Experience a fun day in the countryside with live music, food trucks, children’s activities and more on Sunday, June 5, at “Shedfest,” an outdoor music festival benefiting Raritan Headwaters Association (RHA), the local nonprofit watershed watchdog.

Shedfest will be held from 2 to 7 p.m. at RHA’s headquarters, the Fairview Farm Wildlife Preserve at 2121 Larger Cross Road, Bedminster. Five New Jersey bands will be featured: Bear Palace, Nick Dunbar and Sad Cowboy, Pyrenesia, Bill Campbell & the Mourning Doves, and Fire & Rod.

“Because everyone had such a wonderful time at the first Shedfest last fall, we’re bringing it back by popular demand,” said Cindy Ehrenclou, RHA’s executive director. “Fairview Farm is a fantastic place to spend an afternoon, and it’s even better with live music and great food and drinks.”

All proceeds will support Raritan Headwaters’ conservation mission to protect the land and waters of the Upper Raritan River watershed region located in Hunterdon, Morris and Somerset Counties.

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 is releasing a new album this spring.

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

Bill Campbell & the Mourning Doves play a combination of original music and cover music, such as Neil Young, Bob Dylan, and Grateful Dead.

Fire & Rod is a local band playing Grateful Dead-style music – Shedfest guests may recognize some band members from the popular local band Hub Hollow.

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.

RHA’s 470-square-mile region provides clean drinking water to 300,000 residents of 38 municipalities in Somerset, Hunterdon, and Morris counties and directly impacts over 1.5 million homes and businesses in New Jersey’s densely populated urban areas. To learn more about Raritan Headwaters and its programs, please visit www.raritanheadwaters.org or call 908-234-1852.