Sept 24 – Art and Highland Park Perfect Together at Renowned Festival

Arts in the Park, Highland Park New Jersey’s annual arts street festival, showcases fine arts and crafts from all over the region and shines a spotlight on Highland Park’s vibrant, diverse, multi-faceted arts scene. This outdoor juried art show and street fair draws thousands of people to the streets of Highland Park to enjoy top-notch art, music, and food while exploring Highland Park’s downtown as a shopping and dining destination. This year’s festival, lucky 13, is the biggest one ever, with over 220 artists and vendors selling art, food, and crafts under tents along Raritan Avenue (Route 27) in Highland Park.


Juried Art Show


This year’s art show judges represent a diverse array of artists, arts professionals, and local celebrities. The juried art show features cash awards for first, second, and third places in eight categories: Graphics/Drawing/Printmaking, Fine Crafts, Mixed Media, Textiles/Quilts/Needlework, Painting, Jewelry, Photography, and Sculpture.

This year’s art show judges are:

  • Annie Hogan, Visual, Performing & Media Arts Department Chair at Middlesex County College
  • Tim Larsen, Owner, Tim Larsen Photography, LLC; Director of Multimedia, NJ Governor Chris Christie
  • Sheryl Magaziner, Highland Park Public Schools
  • James Nichols, AIA, Architect and Main Street Highland Park Design Committee Chair
  • Amee Pollack, Manager, BFA and BA programs in visual arts and design at Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey
  • Melissa Quaal, Sewing blogger at, DIY sewing freelancer, and sewing instructor
  • Géza Günther Schenk, Graphic Designer and Owner, GGS Communication, LLC

 Live Music & Performing Arts

On the festival’s four performance stages along Raritan Avenue (Route 27), there is a wide range variety of music and performances. The performance lineup is as follows:


PERFORMANCE STAGE #1, Raritan Avenue & 2nd Avenue

11:30 am — 12:15 pm: Daoine (Irish Traditional)

12:30 pm — 1:25 pm: Anderson Council (Rock)

1:35 pm — 2:30 pm: RGD (Rock)

2:45 pm — 3:30 pm: The Nowhere (Rock)

3:45 pm — 4:30 pm: The Brixton Riot (Rock)


PERFORMANCE STAGE #2, Raritan Avenue @ 5th Avenue

11:30 am — 12:10 pm: John Bianculli Group (Jazz)

12:20 pm — 12:55 pm: Magnolia Street String Band (Bluegrass)

1:05 pm — 1:45 pm: Mr. Ray (Kids’ Rock)

1:55 pm— 2:35 pm: Danny & Jeremy (Rock)

2:45 pm — 3:00 pm: American Repertory Ballet (Ballet)

3:05 pm — 3:30 pm: Ziran Martial Arts (Martial Arts)

3:30 pm — 3:45 pm: Be You Dance (Dance)

3:50 pm — 4:30 pm: Dennis MC DoNoUgh (Rock)


SPEAK MUSIC STAGE, Raritan Avenue @ South 3rd Avenue

11:30 am — 4:30 pm: Instrument Petting Zoo and performances by Speak Music students & faculty (Salsa, rock, and jazz)


PINO’S PERFORMANCE STAGE, Raritan Avenue @ North 4th Avenue

11:30 am — 12:30 pm: Rock Performances

12:40 pm—12:55 pm: Middlesex County College Dance Dept (Dance)

1:00 pm — 1:15 pm: Kinetics Fitness (Zumba & Dance)

1:30 pm — 4:30 pm: Rock Performances


Sustainable Fashion Project

Because reducing your carbon footprint is always in style, Pino’s Wine Shoppe worked with Sustainable Highland Park to challenging the talented artsy people of Highland Park to create dresses out of plastic bags. The dresses will be on display inside Pino’s during Arts in the Park.



Main Street Highland Park would also like to thank our generous arts festival sponsors, without whom this festival would not be possible.


Learn More

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