Enjoy the outdoors again in June with events like the Rutgers Gardens Farmers Market, the Firefly Festival, and Summit Family Fun Night! Plus food truck festival, fireworks, and outdoor movies – all for FREE this month.
Here are 30 Free (kid-friendly) Events in New Jersey this June:
1.Rutgers Gardens Farm Market
All of June until December 11, 2018 | 11:00 AM until 5:00 PM
Designed to provide fresh, delicious and locally-grown food to the Rutgers community, this farm market is the place to check out while the weather is warm. Your children will have fun strolling around and checking out new foods, and you’ll find what you need to prepare a great home cooked meal.
Rutgers Gardens 130 Log Cabin Road New Brunswick, NJ
2. Secaucus Street Fair
June 1, 2017-June 3, 2018
This three-day street fair will be filled with everything summer is supposed to be: live music, food, amusements—and entertaining magicians. You’d better come stroll along because all ages are welcome.
1291 Paterson Plank Rd. Secaucus, NJ
3. National Trails Day
June 2nd, 2018
June 2nd is a national holiday for trails across America, which is great news if you and your family love to hike! If you and your young ones are outdoorsy, find NJ events that have included hikes or bike and horseback rides, dedications of new trails, and volunteer cleanup or maintenance projects.
All Across New Jersey!
4. Rockabilly at Historic Smithville
June 2, 2018 | 10:00 AM until 5:00 PM (Rain date June 3rd)
How much do your kids really know about the music that’s cool today? Chances are they should learn music, too, was cool back in the day. This will be a whole day of music from the 50s, and there will be lots of other entertaining things offered such as food and pin-up contests.
Historic Smithville 615 E Moss Mil Road Smithville, NJ
5. Wyckoff Day
June 2, 2018 | 12:00PM to 8:30PM
A day to celebrate all things Wyckoff with fun for the whole family! From 12 – 4pm enjoy a “Vendor Village” featuring Food, Live Music, Rides, and Mayor’s Field Day Fun
and from 4 – 8:30pm enjoy “Rock the Block” a Free Concert and block party!
Wyckoff Family YMCA, 691 Wyckoff Avenue, Wyckoff, NJ
6. East Brunswick Art & Music Festival
June 2, 2018 | 11:00AM to 5:00PM
A fun filled day filled with live music, art, over 50 vendors, a farmers markets, and food trucks! Kids activities sponsored by local businesses include Facepainting, Temporary Tattoos, Family Photo Area, Balloon Twister, Pinwheel, and Mandala Community Project.
East Brunswick Community Arts Center, East Brunswick, NJ
7. Nocturnal Wildlife By Kate Szostak
June 2, 2018 | 12:00PM to 4:00PM
Burlington County Parks Naturalist, Kate Szoatak will be giving a PowerPoint nature lecture on nocturnal wildlife. Kate is responsible for preparing and conducting nature and environmental education programs for the general public of all ages. In addition, Kate is in charge of the safe capture and transport of injured wildlife within the parks to local wildlife rehabilitation facilities and is in charge of the blue bird nest box monitoring program. Kate has also conducted field research on northern diamondback terrapins in Barnegat Bay and has had her abstract published in the New Jersey Academy of transport of injured wildlife within the parks to local rehabilitation facilities and is in charge of the blue bird nest box monitoring program. Kate has also conducted field research on northern diamondback terrapins in Barnegat Bay and has had her abstract published in the New Jersey Academy of Science.
Bordentown Historical Society Museum located at 302 Farnsworth Avenue, Bordentown, NJ
8. Vernon Day & Food Truck Festival
June 3, 2018 | 11:00 AM until 4:00 PM (Rain Date June 10th)
Happy town’s day if you’re from Vernon! To celebrate your part of Jersey being the awesome place it is, there will be tons of inflatables for your kiddos, vendors for you to check out and food for all. And did we mention demonstrations?
Maple Grange Community Park 8 Maple Grange Road Vernon, NJ
9. 20th Annual Pequannock Township Street Festival
June 3, 2018 | 11:00 AM until 5:00 PM (Rain or Shine)
Live Music, Car, Truck & Bike Show, Wine/Beer Garden, Doo-Wop DJ, Great Food, Farmer’s Market, Petting Zoo, Children’s Area with Bounce Houses and Pony rides, Children’s scavenger Hunt with prizes, face painting, henna tattoos, balloon art and over 100 Fabulous Vendors. The money raised at this event supports the Pequannock Chamber of Commerce, who supports local businesses, charities, and community groups.
Downtown Pequannock – along Newark Pompton Turnpike and Jackson Avenue (off Route 23), Pompton Plains NJ
10. St. Anthony Italian Family Feast
June 7-10, 2018 | 6-10 pm Thursday, 6-11 pm Friday-Saturday, 6-10 pm Sunday
The 18th Annual Feast of St. Anthony is being celebrated this year with four days full of delicious food, non-stop entertainment, great crowds, music, amusement rides, games and fun for the whole family.
Church of the Assumption, Roselle Park, NJ
11. Smithville Car Cruise
June 8 and 22nd | 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
With great weather, lots of cool cars will be put on display. And if you’ve got an old and cool car to put on display, this event welcomes you to do so by registering. Cars asside, you and your family can enjoy the 60 shops, 7 eateries and carousel ride that’ll be offered.
Historic Smithville 615 E Moss Mill Road Smithville , NJ
12. National Marina Day-Pirate Spirit!
June 9, 2018 | 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Arrgghhh! Enjoy a FREE family day of fun and that also shows off your pirate spirit! Lots of activities for everyone including treasure at the flea market and paddlling on the bay! Visit our Nature Center and learn about the animals, watch a live snake feeding, free crafts and more! Dress as your favorite pirate and walk the plank in the pirate parade! Prizes awarded for age groups 0-5 yrs old, 6-10 yrs old, 11-15 yrs old & 16 and up!
Leonardo State Marina, 102 Concord Avenue, Leonardo, NJ
13. Burlington County Annual Earth Fair
June 9, 2018 | 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Burlington County’s Annual Earth Fair returns each year to Historic Smithville Park featuring vendors, entertainment for all ages, and kids’ activities with an environmental twist. This family event focuses on ways to protect and enjoy our environment. Children’s activities will include trash sculpting, paper making, storytelling, environmental vaudeville, face painting…and more
Historic Smithville Park, Eastampton, NJ
14. Hammonton Food Truck Festival
June 9, 2018 | 4:30 PM – 9:30 PM
The 4th Annual Hammonton Food Truck Festival, organized by Downtown Hammonton and the Hammonton FTF Committee, features nearly 30 of the best gourmet food trucks in the region, a craft beer garden (for the parents!) and multiple live bands.
Downtown Hammonton, 10 S. Egg Harbor Road, Hammonton, NJ
15. 4th Annual Bayonne Home Town Fair
June 9 & 10, 2018 | 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
The Event will include Children’s Rides, Games, Local Merchants, Specialty Vendors, Food Vendors, Non-profits, Musical entertainment and so much more!
Broadway between 21st and 25th Street, Bayonne, NJ
16. Summit Family Fun Night
June 14, 2018 | 4:00 PM until 8:00 PM
A sew event for 2018! Beechwood Road is being transformed into a carnival-themed kid zone featuring balloon artists, live entertainment, and local businesses like Color Me Mine offering hair chalk, slime making, and tie dying and Robotics games from Robot Revolution.
Downtown Summit, NJ
17. Tri-County Fair’s Spectacular Fireworks Show
June 15, 2018 | 6:00 PM until 11:00 PM (fireworks at 9PM)
Kick off the Summer with this spectacular fireworks show at the Tri-County Fair! You can also walk around the fairgrounds and enjoy the fair during the day!
140 Green Pond Road, Rockaway, NJ
18. Hoboken Museum Spring Family Fun Day
June 16, 2018 | 12:00 PM until 4:00 PM
The Hoboken Museum’s free Spring Family Fun Day is Saturday, June 16, the day before Fathers Day, from 12 – 4 pm. Filled with hands-on activities that stretch the imagination and encourage creativity, the afternoon offers hands-on crafts and games designed to engage the whole family in a shared activity.
Hoboken Historical Museum 1301 Hudson St. Hoboken, NJ
19. School’s Out Food Truck Festival
June 16, 2018 | 4:00 PM until 8:00 PM
Woo hoo! School’s out! Follow the caravan of various mobile menus and join family and friends for dinner in a beautiful park setting!
Clinton Township Bundt Park, Clinton, NJ
20. Keyport Dog’s Night Out
June 21, 2018 | 5:00 PM until 9:00 PM
Dog’s Night Out commemorates the furrier, four-legged members of the family on June 21st. Families are encouraged to bring their canine companions to socialize on a closed West Front Street and enjoy outdoor shopping, live music and a movie. This event is part of the Keyport Thursdays series.
70 W Front St, Keyport, NJ
21. Marty’s Place Flea Market, Craft and Yard Sale
June 23, 2018 | 8:30 AM until 2:30 PM
Bring your youngsters, bring your dogs and come enjoy a yard sale that’s free of admission. Marty’s Place Senior Dog Sanctuary will feature lots of merchandise you can buy, food trucks you can eat at and old and new crafts to purchase.
Marty’s Place Senior Dog Sanctuary 118 Rte 526 Upper Freehold Township, NJ
22. Bee Day at Hanson Park in Cranford
June 23, 2018 | 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
23. NBC 4 and Telemundo 47 Health and Fitness Expo
June 23 and 24, 2018 | 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
24. 32nd Annual Red, White and Blueberry Festival
June 24, 2018 | 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
25. Firefly Festival
June 24, 2018 | 4:00AM until 9:00PM
Fireflies are an “electrifying” part of summer. To celebrate this exciting FREE event, enjoy an evening of nature, music, wagon rides, and outdoor fun.
Terhune Orchards, 330 Cold Soil Road, Princeton, NJ
26. Summer Maker Space
June 27, 2018 | 10:00AM to 2:00PM
Drop by every week at the New Jersey State Museum for a little hands-on creativity! The Museum will host their 4th annual Summer Maker Space program every Wednesday from 10 am – 2 pm. Every week a different making challenge will be offered in the Imagination Studio. The program is open to all ages.
New Jersey State Museum 205 W. State St., Trenton, NJ
27. Wacky Wednesday – Taffy Sculpting
June 27, 2018 | 10:00AM
Use your creativity to shape and sculpt Shriver’s Salt Water Taffy into your very own unique masterpiece. Contest is free and limited to 150 participants. Open to all ages. Start time: 10:30am at the Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace & Boardwalk. For more information call 609-399-6111
Music Pier, Ocean City, NJ
28. Music Under The Stars
June 28, 2018 until August 16, 2018 | 7:00 PM until 9:00 PM
Starting in late June, there will be a series of free night concerts and performances in Flemington, NJ. In case you cannot make it to the first one, you can go all summer. All ages appropriate.
Deer Path Park 120 West Woodschurch Road Flemington, NJ
29. Free Movie Nights in Dover
June 29, 2018 | 7:30 PM
Bring a blanket, bring your kiddo and grab some snacks. This movie night will happen once a month this summer at JFK Commons Park and will start with the movie Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.
JFK Commons Park Dover, NJ
30. Shark Fest
June 30, 2018 | 12:00PM to 9:00PM
Shark Fest is a shark-themed family fun festival for KIDS and kids at heart. 2018 will bring dozens of interesting craft and marine life themed vendors (SHARKS given preference), snacks, & live music to the Waterfront Promenade at the Atlantic Highlands Municipal Harbor Marina on June 30th
Atlantic Highlands Municipal Harbor Marina, 2 Simon Lake Dr., Atlantic Highlands, NJ