NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — Whether you like to dance, headbang or sit back and enjoy some jazz, you're sure to get down with New Brunswick's soundtrack to the rest of the summer.
Hub City Sounds, a festival series featuring music and various artistic performances, began in mid-July and is set to run until mid-October, according to the city. The free, family-friendly events are put on by the New Brunswick Cultural Center and Johnson & Johnson, and they take place in Boyd Park and throughout downtown.
For events at Boyd Park, free parking is typically available at the Rutgers Public Safety building.
While the first festival, Guelaguetza Migrante, is over, there are plenty more tunes to come. Here's the schedule and what you need to know about each show
Second annual Indo-American Festival, 1-6 p.m. Aug. 12, Boyd Park
Attendees can expect theater, dance, live music, henna, food, crafts and more.
Second annual Caribbean Festival, 12-6 p.m. Aug. 26, Boyd Park
Come have fun with food, vendors, moon castles, face-painting, a petting zoo and live performances from a number of artists, including Arita, Jazmine Stewart, Ramya and more.
Rock New Brunswick, Sept. 8-10
An all-ages show is scheduled for 12-6 p.m. Sept. 10 in Boyd Park, featuring Hub City Stompers, Sharief in Burgundy, Silent Knight & The Band Called FUSE and more. The event also includes a DIY flea market and food trucks. A 21+ after-party begins at 8 p.m. at Scarlet Pub.
But before that, from 7-9 p.m. Sept. 8, check out a panel discussion on the storied New Brunswick music scene at Rutgers University's Alexander Library. Then, from 8-11 p.m. Sept. 9, the Neighborhood Watch DJ Collective plays NJ Skate on Easton Avenue.
Fifth annual Central Jersey Jazz Festival, 1-6 p.m. Sept. 16, George Street
The New Brunswick Jazz Project hosts the area's most acclaimed jazz festival on George Street, between Liberty and Paterson streets. The event features an “all-star lineup,” including Jimmy Cobb, Lucien Barbarian and Cocomama.
Raritan River Festival, 12-5:30 p.m. Sept. 24, Boyd Park
This annual event shines a light on the history and environmental significance of the Raritan. It includes live music, food, a beer garden, activities and more.
Hub City Sounds @ Ciclovia with the annual Corazon Latino Festival, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 8, Joyce Kilmer Park
Ciclovia, the event in which certain city streets temporarily close to motor vehicle traffic, will join forces with music and culture from Latino and Caribbean communities.