South Jersey kicks off festival season with Camp Jam in the Pines, a nod to the Pinelands' own folk music heritage.

For three days, Hammonton's Paradise Lake Campground will be transformed into a music-lovers' get-away with 18 featured artists, including Jackson Pines, Chris Jacobs, Big Sam's Funky Nation, Sharon Katz and Peace Train, Ginger Coyle Band, Elise Testone and Andy Frasco and the U.N. Concerts will take place on the main stage at the lake's beach.

Camping is the other key component of the festival and attendees can expect plenty of jam sessions, dancing, food vendors and family-friendly activities. There will be yoga classes, plus guitar, tie-dye and craft workshops and a workshop geared just for young artists.

The camp ground is equipped with hot showers and toilets. Coolers with food, drink and alcoholic beverages are permitted. Plastic and aluminum containers are recommended as glass bottles are prohibited outside the campsite.

Please note: pets are not welcome.

Tickets are sold as three-day passes, two-day passes and a Saturday only pass, ranging in price from $130 to $55 (kids under age 11 enter for free). All passes include camping and a Sunday stay until 3pm.

Shower passes are sold separately for $3 or four passes for $10.

There are options to arrive and set up camp early on Wednesday night for an extra fee and a prorated pass for those wishing to leave early.

Thursday, May 18 through Sunday, May 21 - 200 Paradise Dr., Hammonton, N.J.