As we inch closer to the official start of summer, the fun continues with more food, music, and free children’s entertainment.   The State Fair returns with over 150 rides and attractions.   Get your seafood fix at one of many food festivals happening down the shore in Sea Isle City, Tuckerton Seaport, and Bradley Beach.   Or return to a simpler time and let the kids chase fireflies at the Terhune Orchards Firefly festival.   Bring the whole family out for a great time.   

Skimmer Festival
June 18 – 19
The festival includes a seaside craft market with 400 vendors, food court, live music, children's entertainment and a sand sculpting demonstration and contest.  JFK Blvd. & Promenade, Sea Isle City

Military Timeline Weekend at Historic Cold Spring Village
June 18 – 19
An exhibition of various conflicts spanning several centuries including English Hundred Years War, Boer War, American Revolution and Civil War, World War II, Korean War and more!  720 Route 9, Cape May

State Fair Meadowlands
June 23 through July 10
State Fair Meadowlands, the largest fair in the New York metro area with over 150 rides and attractions, announced its entertainment lineup for this year’s fair.  This year’s acts include High Dive Act; the Great American Thrill Show, an open-air performance of daredevil acrobats and aerialists; the adorable Racing Pigs, Master Hypnotist Steve Bayner, Educational Petting Zoo, and several live concerts throughout the fair. All entertainment is FREE with entry ticket to the fair.  State Fair Meadowlands 1 MetLife Stadium Drive East Rutherford

Sea Isle City Summer Food Truck Festival
June 24 – 26
The Sea Isle City Food Truck Festival will feature roughly a dozen food trucks from across the Northeast featuring different styles of cuisines from award winning food trucks.  There will also be crafters, family entertainment, live music, great drinks and more.  Kix McNutley's, 63rd and Landis Ave. in Sea Isle City

24th Annual Baymen’s Seafood & Music Festival at Tuckerton Seaport
June 25- 26
The Tuckerton Seaport will host its annual Baymen’s Seafood & Music Festival. Enjoy delicious Jersey fresh clams, crabs, scallops and shrimp from the finest local seafood purveyors. Drink from the brew court featuring crafted beers from New Jersey’s own River House Brewery. Shop for gifts and souvenirs from dozens of unique vendors. Listen and dance to the music from local favorites. Enjoy crafters, family activities, demonstrations, boat rides, boat builders and decoy carvers as just some of the planned activities. Speak to commercial fisherman to learn about occupations on the bay or take a clam shucking class. Bring the whole family and plan to spend the day.

33rd Annual Whitesbog Blueberry Festival at Historic Whitesbog Village
 June 25 - 26
33rd Annual Blueberry Festival is now TWO days, June 25 & June 26th from 9am to 5pm. 2016 marks the CENTENNIAL year of the high bush blueberry and they will be celebrating in style with more crafters, artisans, musicians than before.   120-34 Whitesbog Road, Browns Mills

Bradley Beach Lobsterfest
June 25 - 26
Free event!  6 bands and emcee/DJ playing requests; Over 100 craft and specialty vendors; HUGE beer & wine garden; Great oceanfront location; Children's activities including water slide, rides, face painters and sand art.  500 Ocean Avenue, Bradley Beach

Cape May Quilt & Fiber Arts Show at Historic Cold Spring Village
June 25 – 26
The Village’s 29th annual Quilt Show has expanded into a full-scale event celebrating all forms of fiber arts. In addition to voting for your favorite quilt, guests can take in workshops and demonstrations on knitting, crocheting, wool dyeing, sheep shearing and more.  720 Route 9, Cape May

Rock, Ribs & Ridges Festival
June 25 – 26
Presented by Franklin Sussex Auto Mall, the Rock, Ribs & Ridges festival fires up the summer outdoor concert and grilling season with a full weekend of great music and mouthwatering barbecue.  The festival’s headliners have included a “Who’s Who” in Southern rock as well as some of the biggest names in classic rock. But it’s more than great music that heats up this event.  Festival-goers will also enjoy two days of delicious barbecue served up by top regional chefs and award-winning competitive rib teams as well as an assortment of outstanding craft beer selections at this annual bash.  Sussex County Fairgrounds 37 Plains Road, Augusta

Firefly Festival at Terhune Orchards
June 26
Fireflies are an “electrifying” part of summer.  To celebrate this exciting event, enjoy an evening of nature, music, wagon rides, outdoor fun and, of course, the whole farm for firefly hunting! Celebrate fireflies by making your own wings, bug boxes and antenna. There will be a $5 charge for the crafts activities. Enjoy live music by Miss Amy and her Big Kids Band while you wait for the fireflies to come out.  Circus Place, New Jersey’s premier circus training facility, will showcase their Youth Circus Performance Troupe at Firefly Festival.  You’ll find lots of goodies available at Pam’s Firefly Tent: grilled chicken, hot dogs, corn on the cob, pie, apple cider, donuts, cookies, apples and more!  Pony rides and wagon rides through the farm and orchards will be available all evening.  Everyone should wear their wings!  Come and enjoy a flickering, flying, fun evening on the farm. Admission is FREE.  330 Cold Soil Road, Princeton.