Spend some time outdoors at Bee Day in Hanson Park, Cherry Hills’ Trucks! Trucks! Trucks!, or Terhune Orchards; Firefly Festival. Enjoy yummy food at the The Jersey City Project presents Project: EATS 2018!, 26th Annual Baymen’s Seafood & Music Festival, or Whitesbog Blueberry Festival.
1. Preview Night at State Fair Meadowlands
Thursday, June 21, 2018 from 6:00PM to 12:00AM
The State Fair at the Meadowlands is calling families from all over NJ to take part in one of the biggest celebrations of summer fun! The event will feature over 150 rides and attractions, over 50 food vendors, and will kicks off with a special preview night on Thursday, June 22 with special discount ticket offers for fairgoers of all ages. To add to all of the festivities, there will be plenty of FREE Entertainment such as: The Steve Bayner Hypnotist Show (Main Stage); Rosaire’s Royal Racing Pigs (Main Midway); Open-Air Thrill Show; High Dive Show; Commerford’s Educational Petting Zoo (Main Midway): Open during Fair hours Animal rides are available, but are not free.
State Fair Meadowlands
50 New Jersey 120, East Rutherford, NJ
Cost: Free for Kids 12 and younger, $8 Adults, $22 Child/Adult Mega Passes, $5 Parking
2. Jazams’ Summer Block Party
Friday, June 22, 2018 from 6:00PM to 9:00PM
Bring the family out to Princeton’s jaZams Summer Block Party. This event is fun for families of all ages and has plenty of activities to offer. Some featured activities include: crafts, games, and pogo stick and kendama demonstrations. Enoy delicious eats from Winberie’s, Teresa Cafe, Tico’s Juice Bar, Nomad Pizza & Undrgrnd Donuts. After the loads of the fun and games are over, don’t miss Pig Pen Theatre Co. LIVE in concert on The Green !This one of a kind event is a can’t miss activity for the family, so make sure to stop by.
40 Nassau Street, North Princeton, NJ
3. Sea Isle City Food Truck Invitational
June 22nd – 24th, 2018; Fri and Saturday 12:00PM to 9:00PM, Sunday 12:00PM to 5:00PM
Its the 4th Annual Sea Isle City Food Truck Invitational. Some of the best food trucks in the Northeast visit Sea Isle City for an awesome three day event. There will also be crafters, live music, and family fun!
63rd St at Landis Ave, Sea Isle City, NJ
4. Bee Day at Hanson Park in Cranford
Saturday, June 23, 2018 at 2:00PM
Grant Stiles from Stiles Honey will be sharing his knowledge of bees with his presentation, “Fundamentals of Beekeeping and the Importance of Honey Bees in Our Society.” Bring your blankets and chairs and enjoy the beautiful surroundings as Mr. Stiles answers all of your questions about these important pollinators. He is a Certified Master Beekeeper and owns one of the most successful apiaries in the New York/New Jersey area, with Stiles Honey currently managing well-over 4,000 honeybee colonies a year. The event also includes story time and crafts!
Hanson Park 38 Springfield Ave., Cranford, NJ
5. Trucks, Trucks, Trucks!
Saturday, June 23rd, 2018 from 11:00AM to 2:00PM
A unique Touch-A-Truck meets Food Truck Festival! Trucks of all shapes and sizes will visit the Cherry Hill Public Library along with an array of food trucks to indulge your taste buds! This event is rain or shine.
Cherry Hill Public Library
1100 Kings Hwy N, Cherry Hill, NJ
6. Cape May Hops Festival
Saturday June 23rd, 2018 from 10:00AM to 6:00PM
Kick off summer in Cape May with some blues, brews and BBQ! This all-day outdoor family festival will feature local breweries, live music on the outdoor stage, and food vendors serving up some tasty BBQ favorites, plus a crafts and collectibles show and kids activities.
Emlen Physick Estate
1048 Washington St, Cape May, NJ
7. NBC 4 and Telemundo 47 Health and Fitness Expo
June 23 and 24, 2018 from 10:00AM to 4:00PM
NBC 4 New York and Telemundo 47 want you to bring the whole family to their sixth annual Health and Fitness Expo. Get free health screenings, ride the zip line, shake hands with a New York Giant and more! Inspire your family to get and stay healthy in 2018!
1 MetLife Stadium Drive, East Rutherford, NJ
8. Atlantic City Food Truck Festival
June 23 & 24, 2018 (Rain or Shine)
Saturday from 12:00PM to 8:00PM
Sunday 12:00PM to 6:00PM
The annual Atlantic City Food Truck Festival & Competition is returning to the world famous Atlantic City Boardwalk for its second year in a row. Families from all over New Jersey will congregate at the scenic Brighton Park, located between the Claridge Hotel and the boardwalk. Nearly 20,000 New Jerseyians will seek to indulge in the area’s top food trucks that showcase culinary dishes from American comfort to seafood, barbecue, desserts and more. Enjoy all-day live music in the park, celebrity cooking demonstrations, a kids zone, an outdoor premium wines, beer and spirits garden and much much more.
Between the Claridge Hotel and the Boardwalk, Atlantic City, NJ
9. The Jersey City Project presents Project: EATS 2018!
June 23 & 24, 2018 from 11:00AM to 7:00PM
The Jersey City Project and The City of Jersey City invites your family to celebrate warm days and cool drinks while eating delicious food with its annual PROJECT: EATS.
In Front of City Hall – Historic Downtown Jersey City
280 Grove Street, Jersey City, NJ
10. 26th Annual Baymen’s Seafood & Music Festival
June 23 & 24, 2018 from 11:00AM to 5:00PM
Experience Jersey’s Freshest at the 26th Annual Baymen’s Seafood & Music Festival at Tuckerton Seaport. On June 23rd & 24th from 11am to 5pm, the Tuckerton Seaport will host its 26th Annual Baymen’s Seafood & Music Festival. Enjoy delicious Jersey fresh clams, crabs, scallops and shrimp from the finest local seafood purveyors. Drink from the brew court featuring local crafted beers. Shop for gifts and souvenirs from unique vendors. Listen and dance to the music from local favorites. Enjoy crafters, family activities, demonstrations, boat builders and decoy carvers. Speak to commercial fisherman to learn about occupations on the bay or take a clam shucking class. Bring the whole family and plan to spend the day.
The Tuckerton Seaport & Baymen’s Museum
120 West Main Street Tuckerton, NJ
Cost: $5 for Children ages 5 through 12, Free for Children under 5, $10 Adults, Seaport Members are free.
11. 35th Annual Whitesbog Blueberry Festival
June 23 & 24, 2018 from 10:00AM to 4:00PM
There isn’t many things in life better than attending a blueberry festival, trust us. SO many blueberries: taste the berries from our neighbor’s farm and take home a pint or a flat, pick berries fresh on the original heritage plants in the fields, eat them in locally made pies, muffins, cakes, jams, preserves, fried, blueberry drinks, blueberry wine, cider, syrup and so much more. There will be Family friendly games, kids crafts, face painting, and eco-activities in the area of the Whitesbog Gallery where the All Blueberry Art Show will be on display. To add, over 35 Crafters and Artists will be in attendance. As for food and sweets, the awesome display will include: BBQ, Pizza, and Rita’s Water Ice. Did I mention the kids Pie Eating Contest?
Whitesbog Preservation Trust
120 West Whitesbog Road, Browns Mills, NJ
Cost: Free to attend, $5 per carload
12. 32nd Annual Red, White and Blueberry Festival
June 24, 2018 from 10:00AM until 4:00PM
The free-to-attend and park gathering features live music, kiddie rides, a huge classic car show, arts and crafts, stilt walkers, jugglers, and of course the day would not be complete without all things blueberry: pie, muffins, fresh berries, lemonade and even a blueberry pie eating contest.
Hammonton High School, 566 Old Forks Rd., Hammonton, NJ
13. Paramus Food Truck Festival
Sunday, June 24, 2018 from 11:00am to 6:00pm
Food! Beer! Music! Fun! New Jersey foodies, eat your hearts out! It’s a fun filled family day! Over 20 Gourmet Food Trucks, partnered with some great music, make for an enchanting and fulfilling Summer day. Bring your appetite, lawn chairs, pups, pop ups and blankets. Dine on excellent food, while parents enjoying the beer and sangria garden. Face painting, kids activities and more!
Garden State Plaza
1 Garden State Plz, Paramus, NJ
Cost: Kids under 10 are free, general admission is $5
14. MakerFest 2018
Sunday, June 24th, 2018 from 11:00AM to 6:00PM
MakerFest is a family event that brings awareness of the Maker Movement in a fun and creative setting. Attendees can expect an amazing carnival meets makerfaire experience, where they can participate in various STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) related activities including a Dinosaur Dig, a Magician, Blacksmith Demo, and much more. The event will also feature various food & drink vendors, making this a perfect event for the entire family!
60 Commerce Way, Totowa, NJ
Cost: $20, kids under 5 Free
15. Firefly Festival
Sunday, June 24, 2018 from 4:00PM to 9:00PM
The Firefly Festival at Terhune Orchards is here to celebrate the best part of summer, those breezy summer nights. Your family can enjoy an evening of nature, live music, wagon rides, and outdoor fun. The Circus place will also be showcasing their Youth Circus Performance Troupe. Families can also participate in interactive workshops and learn various things such as: juggling, plate spinning, feather balancing, and walking a tight rope. To follow, your family can get a delicious dinner at the food tent. For the kids, there will also be plenty of: pony rides, face painting, and wagon rides through the farm. Parents can also enjoy Terhune’s own wine to sample or by the glass in the tasting room. Join in the celebration and wear your own wings or use our crafting area ($5) to make your own wings, bug boxes, or antennas for your little fireflies. Make sure to stop by and enjoy a flickering, flying, fun evening on the farm.
330 Cold Soil Road, Princeton, NJ
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