NJPAC announces North to Shore Festival: 3 jam-packed weekends in June

Celebration of music, technology, comedy and film

What’s more exciting than a festival that will showcase the talent, diversity and creativity this great state has to offer? How about that it will take place in three cities over three jam-packed weekends in June?

Music, technology, comedy and film will be celebrated in a first-of-its-kind festival in Atlantic City (June 7-11), Asbury Park (June 14-18) and Newark (June 21-25). The North to Shore Festival will bring together 50-plus venues for an unprecedented celebration of Jersey-wide excellence, aligned with Gov. Phil Murphy and first lady Tammy Murphy’s vision for a festival worthy of the Garden State’s legacy in the arts and innovation.

The Murphys took to the stage at New Jersey Performing Arts Center’s Prudential Hall on Monday morning alongside NJPAC CEO and President John Schreiber, Newark Mayor Ras Baraka, Asbury Park Mayor John Moor and Atlantic City Mayor Marty Small to announce the extraordinary three-city celebration that will kick off June 7.

“Today, we are thrilled to announce North to Shore — New Jersey’s first multicity festival celebrating the very best of music, comedy, film and technology,” Phil Murphy said.

“This superstar event, held over three weekends in June, will attract folks from all over, creating another great reason for tourists to visit the Garden State as well as opportunities for local businesses in three of our iconic cities to shine. These festivals will generate economic activity and have a significant impact on our region, and we look forward to shining a light on the diversity, creativity and energy that makes New Jersey unique this summer.”

“Beyond our global superstar headliners, North to Shore will also showcase the headliners of tomorrow. From producers to artists, filmmakers to comedians, this monthlong celebration will also serve as an opportunity to elevate dozens of local performers and talent,” Tammy Murphy said. “We look forward to sharing New Jersey’s exceptional culture with the rest of the country and enjoying a festival that will undoubtedly be like no other.”

From concerts, to comedy, to movies, to presentations from leaders in tech and business, North to Shore offers it all. Best of all, the festival will also feature New Jersey’s homegrown talents, who deliver their own brand of artistic excellence in the Garden State all year round.

These local favorites will be joined by global headliners including Halsey, Santana, the B-52s, Remember Jones, Bill Burr, Jay Wheeler, Stephen Colbert with Jim Gaffigan, Alanis Morissette with Aimee Mann, Marisa Monte, Daymond John, Gavin DeGraw, Colbie Caillat, Natalie Merchant, the Smithereens, Brian Fallon, Southside Johnny and dozens more.

This lineup highlights both New Jersey’s own and those who know that our state is the place to be seen. More artists are being added to the festival schedule daily. In addition to musical performances, the festival will include stand-up comedy shows, thought-provoking conversations with leaders in business, technology and clean energy, and film screenings.

NJPAC will produce this three-weekend extravaganza in collaboration with partners including Montclair Film, Newark International Film Festival, Tech United: New Jersey and Propelify, and MediaSense.

Music and comedy programming will be produced in collaboration with a cohort of other presenters, including SJ Presents, Madison Marquette, Live Nation, Platinum Productions and Absolutely Live!

“The New Jersey Economic Development Authority is proud to support the North to Shore Festival, which will celebrate New Jersey’s cultural diversity and legacy of innovation,” NJEDA CEO Tim Sullivan said. “This festival aligns with Gov. Murphy’s mission to make New Jersey the best state in the nation to live, work and play, all while providing an economic boost to Newark, Asbury Park and Atlantic City, by attracting visitors, generating spending and showcasing the strength of New Jersey’s arts, culture and innovation scenes.”

“The diversity, the excellence, the breadth of artistic disciplines, the fun — North to Shore is a festival experience entirely unique to the combination of creativity, imagination and talent only present in New Jersey,” Schreiber said.

Leadership support for North to Shore has been generously provided by Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, the New Jersey Casino Reinvestment Development Authority, New Jersey Travel and Tourism, NJM Insurance, Public Service Enterprise Group and RWJBarnabas Health.

Local producers and art organizations in all three cities are invited to apply for funding to present events showcasing their city’s unique cultural community; applications will be accepted through March 24 at njpac.submittable.com.

Tickets for the North to Shore Festival will go on sale on March 17 at NorthtoShore.com.