Arts & Entertainment

5th Annual Hub City Sounds Festival

Credits: New Brunswick Cultural Center
Credits: New Brunswick Cultural Center
Credits: New Brunswick Cultural Center

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ— New Brunswick Cultural Center/ Arts New Brunswick, and Johnson & Johnson present the fifth annual Hub City Sounds series, taking place this summer from July 24 through September 18. This FREE family-friendly series includes music, dance, and much more from industry professionals, emerging artists, local theatre companies, and other artists. Locations for this year’s festival include Boyd Park, Joyce Kilmer Park, Crossroads Theatre, State Theatre, and on Livingston Avenue in downtown New Brunswick.

“We are thrilled to celebrate our fifth year of Hub City Sounds in the wonderful city of New Brunswick,” said Tracey O'Reggio Clark, Interim Executive Director of the New Brunswick Cultural Center. “Over the past five years we have presented local artists of the finest caliber, representing cultures from around the world and this year is no exception.”

“coLAB Arts is incredibly happy to be back for its fourth year as a program partner for Hub City Sounds,” added Dan Swern, Producing Director of coLAB. “NBCC never disappoints to demonstrate real ambition with the diversity and scope of its free summer events and coLAB Arts is proud to be consistently represented with challenging and enjoyable performances.” 

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Festivalgoers are welcome to bring blankets or chairs for lawn seating at park events, and refreshments and retail will be available to purchase. The festival includes collaborations with the city of New Brunswick, State Theatre New Jersey, George Street Playhouse, Crossroads Theatre Company, American Repertory Ballet, New Brunswick City Market,  coLAB Arts, New Brunswick Department of Recreation, Esparanza, Middlesex Chamber of Commerce, Civic League of Greater New Brunswick, Rutgers Center for Latino Arts and Culture, Lazos America Unida, Rutgers Collaborative,New Brunswick Jazz Project, Mela Arts Group, Kalyanni, Hub City Jazz Festival and many more. Admission is free of charge for all Hub City Sounds events. Free parking is available for the Boyd Park events, exactly one block away at the Rutgers Public Safety Building, located at 55 Commercial Avenue.


Sunday, July 24 – 1pm to 6pm


At Boyd Park, Rt. 18 North

Featuring the beautiful food, music, cultural dances, and traditions from Oaxaca, Mexico.

Saturday, August 6 – 1pm to 6pm

Official Festival Kick Off of Hub City Sounds!

Hub City Theatre Festival / Hub City Festival de Teatro

Reflections and Renewals

On Livingston Avenue, between George Street & New Street

Featuring New Brunswick’s District Jazz Band (high school and middle school musicians), live acoustic street performances, pop up theatre, fire breathers, and sneak previews of musical and performance acts that will be featured throughout the entire music and concert series.

Saturday, August 13 – 12pm to 6pm

1st Annual Indo-American Festival

At Boyd Park, Rt. 18 North

Offering mouthwatering treats and music and theatre performances inspired by the rich tradition and culture of India.

Saturday, August 20 – 2pm to 4pm

Motion: Best of New Jersey Dance @ Crossroads Theatre, 7 Livingston Avenue

Featuring some of the region’s best professional dance artists, curated by coLAB Arts.

Saturday, August 27 – 1pm to 6pm

1st Annual Caribbean Festival @ Livingston Avenue, between George Street & New Street

Featuring Caribbean cuisine and music and dance performances including reggae, soca & calypso, to salsa and Cuban drumming.

Sunday, September 11– 12pm to 6pm

Rock New Brunswick

At Joyce Kilmer Park, 143 Joyce Kilmer Avenue

Punk music and entertainment, featuring Latin Rock and Afro Punk performances and a “Battle of the Bands” contest with High School Rock Bands from New Brunswick, curated by coLAB Arts.

Saturday, September 17 – 1pm to 6pm

4th Annual Central Jersey Jazz Festival

On Livingston Avenue, between George Street & New Street

Featuring an unparalleled collaboration between three communities in three different counties consisting of the Flemington, New Brunswick, and Somerville. This three day concert is a must-attend festival for jazz and art lovers, creating a true destination event that showcases world renowned performers and visual artists.

Sunday, September 18 – 1pm to 6pm

Corazon Latino Festival: Kick off to Latino Heritage Month

At Joyce Kilmer Park, 143 Joyce Kilmer Avenue

Celebrating the rich Latino and Caribbean culture of New Brunswick with traditional cultural dances, music, and much more.


For more information on the Hub City Sounds events call 732-729-0320, ext. 201 or visit

New Brunswick Cultural Center’s mission is to stimulate the cultural development and economic growth of arts and entertainment in New Brunswick through the enhancement, preservation, maintenance and effective administration of existing and future venues that service the primary constituent base of the New Brunswick Cultural Center. And, by nurturing emerging and viable arts, educational and entertainment organizations that reach the diverse communities of New Brunswick, New Brunswick Cultural Center and its Arts Partners thrive to establish New Brunswick as the premier arts and entertainment destination in the region.

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