The weather is getting hotter, and so is your social calendar. Street festivals, concerts and food truck meetups are back in full swing. Some events may look familiar, but they’re making post-pandemic comebacks, while others are making their Garden State debuts. Each has its own vibe, with jazz music, vegan food, and craft his beer. Here are the festivals and other events happening in New Jersey this summer.
Paramus Food Truck Festival & Fireworks – Paramus, New Jersey
Planning a 4th of July festivities? This one-of-a-kind event features over 20 food trucks, craft beer, sangria and margarita gardens, and ax throwing. Visitors can meet next to the Jennarelli Sports Complex at Westfield Garden State Plaza from 2:00pm to 8:30pm.
Maple Woodstock – Maplewood, New Jersey
Since 2004, Maple Woodstock has been held every Saturday and Sunday following Independence Day. This music and arts festival is held annually at Memorial Park and is free to attend. The two-day celebration is accompanied by a beer garden, over 10 food vendors, clothing and crafts from local artisans, and live music from regional and national bands. For more information on Maplewoodstock, please visit our website.
Atlantic City Vegan Food Festival – Atlantic City, NJ
In 2021, the Atlantic City Vegan Food Festival hosted its first in-person event in over a year and a half. Summer 2022, this popular New Jersey food festival returns to the Showboat Hotel. Here you can enjoy all things vegan and plant-based outdoors, from dining by local chefs to fashion and more. Certain vendors also cater to the gluten-free crowd.Tickets can be purchased here.
July 22nd to July 26th
St. Ann’s Festival – Hoboken, New Jersey
If you’ve been waiting for the famous Zeppole at Hoboken’s St. Anne’s Festival, you’re in luck. The iconic ‘feast’ is returning to 704 Jefferson Street in just a few weeks. As usual, attendees are expected to line up early for rice balls, pizza, fried him calamari, cheesesteak and entry to the beer garden.
Craft Beer, Music & Club Festival – Cape May, NJ
Based on the name alone, what’s not to love about Cape May’s craft beer, music & club festival? In fact, CBS NY once declared it one of the “5 Best NJ Summer Festivals.” Want to join the fun? Head to 1048 Washington Street for hard shell clubs, microbrews, a variety of food vendors, live music and more. Click here for additional information about this event.
Sad Summer Festival – Asbury Park, New Jersey
Calling all emo kids! Your favorite punk bands from the early 2000s (and beyond) will perform on The Stone Pony Summer Stage on July 29th. The lineup includes Mayday Parade, Waterparks, Neck Deep, State Champs and more. Sad Summer Festival tickets are $44.50 for him if purchased in advance, or $50 on the day. Gates open at 1:30pm and the show begins at 2:30pm and runs until 10:30pm.
Italian Festival & Wine Tasting – Oceanport, New Jersey
This Italian-themed festival at the Monmouth County Racecourse features wine tasting and horse racing. The two-day event will feature liquor from Opici Wines, as well as snacks from local restaurants and his food truck. The Italian Festival offers the option to purchase wine tasting tickets in advance or on the day at a discounted price. General admission tickets for both the event and track are also available.
Highlands Clam Fest – Highlands, New Jersey
The Highlands Clam Fest is celebrating its 27th anniversary this year. The event is a South Jersey tradition with fresh seafood, contests, live entertainment, craft vendors and activities for children. It all starts at Huddy Park on his August 5th. Both admission and parking are free.
Manahopkin Craft Beer & Music Festival – Stafford Township, NJ
Head to Manahawkin Lake Park this summer for the ‘Jersey Shore’s Best Beer Fest’. Enjoy delicious food, live music and, of course, a tremendous amount of beer from local breweries. Those who do not wish to participate in the two tasting sessions held on the day can participate free of charge. Tickets and additional information can be found here.
TidalWave Music Festival – Atlantic City, New Jersey
Thirty country artists perform on two stages at this three-day summer festival in Atlantic City Beach. From Luke Bryan to Morgan Warren, this oceanfront concert series is not to be missed. For more information, visit his website at TidalWave.
High Tide Summer Holiday – Asbury Park, NJ
High Tide Summer Holidays (formerly Asbury Park Surf Music Festival) is back in New Jersey after a two-year hiatus. The event will feature tropical cocktails, pool parties and more, plus music artists from Hi-Tide Recordings. The Asbury Hotel hosts the concert at Asbury Lanes.
Jersey Shore Jazz and Blues Festival – Long Branch, New Jersey
Fans of jazz music and blues will want to mark their calendars. This annual Jersey His Shore event will be held on August 27th at his Great Lawn on the Boardwalk in Long Branch. The Jersey Shore Jazz and Blues Festival begins at 1pm and ends with a fireworks show at 9pm.
Downtown Jamboree – Montclair, New Jersey
The Downtown Jamboree is considered the “Grand Finale” of the annual Montclair Jazz Festival. The celebration will be held on September 10th from 1pm to 9pm at Lackawanna Plaza. Think live jazz performances on multiple stages, craftsmen and artisans, food his vendors, family-friendly activities, and more. Admission is free.
XPoNential Music Festival – Camden, NJ
Indie music lovers will have the chance to rock out at the XPonential music festival. The concert line-up, which will take place at both Wiggins Waterfront Park and the Freedom Mortgage Pavilion in Camden, will include performances from more than 30 of his music artists, including The War On Drugs, Patti Smith and Herband, Lucinda Williams and more. will be Click here for tick information.
Morristown Jazz & Blues Festival – Morristown, New Jersey
Now in its 12th year, the Morristown Jazz & Blues Festival welcomes music fans of all ages to join in on the annual extravaganza. The festivities begin at noon on Morristown Green and continue until 10pm. The festival is rain or shine and admission is free. Visitors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets.