Budget Travel’s Coolest Small Town in America 2017 is throwing a major party in April, and the price is right.
Last spring, Budget Travel named Asbury Park, NJ, the Coolest Small Town in America 2017. This spring, more than 20,000 people will savor AP’s coolness by attending the annual Asbury Park Music & Film Festival (April 27 - 29, apmff.org).
AN AFFORDABLE FESTIVAL
With festival tickets starting at $20, Budget Travelers will swarm iconic Asbury Park venues like the Wonder Bar, Stone Pony, and Paramount Theatre to catch acts that include Sublime with Rome, an evening with Danny DeVito, Built to Spill, North Mississippi All-Stars, Low Cut Connie, Bobby Bandiera, and more.
A MUSICAL MECCA
This shore town has been a hotbed of American music for decades, including the classic bandstand concerts of the early 20th century and the rock and soul scene of the ’60s and ’70s that gave birth to Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, David Sancious, Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, and Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul.
Speaking of rock and soul, a beautiful exhibit of images of Asbury Park’s musical greats shot by photographer Danny Clinch is on display at Soundbooth, the lobby bar at the newly opened Asbury Hotel (theasburyhotel.com), which has a book-one-night-get-the-second-night-free offer through May 24. Asbury Park offers an array of reliable and affordable lodging that gets you close to the beach, boardwalk, restaurants, and music.