The Best New Jersey Music Festivals and Events

2017 Blue Grass, Country, Rock, Jazz, and Folk

Music Festivals

The popular 2017 New Jersey music festivals typically appear at large, destination venues, mostly outdoors. Music enthusiasts of all ages and interests can enjoy outdoor music festivals including blue grass, country, rock, jazz, folk, contemporary, and many other types of music.

The festivals range from jam sessions to multi-stage performances and can feature any where from up-coming, new breed artists to established, well known performers.

Note: This information is provided by event sponsors as a free service to our viewers. Sometimes conditions require cancellations or changes of dates, times and location which are not reflected in the original schedule. Before planning a trip to visit one of the listed events, it is suggested that you call the event sponsor to confirm the event schedule or for additional information on the event.

May 2017 North Jersey Music Festivals & Events

Hoboken Music Festival
Hoboken Spring Arts & Music Festival
Sunday, May 7, 2017; 11am to 6pm
Washington Street
Observer Highway to 7th Street
Hoboken Division of Cultural Affairs
Admission is free
Featuring over 300 artists, sculptors, photographers and crafts people with 3 stages of live performance. More than a music festival, there will be; Fine artists displaying oil paintings, watercolors, acrylics, sculpture, mixed media, photography, etc
Children’s activities with rides, games, creative activities, face painting, sand art, balloons, live performances and much, much more. Crafters displaying and selling handmade: pottery, metalwork, wood items, furniture, blown & fused glass, quilts, household items made from recycled materials, batik clothing, hand painted furniture, candles, jewelry, dried florals, soaps & lotions and other unique handcrafted items. And of course what's a Hoboken festival without food. There will be great food throughout the fair. Hoboken restaurants will set up street cafes offering an eclectic variety of international foods such as: Thai, Indian, Greek, French, Mexican, Cajun and Italian.

June 2017 North Jersey Music Festivals & Events

Crawfish Fest
28th Annual Michael Arnone's Crawfish Fest
June 2, 3, 4, 2017
The Sussex County Fairgrounds
Rt. 206 to Plains Road
Frankford, NJ
On-site Camping and camping hook-ups.3 day New Orleans Style Music, Food, and Camping Festival. Featuring the best Music and Food that Louisiana and New Orleans has to offer. Cajun, Zydeco, Delta Blues, New Orleans R&B, Brass, Gospel and Jazz on 4 Stages. This years lineup features Anders Osborne, Tab Benoit, Rebirth Brass Band, Terrance Simien & The Zydeco Experience Charles "Horn Man" Neville, Henry Butler's Jambalaya Band, Geno Delafose and French Rockin' Boogie Little Freddie King, John Papa Gros Band, Chubby Carrier and The Bayou Swamp Band (2 sets), Flow Tribe, Cabinet, Yarn, Alexis P. Suter Band, Nick Moss Band, Mason Ruffner, Darcy Malone and The Tangle John Ginty Band and Kristal A. Livingston. To really enjoy the "nor-leans" experience, you can try a taste of fresh Boiled Louisiana Crawfish trucked in alive, Crawfish Bread, Shrimp Creole, Crawfish Bread, Crawfish Pie, Alligator Sausage, Crawfish Po-boys, Jambalaya, Southern Fried Chicken and the other great dishes with a menu price of $10.00 or less per dish.
Grove in the Grove
7th Annual Groove in the Grove Songwriter Festival
June 10, 2017 from 1 to 9pm.
Vasa Park
Budd Lake
1 Vasa Drive
Hackettstown, NJ
Admission: Saturday 1 til 9:00 pm - $15 / Adult Students: $10 Children 12 and under - free
The Festival will be Rain or Shine - in case of inclement weather, all musical performances will be held in Vasa's large banquet hall.
This family friendly event features local and regional independent songwriters from the tri-state area, with a focus on original music. The venue boasts two outdoor performance stages, a large on-site play¬ground, plenty of parking and convenient bathroom facilities.
Rock, Ribs, and Ridges Festival
The Rock, Ribs & Ridges festival
June 24, 25, 2017
The Sussex County Fairgrounds
37 Plains Road
Augusta, NJ
This weekend event features an outdoor concert with great Southern and classic rock music, a fanatic BBQ, and craft beers. The featured performers include: Farmer Phil Band, The Steppin' Stones,, Marshall Tucker Band, Charlie Daniels Band, Molly Hatchet, Outlaws, Blackberry Smoke, and more
The delicious barbecue is prepared regional chefs and award-winning competitive rib teams. Campers are welcomed with the campgrounds only a 3-minute walk from the festival. On Friday and Saturday evenings there is a special "Campers Only" concert on the main stage starting at 9:45pm.

July 2017 North Jersey Music Festivals & Events

Black Potatoe Music Festival
The 20th Annual Black Potatoe Music Festival
 July 14 - 16. 2017
Red Mill Museum Village
56 Main St
Clinton, NJ
This event features over 40 bands performing on two stages. The festivals promotes independent national, regional and local music performers with little regard to industry trends  ring your low-back lawn chairs, blankets, sunscreen, personal point and shoot cameras and umbrellas (just in case – it is a rain or shine event) The box office opens at the same time as gates. Visit the webite e page for exact times of each artist's sets and days of performance.
Saturday and Sunday, July 8 and 9, 2017
From noon to 9 pm
Memorial Park
Dunnell Rd.and Jefferson Avenue
Maplewood, NJ
A two day family festival celebrating of community music and art. the event feature local music from more than 20 performers and arts put on by friends and neighbors of Maplewood. The event also includes art, collectibles, crafts, clothes, provided by local artists and merchants, food from many local food vendors. For kids there is a Kidzone with bouncy rides, face painting, arts and crafts, and ice cream.

Somerset Folk Harp Festival
he Somerset Folk Harp Festival
July 20 - 23, 2017
Hilton Parsippany
1 Hilton Court
Parsippany NJ
This event features a 4-day conference celebrating the diversity of music, talent and experience of the folk harp world. The festival is of interest to a variety of people come to enjoy a particular style or type of music, solidify some specific skills, or try out something new --- with over 100 workshops and over 28 presenters to choose from. A highlight of the festivals are the inspirational daily concerts.
Lincoln Park Music Festival
12th Annual Lincoln Park Music Festival
July 28 to July 30, 2017
Lincoln Park
1035 – 1071 Broad Street
Newark, NJ
The festival is a Celebration of Spirit and Dance - is a cultural ambassador and signature event in the City of Newark. The music includes a range of entertainers performing a wide range of musical forms including Jazz, Gospel, House and Hip Hop and sounds from the African Diaspora. There will be a Youth performance showcase, green vendors, arts and craft vendors; local restaurants, organic farmers markets produce, and a health and wellness pavilion. For kids, the Festival will offer games, storytelling, golf clinics, skateboard clinics and a host of family oriented activities. LPMF is part of the economic development activities led by Lincoln Park Coast Cultural District (LPCCD) in Newark, New Jersey’s historic Lincoln Park section. The Festival annually has an economic impact of over 5 million dollars. Dedicated to revitalizing the area, LPCCD provides this free event in celebration of the spirit of the community.
Quick Check Balloon Festival
The Quick Chek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning
Friday - Sunday, July 28 - 30, 2017
Solberg Airport
39 Thor Solberg Road
Whitehouse Station, NJ
Website (Events Schedule & Tickets)

One of the largest summertime hot air balloon and music festival in North America. Features twice daily mass ascensions of up to 125 special shape and sport hot air balloons, headlining music concerts, continuous family entertainment, crafters and vendors, food, and a balloon glow. The concerts feature top performersfor each of the three nights. Fireworks are at dusk on Friday evening,

August 2017 North Jersey Music Festivals & Events

Montclair Jazz Festival
Montclair Jazz Festival
Saturday, August 12, 2017; Noon - 9:00PM (rain or Shine)
Nishuane Park
205 Claremont Avenue
Montclair, NJ
Admission: Free
The annual Montclair Jazz Festival is the biggest single one-day event in Montclair! This family music festival features original American cultural tradition Jazz! No tickets required! Bring folding chairs or a picnic blanket and enjoy the music.

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Central Jersey Music Festivals

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