In the “age of the festival” — whether it be for food trucks, music festivals, beer festivals, etc. — several things are often left desired. Event-goers want fun for all ages, including entertainment that the entire family can enjoy, with activities, music, and refreshments available throughout the event. What if you could experience all of those things, with a classic carnival experience, free food truck competition featuring 40+ trucks, four stages of continuous live music from chart-topping, Grammy-winning artists, beer gardens, pro-wrestling, and more, all in one weekend?
This September 18-20, the first annual Food Truck & Rock Carnival comes to Oak Ridge Park in Clark, New Jersey, and, believe it or not, features all of the above and more! In addition to celebrating the rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle, the Food Truck & Rock Carnival includes fun for all ages and walks of life.
Several Food Truck & Rock Carnival activities will offer free admission to all, with daily events including live music, GCW pro wrestling, food truck competitions, karaoke and discount, high-energy amusement rides. The event will also include a special vendor village.
As mentioned above, the Food Truck & Rock Carnival will bring you daily action-packed, high energy rides. Rides and amusements will require tickets or wristbands, and will include everything from classic ferris wheels to thrill-inducing rides. Discount Ride Programs will be hosted on Friday, September 18 with unlimited ride wristbands available for purchase.
A Tribute Bands Music Stage in the free carnival area will include performances by renowned TOOL cover band SCHISM, RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE cover band RATM2, QUEEN cover band ALMOST QUEEN, OZZY OSBOURNE cover band OZZMOSIS, JUDAS PRIEST female cover group JUDAS PRIESTESS, JOURNEY cover band VOYAGE, and more to be announced. A special battle of the bands competition will also take place with The Break Contest (nationally and in New Jersey), in conjunction with the Union County Performing Arts Center.
Live music entertainment will come from many of today’s hottest rock music groups, including:
SLASH FEATURING MYLES KENNEDY AND THE CONSPIRATORS
STONE TEMPLE PILOTS
PUDDLE OF MUDD
Live music tickets are on sale now — starting affordably low:
Single Day Passes – $29.99
(Under 16 $19.99, Under 10 FREE – intro prices valid until July 6)
Full Weekend Passes – $54.99
(Under 16 $39.99, Under 10 FREE – intro prices valid until July 6)
Single Day VIP Passes – $129.99
Weekend VIP Passes – $249.99
*VIP Includes Access to VIP Lounge Area, Private Entrance, Side of Stage Privileges, Access to private Restrooms with Attendants, Lamite/Lanyard, unlimited ride wristband, 21+ or accompanied by an adult 21+.
Ringmaster Cabana – $3,499
*Limited Quantity Available. This package is for 6 event tickets in total for the weekend. The Ringmaster Cabana includes the VIP ticket package plus a private six person tent (10×10 high peak tent), furniture and a cocktail table, Food Truck and Rock Carnival cooler with a microbrew six-pack, personal parking with shuttle service, a private restroom per cabana, and waitress/waiter service available! 21+.
Rockstar Cabana – $4,499
*Limited Quantity Available. This package is for 6 event tickets in total for the weekend. The Rockstar Cabana includes a 30 minute meet and greet in your cabana + photos and autographs with SLAUGHTER, FASTER PUSSYCAT, KIX, LITA FORD, and more, the VIP ticket package, a private six person tent (10×10 high peak tent), furniture and a cocktail table, Food Truck and Rock Carnival cooler with a microbrew six-pack, personal parking with shuttle service, a private restroom per cabana, and waitress/waiter service available! 21+.
In addition, the Food Truck & Rock Carnival Concert Field will feature the Birch Hill Stage, featuring performances from some of the legendary acts who called the New Jersey music scene home. The Birch Hill was an iconic rock nightclub open in New Jersey until the early 2000s. The Birch Hill launched the careers of some of today’s biggest names in rock and roll… from LINKIN PARK, SYSTEM OF A DOWN to BLINK 182, KID ROCK, and KORN. Chart-toppers from the ’80s and ’90s along with some special guests will deliver an action-packed experience for all those fans who want just one more weekend to relive all those memories. The actual public-address system from the original Birch Hill will be used for this event. The stage layout and set up with be that of the venue’s historic layout. A fun way to pay homage to a premier venue that introduced some of our generation’s greatest talent!
The 40+ food truck competition element of the weekend is running in conjunction with the New Jersey Food Truck Association, and will include many popular food trucks vying for the first-place spot, scheduled to be hosted and judged by a celebrity chef (to be announced). On Friday night, each guest will receive a ballot to cast their vote for their favorite truck. The trucks will be serving their most popular items and our layout should help prevent any long lines from hindering your experience. The competition aspect of the food truck event is very unique to the Food Truck & Rock Carnival!
The Food Truck & Rock Carnival has partnered with micro-breweries, offering some of the finest craft beers from around the country. Craft beer will be available exclusively in the carnival and within the Concert Field Beer Gardens. In the next few weeks, the Food Truck & Rock Carnival will be unveiling their line-up of brewers and the amazing selections that will be on tap and available for their guests 21 and up. Proper ID will be required to enter the Craft and Beer Gardens.
* Please note that the event will offer picnic areas for families, friends and guests to relax, enjoy the above food and drink refreshments. Tables will be on a first come, first serve basis. Restroom facilities, baby changing stations will be available in the picnic areas. Tent and seating will be limited and not guaranteed.
For more information, visit www.therockcarnival.com.