jan. 29-Feb. 24: The George Street Playhouse in New Brunswick will mount a world premiere production of “Little Girl Blue — The Nina Simone Musical.”
March 1: Rapper Snoop Dogg will star in a play — yes, a play, titled “Redemption of a Dogg” — at Prudential Hall at NJPAC in Newark.
March 2: Elton John brings his final tour, titled Farewell Yellow Brick Road, to the Prudential Center in Newark.
March 29-31: The long-running Fest for Beatles Fans, a celebration of all things Fab, presents its 2019 edition at the Hyatt Regency in Jersey City.
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.
April 12-14: Pianist Chick Corea’s Trilogy, featuring bassist Christian McBride and drummer Brian Blade, will be one of the headliners at the Spring 2019 edition of the biannual Exit 0 Jazz Festival, taking place in Cape May.
May 2: The Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown presents “A Conversation with Linda Ronstadt,” described as a “a multi-media journey through her life, featuring the iconic singer’s personal recounting of her career, assisted by videos, rare personal photos and music.” Ronstadt will not sing but will participate in a question-and-answer session.
May 3-12: New Jersey’s leading film festival, the Montclair Film Festival, brings dozens of screenings and special events to various Montclair venues.
May 31-June 2: The 30th annual Crawfish Fest takes place at the Sussex County Fairgrounds in Augusta, with The Rebirth Brass Band, Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience, Cowboy Mouth, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Walter “Wolfman” Washington 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.
July 12-14: The 23rd annual Black Potatoe Music Festival takes place at the Red Mill Museum in Clinton. Artists TBA.
Sept. 21-22: The second annual Sea.Hear.Now Festival comes to Asbury Park, with artists TBA.