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Great news!  Lead East is Back!
The greatest, oldies festival is back
and under new management.

The 2018 Lead East should be more exciting as we are working very hard adding more legendary musical groups, doo-wop groups an Karaoke at its best. More classic cars, trucks and exciting cruziers are expected.  Great bands, doo wop groups, DJs, Karaoke, drive in movies, dancing, the prom and special surprises all in store.  Sign up soon as possible as we have had an overwhelming response, rooms and car spots are selling fast so call to get your favorite room and space.  Thank you for your continuing support! 


Loads of Oldies Bands & Doo Wop Groups along with 1,400 Vintage Cars


Thursday, Aug. 30 through Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018


Parsippany NJ Hilton/Hampton Inn Hotels

Advance sale concert tickets and old car Pre-Registration TBA.

Lead East

Is a giant five day Oldies Music and Old Car 1950's Nostalgia Weekend Festival unlike any event held anywhere on this planet. The word Lead is old car vernacular meaning customized car. It's what auto body men used before Bondo auto body filler was invented.

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Unquestionably the biggest and highest quality old car event in the NJ/NY/CT Tri-State area. With more than a dozen live bands and musicians, 11 Doo Wop acappella groups, five DJ's, Elvis, Johnny Cash and Roy Orbison Impersonators and numerous 50's Karaoke performers, we deliver a family oriented festival packed full of events that celebrates the 1950's decade. Over the years more than 250,000 people have come to our events. Many have told us it is the best, most fun, most nostalgic event they have ever attended!

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The Host Hotel Venue

The optimum way to enjoy LEAD EAST is to stay four or five nights at the Parsippany Hilton / Hampton Inn (two adjoining hotels) right where the party happens.

Outdoors, the cars have adjacent grassy areas to set up pop-up tents, BBQ's and picnic chairs, etc. Mercury vapor lamps illuminate the car areas at night so you're never in the dark. If it should rain, there is no mud as all cars park on paved asphalt.

World's biggets 1950's partyOutdoor exhibits and cars

The Parsippany NJ Hilton and Hampton Inn (two adjoining hotels in the center of the event), have rooms available for the Aug. 30-Sept. 3, 2017 event! You need to book a four night stay. Call 973-455-7920 OR email leadeastinfo@aol.com and we will forward it to the hotel.

Do not call the Hilton Hotel's 800 central booking number because their computer shows the entire hotel being blocked for that date for our group, but rooms ARE AVAILABLE.

If you have difficulty reaching the Reservation line, call our office at 908-876-9100 and we'll help you.


Our Mission

Since 1983 we've produced a 100% American, 100% family, 100% fun weekend of old cars and 1950's music with a full array of activities unmatched by any other event anywhere! From the beginning we believed that old car and oldies enthusiasts deserved an upscale, higher quality event. Not a low class, cheap imitation! 

Our event is held at a first class hotel with indoor bathrooms and air conditioned indoor events. We have two indoor and two outdoor stages with live entertainment on four stages simultaneously! We've had "oldies" Drive-In Movies for all 34 years!

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Nighttime Party

At most car events there is nothing to do but look at cars and vendors and then go home at 4:00 PM. Our party goes from 9 AM to Midnight, and beyond, with a smorgasboard of activities and entertainment!

The Festival Mood

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LEAD EAST is not just another "run of the mill" car show where nothing happens. It's a giant 50's PARTY, a Festival of the Fifties, offering more unique events than 15 normal shows put together! People come together every year, set up their pop-up tents and BBQ's next to one another, and kick back to wallow in the good vibrations that permeate the air for this magic, nostalgic party.

Decorate your "Island"

Participants reserve their parking spots around a grass "island", then decorate it like TIKI ISLAND. Others include DOO WOP ISLAND, FLAMINGO ISLAND, the infamous RHODE ISLAND ISLAND, B LOT CRUISERS and many more.

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Free Shuttle To Hotel Accross The Street

When the Hilton gets sold out, or for people who can’t stay four nights, we recommend the Hanover Marriott across the street where you can stay 2-3 nights. The Marriott will be operating a Free Shuttle bus from 9 AM to midnight to the front gate of LEAD EAST for hotel guests ONLY.

The Marriott is the only hotel offering a shuttle service. There will be a portion of the Marriott parking lot designated for OLD CAR PARKING ONLY.

The Marriott takes credit card reservations. Call 973-538-8811 and be sure to mention LEAD EAST. You can book a two or three-night stay at the Marriott. No one-night stays.

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Food & Beverages

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Food ranges from several restaurants and vendors inside the hotel to outdoor food vendors with a nice array of reasonably priced items. Many participants with old cars bring their own food and BBQ grilles for the parking lot. The Hilton sells alcoholic beverages in the hotel and beer in the parking lot.

Note: The police will not permit people riding in old cars inside the event to have an open container of alcohol! No riding around the event sitting on the roof, fenders, or trunks of cars. Everyone must be inside the car or trunk or pickup bed. Also, people allowing their underage children to sit on their lap and steer the car as they make laps around the event will be banned from the event for life!


Too much to list here, go to our music page to learn more!

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Additional Activities & More...

Friendly Atmosphere

Founded on the principal of offering car people and 50’s fans a higher quality event, LEAD EAST is a giant party unlike any other!

Reserved Parking Spaces

Unlike any other car event anywhere, we offer old car owners the option to choose and reserve their weekend parking space in advance for $50 additional. This was their idea, not ours. When you arrive there is a "Party Pass" inside a clear plastic baggie already taped down in your parking spot waiting for you. This is your space all weekend. No "Power Parking" stress. Be assured you can park next to your buddies.

Spontaneous Doo Wop a cappella

On ballroom stage, our KARAOKE stage, in the hallways or outdoors, A cappella reigns at LEAD EAST. Don't miss our TRIBUTE TO RONNIE I Saturday afternoon with eight groups!

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Karaoke & Open Mike

Friday through Sunday you have the opportunity to get up onstage and perform, or just sit and relax and enjoy!

Senior Prom

Get all dolled up and attend our 31st Annual SENIOR PROM Sunday night. Tickets are Free but space is limited. 

Dancing &
FREE Dance Lessons

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No other event we know of offers so many venues for dancing, indoors and out, day and night (sometimes until sunrise!). For years we’ve offered FREE basic Jitterbug / Lindy Lessons, and now we also have FREE Madison Lessons!

50's Collectibles Show

Indoor Show: Fri - Sun • Outdoor Vendors: Thurs - Sun

Visit our indoor 50’s Collectibles show in Rear Ballroom and Ballroom Pre-Assembly area: Juke boxes, vintage clothes, Elvis, Marilyn, and James Dean memorabilia, and lots of other goodies for sale! Or tour our Outdoor Vendors in the front and back of the Hotel.

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(Prices include tax)

Adults - Thurs:$15
Junior - Thurs:$10
Adults - Fri-Sat-Sun: $20
Juniors - Fri-Sat-Sun: $15

"Adult" -18 and older
"Jr." - 12 to 17 yrs

Lead East is Dog Friendly!

**Children 11 & under admitted FREE to car show when accompanied by adult. Children need a ticket for Sat & Sun night Oldies Concerts & Fri night Dance Party. Because we dropped the Admission price $10, there is no Senior Discount.

Weekend Adult Wristband: $55
Weekend Junior Wristband : $40
(Kids under 12 accompanied by Adult are FREE)

Available if purchased by 8/15
Adult One Day: $20
Junior One Day: $15
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