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New Jersey Music Festivals: Your Guide To The Best Concerts

Music Festivals

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

The popular New 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  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 100 persons. 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 North Jersey Music Festivals & Events

Wayne Township Summer Concert Series
Wednesdays @7pm
The Municipal Complex
475 Valley Road
Wayne, NJ
Free Admission
July1, London Calling: July 8: Gunsmoke; July 22: THe Kootz; July 29, The Sensational Soul Cruisers; August 5, Country Comfort; and August 12, 2020, Remonisce
Limited seating is available, Please bring a blanket or chair. In the event of rain please call 973-694-1800, EXT 325

Shipman Mansion Summer Concert Series
Every other Wednesday evening July 8; July 22; and August 5, 2020
Shipman Mansion
221 Edgewater Avenue
Edgewater Park, NJ 08010
Web Site - line-up
Contact: Beth Sumner-Ziegler, Phone: 973-223-3322, Email:
Event Cost: FREE
Tthe “Sounds of Summer” will be heard at the Shipman Summer Concert Series.
Five concerts are being held covering genres: Classic Rock, Blues & Soul, Country, Celtic & Reggae-Funk. 
The mansion opens its doors for the free performances at 6:00pm. Headlining band plays from 7pm to 8:30pm on the lawn of the Shipman Mansion. ,Hot dogs and other concessions will be available starting at 6 pm. Bring your lawn chair and join the fun! All events are rain or shine!

July 2020 North Jersey Music Festivals & Events

Fanwood Summer Jam
Fanwood Summer Fan Jam
Sunday, July 12, 2020: from 11am - 7pm
LaGrande Park
Fanwood, NJ
Admission is Free, Park for free at the Fanwood Train Station South Side Parking Lot on South Avenue!
This family festival features Live Bands, Food Trucks with specialty foods for all tastes, a Kid Zone with rides and activities, a Car Show, and a Beer & Wine Garden.

Drive N Drag
Drive 'N Drag
July 17, 18, 19, 2020;
Westfield Garden State Plaza
Paramus, NJ
Price: Tickets are $50 per car for two people, $10 per person for additional passengers. VIP spots are $100.
"Drive 'N Drag" is a way of adapting the drag stars' Werq the World Tour as an outdoor event as indoor venues remain closed because of the coronavirus pandemic.
This is not your Mom & Dad's Drive-in
This three-day concert series will features performers from the long-running VH1 reality competition "RuPaul's Drag Race."
"Drag Race" performers will include be Monet X'Change, Kim Chi, Vanessa Vanjie, Acid Betty, Violet Chachki, Gigi Goode, Asia O'Hara, Kameron Michaels, Naomi Smalls, Plastique, Yvie Oddly and Aquaria.
Audience members will be able to hear the concert from inside (or while sitting on top of) their cars, with the live show available on FM transmitters. There will be multiple shows running each day from noon to 11 p.m. as well as food trucks.

August 2020 North Jersey Music Festivals & Events

Montclair Jazz Festival
Montclair Jazz Festival
August 1 through 15, 2020; Noon - 9:00PM (rain or Shine)
Nishuane Park
205 Claremont Avenue
Montclair, NJ
Website - Line-up
Admission: Free
The annual Montclair Jazz Festival features 2 jam-packed weeks of music with 30+ musical acts. This family music festival features original American cultural tradition Jazz! No tickets required! Bring folding chairs or a picnic blanket and enjoy the music.

Chester Music Festival
Chester Music Festival
August 8, 2020; 11am - 5pm (Rain date August 11th)
Historic Downtown
Main Street and Perry Street, Grove Street
Chester, New Jersey 07930
Web Site/Line up schedule
Contact: Toni Perry, Phone: 973-223-2665, Email:
Event Cost: FREE
The event will feature live entertainment on two main stages.
This one-day free event offers true music fans the opportunity to experience a COOL summer's day of classic LIVE Rock, Folk, and Country entertainment, terrific food, and the chance to Shop, Dine, and Explore all that Historic Chester, NJ has to offer.
Don't forget to bring your lawn chairs and shades!
*FREE Offsite Parking at Dickerson/Bragg School (250 State Rte 24, Chester,
NJ) with FREE Shuttle to the Event.

Canal Day Music Festival
Canal Day Festival
August 15, 2020 (Rain or Shine)
Hugh Force Canal Park
170 West Central Ave.
Wharton, NJ
An old time country fair that celebrates the Morris Canal and its contributions to the development of the communities along its banks. Come to a day of free family fun featuring a craft show, great food, educational events and enjoy a day of listening to a wide variety of musical entertainers. Musical performances from New Jersey’s best artists will feature Rock, Blues, Country, Classical as well as traditional and contemporary Irish Folk Music. performing on two stages. Learn about local history by taking a guided Morris Canal walking tour provided by the Canal Society of NJ. Experience life on the Morris Canal first hand by traveling down the canal on a free boat ride or prove your prowess by paddling a kayak. Fireworks festivities & display at Robert Street Park beginning at 7:00 PM Admission is Free

Craw Fish Fest
Annual Michael Arnone's Crawfish Fest
August 21-23, 2020
The Sussex County Fairgrounds
Rt. 206 to Plains Road
Frankford, NJ
Website & Tickets
On-site Camping and camping hook-ups.3 day New Orleans Style Music, Food, and Camping Festival. Featuring the best Music and Food that Louisiana and New Orleans has to offer. Cajun, Zydeco, Delta Blues, New Orleans R&B, Brass, Gospel and Jazz on 4 Stages.
Enjoy fresh Boiled Louisiana Crawfish trucked in alive, Pork Sausage/Chicken Jambalaya, Crawfish Etouffee, Alligator Sausage, Po-boys (oyster,shrimp and catfish), Char Grilled Oysters, Southern Fried Chicken and the other great dishes on our Menu. for $12.00 or less per dish. Driving Directions are easy. Free Cajun/Zydeco Dance Lessons. They are less than 1 hr from NYC. No comfort Pets, Service animals trained for a specific task only. Free Parking.

Upcoming Ticketed Events - North Jersey Live Music Venues

Dingbatz - Clifton, NJ

Monty Hall - Jersey City, NJ

Stanhope House - Stanhope, NJ

Wellmont Theater - Montclair, NJ

White Eagle Hall - Jersey City, NJ

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