NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The eighth annual Hub City Sounds series is returning with free, family-friendly performing, visual, and culinary arts events for all tastes.

Hub City Sounds, presented by New Brunswick Cultural Center/Arts New Brunswick, will kick off Sunday with Just Jersey at Rutgers Gardens, 112 Ryders Lane.

Rutgers Gardens will be filled with live music, dance performances, food and crafts - courtesy of locally sourced artists, musicians, and vendors.

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Hub City Sounds will continue with Carifest on Aug. 24, the Annual Indo-American Festival on Aug. 25, the 7 th Annual Central Jersey Jazz Festival on Sept. 14, Rock New Brunswick on Sept. 21, the 39 th Raritan River Festival on Sept. 22, and 5th Annual Corazon Latino Festival in partnership with El Mercado Esperanza on Oct. 27.

“We are thrilled to bring back Hub City Sounds, a festival that showcases the rich pride and diversity of our region,” said Tracey O'Reggio Clark, interim executive director of the New Brunswick Cultural Center. “We are elated to expand our program locations to include Rutgers Gardens and The Yard at College Avenue; and with activities and events for all ages, Hub City Sounds has something for everyone.”

The Hub City Sounds series includes a variety of activities for kids including a moon castle, face painters, henna, petting zoos, canvas painting, and much more. Locations for this year’s festival include Rutgers Gardens (new location), Boyd Park, Joyce Kilmer Park, The Yard (new location), and on George Street in downtown New Brunswick.

Festivalgoers are welcome to bring blankets or chairs for lawn seating at park events, and refreshments and retail will be available to purchase. Free parking is available for the Boyd Park events, exactly one block away at the Rutgers Public Safety Building, located at 55 Commercial Ave.

The festival includes collaborations with the city of New Brunswick, New Brunswick Development Corporation, New Brunswick City Center, New Brunswick Free Public Library, New Brunswick Community Arts Council, Rutgers Department of Student Affairs, Elijah’s Promise, coLAB Arts, New Brunswick Department of Recreation, Esparanza Neighborhood Coalition, Middlesex Chamber of Commerce, Civic League of Greater New Brunswick, Rutgers Center for Latino Arts and Culture, Rutgers Collaborative, New Brunswick Jazz Project, TEMPO Networks, United Caribbean American Network, Coalition to Preserve Reggae, Hub City Jazz Festival, and Indo-American Festival, Inc.

Just Jersey
Saturday, July 27, 3-7 p.m.
Rutgers Gardens, 112 Ryders Lane, New Brunswick
Celebrate the Jersey summer vibe in the beautiful Rutgers Gardens; filled with live music, dance performances, food and crafts, courtesy of locally sourced artists, musicians, and vendors.

Saturday, Aug. 24, 12-5 p.m.
At  Boyd Park, Rt. 18 North, New Brunswick
Revel in the island vibes with Caribbean cuisine, music, and dance performances (reggae, soca and calypso), a jerk chicken tasting contest, and a special theatrical tribute to Paul Robeson.

Indo-American Festival
Sunday, Aug. 25, 11am-5pm
At Boyd Park, Rt. 18 North, New Brunswick
Offering mouthwatering treats, music and dance performances inspired by the culture and traditions from
Northern and Southern India. Complemented by educational Yoga demonstrations and classes.

7th Annual Central Jersey Jazz Festival
Saturday, Sept. 14, 1-6 p.m.
On George Street (between Livingston Avenue & Paterson Street), New Brunswick
Featuring an unparalleled collaboration between three communities in three different counties: Flemington, New Brunswick, and Somerville.

Rock New Brunswick
Saturday, Sept. 21, 12-5 p.m.
At The Yard, 40 College Avenue, New Brunswick
“Old School Meets New School,” featuring Hip Hop, House, Funk, Rock, and Punk—hailing from the 80s, 90s into today’s era. Nestled in the middle of a beautiful courtyard surrounded by delicious eateries, on Rutgers’ New Brunswick campus.

39 th Raritan River Festival
Rubber Duck Race
Sunday, Sept. 22, 12-6 p.m.
At Boyd Park, Route 18 North, New Brunswick
A celebration of local environment and community featuring live music, vendors, the New Brunswick
Community Farmers Market, activities for children, cardboard canoe races and much more. Also featuring, The Beez Foundation’s annual Rubber Duck Drop into the Raritan River, with prizes for the winners.

5th Annual Corazon Latino Festival in partnership with El Mercado Esperanza
Sunday, Oct. 27, 11.a.m.-4.p.m.
At Joyce Kilmer Park, 143 Joyce Kilmer Ave., New Brunswick
A carnival-themed adventure showcasing rich Latino and Caribbean culture filled with traditional cultural dances, music, visual arts displays, and much more.

For more information on the Hub City Sounds events call 908-917-2862 or visit