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Summer is by no means over yet! There are plenty of free activities, programs and events you and your family can enjoy. Take your crew to your local police department’s National Night Out event, head down to Ocean City for a hermit crab race and beauty pageant, celebrate National Lighthouse Day and attend one of the many festivals sure to inspire everyone’s summer spirit!

Throughout August

WheatonArts
Millville
The Wheaton Wide Open initiative offers all visitors free admission for the entire month. WheatonArts is a charming 45-acre wooded campus that includes the Museum of American Glass; the Down Jersey Folklife Center; glass, pottery and flamework studios; museum stores; scenic picnic areas; and the mile-looping Nature Trail with a scavenger hunt for native species and structures.

Half Mile of Horses Artwork
Downtown Freehold Borough
There are 12 painted horse sculptures decorating Main Street. The display honors the equine heritage of Freehold Borough, home of the oldest half-mile horse racing track in the country. Vote for your favorite one!

August 2

National Night Out
Check with your local police department for how they are celebrating “America’s Night Out Against Crime.” We rounded up dozens of block parties, street fairs and park events being held around the state – and they are all free!

August 3

Twins Contest
Music Pier, Ocean City
Bring your sibling and compete for prizes for those who look the most and least alike. Open to all ages.

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Hermit Crab Races
6th Street Beach, Ocean City
Watch as some of the fastest crabs in the universe compete in this world-famous race immediately following Miss Crustacean Hermit Crab Beauty Pageant.

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Miss Crustacean Hermit Crab Beauty Pageant
6th Street Beach, Ocean City
Experience the original beauty contest for crustaceans! Families, kids, businesses and organizations are invited to enter their crustacean in this annual contest. The winner receives the Coveted Cucumber Rind Cup and gets to walk down a flowery runway.

Student Film Festival
Princeton Library, Princeton
Meet the next Martin Scorsese or Quentin Tarantino. Teens and adults are invited to the screening of original short films by filmmakers ages 14-25.

Storytime on the Green
Palmer Square, Princeton
Start your morning with jaZams as you read exciting stories, sing, dance and have bubble fun.

August 4

Dueling Piano Show
Palmer Square, Princeton
Get ready to dance, sing and laugh all night during the high-energy Dueling Piano show.

August 5

Dancing Under the Stars
Hinds Plaza, Princeton
Members of Central Jersey Dance will demonstrate basic steps and lead others in an evening of dancing to recorded music of all kinds.

Wine and Song
Laurita Winery, New Egypt
Listen to rising star Max Valentino perform classic songs like “Love Me Tonight,” “A Man Without Love,” “Fly Me to the Moon” and “My Way.” A special performance by Bobby Fischetti is also on the bill. Come early for dinner.

Bollywood Lounge Night
Persis Indian Grill, Monroe Twp.
Enjoy beautiful Bollywood music by Animit Bhattacharya while dining on delicious Indian food.

August 5 – 6

Meet-and-Greet Artist Josef Kote
Ocean Galleries, Stone Harbor
Josef Kote: The Collected Works is a magnificent collection of artworks by new master Josef Kote. Two special in-person Meet-the-Artist appearances are scheduled. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet Kote and experience his art, which is described as “symphonies of light and color.”

“The Land of Luck”
Westfield Garden State Plaza, Paramus
“The Land of Luck” is a free, choose-your-own-adventure experience that offers immersive games, photo opportunities and hands-on activities for the whole family to enjoy. Test your luck at the pop-a-shot or kerplunk competition, customize a lucky penny or make your own slime as you venture between the mystical lands of Good Luck and Bad Luck.

August 5 – 7

Boardwalk Art Show
Ocean City
Stroll the boardwalk as you browse artwork created by local artists.

August 6

Olde Freehold Day
Topanemus Park, Freehold
There will be a kids zone, food, vendors, a beer garden, car smash, bouncy rides and a petting zoo. The Freehold Borough PBA and We Are the Future will sponsor a cornhole tournament.

ModelCon
Battleship New Jersey, Camden
Experience plastic models of military ships, planes, vehicles and more throughout the Battleship New Jersey. They’ll also have the model makers onboard who will be building models and sharing tips on producing these miniature replicas. Win model kits and more! Free to experience with the purchase of a tour of the Battleship.

Summer Sidewalk Festival
Ritz Theatre, Haddon Twp.
Enjoy an afternoon filled with games, food and entertainment for the whole family.

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National Lighthouse Day
Tinicum Rear Range Lighthouse, Paulsboro
Tinicum will mark National Lighthouse Day with a celebration on Saturday, Aug. 6. From 10 am – 3 pm, your whole family will enjoy seeing Coast Guard boats, Coast Guard helicopters, food, antique cars, fire trucks, lighthouse merchandise – and climbing the lighthouse!

Made in Monmouth
Cream Ridge Winery, Cream Ridge
Sip some wine while perusing crafts made by two dozen local Monmouth County vendors.

Summer Stage @GSPlaza
Garden State Plaza, Paramus
Join Z100 radio hosts Maxwell and Crystal as they hang out at Westfield Garden State Plaza’s Summer Stage with popular TikTok stars! Stop by to experience a live podcast as they interview the popular stars. You’ll get to know more about their lives, and you may even get a chance to meet them! Meet Natalie Jane on Aug. 6.

Bridging the Gap Block Party
Trenton
Come out for a day of fun and games. Take part in live music, a vibe set by DJ Valona Denise, relay races, an obstacle course, fun and games, prizes, vendor shopping and free refreshments.

Indo-American Festival
Recreation Park, New Brunswick
Learn about the Asian Indian culture, featuring theater, music and dance performances and a delicious culinary demonstration for the entire family to enjoy.

August 6 – 7

Clearwater Festival
Riverside Gardens Park, Red Bank
Enjoy two days of musical entertainment during a festival designed to promote a love for the environment.

August 7

Rutgers Football Fan Fest
SHI Stadium, Piscataway
Meet the team and Coach Greg Schiano while eating free food, having your face drawn by a caricaturist, getting your face painted and meeting Sir Henry.

National Lighthouse Day
Absecon Lighthouse, Atlantic City
Bring your kids 12 and under for a free climb of the Absecon Lighthouse from 10 am – 5 pm, as long as they are accompanied by an adult, in celebration of National Lighthouse Day. As a family, stroll the 21-bed community garden and 2 acres of grounds. Join author Mary Dixon Lebeau for a book signing of “Secret Jersey Shore, A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful & Obscure.” For the adults, there will be a Porch Party Wine Tasting.

Find out where other National Lighthouse Day events are taking place!

August 9

Monopoly Tournament/Summer Board Game Fair
Princeton
Playing board games and summer afternoons are a classic combination. Drop by for pick-up matches with new games and traditional favorites, from 2-4:30 p.m. Monopoly Tournament begins at 3 p.m.

August 10

Biers, Barks & Meows
Asbury Festhalle & Biergarten
All Fur One Pet Rescue & Adoptions will bring cats and cats of all breeds and sizes who are in need of “furever” homes. Aside from adoptable animals there will be music, giveaways, raffles and a donation station.

August 11

Dueling Piano Show
Palmer Square, Princeton
Get ready to dance, sing and laugh all night during the high-energy Dueling Piano show.

Summer Reading Wrap Up 
Princeton Shopping Center, Princeton
Celebrate the wrap up of Summer Reading with games, fun activities and giveaways. The fun continues with an interactive musical performance with beloved children’s musician, author and educator Lolly Hopwood and her back-up band.

August 12

Campfire on the Beach
Sandy Hook
Sing silly Sandy Hook songs with park rangers and hear true stories from days of yore surrounding the history and mysteries of the Hook.

Magnolia Night Market
Magnolia
Bring everyone out for a family-friendly night of produce vendors, handmade goods, children’s activities, food trucks, music, beer and wine.

Family Outing
Cheesequake State Park, Matawan (Old Bridge)
Enjoy games and snacks with other families from the area.

August 13

New Brunswick Heart Festival 
Monument Square, New Brunswick
This free outdoor family-friendly festival, which celebrates all of the vibrant arts and history that New Brunswick and the County of Middlesex have to offer, will feature live music and dance performances; a visual Arts Market; craft and food vendors; interactive activities and games; fun giveaways; a Health & Wellness tent with Garden of Healing; readings of famous love letters by actors from Thinkery & Verse; and much more!

Caribbean Festival
Monte Irvin Orange Park, Orange
Pack a blanket, enjoy the cool evening breeze, and dance to the sounds of summer for the Essex County Summer Music: Caribbean Festival.

Summer Stage @GSPlaza
Garden State Plaza, Paramus
Join Z100 radio hosts Maxwell and Crystal as they hang out at Westfield Garden State Plaza’s Summer Stage with popular TikTok stars! Stop by to experience a live podcast as they interview the popular stars. You’ll get to know more about their lives, and you may even get a chance to meet them! Meet GiaNina on Aug. 13.

Old Fashioned Fun & Games
Historic Walnford, Upper Freehold
Visit Walnford and play a variety of historically themed games to delight and challenge the whole family!

International Food & Music Festival
Ivy Hill Park, Newark
Pack a blanket, enjoy the cool evening breeze and dance to the sounds of summer during the Essex County International Food & Music Festival.

Community Science Day
Rogers Refuge, Princeton
Visitors of all ages are encouraged to participate in guided nature walks and collect data to support Princeton’s Environmental Resource Inventory.

August 14

India Independence Day
North Brunswick Township Middle School, North Brunswick
Families of all backgrounds are invited to celebrate Bharat Mata Ke Veer: India’s Bravest in honor of India’s independence from Britain. There will be many entertaining and educational activities planned.

August 15

Seward Johnson Sculptures
George Street, New Brunswick
Aug. 15 is the opening ceremony for a series of sculptures by renowned artist Seward Johnson that will be placed around New Brunswick through Oct. 15.

August 18

Car Show
George Street, New Brunswick
Come to Downtown New Brunswick for an exciting night of music, classic and luxury rides, plus extended store hours and delicious dinners and drinks from your favorite restaurants.

August 19

Dancing Under the Stars
Hinds Plaza, Princeton
Members of Central Jersey Dance will demonstrate basic steps and lead others in an evening of dancing to recorded music of all kinds.

August 20

Summer Stage @GSPlaza
Garden State Plaza, Paramus
Join Z100 radio hosts Maxwell and Crystal as they hang out at Westfield Garden State Plaza’s Summer Stage with popular TikTok stars! Stop by to experience a live podcast as they interview the popular stars. You’ll get to know more about their lives, and you may even get a chance to meet them! Meet Jax Writes Songs on Aug. 20.

Canal Day Music and Craft Festival
Wharton
Step back in time and visit the newly restored Lock 2 East. Enjoy 10 of New Jersey’s best musical artists performing on two stages. Take a free kayak and narrated boat ride on the Morris Canal. Enjoy Wallaby Tales Traveling Zoo, a Fine Crafts & Arts Show, great food, a Civil War encampment, blacksmith demonstrations, pony rides, hayrides and fireworks.

Saturday, Aug. 20 – Sunday, Aug. 21

Cape May Promenade Arts and Craft Show
Cape May Boardwalk
Saturday – Sunday
Enjoy the Cape May City Promenade Arts and Craft Show along the Cape May Boardwalk.

Crafts and Fine Arts Festival
Haddon Avenue, Collingswood
Meet more than 125 artists as they display their talents. Enjoy live music, food, family activities, a charity auction and meet-and-greets.

August 21

Antique Rolling Iron Auto Show
Historic Village of Allaire, Wall Twp.
Spectators can stroll through this classic car show for free.

August 26

Dancing Under the Stars
Hinds Plaza, Princeton
Members of Central Jersey Dance will demonstrate basic steps and lead others in an evening of dancing to recorded music of all kinds.

August 27

Long Branch Jazz & Blues Festival
Long Branch
Aside from a full lineup of jazz and blues performances, enjoy crafts, vendors and food along the boardwalk.

Caribbean Festival
New Brunswick
Revel in Caribbean vibes while you explore the English, Spanish, Dutch and French-speaking diaspora, featuring dance, music, and culinary delights.

Saturday, Aug. 27 – Sunday, Aug. 28

Latino Festival
Monte Irvin Orange Park, Orange
Pack a blanket, enjoy the cool evening breeze, and dance to the sounds of summer for the Essex County Summer Music: Latino Festival.

August 28

Sacred Music Across the Ages
Ocean Grove
The Great Auditorium Choir, Solo Quartet and MidAtlantic Philharmonic Orchestra will join together to present a concert of movements from the great sacred works of Mozart, Beethoven, Robert Ray’s Gospel Mass and Tim Sharp’s Appalachian Mass.

August 30 – 31

Hot Halloween
Point Pleasant Beach
Dust off those costumes and celebrate Hot Halloween at Jenkinson’s Boardwalk, weather permitting.

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