This weekend, taste your way through 100 hot sauces and more than 50 craft beers at the Hop Sauce Festival on LBI, go Greek at NJ Greekfest in Westfield, or let the kiddos visit cuddly farm animals for a great cause at the Funny Farm Rescue Summer Festival in Mays Landing. The summer season is upon us, mamas!
Featured image via @hopsaucefest
Here are 10 kid-friendly things to do this weekend around New Jersey:
6th Annual Hop Sauce Festival
June 1, 11AM-6PM
It’s one of the most unique events at the Jersey Shore, combining over 100 hot sauces with over 50 craft beers and seven hours of live music. The Hop Sauce Festival has become an LBI favorite, drawing craft beer, spice enthusiasts, and families together for local fare, original music, and cultural vendors in a family-friendly atmosphere. Check out games for your littles and afterward, enjoy a short walk to the beach. A portion of the proceeds benefit the Jetty Rock Foundation, which raises funds for coastal communities and the environment.
Veteran’s Bicentennial Park
Beach Haven, NJ
Cost: Beer tasting $45, non-drinking $20
May 31 – June 3
Go Greek for the day in Westfield! Watch Greek dancers and learn a few moves, listen to live music, eat tons of homemade authentic Greek specialties (we’re eyeing up the spanikopita!), watch cooking demonstrations, and bring the littles to the Kids Zone. You’ll be saying “Opa!” for days to come.
Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church
250 Gallows Hill Rd.
Cost: free, $2 suggested donation
May 30 – June 2
If you’re staying north this weekend, but still want that boardwalk feel, check out Marist High School’s Carnival in Bayonne. It’s a carnival featuring rides, games, cotton candy, ice cream, and more, bringing a bit of Jersey Shore nostalgia to Hudson County.
Marist High School
1241 Kennedy Blvd
The Skirmish In Haddonfield: The British Are Coming!
June 1, 10AM-4PM
Your family can travel back in time this weekend to the Revolutionary Era. Throughout the day, actors and actresses will wander about the crowds as they prepare for the historical Haddonfield skirmish at 1PM. Your family will enjoy live music, games, caricatures, stockade photo ops, arts and crafts, and yummy food. Tours of the historic tavern are available all day.
Indian King Tavern Museum
233 Kings Hwy East
Summer Food Truck & Craft Beer Fest
June 1, 12PM-7PM
This family-friendly festival is stacked with delectable food trucks and craft brews. Enjoy live music and make a stop inside the family-friendly Yogi Berra Museum for special activities and to learn all about the baseball great.
Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center
8 Yogi Berra Dr.
Little Falls, NJ
Point Pleasant Summerfest
Evening of May 31 & June 1, 11AM-7PM
Point Pleasant has hosted this festival for 29 years and it’s become known as the kickoff to summer for this Jersey shore town. Shop the open markets, try new foods from food trucks and local businesses you love, and purchase a wristband for the kid’s activity area. Listen to live music and spend time in the Beer and Wine Garden.
Point Pleasant Community Park
Point Pleasant, NJ
Roxbury Food Truck Fest
June 1, 11AM-7PM
Food, family and fun come together in Roxbury for this food truck fest, featuring over 20 local food truck faves including Amanda Bananas, Cupcake Carnivale, Jersey Rollz, The Mexi Boys, Cheezen, and The Rolling Pita. Shop local vendors, jam out to live music, and enjoy tons of games with your kiddos.
Horseshoe Lake Park
72 Eyland Ave.
Cost: $5, Kids under 3 are free
Hasbrouck Heights Street Fair
June 2, 10AM-5PM
It’s looking like a perfect weekend to wander a street fair. At this one in Hasbrouck Heights, enjoy live music and entertainment on two stages, two food courts featuring street food vendors and local restaurants, shopping from local vendors, and family fun like the JC Kids Zone, where you’ll find carnival games, bouncy inflatables, a trackless train, pony rides, petting zoo, face painting, and temporary tattoos.
Hasbrouck Heights, NJ
Somerville Street Fair and Craft Show
June 2, 11AM-5PM
Shop original arts and crafts from local creators, taste test all your favorite festival foods, listen to live music, and do a little dancing. Your littles will love the kids’ rides, petting zoo, gaming trailer, and martial arts exhibitions, all while you stroll through downtown Somerville.
W. Main St. and Bridge St.
Downtown Somerville, NJ
Funny Farm Rescue Summer Festival
June 2, 9AM-4PM
Spend time on the farm this Sunday at this super fun, family-friendly festival. Shop local vendors, listen to live music, have lunch, and spend time with some adorable farm animals. Take a family hay ride, get the kids’ faces painted, and check out the games, basket raffles, and food trucks. All proceeds benefit the Funny Farm Rescue, home to 500 animals.
Funny Farm Rescue
6908 Railroad Blvd.
Mays Landing, NJ
Cost: $5 suggested donation
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