Highlands Festival at Waterloo This Weekend

Jennifer Sneed, Festival Coordinator
973-588-7190 office

Highlands Festival at Waterloo This Weekend

September 19-20, 2015

Discounted $15 Tickets On Sale Until Midnight Friday (Kids FREE)

Performers Include: Willie Nile, Garland Jeffreys, Nadïne LaFond

Activity Schedule Posted

Limited Camping Locations Available

BOONTON, NJ – (September 16, 2015) The New Jersey Highlands Coalition (Coalition) reminds the public that tickets are on sale for the 3rd annual Highlands Festival at Waterloo (Highlands Festival) taking place this weekend September 19-20, 2015 at Waterloo Village and Concert Field in Byram and Allamuchy, NJ.  The discounted online ticket sales end Friday, September 18th. Full price tickets will be sold at the gate Saturday and Sunday. This environmental festival is a “Celebration of all Things Local” and promotes local music, food, art, history, cultural and natural resources. For the past two years the festival had only utilized the historic Waterloo Village area, this year it has expanded to also include the Waterloo Concert Field.

“We continue to grow in size and scope as we host our 3rd annual Highlands Festival at Waterloo,” said Julia Somers, Executive Director of the Coalition. “This festival aims to raise awareness in a fun and interactive way about how important our natural resources are and in particular, to showcase that our precious water source here in the Highlands benefits much of the region.”

This rain-or-shine event is open to people of all ages and features a range of activities, including musical performances, a children’s corner, a local food court, beer garden, marketplace, historical tours, animal demonstrations, various workshops, pony rides, horse-drawn carriage rides, kayaking and more. Full schedule of events is posted on our website: http://highlandsfestivalatwaterloo.org/schedule-of-activities/.  New also this year is the ability to camp at Waterloo during the festival. Festivalgoers that wish to camp are highly encouraged to reserve in advance online, due to the limited amount of spaces available.

The Highlands Festival celebrates Waterloo Village’s past glory as a renowned musical performance venue, enriched by its historic nature and the wealth of musical talent in New Jersey and surrounding areas. In keeping with the locally driven mission, the festival aims to highlight musicians with ties to New Jersey and our local tri-state area. Our full list of performers include the following list of artists (links to their websites embedded):

The Atlanta Cafe Band

Billy Hector

Brown Rice Family

Craig Thatcher Band

Garland Jeffreys 

Hub Hollow

Joe Cirotti



Nadïne LaFond

Occidental Gypsy

Penn Johnson

The Lost Ramblers

Turkey Farm 5

Willie Nile

The Coalition is thrilled to bring more music back to Waterloo and to continue adding to the tradition of presenting exciting performances for music enthusiasts. Over the years, other well-known acts such as the Beach Boys, Judy Collins, James Taylor, Willie Nelson, Phish and the Metropolitan Opera have performed at Waterloo.

“Music truly brings people together,” said Mark Clifford, Musician Coordinator for the Highlands Festival. “We believe we have curated a fantastic weekend of performers that will offer a terrific blend of an eclectic array of musical genres that will please people of all ages.”

Tickets are available online for the Highlands Festival at Waterloo. Tickets purchased in advance are $15 for one day; $25 for both days; and $25 for a campsite reservation. At the gate, tickets will be $25 for one day; $40 for both days; and $45 for a campsite if spots remain. The festival is open from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. on Saturday and from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Sunday. To purchase tickets online and for more information about the festival, please visit the festival website at: HighlandsFestivalAtWaterloo.org

Festival sponsors include: Jersey Central Power & Light – A FirstEnergy Company; Hudson Farm; Sussex Honda; Intercar Inc. Sprinter Mercedes-Benz; Investors Bank; Thonet Associates; Thorlabs, Inc.; Ag Choice; Daniel E. Somers, Esq.; Smarties; Andrei Jackamets Photography; The Merrill G. & Emita E. Hastings Foundation; Morris County Municipals Utilities Authority; Gene Sheninger Border Collies; Morris Museum; New Jersey American Water Company; Robinson Drug Store; Sierra Club – Skylands Group; Vidhi D. Designs; Whole Foods and Homegrown Radio NJ. The festival is also supported in part by a marketing grant from The New Jersey Department of State Division of Travel and Tourism.

About New Jersey Highlands Coalition

The New Jersey Highlands Coalition hosts the Highlands Festival to raise awareness about the natural resources of the NJ Highlands region, to promote the missions of the NJ Highlands Coalition’s 80+ nonprofit member organizations, and to fund the Small Grants Program which supports local grassroots organizations.  As a nonprofit organization in Boonton, New Jersey, the New Jersey Highlands Coalition works to protect, restore, and enhance the water and other natural and cultural resources of New Jersey’s Highlands, now and for the future.  The Coalition serves eighty-eight municipalities in Bergen, Hunterdon, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, and Warren counties that are protected under the New Jersey Highlands Water Protection and Planning Act in addition to the 5.4 million state residents who depend on the Highlands for drinking water.  For more information on the NJ Highlands Coalition or to become a member, please visit the organization’s website: http://www.njhighlandscoalition.org/

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