The Best New Jersey Music Festivals and Events
2017 Blue Grass, Country, Rock, Jazz, and Folk
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.
festivals range from jam sessions to multi-stage performances and can
feature any where from up-coming, new breed artists to established, well
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 Spring Arts & Music Festival
Sunday, May 7, 2017; 11am to 6pm
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
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.
Bourbon Street Blues Fest
Saturday, May 20th & Sunday May 21st, 2017
The Fields at Waterloo
Allamuchy Mountain State Park
3 Kinney Road
In response to an increase in popularity and notoriety over the years, The Bourbon Street Blues Fest will be moved to it's new home at Allamuchy Mountain State Park.
This year's Headliners are Robert Cray and Kenny Wayne Sheperdu.
Food and beverages including beer will be sold. Tailgating and coolers are prohibited.
June 2017 North Jersey Music Festivals & Events
28th Annual Michael Arnone's Crawfish Fest
June 2, 3, 4, 2017
The Sussex County Fairgrounds
Rt. 206 to Plains Road
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.
7th Annual Groove in the Grove Songwriter Festival
June 10, 2017 from 1 to 9pm.
1 Vasa Drive
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.
The Rock, Ribs & Ridges festival
June 24, 25, 2017
The Sussex County Fairgrounds
37 Plains Road
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.
Giralda Music & Arts Festival
Sunday, June 25, 2017; Gates open at 4pm for activities and picnics, The concert starts at 6pm.
( rain or shine see below*)
Dodge Drive/Madison Ave. (Rt. 124)
Website and Tickets
(973) 285-5115, ext. 18
This event features the state's top orchestra performing in a relaxed setting on the beautiful lawns of former Geraldine Rockefeller Dodge estate. In addition you will have the opportunity to see (and purchase) original artworks, enjoy family/children's arts activities, indulge your ice cream cravings at the fully stocked antique ice cream truck or just picnic with friends and family. * Rain site is held at Mennen Arena 161 E. Hanover Avenue, Morristown, NJ. Doors open at 4pm
July 2017 North Jersey Music Festivals & Events
The 20th Annual Black Potatoe Music Festival
July 14 - 16. 2017
Red Mill Museum Village
56 Main St
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
Dunnell Rd.and Jefferson Avenue
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.
he Somerset Folk Harp Festival
July 20 - 23, 2017
1 Hilton Court
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.
12th Annual Lincoln Park Music Festival
July 28 to July 30, 2017
1035 – 1071 Broad Street
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.
The Quick Chek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning
Friday - Sunday, July 28 - 30, 2017
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
Saturday, August 12, 2017; Noon - 9:00PM (rain or Shine)
205 Claremont Avenue
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.
Canal Day Festival
August 19, 2017 (Rain or Shine)
Hugh Force Canal Park
170 West Central Ave.
An old time country fair that celebrates the Morris Canal and its contributions to the development of the communities along its banks. Come to a day of free family fun featuring a craft show, great food, educational events and enjoy a day of listening to a wide variety of musical entertainers. Musical performances from New Jersey’s best artists will feature Rock, Blues, Country, Classical as well as traditional and contemporary Irish Folk Music. performing on two stages. Learn about local history by taking a guided Morris Canal walking tour provided by the Canal Society of NJ. Experience life on the Morris Canal first hand by traveling down the canal on a free boat ride or prove your prowess by paddling a kayak. Fireworks festivities & display at Robert Street Park beginning at 7:00 PM Admission is Free
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