The best Central Jersey music festivals typically appear at large, destination venues, mostly outdoors, and at indoor live music venues. Music enthusiasts of all ages and interests can enjoy blue grass, country, rock, jazz, folk, contemporary, indie, 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.
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Light of Day Winterfest
January 15, 16, 16, 17, 19, 25, 2020
Asbury Park, New Jersey
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The 20th annual Light of Day Winterfest, which raises funds and awareness in the fight against Parkinson's and related diseases, features many top performers. This years performers include Joe Grushecky and the Houserockers, Vini "Mad Dog" Lopez of the E Street Band, Willie Nile, James Maddock, Anthony Krizan of the Spin Doctors, Jesse Malin, Guy Davis and more.
The perfrormers will appear at multiple Asbury Park venues including: Paramount Theatre, The Stone Pony, House of Independents, Wonder Bar, Tim McLoone's Supper Club, Langosta Lounge, The Asbury Hotel, The Saint, Silverball Museum Arcade, Tim's House, Berkeley Hotel Blue Bar, and the Watermark.
Asbury Park Music & Film Festival
April 23 - 26, 2020
The Paramount Theatre
and other local venues
Asbury Park, NJ 07712
This annual event features musical performances, film screenings and panel discussions.
The Festival has already welcomed many music and film heavyweights which include Bruce Springsteen, Danny DeVito, Wyclef Jean, The Farrelly Brothers, David Crosby, Cameron Crowe, Don Cheadle, John Densmore, Stevie Van Zandt, Jakob Dylan (The Wallflowers), Tracy Edwards (Maiden documentary), Robert Trujillo (Metallica), Warren Haynes, Michael Franti and Cat Power.
In the coming months announcements will be made on the Festival's official website. APMFF will benefit underserved children in Asbury Park and its surrounding areas by providing music education, instruments and social connection opportunities.
Proceeds from this event will benefit underserved children in Asbury Park, specifically three programs including Hope Academy, The Hip Hop Institute, and the Asbury Park Summer Recreation Music Camp.
Annual New Jersey Folk Festival
Saturday April 25, 2020
A family friendly one day folk festival featuring three stages of music, dancing, craft vendors, children's activities, and food. The 2020 theme is Oaxaca! Oaxacan culture, which originates in México, is deeply rooted in New Jersey, and The New Jersey Folk Festival will explore and appreciate its significance!
Night Nation Running Musical Festival
August 29, 2020; 8pm - 10:30pm
Old Bridge Township Raceway Park
230 Pension Road
Englishtown, New Jersey 07726
Website/ Tickets Use coupon code PARTY to save on tickets!
The Night Nation Run is the World's first Running Music Festival! An ultimate blend of a Music Festival and a Fun Run. Experience a music filled course with Live DJs, Bubble Zones, Light Shows, Neon and Black Lights!
Cross the finish line into an Epic Main Stage After Party featuring Top Headliner DJ's!
The Night Nation Run is proud to support Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) as their official charity. Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) is a groundbreaking initiative created to accelerate innovative cancer research that will get new therapies to patients quickly and save lives now.
September 19, 20, 2020; Doors open 12:30pm
North Beach & Bradley Park
Asbury Park, NJ
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Sea.Hear.Now is committed to raising awareness about the issues facing our ocean environment, including the global plastic waste crisis and climate change.
Two days featuring over 25 performances on three stages, all on the gorgeous Asbury Park Waterfront. The event features music, surf culture and arts festival features over 25 performances, food from regional and local restaurants including vegan, vegetarian & gluten-free options, specialty items from dozens of art vendors with giveaways with Bars & concessions throughout the park and beach Water stations with free refills. The lineup for the festival is decidedly rock-heavy with alt-rockers Incubus and folksy surfer dude Jack Johnson headlining the two days, which will feature three stages -- two on the beach just north of Convention Hall and one in nearby Bradley Park -- and more than two-dozen of bands.
4th Annual Jazz & Blues Street Fest
Sunday, October 11th, 2020; from 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Downtown, Freehold, NJ
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This event takes place on West Main Street between Court Street and Throckmorton Street in Downtown Freehold. featuring talented and well-known musicians from the Tri-State Area and beyond. Many vendors are participating with a variety of items from hand rolled cigars being made in front of you to hand crafted jewelry made from sea glass, metal, gem stone, etc. We will also feature vendors with t-shirts, clothing, handmade dog biscuits, soaps, honey & more.