37 FREE Things To Do In June


It’s almost summer, and we’re so ready with lots of outdoor family fun this month—oh, and did we mention it’s all FREE? Relax on your beach towel or chair and watch free movies with the fam on the beach at Jenkinson’s Movies on the Beach in Point Pleasant Beach, head to the beach for live music, free surf and kite lessons at Beachstock in Margate or give your kids a chance to dress up as fireflies and enjoy a fun interactive show at the Firefly Festival at Terhune Orchards in Princeton. And for the last blast of seasonal things to do, check out everything spring on our bucket list. (Featured Photo Credit: Jenkinson’s Boardwalk )

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

Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church 39th Annual Greek Festival
June 1- 4
Bring the whole family to watch Greek dance performances and fireworks on Thursday and Sunday nights. There will even be amusement rides (for a fee), Greek food, and free parking.
7004 Ridge Avenue, Egg Harbor Township, NJ 08234

Taste of Greece Festival Tenafly
June 2 at 12 PM – June 4 at 6 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.
353 East Clinton Avenue, Tenafly, NJ 07670

Concert for Young People: Peter and the Wolf
June 2 at 7 PM and June 3 at 8 PM
Bring your crew with a blanket and chairs for this free outdoor concert for the whole family at the Perkins Center for the Arts. Conductor Kenny Bean leads Symphony in C in Prokofiev’s tale of Peter and the Wolf, about a fearless boy, a cautious grandfather, a duck, a bird, and a hungry wolf, combining masterful storytelling with musical themes joined by actor Michael Boudewyns to spark the imaginations of young and old alike.
Perkins Center for the Arts, Perkins Center for the Arts, 395 Kings Highway, Moorestown, NJ 08057

Colts Neck Community Band – Concert in the Park
June 2 at 7:30 PM
Bring your family to enjoy an evening of music and fun with the Colts Neck Community Band at the Thompson Park Activity Barn, Lincroft. The concert features lighthearted classics and American favorites. Indoor seating is available or bring a lawn chair.
Thompson Park, 805 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft, NJ 07738

Kids Fishing Derby
June 3 at 9 AM
The early bird gets the worm at this fishing derby with a free lunch and a casting contest for kids. There will also be awards and goodie bags. Open to ages 5-15.
500 Pemberton Brown Mills Road, Pemberton, NJ 08068

Haddonfield Skirmish
June 3 at 9 AM
The British will invade Haddonfield just like they did 244 years ago and face opposition from the Continental troops in this reenactment. There will be a Yelling contest, colonial dancing, and character reenactors. Festivities start at 9 AM, and the skirmish begins at 2 PM.
233 Kings Highway East, Haddonfield, NJ 08033

West Cape May Strawberry Festival
June 3 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, if weather permits, real turtles who eat strawberries (yup, you read that right). The rain date is June 4.
Backyard Park, 732 Broadway, West Cape May, NJ 08204

46th Annual Hungarian Festival
June 3 at 10 AM
Where else can you see a folk dance performance and cultural programs and sample Hungarian foods? The Hungarian Festival has vendors, exhibits, live music, and folk art for the whole family to enjoy.
Somerset Street in New Brunswick from Bethany to Division Streets, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Fairy and Pirate Festival
June 3 at 10 AM
Bring your little fairies and pirates to a magical wonderland overtaking Turkey Brook Park. This festival will include inflatables, face painting, crafts, games, pony rides, vendors, performances, and more. You are encouraged to come in costume. No registration is required to attend.
Turkey Brook Park, 30 Flanders Rd, Budd Lake, NJ 07828

Old Time Baseball Game
June 3 at 10 AM
Watch Howell Farm’s two teams play by 19th-century Town Ball rules and invite visitors of all ages to step up to the plate as “Striker” and face off against the “Thrower.” There will also be a baseball scavenger hunt for the kids at 11 AM.
Howell Living History Farm, 70 Woodens Ln, Lambertville, NJ 08530

Deep Cut Gardens Open House
June 3 at 10 AM
Gather up your crew and head to Deep Cut Gardens for an open house where you can enjoy tours, demonstrations, drop-in activities for children, and more.
Deep Cut Gardens, 152 Red Hill Road, Middletown, NJ 07748

Summerfest in the Park
June 3 at 11 AM
It’s the 33rd 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 4.
Point Pleasant Community Park, 2255 Bridge Ave., Point Pleasant, NJ 08742

West Orange Street Fair 2023
June 3 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. 
Downtown West Orange NJ 07052

Sparta Day 2023
June 3 at 11 AM
This community event features over 100 vendors, live entertainment, a food plaza, a special Kid’s Country with activities and amusements, and much more. The events are free to the public thanks to Sparta Community sponsors, and attendees receive a free Sparta tote bag. 
Station Park, 100 Station Rd, Sparta Township, NJ 07871

Walk, Run, Stroll, Dance 2023
June 3 at 11 AM
Families, individuals, and walking clubs will participate in a morning of fun, interactive learning and movement activities. Local businesses and health organizations will also provide educational information and health screenings for eventgoers.
Pennington Park, 801 Creek Road Delanco, NJ 08075

Save the Monarch Butterfly
June 3 at 12:30 PM
Learn about the perils the Monarch butterfly faces and how you can help by planting milkweed plants. Each family will go home with a free milkweed plant for their garden. County Entomologist Lauren Bonus will conduct this educational seminar.
508 Lakeland Road Gloucester Township, NJ 08012

Lacemaking Demonstration at Historic Longstreet Farm
June 3 at 1 PM
Watch lacemaking in action as a demonstrator shows the historical crochet, bobbin, and shuttle techniques used in the Victorian era. 
Historic Longstreet Farm, 44 Longstreet Road, Holmdel 07733

Under Cover Music Fest
June 3 at 2 PM
Enjoy great music as nine cover bands take the stage at Under Cover Music Fest. There will be food and drinks available for purchase from local eateries and kids activities in the Y-Zone from 2–6 PM courtesy of the South Mountain YMCA.
Sloan Street Parking Lot, 12 Sloan Street South Orange, NJ 07079

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

Historic Battery Lewis Tours
June 3 – 4 at 10 AM
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. 
1402 Portland Road, Highlands, NJ 07732

Mill Demonstration at Historic Walnford
June 3-4, times vary
Watch the 19th-century historic Gristmill in action. Each free demonstration lasts approximately 15 minutes.
62 Walnford Road, Upper Freehold, NJ 08501

Hasbrouck Heights Street Fair
June 4 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.
Hasbrouck Heights, NJ 07604

Garwood Rocks 2023
June 4 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.
Center St. Garwood, NJ 07027

Englewood Caribbean Festival
June 4 at 11 AM
Come out for some fun, a live DJ, a free bounce house, and a petting zoo. There will be food, merchant, and informational vendors.
8 Depot Square, Englewood, NJ  07631

Jersey Pride – NJs 31st Annual Statewide LGBTQ Pride Parade
June 4 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

Climb Time at Turkey Swamp Park
June 4 at 12 PM
Try the Park System’s 25′ portable climbing wall. You must be 42″ or taller to climb. Open to ages 8 and up; under 18 must attend with an adult. 
Turkey Swamp Park, 200 Georgia Road, Freehold, NJ 07728 

Stafford Township Founders Day 2023
June 10 at 10 AM
Watch the parade, then head to the festivities, where the whole family will have a ball, including food trucks, inflatables, mechanical rides, entertainment by Ridgemont High, and more. The day ends with a fireworks display at dusk. The rain date is June 11.
Starts at Stafford Avenue, Manahawkin, NJ 08050

Westfield Street Fair
June 10 at 11 AM
Head to downtown Westfield for a day of live music, a DJ, dancing, children’s rides, games, and something for the whole family.
Downtown Westfield, NJ 07090

Robbinsville Community Festival
June 10 at 2 PM
Spend the day listening to live music and checking out the kids play zone, games, contests, a trackless train, pony rides, and a chocolate-eating contest. Don’t miss the fireworks at 9 PM. The rain date is June 11. Free admission.
Community Park.- West Manor Way and Gordon Road, Robbinsville, NJ 08691

Fair Lawn Street Fair
June 4 at 11 AM
Everyone will enjoy a day outdoors in Fair Lawn with live music, a DJ, crafters, vendors, and more.
Downtown Fair Lawn, NJ 07410

Skimmer Festival
June 17 at 9 AM

The festival will begin with a Seaside Vendor Craft Market along the oceanfront Promenade, and the Skimmer Food Court will be open in front of Excursion Park. Inside Excursion Park, there will be live music and free family activities. There will also be free amusement rides from 10 AM to 4 PM.
Oceanfront Promenade and Excursion Park at JFK Boulevard and Pleasure Avenue, Sea Isle City, NJ 08243

The Sustainably Green Music and Arts Festival
June 17 at 10 AM
Learn how to be more sustainable at this festival, where there will be live music, arts and crafts vendors, shopping, kids activities, and more for the whole family.
Washington Borough Business Improvement District – 21 Belvidere Ave. Washington, NJ 07882

Margate Beachstock
June 24 at 8 AM
Head to the beach for a full day of family fun. Enjoy live music, free surf and kite lessons, children’s activities, new food vendors, and more. This event will feature the Red Bull Foam Wreckers Soft Board Surf Classic, fun environmental educational interactive activities, and live music. The rain date is June 25.
Between Granville and Huntington Avenues, Margate, NJ 08402

Salem Family Festival
June 24 at 11 AM
This family-friendly festival will feature free food, music, giveaways, and tons of state, county, and local resources. The rain date is June 25.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Park, 101 Market St Salem, NJ 08079

Firefly Festival at Terhune Orchards
June 26 at 4 PM
Treat yourself to an electrifying afternoon and evening where children can dress up as fireflies after decorating wings and making antennas in the craft area. Lolly Hop will be performing an interactive and imaginative show. Admission to the festival is free; there is a $7 charge for craft activities. 
330 Cold Soil Road, Princeton, NJ 08540

Broadway at the Garden State Plaza
Now-June 25 at 11 AM and 1 PM
See the best of Broadway for kids every Saturday, featuring songs and scenes from hit Broadway shows. This event is free for everyone and will highlight memorable scenes from your favorite Broadway shows like Aladdin, Wicked, and Lion King, performed in partnership with Bergen Performing Arts Center.
Level 2, Macy’s Court Area, nearest Shake Shack, One Garden State Plaza, Paramus, NJ 07652
(201) 843-2121

Jenkinson’s Movies on the Beach
Tuesdays, June 28
Grab your beach towel and chairs and kick off a summer of free movies on the beach at Jenkinson’s. The first film is Paw Patrol: The Movie, and over the summer, there are more family-friendly flicks like Encanto and Cars 3.
300 Ocean Avenue, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ 08742

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Venessa is a first-time mom to a baby boy and a writer who loves to document her journey through journaling scrapbooking, and make-shift baby photoshoots. Before writing for NJMOM, she worked passionately as an English language arts teacher for over seven years. At NJMOM, she's searching for the best places to have fun with her family in New Jersey and loves giving other moms the scoop on what's happening in the Garden State. When she’s not writing or reading literary fiction, she enjoys vacationing with her family, jogging, and cooking up new recipes.