MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Maplewoodstock, Maplewood's annual music and arts festival in Memorial Park, is back for it's 13th year this Saturday, July 9, and Sunday, July 10.
Nineteen bands are scheduled to perform over two days, with 12 of the 19 bands first-time performers at Maplewoodstock, according to event organizers who had " a record 106 bands apply." The festival will also feature two headliners and two featured artists.
Saturday's headliners are Railroad Earth, scheduled to perform at 8:15 p.m., and the day's featured artist is Maya Azucena, who will go on at 7 p.m., and also performed at Maplewoodstock in 2010. Azucena is back by "popular demand" according to the Maplewoodstock website.
Sunday's headliners are NRBQ, who will close the festival with their performance slated for 8:15 p.m., with featured artist Nicole Atkins performing immediately before at 6:45 p.m.
The full day's music schedule can be found here, with music both days beginning at noon. A note on the Maplewoodstock website notes that the schedule is subject to change, and "if weather interrupts the schedule we pick up the schedule as per the 'clock.' In other words, if it pours rain from 4 pm to 5:45, we pick up the schedule with whatever band is scheduled to be playing at 5:45. However, we have a covered stage, so light or moderate rain won’t stop us."
In addition to two days of musical performances, Maplewoodstock also features art vendors, food vendors, and a Kids Zone with arts and crafts, face painting, and bouncy rides. There is also a Beer Garden which will open at noon both days, and features four local beers, wine and sangria (more details here).
Maplewoodstock takes place rain or shine. An update to the Maplewoodstock Facebook page on July 6 stated, "Looks like it's gonna be a hot weekend. And maybe a wet one. Remember, we are rain-or-shine. No rain date. We will only cancel or shut down if there is dangerous lightning, hail, or tornado."
This year, there is a new blanket and canopy policy that can be found here. Tent and canopies cannot be set up before 8 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday, according to an update on the Maplewoodstock website.
Maplewoodstock is free to attend, and organizers expect about 7,500 people to attend, with peak crowds between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. each day.