Attend the New Jersey State Fair, celebrate culture at the Italian Festival, or grab some food at the West Windsor Community Farmer’s Market. You can also go on a Healthy Hike, take part in a Peach, Pirate, & Princess Festival, or ride a train at The Delaware River Railroad Excursions. Be sure to use #NJMOM when sharing pictures on social media!
1. New Jersey State Fair
Friday August 7, Saturday August 8, & Sunday August 9 from 10:00am-7:00pm
Attend the NJ state fair for an awesome weekend because there will be so much to do. You can attend the horse show, go on rides, and even see bull riders. Games, food, and entertainment will be available all weekend. So bring your family and have lots of fun.
Sussex County Fairgrounds 37 Plains Road Augusta, NJ 07822
2. Downtown Somerville Cruise Night
Friday August 7 from 6:00pm-9:00pm
Celebrate a 26 year-old tradition this Friday night. Enjoy seeing cars from all over the United States and even from around the world. You will get to see classic models of American as well as Japanese, German, and more cars. If you are a car lover, this event is perfect for you.
Main Street Somerville, NJ 08876
3. The Little Mermaid
Friday August 7 & Saturday August 8 at 11:00am and Sunday August 9 at 4:00pm
Join Ariel and her crew of underwater friends at this spectacular show. This live performance with music and laughter will leave your children amazed. This event is perfect for all ages and families.
335 Washington Crossing-Pennington Road Titusville, NJ 08560
4. Italian Festival
Friday August 7, Saturday August 8, Sunday August 9 from 5:00pm-11:00pm
Celebrate the Italian culture at this fantastic festival. There will be Italian music, Italian food, and even eating contests. You can also enjoy rides, fireworks, raffles, games, and more. It will be a fun time for everyone.
240 Whalepond Road Ocean Township, NJ 07755
5. Festival of the Sea Carnival
Friday August 7, Saturday August 8, Sunday August 9 from 6:00pm-10:00pm
Enjoy a classic carnival night with the family. Go on all of the typical carnival rides including the ferris wheel, participate in fun games, and spend time with the family. There will also be food available. Admission is free, but there is a cost for rides.
St. Francis Parish 4700 Brant Beach Island, NJ 08008
6. Action Fun Farm
Friday August 7, Saturday August 8, Sunday August 9 from 10:00am-5:00pm
Bring your family to the farm for a fun day! You can play a plethora of games, try to solve the corn maze, and even climb a spider web. Tractor tours, a chicken show, and animal feeding will also be part of the fun at the farm.
451 State Route 94 Vernon, NJ 07462
7. West Windsor Community Farmer’s Market
Saturday August 8 from 9:00am-1:00pm
Take your family to this fun farmer’s market to check out all types of items. From cheeses and honey to soaps and cookies this farmer’s market has it all. Come for breakfast and enjoy egg sandwiches, crepes, smoothies, and much more. This will be fun for everyone and yummy, too!
2 Vaughn Drive Princeton, NJ 08540
8. 15th Annual Butterfly Festival
Saturday August 8 from 10:00am-4:00pm
Celebrate the graceful and beautiful creature of the butterfly all day long. The festival includes tours of the butterfly house, interactive activities, and time in the science lab. Families will also be able to take hot air balloon rides as well as enjoy local food and artisan crafts. It will be perfect for the whole family.
31 Titus Mill Road Pennington, NJ 08543
Cost: $10/person or $25/carload
9. Healthy Hike
Saturday August 8 from 10:30am-11:30am
Spend a relaxing Saturday morning bettering your physical and mental health while enjoying the great outdoors. A naturalist will lead adults and teens on this healthy hike. It’s a perfect way to start off any weekend with the family.
794 Rancocas Road Westampton, NJ 08060
10. Hot Rods and Food Trucks
Saturday August 8 from 11:00am-6:00pm
If you love food and cars this event is great for you. Spend the day admiring classic cars and enjoying rides while also indulging in food from various food trucks. This is a unique event full of fun and food that you won’t want to miss.
275 Beachway Ave Keansburg, NJ 07734
11. Peach, Pirate, and Princess Festival
Sunday August 9 from 1:00pm-4:00pm
Dress up as a pirate or a princess for the day! Your children can also participate in a treasure hunt, create crafts, and enjoy peaches. There will also be a live performance of Snow White that your kids will love. You won’t want to miss it.
3 Riverside Drive Camden, NJ 08103
12. Hands on History
Saturday August 8 and Sunday August 9 from 10:00am- 4:30pm
Spend the day in the 1800s! Try activities from back in the day like blacksmithing, basket weaving, and woodworking. You can also check out historic buildings, and participate in a bunch of activities. A free treat will also be available.
Historic Cold Spring Village
720 Route 9 South, Cape May, NJ 08204
13. Just Jersey Food Truck & Music Festival
Saturday August 8 from 10:00am-7:00pm
This festival have the best of what everyone loves: food and music! Enjoy over 25 delicious gourmet food trucks and listen to awesome live music all day long. Spend this fun, carefree day with the family, and you won’t be disappointed.
Waterloo Village: 1053 Waterloo Road Stanhope, NJ 07874
14. Cape May Craft Beer & Crab Festival
Saturday August 8 from 12:00pm-9:00pm
This is a perfect summer event for the whole family. Enjoy classic summer foods like hamburgers, pulled pork, and of course, crab broil. Live music, jugglers, and acrobats will also be part of the fun. Admission is free although you will need to pay for food.
1048 Washington Street Cape May, NJ 08204
15. The Delaware River Railroad Excursions
Saturday August 8 & Sunday August 9 at 11:00am, 12:30pm, 2:00pm, or 3:30pm
Spend a perfect family afternoon riding a train. Take in the beautiful atmosphere of the landscape and enjoy a wonderful ride. This fun excursion is perfect for all ages and all families.
99 Elizabeth Street Phillipsburg, NJ 08865
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