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Central Jersey Music Festivals, Concerts at Live Music Venues

Central Jersey Music Festivals

Discover The Best Central Jersey Music Festivals At Live Venues. Uncover Concerts with Blue Grass, Country, Rock, Jazz, and Folk.

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.

State of NJ

COVID-19 executive orders in effect apply to large outdoor public gatherings such as concerts, festivals, and fireworks, and are limited to 500 persons.
Indoor public gatherings are limited to 25% capacity with a maximum of 25 persons, whichever number is lower.  Restaurants are open for outdoor dining only.

With near term cancellations occurring at a rapid rate, and despite trying to remove them as soon as we learn of the cancellations or restrictions, we  recommend viewers contact the event sponsors before heading out to a listed event to confirm their status.

Multi-date Central Jersey Music Festivals & Events

Asbury Park Music Mondays
Every Monday from July 13th through August 17th, 2020 with a final show on Tuesday, August 25th)
Springwood Park
Springwood Avenue
Between Atkins and Union Avenues
Asbury Park, NJ
Web Site/schedule
The series features diverse musical styles with a broad appeal to all of the Asbury Park community. All shows begin with a half hour opening performance beginning at 6pm. Headliners take the stage at 7pm. There is FREE parking surrounding the park but is also easily accessible by bike or walking. This is a park so bring a blanket or lawn chair for seating or your dancing shoes! This year they are sharing the park with a farmer's market courtesy of Community Greenmarket Organizers and Kula Cafe will have a special To Go Menu and outdoor cafe seating on Atkins Avenue next to the park.
Please practice social distancing, masks must be worn outside when social distancing is not possible.

Monday Evening Boardwalk Concerts
Seaside Heights Boardwalk Entertainment
Franklin Avenue Stage
Seaside Heights, NJ
Free Admission
July 13 Stiletto & Sax; July 20 Billy Wilkins; July 27 Kevin Brown; August 3 October Rose; August 10 Jukebox Legends; August 17 TBA & August 24 Billy Wilkins
Musical Performances start at 7pm on the Franklin Avenue Stage. Please bring your own beach chairs if you care to sit.

Asbury Park Rooftop Music Documentary Series
August 5, 12, 19, 26, 2020; Doors open at 7:00pm and movies start at sunset.
Asbury Hotel
210 5th Avenue
Asbury Park, NJ
Tickets are $10 for the screenings with the exception of All I Can Say, on August 12th, which is $15
Screenings take place on the Baronet, a 4,300 square foot rooftop space on the 6th floor of the hotel with magnificent views over Asbury Park and the Atlantic Ocean. During the evening the Baronet turns into an outdoor modern 'carless' Drive, socially-distanced, rooftop movie theater.
Chairs are first-come, first-serve, and can be limited on busy movie nights. They encourage guests to bring their own beach chairs and blankets. A concession stand with snacks and canned soda, wine, beer, and cocktails available for purchase. Credit Card only.
The schedule for the special Ducumenty Music Series:
August 5 - Joan Jett: Bad Reputation. A journey through Joan Jett's life and career, from her early years as founder of "The Runaways" and first collaborations with Kenny Laguna to her status as rock icon.
August 12 - All I Can Say. Shannon Hoon, lead singer of the rock band Blind Melon, filmed himself religiously from 1990-1995 with a video camera, recording up until a few hours before his sudden death at the age of twenty-eight.
August 19 - End of the Century: The Story of The Ramones. Joey, Johnny and Dee Dee -- better known as The Ramones -- changed the course of rock history with their rebellious punk ethos and minimalist approach to songwriting, and in the process became counterculture icons.
August 26 - Amy. Archival footage and personal testimonials present an intimate portrait of the life and career of British singer/songwriter Amy Winehouse.

Brick's Summerfest Concert Series w/ Fireworks
Summerfest will be held on four Thursdays in August, 2020, each concert event will be folloed by fireworks. A food court and beer and wine garden for guests ages 21 and over will be available for each concert.
Windward Beach Prk
265 Princeton Ave.
Brick, NJ
Concerts with Fireworks schedule:
Thursday, August 6 – Super Trans Am
Thursday, August 13 – Tribute to the 80's & 90's
Thursday, August 20 – The Amish Outlaws
Thursday, August 27 – The Nerds

July 2020 Central Jersey Music Festivals & Events

Live Drive-in Concert - Country Music Night with 2 Bands
Friday, July 31, 2020: 6:30 PM – 11:00 PM
The Estate at Monroe
1351 N Black Horse Pike
Monroe Township, NJ
Cost: $20/patron in a vehicle, or $60/Car for a Cars only Parking Spot - Tailgate area (10'x20'
This drive-in concert tkes place on the griunds of the Estate at Monroe with a cool stage/video screen set up, featuring a live band and a DJ.
It's BYOB, with concessions, and bathrooms availble.
The performers include Triple Rail Turn a unique collection of musicians from varying backgrounds with a huge repertoire, and tons of fans following them up and down the east,
And the Lets Ride Country Band a kick ass band playing modern country songs including songs by Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Rascal Flatts and many more!

August 2020 Central Jersey Music Festivals & Events

Live Drive-in Concert - The Don't Call Me Francis Band
Saturday, August 1, 2020: 6:30 PM – 11:00 PM
The Estate at Monroe
1351 N Black Horse Pike
Monroe Township, NJ
Cost: $20/patron in a vehicle, or $60/Car for a Cars only Parking Spot - Tailgate area (10'x20'
This drive-in concert tkes place on the griunds of the Estate at Monroe with a cool stage/video screen set up, featuring a live band and a DJ.
It's BYOB, with concessions, and bathrooms availble.
The Don't Call Me Francis Band boasts a lineup of musicians whose credits include performances with Tower of Power, Blood, Sweat and Tears, Pretty Poison, Michael Bolton, Paula Abdul, Robert Hazard, Chicago, K.C. and the Sunshine Band, Gloria Estefan, the Stylistics and more.

Clearwater Ferstival
New Jersey Friends of Clearwater Festival
August 15, 16, 2020; Saturday: 11am - 7pm; Sunday: 11am - 5pm
Riverside Gardens Park
West Front Street
Red Bank, NJ
Free event
Join in the celebration of the 100th anniversary of Pete Seegers birth. For "The Love of Pete"
Top Name Local & International Performers! on Three Stages.

Hi-Tide Summer Holiday Music Festival
Hi-Tide Summer Holiday: Asbury Park for 2020
August 21 - 23, 2020
Asbury Lanes & The Asbury Hotel
Asbury Park, NJ
Website (Line-up & tickets)
Attendees get to enjoy a weekend of Surf Music, Tiki Cocktails, Pool Parties, Record Hops,Seminars & more

Live Drive-in Concert - Stealing Savanah
Friday, August 21, 2020: 6:30 PM – 11:00 PM
The Estate at Monroe
1351 N Black Horse Pike
Monroe Township, NJ
Cost: $20/patron in a vehicle, or $60/Car for a Cars only Parking Spot - Tailgate area (10'x20'
This drive-in concert tkes place on the griunds of the Estate at Monroe with a cool stage/video screen set up, featuring a live band and a DJ.
It's BYOB, with concessions, and bathrooms availble.
Stealing Savanah is a 5-piece band hailing from southern New Jersey, that performs over 200 shows per year all over the country.

The Front Bottoms- Drive-in Concert
Thursday, August 27, 2020; @ 7pm
Monmouth Park
Oceanport, NJ
Tickets: ($160 per vehicle, $199 / $250 gold circle) go on sale this Friday, July 24 at 10am exclusively via --- A maximum of four (4) occupants will be permitted per vehicle.
This New Jersey Band, comprised of guitarist/vocalist Brian Sella and drummer Mathew Uychich, have toured around the world and can be heard on Alternative Radios. Going Grey is highlighted by a string of celebrated singles, among them "Vacation Town," "Everyone But You," and "Raining,
The Front Bottoms' new album, In Sickness & In Flames, will be available August 21.
Vehicles will be spaced approximately 9' apart. Windows may remain open at this distance. Cars will park in a staggered fashion to achieve spacing and best visibility. Patrons must remain inside their vehicle cabins. Patrons may only leave their vehicles only to use restrooms, and will be required to wear masks and maintain social distancing. Portable, single-stall restrooms will be cleaned between patrons.

September 2020 Central Jersey Music Festivals & Events

Jersey Shore Festival
Jersey Shore Festival
September 11 - 12, 2020.: (rain or shine)
Seaside Heights, NJ
Website (Information and line-up)
(732) 203-7787
This event features performances by over 150 artists from around the world. Aside from the music, the Jersey Shore festival also includes activities that are fun the for whole family including BMX and Skate Shows, Motocross Shows, Ford Car show, Pro's vs. Heroes Charity Flag Football Game, Free Monster Truck Rides, Food Trucks, the JSF Vendor Village, and more.

Central Jersey Jazz Festival
Central Jersey Jazz Festival
September 11, 12, 13, 2020; 6:00pm — 10:00pm
at three venues
Website/Schedule of performers
Free to the public
Experience the Sounds of Today's Best Live Jazz at 3 Outdoor Venues in Central Jersey: Flemington, New Brunswick, and Somerville

Rock the Farm Festival
7th Annual Rock the Farm Festival
Saturday, September 26, 2020; Noon - 10pm (rain or shine)
Grant Avenue
Seaside Heights, NJ
Cost: $25 to $150
Website- Tickets & Line-up
Rock the Farm is a premier family friendly music festival, featuring 10 hours of world class music across two stages, with a family-friendly kid-zone, Beer & wine garden, craft vendors, food trucks, games, and the infamous foam dance party.
All proceeds from the festival benefit CFC Loud n Clear Foundation, an organization that promotes positive life choices by aiding drug recovery efforts. CFC has been featured on CBS, NBC, Fox, NJ 101.5, and so much more. CFC has assisted over 7,500 families since conception in 2012.

October 2020 Central Jersey Music Festivals & Events

Freehold Jazz and Blues Festival
4th Annual Jazz & Blues Street Fest
Sunday, October 11th, 2020; from 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Main St.
Downtown, Freehold, NJ
Website - Line-up
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.

September 2020 Central Jersey Music Festivals & Events

Sea Hear Now Music Fest
Sea.Hear.Now Festival
September 18, 19, 2021; Doors open 12:30pm
North Beach & Bradley Park
Asbury Park, NJ
Website & Tickets
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, featured performers include Pearl Jam and the Avett Brothers'. They will have three stages -- two on the beach just north of Convention Hall and one in nearby Bradley Park -- and more than two-dozen of bands.

Upcoming Ticketed Events - Central Jersey Live Music Venues

Asbury Lanes - Asbury Park, NJ

House of Independents - Asbury Park, NJ

PNC Bank Arts Center - Holmdel, NJ

Starland Ballroom - Sayreville, NJ

Stone Pony - Asbury Park, NJ

Wonder Bar - Asbury Park, NJ

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