The Best Central Jersey Music Festivals

2018 Blue Grass, Country, Rock, Jazz, and Folk Music Festivals

Central Jersey Music Festivals

The 2018 Central 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.

Multi-date Central Jersey Music Festivals & Events

Music Mondays in Springwood Park
Every Monday from June 25th through August 27th, 2018 (final show is a Tuesday) starting at 6pm.
Springwood Park
Springwood Avenue
Between Atkins and Union Avenues
Asbury Park, NJ
Web Site
Contact: Jeri Houseworth, Phone: 732-598-1083, Email:
The series features diverse musical styles with a broad appeal to all of the Asbury Park community.

The Asbury Park Concert Band
Every Thursday evening at 7:00PM next to McLoone's on the boardwalk.. The band offers a varied musical selection from marches, classical, jazz, dixieland, opera, and big band to Broadway. Several concerts each year feature students from Monmouth County schools who perform along with the professional musicians. These popular shows provide students from middle to high school age a chance to fine tune their skills and experience performing in a professional setting. Donations to support this program are appreciated.

April 2018 Central Jersey Music Festivals & Events

Asbury Park Music & Film Festival
Asbury Park Music & Film Festival
April 27, 28, 29, 2018
The Paramount Theatre
The Stone Pony
The Wonder Bar
House of Independents
Asbury Park, NJ 07712
This event explores and celebrates a single, and perhaps the most dramatic, aspect of cinema…the role of music in film. Performers include: Bobby Bandiera & Friends, Patrick Davis & His Midnight Choir, Lakehouse Music Kids, Built To Spill, and more, with film's at this year's festival including: "Long Strange Trip: The Untold Story of the Grateful Dead," Break On Thru: A Celebration of Ray Manzarek and The Doors,"
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.
Newe Jersey Folk Festival
Annual New Jersey Folk Festival
April 28, 2018
Douglass Campus
Rutgers University
New Brunswick

A family friendly one day folk festival featuring three stages of music, dancing, craft vendors, children's activities, and food.This years theme will be Native Americans in New Jersey.

May 2018 Central Jersey Music Festivals & Events

2nd Annual Jazz & Blues Street Fest
Sunday, May 6, 2018, at 12 PM - 7 PM
Main St.
Downtown, Freehold, NJ
Facebook page
Band lineup includes The Chuck Lambert Band, The Shady Street Show Band and more to be announced soon

Country Megaticket
2018 Country Megaticket
Friday, May 18, 2018
PNC Bank Arts Center
Holmdel, NJ
This summer event at the PNC Arts Center features some of the biggest country artists under one billing.

June 2018 Central Jersey Music Festivals & Events

Princeton Festival
The Princeton Festival
June 9 - July 1, 2018
Website & Tickets
The Princeton Festival is a non-profit performing arts organization which presents opera, musical theater, jazz, chamber music and other events in the month of June at venues in and around Princeton, NJ. The festival features three weeks of orchestral, chamber, instrumental, choral, early and world music, jazz and interpretive dance performances. The piano competition is always a major highlight and there's plenty of extras to boost your musical knowledge from workshops to free film screenings, book circles to lectures.

Sourlands Music Festival
Sourland Music Festival
June 23, 2018
"The Polo Field"
Hillsborough Golf & Country Club
146 Wertsville Road
Hillsborough, NJ
Website (Line-up & tickets)
This family music festival features great music, local food, and a spectacular view in the heart of the Sourland Mountain Preserve. The music lineup includes blues, folk, jazz, and rock. Attendees also get to enjoy the on-site beer & wine garden with a good selection of draft beers, and local food trucks.
Proceeds from the event go to the Sourland Conservancy, a local non-profit dedicated to protecting the Sourland Mountain Region.
Bring a lawn chair, a blanket, some sun screen, and your sunglasses.

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