Maplewoodstock is back – you won’t want to miss it!
The 12th annual Maplewoodstock Music and Arts Festival — the premier homegrown, local music fest in the region — is Saturday, July 11, and Sunday, July 12 from noon until 10:00 pm each day. This free, live music and art event is at Memorial Park, Maplewood, NJ, (160 Dunnell Rd, directly opposite New Jersey Transit’s Maplewood train station).
According to its organizers:
Maplewoodstock has grown from a lazy afternoon jam in the park to a lively free two-day music and arts festival. Our stage has hosted artists like Marshall Crenshaw, Raul Malo, Joan Osborne, Norah Jones’ Puss N Boots, Robert Randolph and The Family Band, and The Smithereens – enjoyed by upwards of 5,000 attendees each day. In addition to the music, there will be local arts and craft vendors, food of all sorts, a beer garden, and a large KidZone with games, inflatable rides, crafts, and more.
“Our goal is to provide a family-friendly event: the best possible free experience of music and art – by and for the community,” says Maplewoodstock Chairperson Drew Dix. “Maplewoodstock is a Maplewood tradition of families, friends, and neighbors bringing out blankets, lawn chairs, and picnic baskets for a fantastic weekend of music, art, food, and the best of the Maplewood community.”
Saturday’s lineup will headline international reggae artists The Wailers. Sunday’s show will close with headliner acoustic, rock, and world music band Rusted Root and featured Tex-Mex artist Alejandro Escovedo. A total of 24 bands will perform over the two-day festival — many with local ties to the robust Maplewood and South Orange music scene.