Top 15 {kid-friendly} Things To Do in NJ, August 25-27


This weekend, celebrate our New Jersey melting pot at the Annual Cultural Diversity Festival in Jersey City, dance the day away at the 2nd Annual Caribbean Festival in New Brunswick, dress up and celebrate the sea at the Promenade of Mermaids in Asbury Park, 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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Hunterdon County 4H & Agricultural Fair. via

1. Hunterdon County 4H & Agricultural Fair
Wednesday, August 23 – Sunday, August 27, 2017 | Wednesday – Saturday 10:00AM to 10:00PM, Sunday 10:00AM to 5:00PM

Your family can look forward to this exciting 4-H Fair in Lambertville that features entertainment, rides, and educational and fun exhibits. The air will also be filled with the smell of mouthwatering BBQ chicken, farm fresh vegetables, chips, cranberry sauce, rolls with butter, and delectable desserts. This is a perfect summer fair in Central Jersey for your family to enjoy together.
South County Park
1207 Route 179 Lambertville, NJ 08530
Cost: Free, $10 Parking

2. Long Branch Community Day
Friday, August 25, 2017 | 4:00PM to 7:00PM (Rain Date: September 1)

The best way to meet and learn about local agencies and the services they provide, making your community stronger, networking with local businesses, and having all around fun is finally here. Community Day at Long Branch will also feature fine refreshments, a wonderful 50/50 raffle for a chance to win a new bike, prizes, hula hooping, special guests, and plenty more for the whole family. Who knows what other visions will appear for this awesome day.
Slocum Park
328 Broadway Long Branch, NJ 07740
Cost: Free

3. Bayonne Family Fun Day Festival
Saturday, August 26, 2017 | Saturday 11:00AM to 6:00PM

This fun-filled event is free and open to the public. Family Fun Day was created by a local Bayonne family who strives to invite families from other communities to share the love of their hometown. This event includes shopping, games, lots of activities for the kids, character appearances, a live DJ, food, and so much more. On top of all the activities, there is also a stage in the park with a full schedule of entertainment during the event, such as live performances, demonstrations and more all throughout the day. Bayonne Family Fun day also wants to send your family home with giveaways, and many other surprises that you won’t want to miss. We all don’t want to say goodbye to summertime, but there is no better way to send off the summer season than with a family fun day.
G. Thomas DiDomenico Park
16th Street and Avenue A, Bayonne NJ 07002
Cost: Free

Mount Olive Touch a Truck. via

4. Mount Olive Touch a Truck
Saturday, August 26, 2017 | 9:00AM to 12:00PM

Mount Olive Recreation invites your family to this very unique experience of getting your hands dirty and experience the joys of all kinds of trucks includes: Fire Truck, Bull Dozers, and plenty more. Your family might even get a chance to sit in the driver’s seats of these behemoth like machines, or even blow the horns.
Mount Olive Recreation
204 Flanders Drakestown Rd, Budd Lake, NJ 07828
Cost: Free

5. 4th Annual Cultural Diversity Festival
Saturday, August 26 – Sunday, August 27, 2017 | 10:00AM to 2:00PM

Jersey City has one of the most diverse populations in the United States, which goes in hand with over 75 languages spoken in the public schools. This true hub of diversity is the real melting pot, and looks to host its 4th annual festival celebrating such rich diversity. The festival is a day of celebrating the diversity in our community, which features an array of fun and culture-related activities planned for the whole family. There will be arts, crafts, musical acts, dancers, an art show, and all the delicious food representing the diversity in Jersey City. This unique and special event would be a great opportunity for children and families to experience the vibrant and diverse cultures of Jersey City, so make sure your family stops by to represent your amazing culture, and learn about all the others too.
Hamilton Park
9th Street and W Hamilton, Jersey City, NJ 07302
Cost: Free

6. Q104.3 Rock & Roll Car Show
Saturday, August 26, 2017 | 11:00PM to 5:00PM

Join Q104.3 for their 1st Annual Rock & Roll Car Show. Bring the whole family and check out hundreds of amazing classic cars, famous novelty cars, food trucks serving up festival favorites, a beer garden, bounce houses for the kids and more! There will be great live rock and roll music from the celebrated Bruce Springsteen tribute band, Tramps Like Us.
Overpeck County Park
Leonia, NJ 07605
Cost: Free

Jersey City LGBT Pride Festival. via

7. Jersey City LGBT Pride Festival
Saturday, August 26, 2017 | 1:00PM to 9:00PM

Gayborhood Jersey City & Humanity Pride Productions is hosting the 17th Annual Jersey City LGBT Pride Festival on Newark Avenue between Grove Street and Jersey Avenue in the heart of historic downtown Jersey City. The Jersey City Pride Festival celebrates the diversity of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities and allies of Hudson County and the New York City metropolitan area. Last year the official estimate of attendance at the festival was 9,000-10,000 people. Not only is this festival recognized as the premier LGBT event in Hudson County, but also one of the largest festivals in the Northern New Jersey region. The events of Pride season exemplify the strength and growth of our LGBT and allied communities. More importantly, Jersey City Pride emphasizes the importance of diversity in our community, making it stronger and more accepting of all individuals and their contributions to our society.
Newark Avenue Pedestrian Plaza
Jersey City, NJ 07302
Cost: Free

8. 2nd Annual Caribbean Festival
Saturday, August 26, 2017 | 12:00PM to 6:00PM

For the second year in a row, Boyd Park is home to the Caribbean Festival, showcasing live reggae performances and festivities for the kids and adults alike. Get out on the dance floor with the whole family and be sure to sample eats from the region’s best Jamacian restaurants.
Boyd Park – New Brunswick
Memorial Pkwy, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Cost: Free

9. Jersey Shore Jazz & Blues Festival
Saturday, August 26, 2017 | 12:00PM to 9:00PM

Rain or shine, Long Branch is inviting your family to have a swingin’ time at the Jersey Shore Jazz Festival. Music from 6 of the region’s most talented jazz groups, plenty of fun kid’s activities, a beachy atmosphere, and the good company of the community will ensure nothing but a great time out. Food vendors will provide delectable treats, and the many craftspeople will make it easy for families to go home with special gifts. Lawn chairs are encouraged, coolers are forbidden, sunscreen is a must, pets are discouraged – and make sure your stick around for the fireworks at dusk.
The Great Lawn – On the Boardwalk
Cooper Avenue, Long Branch, NJ
Cost: Free

Asbury Park Promenade of Mermaids. via

10. 3rd Annual Asbury Park Promenade of Mermaids
Saturday, August 26, 2017 | 2:00PM

The Mermaids are back for the third year in a row, and are ready to emerge in all of their colorful glory. Your family is invited to get all your tails shined up and ready for one of the most unique events going on during the summertime at Asbury Park. This is a family celebration and is open to everyone willing to join others on the boards to celebrate Summer in New Jersey. Registration begins at noon. Be sure to dress up in your most colorful, sparkly mermaid costume.
Asbury Park, New Jersey
Cost: Free, $10 Costume Contest

11. Mount Olive Food Truck & Fireworks Festival
Saturday, August 26, 2017 | 4:00PM to 10:00PM

All families who are true foodies will absolutely love this event. There will be over 23 food vendors to choose from, a bounce house for the kids, over 20 local vendors, live music, and fireworks at 9pm. Food trucks in attendance include: Angry Crab, Ann’s Catering, Bro-Rittos, Cheezen LLC, Coldstone catering, Coney Island Pizza, The Flying Pie Guy, Gypsy Pops, House of Cupcakes, Kath’s Catering, Madame Pearl’s Waffles, Marty’s Ice Cream, Michele’s Bistro, Pepsis Enterprises, Philly Pretzel of Hackettstown, Pierogi Flats, Soda City, and Star Dogs. More amazing food trucks are being adding daily also.
Mount Olive Recreation
204 Flanders Drakestown Rd, Budd Lake, NJ 07828
Cost: Free, $5 Parking

12. JDRF/FARE Crab Race
Saturday, August 26, 2017 | 5:00PM to 6:00PM (Rain Date: August 27)

Artificial plastic crabs will be released from Patriot’s Plunge into the Revolutionary River at Breakwater Beach in a race to benefit Juvenile Diabetes and Food Allergy Research Education. You can purchase your “crab” for only $5. Each donation receives a Twilight Admission for the day of the crab race if purchased one week in advance of the race. If you purchase your crab within a week of the race, you will be entered to win prizes but will not receive admission to watch the race. Winning crab gets $100 and a 10 All-Day Passes to Breakwater Beach for the 2018 season. Plenty of other prizes will be awarded too. You can purchase your crab at Breakwater Beach Waterpark during the Month of August. All proceeds from the event go directly to JDRF and FARE in hopes of finding a cure for these diseases.
Crabs will stop being sold at 12 noon on the day of the Crab Race.
Casino Pier & Breakwater Beach
800 Ocean Ter, Seaside Heights, NJ 08751
Cost: Free Admission, $5 perCrab

13. Hoboken Water Party
Sunday, August 27, 2017 | 11:00AM to 10:00PM (Kids are allowed until 3:00PM only)

Bring the whole family down to the Pier to cool off from the August heat during this refreshing Hoboken Water Party. The water party features: water balloons, water guns, a slip n slide, and many more festive activities.
Pier 13 Hoboken
Hoboken, NJ 07030
Cost: Free

Monmouth Park Racetrack

Thoroughbred Festival at Monmouth Park Racetrack. via

14. New Jersey Thoroughbred Festival & Free Giveaway
Sunday, August 27, 2017 | 11:30AM to 5:30PM (First Race: 12:50PM)

Your family is invited to support and celebrate New Jersey Thoroughbred racing. The joys of supporting your local horses, jockeys, trainers and owners will be readily available to the whole family as they watch competition for bragging rights with Jersey’s best at the New Jersey Thoroughbred Festival. Your family will also get a chance to receive a free giveaway item with paid admission, while supplies last. Bring the whole family and let the kids enjoy a free Family Fun Day with clowns, face painters, pony rides, a bounce house, live music from the Mike Dalton Band, and more.
Monmouth Park Racetrack
175 Oceanport Ave, Oceanport, New Jersey 07757
Cost: Free for Kids 12 & Under, $5 General Admission, $5 Parking

15. The Coney Waffle 2nd Annual Cannoli Waffle Eating Contest
Sunday, August 27, 2017 | 1:00PM to 4:00PM

Join Coney Waffle and AJH Entertainment for their Second Annual Cannoli Waffle Eating Contest. This silly event is open to the whole family, and something you will not get a chance to see anywhere else.
Coney Waffle – Pier Village
24 Centennial Drive, Long Branch, NJ 07740


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