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.

May 2018 North Jersey Music Festivals & Events

Hoboken arts music Festival
Hoboken Spring Arts & Music Festival
Sunday, May 6, 2018; 11am to 6pm
Washington Street
Observer Highway to 7th Street
Hoboken Division of Cultural Affairs
Admission is free
Featuring over 300 artists, sculptors, photographers and crafts people with 3 stages of live performance. More than a music festival, there will be; Fine artists displaying oil paintings, watercolors, acrylics, sculpture, mixed media, photography, etc
Children’s activities with rides, games, creative activities, face painting, sand art, balloons, live performances and much, much more. Crafters displaying and selling handmade: pottery, metalwork, wood items, furniture, blown & fused glass, quilts, household items made from recycled materials, batik clothing, hand painted furniture, candles, jewelry, dried florals, soaps & lotions and other unique handcrafted items. And of course what's a Hoboken festival without food. There will be great food throughout the fair. Hoboken restaurants will set up street cafes offering an eclectic variety of international foods such as: Thai, Indian, Greek, French, Mexican, Cajun and Italian.

June  2018 North Jersey Music Festivals & Events

Crawfish Fest
Annual Michael Arnone's Crawfish Fest
June1, 2, 3, 2018
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.
This years lineup features
Taj Mahal Trio, Tab Benoit, Jon Cleary (Trio), George Porter Jr. and The Runnin' Pardners, Samantha Fish, Stanton Moore, Marcia Ball, Bonerama, Big Sam's Funky Nation, Amanda Shaw and The Cute Guys, Mike Farris, Ryan Montbleau, Brandon "Taz" Niederauer, Honey Island Swamp Band, Rosie Ledet, Jeffery Broussard and The Creole Cowboys, Jumpin' Johnny Sansone, Katie Henry, Brother Joscephus and The Love Revolution, Terry and The Zydeco Bad Boys, The Matt Angus Thing, Zydeco Revelators, Jenny and The Felines, Anthony Morgan and The Harlem Spirit of Gospel.
To really enjoy the "nor-leans" experience, you can try a taste of fresh Boiled Louisiana Crawfish trucked in alive, Crawfish Bread, Shrimp Creole, Crawfish Bread, Crawfish Pie, Alligator Sausage, Crawfish Po-boys, Jambalaya, Southern Fried Chicken and the other great dishes.

Groove in the Grove
Annual Groove in the Grove Songwriter Festival
June 9, 2018 from 1 to 9pm.
Vasa Park
Budd Lake
1 Vasa Drive
Hackettstown, NJ
The Festival will be Rain or Shine - in case of inclement weather, all musical performances will be held in Vasa's large banquet hall.
This family friendly event features local and regional independent songwriters from the tri-state area, with a focus on original music. The venue boasts two outdoor performance stages, a large on-site play¬ground, plenty of parking and convenient bathroom facilities.

2nd Annual ParkFest
June 9, 2018: 11 am - 5 pm, rain or shine
Bread Lock Park
2627 Rt. 57
Stewartsville, NJ 08886
Free admission,
Enjoy a day in the park with live jazz, art and history at a a former lock on the old Morris Canal . Also featuring "Authors Alley" to meet NJ authors, classic cars, history films, food trucks, vendors, kids' activities, and the Warren County History Museum will be open. Bring lawn chairs or blankets to enjoy the jazz combos.

Hot 97 Summer Jam
Hot 97 Summer Jam 2018
June 10, 2018
MetLife Stadium
East Rutherford, NJ
Website Tickets:
Enjoy two stages of the hottest artists in music, iconic sets from HOT 97's legendary DJs, and the biggest surprises at the greatest Hip Hop event of the year.

Rock, Ribs, and Ridges Festival
The Rock, Ribs & Ridges festival
June 23, 24, 2018
The Sussex County Fairgrounds
37 Plains Road
Augusta, NJ
Website/ Information/Tickets
This weekend event features an outdoor concert with great Southern and classic rock music, a fanatic BBQ, and craft beers. This year's featured performers include:
THE Matt Coffy Band, Hannah Wicklund , The Steppin Stones, The Artimus Pyle Band, The Outlaws, Foghat, Farmer Phil Band, Poco, Travis Tritt, and The Weight Band.
The delicious barbecue is prepared regional chefs and award-winning competitive rib teams. Campers are welcomed with the campgrounds only a 3-minute walk from the festival.

Giralda Music & Arts Festival
Giralda Music & Arts Festival
Sunday, June 24, 2018; Gates open at 4pm for activities and picnics, The concert starts at 6pm.
( rain or shine see below*)
Giralda Farms
Dodge Drive/Madison Ave. (Rt. 124)
Madison, NJ
Website and Tickets
(973) 285-5115, ext. 18
This family event features the state's top orchestra performing in a relaxed setting on the beautiful lawns of former Geraldine Rockefeller Dodge estate. In addition you will have the opportunity to see (and purchase) original artworks, enjoy family/children's arts activities, indulge your ice cream cravings at the fully stocked antique ice cream truck or just picnic with friends and family.
* Rain site is held at Mennen Arena 161 E. Hanover Avenue, Morristown, NJ. Doors open at 4pm

July  2018 North Jersey Music Festivals & Events

Maplewoodstock Festival
Saturday and Sunday, July14 & 15, 2018
From noon to 9 pm
Memorial Park
Dunnell Rd.and Jefferson Avenue
Maplewood, NJ
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
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.

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