Sunny weekends are perfect for family-fun festivals, and New Jersey has a variety this June. Whether your crew loves classic carnival games, art, music or food, this year's festival season has something for everyone.
Little swashbucklers will enjoy National Marina Day, music lovers can dance the day away at Garwood Rocks, and Garden State kids can satisfy their sweet tooth at any one of the farm-style blueberry or strawberry fests (check our all of our June event listings for a full fruit-fare forecast). For carnival games and thrills, don't miss the 31st annual State Fair Meadowlands, and make sure to show Dad some love at several street and shore fairs fitting for Father’s Day.
Read on for 23 fairs and festivals happening throughout NJ in June. And be sure to check out our Event Calendar and June GoList for even more family happenings this month.
Big Greek Festival at St. Andrew Greek Orthodox Church – Randolph
If you love Greek food and culture, then this is the festival for you. Explore Mediterranean cuisine, art, music, dance, vendors, and much more at this ‘Big Fat Greek Festival,’ where everyone is Greek… at least for a few days!
East Brunswick Art & Music Festival - East Brunswick
The perfect way to jump into June, you’ll enjoy a full day of activities at this busy festival, which promises plenty of live music, art, a family photo area, temporary tattoos (haven’t seen those in awhile!), food trucks and much more. And for adults, once the kids start getting those zoomies, there’s beer tasting. So you’ll be getting happy off the hops soon enough!
Learn folk dances at the Hungarian Festival.
XRootsFest – Maplewood
Musicians, dancers, storytellers, and craft vendors will be on hand to celebrate a variety of world cultures 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 an "edu-tainment tent” featuring cultural ambassadors, fashions, language exchange, books, snacks, a sari-wrapping demo, a full-size teepee, and more. FREE
Hungarian Festival – New Brunswick
Enjoy Hungarian cuisine, learn authentic folk dances, and listen to live music at the 43rd annual festival. Kids' activities include a parade, crafts, stories, and plenty of performances throughout the day to keep them occupied!
West Orange Annual Street Fair – West Orange - not in event calendar
Classic food, games, and vendors all come together in this annual happening that spans all along Main Street in front of the Thomas Edison National Historical Park. Bring your appetites - both culinarily and commercially - and get ready for a full day of family fun! FREE
New Jersey Renaissance Faire – Bordentown
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 2-3, 9-10, 16-17, 23-24
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, a moon bounce, petting zoo, and corn kingdom. And while you’re there, don’t forget to feast on the festival’s namesake: sample delicious strawberry treats like strawberry ice cream and shortcake, strawberry lemonade slushies and fruity fudge, and take a hayride to the strawberry patch to pick your own. Promise, we won’t tell if your little strawberry-loving squirrels want to take a few bites on the ride back!
Garwood Rocks – Garwood
Music, vintage wheels, a petting zoo, and a kids' zone with rides of its own are highlights of this annual fest, which also features a beer and wine garden and festival food favorites.
Maplewood-South Orange Book Festival - Maplewood
While school is still in session, bring your budding bookworms to the 2nd annual book festival! The tale takes off at the Woodland in Downtown Maplewood, and there will be an adventurous children’s area, with over 40 children’s and young adult authors in attendance, and a kids “fun zone,” featuring games, music, food, face-painting and general mayhem for kids of all ages.
National Marina Day - Pirate Spirit! - Leonardo
Yo ho, yo ho, you’ll have a pirate-worthy day of family fun at the Leonardo State Marina. Take part in a free youth fishing tournament, hunt for treasure at the flea market, or take a paddle boat out on the bay. There will also be a pirate parade, so make sure your little buccaneers are feeling brave enough to walk the plank dressed as their favorite privateer. Bonus points for eye patches and plush parrot partners!
Metfest – Metuchen
What once happened habitually in the month of June (and was named the Junebug Fest) has gotten an update for 2018. Now called the Metfest, the re-imagined one-day celebration will focus even more on high-end art and music, all while incorporating children in a nostalgic, “Junebug” way. While their parents jam out to indie, folk and rock music on the mainstage, little beetles can jump right into the The Junior Bug Zone and spend the afternoon painting murals, blowing bubbles, and snapping selfies. There might even be some sand art, jewelry making and a mini chocolate pizza party (you just need to call ahead for reservations for this one, it’s too sweet a scene!).
Kidchella - Montclair
Flower crowns aren’t just for crochet-wearing flower children anymore! This event honors Montclair Community Pre K’s 20th anniversary, and all proceeds will be put towards a new playground. So, come out for some live music, children’s activities, crafts, food, fun, and shopping. There might even be a dream catcher to be found among all the local businesses and shops participating in the festivities!
Tri-County Fair – Rockaway
Enjoy a classic spring fair with all the fixins at this four-day family festival in Morris County. Activities include rides for all ages, games, food trucks, live music, classic cars, and fireworks. Plus a few new amusements added to the roster this year: the Kent Family Magic Circus and Monster Truck Rides. Admission is FREE.
Skimmer Festival - Sea Isle City
With tons of food, a myriad of musicians, lots of fun activities for the tiny ones - like face painting, a photo booth, sand art and wax hands, plus free amusement rides - and an out-of-this-world antique auto show for classic car enthusiasts, this summer session by the sea is just the thing to make Dad smile on Father’s Day.
Nutley Annual Father’s Day Street Fair - Nutley
Fingers crossed it’ll be a fair-weather day, because Franklin Ave will be transforming into a pedestrian marketplace for the masses. From crafts and handmade wares displayed by over 100 merchandise vendors, to nonstop music, pony rides, temporary tattoos, a sand art and face-painting station, and more, there’s no way Dad will be going home empty handed. Especially if he can get in on some of the fried fare - cheesesteaks, zeppoles, sausage and peppers, and butterfly fries will be in no short supply.
St. Gregory the Great Family Carnival – Hamilton
Looking for some old-school carnival action? Look no further! This 38th annual 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. Free admission, prices vary for rides and games.
State Fair Meadowlands is the largest fair in the New York area. Photo by Kevin Jarret/CC BY 2.0
State Fair Meadowlands – East Rutherford
June 21 – July 8
More than 150 rides and attractions provide hours of non-stop fun for the whole family. Try out classic carnival games, indulge in festive fair fare (funnel cakes, cotton candy, dipped ice cream cones, we could go on and on), and enjoy live circus shows daily. Make sure you catch the Death-Defying High Dive Act, featuring daredevil acrobats and the Racing Pigs, in case the #TripleCrown wasn’t enough to get your blood pumping!
Italian-American Festival – North Wildwood
A Jersey Shore favorite, this annual celebration features vendors, doo-wop bands, kids’ games, meatball relay races, grape stomping (for all you I Love Lucy fans out there!) and an abundance of fine, saucy food. You’ll probably want to come with an empty stomach. Buon appetito! FREE
Lobsterfest – Bradley Beach - not in event calendar
Seafood specialties abound at this beachfront festival, but it's more than just lobster rolls and a crustacean reputation: kid-friendly activities include a water slide, small rides, face painting, and sand art. There will be live music all day, as well as craft vendors set up along the boardwalk. FREE
Whitesbog Blueberry Festival – Browns Mills - not updated in event calendar / use FB link
Celebrate the birthplace of the 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. Sounds juicy, right?!! Violet Beauregarde would probably think so….
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 foraging. Pony rides and wagon rides through the farm and orchards will also be available. Come wearing your wings or let your little ones light up with excitement at the opportunity to make their own at the festival. FREE
Shark Fest - Atlantic Highlands
This shark-themed family fun festival is fin-tastic for kids and kids at heart. The Waterfront Promenade at the Atlantic Highlands Municipal Harbor Marina convenes dozens of interesting craft and marine life-themed vendors, snacks, live music, coloring, and a fishing derby for a day that anyone can sink their teeth into. Shark Week, be warned, this jaw(s)-dropping event might just steal your thunder…
Freedom Festival – West Windsor
Live bands, a car show, games, rides, and food vendors are all part of the fun at this sprawling 14th-annual Mercer County Park festival. Try your luck at a pizza-eating contest, stick around for the wiener dog race, and cap off the day with a fireworks display. FREE
Unless otherwise noted, photos courtesy of the festivals/fairs.
Originally published May 2015; updated for 2018.