September 17, 2015


The Food Truck & Rock Carnival 2015 Survival Guide

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It's that time of the year, New Jersey! The Food Truck and Rock Carnival is upon us. If you love metal and hate the regular summer festival circuit, this four-stage, weekend-long, beer-tastic event is the thing for you. At the end of the day, it's still a fest, and there are still things you can do to ensure you have the best time. Read on, young rockers!


It's best to drive, but there are a few public transportation options! The Food Truck and Rock Carnival is located at 136 Oak Ridge Road, Clark, NJ, here's how you can get there:

By Train

According to their website, shuttles will be provided at the following locations: Metro Park Fans coming to The Carnival can make their trip to Union County easier, and help relieve the parking burden on the local community by taking a train to the Metro Park NJ Transit Station in Iselin, New Jersey. Metro Park is a major NJT train station, conveniently located only 9 minutes away from Oak Ridge Park. Fans can then take a shuttle from the station over to the park and not have to worry about parking. 

Rahway Train Station

Shuttles will depart the Rahway Train Station on Irving Street in downtown Rahway and will run non-stop on a first come, first serve basis. The shuttle will take approximately 12 minutes, depending on traffic and festival access.

By Car

Coming from New York City

Take I-78 W to NJ-139 W in Jersey City. Follow NJ-139 W, U.S. 1 S/U.S. 9 S and US-1 Truck S/US-9 Truck S to US-22 W in Newark. Take the New Jersey 21 N/US 22 W exit from US-1 Truck S/US-9 Truck S. Get on Garden State Pkwy in Union. Follow Garden State Pkwy to Central Ave in Clark. Take exit 135 from Garden State Pkwy. Merge onto Central Ave, take a left turn on Raritan Road, and continue onto Oak Ridge Road. Oak Ridge Park will be on your right. This route takes approximately 38 minutes without traffic.

Coming from South Jersey/The Jersey Shore

Get on the Garden State Pkwy. Follow Garden State Pkwy to Exit 132. Take a right onto NJ-27 S, a slight right onto Willow Ave, turn right onto Wood Ave, turn left onto Inman Ave, turn right onto Feather Bed Lane, and continue onto Oak Ridge Road. Oak Ridge Park will be on your left. Travel time lengths vary based on your location in NJ.

Coming from Philadelphia

Get on I-676/U.S. 30 E. Follow I-676 to U.S. 30 E in Camden. Take the Route 30 E/Route 676 S exit from I-676/U.S. 30 E.

From Northern PA Take I-80 E.

Take exit 43 for I-287 toward Morristown/Mahwah. Take exit 37 for NJ-24 E towards I-78 E. Take exit 52 for Garden State Parkway S. Take exit 135 toward Westfield. Merge onto Central Ave, turn left onto Raritan Road, and continue onto Oak Ridge Road. Oak Ridge Park will be on the right. Travel time lengths vary based on your location in PA.


Backpack: You might buy stuff. You'll also need a way to carry the other items on this list. Bingo, bango, backpack. 

Watch: Your phone will die and you won't know what time Skillet is playing...unless you're a trained Boy Scout and know some weird trick. A watch is a must.

Water: It's a long day and you'll need to stay hydrated.

Money: To buy stuff with! There will be ATMs on site, but not everywhere.

External Battery: Again, your phone will die.

Towels: If you're especially crafty, you'll bring a small hand towel with you to the fest to stay looking your best. Camping is not allowed on site, so big towels and homemade showers (i.e., buckets) are a no go.

Umbrella or Poncho: R-A-I-N

Sunglasses: S-U-N

Hat: Seriously, it's sunny. You're in the woods. Protect your noggin.

Sunscreen: And your skin. Bring it with you because you'll need to reapply throughout the day depending on the weather and SPF. You know how this stuff works.

Hand sanitizer: Because Porta-Potties.

Earplugs: If you'd like to protect your hearing, as in, you'd like to enjoy live music well into old age, you'll need to bring a set of these bad boys.

Have fun out there! Peep our list of must-see acts and stay tuned to for up-to-date on-the-ground Food Truck and Rock Carnival coverage.