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Things To Do This Weekend, June 22-24

Get the most out of your weekend at these NJ area events. We found more than 40 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. Build a fairy house, hit a carnival or indulge in some Dirty Dancing.

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

Bergen County


State Fair Meadowlands

Where: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford
Price: Prices vary
Deets: This 35-acre fair’s got it all: 150 rides and attractions including live performances, hypnotists (more than 1,300 people are hypnotized every year) and acts like the High Dive Show and racing pigs. Be an eyewitness to illusions and escapes, hop on an animal ride, visit sea lions and finish the night with a fireworks show. Feast your eyes on the original Batcopter from the 1960s Batman TV series, and your stomach on more than 50 food vendors’ stands. Tens of thousands of zeppoles, corn dogs and buckets of cotton candy are sold every year, along with carnie faves like fried Oreos, candy apples, funnel cakes and curly fries. This year, you’ll be able to stuff your face with alligator on a stick, bacon cheese balls, fried poutine and churros. Ends July 8.

Garden State Public Market

Where: Garden State Plaza, Paramus
Price: Free admission  
​Deets: Pop by for activities like trivia and game night, trapeze yoga and brunch and silent discos, plus chow down at a variety of pop-up foodie spots for BBQ, Jamaican, Italian and other cuisines every Thursday-Sunday. Ends June 30.

Camden County

Saturday, June 23

Not Your Mother’s Music Festival

Where: Proprietors Park, Gloucester City
Price: Free
Deets: This fest is unique for a few reasons, including pro BMX and skateboarding, a celebrity schooner sail, giant Ferris wheel and morning yoga—but mainly for its eclectic musical acts. Not to mention its headliner: former Nickelodeon star Drake Bell.

Cape May County

Friday-Sunday, June 22-24

Sea Isle City Food Truck Festival

Where: Kix McNutley’s, Sea Isle
Price: Free admission
Deets: This hotspot will have a dozen food trucks with a variety of chow in one place. There’ll also be crafters, live music and entertainment for the whole fam to explore.

Friday-Saturday, June 22-23

New Jersey Truck Invasion

Where: Wildwood Boardwalk, Wildwood
Price: Free
Deets: Check out 2WD and 4WD trucks and Jeeps on the boardwalk, plus play family-friendly activities with the kiddos.

Saturday-Sunday, June 23-24

Quilt and Fiber Arts Show

Where: Historic Cold Spring Village, Cape May
Price: $14/adults, $12/ages 3-12
Deets: Vote for your fave quilt and shop supplies like fabric and baskets. Check out a restored wedding quilt circa 1714 and find inspo for your next quilted creation.

Cumberland County

Saturday-Sunday, June 23-24

Fantasy Faire

Where: Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center, Millville
Price: $10
Deets: Step into the Kingdom of Wheaton, a land filled with historical and legendary characters. Come in your own fantastical attire, participate in family-friendly activities and spend a weekend in a mythological kingdom.


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, which features more than 20 contemporary artists whose work was inspired by science. You’ll want to check out the glass pieces the magnify, distort and illuminate, creating different perceptions of the world. Ends December 30.

Essex County

Wednesday-Sunday, June 20-24

Half Time

Where: Paper Mill Playhouse, Millburn
Price: $34-102
Deets: Ten seniors audition to dance during halftime for a major basketball team, only to learn they won’t be doing the classics when they make the cut. Forget salsa and swing; hip-hop’s taken the spotlight, along with the self-doubt and stereotypes each dancer must learn to overcome.

Friday, June 22

Sharks Rock: The Magic of Sharks with Steve Woyce

Where: Cedar Grove Public Library, Cedar Grove
Price: Free
Deets: This shark-themed magic show will teach you and the little ones about these predators through performance and games. Volunteers will be picked out of the crowd and audience members can play “Pass the Shark.”

Say Anything with John Cusack

Where: NJPAC, Newark
Price: $39
Deets: Watch a screening of the 1989 film Say Anything with its star. Superfans can buy VIP seats and grab a post-show pic with Cusack himself.

Night Moves: Evening Guided Zoo Tours

Where: 560 Northfield Ave., West Orange
Price: $8
Deets: Give your little ones a peek at the zoo at night. Check out the nocturnal animals and exhibits where you’ll learn about animal senses and adaptations.


MAM Family Art Adventure

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

Drop in Studio Every Sunday

Where: Montclair Art Museum, Montclair
Price: Free with admission
Deets: Visitors of all ages are invited to explore a new activity every week with a Montclair Art Museum instructor and leave with their masterpieces.

Mercer County

Wednesday-Saturday, June 20-23

St. Gregory the Great Parish Family Carnival

Where: 4620 Nottingham Way, Hamilton Square
Price: Free admission
Deets: Take a turn on one of 25 rides, compete in a variety of carnival games, chow down on good eats, enter a 50/50 raffle and stick around for fireworks on Saturday night.

Saturday, June 23

Vintage Baseball

Where: Greenway Meadows, Princeton
Price: Free
Deets: Fly back to the late 1800s for a history lesson in the form of bare-handed baseball, complete with traditional uniforms and rules.


Dinosaurs at Dusk

Where: New Jersey State Museum Planetarium, Trenton
Price: $7/adults, $5/ages 12 and under
Deets: Join Lucy, her father and pterosaurs who’ll study dinosaurs and their modern-day relations to discover the origin of flight. Plus, stick around for the dinosaurs’ “last day” on Earth. 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 in September.

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, rain or shine, kick it back in a climate controlled wine barn where you can focus on jazz, blues, folk and rock music. Go with friends or your SO, and indulge in a glass of Farmhouse White or Sauvignon Blanc and nibble on cheese, chips, salsa and more. Ends August 31.

Middlesex County

Wednesday-Saturday, June 20-23

St. Stanislaus Kostka Carnival

Where: Church Grounds, Sayreville
Price: Free
Deets: Try your luck at the 50/50 raffle, play games, hop on rides, gnosh on carnival food and check out the live entertainment.

Monmouth County

Wednesday-Saturday, June 20-23

St. Leo the Great Annual Parish Carnival

Where: St. Leo the Great Parish, Lincroft
Price: Free
Deets: Bring family and friends to a fair filled with games, rides and traditional carnie foods.

Saturday-Sunday, June 23-24

Bradley Beach Lobsterfest

Where: 500 Ocean Ave., Bradley Beach
Price: Free admission
Deets: This oceanfront festival features tons of fun for the entire family. Kids will love the water slide, face painting and sand art station. Parents will love the beer and wine garden. There will also be live music, DJs, vendors and more than 180 craft and speciality vendors along the Bradley Beach boardwalk.

Morris County

Wednesday-Saturday, June 20-23

Chester Fireman’s Carnival

Where: 290 W. Main St., Chester
Price: $5/fire truck rides, $1.25/one ticket, $20/20 tickets, $40/45 tickets
Deets: This carnival features not only amusement rides, fire trucks and live music, but a fireworks display, too. Parents: Make sure to hit the beer tent for an added bonus. Unlimited ride wristbands also available for purchase.

Saturday-Sunday, June 23-24

Dirty Dancing: The Musical

Where: MPAC, Morristown
Price: $59-99
Deets: Remember what it felt like the first time you watched Johnny lift Baby at this live performance, which will undoubtedly be the time of your life. Your fam will owe it all to you!

Sunday, June 24

Art at the Esplanade: Mountain Lakes NJ Art Show

Where: 11 Elm Rd., Mountain Lakes
Price: Free admission
Deets: Looking for a present or just a fan of art? Check out this open-air juried show for sculptures, handmade jewelry, pottery and paintings.

Sunday, June 24

Fairy Day

Where: Frelinghuysen Arboretum, Morris Twp.
Price: $30/fairy house
Deets: Ages 5 and up are invited to create their own garden homes using organic materials. They’ll munch on treats, listen to live music and build their very own fairy themed craft to take home (and hang for their local fairies!).

Ocean County

Saturday, June 23

NJ Elks 6th Annual Jim Hall Homeless Veterans Benefit

Where: Jackson Elks Lodge, Jackson
Price: $25
Deets: Whether you’re hopping on a hog or just watching, pile some BBQ onto your plate and fill up for a good cause. There’ll be food, drunks, live entertainment, vendors and more—all in support of NJ’s homeless veterans.

Passaic County

Saturday, June 23

New Jersey Jackals Star Wars Night

Where: Yogi Berra Stadium, Little Falls
Price: Prices vary
Deets: Fans of America’s favorite pastime and intergalactic adventures won’t want to miss this mash-up.The first 1,000 fans will receive a lightsaber, plus Star Wars character appearances, fireworks and a Star Wars themed Jackals jersey will be auctioned for charity.

Sunday, June 24

MakerFest 2018

Where: Maker Depot, Totowa
Price: $20/ticket, free/age 5 and under
Deets: Carnival meets STEAM at kid-friendly activities like the dinosaur dig, blacksmith demo and magician. There’s plenty of food and drinks to go around, so you’ll be able to spend the day getting your Maker on.

Somerset County

Friday, June 22

Movie in the Park

Where: Jacobus Vanderveer House and Museum, Bedminster
Price: $10/family, free/members
Deets: Take a tour of the House and Museum, then hit the lawn for an outdoor showing of Night at the Museum 3. There’ll be popcorn, candy and drinks for purchase. Registration required.

Sussex County

Wednesday-Saturday, June 20-23

Our Lady of the Lake Carnival

Where: Our Lady of the Lake School, Sparta
Price: $23/unlimited wristband online, $30/unlimited wristband at gate
Deets: Get your thrill on rides for all ages including classics like the Tilt-A-Whirl, carousel and Ferris wheel. Teach them skee-ball before digging into Philly cheesesteaks, cotton candy and gyros.

Friday-Sunday, June 22-24

Civil War Encampment

Where: Wild West City, Stanhope
Price: $13.50-18
Deets: Dive into the 1860s where you and the kids can meet Abraham Lincoln and General Grant.

Saturday-Sunday, June 23-24

9th Annual Rock, Ribs and Ridges Music and Food Festival

Where: Sussex County Fairgrounds, Augusta
Price: $15+, free/ages 3 and under
Deets: Dig into BBQ created by five specialists and listen to live music performed by nine different bands. Parents can quench their thirst with more than a dozen craft brews.

Warren County

Friday, June 22

Karaoke and Pizza

Where: Warren County Library, Hackettstown
Price: Free
Deets: Dig into hot pizza and sing your heart out with other karaoke lovers. Registration required.


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


Unseen Oceans

Where: American Museum of Natural History, NYC
Price: $28/adults, $16.50/kids
Deets: Check out the interactive media installations, watch 3D 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.


Saturday-Sunday, June 23-24

Moonlight Rafting

Where: Pocono Whitewater, Jim Thorpe, PA
Price: $99.99/person
Deets: Ages 13 and up are invited to travel by water down eight miles of the Lehigh River. Your raft will be lit with glow sticks and will have a professional guide on deck. Grown-ups can enjoy wine, plus cheese and crackers post-rafting.


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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