Thursday, July 29, 2021

New Brunswick Cultural Center/Arts New Brunswick presents the 11th Annual Hub City Sounds, Aug.-Oct. 2021

11th Annual Hub City Sounds
WHENAugust 7 through October 31, 2021
WHERE: New Brunswick

New Brunswick Cultural Center/Arts New Brunswick presents the 11th annual Hub City Sounds series, taking place this summer to fall. This FREE, family-friendly series is a performing, visual, and culinary arts festival with events for all ages and tastes. This year’s festival is both virtual and in-person.

“The arts scene in New Brunswick is back and we are thrilled to announce the return of Hub City Sounds which will provide entertainment both in-person and virtually,” said Tracey O’Reggio Clark, Interim Executive Director of the New Brunswick Cultural Center. “This year’s hybrid model allows for our guests to choose their arts viewing experience. They can join us live and in-person or they can sit back, relax, and enjoy the festivities from the comfort of their own home.”

The Hub City Sounds series includes a variety of activities and events for all ages including music and dance performances, artist interviews, food tutorials, spoken word performances, craft making, behind-the-scenes videos of the New Brunswick theater scene, and more!

The festival includes collaborations with the city of New Brunswick,  County of Middlesex, New Brunswick Development Corporation, New Brunswick City Center, New Brunswick Free Public Library, New Brunswick Community Arts Council, Rutgers Department of Government Affairs, Elijah’s Promise, coLAB Arts, New Brunswick Department of Recreation, Esparanza Neighborhood Coalition, Middlesex County Regional Chamber of Commerce, Civic League of Greater New Brunswick, Youth Advocacy Program, AMARDV, Robert Wood Baranabas Health, New Brunswick Tomorrow, LiveWell/Vivir Bien, New Brunswick Area NAACP, Metuchen – Edison Area NAACP, Perth Amboy Area NAACP, American Hungarian Foundation, Rutgers Collaborative,
Middlesex College New Brunswick Center, New Brunswick Jazz Project, TEMPO Networks, United Caribbean American Network, TSO Productions, TV Asia, Metuchen Arts Council, Highland Park Arts Commission, Nivrana Dance Academy, Hub City Jazz Festival, Indo-American Festival, Inc., New Brunswick Performing Arts Center (NBPAC), Arts Institute of Middlesex County, State Theatre New Jersey, George Street Playhouse, Crossroads Theatre Company, American Repertory Ballet, Rutgers, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Zimmerli Art Museum, and the Stress Factory Comedy Club.



Indo-American Festival  
WHEN: Saturday, August 7, 3pm-6pm – live stream

Learn about the Asian Indian culture, featuring theatre, music and dance performances and a delicious culinary demonstration for the entire family to enjoy.

2nd Annual New Brunswick HEART Festival 
WHEN: Saturday, August 14

4pm-7pmIn-person and live stream: Monument Square, 2 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick
7pm-9pmIn-person and live stream: Art Battle at Above Art Studio, 55B Morris St., New Brunswick

9pm – Excite the Night – Live DJs – Run the Fade at Roosterspin (120 Albany St.); New Brunswick WHERE: Vinyl Society at Ani Ramen (37 Easton Ave); TBD @ Delta’s (19 Dennis Street).

This year’s festival will take place in downtown New Brunswick in-person at Monument Square at 2 Livingston Ave and will be live streamed on YouTube. The festival, which celebrates all of the vibrant arts and history that New Brunswick and the County of Middlesex has to offer, will feature live music, craft making activities, and more! This year's lineup includes the New Brunswick Brass Band; New Brunswick Latin band, Sonido Latino; jazz violinist Bri Black; a large salsa dance party dance class with Elvis Ruiz; inspirational opera singer Sonya Headlam; tap dancer Omar Edwards; a roaming Pipes and Drums band; an English-Spanish musical performance for the kids by the Bilingual BirdiesNew Brunswick Vinyl Society and Silent Knight; and so much more.

6th  Annual CariFest
WHEN: Saturday, August 21, 3pm-6pm – live stream

Revel in the Caribbean vibes with us as we explore the English, Spanish, Dutch and French speaking diaspora, featuring dance, music and culinary delights–virtually–right from the comfort of the venue of your choice.  

10th  Annual Central Jersey Jazz Festival
WHEN: Saturday, September  11, 1pm-6pm – In-person and live stream
 In front of New Brunswick Performing Arts Center (NBPAC), 11 Livingston Ave, New Brunswick

This unique, live Jazz festival is hosted in partnership with Flemington, New Brunswick, Somerville with the addition of Metuchen this year. Join in person or watch it live on Facebook at

Arts New Brunswick Festival and MCFOODS Food Drive
WHEN: Saturday, September 18 – In-person; 10am-4pm – Food Drive; 2pm-4pm – Festival
: In front of New Brunswick Performing Arts Center (NBPAC), 11 Livingston Ave, New Brunswick

The MCFOODS Hunger Action Month food drive takes place in front of the New Brunswick Performing Arts Center. Bring a food or monetary donation. The event will include the New Brunswick Vinyl Society spinning tunes from Old School to New School.

Corazon Latino / Día De Muertos / Halloween Celebration—Trick or Treat Around Town
WHEN: Sunday, October 31, 2pm-5pm – In-person
WHERE: Downtown New Brunswick

This artistic and cultural trifecta experience features live performances in front of New Brunswick Performing Arts Center (NBPAC) and State Theatre New Jersey on Livingston Avenue, an interactive mural creation celebrating the lives of loved ones and introducing Trick or Treating “Row” on George Street and French Street.

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

Hub City Sounds is sponsored by Middlesex County and New Brunswick City Center.

New Brunswick Cultural Center’s mission is to stimulate the cultural development and economic growth of arts and entertainment in New Brunswick through the enhancement, preservation, maintenance and effective administration of existing and future venues that service the primary constituent base of the New Brunswick Cultural Center. And, by nurturing emerging and viable arts, educational and entertainment organizations that reach the diverse communities of New Brunswick, New Brunswick Cultural Center and its Arts Partners thrive to establish New Brunswick as the premier arts and entertainment destination in the region.