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Things To Do This Weekend, August 17-19

Get the most out of your weekend at these NJ area events. We found more than 30 for you to choose from.


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Now that school’s out for summer, it’s time to embrace those long summer days with the kiddos while they last. Hit the Grossology Exhibit at the Liberty Science Center, meet some dinosaurs in Trenton or hit a food truck festival in Bound Brook.

If you’re looking for more fun, there are plenty of fairs and festivals, free things to do, places to take your preschoolers and STEM events this month.

Bergen County

Sunday, August 19

North Bergen Summer Blast Street Fair

Where: Broadway Ave., North Bergen
Price: Free admission
Deets: The kids can hop on kiddie and train rides, check out craft vendors and fill up on fair foods like shish kebab, toasted corn, cheesesteaks, kettle corn and more.

Cumberland County

Sunday, August 19

38th Annual Glasstown Antique Fire Brigade Muster and Firefighters Family Day

Where: Wheaton Arts And Cultural Center, Millville
Price: Free admission
Deets: Get up close and personal with more than 80 antique fire trucks, plus test your firefighting skills in competitions like a water barrel fight, bucket brigade and other demos. Peruse the antique flea market and food vendors, too.


Symbiotic Spheres: The Interlocking Worlds of Glass, Science and Art

Where: Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center, Millville
Price: $10
Deets: Got lil’ STEM lovers at home? Head to this curated exhibit featuring science-inspired work from more than 20 contemporary artists. You’ll want to check out glass pieces that magnify, distort and illuminate, each creating different perceptions of the world. Ends December 30.

Essex County


MAM Family Art Adventure

Where: Montclair Art Museum, Montclair
Price: Included with admission
Deets: Calling all little Picassos ages 6-12. Discuss artwork and engage in a fun hands-on project in the studio. Program ends August 18.

Hudson County


Grossology Exhibit

Where: Liberty Science Center, Jersey City
Price: $5
Deets: Parents, have no fear: your kids can be gross here! Kids love the ooey and icky, and this comedic exhibition will answer all their questions. From what’s up their noses to what happens in the bathroom, they’ll learn about their bodies in an approachable manner. They’ll even get to play a supersized version of Operation. Ends September 23.

Arthur’s World

Where: Liberty Science Center, Jersey City
Price: Included with admission
Deets: Arthur never gets old, and you can introduce your kids to Arthur’s World and a love for reading at LSC. Step into Arthur's kitchen to raid the fridge, Mr. Ratburn's classroom to try your luck in a spelling bee or the Elwood City Library and school auditorium.

Hunterdon County


Cut Your Own Flowers

Where: Melick’s Town Farm, Oldwick​​
Price: Varies
Deets: Visit pot belly pigs, grab an ice cream cone, shop fresh food and cut your own flowers like sunflowers and zinnias. End September 28.

Mercer County


Dinosaurs at Dusk

Where: New Jersey State Museum Planetarium, Trenton
Price: $7/adults, $5/ages 12 and under
Deets: Join Lucy and her father as they study dinosaurs and discover the origin of flight. Plus, stick around for the dinosaurs’ last day on Earth (and to meet pterosaurs). Every Saturday and Sunday, ends September 2.

Hearth and Home

Where: New Jersey State Museum, Trenton
Price: Free with admission
Deets: Visitors can explore the homes of Native Americans in the Eastern Woodlands and other environments across North America. Learn how they adapted to the climate and surroundings. Program ends September 9.

Embattled Emblems

Where: New Jersey State Museum, Trenton
Price: Free with admission
Deets: Timed to commemorate the 100th anniversary of America’s intervention in World War I, this exhibition showcases posters, flags and propaganda used to create patriotism and garner support for the war. Head here for a lesson in American history. Program ends August 19.

Sunset Sips and Sounds

Where: Terhune Orchards, Princeton
Price: Prices vary
Deets: Every Friday, kick back in a climate-controlled wine barn full of jazz, blues, folk and rock music. Go with friends or your SO for a glass of Farmhouse White or Sauvignon Blanc, cheese, chips, salsa and more. Ends August 31.

Middlesex County

Saturday, August 18

Food, Wine and Beer Festival

Where: Papaianni Park, Edison
Price: $5, free/ages 10 and under
Deets: Join winos and craft brewers to sate that summer thirst while the kids get their faces painted and enjoy activities and entertainment.

Monmouth County

Sunday, August 19

Tu Sello Latino Festival

Where: Monmouth Park Racetrack, Oceanport​
Price: $5, free/ages 12 and under
Deets: Take the day to celebrate Latin culture through music, dance, games and good eats with family and friends.

Morris County

Friday, August 17

Puppet Theater

Where: Morris County Library, Whippany​
Price: Free
Deets: Kids can grab puppets and create their own show using their imaginations.

Parsippany Movie Night

Where: Liquid Church, Parsippany​
Price: Free
Deets: Plant it in front of a massive 40-foot movie screen, grab free popcorn and lemonade and settle in for a showing of Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

Saturday, August 18

Morristown Jazz Blues Festival

Where: Morristown Green, Morristown
Price: Free
Deets: In its eighth year, this fest is all about showcasing its historical sites, shops and variety of restaurants, plus plenty of jazzy music.

Peach Harvest Festival

Where: Alstede Farms, Chester
Price: Free admission
Deets: Dig into ice cream, cakes, pastries and other sweet treats, then take the kids to the pony rides, corn kingdom, moon bounce, wagon rides and other activities.

Ocean County

Sunday, August 19

Jersey Shore Toys and Comics Show

Where: Toms River Elks, Toms River
Price: $5, free/ages 12 and under  
​Deets: Collectors, rejoice! There’ll be vintage toys, action figures, trading cards, comics and more, plus artists, writers and cosplayers.


Strolling Children's Entertainment

Where: Casino Pier, Seaside Heights
Price: Free
Deets: Who doesn’t want a balloon giraffe? Every Tuesday and Thursday you and the fam can hit the pier for entertaining acts and events, face painting and balloonists. Ends August 30.

Passaic County

Thursday-Sunday, August 16-19

Passaic County Fair

Where: Garret Mountain Reservation, Woodland Park
Price: $5/car
Deets: Step right up for carnival and pony rides, a petting zoo, chess tourney anda beer garden for parents. End Friday and Saturday nights with a giant fireworks display.

Sunday, August 19

7th Annual Classic Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show

Where: Grand Ave., Hawthorne
Price: Free
Deets: Hit the brakes! Head to the Hawthorne Farmers’ Market for the 7th Annual Classic Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show, where you can dance, eat and snap photos to your heart’s desire.

Somerset County

Thursday, August 16

The Beatles: From Liverpool to Abbey Road

Where: Manville Library, Manville
Price: Free
Deets: ’60s historian and Beatles lover Vincent Bruno will walk you through the band’s origins in Liverpool to their last recording session at Abbey Road studios.

Friday, August 17

The Little Star That Could

Where: Planetarium at RVCC, Branchburg​
Price: $8
Deets: Hit the Milky Way with Little Star, who learns that planets rotate around him. This show will teach the kids ages 6-12 about planets, stars, the solar system and space. Reservations recommended.


Bound Brook Food Truck Festival

Where: Billian Park, Bound Brook
Price: $5, free/ages 10 and under
Deets: Looking for food, beer, music and activities? Bring an empty stomach and fill up at more than 20 gourmet food trucks, then bop around to music from a DJ, play activities with the kiddos and indulge in beer, sangria or margs. Ends August 14.

Sussex County

Saturday, August 18

The Wizard of Oz Jr.

Where: The Newton Theatre, Newton
Price: $15
Deets: Follow the Yellow Brick Road to the Land of Oz, filled with munchkins, wicked witches and friends like the Tin-Man, Scarecrow and Cowardly Lion. Take your kids on an adventure with Dorothy and Toto.

Union County

Sunday, August 19

Summer Street Fair

Where: Downtown Summit, Summit
Price: Free admission
Deets: Head downtown with your crew for amusement rides, family-friendly games, music and plenty of food choices to satisfy your summertime cravings.


A Child's View of History

Where: Liberty Hall Museum, Union
Price: $8/adults, $10/kids
Deets: Want to take your kids to a museum but afraid they’ll be bored? On Tuesdays, Liberty Hall’s 240 years of history is hands-on, which means kids (ages 5-12) can touch the artifacts. Take a tour through the perspective of the Hall’s previous kid residents, plus kids can try farm chores and colonial games. Ends August 28.

Warren County


Radical Rocketeers

Where: Warren County Library, Hackettstown​​
Price: Free
Deets: On the first Saturday of every month, all ages are welcome to try their hand at rocket building. Basic supplies will be provided, but you can also bring your own. Registration required.

New York City


Unseen Oceans

Where: American Museum of Natural History, NYC
Price: $28/adults, $16.50/kids
Deets: Check out the interactive media installations, watch 3-D animations of great white sharks swim by, try the magnetic sand table and visit live marine animals. This experience is all about the ocean and the tech used to explore its unknown depths. Exhibit ends January 2019.

Family Sundays at Rubin Museum

Where: Rubin Museum of Art, NYC
Price: Free with admission
Deets: Bring your little ones all year long to participate in a new art activity each month at this city staple. Ends December 9.



The Friday Night unWINEd

Where: Shady Brook Farm, Yardley, PA
Price: $5
Deets: Spend your Friday nights sipping local craft beer, signature cocktails and wine while listening to live music, playing lawn games and watching the kiddos have fun with jumping pillows, a playground and go-carts. Ends August 31.

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