Things to do this Summer

It's July and summer is in full swing. There are plenty of kid friendly activities in NJ. Visit a local county fair or street fair, cheer on racing pigs, chow down on bbq food, or check out amazing giant balloons. See NJ Kids calendar for more events. 

State Fair Meadowlands

Now through July 9, 2023 is the ultimate NJ State Fair experience. It's fun for kids of all ages. Open weeknights and weekends. Don't miss Cycle Circus, Racing Pigs, Hypnotist Steve Bayner, Magic of Lance Gifford & Co., Big Bee Robot and more! Over 100 rides, shows, attractions and music entertainment. Plenty of food and games. There is something fun for everyone at the Meadowlands. Buy your tickets online. 1 MetLife Stadium Drive, East Rutherford, NJ.

New Jersey Lottery Festival Of Ballooning

Friday-Sunday, July 28-30, 2023. Not to be missed is this awesome summer hot air balloon and music festival. New Jersey Lottery Festival of Ballooning will feature over 100 special shape and sport hot air balloons. Fun family entertainment, musical concerts, vendors, food, fireworks, balloon glow and more! Don’t miss the Laurie Berkner Children’s Concert on Friday July 28th at 1:30PM. Also featuring musical acts Lit followed by Everclear, Path Oza and Team saaZ, KC and the Sunshine Band, and Fitz and the Tantrums. Tribute bands will play throughout the festival. Ride a hot air balloon if you want to soar! So head out to the Solberg Airport in Whitehouse Station NJ for an amazing time. Buy your tickets in advance. Free admission for children 3 & under.

Storybook Land in July

Unlimited rides to all the attractions at Storybook Land with one admission price. Located in Egg Harbor Township NJ, it’s a great amusement park for young children and fun for the whole family. Buy your discounted tickets online or pay regular price at the door.

Sunday July 9, 2023 - a Classic 50’s Car Show will be hosted. See classic cars and enjoy live music.
Saturday July 22, 2023 - Celebrate Christmas in July, visit Mr. & Mrs. Claus with a meet & greet and take a photo.

Wildwood Boardwalk Friday Night Fireworks

All summer long through September 1, 2023, a fireworks show will be shown every Friday night at 10PM. View fireworks anywhere along the Wildwoods Boardwalk.

LEAD Fest Carnival At Gloucester Premium Outlets

June 26, 2023 - July 9, 2023. Fun for the whole family, enjoy carnival rides, entertainment, attractions, games and food. $ Admission. Gloucester Premium Outlets in Blackwood NJ.

LEAD Fest Carnival At Mercer County Park

June 30, 2023 - July 9, 2023. Fun for the whole family, enjoy carnival rides, racing pigs, entertainment, Amazing Anastasini circus, petting farm, attractions, games and food. $ Admission. Mercer County Park Fairgrounds in West Windsor Township, NJ.

Wildwood Crest Food Truck Festival

Wednesdays July 5, 2023 and July 19, 2023, 4PM-9PM. A family friendly event with FREE live music at the Gourmet food truck festival. Centennial Park at Fern Road and Ocean Avenue in Wildwood Crest NJ.

Freehold Township Day 

Saturday, July 8, 2023, 4PM-11PM. .A celebration of our Veterans, the Freehold Township Day features a Concert & Festival In The Park. FREE kids rides and activities. FREE teen center with DJ. Merchandise and food vendors. Don’t forget the Vets Car Show, it starts at 3pm. Musical performance by Phil Engel Band. Fireworks at 9PM. Michael J. Tighe Park in Freehold NJ.

Ocean County Fair

Wednesday-Sunday, July 12-16, 2023. The Ocean County Fair will have carnival rides, food and vendors. Horse show events, Cowboy Larry & Brave Beth bringing you a good time with a Wild Wild West Show, 4-H tent, fun games and activities. Listen to live musical acts each night. Fair Grounds Entry fee $10 and parking is FREE. Robert J Miller Air Park in Berkeley Township NJ.

New Jersey State Barbecue Championship and Anglesea Blues Festival

The New Jersey State Barbecue Championship will be held July 14-16, 2023 in North Wildwood. Watch teams turn up the heat on the grill and cook mouthwatering BBQ foods - chicken, ribs, brisket, pork and more! Experience the best BBQ food around, watch BBQ cooking demos, BBQ displays, and taste BBQ food. The Anglesea Blues Festival held in conjunction with the BBQ festival will feature some of the top Blues performers around. Listen to great blues music for FREE in an outdoor stage. Festival will take place on Olde New Jersey Avenue in North Wildwood NJ.

Summer In The Street Tom’s River

Saturday, July 15, 2023, 12PM-6PM.  FREE Family Fun Day in Tom’s River. Kids Zone with kids games, prizes, rides, balloons, inflatables and more! Live musical entertainment. Food vendors and crafters. Downtown, Washington Street, Tom’s River NJ.

Wildwood Crest Christmas in July

Saturday July 22, 2023, 6PM-9:30PM. Celebrate Christmas along Sunset Lake with a July Festival and Boat Parade. Take a FREE photo with Santa. Live music with “Big House”. There will be children and family activities, along with food and entertainment.

Monmouth County Fair

Wednesday-Sunday, July 26-30, 2023. Something for the whole family at the Monmouth County Fair with rides, racing pigs, Mutts gone Nuts show, Flying Fools High Diving Show, animals, Touch-a-Truck, musical acts, and more! Home & garden competition for children and adults. Special children’s entertainment - Ultrabot and Crunchy the T-Rex and more! $ Admission. Children 12 & under enter FREE. East Freehold Showgrounds on Kozloski Rd in Freehold NJ.

Gloucester County Fair 4-H Fair

Thursday-Sunday, July 27-30, 2023. South Jersey’s premier 4-H fair. Enjoy equestrian events, horse shows, dog shows, sheep shows, livestock, agricultural exhibits, games, magic shows, musical acts, tractor parades, crafts, and food. 4-H Fairgrounds in Mullica Hill NJ.

Morris County 4-H Fair

Friday-Sunday, July 28-30, 2023. Change the World with 4-H. Wholesome family fun with displays of 4-H achievements. Kids hands-on activities, music, face painting, science demos, animals and more! High View Farms in Mount Olive NJ.

Warren County Farmers’ Fair Featuring The Hot Air Balloon Festival

A week long fair held from July 28 2023 through August 5, 2023. Warren County Farmers’ Fair is full of fun family with 4-H displays, animals shows, Equestrian events, farm exhibits, carnival rides, free concerts, Arts Expo and Kids Corral area with crafts and kids activities. Come see the Rafter Z Rodeo Rodeo Show, Demolition Derby, Tractor Pulls, Big Wheel Race and more! Watch hot air balloons launch or ride tethered hot air balloons. $ Admission. FREE for kids 5 & under. Some events have additional fee. Fairgrounds at 1350 Strykers Rd, Phillipsburg NJ.

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