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Your Guide to NJ and NYC Summer 2017 Festivals + Concerts

by Emily Lee
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While there’s no denying that New Jersey sometimes gets made fun of by its neighboring states {and the rest of the country}, all of us Jersey folk know that the Garden State is a true gem — especially when it comes to summer festivities. With its proximity to New York City, access to stunning mountains, and miles of gorgeous beaches, New Jersey has it all. But because this is an eclectic state of all kinds of types and tastes, trying to decide which festival or concert to head over to can be a bit overwhelming. So, we went ahead and did all the hard work for you. Here’s a list of New Jersey and NYC summer festivals + concerts you can’t miss in 2017.

Groove on Grove: Every Wednesday 6:00PM – 9:00PM until September

This family friendly music festival in Jersey City is truly the gift that keeps on giving. It runs every week until September, so there’s plenty of time to plan a visit to the Grove Street Plaza. Along with your family and friends, you can enjoy a wide variety of musicians, performances, and even a ton of different foods. There’s no better way to celebrate music and the awesomeness of JC than the Groove on Grove festival.

Jersey City Bluegrass Jam: Every Monday from June 19th – August 14th

Finnegan’s in Hoboken is this year’s host to the Bluegrass Jam. Every Monday, Dan O’Dea and Eagle Ridge with Nick Conte on guitar and Austin Alfano playing the bass jam out to some awesome bluegrass music. Just like Groove on Grove, this mini festival takes place every week.

The Best July 4th Beach Party: Tuesday, July 4th

If you don’t have plans for the 4th of July, now you do… and if you did have plans, well, now is the time to change them. La Marina in NYC is going to transform into a full on festival for this patriotic holiday. There will be tasty BBQ and some exotic cocktails. You’ll be celebrating the 4th overlooking the Hudson River with some of the best musical acts and DJ’s NYC has to offer. You definitely don’t want to miss this.

Read More: Your Guide to Live Music in Hoboken + Jersey City {June 2017 Setlist}

Hoboken Summer Bash: July 6th


Head over to Sinatra Park to live it up at the Hoboken Summer Bash. The party is hosted and sponsored by Frank Raia, who has a reputation for throwing unforgettable parties in the Mile Square. Not many official details have been released about this summer bash, but there’s sure to be music, drinks, and food for all who attend.

Maplewoodstock: July 8th + 9th


Maplewoodstock is the place to be to enjoy two days of non-stop music in New Jersey. There’s truly something for everybody at this festival — from rock to the blues, the set list is widely varied. There are also 22 different food vendors, as well as a beer garden, so you won’t go hungry.

St. Ann’s Italian Festival: July 22nd – 26th

This five-day festival at St. Ann’s church in Hoboken celebrates a different musical genre every night. Starting out with a disco tribute and ending with an evening of Motown, there’s something for everyone here. The festival kicks off at 8PM on the main stage every night, so make sure you aren’t late. In addition to the musical performances, this festival {which is over 100 years old} will host a “best pizza in Hoboken” contest taking place on July 23rd in the church’s parking lot.

Read More: 26 Reasons Hoboken is {the Best} Place to Live

Lincoln Park Music Festival: July 28th – 30th

The 12th annual Lincoln Park Music Festival is heading back to Newark this July. This festival is a celebration of spirit and dance, as well as part of the economic development led by Lincoln Park Coast Cultural District in Newark, which aims to redevelop the Lincoln Park area of the city. Not only is there a wide array of musical performances, including jazz, Gospel, and hip-hop, but there will also be games, storytelling, skateboarding, and basketball. This festival aims to endorse healthy living, so there are free health screenings, yoga classes, massages, and fresh organic produce from the Lincoln Park Community Farm and a sustainable market place.

QuickChek NJ Festival of Ballooning: July 28th – 30th

If there’s one thing that could make music festivals even better, it’s a bunch of hot air balloons, of course! The QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning is back at the Solberg Airport in Readington, NJ for the sixth year in a row. Not only do visitors get to see mass ascensions of up to 100 hot air balloons twice a day at this truly unique event, there are also headliner concerts, good food, fireworks, and crafters. Think we’re kidding? George Thorogood Jake Miller, Pat Benatar, and Plain White T’s are all headlining at this festival.

Xponential Music Festival: July 28th – 30th

Head over to riverfront BB+T Pavilion and Wiggins Park in Camden for three days of non-stop music and fun. This extravagant show is produced by WXPN and features performances by both local and national artists. In true music festival fashion, there are multiple stages so you can wander between different sets and performances throughout the day. Guests can check out local attractions along with Adventure Aquarium and the Camden Children’s Garden.

Montclair Jazz Festival: August 12th


This festival is completely dedicated to the world of jazz music. If you’re a fan of this genre, a trip to Nishuane Park in Montclair is in your future. Dee Dee Bridgewater, Cyrus Chestnut, and Christian McBride Situation are headlining the event. Meatball Obsession and Just Corn will be serving up their delicious food all day. Win!

Read More: {Hoboken} TBT: The History Behind St. Ann’s Feast and Festival

Hoboken Italian Festival: Sept. 2017 {Official Date TBD}


While the dates for the Hoboken Italian Festival have yet to be confirmed, this will be a can’t miss event in September. Is there a better way to celebrate anything than with delicious Italian food and music in Sinatra Park? Definitely not. It’s a lively celebration of Italian culture, heritage, traditions, and cuisine right here in New Jersey. Check back for more information on the official dates.

The Meadows: Sept. 15th – 17th

Close out your summer with a bang at The Meadows music and arts festival in Queens, NY. Head over to CitiField to watch big name artists like Jay Z, Migos, Two Door Cinema Club and more rock out on stage.

All About Downtown Jersey City Street Fair: Sept. 16th

If you can’t make it out to CitiField to kiss summer goodbye, you don’t have to worry. You can still close out your summer by heading over to Newark Avenue in Historic Downtown Jersey City for the 6th annual All About Downtown Street Fair. Over 300 artisan vendors, local shops, eateries, and food trucks will be present at this fun-filled event, along with multiple stages for awesome musical performances. It’s family friendly, as well, and will have rides, face-painting, and games for kids.

There are so many different festivals to choose from this summer. No matter which one you choose to venture off to, we know you’re going to have a fabulous time. You simply can’t go wrong with good music, good food, and good friends to share the experience with. Share your festival festivities with us on IG @HobokenGirlBlog and #HobokenGirl!

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