ESSEX COUNTY, NJ – Though Mother Nature has not made it easy, the 2018 Essex County Free Summer Music Series will continue through August.   Upcoming concerts feature International Food and Music Festival, Latino Festival, Kennedy Dancers and Alex Bugnon.

“Our Free Concert Series offers a diverse lineup of performers who will take center stage in venues throughout our historic Essex County Park System. Pack a blanket, enjoy the cool evening breeze and dance to the sounds of classical, rock and roll, jazz, big band, Latin and more,” County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo said.

International Food and Music Festival

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The International Food and Music Festival will be held in Ivy Hill Park and showcase art exhibits, music, food from all ove the world, and child-friendly activities.  

                    Date:            Saturday, August 11, 2018

                    Time:           4 to 9 p.m.

                    Place:          Essex County Ivy Hill Park

                                        Mt. Vernon Place

                                        Newark, NJ


Latino Festival

The Latino Festival will be held n Essex County Monte Irvin Orange Park and will showcase performances, music, and food that are characteristic of the Latin American community. The Latino Festival will be held as follows:


Date:            Sunday, August 12, 2018

Time:           12 noon to 8 p.m.

Place:          Essex County Monte Irvin Orange Park

                    Center Street and Harrison Street, Orange, NJ


Kennedy Dancers

Founded in 1976 by Diane Dragone, the Kennedy Dancers are a Jersey City-based professional, American dance company that strives to bring dance opportunities to low-income and at-risk teens. Students learn ballet, modern, tap, hip-hop, ethnic dance and more, and are provided with scholarship opportunities. Dragone and contributing choreographers Bong Dizon and Eli Cano place an emphasis on raising awareness about the talents of women and minority dancers. The Kennedy Dancers will perform as follows:


Date:            Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Time:           7 p.m.

Place:          Essex County Anderson Park

                    274 Bellevue Avenue

                    Upper Montclair, NJ


Jazz under the Stars featuring Alex Bugnon

The Essex County Summer Concert Series continues with a jazz concert by Alex Bugnon. Postponed earlier in the summer because of rain, his performance will be held as follows:


Date:            Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Time:           7:30 p.m.

Place:          Essex County Brookdale Park

                    Watchung Avenue, Bloomfield

                    Bellevue Avenue, Bloomfield


The SummerMusic Concert Series is being sponsored by Rose Squared Productions, The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey and TD Bank. The series is also made possible, in part, by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State. 

Concerts are held at accessible sites. Persons who require special accommodations or assistance are asked to call at least two weeks prior to the concert to alert staff as to their needs. Admission to the concerts is free. For more information, please call the Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs at 973‑268-3500.