23 Kid-Friendly Things To Do This Weekend May 31-June 2

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It’s the first weekend in June, and we’re kicking it off with lots of family-friendly fun. Enjoy crafts, food, a classic car show, and more at the 2024 West Orange Street Fair, celebrate all things strawberries at the West Cape May Strawberry Festival, or take in the food trucks, ice cream, a beer garden, and tons of fun at Marlton Day. Heading to the Shore? Get your beach badges and find the places to sink your toes in the sand with our Jersey Shore guide. (featured photo credit: istock/Aneese)

(Note: It’s always best to check ahead for in-person events.)

LEAD Fest Carnival at Garden State Plaza
May 31 – June 2
Garden State Plaza hosts this carnival, which benefits the LEAD (Law Enforcement Against Drugs) Program. Enjoy a day full of food, rides, and entertainment.
Cost: $5 and up
One Garden State Plaza, Paramus, NJ 07652

Taste of Greece Festival Tenafly
May 31-June 2 at 12 PM
Everyone is a little Greek at this lively event, featuring performances by a dance troupe, cathedral tours, and live music for the whole family.
Cost: Free
353 East Clinton Avenue, Tenafly, NJ 07670

50th Annual Greek Festival
May 31-June 2
Enjoy all things related to Greek culture, including Greek cuisine, family entertainment, Greek music, dancers, rides and carnival games, and more. There is something for everyone at this event.
Cost: Free
St. George Greek Orthodox Church, 818 Valley Road, Clifton, NJ 07013

Deep Cut Gardens Open House
June 1 at 10 AM
Gather your crew and head to Deep Cut Gardens for an open house. There, you can enjoy tours, demonstrations, drop-in activities for children, and more.
Cost: Free
Deep Cut Gardens, 152 Red Hill Road, Middletown, NJ 07748

West Orange Street Fair 2024
June 1 at 11 AM
Join one of the biggest events of the year in West Orange. The Street Fair features local crafters, food from local vendors, street performers, a classic car show, a beer and wine garden, a rock-climbing wall, free all-day admission to the Thomas Edison Museum, and more.
Cost: Free
Downtown West Orange NJ 07052

Kids Fishing Derby
June 1 at 9 AM
The early bird gets the worm at this fishing derby, which includes a free lunch and a casting contest for kids. There will also be awards and goodie bags. The event is open to ages 2-15.
Cost: Free
500 Pemberton Brown Mills Road, Pemberton, NJ 08068

West Cape May Strawberry Festival
June 1 at 9 AM
Get ready for a delicious festival that’s about all things strawberry. There will be vendors, live music, glitter tattoos, pet portraits, hair braiding, and strawberries.
Cost: Free
Backyard Park, 732 Broadway, West Cape May, NJ 08204

Haddonfield Skirmish
June 1 at 9 AM
During this re-enactment, the British will invade Haddonfield just like they did 246 years ago and face opposition from the Continental troops. There will be a Yelling contest, colonial dancing, and character reenactors. Festivities start at 9 AM, and the skirmish begins at 2 PM.
Cost: Free
233 Kings Highway East, Haddonfield, NJ 08033

47th Annual Hungarian Festival
June 1 at 11 AM
Where else can you see folk dance performances, cultural programs, and sample Hungarian foods? The Hungarian Festival has vendors, exhibits, live music, and folk art for the whole family to enjoy.
Cost: Free
Somerset Street in New Brunswick from Bethany to Division Streets, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Under Cover Music Fest
June 1 at 2 PM
Enjoy great music as nine cover bands take the stage at Under Cover Music Fest. Food and drinks will be available for purchase from local eateries, and kids’ activities will be available in the Y-Zone from 2 to 6 PM courtesy of the South Mountain YMCA.
Cost: Free
Sloan Street Parking Lot, 12 Sloan Street South Orange, NJ 07079

Jersey City Night Market
June 1 at 3 PM
Try delicious international food, enjoy music from a DJ, and shop from artists and artisans at this family-friendly event.
Cost: Free
179 Montgomery Street, Jersey City,07302

Summerfest in the Park
June 1 at 11 AM
It’s the 34th Annual Summerfest in the Park—the festival will feature live music, food trucks, craft vendors, and inflatables for the kids. The rain date is June 2.
Cost: Free
Point Pleasant Community Park, 2255 Bridge Ave., Point Pleasant, NJ 08742

Strawberry Festival
June 1-2
Love strawberries? Head to this festival which boasts two locations, a hayride, strawberry picking, farm animals, face painting, and more. There will also be strawberry themed goodies for sale.
Cost: Ticket prices vary
Von Thun’s Country Farm Market – 519 Ridge Road, Monmouth Junction, NJ 08852 or 438 Route 57 West, Washington, NJ 07882

Historic Battery Lewis Tours
June 1-2, times vary.
Come and tour the newly restored Historic Battery Lewis in the Rocky Point section of Hartshorne Wood Park. Learn all about the history of this former coastal defense site.
Cost: Free
1402 Portland Road, Highlands, NJ 07732

Mill Demonstration at Historic Walnford
June 1-2, times vary
Watch the 19th-century historic Gristmill in action. Each free demonstration lasts approximately 15 minutes.
Cost: Free
62 Walnford Road, Upper Freehold, NJ 08501

Car Show
June 2 at 9:30 AM
Head to this fun event where the whole fam can check out the cool cars on display. There will also be a beer garden for the adults, food, live music, and time to tour the Train Station museum. The rain date is June 9.
Cost: $5 per person; kids under 12 are free
Waldwick Train Station, the intersection of West Prospect, Lafayette Place, and Hewson Avenue, Waldwick, NJ 07463

Hasbrouck Heights Street Fair
June 2 at 10 AM
Enjoy live music and entertainment on two stages, delicious food from various food vendors, and loads of family fun, including the JC Kids Zone featuring carnival games, bouncy inflatables, and more.
Cost: Free
Hasbrouck Heights, NJ 07604

Garwood Rocks 2024
June 2 at 11 AM
Bring the whole family out for live music, classic cars, food trucks, a beer and wine garden, and fun for the entire family.
Cost: Free
Center St. Garwood, NJ 07027

Jersey Pride – NJ 32nd Annual Statewide LGBTQ Pride Parade
June 2 at 12 PM 

It’s New Jersey’s annual statewide LGBTQ pride celebration with a free parade of entertainment and headline performers that kicks off at noon. After, join the festival (a $10 entrance fee), and don’t forget to bring a non-perishable item for the food drive.
The parade route begins at Town Hall and continues to Cookman to Grand to Sunset to the festival grounds at Sunset and Ocean, Asbury Park, NJ 07712

Fair Lawn Street Fair
June 2 at 11 AM
Everyone will enjoy a day outdoors in Fair Lawn with live music, a DJ, crafters, vendors, and more.
Cost: Free
Downtown Fair Lawn, NJ 07410

56th Annual Strawberry Festival
June 2 at 1 PM
This is one of the largest events in Montgomery Township, organized by a local Boy Scout Troop. Delicious strawberry desserts will be served, and entertainment will delight the whole family.
Cost: $7 in advance and $9 at the door; kids under 3 are free
Montgomery Lower Middle School, 373 Burnt Hill Rd, Skillman, NJ 08558

South Bound Brook Food Truck & Music Fest
June 2 at 11 AM
Did someone say food trucks and music? This is a fun event filled with entertainment, delicious food from a variety of food trucks, and more.
Cost: Free
Memorial Park, South Bound Brook, NJ 08880

Bark in the Park at Blue Claws Baseball Stadium
June 2 at 10 AM
This is a full-day celebration filled with love for our furry friends. There will be a pre-game festival outside the stadium, including contests and prizes, free booths for rescues, a doggie adoption showcase, and more.
Cost: Ticket prices TBA
Blue Claws Baseball Stadium, 23 Cardinal Drive, Jackson, NJ 08527

Marlton Day on Main Street
June 2 at 12 PM
From food trucks and ice cream to a beer garden and tons of fun, this event is one you won’t want to miss.
Cost: Free
Main Street, Marlton, NJ 08053

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