15 Best NJ Events For Your Family This Weekend: July 29 – 31


Exciting rides and family entertainment at the Monmouth County Fair, local eats and discounts from local businesses at the Red Bank Sidewalk Sale, and ye olden activities and feasts at The Bayonne Renaissance Festival are just some ways to have fun with your family this weekend in New Jersey.

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Here are our top picks for family events in NJ this weekend:

1. Manasquan Fireman’s Fair
July 26 – 30, 2016 | 6:00PM – 10:30PM
This beloved summer fair is attended by 30,000 attendees over the course of five days – your family can’t miss it! Family Fun Night every evening means unlimited rides for $25 between 6:00PM – 10:00PM.  Test your luck by participating in the 50/50 raffle, or by playing one of the classic fair games, including Skee Ball, Balloon Pop, Whack A Mole, and Ring Toss.
Mallard Park
South Potter Avenue, Manasquan, NJ
Cost: Free

Monmouth County Fair

2. Monmouth County Fair
July 27 – 31, 2016 | Wednesday – Friday 5:00PM – 11:00PM, Saturday 3:00PM – 11:00PM, Sunday 11:00AM – 6:00PM
Bring the whole family to this classic county fair experience.  Highlights include animal shows and exhibits, Robinson’s Racing Pigs, Bwana Jim’s Reptile Show, free stage entertainment, a climbing wall, Scott’s Crazy Comedy magic Show, FFA Produce Stand, and so much more.  Catch some thrills on the many amusement rides, and top off the night with tasty food from one of the county fair vendors.
East Freehold Showgrounds
1500 Kozloski Road, Freehold, NJ
Cost: Free

3. 13th Annual Chip Miller Surf Fest
July 29, 2016 | 8:00AM – 2:00PM
This community event is one of the East Coast’s largest surf competitions and events.  Bring the whole family out to this “grass-roots family event” for a day of waves and beach fun.  Hang out with some of the area’s biggest names in surf, including Bethany Hamiton and Rob Kelly.  Ready to participate?  Divisions include Groms, Boys, Girls/Women, Junior Men, Men, Masters, Longboards and Parent/Child.
Ocean City Beach at 7th Street, Ocean City, NJ
Cost: Free

4. Harlem Globetrotters at Wildwoods Convention Center
July 29 & 30, 2016 | 7:00PM
The world-famous Harlem Globetrotters are coming to Wildwood, New Jersey to change the way your children think about basketball.  You will be on the edge of your seat as players “wow” the audience with unconventional tricks never before seen on the court.  Your little ones will be laughing in their seats as the Globetrotters play with their opponents ideas of what it really means to play the game.
Wildwood Convention Center
4501 Boardwalk, Wildwood, NJ
Cost: Tickets Range $23 – $75


5. Red Bank Sidewalk Sale
July 29 – 31 | Store Hours May Vary
Don’t miss New Jersey’s best local sidewalk sale of the year.  Take advantage of deals, savings, and promotions from the wide variety of businesses in downtown Red Bank.  Stroll through the delightful streets of this cultural hub of the East Coast, and stop in to The Charleston Shops, Monmouth Street Emporium, The Spice & Tea Exchange, SunnyMoon Boutique, and so much more.  Live entertainment can be found at certain spots throughout your walk.  Red Bank is providing free parking all weekend for your convenience.
Downtown Red Bank
Maple Avenue, Red Bank
Cost: Free


6. New Jersey Festival of Ballooning
July 29 – 31 | Friday 6:30PM, Saturday & Sunday 6:30AM & 6:30PM
Go up, up and away in one of the scheduled mass ascensions.  The whole family can jump at this once in a lifetime opportunity to fly high over New Jersey in a professional hot air balloon.  Book your reservation today to assure a spot!  If you are more comfortable on the ground, watch in awe as hundreds of colorful balloons soar high above.
Solberg-Hunterdon Airport
30 Thor Solberg Road, White House Station, New Jersey
Cost: General Admission: Adults $35, Children, $15, Children under 3 are free.  Balloon Rides: $225 per person for morning, $250 per person for evening

7. Car Show and Family Fun Fest
July 30, 2016 | 9:00AM – 2:00PM
St. Paul School of Burlington is hosting this family fun Car Show, featuring displays that your little car lovers won’t forget.  See if you can guess which vehicles will take home the winning trophies, and enter the 50/50 raffle for your chance to win.  Take a stop in the air conditioned area to grab a bite to eat from one of the food vendors on site, before visiting the Kids Area to see fire trucks, participate in fun workshops, and more.
St. Paul School
250 James Street, Burlington, NJ
Cost: Free

8. Peach Party
July 30, 2016 | 10:00AM – 1:00PM
Sink your teeth into this fruity summer event in downtown Hammonton.  Peach lovers can enjoy a wide variety of peach inspired foods and beverages, participate in peach activities, and check out some live music.  Contests and giveaways include Baby Peach Fuzz contest, and don’t forget to submit your pie to the Peach Pie Contest.
Vine Street Parking Lot
209 Vine Street, Hammonton, NJ
Cost: Free



9. Asbury Park Art Star Craft Bazaar
July 30 – 31, 2016 | 10:00AM – 4:00PM
Make your way to eclectic Asbury Park’s Bradley Park and have access to over 50 curated art and craft vendors including pottery, clothing, baby goods, stained glass, home goods, jewelry, bath & body products, and much more.  Grab a bite to eat from vegan friendly food vendors in between shopping, and enjoy live music from some of Asbury Park’s best local musicians, including Francis Lombardi and Dentist.  The first 40 customers each day will receive a free tote bag, and the first 250 customers each day will receive $5 gift vouchers.
Bradley Park
Ocean Avenue between 5th & Sunset Avenues, Asbury Park, NJ
Cost: Free

10. Christmas In July Street Fair
July 30, 2016 | 10:00AM – 4:00PM
It’s the most wonderful time of the year…summer!  Head to downtown South Plainfield this Saturday for a Christmas street fair in July.  Take photos and even have breakfast with Santa Claus and enjoy performances by Summer Drama, the South Plainfield Marching Band, and Cory Singer.  Have a blast with summer favorites including the dunk tank, bounce house, photo booth, water balloon toss, hula hoop contest, and diesel car show.
Downtown South Plainfield
Front Street & South Plainfield Avenue, South Plainfield, NJ
Cost: Free

11. Fairy Festival
July 30, 2016 | 10:30AM – 1:30PM
Calling all Rainbow Fairies, Woodland Fairies, and Forest Elves!  Dress in your finest woodland costumery and join your fellow twinkling creatures in activities including dancing around the maypole, creating magical crafts, constructing villages along the Fairy Trail, and playing in the babbling stream.
The Watershed Reserve
31 Titus Mill Road, Pennington, NJ
Cost: $10 per person, Children under 3 are free.


12. The Bayonne Renaissance Festival
July 30, 2016 | 1:00PM – 7:00PM
Lords and ladies of all ages are welcome to attend this year’s Bayonne Renaissance Festival and enjoy a historic, interactive family experience including entertainment acts from The Crimson Pirates, Princess Tea Party, Sonnet Readings, Knights of Avalon, LAIRRE Weapons Demo, Jr. Knighting Ceremony, and so much more. Stop at the amazing food and drink vendors to top off a perfect day, and don’t forget to dress up!
16th Street Park
196 West 16th Street, Bayonne, NJ
Cost: Free

13. 6th Annual Soulsation Festival
July 30, 2016 | 11:00AM – 7:00PM
Keep the soul alive at this free music festival for families of all ages.  In addition to live music all day, take the opportunity to try free classes and demonstrations (including yoga), visit health and wellness vendors, and try the health, organic, and vegetarian food and beer garden.  Kid Village is a special section especially for your little ones to play during the event.
Veteran’s Park
Bill Zimmerman Junior Way, Bayville, NJ
Cost: Free

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14. Summer Saturdays in the Park
July 30, 2016 | 5:00PM – 9:00PM
Visit Riley Park in the center of downtown Bradley Beach, Monmouth County’s charming family shore town.  Enjoy a Saturday evening out with the family and experience live music from original Oldies musicians playing their hits from the 1960’s.  Supplement your night by shopping in the outdoor market, featuring local Bradley Beach businesses including Intentional B artisan shop and Paws and Anchor pet store.
Riley Park
Main Street between Lareine and Brinley Avenues, Bradley Beach, NJ
Cost: Free

15. Beatles Tribute Band: Free Boardwalk Concert
July 31, 2016 | 7:00PM – 9:00PM
Give your little ones a taste of the glory days and good ol’ rock and roll with this free family concert on the boardwalk at Seaside Heights.  The Fab Four of Beatles Faux Sale, New Jersey’s premier Beatles cover band, will be bringing you the hits as you enjoy a beautiful summer evening by the ocean.
Franklin Avenue Stage
Franklin Avenue & Boardwalk, Seaside Heights, NJ
Cost: Free

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


About Author

Chelsea is a freelance writer and photographer based in the kid-friendly community of Asbury Park, and she loves sharing tips and news about this cultural beach town with NJMOM readers. When she's not discovering new bike trails, playing in her handbell choir, or reading on the beach, Chelsea works as a Children's Library Associate at a public library. You can catch her out in Asbury Park watching her husband play drums with talented local artists - be sure to come say hello!