15 Things to Do This Weekend in NJ

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apple montessoriGather the whole family and head to one of New Jersey’s best summer events this weekend. Have a dog-tastic time at Dog Days of Summer in Tinton Falls, attend the ultimate neighborhood summer party at the 3rd Annual Hoboken Block Party, or head to the Jersey Shore for the Long Branch Jazz & Blues Festival.

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

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

1. Sports Card, Toys, Comics & Collectibles Show
August 26 – 28, 2016 | Friday 3:00PM – 9:00PM, Saturday 10:00AM – 9:00PM, Sunday 10:00AM – 5:00PM
Calling all collectors to the world’s largest free showcase of its kind. With over 125 tables, a free raffle ticket with every puchase, and special guest appearances, this is bound to be the ultimate collector’s event right on the boardwalk.
The Wildwoods Convention Center
4501 Boardwalk, Wildwood, NJ 08260
Cost: Free

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2. Clearmountain Festival: A Benefit Concert for the NJ Arts Education Partnership
August 26, 2016 | 4:00PM – 10:30PM
The Clearmountain Festival was inspired by celebrating the talented artists who make up the Montclair music scene, while giving back to a good cause. Local acts including Pinegrove, Stolen Jars, and Topaz Jones will keep you moving, and guests will have access to a limited compilation CD released especially for this festival.
Montclair Women’s Club
82 Union Street, Montclair, NJ 07042
Cost: $20 General Admission, $10 Student Discount

3. Dog Days of Summer
August 26, 2016 | 5:00PM – 7:00PM
Pack up your furry friend and head to to this summertime meetup for all things K-9. Enjoy sipping on a refreshing “dog-a-rita” as you browse the vendors featuring fun, playful items for your pooch. Be sure to pick up your complimentary dog treats and dog bananas, and enter the raffle to win a doggy gift basket.
Arbor Terrace Shrewsbury
864 Shrewsbury Avenue, Tinton Falls, NJ 07724
Cost: Free

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4. Movie in the Park: The Good Dinosaur
August 26, 2016 | 7:00PM – 9:00PM
Bring the whole family out for Howell’s final installment of Friday Night Movies in the Park, featuring The Good Dinosaur. “In a world where dinosaurs and humans live side-by-side, an Apatosaurus named Arlo makes an unlikely human friend.”
Howell Library Hill
318 Old Tavern Road, Howell, NJ 07731
Cost: Free

5. Toy Con NJ 5
August 27 – 28, 2016 | 9:00AM – 3:00PM
This indoor toy convention features toys, comics, games with over 200 vendor tables. Browse movie memorabilia, transformers, model kits, superheroes, playsets, anime, posters, action figures, vintage disney, small antiques, and so much more.
Parsippany PAL
33 Baldwin Place, Parsippany, NJ 07054
Cost: $10

6. African Dispora Arts Festival
August 27, 2016 | 10:00AM – 6:00PM
This family event aims to feature culture, the arts, entrepreneurship, unity, and fun! Celebrate African culture, and the diversity and unity that “dispora” represents. Family fun, delicious food from local vendors, and cultural appreciation makes this a great summer event in Freehold.
1 East Main Street, Freehold, NJ 07728
Cost: Free

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7. 3rd Annual Hoboken Summer Block Party
August 27, 2016 | 12:00PM – 3:00PM
Show some love for our favorite square mile city on the Hudson. Food vendors, games, face painting, raffle prizes, a bouncy slide, and live music provide all the entertainment you need for a late summer festival with neighbors. Sign up for the Talent Showcase and take to the stage for a chance to win a prize.
123 Jefferson Street between 1st and 2nd Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030
Cost: Free

8. Long Branch Jazz & Blues Festival
August 27, 2016 | 12:00PM – 9:45PM
Head to the Jersey Shore this Saturday for some soulful jazz and blues on the boardwalk. Six bands will fill the air with music as your family enjoys kid’s activities and the sand between their toes. Browse the crafts vendors and regional food stands and find something the whole family will enjoy for lunch and dinner.
The Great Lawn on the Boardwalk at Cooper Ave, Long Branch, NJ 07740
Cost: Free

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9. Asbury Park Surf Music Festival
August 27, 2016 | 12:00PM – 10:00PM
The East Coast’s number 1 Surf Festival is back in Asbury Park this summer. A full day of surf rock will keep you dancing with the sand beneath your feet while you sip tiki drinks from The Anchor’s Bend in Asbury’s famous Convention Hall. Classic cars, great food, and local vendors, and an ocean view are the icing on the cake of this great concert event.
The Anchor’s Bend
1300 Ocean Ave, Asbury Park, NJ 07712
Cost: $15

10. Riverwinds Wine Festival
August 27 – 28, 2016 | Saturday 1:00PM – 7:00PM, Sunday 12:00PM – 5:00PM
“Wine” down this summer at this wine festival featuring twelve wineries, twelve artisans and crafters, and five mouth-watering eateries. Live bands will provide the perfect background for your day of tasting, while kid’s activities keep the little ones entertained all day.
Riverwinds Community Center Great Lawn
1000 Riverwinds Drive, West Deptford, NJ 08086
Cost: Sampler $15 Advance, $20 Door

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11. Newark Riverfront Boat Tours
August 28, 2016 | 11:00AM – 1:00PM
The city of Newark is looking to reconnect its residents with the Passaic River by viewing the city from a new vantage point. Lessons in the city’s history, development, ecology, and environmental concerns make for an educational experience. The tour lasts about two hours.
Newark Riverfront Park
1-3 Brill St, Newark, NJ 07105
Cost: $5 Newark Residents, $15 Non-Residents

12. Family Music Fair
August 28, 2016 | 11:00AM – 3:00PM
This family friendly music fair celebrates the grand opening of Teaneck Creek Conservatory’s Harmony Garden, an outdoor installation of musical instruments made from reclaimed materials. Enjoy musical crafts for children, musical performances, an instrument “petting zoo” (where children are invited to try out new instruments), and refreshments.
Teaneck Creek Conservancy
20 Puffin Way, Teaneck, NJ 07666
Cost: Free

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13. Summer Food Truck Festival
August 28, 2016 | 12:00PM – 6:00PM
Here at NJMOM, we love a good food truck festival – and this one goes above and beyond! Entry includes access to two swimming pools, swimming and inflatables in the lake, volleyball, basketball, and live music. This Family Fun Day encourages families to bring blankets, chairs, and bathing suits to set up camp and have a fun end-of-summer day together.
JCC Camps at Medford
400 Tuckerton Road, Medford, NJ 08055
Cost: Ages 13+ $15, Ages 6-12 $7.50, Ages 5 & under Free with adult admission

14. Annual Heirloom Tomato Festival
August 28, 2016 | 1:00PM – 5:00PM
Visit the Hoboken Historical Museum to taste a rainbow of locally grown heirloom tomatoes, “from pale yellow or orange, to rosy red or green striped, all grown from seed varieties handed down generation to generation and grown by Catalpa Ridge Farms.” Farmers Sue and Rich Sisti will also have a variety of additional produce availalbe for sale. Get there early and get to taste all of the free samples!
Hoboken Historical Museum
1301 Hudson Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030
Cost: Free

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15. Norm of the North Free Movie on the Seaside Heights Beach
August 28, 2016 | 8:00PM – 10:00PM
Pack up beach chairs, blankets, and snacks and hit the beach! Enjoy Seaside Heights’ free family movie screening of Norm of the North. “When a real estate development invades his Arctic home, Norm and his three lemming friends head to New York City, where Norm becomes the mascot of the corporation in an attempt to bring it down from the inside and protect his homeland.”
Seaside Heights Beach
Carteret Avenue, Seaside Heights, NJ 08751
Cost: Free

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

Did we miss any fun things to do in NJ this weekend? Let us know by commenting below!

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

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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!

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