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

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.

Riverview Jazz Festival
Friday, June 1 through June 9, 2018; 4:30pm
Exchange Place J. Owen Grundy Park Pier
Jersey City NJ
Website & VIP, RSVP Tickets
Festival General Admission Is Free. VIP Tickets Are Available.
This annual event features food trucks, children's activities, local vendors, and hundreds of professional musicians.
The event will be capped off by two outdoor festivals. The Riverview Kickoff Party will take place on June 1 on the Exchange Place J. Owen Grundy Park Pier at 4:30 p.m. The kickoff will feature a marching brass band led by Andrae Murchison, a ZT Amplifiers Artist Showcase featuring jazz guitar masters Dave Stryker, Vic Juris, and Charlie Apicella. Also to be featured are the psycho-mambo band Gato Loco and salsa legend John "Dandy" Rodriguez's Dream Team.
The closing festival on June 9 will be held at Riverview Fisk Park in Jersey City Heights from noon to 8 p.m. The Skyline Stage, a new addition to the festival this year, is built on the park's hill overlooking New York City

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.

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.

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

Black Potatoe Music Festival
The 20th Annual Black Potatoe Music Festival
 July 13 - 15. 2018
Red Mill Museum Village
56 Main St
Clinton, NJ
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) 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
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.

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
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
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
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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