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Maplewoodstock to postpone until July 2022

After much research and consultation with local health officials, the Maplewoodstock Volunteer Committee has made the decision to postpone the Maplewoodstock Music and Arts Festival from October 2021 until July 2022.  We are very disappointed to share this news.

We had high hopes to present the festival in October, but the more transmissible COVID-19 Delta variant, combined with other factors, has led to an increasing number of COVID-19 cases throughout NJ, including Essex County.

Maplewoodstock is a family-friendly and community event, enjoyed by all ages including children. One of many factors that led to our decision is that children are not currently eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, and we cannot in good conscience put them at risk. The committee discussed many alternatives that might allow us to hold the festival this October.  However, as the health and safety of the bands, artists, vendors, partners, volunteers, attendees — especially our children — must be our top priority, we feel very strongly that, while disappointing, this is the responsible decision.

Our bands, sponsors, vendors, and volunteers have already been informed of this postponement.

Peace, be safe, and we hope to see you in July 2022.

Maplewoodstock Announces Canopy Lottery for 2021 Festival

Maplewoodstock is pleased to announce a pilot program for the 2021 festival that puts an end to the 5 AM “running of the canopies” mayhem: The Canopy Lottery.

All Maplewood and South Orange residents will be able to enter a free lottery for canopy space.

More details to come soon on Maplewoodstock.com and Maplewoodstock’s Facebook page, but start talking to your neighbors and friends about how great it will be to sleep later, calmly put up your canopy, and know that everyone from our two towns will have an equally fair shot of obtaining canopy space for this year’s festival.

Food Vendor Applications Now Open

We are now accepting application for our Food vendor spaces.  Please see our Food Vendor Info page.

Arts Vendor Applications Now Open

We are now accepting application for our Arts vendor spaces.  Please see our Arts Vendor Info page.

Full Music Lineup Announced

The Maplewoodstock Music & Arts Festival is announcing our full lineup for our Oct 2-3 festival.  We are so excited to bring this festival back to our community after a year hiatus.  Stay tuned for more details in the coming weeks on how we will run this festival for 2021.

Galactic, Friends of the Brothers, and Funk Yeah! to headline Maplewoodstock 2021

Galactic will headline Saturday night, Oct 2.  Friends of the Brothers will headline Sunday night, Oct 3.  Funk Yeah! will be featured on Sunday night.  Read all the details on our Music page.

Sponsorship and advertising opportunities still available

We still have a few sponsorships and advertising opportunities available to local folks looking to get their business or organization out in front of our huge and passionate audience. See you in October, and see https://maplewoodstock.com/sponsorship/

Maplewoodstock Attendee Survey

In order to get a better sense of the attendees of our annual Maplewoodstock Music and Arts Festival, we’ve conducted a short survey.

The survey is now closed, and we will be tabulating the results to report those in the coming weeks.

Maplewoodstock postponed to Oct 2-3, 2021:

We hope you are all holding up as these unprecedented times continue and that you are surviving this winter. It is with some sadness, but also some optimism, that we have decided to postpone Maplewoodstock 2021 until the weekend of October 2-3.

While we are all encouraged by the fact that vaccines are now being rolled out, we are also concerned about the variants that are surfacing. Obviously, these thoughts are with us all, regardless of the context. However, with regards to Maplewoodstock, we are cautiously optimistic that come October we will be able to put on the event, even if it may be a bit different than in prior years.Of course, all of this depends on the federal, state, and local mandates that may or may not be in place at that time.

We also need to say that as of today (Feb 16, 2021) it is still far too early to determine what the world will look like in October. We make this announcement with the understand that we still may need to cancel the event, but at the same time given the timing of funding, booking acts, getting vendors, ordering merchandise, etc. (which will all be managed differently this year) we need to make certain decisions now. We are confident that pushing the event to October will give us the necessary time to make a safe and informed decision.

Please be safe, and we hope to see you soon.
— The Maplewoodstock Volunteer Committee

OLDER NEWS:

Maplewoodstock 2020 canceled

After much discussion the Maplewoodstock Volunteer Committee has decided to cancel Maplewoodstock 2020.  We originally (back in April 2020) postponed from July to October, but now need to cancel the 2020 festival altogether.

We, of course, are very disappointed to share this news. The committee discussed many alternatives.  However, as the health and safety of our community, bands, artists, vendors, partners, township employees and volunteers must be our top priority, we feel very strongly that this is the right direction.

We are reaching out to the community and our artists, bands, and vendors to share this news.  We look forward to seeing everyone in 2021.

Thanks to all the people who came out for our 2019 festival: musicians, vendors, volunteers, attendees, public safety and public works crews, etc. The nine-member Maplewoodstock Organizing Committee will be taking a few days off to recover before starting planning our 2020 event.

Watch our social media sites for some more updates of photos/videos in the coming weeks.

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Folks, the nine volunteers behind the Maplewoodstock could not be more proud of the annual two-day free festival we bring to our community every year. Known or not, we raise nearly 100% of the funds to power this festival every single year — hiring a professional sound stage, booking headline acts, manufacturing t-shirts, etc. Your support — your purchase of our t-shirts, your support of our advertisers and sponsors, your patronage of our arts and food vendors — make this festival possible.

If you would like to sponsor or advertise with us, please see our SPONSORSHIP page.

We also gratefully take donations via the donation button above the ads on this page.

Maplewoodstock Videos

Here are some featured videos.  We have a lot more at our Maplewoodstock YouTube channel.

Autumn Jones at Maplewoodstock 2019.  A fan favorite.
Some of us nine volunteer organizers had a video interview with Village Green NJ about the decision to postpone our free, two-day festival from July to October.
A few of us from the Maplewoodstock Committee appeared on MAPSO Juice
Check out Turquaz performing Talking Heads’ Slippery People
Check out Lisa Rott and the All Terrain Band