This last full week of July is rockin’ with live music, carnivals, and even a little Christmas (yes, Christmas!). The fun-filled Monmouth County Fair kicks off this week in Freehold, and don’t miss great outdoor concerts such as XPoNential Music Festival and Music Beyond Borders.
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Revel in summertime splendor this week with festive fairs and free movies galore. Fairs and festivals are popping up everywhere, including Cape May’s Carnival on the Lawn, Jersey City’s Newport Beach Party & Concert, and Burlington County Farm Fair.
Mid-July is heating up with fabulous outdoor adventures. Hit the shore for Seaside Heights’ Bonfire on the Beach, Belmar’s NJ Sandcastle Contest, and Cape May Movies on the Beach. Spend the evening outdoors at Summer Nights at Donaldson Farms and the Ocean County Fair. Then take a cooling break at Scholastic's Summer Reading Road Trip RV Visit and Morris Museum’s Bubble Trouble.
If your fun-in-the-sun bucket list includes camp, vacation, and trips to our beloved Jersey Shore, summertime can be a season of major spending. Jersey Shore excursions are a must in the summer, but prices of beach badges and passes can really add up. Luckily, New Jersey is home to some free beaches—that's right, no admission fees required (though some do have parking fees). While some of these free beaches are found in popular vacation hotspots, other quieter and unguarded ones are located by lakes and bays. Read on for 10 of our favorites.
Blast off this week with two days of amazing July 4th fireworks and festivities, including the big one in Jersey City, which the mayor has vowed will go on despite a statewide government shutdown. Or try a more intimate small town fireworks and Independence Day festivals, such as those in Rahway, Wildwood, Long Branch, Summit and many, many more!
If your calendar still has some openings to fill, peruse our Summer Fun Guide for all kinds of July destinations and activities, such as pools, splash pads, movies, water parks, playgrounds, and more.
Now that school is out, the kids will have plenty of excuses to stay up late, especially with all the evening fun this week has to offer. Spend summery nights at the beach with Jenkinson’s Kiddie Beach Show and Movies on the Beach. After-hours farm fun awaits at Applegate Farm Family Fun Night and Johnson’s Corner Farm Family Fun Nights. And carnivals are popping up everywhere, including the Leonia Sports Booster Carnival and Wall Township Fair.
Mid-June turns up the heat with outdoor festival excitement and keeps it cool with fun indoor activities. There are rides and games aplenty at the St. Gregory the Great Carnival, the North Wildwood Italian-American Festival, and the famous New Jersey State Fair. Take a break from the heat at Camden Aquarium’s Animal Adventures, Bowtie Cinemas Summer Kids Series, and New Jersey State Museum’s Summer Maker Space.
Summer is just around the corner! Jump-start summer festival season this week at Rockaway’s Tri-County Fair and Glassboro Summer Fest. Get buggy at insect-themed activities including Toddlers & Tykes: Dragonfly Discoveries and Essex County’s Kids' Bug Club. And get a head-start on Father's Day with Colts Neck Library’s Father’s Day Craft, Whole Foods' Father's Day Event, and Father’s Day Weekend at Sea Pirate Campground.