Sunny weekends are perfect for family-fun festivals, and New Jersey has a variety this June. Whether your family loves art and music, food or classic carnival games, this year's festival season has something for everyone. Little swashbucklers will enjoy the Privateers & Pirates Festival, music lovers can dance the day away at Garwood Rocks, and Garden State kids can satisfy their sweet tooth at a farm-style blueberry or strawberry fest. For classic carnival games and thrills, don't miss the State Fair Meadowlands, or visit downtown street fairs in Summit or Red Bank. Check out our Event Calendar for even more family happenings this month.
Junebug ArtFest - Metuchen
June 3, 10, 17, 24
Every Friday night in June, downtown Metuchen comes to life with an arts celebration featuring exhibits, window galleries, live performances and special events. Children can create unique arts and crafts with the Metuchen Branch YMCA and enjoy special performances just for them. FREE
RiverFest - Red Bank
Great food and music are highlights of this river front festival, with family-friendly performances all weekend and a kids zone with games and rides just for little ones.
Edison Day and Street Fair - West Orange
Classic food, games and vendors combine with a celebration of New Jersey's favorite inventor, Thomas Edison, at this festival.
Hungarian Festival - New Brunswick
Enjoy Hungarian food, learn folk dances and listen to live music at the 42nd annual festival. Kids' activities include a parade, crafts and stories.
Garwood Rocks - Garwood
Music, classic cars, a petting zoo and kids zone are highlights of this annual fest, which also features a beer and wine garden and festival food favorites.
Privateers & Pirates Festival - Tuckerton
Ahoy, matey! Bring your pirate-obsessed kid to this fabulous fest at the Tuckerton Seaport, offering nautical activities such as a scavenger hunt, costume contest, pirate obstacle course, cannon demo and crafts.
Big Greek Festival at St. Andrew Greek Orthodox Church - Randolph
If you love Greek food and culture, this is the festival for you. Explore Greek cuisine, art, music, dance, vendors and much more at this 3-day festival.
New Jersey Renaissance Faire - Bordentown
May 27-28, June 3-4 and June 10-11
Calling all lords and ladies! Step back in time for a day of music, dance, juggling, jousting, comedy, wine and food at the whimsical village of Crossford. Special children’s shows including magic, archery and falconry are presented daily.
Strawberry Harvest Festival - Chester
June 3-4, 10-11, 17-18, 24-25
Alstede Farms is hosting its annual Strawberry Harvest Festival every weekend in June. Enjoy a fun day at the farm with children's activities such as pony rides, moon bounce, petting zoo and corn kingdom. Sample delicious strawberry treats like strawberry ice cream and strawberry shortcake, and take a hay ride to the strawberry patch to pick your own.
Tri-County Fair - Rockaway
Enjoy a spring fair with all the fixins at this 4 day family festival. Activities include rides for all ages, games, food trucks, live music, classic cars and fireworks. Admission is FREE.
St. Gregory the Great Family Carnival - Hamilton
Looking for some old-school carnival action? Look no further! This festival offers rides, games, raffles, street food and more. Stay for the fireworks displays on Tuesday and Saturday night. There are plenty of rides for younger kids so it’s the perfect event for all ages.
State Fair Meadowlands - East Rutherford
June 22 - July 19
Over 150 rides and attractions provide hours of non-stop fun for the whole family. Try out classic carnival games, indulge in “fair food” (funnel cake anyone?) and enjoy live circus shows daily. Don't miss the Great American Thrill Show, featuring daredevil acrobats and aerialists.
Hereford Inlet Lighthouse Maritime Festival - North Wildwood
The grounds of the historic Hereford Inlet Lighthouse are home to this wonderful family festival celebrating life by the sea. Artists, crafters, historians, performers and even pirates will be on hand to delight the crowd. Kids can climb the lighthouse and check out antique boats. FREE
Freedom Festival - West Windsor
Live bands, a car show, games, rides and food vendors are featured at the sprawling Mercer County Park festival. Try your luck at a hot-dog eating contest and cap off the day with a fireworks display.
XRoots Fest - Maplewood
Musicians, dancers, story-tellers and craft vendors celebrate their cultural roots at this family-friendly festival sponsored by the South Orange/Maplewood Community Coalition on Race. African, Native American, Japanese, Haitian, Indian and Chinese cultural activities are planned, along with drum circles, face painting, story time, karate and origami demonstrations.
Lobsterfest - Bradley Beach
Seafood specialties abound at this beach-front festival, but there is more on offer than lobster rolls: kid-friendly activities include a water slide, small rides, face painting and sand art. Live music all day and craft vendors set up along the boardwalk.
Street Fair and Craft Show - Summit
Stroll downtown to enjoy music, games, rides and food at this classic-style street festival. Food trucks, artisans and community organizations will all be on hand.
Terhune Orchards Firefly Festival - Princeton
Fireflies are one of the surest signs that summer has arrived. Celebrate these magnificent creatures with an evening of outdoor fun, games, live music and firefly hunting. Pony rides and wagon rides through the farm and orchards will also be available. Wear your wings or make them at the festival. FREE
Italian-American Festival - North Wildwood
A Jersey Shore favorite, this annual celebration features vendors, doo-wop bands, kids’ games, meatball relay races and an abundance of food. You’ll probably want to come on an empty stomach. Buon Appetito! FREE
Whitesbog Blueberry Festival - Browns Mills
Celebrate everything blueberry at this old-fashioned event in historic Whitesbog Village. Enjoy blueberry picking, live music, children’s activities, wagon tours and even a blueberry pie-eating contest. Yum!
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Originally published May 2015