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June 2023

Halsey, Santana, Alanis Morissette with Aimee Mann, Demi Lovato, Bill Burr, Jay Wheeler, Stephen Colbert with Jim Gaffigan, Marisa Monte, Natalie Merchant, The Smithereens, Gavin DeGraw, Colbie Caillat, Brian Fallon,  Southside Johnny and dozens more headline New Jersey’s first month-long, three-city summer festival. 

NJPAC produces first-of-its-kind celebration of music, technology, comedy,  and film over three jam-packed weekends June 2023 


MARCH 13, 2023 – Newark, NJ – Governor Phil Murphy and First Lady Tammy  Murphy took the stage at NJPAC’s Prudential Hall this morning alongside NJPAC President  and CEO John Schreiber, Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka, Asbury Park Mayor John  Moor, and Atlantic City Mayor Marty Small to announce the North to Shore Festival, an extraordinary three-city celebration of arts and technology kicking off on June 7. 

This inaugural, month-long festival will showcase the talent, diversity and creativity this great  state has to offer. Hosted by three incredible and unique cities, Atlantic City (June 7–11)Asbury Park (June 14–18) and Newark (June 21–25), the North to Shore Festival will bring together 50+ venues for an unprecedented celebration of Jersey-wide excellence,  aligned with Governor Phil Murphy and First Lady Tammy Murphy’s vision for a festival worthy  of the Garden State’s legacy in the arts and innovation. 

“Today, we are thrilled to announce North to Shore — New Jersey’s first multi-city festival  celebrating the very best of music, comedy, film, and technology,” said Governor Phil  Murphy

“This superstar event, held over three weekends in June, will attract folks from all over, creating  another great reason for tourists to visit the Garden State as well as opportunities for local  businesses in three of our iconic cities to shine. These festivals will generate economic activity  and have a significant impact on our region and we look forward to shining a light on the  diversity, creativity, and energy that makes New Jersey unique this summer.” 

“Beyond our global superstar headliners, North to Shore will also showcase the headliners of  tomorrow. From producers to artists, filmmakers to comedians, this month-long celebration will  also serve as an opportunity to elevate dozens of local performers and talent,” said First Lady  Tammy Murphy. “We look forward to sharing New Jersey’s exceptional culture with the rest  of the country and enjoying a festival that will undoubtedly be like no other.” 

From concerts, to comedy, to movies, to presentations from leaders in tech and business, North  to Shore’s offers it all. Best of all, the festival will also feature New Jersey’s homegrown talents  who deliver their own brand of artistic excellence in the Garden State all year round.  

These local favorites will be joined by global headliners including Halsey, Santana, the B52s,  Remember Jones, Bill Burr, Jay Wheeler, Stephen Colbert with Jim Gaffigan,  Alanis Morissette with Aimee Mann, Marisa Monte, Daymond John, Gavin  DeGraw, Colbie Caillat, Natalie Merchant, The Smithereens, Brian Fallon, Southside Johnny and dozens more. This lineup highlights both New Jersey’s own and  those who know that our state is the place to be seen. More artists are being added to the  Festival schedule daily. In addition to musical performances, the festival will include stand-up  comedy shows, thought-provoking conversations with leaders in business, technology  and clean energy, and film screenings.  

NJPAC will produce this three-weekend extravaganza in collaboration with partners including  Montclair Film, Newark International Film Festival, Tech United/Propelify and  MediaSense.  

Music and comedy programming will be produced in collaboration with a cohort of other presenters, including SJ Presents, Madison Marquette, Live Nation, Platinum  Productions and Absolutely Live! 

For cinephiles, a North to Shore Film Pass offers access to multiple screenings. Technology  enthusiasts can use a Tech Pass to take in every one of the demonstrations of New Jersey’s  newest inventions from its next generation of Edisons, with a focus on those developing  sustainable, Earth-friendly new innovations. 

“Newark has a long history of launching brilliance into the world. It’s the birthplace of  passionate artists of every stripe, stellar innovators in industry and science, celebrated intellects  in education and philosophy, and valiant hearts spearheading social progress,” said Newark  Mayor Ras J. Baraka. “With so much celebrity and inventiveness, Newark’s vitality makes it  the premier location for hosting North To Shore June 21-25. 

“We’re thrilled to welcome so many uniquely creative talents to perform in our world-class  venues and storied stages, and we open our arms to visitors from around the world to enjoy  North To Shore’s exciting display of expression and ideas, and experience firsthand the vibrant  energy that makes the City of Newark wonderfully unique.”

“We are big fans of the work the New Jersey Performing Arts Center does connecting  communities to culture and we are grateful to be one of three cities partnering with them for the  North to Shore Festival highlighting the arts, innovation and creativity,” said City of Asbury  Park Mayor John Moor.  

“Asbury Park has a prolific arts scene — and while we are best known for our musical history, we  are also home to a wealth of creators in all art forms including film, dance, theater and the visual  arts. Asbury Park’s creative spirit and diverse talent makes us the perfect place to show off both  local artists and artists from around the great State of New Jersey.” 

“As I like to say, ‘We Live, We Lit, We Outside!’ in Atlantic City and this festival proves it,” said  City of Atlantic City Mayor Marty Small, Sr. “We have such a rich history when it comes  to arts and entertainment in the great City of Atlantic City. Not only is our city a prime location  for filming award-winning productions, but our legacy is built upon groundbreaking artistry. We  

are honored to be chosen by Governor Murphy as one of the hosts of the North to Shore Festival  and cannot wait to welcome even more diverse talents to our beautiful city this summer.” 

The North to Shore Festival is expected to both shine a spotlight on the state’s artistic and  technological prowess, and boost its economy at the start of the summer season. 

“The New Jersey Economic Development Authority is proud to support the North to Shore  Festival, which will celebrate New Jersey’s cultural diversity and legacy of innovation,” said  NJEDA Chief Executive Officer Tim Sullivan. “This festival aligns with Governor  Murphy’s mission to make New Jersey the best state in the nation to live, work, and play all  while providing an economic boost to Newark, Asbury Park, and Atlantic City, by attracting  visitors, generating spending, and showcasing the strength of New Jersey’s arts, culture, and  innovation scenes.” 

“The diversity, the excellence, the breadth of artistic disciplines, the fun – North to Shore is a  festival experience entirely unique to the combination of creativity, imagination and talent only  present in New Jersey,” said John Schreiber, President and CEO of NJPAC

Leadership support for North to Shore has been generously provided by Horizon Blue Cross  Blue Shield of New Jersey, the New Jersey Casino Reinvestment Development  Authority, New Jersey Travel and Tourism, NJM Insurance, PSEG and  RWJBarnabas Health.  

Local producers and art organizations in all three cities are invited to apply for  funding to present events showcasing their city’s unique cultural community;  applications will be accepted through March 24 at

Tickets for the North to Shore Festival will go on sale on Friday,  March 17, 2023, at For the latest updates on  festival concerts, screenings and more, follow the Festival on  Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and TikTok

Presenting partners for music and comedy include Madison Marquette, SJ  Presents, LiveNation, Platinum Productions and Absolutely Live!  



MediaSense is a strategic marketing and communication firm founded by its CEO, Kay Lucas, in  2001. MediaSense works with large, medium, and small companies, including non-profits, to  devise strategically informed growth plans brought to life and today’s digital and experiential  world. Our work is grounded in insights, analysis, and results measurement. 

Montclair Film 

Montclair Film, a non-profit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization connects filmmakers from  around the region and world with audiences by presenting films and year-round programs that  engage, educate, and entertain through the power of visual storytelling. The twelfth annual  Montclair Film Festival will take place from October 20-29, 2023.For more information about  Montclair Film, visit

The Newark International Film Festival 

The Newark International Film Festival is a five-day event that showcases the innovation and  breadth of the film industry. Newarkiff maximizes exposure for independent films, screenplays,  series, and more by drawing in entertainment leaders of the industry. The event includes  screenings, workshops, exhibitions, open call auditions, panels, pitch opportunities,  competitions, after-parties, concerts, and more. Newarkiff is the first international film festival  hosted in Newark, New Jersey. 


TechUnited:NJ is a membership-driven non-profit built to empower the region’s entrepreneurs,  innovators and instigators to build a better future for all, supporting the community through  events, mentorship, content creation, networking and more. TechUnited:NJ is most widely  known for the annual Propelify Innovation Festival, what Forbes calls “the SxSW of the  Northeast,” that unites innovators who propel ideas into action, over the years welcoming over  40,000 attendees for talks, tech, drones, investors, VR, AI, startups, exhibitors, and world renowned thought leaders like Arianna Huffington, Gary Vaynerchuk, Al Roker, Beth Comstock,  Bobbi Brown, NJ Gov. Phil Murphy, Tim Draper and more. 


About NJPAC 

New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), located in downtown Newark, New Jersey, is  among the largest performing arts centers in the United States. It is the artistic, cultural,  educational and civic center of New Jersey — where great performances and events enhance and  transform lives every day. As New Jersey’s Town Square, NJPAC brings diverse communities  together, providing access to all and showcasing the State’s and the world’s best artists, while  acting as a leading catalyst in the revitalization of its home city. Through its extensive Arts  Education programs, NJPAC is shaping the next generation of artists and arts enthusiasts.  NJPAC has attracted over seven million visitors (including more than one million children)  since opening its doors in 1997, and nurtures meaningful and lasting relationships with each of  its constituents. Visit or call 1-888-GO-NJPAC for more information.