What is Maplewoodstock?
If it’s not obvious by now, Maplewoodstock is a two day festival of local music and arts put on by your friends and neighbors. We started in 2004 with one day and a few local bands. Over the years we have evolved to two days, with food and arts vendors, a KidsZone, and some headline regional and national music acts.
When is it?
Maplewoodstock is usually scheduled for the Saturday and Sunday following Independence Day. Although, some years, we move it back another weekend further so we don't follow too closely. Each day typically kicks off about noon and ends around 9 pm.
In 2016, our 13th year, it will be held Sat, July 9, and Sun, July 10, 2016.
The same spot as always. See Memorial Park in Maplewood, NJ, on Google Maps.
What bands are playing?
Click on our MUSIC link to see our schedule.
Can my band play?
Each year we open up a band application process in January and February. We usually make our lineup selections in April. Watch our MUSIC link to see the details about applying.
How do you pick the bands?
We have a music selection sub-committee that tryies to curate the best lineup of free music of and for the community. There are 3-4 slots reserved for regional or national acts. The other 18-19 slots are for a calibrated mix of new sounds and old faves, with an emphasis on acts from our local/community.
There is a $25 application fee for each band. This fee helps fund the event (which is 100% self-supporting and all money raised goes into the festival costs) and helps ensure that bands who do apply are “serious” enough about their talent level to apply.
Only the 2-3 headline bands get paid. All other bands play for free. We understand that some bands decline to apply due to this policy. However, Maplewoodstock is a free festival, put on by volunteers — including the bands.
Does it cost money to come to the festival?
No! It is free and open to everyone to attend. No gates; come early, and stay late!
So, how do you fund the festival?
What about parking?
There is small parking lot by the Maplewood train station. Other than that, park on the streets (just observe all posted signs about where and when you can and can’t park).
Oakview Ave. will be closed to vehicle traffic between Valley St. and Dunnell Rd. Dunnell Rd. will also be closed in front of the train station. This to accomodate bands off-loading equipment and arts and food vendors doing the same. Parking passes will be provided to bands and vendors.
What about handicapped parking?
There are a few designated spots at the Maplewood train station, and over the last few years, the Maplewood Police Department has blocked off a few more street spots on Dunnell Rd. at the Oakview Ave. intersection.
Can I get there on public transportation?
For sure. Since we are right across from the Maplewood train station on NJ Transit.
We are free to attend, so no tickets needed. Seating is first come/first serve. Bring a blanket; throw it down; respect our marked-out aisles and canopy zone (see our Blanket and Canopy Policy).
How many people attend Maplewoodstock?
We have grown over the years, and we estimate that about 7,500 people attend over the course of the weekend. The crowd usually builds throughout the afternoon, with peak crowds between 5 pm and 8 pm. You can see some crowd shots on our Flickr photo sharing site (like this one) that show how the hill fills in with attendees.
Will there be food to buy there?
Yes! Many local restaurants set up tables to sell their delicious foods. In the past we’ve had everything from hamburgers/hotdogs to Indian food and Portuguese sausages.
Can I bring my own food?
Yes! Many people bring a blanket and a picnic basket and hang out all day long.
Can I cook my own food — fire up a grill?
No fire or charcoal grilling by attendees is allowed. Only qualified food vendors are permitted to cook food.
Is liquor for sale?
Since 2012, we have offered a Beer Garden, where local beer and a limited selection of wine was available for purchase. Entry or purchase requires proof of age (21+), and all liquor must stay within the Beer Garden. It’s operating hours will be from noon until about 10 pm on Saturday and noon to 9 pm on Sunday.
Can I bring my own liquor?
The Village of Maplewood provides Maplewoodstock a permit to run this event in a public park. Maplewoodstock staffs its own Foot Patrol to answer questions from attendees and ensure that no excessive behavior ruins the event for others. Maplewood Police are available “on-call” at the event periphery. So: use commons sense and discretion. If you bring in a bottle of wine, nobody's going to notice. If you roll in a keg, we'll have to ask you to remove it.
Can I set up a tent, canopy, umbrellas, etc?
Please review our Blanket and Canopy Policy. If you look at some of the photos of our event on our Flickr channel, you can see that tents and canopies are restricted to the perimeter and chairs-with-hoods are for down front. We will have a line upon which canopies cannot be established.
Also, we usually mark out a few aisles in the grass to facilitate movement of guests. Please don’t put your blankets in the aisles. Let’s keep them free for circulation.
Are there rest rooms?
Maplewoodstock provides several Port-o-Potties. There are also restrooms in the Maplewood train station -- although opening the station is up to NJ Transit, and they have not opted to open on the weekends over the last few years.
Can I bring a dog?
Town ordinance applies: dogs must be on leash, and you pick up after the dog. Please note: this is a VERY crowded -- yet mellow-- event. Uncontrolled dogs making a nuisance or mess will be asked to leave.
Is there wifi available for attendees or vendors?
The festival does not supply any wifi. NJ Transit does advertise that they have wifi available, but you will need to connect to that on your own.
NOTE: If you are a commercial vendor able to supply wifi for the festival, contact us at email@example.com.
Are there ATMs available for attendees or vendors?
We don't supply on-site AMTs because the Maplewood Village is steps away under the train tracks -- where there are several banks with ATMs -- in addition to grocery stores, liquor stores, and restaurants.
I am a food, arts + crafts, local service vendor. How can I get a table? How much does it cost? What about a tent? What about power?
If you want to be an arts vendor at Maplewoodstock, watch our ART link for details on the application process.
Similarly, if you want to be an food vendor at Maplewoodstock, watch our FOOD link for details on the application process.
I am a local business. Who can I talk to about sponsoring opportunities? Can I get my company’s name on a banner or in the program?
Yes; we do have sponsorship opportunities. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What else can I do in the town of Maplewood before and after Maplewoodstock?
Since Maplewoodstock is a two minute walk from Maplewood village, there is plenty of opportunity for you to eat in its restaurants and browse in its shops. Here’s the website to the Maplewood Village website, the Maplewood Chamber of Commerce and MaplewoodOnline’s business directory.
I love what you guys are doing. How can I help? How can I volunteer?
There are lots of opportunities to help. If you have professional skills you can offer to Maplewoodstock, please let us know:
Plus, as the event gets closer we will need “Street Teams” to help get the word out and sell some of our merch.
Lastly, on the weekend of the event, we always could use extra hands on set-up, break-down, and garbage patrol.
Email email@example.com if you want to volunteer.
Can I submit a donation to help fund the event?
Yes; we gladly take donations so that we can keep providing the best free event possible. Donate via the DONATE link in the right column of this website.
How can I make suggestions for ideas for next year?
We are always looking to make the Maplewoodstock Music & Arts Festival the absolutely best free event of and for the community. So, please email suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can I fly my drone?
Absolutely not. To ensure the safety of our attendees, drones are strickly forbidden. If there is a drone flight, it will be Maplewoodstock sponsored and announced from the stage in a very controlled way.
Can I take photos or videos of my friend's band or my favorite band?
Absolutely yes. We do not provide any designated press area. You are welcome to set up a camera in front of the stage, but you cannot block anyone's else's view or occupy a space that is distruptive to the event. If you are a band that wants on-stage or back-stage access for photo/video, please email email@example.com prior to the event or check in with a festival organizer on-site for clearance. Every band that plays is aware that their photo and video likeness can be captured and distributed by any/all attendees. The Maplewoodstock Committee traditionally posts some photos and videos of the day, but does not offer or provide any service whereby a band can get a full recording of their set.