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

Mercer County Concert Series
Mercer County Park Summer Concert Series
Mercer County Park
1638 Old Trenton Road
West Windsor, NJ 08550
Website & Tickets
Free admission to concert: (parking – $5 per car) Schedule:

Kiss the Sky - Jimi Hendrix Trbute

June 22, 2018 @ 7pm

Battle of the Bands at South Riverwalk Park
June 23, 2018; 4 – 9PM

Jazz Festival featuring the Baylor Project
July 7, 2018 2 – 8PM

Country in the Park - Brett Young and more
July 8, 2018: 5 – 10PM

Best of the Eagles - Tribute to the Eagles

July 28, 2018; 6 – 10PM

The Sensational Soul Cruisers
August 3, 2018; 7 – 9PM

Latin Night with Jimmy Bosch & Son 7
August 4, 2018; 6 –10PM

Reggae Night with the Verdict & The Mangomen
August 11, 2018; 6 – 10PM

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
During the summer, 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.

Summer 2018 Free Concert Series
Long Branch, NJ
The concert series will kick off on June 10 with the first Bands By The Beach performance at West End Park when Chuck Lambert hits the stage at 7 p.m. The concerts will occur several times a week, all summer long ---- at the Broadway Stage near McDonald's behind Brookdale (on Tuesdays), the Festival Plaza in Pier Village (on Thursdays), and West End Park: Brighton & Ocean Avenues, near the Windmill (on Sundays).
The last concert on Thursday, August 30th at Festival Plaza in Pier Village will end with a fireworks display!

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.

July 2018 Central Jersey Music Festivals & Events

Freedom Fest State Fair
16th Annual Freedom Fest State Fair
July 11 - 15, 2018
Mercer County Park
1638 Old Trenton Road
West Windsor, NJ 08550
Website & Tickets (Check for live entertainment line-up)
Tickets can be purchased at the gate for $17.50 and can be purchased on line for $12.50.
This 5 day long family festival is packed with plenty of fun activities. The featured events include Live entertainment by top performers, racing pigs, a magic show, pony & camel rides, a petting farm, horse shows, carnival activities, food vendors, crafts, wine tasting, agricultural exhibits and a fireworks display on Saturday, July 14th (Rain Date Sunday July 15th)
Bring the whole family for a fun experience.

Quick Check Balloon Festival
The Quick Chek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning
Friday - Sunday, July 27 - 29, 2018
Solberg Airport
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. This years headlines include Laurie Berkner, Andy Grammer, Life House, and Credeence Clearwater Revisited. Fireworks are at dusk on Friday evening,

August 2018 Central Jersey Music Festivals & Events

Asbury Park Surf Music Festival
Asbury Park Surf Music Festival
Saturday, August 18, 2018, @ 12:00pm ( Rain or Shine, moves inside of Convention Hall in the event of inclement weather)
The Anchor's Bend & Grand Arcade at Convention Hall
Asbury Park, NJ
Website (Line-up & tickets)
Attendees get to enjoy live surf music, Tiki drinks, classic cars, and food vendors with ocean views.
This years lineup includes Satan's Pilgrims, The Madeira Surfer Joe (IT), The Volcanics, Frankie & The Pool Boys, Black Flamingos, Les Agamemnonz , (FR) The Men In Gray Suits (CA, Great White Caps. and host Professor Ouch & DJ Suffering Bastard

Tu Sello Latino Festival
The Tu Sello Latino Festival
Sunday, August 19th, 2018 : 12 pm to 8pm
The Monmouth Park Racetrack
Oceanport, New Jersey
Tickets will be available for purchase the day of the event at the location.
This event will feature ive music with 1 stage with International and Local talent. The music will be Latin and Variety, Latin foods, arts and crafts, international artists and many more activities for the whole family. The purpose of this festival is to highlight the Latino culture in the United States and to bring the community together for one day of fun and cultural awareness!

Long Branch Jazz & Blues Festival
Long Branch Jazz & Blues Festival
Saturday, August 25, 2018; 12:00 -10:00 p.m. (Rain or Shine)
The Great Lawn on the Long Branch Promenade
Long Branch, NJ
(732) 222-7000
This music festival features a mix of strong national and local musicians performing live Jazz and blues on stage, kids activities, and food vendors with exotic and regional NJ food and crafts and Fireworks.
The lineup of jazz and blues includes seven great bands. Lawn chairs are encouraged, coolers forbidden, sunscreen a must! Fireworks from 9:30 to 9:45 .
The festival is free to the public, dog friendly and all ages are welcome to attend.  

September 2018 Central Jersey Music Festivals & Events

New Jersey Friends of Clearwater Festival
New Jersey Friends of Clearwater Festival
September 8 - 9, 2018; Saturday: 11am - 7pm; Sunday: 11am - 5pm
Brookdale Community College
765 Newman Springs Road
Larrison Hall Commons
Lincroft, NJ
Free event
Top Name Local & International Performers! on Three Stages .

Sea Hear Now Music Festival
Sea.Hear.Now Festival
September 29 - 30, 2018; Doors open 12:30pm
North Beach & Bradley Park
Asbury Park, NJ
Website & Tickets
Cost: $99+ for 2 day program
Children 7 & under allowed in free with a ticketed adult
This a two-day 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. Big draws include Brandi Carlile, Ben Harper and The Innocent Criminals, The Menzingers, Frank Turner and more. New Jersey will be well represented with The Front Bottoms, Blondie, Nicole Atkins, Deal Casino, The Battery Electric, and The Parlor Mob.

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