15 Things To Do This Weekend in NJ, June 9-11


Hello, sunshine and 80 degrees! This weekend will be picture perfect. Spend some time outdoors at Manalapan Day, the Hoboken Arts & Music Festival, Jersey City’s Hamilton Park Festival, Edison’s An Afternoon in the Park, or Princeton’s Spring Arts Festival. Enjoy yummy food at Livingston Summerfest. Celebrate the Irish culture at Monmouth Park Racetrack’s 47th Annual Irish Festival or the Portuguese culture at Newark’s Portugal Day 2017 or Long Branch’s First Celebration of Portuguese Heritage Day.

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

Hoboken Arts & Music Festival

Hoboken Arts & Music Festival, Photo via Facebook HobokenArtsFestival

1. Hoboken Arts & Music Festival
Sunday, June 11, 2017 from 11:00AM to 6:00PM
Hoboken Arts & Music Festival is an exciting family friendly event with plenty of activities to do all day. Certain events that will be showcased include: live music, artists, crafters, photographers, food vendors, local businesses & more. Of course, for the many children attending, there will also be face painting, sand art, balloons & crafts.
Washington Street
Between 8th & 14th Streets, Hoboken, NJ 07030
Cost: Free

2. Hamilton Park Festival
Saturday, June 10, 2017 from 12:00PM to 7:00PM (Rain or Shine)
Hamilton Park Festival invites your family to join many others as they enjoy live music & entertainment. There will be a beer truck on McWilliams as well as a Petting Zoo for kids. There will also be a Fitness demonstration at the multi-purpose court for those interested. To add, your family can also enjoy an amazing selection of food or new items from plenty of vendor, flea market, and local non-profit organization tables. To top it all off, there will be live entertainment that will be playing from the gazebo location.
Hamilton Park
25 W Hamilton Place, Jersey City, NJ 07302
Cost: Free

3. Cultural Diversity Festival 2017
Saturday, June 10, 2017 from 12:00PM to 6:00PM
Cultural Diversity Festival 2017 is making a call out to all the many different ethnic family groups of the New Jersey and New York metropolitan area to be a part of this fantastic event; located at the heart of the 2nd largest city of New Jersey- Journal Square, Jersey City. Your family can celebrate unity and diversity in Jersey City through the best combination of dance, music, plenty of food, and local vendors.
Journal Square Path Plaza
1 Path Plaza, Jersey City, NJ 07302
Cost: Free

Monmouth Park Racetrack

Monmouth Park Racetrack Irish Festival 2016, Photo via Facebook @MonmouthPark and lquiphoto.com

4. 47th Annual Irish Festival
Sunday, June 11, 2017 from 10:00AM to 5:30PM
Come celebrate your family’s inner Irish by attend the 47th Annual Irish Festival. Plenty of friends and family will gather together to Monmouth Park for this one day event where everyone is Irish for the day. The festivities start with traditional Irish Mass in our Grandstand at 11am, followed by one of three stages of incredible live music and step dancing performances. Of course, your family must not forget to end your day with an ice-cold drink cheering some fabulous horse racing. There will be two races of the fan-favorite Human Horse Race which will take place on the track – cheer them on for a good cause. Your family can also grab a plate of delicious food and watch as the Pipe and Drum bands parade through Monmouth Park to celebrate Irish heritage. Your children also can experience the festival with FREE pony rides, a bouncy house, face painting, and clowns.
Monmouth Park Racetrack
175 Oceanport Avenue, Oceanport, New Jersey 07757
Cost: Free for Children 12 and under, $5 General Admission, $5 Parking

5. Portugal Day 2017
June 9-11, 2017
Friday from 3:00PM to 9:30PM
Saturday from 1:00PM to 10:00PM
Sunday form 2:00PM to 9:00PM
Every year nearly 300,000 people come to Newark’s Ironbound to celebrate Portugal Day. Dive in and explore Portuguese culture and cuisine close up. There will be folk dancing to special performances by Portuguese recording artists, classical guitarists, to classic rock you’ll get experience all that Portugal is right here in Newark.
Ferry Street, Newark, NJ 07105
Cost: Free

6. Manalapan Day
Saturday, June 10, 2017 from 3:00PM to 10:00PM (Early 2:00PM Access for Families with Small Children)
Manalapan Day will open early for the first time early at 2:00 p.m. for families with small children to jump into all the excitement with no time to waste. This glorious event includes a free bounce house, a variety of kid games, delectable food, and plenty of exhibits. For the children, there will also be a carnival, pony rides, a petting zoo, the Manalapan High School Cheerleaders, and other local performers/acts including musical acts providing live entertainment on the two large stages provided. There will also be a famous legendary musical hit machine from the 70’s on the main stage, followed by a stunning fireworks show in the skies above Manalapan.
Manalapan Rec Center
120 Route 522, Englishtown, NJ 07726
Cost: Free

Roosevelt Park Edison NJ

An Afternoon in the Park, Photo via Facebook @MiddlesexCntyNJ

7. An Afternoon in the Park
Saturday, June 10 from 11:00AM to 3:00PM
Roosevelt Park invites your family to its beautiful Afternoon in the Park Event. There will be plenty of entertainment and fun for the whole family. World renowned children’s entertainer, Mr. Ray will be in attendance, along with plenty other activities such as: Bounce house, face-painting, Touch the Truck (Children of all ages can climb up and get into the driver’s seat of the County’s large trucks and vehicles), Fishing in Roosevelt Lake (Bring your poles and equipment. Bait will be provided), Roller Skating, and a lot more.
Roosevelt Park – Lake
Roosevelt Drive, Edison, NJ 08837
Cost: Free

8. First Celebration of Portuguese Heritage Day
Friday, June 9, 2017 from 4:00PM to 11:00PM
Come celebrate Long Branch’s first ever Portuguese Heritage Day. There will be plenty of food and refreshments for your family to enjoy and celebrate the Portuguese culture.
Manahassett Creek Park – Soccer Field
536 Long Branch Avenue, Long Branch, NJ 07740
Cost: Free

9. Livingston Summerfest
Saturday, June 10, 2017 from 11:00AM to 6:00PM ( Rain or Shine)
Livingston Summerfest is a great fundraiser for the Livingston First Aid Squad. There will be a stacked list of food trucks that will be in attendance with the sole purpose of fllling your family’s bellies; the updated list so far includes famous trucks like: Amanda Bananas, Chip Stix, El Lechon De Negron, Emapanada Guy, Good Food = Good Mood, House of Cupcakes, Mary, The Queen of Pork, OINK and MOO BBQ, Pompier Food Truck Pierogi Flats, Red Hook Lobster Pound, Taxi Cab Burger, The Little Sicilian Riceballs, Waffle de Lys, Zinna’s EatZ, and Wild Bill’s Olde Fashioned Soda.
30 Robert H Harp Drive, Livingston, NJ 07039
Cost: Free for Children 12 and under, $5 General Admission

World Dog Expo

World Dog Expo, Photo via WorldExpo.dog

10. World Dog Expo 2017
June 9-11, 2017
Friday from 5:00PM to 9:00PM
Saturday from 10:00AM to 9:00PM
Saturday from 10AM to 6:00PM
The World Dog Expo is a premiere event that will capture the attention of dog enthusiasts from around the world. This event is not only the first event of its kind, but with the growing international fascination with dogs, it is expected that this event will generate a buzz throughout the New York media market; families from all over the Tri-State area will be attending. The three–day magnificent event will celebrate dogs everywhere with multiple performance stages, dock diving and disc dog events. Your family can also see incredible dogs compete in fly ball, rally obedience, treibball, barn hunt and agility, just to name a few. World Dog Expo will also feature an exciting breed showcase area, showcasing over one hundred breeds known from all over the world. A world championship grooming competition will the center of attention encompassing the art of pet grooming as never seen before. Aside from the spectator events, the expo looks to promote dog rescue, fostering, adoption, educational seminars on proper care and nutrition, pet first aid, as well as other classes for pet owners. Lastly, the main attraction of World Dog Expo will be the notable trade show event, featuring a variety of dog–centered products across hundreds of booths. The trade show will be locatd throughout the two main halls and outdoor events area. Attendees will be able to take home the newest and best products for their canine companions.
Meadowlands Exposition Center
355 Plaza Drive, Secaucus, NJ 07094
Cost: Free for Children 12 and under all weekend, $14.94 Adult Friday Only, $24.95 Adult Saturday & Sunday Only, $59.95 Adult 3-Day Pass, $10 Dogs

11. 115th Library Anniversary Block Party
Friday, June 9, 2017 from 11:00AM to 4:00PM
The 115th anniversary of the Trenton Free Public Library is here, and they are inviting your family to join them for the best block party all summer. Built in 1902, the library will offer a great block party complete with local authors, book sale, face painting, and food trucks. This event is for those of all ages and will surely be an excellent way to spend the day so do not miss out.
Trenton Free Public Library
120 Academy Street, Trenton, NJ 08608
Cost: Free

12. Spring Arts Festival
Sunday, June 11, 2017 from 1:00PM to 4:00PM
Nassau Park Pavillon invites your family to join them for eARTh, their first spring arts festival. Festival features include art activities for all ages in forms of face painting and Henna. There will also be a DJ, upcycled crafts, hoops, and plenty more. We only have one Earth, so your family is encouraged to come out and celebrate all it has to offer.
Nassau Park Pavillon
100 Nassau Park Boulevard, Princeton, NJ 08540
Cost: Free

41st Annual Rose Day Festival, Photo via Facebook @SomersetCountyParkCommission

13. Rose Day Festival 2017
Saturday, June 10 from 11:00AM to 5:00PM (Rain or Shine)
Colonial Park Gardens annual Rose Day festival celebrates one of the first signs of summer, which is Roses in Bloom. In the center of the park, the Rudolf W. van der Goot Rose Garden displays thousands of different types of roses. Families are invited to celebrate and bask in the day by strolling through the gardens, enjoying music, meeting local artisan, and indulging in some mouth-watering food! Of course, Back by popular demand, there will be rose plants for sale.
Colonial Park Arboretum and Gardens
156 Mettlers Road, Somerset, NJ 08873
Cost: Free

14. Truck Crazy
Sunday, June 11, 2017 from 11:00AM to 8:00PM
Wall Stadium will fill with truck enthusiasts from all over the area as they come together for an action packed day including a Truck Show, Burnout Contest, Tug Of Wars, Monster Trucks & MORE! Your family just cannot miss a day filled with such excitement and a unique experience.
Wall Stadium
1803 Highway 34 South, Wall Township, NJ 07719
Cost: Free for Children 6 and under, $18 Adult

15. AnimeNEXT 2017
June 9-11, 2017
Friday at 9:00AM
Saturday will be announced soon
Sunday will be announced soon
After a successful first year in Atlantic City, Universal Animation, Inc. is proud to announce that AnimeNEXT will be returning to the Atlantic City Convention Center for 2017!
Atlantic City Convention Center
1 Convention Boulevard, Atlantic City, NJ
Cost: $40 Friday Admission, $50 Saturday Admission, $35 Sunday Admission, $70 Weekend Admission, Please pre-register here


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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