This weekend, sip some sangria and sample Portuguese favorites at Portugal Day Festival in Newark, watch the kids ‘wow’ over the jaw-dropping action at Monster Jam in East Rutherford, or frolic through the gorgeous gardens at the Annual Rose Day Festival in Somerset. Family time is the best time and this weekend you’ve got some good options!
Here are 10 kid-friendly things to do this weekend around New Jersey:
Secaucus Street Fair
With over 100 stops to make as you stroll through the heart of town, you’ll want to come hungry to the annual Secaucus Street Fair. Sample everything from festival favorites like funnel cake to BBQ and bubble tea. The little ones will love the rides and games and the whole family can jam out to live music.
Portugal Day Festival
Dive into Portuguese culture and cuisine at this three day family festival in Newark’s iconic Ironbound neighborhood. Try traditional dishes like Portuguese BBQ chicken, grilled sardines, chouriço sausages, and sangria. Catch one of the international music or dance performances, which go on all night long.
5th Annual Bayonne Hometown Fair
Bayonne’s 5th Annual Hometown Fair celebrates Bayonne’s 150th year as a city! There’s an expanded beer garden this year for mom and dad, but tons to do for the kids as well. Enjoy festival food, two stages of entertainment, rides and games, and shop the local vendors for a fun, family-friendly day or night out.
Between 21st St. and Broadway
3rd Annual ParkFest at Bread Lock Park
June 8, 11AM-5PM
Head over to Bread Lock Park this weekend for a celebration of music, art, history, literature, and more. ParkFest is a perfect chance to expose the kids to an art show by local artists, a classic car show, or even an “Authors Alley,” where your family can meet published authors. The library system will be running special kids activities and bringing in food vendors. Up on stage, you’ll hear live music all day.
Bread Lock Park, 2627 New Jersey 57
Cost: free, $1 car parking suggested donation
June 8, 7PM
Your little monster truck lovers will go nuts over Monster Jam, the adrenaline-charged, family-friendly monster truck show and competition. Some of the most famous monster trucks are featured at the show including Grave Digger, Max-D, and El Toro Loco. Watch as these drivers push it to the limit with these huge trucks and leave you on the edge of your seat!
East Rutherford, NJ
Beach Haven Art Walk 2019
June 8, 10AM-4PM
Head to LBI to spend a day by the water, look at some incredible artwork, and support some amazing locally-grown talent. Need a new painting for the living room, or maybe a cute new piece for the nursery? Done and done. The Beach Haven Art Walk features local businesses, live music all day, and a Children’s Corner where your littles can make hands-on projects, have their face painted, and visit with a caricature artist.
Beach Haven, NJ
Annual Rose Day Festival
June 8, 11AM-5PM
This festival celebrates the first signs of summer…roses in bloom. In the heart of Colonial Park Gardens, thousands of roses are putting on a colorful show. This festival features gardens to walk through (hello, Instagram!), live music and entertainment, a chance to meet local artisans, and indulge in great food. Be sure to snag a rose plant to brighten up the kitchen table!
Colonial Park Gardens
Community Health & Family Festival
June 8, 10AM-3PM
Hoboken focuses on health at this jam-packed event featuring music, games, prizes, raffles, and giveaways. Take advantage of free health screenings, services, and referrals to keep your family happy and healthy. Bonus: a football clinic with former NFL player Carlos Perez and a soccer clinic with a local youth star. Get outside and get active!
400 Harrison St.
The New Jersey Fairy Fair
June 9, 11AM-5PM
Wave those wands for a bit of magic at the New Jersey Fairy Fair. You and your family can meet fairies, dress up in your most mystical costumes, and wander through the fair for an enchanted day together. The event features tons of food, over 100 vendors to shop, live music, face painting, and kids activities. There will be healers and readers of tarot cards, angel cards, fairy cards, massages, and Reiki.
Glenburn Pavilion, 211 Hamburg Turnpike
Livingston Summerfest Food Truck and Music Festival
June 9, 11AM-6PM
Enjoy a day in the sun with your family at Livingston’s Summerfest. With a fishing derby, craft fair, kids activities and adoptable pets (“Puhleeeeeasse Mom!”), this is definitely an event the littles will love. The whole family can chow on their food truck faves like tacos, empanadas, and burgers. Listen to live music and relax in the beer garden to cap off the day.
30 Robert H Harp Dr.
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