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.

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Multi-Date, Central Jersey Family Festivals and Events

The Vogel Summer Concert Series
Beginning May 12, running until August 26, 2021
Bell Works (101 Crawfords Corner Rd, Holmdel)
& Arthur Pryor Bandshell (1200 Ocean Avenue, Asbury Park)
On-line Schedule & Tickets Tickets start at $45. VIP tables for four available in Asbury Park only. 
Or call the axelrod arts center. 732-531-9106, ext 14
The Axelrod Performing Arts Center in collaboration with Madison Marquette and Bell Works presents the Vogel Summer Concert Series, taking place in two fantastic outdoor venues: the newly restored Arthur Pryor Bandshell on the Asbury Park Boardwalk and the scenic rooftop deck atop Bell Works in Holmdel.
The series takes place every other week, beginning May 12, mostly on Wednesdays in Asbury Park and Thursdays in Holmdel. Show times are 5:30 PM and 8 PM for most shows.
Limited socially distant seating at both venues. Full bar and food menu available, furnished by the Iron Whale in Asbury Park and Bar Bellà at Bell Works.

Summer 2021 Free Concert Series
Long Branch, NJ
The concert series includes several programs:performing on Sundays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays during the summer of 2021 from June 6th to until September 2nd, 2021 @7pm.

Asbury Park Concert Band – Thursdays on the Boardwalk
During the summer, every Thursday evening in July and August, 2021 at 7:00 PM in Bradley Park across from Convwention Hall, .
Website/ Schedule

Basie Center's Concerts On the Green
Historic Suneagles Golf Club
Tinton Avenue
Fort Monmouth
Eatontown, NJ
Price: $39–$89
An outdoor, socially-distanced concert series
All Concert tickets include a pre-show dinner reservation.
Schedule & Tickets:

Downtown Freehold "Thursdays Rock" concerts
Thursday evenings beginning June 3rd through August, 26th, 2021: from 7:30-9 p.m.
Hall of Records plaza
Main Street.
Freehold, NJ
Admission to the concerts is free.

August 2021 Central Jersey Music Festivals & Events 

Live and Local Music Festival at Monmouth Park
Live and Local Music Festival at Monmouth Park
Saturday, August 21 2021: 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Monmouth Park Racetrack
175 Oceanport Ave,\
Oceanport, NJ
FREE parking and admission. Gates Open 10am. The music starts at Noon. First Race 12:15pm.
Celebrate the Jersey Shore local music scene and enjoy live performances from talented up-and-coming musicians from Asbury Park's Lakehouse Music Academy. This event will feature not only the sounds of the Jersey Shore but also local artisan vendors and businesses. Lakehouse Music Academy is a progressive music school, featuring group rehearsals, individual lessons, and live performances at Asbury Park's world famous music venues. The program is committed to the development of comprehensive musicianship for every student, at every level, at every age.

Jersey Shore  Jazz and Blues Festival
Jersey Shore Jazz and Blues Festival
Saturday, August 28, 2021 from 3 PM - 9 PM (Rain or Shine)
The Great Lawn on the Long Branch Promenade
Long Branch, NJ
This music festival features a mix of strong national and local musicians performing live Jazz and blues on stage.

September 2021 Central Jersey Music Festivals & Events

Central Jersey Jazz Festival
Central Jersey Jazz Festival
September 10, 11, 12, 2021
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, Friday, September 10, 2021
New Brunswick/ Metuchen, Saturday, September 11, 2021
Somerville, Sunday, September 12, 2021

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.

Annual Rock the Farm Festival
Annual Rock the Farm Festival
September 25th, 2021; Noon - 10pm (rain or shine)
Grant Avenue
Seaside Heights, NJ
Cost: $35 to $195
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 2021 Central Jersey Music Festivals & Events

Trenton   Irish Music Festival
Trenton Irish Music Festival
Friday, October 1st, & Saturday, October 2nd, 2021; Friday, 6pm - 11P.M; & Saturday, 1 P.M. - 9PM
2419 Kuser Road
Hamilton Square, NJ
Web page
Admission is $5 for adults and children under the age of 15 are free when accompanied by an adult.
This event features live music (Irish bands, dancers & bag pipers), food trucks, a beer garden, and children's activities. the festival has an expanded free children's area with activities for the kids, which include free pumpkin decorating for the first 75 kids compliments of Windsor Farms. Also, free for the kids is a face painting area and a soccer penalty kick contest.
Irish bands scheduled to appear are Billy O'Neal with BallyCastle and the popular Bogside Rouges. The day finishes off in the pub with The Natterjacks! Music will be continuous from 1:00 pm thru 9:00 pm.

Asbury Park PorchFest
Asbury Park PorchFest
Satuday, October 2, 2021; (rain date Saturday, October 9th)
Asbury Park, NJ
Website/Band performers/Map
This family-friendly, Free event features musicians from a wide variety of genres. Afternoon entertainment will include dozens of performers on porches throughout the city. Attendees will stroll from porch to porch and relax on front lawns and sidewalks as they enjoy live, local talent. Bring your own folding chair, water, and an umbrella just in case we get sprinkles or to block the sun. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes!

County Seat Jazz & Blues Street Fest
County Seat Jazz & Blues Street Fest
Sunday, October 10th, 2021; 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.

Asbury Park Music & Film Festival
Asbury Park Music & Film Festival
Sunday, October 24, 2021
The Paramount Theatre
and other local venues
Asbury Park, NJ 07712
This annual event features musical performances, film screenings and panel discussions. One event from the late April festival, a Melissa Etheridge concert originally scheduled for April 25 at the city's Paramount Theatre, will now take place as a stand-alone show on October 24th at the Paramount. All tickets will be honored and refunds are available via original points of purchase. Patrons who purchased through the Stone Pony box office should email boxofficequestions@gmail.com for information.

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