Fun Things to Do in NJ in June: Festivals, Music and More

Looking for different ways to enjoy NJ this June? We've got you covered with a variety of events, including comedy shows, concerts and more.

The Atlantic City Beer & Music Festival
The Atlantic City Beer & Music Festival offers plenty to drink, as well as some popular bands. Photo courtesy of Beau Ridge Photography

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

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

Art

Jerry Dantzic: Billie Holiday at Sugar Hill
June 9-Aug 21
Photojournalist Jerry Dantzic’s iconic shots of Billie Holiday at Newark’s now-defunct Sugar Hill nightclub are going on display this summer. $8-$10. Newark Museum of Art, Newark. (newarkmuseumart.org; 973-596-6550).

Juno Zago: Tell Me More About Yourself
June 25-Aug 5
This series explores the concept of the self-portrait, drawing inspiration from old and new interpretations. These works, curated by Juno Zago, are autobiographical and confessional by nature. Gallery Aferro, Newark (aferro.org; 973-353-9533). 

Screen Time: Photography and Video Art in the Internet Age
Thru Aug 7
This exhibition features global and intergenerational contemporary artists, who explore what it means to be an artist in the digital era. Art on Hulfish, Princeton (artmuseum.princeton.edu; 609-258-3788). 

Comedy 

Colin Jost

“Saturday Night Live” star Colin Jost is playing two shows in New Jersey this June. Courtesy of the Count Basie Center

Colin Jost
June 2 & 8
You know him from Saturday Night Live’s “Weekend Update,” his memoir A Very Punchable Face, and his marriage to fellow star Scarlett Johansson. Now, Colin Jost is hitting the road for a stand-up comedy tour. Catch Jost live at Red Bank’s Hackensack Meridian Health Theatre on June 2 (8 pm, $35-$69; thebasie.org, 732-842-9000), followed by Montclair’s Wellmont Theater on June 8 (8 pm, $39.50-$281.50; wellmonttheater.com, 973-783-9500) 

Brad Lowery
June 8
Seen on HBO and Comedy Central, comedian Brad Lowery—who has worked with the likes of Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfeld, and Adam Sandler—is bringing his stand-up act to New Jersey this month. 7 pm; $20-45.95. Uncle Vinnie’s Comedy Club, Point Pleasant Beach (unclevinniescomedyclub.com; 732-899-3900). 

Kabir “Kabeezy” Singh
June 10-11
You may recognize him from last year’s run on NBC’s America’s Got Talent, but Kabir Singh has been a touring headliner for almost a decade. See why he has such a good reputation this month in Rutherford. Showtimes vary; $22-$33. Bananas Comedy Club, Rutherford (bananascomedyclub.com; 201-727-1090). 

Maddy Smith
June 30-July 2
Comedian Maddy Smith is determined to make her mark in the male-dominated greater NYC stand-up scene. Check out her material this month in New Brunswick, in addition to her weekly podcast, That Time of the WEEK. Showtimes vary; $20-$120. Stress Factor Comedy Club, New Brunswick (newbrunswick.stressfactory.com; 732-545-4242). 

Festivals 

Atlantic City Beer & Music Festival
June 4-5
This festival bills itself as “big beer, big bands, and big fun under the sun!” Alkaline Trip and New Found Glory are headlining with special performances from Thrice and Four Years Strong. Times vary; $70. Ocean Casino Resort, Atlantic City (acbeerfest.com). 

Barefoot Country Music Festival

The Barefoot Country Music Fest attracts some of country music’s biggest stars to the Jersey Shore. Photo Courtesy of Southern Entertainment

Barefoot Country Music Fest
June 16-19
Some of country music’s biggest stars are packing the beach in the Wildwoods for Barefoot Country Music Fest. Now in its second year, the four-day event features five stages and over 30 artists, including Eric Church, Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line and Cole Swindell—all stretched along 27 acres of beach. Showtimes vary; $39- $1,499. 3601 Boardwalk, Wildwood (bcmfest.com). 

Rock, Ribs & Ridges Festival
June 24-26
Crack open a cold one at the 12th annual Rock, Ribs & Ridges Festival, where good music and good food are equally important. Rockers like Dave Mason, Don Felder and Artimus Pyle are playing, while some of the country’s top barbecue pitmasters are dishing out classics like ribs, pulled pork, cornbread, and mac and cheese. Times vary; $15-$3,499. Sussex County Fairgrounds, Augusta (rockribsandridges.com; 973-882-8240).  

Music 

Miranda Lambert & Little Big Town
June 10-11
Go and fix your makeup, girl, because Miranda Lambert is stopping in New Jersey twice this month with country band Little Big Town for their Bandwagon Tour. Ride to Holmdel’s PNC Bank Arts Center on June 10 (7 pm, $23+; banksartscentre.com, 732-203-2500) and Camden’s Waterfront Music Pavilion on June 11 (7 pm, $31+; waterfrontamphitheater.com, 856-265-1300). 

Uforia LA X Live 2022
June 10
See some of the biggest names in Reggaeton, including Don Omar, Nicky Jam, Arcangel, Sech, Blessd, Farina, Elvis Martinez, and Joonti, in Newark this month. 7:30 pm; $70-$230. Prudential Center, Newark (prucenter.com; 973-757-6000). 

Phoebe Bridgers
June 13
Cure your emotional motion sickness at indie rocker Phoebe Bridgers’ Reunion Tour. 6-10 pm; $128. Stone Pony Summer Stage, Asbury Park (stoneponyonline.com; 732-502-0600). 

Paul McCartney
June 16
Twist and shout for an evening with Beatles legend Paul McCartney on his Got Back Tour. 8 pm; $149+. MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford (metlifestadium.com; 201-559-1500). 

The Mavericks
June 21 & 30
This eclectic country rock group has been making music for three decades. New Jerseyan’s have two opportunities to see them this June at either Morristown’s Mayo Performing Arts Center on June 21 (8 pm, $39-$79; mayoarts.org, 973-539-8008) or Red Bank’s Count Basie Center on June 30 (7:30 pm, $25-$50; thebasie.org, 732-842-9000). 

Stage 

Sister Act
June 1-26
Based on the 1992 hit film starring Whoopi Goldberg, this feel-good musical comedy follows disco diva Deloris Van Cartier after she witnesses a murder and must go into hiding at a convent, where she helps her fellow sisters find their voice and rediscovers her own. Showtimes vary; $36-$98. Paper Mill Playhouse, Millburn (my.papermill.org; 973-376-4343). 

Cirque du Soleil

Cirque du Soleil is taking its new icy performance to the Prudential Center. Photo courtesy of Cirque du Soleil

Cirque du Soleil
June 16-19 
Cirque du Soleil enters chilly new territory with its first acrobatic performance on ice, CRYSTAL. The show’s main clown, longtime Cirque performer Nate Cooper, is a Flemington native. Showtimes vary; $39+. Prudential Center, Newark (prucenter.com; 973-757-6000). 

Fiddler on the Roof
June 17-18 
Based on stories written by Sholem Aleichem, the beloved musical Fiddler on the Roof sees Tevye the dairyman and his daughters finding the chutzpah to maintain their Jewish identity at the turn of the 20th century. Showtimes vary; $59-$109. Mayo Performing Arts Center, Morristown (mayoarts.org; 973-539-8008). 

Benefits & Fundraisers 

75th Anniversary Charity Gala
June 11
The West Ridgewood Dental Professionals are hosting their 75th Annual Charity Gala this month with three hours of open bar, hors d’oeuvres, a DJ, auctions and raffles. The event benefits the Family Promise of Bergen County, a Ridgewood-based nonprofit that aims to empower families experiencing homelessness to become self-sufficient by providing temporary housing and personalized support. 7-10 pm; $100. Park West Loft, Ridgewood (ridgewoodnewcomers.com). 

Stop, Drop, & Go Charity Auction
June 12
Homestead Run’s Women’s Charity Club is hosting its annual Gift Auction this month. Put your raffle in for premium gift baskets, certificates and prizes. All ticket proceeds go toward local charities. 9:30 am-2:30 pm; $10. Homestead Run, Toms River (732-619-1028). 

2022 Propel 100 Charity Bike Ride
June 25
This charity ride offers multiple distance options so that all can help support Virtua’s cancer patients in Burlington County. The event is sponsored by Goals Start Now, a fitness advocacy nonprofit based in Burlington. 7 am-3:30 pn; $25-$55. Kennedy Center, Willingboro (yourgsn.org).  

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