Kick Off the Summer With Montclair’s Summer Solstice, Featuring Music, Food Trucks and More

by Peter Candia

This Saturday, June 22, Montclair has a special event in store to help kick off the summer in style. 

We’re talking four stages of live music (adding up to 8+ hours of non-stop music), some of NJ’s favorite foods and refreshing beverages to boot. The best part?  The Summer Solstice at Lackawanna Plaza is FREE to enter. 

Food from Pineapple Express Barbecue (the event’s host), Brick and Dough, and Perla Oyster Bar will be available for attendees to purchase. Additionally, Kohler Distributing Co. will provide beers and beverages to help break the summer heat. 

Live music is the true draw of the event, featuring over a dozen acts and four stages—both indoors and outdoors. Notable music guests include The Defending Champions, Slippery People, Cosmic Jerry Band and Uncle Ebenezer – a Tribute to Phish. 


The Summer Solstice will be held in the Lackawanna Plaza parking lot, which will be closed off to cars for the day. The Grove Street lot across the road is available to park. 


Pineapple Express Barbecue is holding the Summer Solstice on June 22 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. That’s a full day of food, music and drinks. 

With a dozen acts, tasty bites and a $0 cover fee, the Summer Solstice at Lackawanna Plaza is shaping up to be the event of the summer. 

Interested in more NJ summer events? Check out our list of NJ fireworks shows happening this summer.

About the Author/s

Peter Candia is the Food + Drink Editor at New Jersey Digest. A graduate of The Culinary Institute of America, Peter found a passion for writing midway through school and never looked back. He is a former line cook, server and bartender at top-rated restaurants in the tri-state area. In addition to food, Peter enjoys politics, music, sports and anything New Jersey.

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