30 Free Things To Do In June


Finally, it’s June, and we’re ready to welcome summer with lots of free things to do with the fam this month. Celebrate everything Greek at the Taste of Greece Festival in Tenafly, hop onto a real fire engine at Touch a Truck in Hillsborough, or watch authentic South Pacific Island dancers on the sand at Beachstock in Margate. And if you are looking for more warm-weather fun, check out some of the best beaches to visit in NJ this summer. (feature photo credit: @margatehasmore)

(Note: Since COVID-19 rules and regulations are continually changing, it’s best to check ahead for in-person events)

Agora Festival Cherry Hill
June 2-5
It’s the “Largest Food and Wine Festival in the Delaware Valley.” The signature event of the Agora Greek Festival kicks off with all-day festivals of food, wine, music, and dance.
615 Mercer Street, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church
June 2-5, times vary
Bring the whole family to watch Greek dance performances and fireworks on Thursday and Sunday night.  There will even be amusement rides (for a fee), Greek food, and free parking.
7004 Ridge Avenue, Egg Harbor Township, NJ 08234

Taste of Greece Festival Tenafly
June 3-5
Everyone is a little greek at this lively event, featuring performances by a dance troupe, cathedral tours, and live music for the whole family.
353 East Clinton Avenue, Tenafly, NJ 07670

Kids Fishing Derby
June 4 at 5 AM
The early bird gets the worm at this fishing derby with a free lunch and a casting contest for kids. There will also be awards and goodie bags. Open to ages 5-15.
500 Pemberton Brown Mills Road, Pemberton, NJ 08068

Haddonfield Skirmish
June 4 at 9 AM
The British will invade Haddonfield just like 244 years ago and face opposition from the Continental troops in this reenactment. There will be a Yelling contest, colonial dancing, and character reenactors. Festivities start at 9 AM, and the skirmish begins at 2 PM.
233 Kings Highway East, Haddonfield, NJ 08033

West Cape May Strawberry Festival
June 4 at 9 AM
Get ready for a delicious festival that’s about all things strawberry. There will be vendors, live music, glitter tattoos, pet portraits, hair braiding, and, if weather permits, real turtles who eat strawberries (yup, you read that right). The rain date is June 5.
Backyard Park, 732 Broadway, West Cape May, NJ 08204

44th Annual Hungarian Festival
June 4 at 10 AM
Where else can you see a folk dance performance, cultural programs, and sample Hungarian foods? The Hungarian Festival has vendors, exhibits, live music, and folk art.
Somerset Street in New Brunswick from Bethany to Division Streets, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Point Pleasant Chamber of Commerce Presents Summerfest 2022
June 4 at 11 AM
It’s the 32nd Annual Summerfest in the Park! The Festival will feature live music, food trucks, craft vendors, and inflatables for the kids. The rain date is June 5.
Point Pleasant Community Park, 2255 Bridge Ave., Point Pleasant, NJ 08742

West Orange Annual Street Fair
June 4 at 11 AM
With over 100 crafters and food vendors, this fair will have lots to look at. There will also be food vendors and Crunchie The T-Rex and free admission to the Edison Museum.
West Orange, NJ 07052

Touch- A- Truck (Middlesex Borough)
June 4 at 12 PM
It’s an interactive, hands-on event hosted by the Middlesex Public Library and Middlesex Dept. of Public Works. Where your littles can hop behind the wheel and learn about dump trucks, garbage trucks, and skid steers, there will also be STEM Activities, crafts, a DJ, face painting, an ice cream truck, and more.
Mountainview Park, 141 Mountain View Road, Hillsborough, Township, NJ 08844

Jersey City Night Market
June 4 at 4 PM
Celebrate small businesses and Jersey City. Try delicious food, shop from artists and artisans, and listen to music at this family-friendly and pet-friendly event.
179 Montgomery Street, Jersey City, NJ 07302

Garwood Rocks 2022
June 5 at 10 AM
The 8th Annual Garwood Rocks Car Show & Street Fair will take place in downtown Garwood with a live music stage, food trucks, and vendors.
Center St, Garwood, NJ 07027

Hasbrouck Heights Street Fair
June 5 at 10 AM
Concert and live demonstrations from karate schools, dance schools, and civic organizations. Plus, balloon arts, face painters, and a DJ. Don’t miss the street performers, rides, and food.
Hasbrouck Heights, NJ 07604

Englewood Caribbean Festival
June 5 at 11 AM
Come out for some fun, a live DJ, a free bounce house, and a petting zoo. There will be food, merchant, and informational vendors.
8 Depot Square, Englewood, NJ  07631

Somerville Street Fair & Craft Show
June 5 at 11 AM
The whole family will enjoy live music, a DJ, dancing, food, performances, and more. Don’t miss the children’s rides and games too.
Downtown Somerville, NJ 08876

Jersey Pride – NJs 30th Annual Statewide LGBTQ Pride Festival
June 5 at 12 PM 

It’s New Jersey’s annual statewide LGBTQ pride celebration, and it’s the 30th Anniversary. There will be a pride parade, headline performers, food, arts and crafts, exhibits, community information, and activities for the entire family in the “Family Zone” located at 5th and Ocean Aves. The parade is free; however, the entrance to the festival is $15.
Town hall to Cookman to Grand to Sunset to the festival grounds at Sunset and Ocean, Asbury Park, NJ 07712

Healthy Kids in Hannah’s Kitchen
June 7 and 21 at 4:30 PM

Hands-on cooking for ages 8-12; parent/guardian must register. Your child will learn how to cook with nutritious ingredients, read a recipe, kitchen safety tips, measuring techniques, knife skills, and more.
Sponsoring Facility: Children’s Hospital of New Jersey, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, RWJBarnabas Health Medical Group
Emily Ho, RDN, emily.ho@rwjbh.org or (973) 926-7371

Westfield Street Fair
June 11 at 11 AM
Head to downtown Westfield for a day of live music, a DJ, dancing, children’s rides, games, and something for the whole family.
Downtown Westfield, NJ 07090

Robbinsville Community Festival
June 11 at 2 PM
Check out the kids play zone, games, contests, a trackless train, pony rides, a chocolate eating contest, and pony rides. Don’t miss the fireworks at 9 PM. The rain date is June 12.
Community Park.- West Manor Way and Gordon Road, Robbinsville, NJ 08691

Stafford Founders Day
June 11 at 4 PM
Watch the parade, then head to the festivities where the whole family will have a ball, including food trucks, a pie-eating contest, inflatables, and mechanical rides. The day ends with a fireworks display at dusk. The rain date is June 12.
Starts at Stafford Avenue, Manahawkin, NJ 08050

Montvale Family Fun Food Truck and Street Festival
June 12 at 10 AM
Check out this family fun day with a Kids Zone, Food Trucks, and freebies from local exhibitors. There will also be street fair vendors and an arts and crafts section.
Paragon Drive, Montvale, NJ 07645

Fair Lawn Street Fair
June 12 at 11 AM
Everyone will enjoy a day outdoors in Fair Lawn with live music, a DJ, crafters, vendors, and rides.
Downtown Fair Lawn, NJ 07410

Tri-County Fair Rockaway
June 16-19
There will be carnival attractions, rides, games, live music, and fireworks at the Tri-County Fair Rockaway. There will be rides like the classic rides like the Ferris wheel, kiddie rides, games of chance, monster truck rides, pony rides, fun fair foods, and the Illusions of Jay Mattioli (as seen on America’s Got Talent).
140 Green Pond Road, Rockaway, NJ 07866

Skimmer Festival
June 18 at 9 AM

The festival will begin with a Seaside Vendor Craft Market along the oceanfront Promenade, and the Skimmer Food Court will be open in front of Excursion Park. Inside Excursion Park, there will be live music and free family activities. There will also be free amusement rides from 10 AM to 4 PM.
Oceanfront Promenade and Excursion Park at JFK Boulevard and Pleasure Avenue, Sea Isle City, NJ 08243

Sustainability Green Music and Arts
June 18 at 10 AM
Learn how to be more sustainable at this festival, where there will be live music, arts and crafts vendors, Dove Environmental Education, kids activities, and more for the whole family.
Washington Borough Business Improvement District – 21 Belvidere Ave.Washington, NJ 07882
(908) 689-4800

Margate Beachstock
June 25 at 8 AM
Head to the beach for a full day of children’s activities, live music, an air circus single line, and stunt kite demos and lessons. There will also be food trucks, volleyball, South Pacific Island Dancers performing on the sand, a beach nature walk, special characters, an evening movie, a bonfire on the beach, and a live band performance. The rain date is June 26.
Between Granville and Huntington Avenues, Margate, NJ 08402

Firefly Festival at Terhune Orchards
June 26 at 4 PM
This free festival is fun for the whole family with a kids’ play area, pedal, play tractors, and playhouses. There is also a farm trail and farm animals. Lolly Hopwood will be performing, and kids can make firefly wings (for a fee).
330 Cold Soil Road, Princeton, NJ 08540

Broadway at the Garden State Plaza
Now-June 25 at 11 AM and 1 PM
See the best of Broadway for kids every Saturday, featuring songs and scenes from hit Broadway shows. This event is free for everyone and will highlight memorable scenes from your favorite Broadway shows like Aladdin, Wicked and Lion King, performed in a partnership with Bergen Performing Arts Center.
Level 2, Macy’s Court Area, nearest Shake Shack, One Garden State Plaza, Paramus, NJ 07652
(201) 843-2121

Delaware and Raritan Canal Park Run
Every Saturday at 9 AM
A free, fun, and friendly weekly 5K community event. Walk, jog, run, volunteer, or cheer on participants at this fun event. This run is free, but make sure to register before attending.
Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park Trail, 156 Mettlers Rd, Somerset, NJ 08873

Jenkinson’s Movies on the Beach
Tuesdays, June 28-August 30
Grab your beach towel and chairs and get ready for free movies on the beach at Jenkinson’s. Films include Paw Patrol: The Movie, Encanto, and Cars 3.
300 Ocean Avenue, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ 08742

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Melanie Bodner has always had a love for writing, but now she has a new love…being a mom. Before having her kids, Melanie was no stranger to writing or working with children. She wrote for a local newspaper as a reporter and taught English and Dance in a public school. Now Melanie enjoys spending time with her kids, doing yoga, writing and decorating her home. Check out her Instagram @burlapbythebeach.