Millburn, NJ – The Grateful Ed Foundation (aka Millburn Education Foundation*) is taking their fourth annual Rocktoberfest to a new level. The community music festival and fundraiser, which takes place at Taylor Park on Saturday, September 28, is expanding in all ways with additional arts and fitness activities and a broader array of music, food, and entertainment sure to please festival-goers of all ages. Event proceeds benefit the Millburn Education Foundation, which has donated over $3 million in gifts and grants to benefit the eight Millburn public schools and continues to enhance the schools via its grant system.

Music fans take note: the Rocktoberfest lineup is finalized! 26 bands will perform at this year’s event, including some of Millburn’s own teen performers and parent bands. Other musicians hail from as near as Livingston and Maplewood, and as far as Rhode Island. The first featured band, performing at 6PM, is soul/reggae/pop spectra phenom Leon and the Peoples, a nationwide touring band whose 2nd album debuted at #3 on the Billboard Hot Singles Sales Chart. At 7:15, the vibe turns towards southern classic rock with Rocktoberfest All-Star Band. Each member is renowned and has toured with their own bands as well as performed with musical greats such as the Allman Brothers, Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Phil Lesh and Friends, Robby Krieger, The Original Blues Brothers, and more!

In addition to the stellar band lineup, this year Rocktoberfest is launching three separate competitive events. In partnership with One River School of Art & Design, the Rocktoberfest Art Contest invites artists from grades K-12 to submit an art piece by September 21 to be displayed at the event and to be entered to win prizes. From town tennis pro Peggy Schick comes the Rocktoberfest Tennis Open, featuring Round Robins and Drills from 9AM-2PM for ages 6-adult. Finally, King of the Rock Basketball Tournament, run by King Street Kings, is open to 3rd-12th grades. 3 on 3 games will begin at The Sports Academy; the final four teams from each age bracket will play the final games at Taylor Park.

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In celebration of the festival’s success and to spread the word, Rocktoberfest has launched a new website, millburnrocktoberfest.com, featuring all event details. From the musicians to the fitness activities to children’s entertainment to food and shopping, website visitors will learn about all elements and be able to view the scene from last year’s event. Any questions about the various activities, such as how to sign up for the contests, can be answered by a quick tour of the site.

* Formerly The Education Foundation of Millburn-Short Hills.