Fabulous Kid Friendly July 2018 Festivals 

Summer is here, slip on your sandals and let’s head outside for some fabulous July festivals. There’s something for the whole family to enjoy. Go to a state or county fair, see sand art, grab some tasty lobster rolls, and don’t forget to check out giant eye popping floating balloons at the QuickChek Balloon Festival. See NJ Kids calendar for more events.

State Fair Meadowlands

1 MetLife Stadium Drive, East Rutherford, NJ, 973-355-5911
through July 8, 2018
Exciting NJ State Fair experience at the Meadowlands. Fun for kids of all ages. Open weeknights and weekends. Don’t miss the racing pigs or the Death-defying High Dive Act. Over 150 kiddie and thrilling rides, shows, attractions and music entertainment. Plenty of food and games.

QuickChek Festival of Ballooning

Solberg Airport, 39 Thor Solberg Rd, Whitehouse Station, NJ, 1-800-HOT-AIR9
July 27-29, 2018
Wonderful summer time hot air balloon and music festival. QuickChek Festival of Ballooning will feature over 100 special shape and sport hot air balloons. Fun family entertainment, musical concerts, hundreds of vendors, tasty food, fireworks, balloon glow and more! Don’t miss Laurie Berkner (Queen of children’s music) performing Fri. July 27th @1:30PM. Ride a hot air balloon if you want to soar!

Little Falls Annual 4th of July Street Fair

Main Street and Stevens Ave, Little Falls, NJ
July 4, 2018, 10AM-5PM
Festive block party atmosphere with vendors, crafters, kiddie rides, pony rides, musical performers, and delicious food.

28th Annual Oceanfest at Long Branch

1 Ocean Blvd, Long Branch, NJ, 732-222-0400
July 4, 2018
All day family festival with balloon artists, stilt walkers, juggling unicyclist, costume characters, children’s magic show, and sand sculptures. Take a walk along Long Branch’s famous beachfront, wonderful views, and enjoy dance performances and musical acts. Sample food from vendors and check out various crafters. Fireworks show at night.

6th Annual Wildwood Crest Amateur Sand Sculpting Festival

July 7, 2018, 9AM-2PM
Beach at Heather Rd, near Wildwood Crest Beach Pier, Wildwood Crest, NJ, 609-523-0202
FREE. Check out sand art. Amateur sand sculpting contest and amazing sand sculpture designs right on the beach. For entertainment: live music on the beach, beach games and more. Bring the whole family out!

Freedom Fest State Fair

Mercer County Park, 1638 Old Trenton Rd, West Windsor, NJ, 609-610-0910
July 11-15, 2018
Enjoy carnival rides, entertainment, attractions, games and fair food. Exciting activities include a magic and hypnotist show, racing pigs, petting farm, agriculture exhibit with milking cow and much more! Saturday night fireworks.

Ocean County Fair

Robert J Miller Airpark, Route 530 and Mule Rd, Berkeley Township, NJ, 732-914-9466
July 11-15, 2018
FREE kids 10 & under. Carnival rides, pony rides, food and vendors. Horse show events, cowboys, Dinosaurs Rock exhibit, The Marvelous Mutts, and more. Live musical acts each night.

Surf & Turf Seafood Festival

Monmouth Park, 175 Oceanport Ave, Oceanport, NJ, 732-222-5100
July 14 & 15, 2018
FREE 12 & under. Mouth watering 2 day family fun festival for all seafood lovers. Enjoy lobster rolls, shrimp, clam chowder and more seafood delights from the best seafood vendors around. Family fun day on Sunday with kids games & activities, pony rides and bounce house.

Morris County 4-H Fair

Chubb Park, Route 24, 1/2 mile West of Route 206, Chester, NJ, 973-285-8301
July 19-22, 2018
No Admission Fee. Wholesome family fun, see 4-H achievements and join in kids activities. Amusement rides, pony rides, hayrides, petting zoo, watermelon eating contest, cake decoration and more! Fireworks show.

Summer in the Street

Washington Street, Tom’s River, NJ, 732-341-8738
July 21, 2018, 12PM-6PM
FREE. Family Fun Day in Tom’s River. Kids Zone with kids games, rides, inflatables and more! Live musical entertainment. Awesome food vendors and crafters.

44th Annual Monmouth County Fair

East Freehold Showgrounds on Kozlowski Rd, Freehold, NJ, 732-842-4000
July 25-29, 2018
Something for everyone - Rides, Racing Pigs, Animals, Musical Acts, and more. Home and garden competition for children and adults.

100th Annual Mercer County 4-H Fair

70 Woodens Lane, Lambertville, NJ, 609-989-6833
July 28 & 29, 2018
FREE Admission. Held at Howell Living History Farm. Featuring animal shows and exhibits, homemade ice cream, hayrides, pony rides, music, magic shows, and farm tours.