Music & Activities

While home-grown New Jersey musicians literally take center stage at the Highlands Festival at Waterloo, there are a host of activities planned over the two days throughout 70 acres of Waterloo Village, in a “Celebration of All Things Local.”


  • Nonstop performances featuring great bands with New Jersey connections.
  • Email us to submit your band for consideration.

Food & Beverage                                    

  • Local Food Court – Vendors of all kinds with a focus on local, naturally grown food. Some allergy-free options available and some festival food favorites too!
  • Beer Garden – Amazing brews from the local area and wine from the Garden State.

Living History

  • Guided tours of the village and the rides on the canal.
  • New Jersey Canal Museum will be open.
  • Smith’s Store, Rutan Cabin, Blacksmith Shop and the Gristmill will be open for interpretation.
  • Interpretive tours of Waterloo’s recreated Lenape Village.


  • Kayaking
  • Fishing
  • Nature walks
  • Bikes welcome
  • Pets on leash welcome
  • NEW! Camping (advise reserving ahead due to space limitations)

    Photo by Mike Pavarini

    Photo by Mike Pavarini


  • Photography Workshop – Learn how to photograph the natural world with renowned nature photographer Dwight Hiscano
  • Art/Photo Exhibit – Enter your artwork!

Demos & Workshops

Animal lovers will enjoy our working dog demos and other wildlife expos. Experts on local, environmental and sustainable issues will also hold workshops throughout the weekend.

Green/Crafts/Fair Trade Marketplace

  • Crafts – We encourage the use of re-used, recycled, pesticide-free and sustainably harvested materials whenever possible, as well as hands-on crafts experiences and demonstrations.
  • Fair Trade – Fair-trade crafts and other products that are not made by the vendor, but must still be made without the use of sweat-shops or environmentally hazardous materials or conditions.     Knotted Leatherwork 143

Cause Crusaders

  • Through interactive displays and demonstrations, non-profit groups will showcase their work and explain how their efforts help to heal and transform the world into a better place.

Zero Waste 

  • To minimize the amount of material going into the waste stream, we will have “Zero Waste” stations throughout the village where recyclables and compostables will be collected separately from trash. Vendors will provide food in compostable or recyclable service ware. Volunteers will be on hand to help you sort your trash and to answer any questions.