Strengthening Community through the Arts!

Atlantic Highlands Arts Council

Special Events

Sonic Highways


September 27


In conjunction with Steven Van Zandt’s

A documentary film screening produced by high school students at Middletown High School South. Students explore the rich history of Rock and Roll music in Middletown spanning the 60s through present day. Featuring interviews with musicians and the historic venues in Middletown including the Hullabaloo Club, Clearwater Pool Club and Michael’s Pizza. Q & A to follow featuring student filmmakers and musicians including; Chris Plunkett, Russ Howard Mike Runk, Foggy Notion, Anders Carlson and others.

Winner, Best Homegrown Documentary  Garden State Film Festival 2019

Register (non-members) $10

Register (members) $5 



FilmOneFest (the Atlantic Highlands One-Minute International Film Festival) is a celebration of the super short film and a snap-shot of the creative image making happening online and across the world. Founded in 2008, the festival takes place on third Saturday of July at the Atlantic Highlands Marina and is screened at other venues throughout the year. Films (under 2 minutes in length) from local and international film and video makers are projected on a giant screen under the stars on the historic shores of Sandy Hook Bay.  

FilmOneFest hosts 5-6 Sony Pictures Classics Movie Premieres in addition to many other events throughout the year to raise funds to produce FilmOneFest.  Your support of these events is vital!

NEXT Sony Pictures Classic Movie Premiere

"ALL IS TRUE"...the story of William Shakespeare!

Saturday September 22, 2019 

7:00PM : Guest speaker at the Arts Council 8:30PM :Movie at Atlantic Cinema 

Get tickets at "FILMONEFEST" link below and go to Events/Movie Premieres


Mercuryan Fest


The Mercuryan Fest is a monthly series featuring music, short films, performance art and coming soon - surrealistic parties.  Founded by Chris Smith, this event brings in indie, punk, and experimental bands from all over the state and beyond. 


Saturday October 12, 2019 6PM

The RED ROOM (Video Shoot), Clutch Cabin, Meme Analysis LIVE

Mercuryan Fest is donation based in an effort to provide performance space to young artists/musicians. 


Suggested donation $5-$10.  

Space is limited.

Adult Interest Groups

Open Studio


Every Saturday

10 AM - 1PM

Bring your latest project and work alongside others in the studio.  Feel free to work in any medium except oil paints!

Cafe Italiano


Every Thursday

1PM - 3PM 

Join us for cappuccino and conversation ... entirely in Italian!  All experience levels welcome to come practice their skills.