The final weekend in April is a big one for the New Jersey DIY scene.
On Saturday, April 29, the New Jersey Folk Festival will be held on the Great Lawn of the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University – New Brunswick. This student-run festival is the oldest annual folk festival in the state, featuring three stages, arts and crafts, and a yearly theme (this year’s is Turkish traditions). Held rain or shine, this event runs from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and is free to attend! However, if you wish to bring money, there will be vendors available throughout the festival, offering everything from food to art.
Quick tip: Rutgers Day, an event the university holds for the surrounding communities, is held at the same time. While that means there will be more to do bordering the folk festival, it also means there may be large crowds and road closures – so plan accordingly. Facebook page here.
On Sunday, April 30, 90.3 The Core Presents: Corefest 2017 will be held at the Cook Student Center at Rutgers University. Put on by the local college radio station, this festival gives local bands the opportunity to perform alongside larger acts while also providing entertainment for the community. The event begins at 3 p.m., and is expected to run until approximately 9 p.m. This year, the lineup is as follows:
- The Hotelier (MA): high school pals-turned-successful indie band gearing up for some summer festival dates
- Petal (PA): permanent member Kiley Lotz with a rotating group of talented musicians
- The Moms (NJ): nationally touring power-trio of non-parents
- Curtis Cooper (PA): sometimes full band, sometimes solo, always packs a punch
- Hong Kong Graffiti (NJ): local Battle of the Bands winner that kept everyone at their basement victory movin’
- Johnnycola (NJ): local Battle of the Bands winner ready to shower you in indie psych
Tickets are $10 for Rutgers students, $15 for everyone else. Free parking is available in lots 76, 97, and 99A. Facebook event here.