Below you will find Indie on the Move's compiled listing of annual music festivals and conferences in the state of New Jersey, helping bands and musicians increase their industry knowledge, broaden their networking reach, and better promote and showcase their music, shows, and tours.
We did our best to include a thorough and comprehensive index, but if for some reason we've overlooked a specific event, please let us know through the contact page located HERE so that we can add it to the site ASAP.
With regards to any larger festivals, be sure to think outside of the box. While many of them do not regularly book independent acts as part of their official showcases, the national and international bands that do perform often draw some of the biggest built-in crowds imaginable, and provide a huge influx of music lovers and enthusiasts to each respective event location.
So try booking a show at one or several of that city's smaller local venues/bars/restaurants during the festival itself and take advantage of the vast number of music fans located in one place at one time. Even playing an ad-lib acoustic set in the event parking lot can go a long way in gaining you new fans and selling some merch.
-Punk Rock Bowling and Music Festival - Dates: Mid June
"Punk Rock Bowling & Music Festival was started back in 1999 by brothers Shawn and Mark Stern, owners of the long standing independent record label BYO Records, as a way to bring the independent music community together for an annual party. It has since grown into a 5-day festival in downtown Las Vegas that brings out fans and bands alike from all over the world. 3 days of outdoor festivals, 5 Nights of Club Shows, a 2-day bowling tournament, Hotel Pool Parties, a Punk Rock Poker tournament, movie screenings and comedy shows to boot, all wrapped up into one amazing weekend in the city that never sleeps. And now, we welcome our fans, friends and family to our first trip east, to Asbury Park as well, in 2016." - Submit to Perform
-XPoNential Music Festival - Dates: Late July
-Black Potatoe Festival - Dates: Mid July
-Groove in the Grove Festival - Dates: Mid June
-Beardfest - Dates: Early June - Submit to Perform via firstname.lastname@example.org
-Raritan River Music Festival - Dates: May
-Hollystock Music and Arts Festival - Dates: Early August
-New Jersey Folk Festival - Dates: Late April
-Lincoln Park Music Festival - Dates: Late July
"The Festival annually has an economic impact of over 5 million dollars. Dedicated to revitalizing the area, LPCCD provides this free event in celebration of the spirit of the community. The music festival includes entertainers performing Jazz, Gospel, House and Hip-Hop. For children, the festival offers games, storytelling, skateboard, golf and basketball clinics and a host of family oriented activities. The festival also features a healthy lifestyle pavilion with free health screenings, massages, yoga and fresh organic produce from the Lincoln Park Community Farm." - Submit to Perform (scroll down the page for details)
-Weequahic Park House Music Festival - Dates: Mid June