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Things To Do This Weekend, August 17-20

This weekend is jam-packed with things to do, from an Amazing Race-style challenge for the whole family in Somerset County to food truck festivals, county fairs and more.


photo courtesy somerset county park commission

Thursday, August 17

The Magic Of Sharks With New Jersey Magician Steve Woyce

If he looks forward to Shark Week, he’ll love this comedy magic show at the Library Of Chathams in Chatham. It’s an interactive adventure where the ocean’s deadliest predator is the star. He’ll learn amazing shark facts and play a game of “Fish Or Fin” with magician Steve Woyce.

The Arts Council Of Princeton Summer Courtyard Concert Series Presents West Philadelphia Orchestra

Take in music from all over the world at the Princeton Shopping Center in Princeton. Your family will hear Romanian ballads, Bulgarian wedding music and Macedonian folk-song dances. The lively concert will inspire you to get up on your feet and join in on the festivities.

Free Movie: Ant-Man

It’s free movie night with Marvel’s microscopic hero. Come out to the Oscar Schindler Performing Arts Center in West Orange and watch cat burglar Scott Lang discover the ability to shrink in size and pull off a heist that will save the world.

Foraging For Wild Edibles At Schiff

You never know when outdoors skills are going to come in handy. Explore the woods at Schiff Nature Center in Mendham and search for wild berries to snack on. Learn all about the different ways to preserve and cook wild foods.

Photo Courtesy Passaic county Fair Facebook

Thursday, August 17-Sunday, August 20

Annual Passaic County Fair
This great family fair at Garret Mountain Reservation in Woodland Park has something for all ages. Check out the vendors selling comics plus the petting zoo and pony rides.

Friday, August 18 

Pink Floyd's Dark Side Of The Moon Laser Concert

It’s a spectacular light show to the tune of Pink Floyd’s hits at Raritan Valley Community College in Branchburg. The kids will be mesmerized by stellar sights and sounds with classics like “Time and Money.”

Elvis 40th Anniversary Spectacular

Come out and watch a tribute to one of the most legendary entertainers of all-time. Cover artist Richie Santa and his band will cover a range of catchy Elvis hits at the Strand Center For The Arts in Lakewood.

Music Makers! Tot Tour

There’s a world of discovery waiting at the Morris Museum in Morristown. Kids can tour the exhibits, make arts-and-crafts and get a story read to them.

Saturday, August 19

Food, Fire & 4X4s

Dozens of food trucks will take over the Buena Vista Campground in Buena. Stick around for the raffle giveaways, fire pits and much more.

Craft Saturdays At The Dey Mansion: Colonial Silhouettes

Your kids can express themselves in an art class that includes a tour of the historic Dey Mansion in Wayne. Make colonial silhouettes and go on a special scavenger hunt.

From Chipmunks To Beaver: Tracking Our Local Mammals At Plainsboro Preserve

Have you ever wondered how many animals are in the woods? Learn about a world right in your backyard at the Plainsboro Reserve. Take an afternoon stroll and learn about how all kinds of critters fend for themselves in the wild.

Edison Food, Wine and Beer Festival

It’s a banging food festival with wine and beer galore. At Papaianni Park in Edison, the kids can load up on pizza and soft drinks while your fam listens to music from a live DJ.

Photo courtesy of Morristown Jazz & Blues Festival

Morristown Jazz & Blues Festival

It’s sure to be a wild time at the Morristown Green with some swinging jazz music. Your little ones can run all over the park as you take in some bluesy throwback hits.

photo courtesy canal day festival

Canal Day Music & Craft Festival

How about a trip down a canal in a mule-drawn boat ride? Load up on some tasty food and check out the exotic animals in the Wallaby Traveling Zoo. There’s all of that and more at Hugh Force Canal Park in Wharton.

Chester Food Truck Festival

Bring a lawn chair and enjoy a sunny day at the Municipal Park in Chester. Feast on an empanada or a donut from the food trucks and jam out to some rocking live music.

Saturday, August 19-Sunday, August 20

Paranormal Weekend

It might not be Halloween yet, but the ghosts are still up and about. If you don’t believe us, go to Historic Cold Spring Village in Cape May for a supernatural adventure. Guests can learn all about the paranormal and tour historic buildings.

Make A Solar Eclipse Viewer

Come out and make your own Solar Eclipse Viewer at Staten Island Children’s Museum. You need the perfect shades to view this one-of-a-kind event.

photo courtesy Jersey fresh harvest festival

Jersey Fresh Harvest Festival

Nothing beats Jersey fresh fruits and vegetables. They’ll be more than enough to sample at Alstede Farms in Chester. They’ll even be recipes available for you to make your own creations at home.

Sunday, Aug 20

22nd Annual Rolling Iron Auto Show

They’ll be hundreds of vehicles on display at the Historic Village in Farmingdale. That’s not including the awesome motorcycles and hot rods. If you’re looking for vintage wheels, you’re in luck. Cars on display have to be a minimum of twenty-five years old.

County Caper: Somerset County’s Amazing Race

Ever watch the “Amazing Race?” Get ready for a local version at the Environmental Education Center in Basking Ridge. Teams will travel to various locations throughout Somerset on their race to the finish.

Summer Street Fair & Craft Show

Meet up with your friends in downtown Cranford for dozens of activities. Kids can tumble down the bouncy slide, go on a train ride and grab some eats at local restaurants.

Tu Sello Latino Festival

Spice up your day at this festive Latin celebration at Monmouth Park Racetrack. You’ll sink your teeth into foreign cuisine and have your toes tapping to salsa music.

Jersey Shore Comic Book Summer Show

Are your kids fans of Spider-Man or Batman? They’ll have a blast at Tom River Elks where they’ll be launched into a world of superheroes. Check out the comic book vendors, costume contests and special guests.

photo courtesy wheaton arts and cultural center

Fire Muster & Fire Fighter’s Day

Who’s ready for a firefighter showdown? Come see different departments go head-to-head with their skills in a battle of clashing water hoses. Be sure to check out the dozens of antique fire trucks on display at Wheaton Arts & Cultural Center in Millville.

Summer Shorebird Walk

The shorebirds are out and about. Bring your binoculars and catch a glimpse of the little critters in their natural habitat at Liberty State Park in Jersey City.

Brundibar Children’s Opera

It’s a historical opera originally performed by the children in the Theresienstadt concentration camp. Come witness the story at Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank of a brother and sister who join forces with a sparrow, cat and dog to overthrow an evil organ grinder.

Blues And Craft Brews Festival

Come out to the Inn at Millrace Pond in Hope for a blue concert for all ages. You’ll love the Alexis P. Suter Band, the Outcrops and the Atlanta Cafe Band. Did we mention that kids under twelve are free?


Mythbusters: The Explosive Exhibition

Your family can bust some myths at the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City through September 4. Get a premium pass to enjoy this exhibit that'll have your family enjoying live demos, fan participation and amazing visuals.

Friday Night Unwind

After a long week of work and the grind, head to Shady Brook Farm in Yardley, PA on Fridays through September 1 to relax. There will be wine, beer and lounge time for the adults, while the kids enjoy the playground and go-carts. Mellow out to live music and good weather.

Endangered! A Super Stormy Musical

Go on a journey in NYC all month long with a kid reporter and his group of endangered animals as they travel to battle a storm. This musical will have kids dancing and grooving and teach them about how to be eco-friendly.

Pete the Cat

Join Pete the Cat and the Biddle family at the Lucille Lortel Theatre in NYC through August 18 as they go on a journey of friendship and groove their way into your hearts.

Sweet Sounds Downtown Jazz Festival

Each Tuesday night for the rest of the summer, enjoy a night filled with music and much more. Be sure to come by early for a bite to eat and quick shopping spree in the heart of downtown Westfield.

Hoboken Concerts in the Park

The last two free performances will take place in the next few weeks, featuring Swingadelic and Julio Fernandez & Friends. Kick back, relax and enjoy these evening shows, celebrating the last few weeks of summer.


Sky Zone: Toddler Time

Your little one can bounce around all day at this South Plainfield Skyzone event through August 26. No older kids will be allowed in the area so your toddler can enjoy the private time.

Summer at the Planetarium

Visit this science-filled attraction in Trenton before September comes. Your little astronauts will love this place as they get the full space experience. Head to Trenton to sit in the dome and watch the stars.

Family Style Whitewater

Bring the fam out to the beautiful Pocono Mountains for an action-packed time. They’ll be white water flying over your head as you cruise your way down the Lehigh River. Check-in first at the headquarters in Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania.

Intrepid Adventures - Drone On

If he’s fascinated by the drones he sees on TV, bring him to the Intrepid, Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York City to learn how they work.

Summer Nights On Donaldson Farms

It’s a local favorite at Donaldson Farms in Hackettstown. They’ll be hay rides and duck races plus great live music and an exciting new performer every week. If that didn’t get you hooked, admission is free.

Jack Horner’s Dino Dig

It’s a prehistoric adventure at the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City. She’ll get to dig up bones like a 5-foot long triceratops skull and learn about how dinosaurs took care of their eggs.

Endangered! A Super Stormy Musical

Can you imagine being stranded with endangered animals at a zoo after a hurricane? This creative musical is sure to get the kids thinking about the health of their planet and the creatures around them. Check it out at the Davenport Theatre in New York City.


Find Even More Things to Do This Weekend 

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Where to Take Preschoolers in August

Things to Do Without the Kids in August

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