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Things To Do This Weekend, July 6-9

Carnivals, movies, dance parties and more await your little ones this weekend. What are you waiting for?


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3-8 [Mon-Sat]

Califon Fire Company 97th Annual Carnival

Celebrate the 97th annual carnival at Fireman's Field with tons of rides, games and classic fair eats at this six-day fun-filled festival.

4-8 [Tues-Sat]

Cumberland County Fair

Head over to Millville for five days of classic county fair fun, complete with a pie eating contest, amateur truck pull, comedy hypnosis show, carnival food, pig racing and more!

6 [Thurs]

Photo courtesy of Arts Council of Princeton

The Arts Council of Princeton Summer Courtyard Concert Series Presents Trinidelphia

With their combination of American and Caribbean styles, Trinidelphia creates a unique sound that echoes through the heart of Princeton. The concert begins at 6pm; don’t forget a blanket and lawn chairs!

Play Theater Kids Cabaret

Cheer on your kids as they perform well-known theater songs at Eastman Plaza in Cranford. Children from Union County can join together and have their try at musical theater, performing songs about growing up.


Grab your little space rock stars and sing along with Mr. Ray and Jane Murphy, featuring songs brought to life by lasers and video images at the planetarium at RVCC in Branchburg. There is an additional performance on July 8 at 3pm.

The Magic of Sharks with Steve Woyce

Dive into magician Steve Woyce’s shark-themed magic show for amazing shark facts, a classic game of “Fish or Fin” and a chance to build a shark with magic at Burlington County Library

Traditional Experience at Schiff Nature Center

Grab your little campers and receive a fun-filled overview of wilderness skills, including a timeline of North America, hunting and gathering skills, shelter variations, transportation and native flute music at Schiff Nature Center in Mendham.

Madagascar: A Musical Adventure

Join Alex the Lion and his friends as they escape the Central Park Zoo in this live-action rendition of the classic DreamWorks movie showing at Cape May Convention Hall.

Spider-Man: Homecoming at Rutgers Cinema

Bring the whole family and stop by Rutgers Cinema in Piscataway for a matinee or evening screening of the new movie, Spider-Man: Homecoming, this Thursday.

7 [Fri]

Photo courtesy of Boonton Main Street Facebook Page

World Flavors of Main

Sample a wide range of international cuisine prepped and served by local restaurants in Boonton. Get bite-sized portions from stellar eateries all evening long.

All Aboard! Tot Tour

Grab your toddlers and head over to the Morris Museum for a jam-packed hour of story time, a mini gallery program and an art project.

Pokémon Maker Challenges

Gotta catch ‘em all! Earn gym badges by completing technology, engineering, science, art and math challenges. Don’t forget your Pokémon trainer hat and sunscreen when you head to Hackettstown.

Kidz Village Summer Dance Party

Dance over to Kidz Village in Kenilworth for three hours of nonstop fun, food, dancing and games. Check out the multi-level playground, spongeball shooting area, pretend supermarket, hair salon and much more!

NJ Audubon: Nocturnal Fliers: Bats and Moths

Bring your little bug-lovers to a family-friendly and illustrated presentation about the common bats and moths of the area. After the presentation, look for moths and hear bats with an acoustic monitor at Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary in Bernardsville.

The Aliens

Stop by the Open Arts PAC in Bordentown for an intriguing new play, The Aliens, which takes place in a small town in Vermont. This play follows two men who reconnected after having played in the same band together many years ago. One day, while meeting in a coffee shop, a young man walks in and they “decide to teach him everything they know."

Magic Tree House

Discover the secrets of the galaxy alongside Jack and Annie from the same-titled, best-selling series. Help them answer tough questions left for them by the the mysterious “M.”

7-9 [Fri-Sun]

Day Out with Thomas

Does your little one love locomotives or Thomas the Tank Engine? Take him for a ride on Thomas himself in Phillipsburg, after which he’ll get to meet Sir Topham Hatt, take photos and make crafts. There will also be a juggler, ventriloquist and more.

NJ State BBQ Championship & Anglesea Blues Festival

Who doesn’t love tasty summertime barbecue? See live cooking demos, taste succulent BBQ and take in shows by talented blues performers in North Wildwood.

Photo courtesy of Pets (and Their Humans) Facebook Page

Pets (And Their Humans)

Head over to UCPAC with the whole family for a showing of Mike Sockol’s latest play, Pets (And Their Humans), about how a widower’s life is changed when his cat and dog start giving him advice.

8 [Sat]

Celtic Festival Jersey Shore Piping & Drumming Classic

Learn about traditional Celtic music and Irish culture at this celebration in Toms River. The kids will get a kick out of the bagpipes, drums and competing bands.

Bluebeary Blast and Celebrate New Jersey

Head to the garden for crafting and snacking with Mum Bear at Camden Children's Garden. 

Quakers Friendly Fair​​

This get-together is in its 61st year and features antiques, a flea market, baked treats, crafts and live entertainment. There are games for kids and tasty food options at this Manasquan celebration.

Rockin’ Camp Warren

Swim, picnic and rock out at this live music celebration in Columbia. Win prizes, get your face painted and see acts like Vera and the Force.

Port Imperial Food Truck & Music Festival

Celebrate summertime with a beer and sangria garden, live music and over 25 food trucks. Bring the kids along for rock climbing, face painting, sand art and much more!

iPlay America Presents Family Con 2017

Bring the whole bunch to the largest family convention around featuring over 75 vendors, exhibits, displays and tons of family fun in Freehold.

Oceans Rock

Dive into the world of ocean science in Hackettstown. All children will leave with a fossil after this fun-filled hour of science and the sea.

Storybook Theatre: How I Became a Pirate

Transform into a pirate at this jam-packed program filled with pirate adventures. From walking the plank to singing pirate folklore, there’s something for each little pirate at this Hoboken party.

Slithering Snakes and Salamanders at Plainsboro Preserve

Have a look at some cold-blooded creatures and learn about their life histories at Plainsboro Preserve in Cranbury. Grab a glance at their feeding time before the end of the day!

Photo courtesy of Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum Facebook page

Intrepid Adventures - Jobs on Deck

Calling all adventurers! Take on the roles of a flight deck crew in this fully immersive and interactive tour in NYC. Follow aircraft from the hangar deck, to the air and back to the hangar again.


If you’re a rugger, head over to this day-long rugby event in Sea Isle City, jam-packed with over 20 men’s and women’s games. Spectating is equally fun at this 30-year tradition, as you’re just a few blocks away from the beach!

Fifth Annual Wildwood Crest Sand Sculpting Festival

Be sure to stop by for sand sculpture building, beach games, live music and more! Enter as a contestant or feel free to spectate from the side.

Despicable Me

Bring the kids to a summer showing of Despicable Me at the historic Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank. Make sure to download your tickets early, as they might not be available on the day of the show.

Jersey Fest

At this summer evening wine festival, celebrate summer with New Jersey wine, food, live music, comedians and much more at Old York Cellars in Ringoes. Admission includes a wine tasting, festival access and a cool souvenir glass.

8-9 [Sat-Sun]

Arts and Crafts Festival

This Haddonfield event draws crowds of more than 100,000 every year. Check out artist booths, vendor displays and special works of art with your crew.


This food and music fest is an annual Essex County staple. Don't miss out on unforgettable live performances. 

Firefly Festival

See the night sky come alive with the glow of fireflies at Duke Farms in Hillsborough. Your fam can wander two miles of woods by the lake to see lightning bugs in action. Learn about them, visit the café and stroll the farmers’ market.  

Get Down and Dirty at Rugged Maniac

This 5K obstacle race is muddy, exciting and exhausting in the best way. Head to Raceway Park in Englishtown JULY 8-9 for this day-long exercise party for racers and spectators alike. Watch for free or pay to compete.

Blueberry Bash at Terhune Orchards

Celebrate “everything blueberry” in Princeton with pick-your-own blueberries, wagon and pony rides, music and tons of blueberry treats!

Medicine Man

Travel through time in Stephen Christopher’s medicine show, in the heart of Wild West City, a theme park recreating life in 1880’s Kansas.

9 [Sun]

Photo courtesy of Alstede Farms

Blueberry Pancake Breakfast

Nothing beats farm fresh breakfast or produce. Eat what you can then explore the grounds on a scenic hayride at Alstede Farms in Chester. Enjoy live entertainment, too.


Calling all rockers! Featuring the Led Zeppelin tribute group Black Dog, enjoy live music, food trucks and classic cars at this day-long festival. Bring the kids for a challenging and unforgettable obstacle course at LaGrande Park in Fanwood.

Holistic Craft Fest

Unwind at the Holistic Craft Fest in Pennington with yoga, a vegetarian BBQ, a holistic healing discussion, planting, leather crafting and a meditation circle.

July Blueberry Music Jam

Stop by the historic small town of Browns Mills for a day filled with the music of local musicians. All are welcome to join in on the fun!

Seinfeld “Brunch” Trivia

Gather a team and register online at Hoboken's Wicked Wolf for this can't-miss trivia session, perfect for Seinfeld fans everywhere! Try your best to answer five challenging rounds of the toughest trivia questions.

Beer-Making Class for Two with The Thirsty Quaker

Grab a partner and make an entire gallon of beer at this three-hour class in Jersey City where the science of beer-making will be discussed. Try out techniques for beer-making at home and taste a sample of homemade beer during the class


Puffs, or: Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic & Magic

Grab a front row seat at Elektra Theatre in NYC all month long to the famous magical journey of a young wizard named Wayne, along with the Puffs, a group of loyal rejects. 

State Fair Meadowlands

Celebrate 95 years of the largest fair in New Jersey, complete with everything from donut burgers to classic carnival rides. Make sure to stop by on July 3-4 for a spectacular fireworks display! Through July 9. 

Leonia Sports Boosters Carnival

Featuring your favorite fair eats and rides for all ages. Head to Overpeck County Park before July 9. 

Ghost Walk

Take a spooky 45-minute walking tour of the Historic Cold Spring Village at the Cold Spring Brewery in Cape May. Learn the history and hope to see some ghosts. 

State Fair Meadowlands

From June 22-July 9, the largest fair in New Jersey will be celebrating its 95th year with a double-decker carousel, 100 pig races, classic carnival food and much more.

Glassboro Summer Fest

See live bands, sip local beers, check out food trucks and have fun every Thursday this month through July 20. 

Sunset Sips and Sounds at Terhune Orchards

Stop by Terhune Orchards every Friday night in June, July and August for its weekly Sips and Sounds music series, featuring live musical performances in the wine barn. Unwind and get together with friends while enjoying your choice of award-winning spirits grown right at Terhune Orchards.

Sunday Family Fun Nights

Every Sunday from July 2-August 27, enjoy a night filled with tug-of-war, hula hoops, Frisbee golf, long jump, hurdles and a huge, inflatable obstacle course to top off the event. Stop by anytime after 6:30 pm for a night of classic summer fun with the family!


Tiny Tot Tuesdays 

Enjoy the sand and water at Sunrise Lake Beach Club in Morris Township with your little guppies. Kids under 4 get comfortable in the water under the supervision of a parent.

Union County’s Family Fun and Flix

Head to Elizabeth any Tuesday this summer for an outdoor movie series. Come all season to see films like Sing and Secret Life of Pets

101 Dalmatians 

This play is running the weekends of July 21-22 and 28-29 at the Summit Playhouse. A show especially for kids, this production features adorable stars, a scary villain and a wonderful score. Will the puppies escape Cruella as she tries to snag them for a fur coat?

Yoga in the Gardens 

Make your way to Rutgers in New Brunswick is sure to mellow you out all summer long. Carve out some me time by practicing yoga in a gorgeous outdoor setting. Take advantage of morning treats and beverages, too. Bring a friend and mat. 

Final Fridays: Farmers and Food Trucks

The family will enjoy every last Friday of the month with a music-filled festival featuring tons of food trucks in Oaklyn. Come enjoy this free event that’ll have you grubbin’ and dancin’.

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