Lineup for North to Shore Festival doubles in size

More than 60 new events featuring hundreds of New Jersey artists added to 3-city festival

Newark, Asbury Park and Atlantic City theatricals, comedy performances, visual arts exhibits and workshops, hip-hop concerts, spoken word poetry readings, dance performances, storytelling events, fashion shows, street fairs and more have been added to the inaugural North to Shore Festival.

The three-city, three-weekend, unprecedented New Jersey Performing Arts Center-produced June megafestival has added more than 60 new events to the lineup.

Even more exciting is that dozens of North to Shore grants have been awarded to artists and groups in each city to enable them to bring this tapestry to life on each weekend of the festival.

The grant recipient performers will join the festival’s previously announced global headliners — including Halsey, Santana, the B-52s, Ricardo Arona, Jay Wheeler, Stephen Colbert, Jazmine
Sullivan, Alanis Morissette, Marisa Monte, Daymond John, Natalie Merchant and
dozens more — in making the first North to Shore Festival the definitive celebration of the
power of the performing arts and the talent found in the Garden State.

Conceived by Gov. Phil Murphy and first lady Tammy Murphy, the North to Shore
Festival will spotlight both the state’s cultural diversity and its technological innovation.

North to Shore grant recipients: Asbury Park

  • Readings From Asbury Park
  • Alexander Simone and Whodat? Live Crew
  • LGBTQ+ Singer/Songwriter Showcase
  • Drag Show with Tastie!
  • Joy Connection Project
  • The High Standards Trio
  • Demi Lovato LGBTQ After Party and Drag Show
  • Suminagashi (Japanese Water Marbling) Workshop
  • Drag Queen Story Time with Miss Savannah Georgia & Pride Crafts
  • Asbury Park/Neptune Juneteenth Celebration
  • The Symposium of Supervillainy
  • PF3 Studios Pop Up Shop
  • B-52’s LGBTQ After Party, with All Night Karaoke
  • Dance Asbury Park: A Celebration of Movement
  • Drag Brunch Karaoke with Divinity Banks
  • Father’s Day Blues Jam
  • Hip Hop in the Round
  • Sunday on St. John’s
  • SoulFull Sunday
  • Asbury Park Dance Festival Presents: Dance Is Life

North to Shore grant recipients: Atlantic City

  • Noyes Makers: 2023 New Jersey Arts Annual
  • Sisters: An Art Exhibit with Spoken Word, Live Music, & Candid Conversations About Women
  • Samples N Needles
  • Mark Ostow’s Atlantic City Boardwalk Photo Portrait Workshop
  • From Earth to Cup
  • Comedy by the Water Presents: Joe Clair & Friends Comedy Show
  • Chicken Bone Beach Historical Foundation Inc. Presents: Tim Warfield & Terell Stafford featuring the Temple All-Stars
  • The Cason Express Show Band Jazz, Pop & R&B — The History of Music in A.C.
  • Angela Burton and Passion
  • Back Sov Bullies Concert
  • Global Grooves: Music & Arts in the Park
  • Boogie Daze Pool Party
  • Paint the Shore Mural Project
  • North Beach Mini Golf Presents: Golf & Jazz with Eric Alexander and Friends
  • Soup Can’s Candemonium
  • We Love A.C. Mural
  • Yo Eleven: One Woman, Many Voices

North to Shore grant recipients: Newark

  • Creatives + Filmmakers Happy Hour
  • Hear + See: An Immersive Exploration of Art + Sound
  • Yendor Theatre Company Rodney M. Gilbert Memorial Salon & Lecture Series
  • Late Night Brick City Jam, CDRE Mural Release & Cocktails at All Points West Distillery
  • The Other Side of Newark, presented by Wonda Music Inc
  • Newark Levels
  • Brick City Comedy Revue
  • Party at bunkr.
  • Index Art Center Presents Going Deep: Work and Process Presented by Three Artists
  • Ironbound Arts on Ferry Street
  • Newark Dances: A Choreographic Dance Festival
  • Vibes in the City: There’s No Place Like Home
  • Jersey Club 101
  • Hip Hop Meets Jazz Orchestra
  • Akwaaba Gallery: N.J. Group Exhibition
  • Art-Official Intelligence
  • BrownMill Anniversary Block Party
  • PBNJ Presents Club Chronicles Livestream
  • You Got VERRRSED: N.J. Poets vs. N.Y. Poets
  • House the Gap
  • Collar’d
  • Carrie Jackson & Jazzin’ All Stars
  • Down in the Ro, an Open Mic Series
  • Roc & The Collective Soul Sessions: A Night of

“The North to Shore Festival will bring together a tremendous lineup of legendary talent that will showcase New Jersey’s creativity, diversity and innovation across the arts, film and technology,” the governor said. “The top-notch performers and events announced today will bring New Jerseyans and tourists from throughout the region to our cities, spurring significant economic activity and opportunities for our world-class restaurants, performance venues, hotels and shops. We look forward to celebrating all New Jersey has to offer across hundreds of events in three of our most iconic cities.”

“The North to Shore Festival will spotlight New Jersey’s best and brightest talents alongside
world-renowned entertainers. The grants awarded to the dozens of artists and groups will allow each to put on an unforgettable performance,” Tammy Murphy said. “We are
thrilled to see the excitement from folks across the state as we grow closer to the start of the festival, and we look forward to showing the world what the Garden State has to offer.”

Many events are free, and all are scheduled to allow visitors to attend multiple concerts, film screenings and other events over the course of each weekend.

“A Jersey festival isn’t a Jersey festival unless it’s an authentic reflection of the artists who bring their creativity to work in this state 365 days a year,” David Rodriguez, executive vice
president and executive producer of NJPAC, said. “We’re proud that this festival is a genuine microcosm of the special character of each of the cities that will be hosting this new celebration.

“I encourage everyone who plans to attend one of our large venue events to be sure to experience the citywide creativity that will be on offer during the North to Shore weekend.”

NJPAC will produce this three-weekend extravaganza in collaboration with partners including Montclair Film, Newark International Film Festival, TechUnited/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!

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, Outfront, Public Service Enterprise Group and
RWJBarnabas Health.

United Airlines is the Official Airline Sponsor for the 2023 North to Shore Festival.

Support for North to Shore in Atlantic City is provided by the Casiello Philanthropic
Foundation. Support for North to Shore in Newark is provided by Audible, Newark City
Parks Foundation and Newark Alliance.

Tickets for the North to Shore Festival are available at