Top 15 Festivals This Weekend, August 3 – 5


This weekend indulge in festivals celebrating peaches and berries at the Rutgers Gardens Peach Festival, the Just Peachy Festival in Princeton, or the Manasquan Very Berry Festival. Feast on food trucks at the Rockaway Food Truck Fest, enjoy celebrating at the Universal African Festival, or the Laurita Irish Fest. 

Psst! Don’t forget to hashtag #NJMOM and tag @njmom and your little cuties could be featured in our next photo round-up.

Kid-Friendly NJ Events This Weekend

1. Manasquan Fireman’s Fair
Tuesday July 31 – Saturday August 4, 6PM – 10:30PM

Jam out to live music and enjoy unlimited rides every night this week in Manasquan at the annual Fireman’s Fair. Keep your eyes peeled for the BlueClaws mascot, Buster, who is said to be making an appearance on Wednesday night.
Mallard Park
Potter & Cedar Avenues, Manasquan, NJ
Cost: Free Admission, Ride vary by tickets

2. Highlands Annual Clam Festival
Thursday 6 – 10PMFriday 6 – 11PMSaturday 12PM – 11PMSunday 12PM – 8PM
Seafood-lovers unite! The 24th Annual Highlands Clam Festival features live entertainment, thrill rides, an all-you-can-eat contest, Lusty Lobster’s clam-shucking contest, and plenty of festival activities for the little ones. Climb out of your shell this weekend, and make your way down to Huddy Park for all the family fun.
Huddy Park
325-329 Bay Ave, Highlands, NJ
Cost: Free Admission

3. Rutgers Gardens Peach Festival 
Friday 11AM – 3PM
This fun summer festival highlights one of our favorite Garden State fruits; the juicy peach. Enjoy taste testing, cooking demonstrations, and lots of family-friendly activities. 
Rutgers Gardens
124 Ryders Lane, New Brunswick, NJ
Cost: Free Admission

4. New Jersey State Fair/Sussex County Farm & Horse Show
Friday August 3 – Saturday August 11, 10AM – 10PM 
Sunday August 12, 10AM – 5PM
One of our favorite summer festivals is back in town – the New Jersey State Fair! During this popular weeklong fair,  your family can enjoy lots of amazing carnival rides, food, crafts, free entertainment, and special features including a Demo Derby and Monster Truck show.  If you’re planning a visit, consider taking advantage of “Dollar Day’ on Friday August 3rd where admission drops to just $1 and all rides are $1 each. 
The Sussex County Fairgrounds
37 Plains Rd, Augusta, New Jersey
Cost: Kids Under 6 Free, $6 Child (6-12), $14 Adults. Discounts online

5. 7th Annual Craft Beer & Crab Festival
Saturday 10AM – 6PM

This 7th annual festival features local and regional craft beers to accompany your favorite summer dishes. Jam out with music on an outdoor stage all day, watch an old-fashioned Victorian circus with jugglers and acrobats, join the crafts and collectibles show, and sip your favorite craft beers. Crabs, crafts, and beers? Count us in!
Emlen Physick Estate
1048 Washington St, Cape May, NJ 08204
Cost: Free

6. Universal African Festival
Saturday 10AM – 6PM

If you’re looking for something a little different, cultural, and educational, check out the Universal African Festival. Your family is invited to celebrate and commemorate the rich and diverse cultures of Africans and African Americans. Experience live music, dance, arts and crafts, face painting, food, an honoring ceremony, and plenty of more outdoor cultural fun for the whole family.
Springwood Park
Springwood Ave, Asbury Park, NJ 07712
Cost: Free

7. NJ State Crab Festival
Saturday 11AM – 10PM

Get ready for a block party atmosphere with “crabby” fun for the entire family. Feast on bushels and bushels of blue claw crabs, chill at the beer garden, try the crabby bloody marys, and enjoy live music at 2pm and 7pm, including a Jimmy Buffet Tribute band, woohoo! At 6PM, your little ones can participate in a crab race.
Ice House Wildwood
4415 Park Blvd, Wildwood, New Jersey 08260
Cost: Free

8. Historic Blairstown Day
Saturday 11AM – 4PM
Blairstown Museum wants to party with your family like it’s 1899. Historic Blairstown Day will take you back in time with nostalgic entertainment, antiques, craft and food vendors, a classic car show, a birthday celebration for the town founder, and lots more fun and educational activities.
Blairstown Museum
26 Main Street, Blairstown, NJ
Cost: Free Admission

9. Rockaway Food Truck & Music Festival
Saturday 11AM – 8PM

The Just Jersey Fest is rolling into the Borough of Rockaway. This fun-filled festival offers over 25 gourmet food trucks and incredible bands that will pair well with the fine eats. Remember to pack a blanket, chair, and big appetite.
Firemans Field
144 Beach Street, Rockaway, NJ 07866
Cost: Free for Kids under 10, $5 General Admission, Free Parking. Attendees are asked to bring a nonperishable canned or boxed item. Proceeds will benefit the Rockaway Borough Fire Department & Friends of Roxbury Social Services.

10. Corn, Tomato & Beer Festival
Saturday 12PM – 8PM (Rain Date: August 5)

It’s time to celebrate some of our favorite summertime crops that put New Jersey on the map as the Garden State. Shop decorated gift items including handcrafted furniture, fabulous florals, jewelry, wearable art, handmade soaps, candles, traditional and fine art, gourmet delights and plenty of tomatoes and corn.
Stangl Rd Flemington, NJ 08822
Cost: Free

11. Italian Festival & Wine Tasting
Saturday 11:30AM – 5:30PM (First Race: 12:50PM)

The Annual Italian Festival is back with an all-new Italian wine tasting activity featuring a variety of authentic Italian wines. The whole family is encouraged to savor delicious Italian food, listen to live music from the Metropolitan Festival Band, visit the Italian crafters, and enjoy a day of racing. Be sure to finish the day with a stop by one of the bocce courts for a friendly game.
Monmouth Park Racetrack
175 Oceanport Ave, Oceanport, NJ 07757
Cost: Free for kids 12 & Under, $5 General Admission, $5 Parking

12. Just Peachy Festival
Saturday & Sunday 10AM – 5PM

A festival dedicated to one of the most popular fruits – sounds, “just peachy,” doesn’t it? Festivities include plenty of activities for kids, wagon rides throughout the orchards, pony rides, face painting, games, and barnyard activities. Live music keeps the atmosphere feelin’ “peachy” all day.
Terhune Orchards
330 Cold Soil Road, Princeton, NJ 08540
Cost: $8, kids under 3 are Free

13. Laurita Irish Fest
Saturday 11AM – 9PM, Sunday 11AM – 7PM

The famous Laurita Winery is inviting all families to tap into their inner Irish pride. Toe-tapping Irish music, Irish artisan displays, and great Jersey wine = fun family memories. Enjoy live entertainment, vineyard tours, Irish dancing and traditional Irish fare. Kids activities include a huge playground, bounce house, and face painting.
Laurita Winery
85 Archertown Rd, New Egypt, NJ 08533
Cost: Kids are Free, $6 General Admission for adults 21+

14. A Very Berry Festival
Sunday 9AM – 3PM
Dig into all things berry at this annual family festival featuring lots of delicious homemade recipes including strawberry shortcakes and berry pies. Did someone say dessert for breakfast?
Squan Plaza, Manasquan NJ
Cost: Free Admission

15. Garfield Street Fair
Sunday 10AM – 5PM
Midland Avenue will be transformed into a giant street fair and block party extravaganza. Kiddie rides, a climbing wall, pony rides, petting zoo, face painting, sand art, and temporary tattoos are just some of the fun activities for your little ones. This is a street fair, so bring your appetite because lots of great eats, of course!
458 Midland Ave, Garfield, NJ
Cost: Free Admission

Psst! Don’t forget to hashtag #NJMOM and tag @njmom and your little cuties could be featured in our next photo round-up. Which events are you most excited for? Leave us a comment below!


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