Top 15 {kid-friendly} Things To Do in NJ, July 21-23

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With food, entertainment, music, rides, {and sometimes adult beverages!} all in one place, festival season might just be the best time of the year. This weekend, your family can enjoy barnyard festivities at the Burlington County Farm Fair, find the exotic meal of your dreams at the Taste of West Orange International Food Festival, find exciting new thrills at Cape May County 4-H Fair, 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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Burlington County Farm Fair in Columbus. via

1. Burlington County Farm Fair
Tuesday, July 18 – Saturday, July 22, 2017 | Tuesday – Friday 4:30PM to 11:00PM, Saturday 2:00PM to 11:00PM
It’s that special time of the year for the 2017 Burlington County Farm Fair. This glorious five-day event features all kinds of activities for the family such as horse shows, laser tag, live music, pig racing, carnival rides, food court, antique tractors, bubble ball, exhibits, farm animals, and plenty more. There is a $10 parking donation per vehicle, but admission is free, so load up your car with family and friends to enjoy a day on the farm.
Burlington County Farm Fair
1990 Jacksonville – Jobstown Rd, Columbus, New Jersey 08022
Cost: Free, $10 Parking Donation, Tickets: $3 for 2 tickets, $25 for 24 tickets, and $50 for 54 tickets

2. St. Ambrose Parish Carnival
Tuesday, July 18 – Saturday, July 22, 2017 | 6:00PM to 11:00PM Every Night
The St. Ambrose Parish Carnival gives your family the chance to Meet and Greet with some of their favorite characters. Your kids will meet the Snow Queen, Snow Princess, American Heros, and the Amazing Spider Man. There will also be fun activities such as face painting, glitter tattoos, sand arts, carnival games, a DJ, and live bands to provide a full day of entertainment. Make sure your family does not miss out on this great event.
Saint Ambrose Catholic School
81 Throckmorton Lane, Old Bridge, NJ 08857
Cost: Free, $25 for Presale Unlimited Rides Armband (Valid any ONE day), $30 Armband (At the door)

3. Cape May County 4-H Fair
Thursday, July 20 – Saturday, July 22, 2017 | Thursday & Friday 12:00PM to 9:00PM, Saturday 10:00AM to 10:00PM
Your family can look forward to the exciting 4-H Fair in Cape May 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 South Jersey for your family to enjoy together.
Cape May County 4-H Foundation  
355 Court House South Dennis Rd, Cape May Court House, NJ 08210
Cost: Free

Family Campfire on the Beach at Sandy Hook via

4. Family Friendly Campfire on the Beach
Friday, July 21, 2017 | 7:30PM to 9:00PM

Join the Sandy Hook Park Rangers for a special night on the beach. Kids will sing silly songs and hear historic and mysterious story of the Hook. Families are encourged to brings blankets or chairs, snacks, bug spray, family and friends. Children must be supervised.
Sandy Hook – Parking Lot E Beach
Highlands, NJ 07732
Cost: Free

5. Toddler Time Carnival
Friday, July 21, 2017 | 10:00AM to 11:00AM
The best Toddler Carnival that New Jersey has to offer is finally here, so make sure your family and little ones come jump in the bounce house or have a balloon animal made especially for you. Scrumptious muffins and juice will be served.
Riverside Kids Mansfield
1892 State Highway 57, Hackettstown, New Jersey 07840
Cost: Free for kids 3 & Under$10 Child, $5 Additional Sibling. Please call to register (908) 684-5867

6. Corntastic Weekend
Friday, July 21 – Saturday, July 22, 2017 (Gates open at 5:00PM. First race 7:15PM)
What is better than a festival dedicated to Jersey’s favorite veggie: corn? The incredible Corntastic Weekend at the Meadowlands Racetrack is providing your family with free ears of grilled Jersey-fresh corn. Your family can also sign up at the Promotions Table for the Corn Carrying Contest and Corn Husking Contest. These marvelous events take place in The Backyard, and winners receive $100 betting voucher. All participants receive a $25 voucher. Lastly, the crowd-favorite Corn Eating Contest will display New Jersey’s finest eaters as they wow the audience with the amount of cobs of corn they can eat in 3 minutes?
Meadowlands Racetrack
1 Racetrack Dr, East Rutherford, New Jersey 07073
Cost: Free

St. Ann’s Italian Festival in Hoboken. via

7. St Ann’s Italian Festival
Saturday, July 22 – Wednesday, July 26, 2017 | Saturday & Sunday 1:00PM, Monday & Tuesday 6:00PM, Wednesday 1:00PM
The world famous St. Ann’s Italian Festival is back for its 107th year, in honor of Saint Ann, Mother of Mary. This perfect combination of food and family fun features St Ann’s Famous zeppoles, Nightly Entertainment, plenty of food and drink, a Cafe under the stars, and of course plenty of beer and wine selections. There will also be plenty of raffles that went as high as $16,000. For the kids, there will be a plethora of rides and games to enjoy all day long.
St. Ann’s Italian Festival
7th St at Jefferson St, Hoboken, New Jersey 07030
Cost: Free

8. Food Truck Festival at The Hermitage
Saturday, July 22, 2017 | 11:00AM to 6:00PM
The Food Truck Festival at Hermitage is guaranteed to be a day with tons of great food, family fun, and live music. The endless list of epic food trucks includes Tony’s Traveling Trattoria, Empanada Lady Food Truck, Jersey Johnny’s Grill, The Angry Crab, Carnivale Donut Bar, Kona Ice NJ, Bro-Ritos Food Truck, The Cow and the Curd, Dark Side of the Moo, The Thai Elephant Truck, Chicken Wings & Things, and the Polkadot Cupcake Shop – to name a few. All families attending can enjoy the exquisite eats on the beautiful property, or everyone is encouraged to bring a blanket to turn it into an all day picnic.
The Hermitage Museum
335 Franklin Turnpike, Ho-Ho-Kus, New Jersey 07423
Cost: Free for kids 5 & Under, $5 General Admission, This fundraiser helps support the Hermitage Museum, a National Historic Landmark and historic house museum.

Taste of West Orange International Food Festival. via

9. Taste of West Orange International Food Festival
Saturday, July 22, 2017 | 4:00PM to 10:00PM
The Taste of West Orange International Food Festival is the perfect example of the rich and diverse community that New Jersey has to offer. Families are invited to join those around the area to take part in exploration of cultures, delicious food, and artistic performances.
New Jersey Arts Incubator
4 Boland Dr, West Orange, New Jersey 07052
Cost: Free

10. Gamer Con Summer Event
Saturday, July 22 – Sunday, July 23, 2017
The summer event every gamer dreams of is finally here, and will feature two fun-filled days of incredible video games, vendors, prizes, special guests, arcade tournaments, fantastic artists, and the best cosplay costume contest around. Your family is encouraged to bring gamers of all ages.
La Quinta Inn & Suites Runnemede
109 9th Ave, Runnemede, New Jersey 08078
Cost: Free for kids 10 & Under, $20 ($15 if you purchase in advance here) Single Day General Admission, $35 Weekend Ticket General Admission ($25 if you purchase in advance here)

11. Innovative Beads Expo
Saturday, July 22 – Sunday, July 23, 2017 | Saturday 10:00AM to 5:00PM, Sunday 11:00AM to 4:00PM
Innovative Beads Expo is one of the most unique events for crafty families this summer. This fantastic display celebrates 13 Years of Quality Beads around the Northeast. This event will include vendors who offer the latest styles in Beads, Kits, Books and Beading Supplies.
New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center
97 Sunfield Ave, Edison NJ, 08837
Cost: $4

12. Asbury Park Superfest
Saturday, July 22, 2017 | 12:00PM to 9:00PM
A festival atmosphere mixed with food, fun, and funk can only mean one thing: The Asbury Park Superfest. This awesome family-friendly event will feature five Funk Bands that will get your little ones groovin’ to the beat: Lakeside, Slave, The Barkays, Mary Jane, Girls, and The Dazz Band.
Sunset Park
Main Street Between 5th & 6th Avenue, Asbury Park, NJ 07712
Cost: $40 General Admission ($30 if you purchase in advance here), $60 VIP Tickets

Ice Cream Festival in Fredon Township. via

13. Ice Cream Festival
Sunday, July 23, 2017 from 1:00PM to 7:00PM
The Ice Cream Festival at Windy Brow Farms is the best way to celebrate the summertime. This year will feature multiple stations for optimal ice cream enjoyment (and we can agree that the world needs more ice cream stations). The event will also include live music from local groups, farm fresh food, ice cream eating contests, a popsickle stick sculpture competition, wagon rides through the scenic Windy Brow Valley, and many other family activities.
Windy Brow Farms
359 Ridge Rd, Fredon Township, New Jersey 07860
Cost: Free

14. Bayonne Day
Sunday, July 23, 2017 | 1:00PM to 5:00PM
Bayonne Day at Veterans Stadium is the perfect afternoon of food, games, and entertainment. This family-friendly event is provided by The Bridgemen Performing Arts Organization and Bayonne Community Bank (BCB). Along with the various activities, there will be a multitude of Bridgemen groups performing for your family’s viewing pleasure.
Veterans Stadium
W 25TH St, Bayonne, New Jersey 07002
Cost: Free

North Jersey Crab Fest in Jersey City. via

15. North Jersey Crab Fest
Sunday, July 23, 2017 | 12:00PM to 6:00PM (Rain Date: Sunday, June 30, 2017)
North Jersey Crab and Food Truck Festival is the perfect “all you can taste” Crab and Food Truck Festival that families around Jersey City look forward to every year. Your family will get a chance to enjoy delicious food while dancing to live musical entertainment performed by the most coveted local talents. Your family is encouraged to bring blankets or chairs to relax and feast while on the lawn. Other than crackin’ crab legs, there will also be face painting for kids of all ages to enjoy. (Prices will increase after July 15 and no tickets will be sold at the door). Proceeds will benefit the KiddiePreneur Brand free entrepreneurship programs for youth nationwide.
Lincoln Park – Across from track
Jersey City, New Jersey 07304
Cost: Free for kids 5 and under, $30 for kids under 12, $55.00 General Admission (Prices will increase after July 15 and no tickets will be sold at the door). Proceeds will benefit The KiddiePreneur Brand FREE entrepreneurship programs for youth Nationwide.

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