The Best New Jersey Music Festivals and Events

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

Music Festivals

The popular 2018 New 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 North Jersey Music Festivals & Events

Clinton's Come Together Friday Night Music Festivals
Every Friday night and Saturday afternnon beginning May 25th and ending on September 14th, 2018
At he Art Museum & Downrown Main St.
Clinton, NJ
Scheduled Perfomers & Locations

July  2018 North Jersey Music Festivals & Events

Black Potatoe Music Festival
The 20th Annual Black Potatoe Music Festival
 July 13 - 15. 2018
Red Mill Museum Village
56 Main St
Clinton, NJ
Website
This event features over 40 bands performing on two stages. The festivals promotes independent national, regional and local music performers with little regard to industry trends  ring your low-back lawn chairs, blankets, sunscreen, personal point and shoot cameras and umbrellas (just in case – it is a rain or shine event) This years performers include Radney Foster, Olivia Frances, Willy Porter, Loretta Hagen, The Matt Angus Thing and Ellis Paul.
The box office opens at the same time as gates. Visit the webite e page for exact times of each artist's sets and days of performance.

Maplewoodstock Festival
Maplewoodstock
Saturday and Sunday, July14 & 15, 2018
From noon to 9 pm
Memorial Park
Dunnell Rd.and Jefferson Avenue
Maplewood, NJ
Website
Free Event
A two day family festival celebrating of community music and art. the event feature local music from more than 20 performers and arts put on by friends and neighbors of Maplewood. The event also includes art, collectibles, crafts, clothes, provided by local artists and merchants, food from many local food vendors. For kids there is a Kidzone with bouncy rides, face painting, arts and crafts, and ice cream.

Somerset Folk Harp Festival
The Somerset Folk Harp Festival
July 19 - 22, 2018
Hilton Parsippany
1 Hilton Court
Parsippany NJ
Website
This event features a 4-day conference celebrating the diversity of music, talent and experience of the folk harp world. The festival is of interest to a variety of people come to enjoy a particular style or type of music, solidify some specific skills, or try out something new --- with over 100 workshops and over 28 presenters to choose from. A highlight of the festivals are the inspirational daily concerts.

August 2018 North Jersey Music Festivals & Events

Montclair Jazz Festival
Montclair Jazz Festival
Saturday, August 11, 2018; Noon - 9:00PM (rain or Shine)
Nishuane Park
205 Claremont Avenue
Montclair, NJ
Website
Admission: Free
The annual Montclair Jazz Festival� is the biggest single one-day event in Montclair! This family music festival features original American cultural tradition Jazz! No tickets required! Bring folding chairs or a picnic blanket and enjoy the music

One Love: Caribbean Music Festival
One Love: Caribbean Music Festival
Saturday, August 18, 2018: 1:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Military Park
51 Park Place
Newark, NJ 07102
Website/Tickets
Event Cost: Free - $40
This annual music festival aims to promote the Caribbean Culture in New Jersey. Caribbean culture with unique heritage together with music, dance, food, carnival costumes and activities. Usually celebrated in August to raise awareness about Black Business Month. The fest aims to tie up closely with Non-Profit Organizations and small businesses that share the same goals and interests.
Festival will have 3 stages with the following names and genres playing on each: Bless Up Stage - Reggae/Dancehall To Mi Heart Stage-- Soca /Calypso/Afrobeats Wavy Stage - Hip-Hop & R&B.
Additionally there will be 50+ vendors selling food, beverages, or arts/crafts/Caribbean merchandise at their booths/tents.

Canal Day Music Festival
Canal Day Festival
August 18, 2018 (Rain or Shine)
Hugh Force Canal Park
170 West Central Ave.
Wharton, NJ
Website
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


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