Top 15 {kid-friendly} Things To Do in NJ, August 18-20

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This weekend, your family can enjoy carnival rides at the Passaic County Fair, eat yummy food at Edison’s Food Wine & Beer Festival or Laurita’s Awesome 80’s Food Trucks Festival, get their creative juices flowing at the Collingswoods Crafts and Fine Art Festival, celebrate the Puerto Rican culture at the 57th Annual Jersey City Puerto Rican Heritage Parade, plus many more kid-friendly fairs and festivals in New Jersey this weekend.

Here are 15 Things To Do This Weekend in NJ:

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Woodland Park NJ

Passaic County Fair in Woodland Park. via

1. Passaic County Fair
Thursday, August 17 – Sunday, August 20, 2017 | Thursday & Friday 6:00PM to 11:00PM, Saturday & Sunday 3:00PM to 11:00PM
The Passaic County Fair has a lot to offer: Live Music every night, Fireworks on Friday and Saturday evenings, a variety of foods which showcases Passaic County’s diversity, as well as rides, games of chance, and craft vendors.
Garret Mountain Reservation
Woodland Park, NJ 07012
Cost: Free

2. Musical Family Beach Day
Friday, August 18, 2017 | 9:30AM to 12:00PM (Rain Date: Friday, August 25, 2017)
Everyone needs a little fun in the sun, but when you pair it with your family and some coastal melodies, your day will be even brighter. Asbury Park beach invites your family to pack some beach gear and some snacks and come lay out on the sand. Plenty of other families will be joining in to sing some songs, share some laughs, build sandcastles, collect seashells, and look for sandpipers. You can visit the beach to reconnect with friends or even make some new ones too. There will even be some take-home surprises for the kids.
7th Avenue Beach – Purple Playground
Asbury Park, NJ 07712
Cost: Free for Kids Under 12, $5 General Admission Beach Badge

3. Insane Inflatable 5K Jersey Shore
Saturday, August 19, 2017 | 8:30AM to 1:00PM
Your family is invited to partake in the most fun, wild, and aboslutely insane obstacle course to hit the Jersey Shore. The Inflatable 5K will get everyone pumped as participants try to maneuver around the world’s largest and most extreme inflatable obstacles ever produced.
Drum Point Sports Complex
41 Drum Point Road, Brick Township, NJ 08723
Cost: $65-$100, Registration is required here

4. Chester Food Truck & Music Festival
Saturday, August 19, 2017 | 11:00AM – 7:00PM
The Just Jersey Fest is making its way to Chester and it will be nothing but family fun. The Chester Food Truck Festival showcases over 20 gourmet food trucks, a live DJ, plenty of kids activities, beer and sangria stations, and a lot more vendors. Kids activities include face painting, sand art, and an amazing rock climbing wall. Lawn chairs and blankets are welcome to this event that has plenty of room to relax with the whole family.
Municipal Field
134 Main St, Chester, New Jersey 07930
Cost: General Admission $5, Free for Kids under 10, Attendees are also asked to bring a non-perishable canned or boxed item to help support the Food Pantry.

Wharton NJ

Canal Day Music & Craft Festival in Wharton, NJ. via

5. Canal Day Music & Craft Festival
Saturday, August 19, 2017 | 10:00AM to 5:00PM
The Canal Day Festival is an old time country fair that celebrates the Morris Canal. Enjoy ten of New Jersey’s best musical artists performing on two stages, take a free kayak or narrated boat ride, watch blacksmith demonstrations, participate in pony or hay rides, and finally end your night with fireworks.
Hugh Force Canal Park
190 West Central Avenue, Wharton, NJ 07885
Cost: Free

6. Food, Fun, & 4×4 Festival
Saturday, August 19, 2017 | 11:00AM to 8:00PM (Rain Date: August 26, 2017)
The Food, Fun, & 4×4 Festival will be sure to keep you and the family entertained for the whole day. The day will include live music of three bands playing a variety of rock, pop, country, and oldies, a beer garden, and rows of awesome Jeeps being showcased. There will also be a Kids Zone dedicated to kids activities, kid vendors, a bounce house, and much more.
Saw Mill Park
1316 Harding Hwy, Richland, NJ 08350
Cost: Free

7. Edison’s Food Wine & Beer Festival
Saturday, August 19, 2017 | 12:00PM to 7:00PM
Edison’s Food, Wine & Beer festival will bring over 15 food trucks, plenty of vendors, and live entertainment for your family all to enjoy. Delectable vendors that will be making an appearance include: Empanada Guy, Bahama Breeze Island Grille, House of Cupcakes, The Chimney Cake Factory, Maddalena’s Cheesecake and Catering, Rita’s of Edison, Jersey Johnny’s Grill, Famous Samosas, Island Fusion, Mr. Cooper’s Funneland, Hawaiian Husky, Cas’ Pierogi & Kielbasa Food Truck, Fantastic Thai Restaurant, Rosetta’s Farm Spices, How She Snow. Popular local businesses that will also be in attendance such as: LulaRoe, Origami Owl, Bamboozled, Teeminder, Laurimar Jewerly, Perfectly Posh, Best Friends Pet Care, Zapp Fitness, Top Golf, Costco, and Many More.
Lake Papaianni
100 Municipal Blvd, Edison, NJ 08817
Cost: Free for Kids Under 10, $5 General Admission

8. The Laurita Awesome 80’s Food Trucks Festival
Saturday, August 19 – Sunday, August 20, 2017 | Saturday 11:00AM to 9:00PM, Sunday 11:00AM to 8:00PM

Laurita Winery is inviting you and your family to their annual Awesome 80’s Food Trucks Festival. With your $8 Admission Fee, you will have access to parking, shuttle service to and from the event, a souvenir Laurita wine glass, entrance to event featuring live entertainment, vineyard tours, food trucks, space to accommodate thousands of guests without being crowded, and some of the most scenic views in New Jersey. There will also be a Wine Tasting Tent located in the center of Vineyard Row under the Green and White Tents. Wine Tasting includes 6 wines for $7. Finally, there will be a huge playground for the kiddies to enjoy.
Laurita Winery
85 Archertown Rd, New Egypt, New Jersey 08533
Cost: Free for Everyone 20 & Under, $8 Adult, Tickets can be purchased here

Collingswood NJ

Collingswood Craft Show in Collingswood NJ. via

9. Collingswoods Crafts and Fine Art Festival
Saturday, August 19 – Sunday, August 20, 2017 | Saturday 10:00AM to 5:00PM, Sunday 10:00AM to 5:00PM

Back for its 12th year in a row, the Collingswoods Craft and Fine Art Festival continues to bring crafters and artists from around the country to South Jersey for an amazing display. Your family could go early holiday shopping with plenty of unique items available, so make sure your family makes an appearance to this great event.
Haddon Avenue, Collingswood, NJ 08108
Cost: Free, Parking is available at the PATCO Speedline lot on Atlantic Avenue

10. Jersey Fresh Harvest Festival
Saturday, August 19 – Sunday, August 20, 2017 | 12:00PM to 4:00PM

Enjoy the bounty of the Garden State! Alstede Farms will be serving Jersey Fresh culinary samples made with local homegrown fruits and vegetables. Theirculinary expert, Jenn Borealo, will be cooking up something delicious. The recipes will give you new ideas on how to use local homegrown fruits and vegetables in making fabulous summer dishes.
 Alstede Farms
1 Alstede Farms Lane, Chester 07930

Cost: Free

11. Vintage North Jersey Wine & Food Festival
Saturday, August 19 – Sunday, August 20, 2017 | 12:00PM to 5:00PM

Rolling along the northwest corner of our state is terrain similar to parts of Spain, France, Italy and Germany, where Vintage North Jersey wineries produce an array of wine types to tease and please every palate. Join member wineries for their annual wine festival.
Four Sisters Winery
785 County Road 519, Belvidere, NJ 07823
Cost: $10 for Non-Drinking Guests, $25 General Admission

12. August in Asbury Park: A Vegan Pop-Up Shop at the Shore
Sunday, August 20, 2017 | 10:00AM to 5:00PM

August in Asbury Park is one of the best times of the summer, and the whole year. The New Jersey VegFest vegan pop-up shops feature endless rows of New Jersey’s best vegan food, beauty products, apparel, arts and crafts and more. Over 40 vendors will be serving up the very best vegan food in the Garden State.
Asbury Park Convention Hall
1300 Ocean Avenue, Asbury Park, New Jersey 07712
Cost: $5 in advance and $20 at the door

Toms River NJ

Jersey Shore Comic Book Show in Toms River. via

13. Jersey Shore Comic Book Show
Sunday, August 20, 2017 | 10:00AM to 4:00PM

As you and your family head down to the Jersey Shore, the Toms River Elks Lodge will be providing another great day of family entertainment featuring guest artists, writers, and creators of some of your favorite comics as well as vendors offering up comics from the Golden Age to Modern, Non-Sport Cards, Toys, Crafts, Anime, Graphic Novels, Collectibles, and more.
Toms River Elks Lodge
600 Washington Street, Toms River, NJ 08753
Cost: Free for Kids Under 12, $5 General Admission

14. Tu Sello Latin Fest
Sunday, August 20, 2017 | 11:30AM to 7:00PM (First Race: 12:50PM)

Monmouth Park is excited to host the most vibrant festival of the year, and will surely be bringing the heat this Summer. Tu Sello Latino Fest invites your family to enjoy a day of authentic food, music, dancing and much more. Friends and families can spend a day exploring many different flavors, sounds and culture of the Latin world. This is one of the biggest festivals at the Monmouth Racetrack, so come by after the races and thoroughly enjoy this wonderful event.
Monmouth Park Racetrack
175 Oceanport Ave, Oceanport, New Jersey 07757
Cost: Free for Kids 12 & Under, $5 General Admission, $5 Parking

15. 57th Annual Jersey City Puerto Rican Heritage Parade
Sunday, August 20, 2017 | 12:00PM to 3:00PM

The 57th Annual Jersey City Puerto Rican Heritage Festival and Parade will begin at Abraham Lincoln Statue in Lincoln Park (Belmont Ave and Kennedy Blvd), and ending at City Hall.
City Hall
280 Grove St, Jersey City, NJ 07302
Cost: Free

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