Fun Things to Do in NJ in August: Comedy, Music and More

Looking for ways to enjoy New Jersey this August? Check out these events, including hilarious comedy acts and superstar concerts.

Corn, Tomato and Beer Festival
The Corn, Tomato and Beer Festival lives up to its name in Flemington. Courtesy of loveflemington.com

nLooking for fun this August? Check out these events and activities happening all over New Jersey.

Please note that all schedules are subject to change; visit the venue’s website for more information.

Art

Tell Me More About Yourself
Thru Aug 5
There are only a few days left to see Tell Me More About Yourself (Self-Portraits and Other Autobiographical Endeavors), an exhibition curated by Juno Zago, which explores the concept of self-portraits. The works featured here come from dozens of artists. Gallery Aferro, Newark. aferro.org.

The Great Train Set exhibit at Liberty Science Center in Jersey City

This exhibit recalls when trains chugged from the grand Hoboken Terminal through scenic small-town New Jersey to coal country in eastern Pennsylvania. Photo courtesy of Liberty Science Center/Diego Roque

The Great Train Set
Opening Aug 6
Liberty Science Center’s newest exhibit opens this month. The recreation of the 3,000-square-foot Lackawanna Railroad from the 1950s gives viewers an opportunity to experience “the engineering marvels and bygone lifestyle of train travel.” $26.99-$31.99. Liberty Science Center, Jersey City. lsc.org

Screen Time: Photography and Video Art in the Internet Age
Thru Aug 7
There is only one week left to see this exhibition, which features global and intergenerational contemporary artists, who explore what it means to be an artist in the digital eraArt on Hulfish, Princeton. artmuseum.princeton.edu.

Jerry Dantzic: Billie Holiday at Sugar Hill
Thru Aug 21
This is the last month that you can see the work of photojournalist Jerry Dantzic, who captured iconic shots of Billie Holiday at Newark’s now-defunct Sugar Hill nightclub. $8-$10. Newark Museum of Art, Newark. newarkmuseumart.org.

Comedy 

Comedian Amy Schumer Amy Schumer

Head to Red Bank to crack up at Amy Schumer’s routine. Photo courtesy of the Count Basie Theater

Amy Schumer
Aug 4
Emmy-winning and Golden Globe-nominated standup comedian and actress Amy Schumer, best known for her popular Comedy Central series Inside Amy Schumer, is bringing her routine to New Jersey. 7 pm; $49-$120. Hackensack Meridian Health Theatre, Red Bank. thebasie.org

Iliza Shlesinger

The hilarious Iliza Shlesinger is making a stop in Newark this month. Photo courtesy of NJPAC

Iliza Shlesinger
Aug 19
Award-winning comedian Iliza Shlesinger is best known for her various specials, from Unveiled to Elder Millennial, as well as her book, Girl Logic, and podcast, AIA: Ask Iliza Anything. She’s stopping in New Jersey this month on her Back In Action! Tour. 7 pm; $53.50-$104. New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Newark. njpac.org

Comedian Nimesh Patel

Catch Parsippany native Nimesh Patel at New Brunswick’s Stress Factory Comedy Club.

Nimesh Patel
Aug 21
Emmy-nominated writer and comedian Nimesh Patel has a decade of experience in comedy under his belt. Currently a writer on NBC’s A Little Late with Lilly Singh, the Parsippany native has also appeared on Seth Meyer’s late-night show and was the opening act for comedians Chris Rock and Aziz Ansari. You won’t want to miss his special stop in his home state this month. 7 & 9 pm; $30-$240. Stress Factory Comedy Club, New Brunswick. newbrunswick.stressfactory.com

Ahmed Ahmed

Egyptian-born and California-raised comedian Ahmed Ahmed promises to nail his performance, which will break free of stereotypes. Photo courtesy of David Zaugh

Ahmed Ahmed
Aug 26-27
Egyptian-born Muslim comic Ahmed Ahmed turned to stand-up after being cast in stereotypical roles like a cab driver or a terrorist as a young actor. Now he tours internationally and is bringing his world-traveled sense of humor and 27 years of experience to New Jersey. Showtimes vary; $22-$33. Bananas Comedy Club, Rutherford. bananascomedyclub.com.

Rachel Feinstein
Aug 26-27
Actress and nationally touring comedian Rachel Feinstein is known for her multiple comedy specials, including her most recent Comedy Central special, Amy Schumer Presents Rachel Feinstein: Only Whores Wear Purple. Showtimes vary; $27-$55.95. Uncle Vinnie’s Comedy Club, Point Pleasant Beach. unclevinniescomedyclub.com

Festivals

TidalWave Music Festival
Aug 12-14
This three-day festival on the Atlantic City beach features some of the biggest names in country music—from Luke Bryan to Dierks Bentley, Hardy, Tracy Lawrence, Lauren Alaina and more—as well as promising up-and-comers. $249-$749. One Atlantic Ocean, Atlantic City. tidalwavefest.com

Corn, Tomato and Beer Festival
Aug 13
The fifth annual Corn, Tomato and Beer Festival spotlights everything in its name, as well as side dishes of music and family entertainment. Noon-8 pm. Stangl Road, Flemington. loveflemington.com.

Hi-Tide Summer Holiday
Aug 19-21
Hi-Tide Summer Holiday, hosted by the local label Hi-Tide Recordings, is a three-day festival with live music, pool parties and rooftop happy hours. Los Straight jackets are headlining, with help from Southern Culture on the Skids, Charlie Halloran and more. Showtimes vary; $85. Asbury Lanes and the Asbury Hotel, Asbury Park. hitidesummerholiday.com.

***For even more festivals, check out New Jersey Monthly’s extensive summer guide.***

Music

Bands Iration and Atmosphere in front of a graffiti wall

Iration and Atmosphere are gracing Asbury Park’s Stone Pony Summer Stage this month. Photo courtesy of Chris Colclasure

Iration and Atmosphere
Aug 5
Reggae-influenced alternative rock band Iration is sharing the stage with underground hip-hop duo Atmosphere on their co-headlining Sunshine & Summer Nights Tour. 4:30-10:30 pm; $40. Stone Pony Summer Stage, Asbury Park. stoneponyonline.com.

Santana
Aug 14
Holmdel’s PNC Bank Arts Center is rounding out its outdoor summer concert series this month with an iconic lineup of classic rock artists. The legendary psychedelic rock group, Santana, is jamming out with an equally famed opening act, Earth, Wind and Fire. 7 pm; $37-$486. PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel. banksartscentre.com

Red Hot Chili Peppers
Aug 17
The revered rock group, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, is performing with special guests the Strokes and Thundercat at New Jersey’s largest stadium this month. 6:30 pm; $145-$800. MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford. metlifestadium.com.

The Grammy-winning trio Boyz II Men is taking fans back in time with their classic hits from the 90s and 2000s. Courtesy of the Count Basie Theater 

Boyz II Men
Aug 26
It’s certainly not the end of the road for the iconic R&B group Boyz II Men. The Grammy-winning trio is harmonizing in New Jersey this month as part of a national tour. 8 pm; $59-$159. Hackensack Meridian Health Theatre, Red Bank. thebasie.org.

Special Events

MTV’s 2022 Video Music Awards
Aug 28
The Garden State is hosting the legendary MTV music award ceremony in its backyard for the first time in three years. The event, watched worldwide, hosts performances from some of the hottest artists of the year. 8 pm; Tickets are only available for Prudential’s premium members. Prudential Center, Newark. prucenter.com

Stage

The Last Supper
Thru Aug 7
Come see the world premiere of the new musical comedy, The Last Supper, which follows five liberal graduate students sharing a house in a conservative college town. In an “effort to save the world,” they invite over their neighbors for a political discussion. Spoiler alert: It does not go well. Showtimes vary; $32-$52. South Orange Performing Arts Center, South Orange. sopacnow.org

The Rocky Horror Picture Show (18+)
Aug 20
A group of passionate students and alum from Hoboken’s Stevens Institute of Technology is bringing their wild and free-spirited nature to their take on the beloved 1970s horror musical. 10 pm; $28.91. White Eagle Hall, Jersey City. whiteeaglehalljc.com.  

Benefits & Fundraisers 

Veterans of Foreign Wars Fundraiser
Aug 17
This fundraiser hosted by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary National Organization directly benefits local veterans who reside at Northfield’s Meadowview Nursing Home. The facility hopes to buy modern hospital beds with the money raised. 3-7 pm. Veterans of Foreign Wars, Egg Harbor Township. vfwauxiliary.org

Fundraiser for the Bradley Food Pantry
Aug 29
Enjoy a special night honoring Congressman Frank Pallone and State Senator Vin Gopal for their efforts in reducing food insecurity in New Jersey. All proceeds go toward sustaining the Bradley Food Pantry, which provides food and other basic human necessities to those in need. 6 pm. Back in Time Café, Bradley Beach. bradleyfoodpantry.org

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