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.
The Cumberland County Fair. Photo by Kevin Jarret via Flickr.
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 6 is Kids’ Day with free admission for all kids under four feet tall; special activities and contests will take place throughout the day.
Blueberry Bash (Princeton)
Revel in everything blueberry at Terhune Orchards' berry fun celebration. Activities include pony rides, games, face-painting, music and delicious blueberry goodies. Plus, pick your own blueberries to take home.
Rock out at Essex County's own Woodstock. This music festival, held at Memorial Park, features local music, food and art vendors, a Kid Zone and regional acts. FREE
Enjoy the D.O.G. Show at Ocean County Fair. Photo by Kevin Jarret via Flickr.
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 Ocean County's Got Talent and The Amish Outlaws.
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.
Go for a kayak ride at City of Water Day. Photo courtesy of the event.
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 delectable 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 fun event features games, rides, street performers, live entertainment, local vendors and a variety of delicious food. FREE
Ride the dragon at Burlington County Farm Fair. Photo courtesy of the fair.
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
Storybook Celebration (Camden)
July 23 & 24
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.
Take a hot air balloon ride at Warren County Farmer's Fair. Photo by dfbphotos via Flickr.
Warren County Farmer's Fair (Phillipsburg, NJ)
July 30- August 6
Pony rides, a Mud Bog competition, food and live entertainment are just some of the exciting happenings at this 79th annual event. In addition, beautiful hot air balloons fill the sky at the fair's balloon festival, with balloon rides and a mass balloon launch each night. Don't miss Friday night's Kids Rodeo Roundup.
Top image: Rides at the Cumberland County Fair. Photo by Kevin Jarret via Flickr.