Fairs and festivals and feasts, oh my! It’s non-stop action in NJ this month—read on for our recommendations and choose your favorite (or two). With everything from county fairs to music and food festivals, there’s something to entertain every member of the family. Mark the calendar now and have a blast all month long. For more summer fun, visit our Summer Activities Guide.
Cumberland County Fair (Millville)
This is NJ’s oldest fair and it’s truly the mother of all county fairs. You'll find live entertainment, 4-H exhibits, pie and watermelon eating contests, amusement rides, racing pigs, great food, games and much more. Wednesday, July 8 is Kids’ Day with free admission for all kids under four feet tall; special activities and contests will take place throughout the day.
Freedom Fest State Fair (Allentown)
The beautiful Horse Park of New Jersey is home to the Freedom Fest for five days this July. Come join in the fun with tons of attractions including a huge carnival midway, international food court, nightly horse shows and animal petting farm. There are live concerts and special events every night.
Ocean County Fair (Berkeley Township)
Not to be outdone by the other counties, the Jersey Shore is offering up this five-day festival chock-full of family fun—rides galore, delicious food, 4-H shows and live entertainment are all on the schedule. Highlights include Doc Swan's Magical Comedy Act and Bwana Jim’s Wildlife Show. Visit Thursday or Sunday and pay just $15 for unlimited amusement rides.
Victorian Family Festival (Morristown)
Head to the Morris Museum for this wonderful carnival featuring Victorian-themed games and activities for the whole family. Design a collage postcard or dress up in Victorian clothing for a fun family picture. Kids can create a “tussie mussie” (small flower bouquet) to take home.
Front Porch Bluegrass Festival (Chester)
Enjoy a relaxing day at Gazebo Park with great bluegrass music from local and national bands. There’s plenty of food, games and kids’ activities too—the little ones can get their faces painted, visit the ball pit or play fun games such as digging for treasure and knocking down balls. All proceeds benefit Big Youth Group’s upcoming service trip to repair homes in Central Appalachia. FREE
Burlington County Farm Fair (Springfield Township)
Come on down for some good old-fashioned family entertainment! There’s plenty to keep the gang busy at this fair, from 4-H animal exhibits and daily horse shows to amusement rides and live performances. Kids of all ages can join in the fun by entering the Recycled Scarecrow Contest, participating in the “Farmer for a Day” program or taking part in a Scavenger Hunt.
Asbury Park Blues & Brews Festival (Asbury Park)
All ages are invited to Bradley Park for this fun and family-friendly celebration including live music, craft vendors, children’s activities and fabulous food. A hospitality tent will feature arts & crafts projects and refreshments for the kids. The festival is only one block from the beach and easily accessible via NJ Transit trains. FREE
City of Water Day (Hoboken)
Celebrate the NY-NJ Harbor at this waterfront festival in Maxwell Place Park (or on Governors Island in NY). Highlights include free historic boat tours, live music, ferry rides and delicious food from local vendors. There is plenty of fun for the kids too—visit the children’s tent for interactive and educational activities relating to the waterfront. Don't miss the Cardboard Kayak Race! FREE
Summer in the Street (Toms River)
Spend a hot summer day on Washington Street in downtown Toms River. This new event features games, rides, street performers, live entertainment, local vendors and a variety of delicious food. FREE
St. Ann’s Italian Festival (Hoboken)
A Hoboken favorite for over 100 years, St. Ann’s Feast is the epitome of a summer festival. It includes all the ingredients for a perfect outing—rides, games, amazing food and live bands performing on the main stage every night. Don’t miss out on their famous zeppole and other delicious treats! FREE
NJ Peach Festival & Gloucester County 4-H Fair (Mullica Hill)
Peaches are always a highlight of the summer season. This festival, which runs concurrently with the Gloucester County 4-H Fair, honors the peach in all its glory. Check out the peach bake-off, sample juicy peaches and cheer on the contestants in the New Jersey Peach Queen and Little Miss Peach contests. The 4-H Fair offers additional fun—carnival rides, livestock shows, baby parades and more! Stick around for the nightly barbecue dinners, featuring Jersey Fresh produce.
Storybook Celebration (Camden)
July 25 & 26
Step inside a classic story at the beautiful Camden Children’s Garden—tales such as The Three Little Pigs and Alice in Wonderland come to life in the aptly named Storybook Gardens. Kids can participate in special crafts and listen to readings of their favorite books. Be sure to visit the Giant’s Garden, where children can plant magic beans to take home.