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We celebrate the diverse multicultural and indigenous folk life of New Jersey and the surrounding region.
The New Jersey Folk Festival celebrates the diverse multicultural and indigenous folk life of The State of New Jersey through a free, educational community event. It respects and celebrates the history and traditions which distinguish cultures and give them unique identities that are rooted in the past but still live on today. Despite all differences, music is something that can be understood and appreciated across all cultlures and serves as the focus of our family event.
The New Jersey Folk Festival is an annual folk music and cultural festival on the Great Lawn of the Eagleton Institute of Politics on the Douglass campus of Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ. It is held every year, always on the last Saturday in April from 10am to 6pm, rain or shine.
The Festival is the end product of a class intended, in part, to provide students with leadership opportunities. It is one of only a handful of festivals in the United States managed by undergraduate students. Collectively, the staff is responsible for continuing the Festival's mission. The class is part of the curriculum of the American Studies Department of Rutgers University.
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