Top 15 {kid-friendly} Things To Do in NJ, August 4-6

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This weekend, your family can celebrate the culture at Irish Fest in New Egypt or the Italian Festival in Oceanport, experience different seafood variations at the NJ State Crab Festival in Wildwood, learn how to surf at the 11th Annual Family Day at the Beach in Asbury Park, partake in barnyard activities at the New Jersey State Fair in Augusta, 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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New Jersey State Fair/Sussex County Farm & Horse Show in Augusta. via

1. New Jersey State Fair/Sussex County Farm & Horse Show
Friday, August 4 – Sunday, August 13, 2017 | Friday, August 4th to Saturday, August 12th 10:00AM to 10:00PM, Sunday, August 13th 10:00AM to 5:00PM

Your family is invited to the famous Sussex County Fairground to partake in the New Jersey State Fair. At this great event, there will be plenty of farm animals, horse shows, food & crafts, carnival, free entertainment, and much more. This exquisite day out with the family is something you just cannot miss.
The Sussex County Fairgrounds
37 Plains Rd, Augusta, New Jersey 07822
Cost: $6 Child, $14 Adults

2. Manasquan Fireman’s Fair
Tuesday, August 1 – Saturday August 5, 2017 | 6:00PM to 10:30PM

Manasquan Volunteer Engine Company #2 will be hosting their annual fair this week. There will be a kickoff parade Tuesday, August 1st at 6:00PM, starting on Main Street and marching towards Mallard Park. There will also be live music every night, a food tent courtesy of Reef & Barell, and a beer garden by Leggett’s Sand Bar.
Mallard Park
Potter & Cedar Avenues, Manasquan, NJ 08736
Cost: Free Admission, Ride vary by tickets

3. Jersey Shore Film Festival
Thursday, August 3 – Monday, August 7, 2017 | Thursday 6:30PM, Friday 11:30AM to 1:00AM, Saturday 11:30AM to 1:00AM, Sunday 11:30AM to 6:30PM

There is no better way to celebrate the Summer than spectating wonderful films on the beach. The festivities will kick off at Asbury Park with a Gala Party at the Axel Rod Center, to bring in opening night. There will be five movies on display throughout the day, including “The Good in People” from 2:00pm to 4:00pm, which is a joyous film that will definitely warm your heart and remind you of the good in people. Also, there will be a Family Block Saturday morning from 11:30am to 1:30pm featuring family friendly films including animated movies. Lastly, there will be three movies showing Sunday, including “The Tree Reflections” from 1:30pm to 3:30pm, which is explains how life is a journey lived through moments and how one single moment can change things forever. Make sure your family comes by to experience how one moment in a life can change things forever.
572 Cookman Ave, Asbury Park, NJ 07712
Cost: $12-$25, Tickets can be purchased here for Friday, here for Saturday, and here for Sunday

4. 6th Annual Craft Beer & Crab Festival
Saturday, August 5, 2017 | 10:00AM to 6:00PM

Emlen Physick Estate’s 6th annual Craft Beer & Crab festival is back, and much anticipated. This day long festival features local and regional craft beers to accompany those delightful summer foods such as: steamed crabs, pulled pork, crab cakes, shrimp and hot dogs, as well as food from regional vendors. All-day music on outdoor stage will be in full effect as well as: An old-fashioned Victorian circus with jugglers and acrobats from the The Give & Take Jugglers Little Circus, Crafts and collectibles show, and Craft beers and other spirits available for purchase.
Emlen Physick Estate
1048 Washington St, Cape May, NJ 08204
Cost: Free

Terhune Orchards NJ

Just Peachy Festival at Terhune Orchards. via

5. Just Peachy Festival
Saturday, August 5 – Sunday, August 6, 2017 | 10:00AM to 5:00PM

A festival dedicated to one of the most popular fruits – sounds “Just Peachy,” doesn’t it? Trehune Orchards is back at it with a unique celebration your family is surely love. The annual Just Peachy Festival features plenty of activities for kids, wagon rides throughout the orchards, pony rides, face painting, games, and barnyard fun. To add to such a sweet atmosphere, there will be great live music all day.
Terhune Orchards
330 Cold Soil Road, Princeton, NJ 08540
Cost: $8

6. COLECO Retro Gaming and Collectibles Expo
Saturday, August 5 – Sunday, August 6, 2017 | Saturday 10:00AM to 10:00PM, Sunday 10:00AM to 6:00PM

From famous family-friendly company that has brought you COLECOVISION & Cabbage Patch Kids, this year’s Expo is sure to wow its audience. This event is for the whole family to enjoy as well as explore a wide variety of retro video games, toys, collectibles, comics, cosplay, and more. There will be plenty of new releases from the greatest names in modern gaming, an array of novelties from the toy industry, and some Grand Prize Contests. Featured Guest Artists and appearances have yet to be announced, so make sure your family attends this great Expo.
The New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center
97 Sunfield Ave, Edison, NJ 08837
Cost: $20-$35

7. NJ State Crab Festival
Saturday, August 5, 2017 | 11:00AM to 11:00PM

Summer is never the time to feel crabby, but the best time to attend the NJ State Crab Festival. An event fun for all ages, and also includes an option to pay as you go. The Festival features Blue Claw Crabs, the “Crabby” Bloody Mary, a Beer Garden, 50/50 raffles, and specialty Vendors for the kids. There is also a live Crab Race for the kids at 6:00 PM. Benefits Lunch with Lynch Foundation.
Ice House Wildwood
4415 Park Blvd, Wildwood, New Jersey 08260
Cost: Free

8. Gathering in the Pines- Art & Music Festival
Saturday, August 5, 2017 | 11:00AM (Rain or Shine)

This unique event will showcase local artists and musicians within a fun and kid-friendly atmosphere, featuring great food, drinks, music, art, and games for all in the beautiful, wooded setting of the Pine Barrens.
Lacey VFW
2652 Lacey Rd, Forked River, NJ 08731
Cost: $20 General One Day Pass, $30 General Two Day Pass

9. Universal African Festival
Saturday, August 5, 2017 | 10:00AM to 6:30PM

Your family is invited to celebrate and commemorate the rich and diverse cultures of Africans and African Americans. There extremely fun event will include live music, dance, arts and crafts, face painting, food, honoring ceremony, and plenty more.
Springwood Park
Springwood Ave, Asbury Park, NJ 07712
Cost: Free

Shamrock/Irish Festival at Laurita Winery. via

10. Laurita Irish Fest
Saturday, August 5 – Sunday, August 6, 2017 | Saturday 11:00AM to 9:00PM, Sunday 11:00AM to 7:00PM

The famous Laurita Winery is inviting all families to tap into their inner Irish pride, or have an excuse to wear green, and celebrate Irish Fest Weekend at the winery. This splendid weekend of fantastic fun, toe-tapping Irish music, Irish artisan displays, and wonderful memories will surely be remembered for a lifetime. The event will feature live entertainment, vineyard tours, Irish dancing and traditional Irish fare. There will be kid’s activities including the huge playground, bounce house, and face painting.
Laurita Winery
85 Archertown Rd, New Egypt, NJ 08533
Cost: $6 General Admission, Tickets can be purchased here

11. Rockaway Food Truck & Music Festival
Saturday, August 5, 2017 | 11:00AM to 7:00PM

The Just Jersey Fest is rolling into the Borough of Rockaway. This fun filled family day offers over 25 gourmet food trucks and incredible bands that will pair well with the fine eats. Families who are attending are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs, blankets, and big appetites. Dogs are welcome.
Firemans Field
144 Beach Street, Rockaway, NJ 07866
Cost: Free for Kids under 10, $5 General Admission, Free Parking. Attendees are asked to bring a nonperishable canned or boxed item. Proceeds will benefit the Rockaway Borough Fire Department & Friends of Roxbury Social Services.

12. Italian Festival
Saturday, August 5, 2017 | 11:30AM to 5:30PM (First Race: 12:50PM)

It’s the most delicious time of the year, and we all cannot wait any longer. Monmouth Park Racetrack is back with their Annual Italian Festival. New for 2017 will be an Italian Wine Tasting activity that will feature a variety of authentic Italian wines. The whole family is encouraged to partake and savor delicious Italian food, listen to live music from Metropolitan Festival Band, visit the Italian crafters, and enjoy a day of racing. Finally, your family could stop by one of the festival’s bocce courts to have a family-friendly game. The list of fun activities is endless at the Italian Festival.
Monmouth Park Racetrack
175 Oceanport Ave, Oceanport, NJ 07757
Cost: Free for kids 12 & Under, $5 General Admission, $5 Parking

13. Corn & Tomato Festival
Sunday, August 06, 2017 | All Day Event

This unique event will be displaying decorating and gift items including handcrafted furniture, fabulous florals, jewelry, wearable art, handmade soaps, candles, traditional and fine art, gourmet delights and plenty more.
Flemington Borough Park
Court Street, Flemington, NJ 08822
Cost: Free

14. Food Truck Fest on the Ave
Sunday, August 6, 2017 | 11:00AM to 7:00PM

The Food Truck Fest on the Ave is sure to fill your families up with a variety of delicious eats, a beer garden, kids games and activities, live music, and entertainment featuring Dawson Coyle from The Voice.
Mini Parks – Landis Avenue
Along Northwest and Southwest Boulevards, Vineland, NJ
Cost: Free

Asbury Park NJ

Family Dat at the Beach in Asbury Park. via

15. 11th Annual Family Day at the Beach
Saturday, August 5, 2017 | 12:00PM to 5:00PM (Rain Date: Sunday, August 6, 2017)

The 11th Annual Family Day at the Beach in Asbury Park will feature everything a family could dream of for their day at the shore: surf lessons, food, music, games, and of course, a ton of family fun.
8th Avenue Beach, Asbury Park, NJ
Cost: Free, Free transportation at 11:30AM from the Boys & Girls Club, Mercy Center, West Side Community Center

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