30 Free {Kid-Friendly} Events in July

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Summertime events in New Jersey, always. But free summertime events in New Jersey are especially great! Now that the kids have hit their summer vacation stride, family-friendly events are in full swing, and there’s no shortage of free activities and festivals this July in New Jersey. Join us for NJMOM’s Family Yoga Night at the Pier with your little yogis in Long Branch, ride amusements at the Monmouth County Fair in Freehold, learn about our sparkling friends at Duke Farms’ Firefly Festival in Hillsborough, and dozens of more fun events – all for FREE this month.

Here are 30 FREE July Events for the Whole Family:

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1. NJMOM Family Yoga Nights
July 18 and 25, 2017 | 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM
We’re at it again with another series of free outdoor sessions for little yogis. Our yoga classes are instructed by leading local studios, and are perfect for families of all sizes and skill levels. Ages 2 to 102, all are welcome to join us for a 45-minute strength-building, self-confidence boosting class. We’ll go over basic poses and techniques that little ones can achieve, and are beneficial to mom, too. No experience is necessary. Register today for this free event (donations are accepted), and bring your own mat. We can’t wait for you to join us!
Pier Village
1 Chelsea Ave, Long Branch, NJ 07740

2. Boonton Farmers’ Market
Every Saturday in July | 8:30 AM until 1:00 PM
If you’re starting to teach your little ones the ropes of the kitchen, consider buying local ingredients from your own community. The Boonton Farmers’ Market will let you and your little chefs buy fresh produce from community farmers.
Upper Plane Street Parking Lot by the Park, Boonton, NJ

3. Leonia Sports Booster Club Carnival
July 1 – 7, 2017 | 4:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Leonia Sports Booster Club’s mission is to provide young Leonians the best competitive sports experience possible. The carnival, organized by this nonprofit organization, aims to raise funds to continue improving sports and recreation programs. The carnival itself is going to include Independence Day fireworks at 9:30, in addition to plenty of rides, entertainment, and many more attractions. More fun, more sports!
Overpeck County Park
40 Fort Lee Road Leonia, NJ

4. Independence Day Celebration – Harrison Town Fair
July 2, 2017 | 10:30 AM until 6:00 PM
If you already have big plans for the Fourth of July, you still don’t have to miss this two-days-in-advance town fair, which invites your family to come celebrate for free. This event will feature everything from food and live music to games and blown-up attractions the kids will love.
Library Park 415 Harrison Ave Harrison, NJ

5. Fireworks and Apple Pie Content in Colts Neck
July 3, 2017 | All Day
If you’re an apple pie enthusiast (and who isn’t?) this event is one for the books. The Great American Apple Pie Contest, organized by the Women’s Club of Colts Neck, kicks off a day full of Independence celebrations. Additional activities include a flag ceremony with the Naval Weapons Station Earle Color Guard and live music by Colts Neck Community Band and Moon Dance Band. Food served includes hot dogs, hamburgers, popcorn, ice cream, cotton candy, and more fun treats. Fireworks will kick off at dusk.
Bucks Mill Park
Bucks Mill Rd, Colts Neck, NJ 07722

6. Celebrate Our Stripes and Stars
Jul 3, 2017 | 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Celebrate Independence Day one day early with an award-winning firework show. Garden State Fireworks Company will be lighting up the sky at 9:20 PM to close out a day full of food and fun fair activities.
Raritan Bay Waterfront Park
57 Water Street in Perth Amboy Perth Amboy, NJ

Summit’s Annual Fourth of July Festival. via

7. Summit’s 70th Annual Mayor’s 4th of July and Food Truck Festival
July 4, 2017 | 9:45 AM – 10:00 PM
This highly anticipated day-long Independence Day celebration attracts New Jersey families from across the region. This festive day begins with the Children’s Decorated Bicycle Parade and continues with a full schedule of exciting events including a Food Truck Festival, Flag Raising Ceremony, DJ Family Dance Party, City Services Softball Game, and live entertainment. Closing out the evening is the Grand Fireworks Display – a perfect end to a perfect day.
Soldier’s Memorial Field
Ashland and Larned Roads, Summit, NJ 07901

8. Sea Isle City July 4th Weekend Celebration
July 4, 2017 | 9:30 AM – 9:30 PM
There are many incredible events in New Jersey this month, but this special celebration is close to the beach and includes a Junior Olympics events. Paired with glittering fireworks above the beach, this free event is a winner.
50th Street Beach Sea Isle City, NJ 08243

9. Oceanfest
July 4, 2017 | 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM
This oceanfront Jersey Shore street fair is due to be full of activity – food and craft vendors, performing dancers, clowns and musicians, costumed characters, sand sculptures, and throughout the day, attendees can enjoy the sights, smells and sounds of the shore while anticipating bright end-of-day fireworks at 9:00 PM.
1 Ocean Blvd, Long Branch, NJ 07740

10. July 4th Jubilee
July 4, 2017 | 12:00 PM until 03:00 PM
This annual, free Independence Day event in Princeton will be fun and filled with ice cream and bluegrass music, and it’ll be a chance for your kids to learn the history of the Fourth of July. At this festival, children will have a chance to “meet” George Washington, “sign” the Declaration of Independence, and create their own Star-Spangled craft. Bring the youngsters and the rest of the family!
Morven Museum & Garden
55 Stockton St. Princeton, NJ 08540

11. Free Yoga at Whole Foods
Every Tuesday in July | 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Join Powerflow Yoga every Tuesday evening for free, all-ages yoga at Whole Foods’ outdoor grocery cafe. No registration is required, just come with your mat and a desire to practice your favorite poses, and learn some new ones, too.
Whole Foods Market
110 Washington St, Morristown, NJ 07960

12. The Incredibles: Free Movie at State Theatre
July 5, 2017 | 10:30AM & 7:00PM
What would it be like if everyone in your family were a superhero? What would everyone’s superpower be? If you’re having a hard time deciding, The Incredibles is the movie to watch. Snatch up this wonderful opportunity to watch a free kid-friendly movie in an acclaimed theater in the heart of the New Brunswick theater district.
State Theatre New Jersey
15 Livingston Avenue New Brunswick, NJ 08901

13. Tween Crafts
Every Thursday | 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
If your 8 to 17-year-old has lost some interest in crafty activities, this program might be just the spark needed to inspire creativity. Bring your tween to Warren County Library to this free, weekly program as part of their Summer Reading initiative. Registration for this fantastic event is required.
Warren County Library
Northeast Branch 40 US HWY 46 West Hackettstown, NJ 07840

14. New Jersey State Barbeque Championship
July 7 – 9, 2017 | 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
This is going make some people hungry, but here it goes: This free, three-day, open-air festival is not only going to be filled with ribs, chicken, and brisket cook-offs, but it’ll also feature professional cooking demonstrations and food served by competing vendors. To keep this event as lively as the smoked and spicy flavors themselves, there will be free entertainment and live blues music. As the event’s hosts put it, “it’s not cooking, it’s art.”
201 New Jersey AveAnglesea, NJ 08260

15. Celtic Festival Jersey Shore Piping & Drumming Classic
July 8, 2017 | 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Is your youngster starting to drum on objects around the house for fun? Perhaps they’ll love the sounds made by the drum and bagpipe musicians at this annual contest. Exposure to this new type of cultural sound can kickstart their love of all things music. Come hungry! Food vendors will be ready and able to keep your family’s tummies full and happy.
Christ Episcopal Church
415 Washington St Toms River, NJ 08753

Duke Farms’ Firefly Festival. via

16. Duke Farms’ 2017 Firefly Festival
July 8, 2017 | 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM
The annual Firefly Festival hosted by Duke Farms in Hillsborough is happening this month. This outdoorsy event offers a chance for families to meander the 1.5 miles of scenic trails around the grounds and experience the magical fireflies. Stop by activity stations along the way to learn more about these friendly fireflies and their habitat. After your family stroll, stop by the vendor area to browse special merchandise.
Duke Farms
1112 Dukes Parkway West Hillsborough, NJ 08844

17. Bonfire on the Beach
July 10, 17, 24, 31, 2017 | 9:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Grab some beach chairs, blankets, towels, and your kids. This bonfire will be filled with lots of family-friendly acoustic music that’ll be played by local artists and songwriters. It’ll be a great way to relax at the end of your day.
North Beach at Fremont Drive, Seaside Heights, NJ 08751

18. Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory: Free Movie at State Theatre
July 11, 2017 | 10:30 AM & 7:00 PM
This delightful musical that revolves around sugary candy and sweet fantasy is being shown for free at the famous State Theatre New Jersey this month. The Oompa Loompas are ready to hit the silver screen for children and adults of all ages.
State Theatre New Jersey
15 Livingston Avenue New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Summer in the Streets! Toms River. via

19. Summer in the Street in Toms River
July 15, 2017 | 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Open your eyes to a great afternoon of activities, music, and more. Your young ones can enjoy jumping up and down on the inflatables, getting their faces painted, making sand art, and watching cool street performances – all on the same day at this event. Enjoy all the vendors who will be serving great food and selling handcrafted goods.
Downtown Toms River
Washington StreetToms River, NJ 08753

20. Finding Dory: Free Movie
July 18, 2017 | 10:30AM & 7:00PM
Just keep swimming, just keep swimming, just keep swimming, swimming… Finding Dory is returning to the silver screen for two special FREE screenings on July 18th. Come help Dory search for her family while enjoying this critically acclaimed Pixar film.
State Theatre New Jersey
15 Livingston Avenue New Brunswick, NJ 08901

21. Free Movie Night at Alstede Farms
July 21, 2017 | 7:45 PM until 10:15 PM
This free outdoor movie experience kicks off Alstede Farms’ Customer Appreciation Weekend, and will feature refreshments (including ice cream) available for purchase. This year’s film is The Mighty Ducks, a family classic.
Alstede Farms
1 Alstede Farms Lane Chester, NJ

22. Chibi Kodama Kids Concert
July 22, 2017 | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Have you grown tired of traditional kids music and nursery rhymes? If so, this free rock concert is the right place to be. Day-long Indie rock music performances will rock your socks off, and it’s all kid-friendly.
Springfield Avenue Gazebo
1688 Springfield Ave Maplewood, NJ 07040

23. The Bayonne Renaissance Festival
July 22, 2017 | 12:00 PM until 7:00 PM
Bayonne New Jersey’s Bayonne Theater Company will host a brand new festival this at 16th Street Park. It’ll bring attendees back to the vibrant Renaissance Period, where little ones can experience cannons, rides, artisans, and stage performances of the era.
16th Street Park, Bayonne, NJ 07002

24. St. Ann’s Italian Festival
July 22 – 26, 2017 | Saturday & Sunday 1:00 PM, Monday & Tuesday 6:00 PM, Wednesday 1:00 PM
Do you love celebrating Italian culture and food? This festival is offering more than 60 vendors from around the New York area who will be serving up the best Italian dishes in the region. This festival offers more than just phenomenal eats – look out for traditional and modern Italian arts and craft goods. Nightly entertainment, music, dance, Cafe Under the Stars, beer garden, raffles and 50/50’s, and children’s rides and games can keep the whole family entertained.
704 Jefferson Street Hoboken, NJ 07030

25. Sweet Corn Festival
July 22 – 23, 2017 | 10:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Corn can be served as a delicious summer side dish. If you live in the Robbinsville area, then this festival is just the place to gather up farm-fresh corn for the whole family. If you aren’t in the mood to cook corn, then you can also enjoy a corn muffin while your kids play games or hop on a farm wagon ride.
Oasis Family Farm
3 Circle Dr Robbinsville, NJ 08691

Monmouth County Fair. via

26. Monmouth County Fair
July 26 – 30, 2017 | Wednesday-Friday from 5:00 – 11:00 PM, Saturday from 3:00 – 11:00 PM, and Sunday from 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
What makes this fair stand out among the slew of this month’s fairs? On top of having rides and other kid-friendly activities, it’s got a home and garden competition. If your family is a green thumb family, this is not an event to miss. Additionally, fairgoers can experience Robinson’s Racing Pigs, World of Wonders & Escape Explosions, Robot Rangers, Mutts Gone Nuts, Touch-a-Truck, Bwana Jim Wildlife Show, and even more exciting shows, performances, and demonstrations. Of course, don’t forget – there will be fair food, too!
East Freehold Showgrounds
1500 Kozloski Rd., Freehold, NJ 07728

27. Wheaton Wide Open
July 28 – 30, 2017 | 10:00 AM until 5:00 PM
Wheaton Arts is holding a special weekend of free programming filled with art exhibits, demonstrations, hands-on workshops, and kids activities. This event will be hosted by PNCArts Alive.
Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center
1501 Glasstown Rd Millville, NJ 08332

28. Art Star Craft Bazaar
July 29 to July 30, 2017 | 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
More than 40 curated vendors will provide shoppers with neat jewelry, home goods, pottery and clothing at this outdoor artisan fair in Asbury Park. Head to the beach for the chance to browse an array of goods that can only be found with this unique collection vendors.
Bradley Park
Ocean Ave and 5th Ave, Asbury Park, NJ 07712

29. 99th Annual Mercer Country 4-H Fair
July 29 – 30, 2017 | Saturday 10:00AM – 8:00PM, Sunday 10:00 AM – 4:00PM
Join the Howell Living History Farm for a weekend of outdoor celebrations with horse and animal shows, hay rides, pony rides, music, magic shows, farm tours, historical exhibits, home made ice cream and much more. With free admission and free parking, your family can feel good about the suggested donation of nonperishable canned goods to support Rutgers Against Hunger.
Howell Living History Farm
70 Woodens Ln. Lambertville, NJ 08530

30. 51st Annual Keyport Fireman’s Fair
July 31, 2017 to August 5, 2017 | 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM
This six-day event is celebrating its 51st year by thanking our firemen and by enjoying the warm weather, food, games, rides, face painting, characters, live music, and more kid-friendly activities. This community festival concludes with celebratory fireworks on Saturday, August 4th.
West Front Street, Keyport, NJ 07735

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Sophia Borghese is a passionate and adventurous lifestyle writer who strives to bring readers fun and unique things to do around New Jersey. When she isn’t writing or doing makeup, you can find Sophia liking pictures of pugs on Instagram or following her favorite Snapchat stories. Aside from all things social media, Sophia loves singing, trying new foods and playing with her cat, Ron. Her favorite “Jersey Girl” things to do are picking Jersey tomatoes and enjoying the NYC skyline from Hoboken.

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