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41 Things to Do This July Without the Kids

Call the sitter! You’re due for some grown-up fun.


July 4

Big Day Out

Spend your 4th rafting down the Lehigh Gorge in PA. You’ll also bike, hike and chill by a bonfire. Don’t sweat bringing food; you’ll get three meals and ice cold beer courtesy of Pocono Whitewater. Already have plans? Venture the waters on July 6.

July 7

The Summer UnWINEd Concert with Fireworks

This Shady Brook Farm staple in Yardley, PA is getting an upgrade for this special event. Bop to live music by Route 80s, sip Rose Bank Winery vino, local beer and spirits and go wild with lawn games and go-carts. Stick around for a stunning fireworks show.

July 7-8

Truckerton with a Side of Bacon

This weekend at Tuckerton Seaport is all about the big pig. Get your fix of cooking demos, pig races, craft beer and all things bacon from local restos and gourmet food trucks, plus live music.

July 8

Photo courtesy of Fanwood Summer Fan Jam

Fanwood Summer Fan Jam

Calling all music buffs! Hit LaGrande Park for live bands that span genres from classic rock to alternative to funk. While you tune in, bring a blanket to chill on with drinks from the beer and wine garden.

July 9

The History of Rock and Roll: How the Beatles Did It

Score a lift on the Yellow Submarine to this presentation at Hillsborough Library about how the Beatles became the biggest band in history.

July 10

Twilight Tour

Make the trip to Greenwood Gardens in Short Hills for an enchanting walk through the garden. Indulge in wine and cheese on the terrace before you go. Can’t make it? Go on the plant walk on July 18.

Springsteen and His Layered Lyrics

Get the skinny on The Boss at Bridgewater Library from a presentation by Professor Prudence Jones of Montclair University.

July 13-15

Black Potatoe Music Festival

This shindig is an annual highlight at the Red Mill Museum Village in Clinton. Come for three days of live music in the great outdoors.

Surf and Turf Seafood Festival

Landlubbers everywhere are flocking to Monmouth Park Racetrack in Oceanport for A1 seafood (lobster rolls, anyone?), craft beer, live tunes and horse racing.

Photo courtesy of New Jersey State Barbecue Championship Facebook page

Anglesea Blues Fest and New Jersey State Barbecue Championship

Ribs and brisket and pork, oh my! Bring your appetite to Wildwood to witness grilling masters at work. Sample their smokey fare and tune into some of the area’s best blues acts, plus check out live cooking demos and displays.

July 14

Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace

Head to this East Rutherford mainstay for the world’s fastest 3-year-old pacers. In addition to the races (and betting!), you can look forward to live music, HorsePlay Paddock Park activities, carnival rides and even a mechanical shark.

Jefferson Fest

Oak Ridge will be taken over by next-level food trucks with fare from Cheezen, Empanada Guys, Pizza Vita and Maddalena’s Cheesecake. Chow down, hit the rock wall, groove along to live bands, try your luck in the 50/50 raffle and marvel at fireworks.

Lee Rocker

If you haven’t heard by know, it’s all about that bass. Be wowed by the stylings of Lee Rocker, the legendary bassist of The Stray Cats, at Lackland Performing Arts Center in Hackettstown.

Fife and Drum Taptoe Concert

Trenton’s Old Barracks Museum will get an 18th-century makeover. History buffs will love this throwback performance complete with torches and musicians in old-school garb.

July 14-15

Photo courtesy of Maplewoodstock Facebook page


With a nod to the most iconic music festival in history, it’s safe to say Maplewoodstock is worth the trip. Come for two days of music, art, street food and vendors.

Justin Flom: A Night of Magic

Be amazed by Flom’s stellar magic show at The Liberty Center in Elizabeth. You may know him from his popular YouTube series and TV Show, Wizard Wars.

July 15

Tours of Historic Houses

See Montclair in a whole new light at the Crane House and Historic YWCA. You’ll learn all about the civil rights era, America’s early years and Montclair in the early 20th century.

Bourbon & Biergarten

Hit Montclair’s famous Wellmont Theater for bites from restos like Ani Ramen, Turtle & the Wolf, Spice Thai II and El Matador, and drinks from Yards Brewing Co., Jersey Spirits, Silk City Distillery and Skurnik Wine. Keep an eye out for far-out performances (previous years have included pyrotechnic shows and brass bands!).

July 21

Shop the Shore

Porta Asbury Park will be transformed by tons of vendors. Hit the shore to shop and sample cocktails at the cash bar.

Food Truck Festival

Pack your lawn chairs and head to the Ho-Ho-Kus Hermitage for more than a dozen epic food trucks, craft brews and live local bands.

Photo courtesy of Centenary Stage Company

George G Swing Band

Lackland PAC in Hackettstown is ready to swing the night away at this show sponsored by Centenary Stage Company.

July 21-22

Laurita Summer Food Truck Festival

Laurita Winery is a New Egypt gem, and it’s even more worth the trip there during this foodie fest. Come for the food trucks, stay for the vino and music.

July 23

National Hot Dog Day

Pier Grill at Seaside Heights’ Casino Pier and Dockside Grill at Breakwater Beach are letting the dogs out for National Hot Dog Day. Score a BOGO on these babies to celebrate.

July 25


Hit Englewood’s Bergen PAC for a night of peace and love. Chill out to tunes by Vanilla Fudge, Rick Derringer and more.

July 28

Soulsational Festival

100+ vendors, two stages of live music, giveaways, free yoga and group classes and art demos. This Bayville celebration will leave you feeling mellow, musical and motivated.

Photo courtesy of ​UCPAC

The Bacon Brothers

Did you know Kevin and Michael Bacon have a band? UCPAC in Rahway is featuring this famous sibling duo of onscreen personalities on stage: Michael on vox, guitar and cello, Kevin on vox, guitar and percussion.

July 28-29

Art Star Craft Bazaar

This outdoor craft show and shop is returning to Asbury Park with a lineup of 60+ vendors who sell everything from jewelry to prints to planters.

July 29

Walk. Talk. Taste Montclair.

Montclair has tons of next-level food joints. Learn about the town’s history and sample local bites on this downtown walking tour.

July 31

Boy George and the Culture Club

You’ll tumble for this throwback 80s group at MPAC. They’ll sing all the hits from "Karma Chameleon" to "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me."


Live at the Pier Summer Concert Series

Through August 13, Monday nights in Pier Village will be bumping with live music. Trent Armand Kendall + Brass Illusion are taking you back to the days of The Temptations, Chaka Khan and Luther Vandross. It all goes down at Pier Village in Long Branch.

Photo courtesy of Terhune Orchards Facebook page

Sunset Sips and Sounds

Terhune Orchards in Princeton is hosting Friday night concerts all summer long ranging from jazz to rock to folk to blues. Hang in the wine barn or the al fresco seating while sampling farm-fresh wine made with Terhune grapes.

HAIR the Musical

Get tix to this Lackland PAC performance all about the rock era from July 27 to August 5. Best park? The audience gets to raid the stage for the finale.

Saturday Adult Special at Casino Pier

Every Saturday through August 24, grown-ups can ride and slide for the kids’ price at this Seaside Heights highlight. Make a splash at Breakwater Beach or hit the amusement rides on the Pier.

Paint Nite

Eat, sip and hone your painting skills at these painting events hosted by Paint Nite. Love Audrey Hepburn? Don’t miss the project on July 11 at Plank Pizza Co. Beer Parlor in Saddle Brook. Put out serious summer vibes at George Street Ale House in New Brunswick on July 15. Hit Carrabba’s Italian Grill in Greenbrook to craft an ode to rose on July 17.

Parental Time Out in Weehawken

Can’t find a sitter for your night out? Drop ‘em at Play City any Friday night this year. They’ll have dinner and open play while you get some alone time. Have a Greek dinner at Molos, Mexican at Charrito’s or Thai at HI-SO Thai.

Super Swing Tuesdays at Brix Restaurant and Bar

Learn West Coast Swing with WCS National Champion Arjay Centeno. Bring a partner to socialize and dance with at this Belleville hotspot.


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