15 Best NJ Events This Weekend: June 24 – 26


Savor in the gourmet delights and unique foods of the Sea Isle City Food Truck Invitational, embrace your inner artist by attending the Junebug Artfest which will feature amazing local artists and free live performances, get some traditional cotton candy at Saint Leo the Great Parrish Carnival, or taste the many different potato and broccoli combinations at the Potato and Broccoli Festival with Oasis Family Farms.

Don’t forget to hashtag #njmom and tag @njmomhq on Instagram, and your little cuties could be featured in our next photo round-up!

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Kids Klass: Chia Seed Pudding {FEATURED}
Jne 24th, 2016 | 6:00pm-7:00pm
Chia seeds do more than grow fuzzy green plants — they help grow healthy kids, too. They’re a good supply of protein, sustained energy, unsaturated omega 3 fatty acids, antioxidants, and dietary fiber. Join us in this hands-on, kid-friendly class as we make this healthy and fun dessert.
This class is going to be very hands-on. We’ll start off the class by showing the kids what dry chia seeds look like, and then give each of them a bowl of chia pudding to show how they transform when you add a liquid. We’ll have toppings (cut up fruit, etc.) set up around the table for the kids to choose from so they can make their own chia dessert.

Dean’s Natural Market
490 Broad Street
Shrewsbury, NJ 07702
Cost: Free admission. Limited tickets avaiable. RSVP here. 


1. Sea Isle City Food Truck Invitational
June 24th, 2016 | 12:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Gourmet food trucks are making their way to Cape May County for their three-day festival of unique food, lively music, fantastic local vendors, and loads of family fun.
Kix McNutleys
Landis Ave. & 63rd St., Sea Isle City, NJ
Cost: Free Admission

2. Junebug Art Fest
June 24th, 2016 | 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Extravagant open air exhibits and window galleries, different art events, open mic sessions, and live performances happen every single Friday night at the month-long celebration of arts—Junebug Art Fest. See your favorite artists and bring the whole family along for the free live musical performances.
Downtown Metuchen
Metuchen, NJ
Cost: Free Admission

3. Saint Leo the Great Parish Annual Carnival
June 24th, 2016 | 6:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Carnival fun never gets old with endless carnival food that will please any sugar-lover, child-friendly rides and activities, and the chance to enter a huge raffle.
Newman Springs Rd. & Hurleys Ln., Lincroft, NJ
Cost: Free Admission

4. Potato and Broccoli Festival
June 25th, 2016 | 10:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Baked potatoes with broccoli and cheese, farm fresh broccoli, battered broccoli, fresh cut French fries and more. You name it and as long as it has to do with potatoes and broccoli, Oasis Family Farm will be selling it this weekend during their Potato and Broccoli Festival.
Oasis Family farm
3 Circle Dr., Robbinsville, NJ
Cost: Free Admission


5. Oktoberfest
June 25th – 26th 2016 | 1:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Germania Park is hosting its semi-annual festival that encompasses German culture with German crafted beers, classic German food including bratwurst and sauerkraut, and live music under the pavilion.
Germania Park
56 Conger St., Rockaway, NJ
Cost: $5 Admission

6. Chilltown Block Party
June 25th, 2016 | 12:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Support local artists at the Chilltown Block Party, hosted by the Chilltown Collective clothing brand. In celebration of their one year anniversary, Chilltown Collective will be having a lineup of family-friendly musical performances.
Bob’s Parking of Jersey City
181 Academy St., Jersey City, NJ
Cost: $5


7. Mercer County Freedom Festival
June 25th, 2016 | 3:00 PM – 11:00 PM
A 5K race for people of all ages, amazing food, a spectacular firework show, classic carnival rides, and a variety of live bands that will please any music lover will be part of the Mercer County Freedom Festival.
Mercer County Festival Grounds
1638 Old Trenton Rd., Princeton Junction, NJ
Cost: Free Admission


8. Baymen’s Seafood & Music Festival
June 25th, 2016 | 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Jersey fresh clams, scallops, crabs and seafood will be featured and sold at Baymen’s annual seafood and music festival which combines delicious seaside cuisine and classic, family-friendly music. Additionally, there will be vendors, crafters, family activities, and more.
Tuckerton Seaport
120 W Main St., Tuckerton, NJ
Cost: $8 adults, $5 kids, kids 5 and under are free

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9. Mays Landing Hometown Celebration Day
June 26th, 2016 | 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
A free live music and family fun event held by the Mays Landing Mechants Association in Lake Lenape Park is a family-fun occasion that you won’t want to miss.
Lake Lenape Park
753 Park Rd., Mays Landing, NJ

10. Firefly Festival
June 26th, 2016 | 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Become one with nature during this firefly event with nature activities, food vendors, wagon rides, musical performances, and much more outdoor fun. Food will include toasty chicken, apple cider, donuts, and a variety of different food options for everyone in the family.
Terhune Orchards
330 Cold Soil Rd., Princeton, NJ
Cost: Free

11. Berry Lane Park Family Day Festival
June 25th, 2016 | 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Celebrate with Jersey City for their grand opening of Berry Lane Park, a green space of family fun. With live music, demonstrations, interactive sports, children’s activities, food vendors, and more, the opening of Berry Lane Park will be the best event in Jersey City this weekend.
1000 Garfield Ave., Jersey City, NJ


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12. Hillsborough Independence Day Festival
June 25th, 2016 | 5:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Inflatable attractions, live music featuring a DJ, a tent with a variety of food options, and an extravagant ending to the night that includes fireworks. Head on down to Hillsborough and don’t miss out on this 2016 Independence Day celebration right before the Fourth of July.
281 Auten Rd., Hillsborough, NJ


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13. Woofstock 2016
June 25th, 2016 | 12:00 PM
Child-friendly, pet-friendly, age-friendly—this outdoor festival which promotes adoption is a special event that will benefit New Jersey animals in need. Listen to a dazzling live performance by multiple bands or pet some of the adorable dogs and cats brought by local rescue organizations.
Hell’s Kitchen Lounge
150 Lafayette St., Newark, NJ

14. Ice Cream Party
June 25th, 2016 | All Day Event
Everybody loves ice cream! Howell Living History Farm will be holding its very own ice cream party to ease the summer heat this weekend. Not only will are children invited to draw and grind ice for ice cream, they will also be encouraged to try out their first batch, take part in crafts and games, and even take part in a wagon ride adventure.
Howell Living History Farm
70 Woodens Ln., Lambertville, NJ

15. Kickoff the Summer Patriotic Parade and Party
June 26th, 2016 | 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Children under the age of 10 are invited to participate in Hasbrouck Heights Fourth of July parade by dressing up in their favorite costume, riding a bicycle or wagon, or decorating a float. After the parade, there will be a free bouncy house experience and endless snow cones.
Central Ave., Hasbrouck Heights, NJ




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Amanda is a student at William Paterson University majoring in English with a concentration in Writing, and a Psychology minor on the side. Her passions are reading young adult literature, writing reviews on her personal blog and short stories for university level competitions, and eating very, very spicy foods. When she’s not reading or playing with her cat, Sly, you can find Amanda working out at the gym and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Her guilty pleasure meals consist of chicken tikka masala, vegan black bean burgers, and soup from Panera Bread. When she finishes college, Amanda looks forward to publishing her first book.