Summertime Fun: Your Guide to New Jersey Festivals & Fairs

Summertime is synonymous with festivals and fairs. From the guilty pleasure of carnival food to taking a spin on a thrill ride or two, there’s something all ages can enjoy.

Take a look at the upcoming events, organized by date, that will keep you entertained no matter where you live in the Garden State.

Burlington County Farm Fair July 17-21

Get Ready for the 2018 BURLINGTON COUNTY FARM FAIR — “The Family Fun Fair” — located on the beautiful Burlington County Fairgrounds in Springfield Twp, NJ. The 2018 Fair runs from Tuesday, July 17 through Saturday, July 21. Mark your calendars!

The Burlington County Farm Fair, Inc. is a non-profit organization. Our mission is to promote agriculture, social life, and youth as well as educating the general public by conducting a yearly agricultural fair with exhibits, livestock, and farm products. Located on the beautiful Burlington County Fairgrounds in Springfield Township, NJ, the fair offers a variety of activities to the tens of thousands of visitors that attend each year.

Cape May County 4-H Fair July 19-21

Cape May County 4-H Fair July 19-21

For more information, visit the website.

2018 Monmouth County Fair Wednesday-Sunday, July 25-29

The 2018 Monmouth County Fair will be held Wednesday-Sunday, July 25-29. For a complete list of events each day, visit the website.

Held at 1500 Kozloski Road, Freehold, NJ

QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning Flies Through Readington July 27-29

The QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning, held from July 27-29, is the largest summertime hot air balloon and music festival in North America and is the premiere family entertainment attraction in New Jersey. It holds the dual distinction of being a recipient of The New Jersey Governor’s Award for Best Special Event, as well as being designated, for the 6th time, as a Top 100 Festival in North America by the American Bus Association.

Held annually at Solberg Airport in Readington, NJ, 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.

Hot Air Balloon Festival NJ at the Warren County Farmers’ Fair  Saturday, July 28 – Saturday, August 4, 2018

The Balloon Festival in Warren County, NJ is held annually at the Warren County Farmers’ Fair. Admission is affordable at $7 per adult and $4 for children ages 5-12, children 4 & under free and parking is also free. Admission is for the Fair and Balloon Festival, so you get two events for the price of one! This year the Fair celebrates 81 years of affordable family fun. The Balloon Festival is celebrating it’s 18th year at the Fair.

The event is two events in one – a balloon festival and a county fair and a great adventure for the entire family. Click on the link above to explore what is happening during the entire week of the Fair and Balloon Festival. Check out the Kids Corral.

Rock the Block Street Fair in West Orange, August 5

Save the summer date: Sunday, August 5 from 3:30–6:00pm and rock the block Street Fair style at JCC MetroWest.

The day will include live music, inflatables, face painting, fitness challenge, kosher food trucks* including JJ’s Holy Cow and Kona Ice of East Essex, arts & crafts, and much more. 3:30-4:15pm will offer a quieter experience for those who feel overwhelmed by excessive stimuli.


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Middlesex County Fair August 6 – 12

If you’re looking for a fun, family-friendly event, check out this year’s Middlesex County Fair. The Middlesex County Fair Association, Inc. has been bringing families together for 80 years and is excited to bring another summer of fun to local residents! We are proud to be one of Middlesex County’s largest events. With more than 85,000 visitors annually, our team looks forward to making this year’s fair bigger and better than ever.

When you visit the fair, you’ll get to explore the rich agricultural heritage that has come to define Middlesex County. This year’s event runs from August 6 th through the 12th—call Middlesex County Fair Association at 732-257-8858 to learn more about the festivities!

2018 Somerset County 4-H Fair runs Wed, Aug 8, 2018, 10:00 AM – Fri, Aug 10, 2018, 10:00 PM EDT

This year’s Fair Theme is: Unleash Your Passion (in 4-H)!

There are so many ways that a 4-H member can interpret this, such as; how has 4-H helped a youth EXPRESS their passion; how has 4-H helped a youth FIND their passion. Also how has 4-H GUIDED them to other projects/issues that they are now passionate about such as volunteering and fundraising.  Don’t forget to look throughout the club tents to see how they have Unleashed Their Passion this year.

Montclair Jazz Festival Aug. 11

Directed by Christian McBride, presented by the Bravitas Group & Silver Family Foundation and produced by JAZZ HOUSE KiDS. Artist highlights include EDDIE PALMIERI Afro-Caribbean Jazz Sextet, CHRISTIAN MCBRIDE Inside Straight, OLIVER LAKE TRIO, THE ROYAL BOPSTERS and JAZZ HOUSE COLLECTIVE. The all-day, “NO TICKETS REQUIRED” festival includes a 2nd stage in the Family Jazz Discovery Zone, performances by more than 150 Jazz House Kids students, a beer garden, parking shuttle, bike valet and concessions. Winner of the 2018 Discover Jersey Arts People’s Choice Award for FAVORITE MUSIC FESTIVAL!

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Passaic County Fair, August 16 – 19

The Friends of Passaic County Parks, Inc. in partnership with the Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders hosts the annual County Fair at the Garret Mountain Reservation. This year the Fair will be held on August 16 to August 19, from 6:00 PM to 11:00 PM on Thursday and Friday, and 3:00 PM to 11:00 PM on Saturday and Sunday. Highlights include two fireworks shows on Friday and Saturday, amusement rides, a petting zoo and pony rides, Chess Tournament, a full four days of bands, and a daily 50/50 drawing. Thursdays are Family Days at the County Fair, and it is the only day you can purchase a wristband which provides unlimited rides for your child. For more information please contact the Office of the County Administrator at (973) 881-4405 or visit our Facebook Page. 

5th Annual Cultural Diversity Festival in Jersey City, August 18

JCFamilies is excited to announce the 5th Annual Cultural Diversity Festival in Jersey City.

One of the reasons we love JC is because this is a real melting pot of people from all over the world.  We live together and appreciate our differences.  Jersey City is a mix of styles, languages, ethnicities, rhythms, opinions, tastes, and cultures.  We live here because this diversity is important to us and we understand that these differences make us all better people, more compassionate, understanding, and inclusive.  We have experienced the richness of a community that is diverse.  We have seen diversity make a community stronger, more resilient, and more cohesive.  We are proud of our diversity and love celebrating it.  We wear it as a badge of honor that Jersey City was named the most diverse city in America.

In this spirit, we invite you to join us for the 5th Annual Cultural Diversity Festival on Aug 18th at Hamilton Park from 4 to 7pm.

Summit Summer Street Fair, August 19

Join the fun on Sunday, August 19 with family and friends to enjoy music, games, rides, a variety of food and more!

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18th Annual Jersey City LGBT Pride Festival, August 25

Gayborhood Jersey City & the Hudson Pride Center will host the 18th Annual Jersey City LGBT Pride Festival on Saturday, August 25th, 2018 1-9PM. The Festival will take place on Newark Avenue between Grove Street and Jersey Avenue in the heart of historic downtown Jersey City. The Festival is adjacent to major mass transportation: PATH Grove street (two stops from Manhattan) and Bus. The Jersey City Pride Festival celebrates the diversity of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities and allies of Hudson County and the New York City metropolitan area. Last year the official estimate of attendance at the festival was 14,000-15,000 people. The Jersey City LGBT Pride Festival is recognized not only as the premier LGBT event in Hudson County, but also one of the largest festivals in the Northern New Jersey region. The events of Pride season exemplify the strength and growth of our LGBT & allied communities.

More importantly, Jersey City Pride emphasizes the importance of diversity in our community, making it stronger and more accepting of all individuals and their contributions to our society. We invite you to come celebrate Pride with us.

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26th Annual New Jersey Storytelling Festival, Titusville, September 15

Join talented tellers from throughout New Jersey and the tri-state area for a celebration of the oral tradition and hear a whole new crop of stories cultivating good times for all ages at Howell Living History Farm. Throw your name in a hat for a chance to participate in a Story Slam on the theme “Chicken!” at noon. A continuous rotation of storytellers will perform at sites throughout the farm from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. with a Lightning Round of two-minute tales as the event’s closer. Admission is free; festival is held rain or shine. Food will be available for purchase.

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Franklin Day Festival Set for Sept. 22

Franklin Day Festival will bring live music, artists and craftspeople, dance performances, great food, children’s activities and more to Colonial Park from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22.