Enjoy great food and live music amid autumn’s changing colors on Sunday, Oct. 2, at Shedfest, an outdoor music festival to benefit Raritan Headwaters Association (RHA), the region’s watershed watchdog.

Featuring three New Jersey-based bands, the fall edition of RHA’s popular Shedfest will be held from 1 to 6 p.m. at the beautiful Fairview Farm Wildlife Preserve at 2121 Larger Cross Road, Bedminster.

“Families are invited to spend a fun, relaxing day in the countryside with live music, food trucks, children’s activities and more,” said Cindy Ehrenclou, RHA’s executive director. “Fairview Farm is a great place to visit, with lots of room to spread out blankets, listen to the bands, enjoy food and drinks, and let the kids run around. And it’s all for a good cause – protecting clean water in local rivers, streams, and homes.”

Musical acts include the Joe Cirotti Trio, Bill Campbell & The Mourning Doves, and Bear Palace. Food will be available from the Testo Pizza and Angry Chourico BBQ food trucks. Locally-brewed beer and hard cider will be supplied by the Sunken Silo Brew Works and the Burnt Mills Cider.

Tickets are $30 per person if purchased in advance and $50 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. Parking is free.

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

All proceeds will support Raritan Headwaters’ conservation mission to protect the watershed region’s land and water through science, education, land preservation and advocacy.

About the Bands

The Joe Cirotti Trio is a well-oiled string band from the shadows of Northwest Jersey’s Appalachian ridge. In 2015, Joe Cirotti, Mike Alexander, and Pete Lister’s respective multi-instrumentalist upbringings fused with a collective passion for the roots of American folk, country, and bluegrass music. In this way the trio’s bond is rooted in proximity, strengthened by a blue-collar passion for picking.

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, including Neil Young, Bob Dylan, and Grateful Dead.

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.