Celebrate autumn with live music, food trucks, hayrides, a beer tent, cider, games, children’s activities, and more on Sunday, Oct. 3, at “Shedfest,” a new outdoor music festival to benefit Raritan Headwaters Association (RHA), our local nonprofit watershed watchdog.

Shedfest will be held from noon to 5 p.m. at RHA’s headquarters, the Fairview Farm Wildlife Preserve at 2121 Larger Cross Road, Bedminster. Four New Jersey bands will be featured: Pyrenesia, Nick Dunbar and Sad Cowboy, Hub Hollow Trio, and Bear Palace.

“Shedfest will be great fun for the whole family,” said Cindy Ehrenclou, executive director of Raritan Headwaters. “We are so excited to invite the community to our beautiful property for a fun-filled event and we’re always thrilled to showcase the incredible work our organization does for the watershed.”

All proceeds will support Raritan Headwaters’ mission of protecting clean water in local rivers, streams and homes through science, education, advocacy, and land preservation.

Tickets are $30 for Raritan Headwaters members and $35 for non-members if purchased in advance; the cost will be $50 per ticket on the day of the event. Admission is free for children 12 and under. Pets should be left at home and guests should bring their own lawn chairs and blankets.

The event will be held rain or shine. Order tickets here. For information on becoming a sponsor, contact Becca McNally, RHA’s development director, at bmcnally@raritanheadwaters.org or (908) 234-1852, ext. 320.

About the Bands

Pyrenesia is a gypsy-swing-jazz-folk quartet based in Lambertville. Combining original compositions with the Django Reinhardt tradition of gypsy jazz, Eastern European and klezmer melodies, and anything else that swings, Pyrenesia delivers a foot-stomping, dress-swirling, hand-clapping experience.

Nick Dunbar and Sad Cowboy hails from Tewksbury. This trio features country, honky-tonk, and bluegrass themes and will be releasing a new album in Spring 2022.

Based in Bedminster, Bear Palace features an original sound, blending bluegrass, folk, and rock into a familiar Americana style.

Hub Hollow Trio, a local favorite, draws on bluegrass, rock, blues, and old-time music, and features beautifully blended vocals and intricate melodies.

About Raritan Headwaters

Since 1959, Raritan Headwaters Association has focused on one thing — clean water. RHA engages citizens and decision makers in the protection of the Raritan River headwaters region and beyond through science, education, land preservation and advocacy.