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.
State Fair Meadowlands
June 19 through July 5
State Fair Meadowlands 1 MetLife Stadium Drive East Rutherford
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 an the all-new, spectacular Lipizzaner Stallions & Horses of the World Show; the Great American Thrill Show, an open-air performance of daredevil acrobats and aerialists; the adorable Racing Pigs, back by popular demand for their 27th year; and several live concerts throughout the 17-day fair. All entertainment is FREE with entry ticket to the fair.
June 20 from 9 am - 4 pm
JFK Blvd. & Promenade, Sea Isle City
The festival includes a seaside craft market with 400 vendors, food court, live music, children's entertainment and a sand sculpting demonstration and contest.
23rd Annual Baymen’s Seafood & Music Festival at Tuckerton Seaport
June 20- 21 from 11am to 5pm
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: The Mott’s Creek Pickers on Saturday & The Billy Walton Band on Sunday. 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.
Military Timeline Weekend at Historic Cold Spring Village
June 20 – 21
720 Route 9, Cape May
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!
Firefly Festival at Terhune Orchards
June 21; 4 pm – 9 pm
330 Cold Soil Road, Princeton
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
Sea Isle City Summer Food Truck Festival
June 26 - 28, Friday: 4-9pm; Saturday: 12pm to 8pm; Sunday: 11am to 4pm
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.
32nd Annual Whitesbog Blueberry Festival at Historic Whitesbog Village
June 27 from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
120-34 Whitesbog Road, Browns Mills
This annual celebration of all things blueberry – the official state fruit of New Jersey – is considered to be one of the finest “old-fashioned” festivals in the tri-state region. The Festival features the pioneering work of Whitesbog’s own Elizabeth C. White and Dr. Fredrick Coville to domesticate the very first highbush blueberry, traditional Pinelands musicians, artists and crafters, fantastic festival food, wagon and walking tours, lectures, Living History actors, demonstrations and dozens of children’s activities will all be featured at the day-long festival. But the real star of the show is, of course, the blueberries!
Bradley Beach Lobsterfest
June 27 – 28; Sat 11 am - 9 pm; Sunday 11 am - 6 pm
500 Ocean Avenue, Bradley Beach
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.
Cape May Quilt & Fiber Arts Show at Historic Cold Spring Village
June 27 - 28
720 Route 9, Cape May
The Village’s 28th 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.