Thursday, June 27, 2024

New Jersey Clearwater Festival to Return to Asbury Park Labor Day Weekend

49th Annual NJ Clearwater Festival

Labor Day Weekend, August 31 and September 1; 1 to 8 PM Saturday and 1 to 5 PM Sunday

Asbury Park, NJ
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The New Jersey Friends of Clearwater (NJFC) has announced that they are returning to Asbury Park on  for their celebration of the environment with music, song and information about how to protect it is the state’s largest eco-festival. 

“Asbury Park is a perfect location—it’s a beautiful seaside city and a certified Green City, committed to sustainability, and with a great music tradition.” said Chrissie Goedkoop of Howell, President of NJFC. “Our Festival goal for 49 years has been to combine family-friendly fun with a variety of outstanding music, and lots of information about how to protect our environment.”

“Asbury Park is excited to celebrate its New Jersey Sustainable certification since 2018 with the Clearwater Festival this summer,." said Michele Alonso, City Planner and Chair of the city Green Team.

Tom Pivinsky of the Asbury Park Environmental Shade Tree Commission will be among the many environment groups at the Festival "The ESTC is inviting all Clearwater guests to show the children how to feed the birds and their parents how plant new trees in their front or back yards," he said.

The two-day, bring your own chair event in beautiful Sunset Park near the ocean will be filled with: the sounds of music -rock, pop, gospel, jazz and more - on stage by local and national performers, spontaneous dancing, a children’s area, and useful information from environmental groups focused on protecting Mother Earth along with vendors, crafters, and food. As he has for many years, Brian Ostering of the popular band The Wag (right) is assembling an impressive line up of professional performers for the Festival stage, The NJFC Circle of Song, a group of folk singers and musicians who traditionally invite others to join in, will also have a stage.

The Festival began in 1975 on Sandy Hook, and was inspired by a visit from environmentalist and folk singer Pete Seeger. The event was in Asbury Park from 2002 to 20012 and has since been to Long Branch, Middletown and Red Bank.

NJFC is inviting environmental groups, vendors, including food vendors, crafters, 
sponsors and donors to be part of this event.