Rides, food and music abound in July!  From fried Oreos to high flying acrobats, this month is full of fun fairs and festivals.   See farm animals, ride the Tilt a Whirl or taste some of the delicious seasonal treats from BBQ to blueberries.   Or try your luck at the Belmar Sandcastle contest.  These will help make it a summer to remember!      

State Fair Meadowlands
Through July 10
This is 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.  1 MetLife Stadium Drive East Rutherford

July 4
Stroll the famous beachfront in Long Branch, take in the wonderful views, enjoy performances by dancers, musicians, clowns and musical acts, sample from a smorgasbord of food vendors, and check out the wares of crafters from all over the northeast. You can even see a fabulous sand sculpture, meet a familiar costumed character, and catch some cool ocean breezes.  And cap off the night with one of the most spectacular fireworks display you’ll see anywhere along the Jersey coast.  1 Ocean Blvd, Long Branch

Atlantic Highlands Fireman's Fair
July 5 – 9
Presented by The Atlantic Highlands Fire Department Games, Rides, large food court and tons of family fun.  Atlantic Highlands Municipal Harbor 2 Simon Lake Drive, Atlantic Highlands.

NJ State BBQ Championship & Anglesea Blues Festival
July 8 - 10
Experience the BEST in Barbeque & Blues at this exciting three day festival. Live cooking demonstrations, incredible food and top regional and national blues acts on the FREE main stage.  2nd and Olde New Jersey Avenues, and surrounding pubs in North Wildwood.

Blueberry Bash at Terhune Orchards
July 9 - 10
Celebrate "everything blueberry". Wander through Pick-Your-Own blueberry bushes; relax on a wagon ride around the farm. Pony rides, music and lots of tasty blueberry treats - blueberry muffins, blueberry cobbler, blueberry tea and blueberry salsa! Admission fee includes wagon rides, pedal tractors, barnyard of animals, music, play tractors, puppet shows and children games.  330 Cold Soil Road, Princeton

Jersey Cape Foodways Weekend at Historic Cold Spring Village  
July 9 – 10
Historical cooking demonstrations, local food and beverage vendors, and more.  720 Route 9, Cape May

30th Annual NJ Sandcastle Contest
July 13
The New Jersey Sandcastle Contest is scheduled for July 13th at Belmar’s 18th Avenue Beach. The competition is free and open to participants of all ages.

Ocean County Fair
July 13 – 17
4-H events, animal shows and exhibits, rides, amusements, racing pigs, home and garden competitions.  Share your talents in the Ocean County’s Got Talent competition, see professional rodeo bull riding, or listen to one of the many bands.  Robert J. Miller Airpark Route 530 Berkeley

Freedom Fest State Fair
July 13 – 17
Unlimited Rides Everyday All Day, Free Parking, Shows, and Entertainment.  They will have a variety of exciting activities including a magic show, live animals, racing pigs and much more.  Horse Park of New Jersey 626 Route 524, Allentown

Black Potatoe Music Festival
July 13 – 17
Enjoy this music festival which features Rock n' Roll Hall of Famers to Blues and Jazz Legends to the undiscovered up and coming acts.   Plus there will be assorted food carts to keep you fueled up.   Red Mill Museum 56 Main St, Clinton

Summer in the Street – Toms River
July 16
This festival replaced the annual Ice Cream Festival but it will be packed with fun things to do.   Rock out to the best local bands and see street performers.  New kids activities include games, inflatable rides, face painting, sand art and more.  There will also be vendors selling craft goods and lots of food to choose from as you wander the downtown area. Free Admission & Free Parking.   Washington Street, Toms River

Atlantic Highlands Historical Society Arts & Crafts and Street Fair|
July 16
First Ave between Center & Highland Avenues

XRootsFest Multicultural Festival in South Orange
July 16
Musicians, dancers, story-tellers, merchants and food vendors rooted in the cultures of four continents will weave together a fabulous afternoon for you, your friends and family. Enjoy and celebrate the diverse roots of our community and the region.  Starts from noon till 6pm, free entry for all, with ethnic dancing, live music, food and family fun for all.  Flood’s Hill, 300 Meadowlands Lane, South Orange. 

Poconos Wurst Festival
July 16 - 17
The Poconos' Wurst Festival is back with even more wursts, wieners, kielbasa, pierogies and brews.  With both Polish and German themes, the event will feature two stages of music, traditional costumed dance performances, pig and “hot dog” races, ethnic craft vendors, new “Bier Stein Olympics.”.  Children’s entertainment will include the Brat Man living statue, rubber duck races, inflatable Bavarian slide, Bavarian juggling shows, "Hot Dog" Pig Races and face painting.  Shawnee Mountain Ski Area 401 Hollow Road, East Stroudsburg, PA

12th Annual Celtic Festival at Historic Cold Spring Village  
July 16 - 17
Celebrate traditions of the Celtic Highlands with live entertainment-music, dancing, crafts, beer pavilion and more. 720 Route 9, Cape May

Quick Check Balloon Festival
July 29 - 31
Held annually at Solberg Airport in Readington, the festival truly has something for everyone.  From twice daily mass ascensions of up to 100 special shape and sport hot air balloons, to headlining concerts, non-stop family entertainment, hundreds of crafters and vendors, great food, fireworks, a balloon glow, and more, the festival is jam-packed with stuff to do.