The school year’s winding down. Between graduation parties and Father’s Day, squeeze in a whole bunch of fun with the family. We’ve found some awesome free stuff to do and can’t miss events for your preschoolers and the best fairs and festivals happening this June.
*Please note that the fairs and festivals below have free admission, but activities, food and rides are an additional fee.
Saturday, June 1
Head to Station Park and go crazy at Kid’s Country, where the little ones can jump on inflatables, play games and other amusements, while you check out wares from more than 125 vendors, live entertainment and snack at the food plaza.
2nd Annual Under Cover Music Fest
Musicians from far and wide will gather at Sloan St. to perform covers of popular songs from artists like Aretha Franklin, Prince, Radiohead and more, plus there’ll be a beer garden, kids activities and music-themed goodies to purchase.
10th Annual Wyckoff Day
Make your way to the Wyckoff YMCA to dig into street food, listen to live music, hop on amusement rides with the kids and put on your game face for family field day fun. End the day with a stop at the beer garden and try your hand at KanJam and cornhole.
Holi Color Festival
This traditional Indian holiday celebrates good triumphing over evil with an outdoor color throwing festival (colors are available for purchase). There’ll also be a Bollywood and fusion music DJ, dance workshop and Indian cuisine.
Kidztown & Strawberry Festival
Celebrating its eighth year, this fest boasts delicious strawberry treats like shortcakes, smoothies and chocolate-dipped goodies. The kids will love KidzTown, which’ll have a playground, bouncy castle, crafts, face painting and games.
Buffalo Watch 2019
Step onto this working buffalo farm, which’ll have two live bands, historical military units, wild west cowboys, farm fresh food, food trucks and tours of the farm. There’ll also be artists and antique dealers, plus pony rides and a fire truck display for the kiddos.
$5 parking, free admission
Point Pleasant Summerfest
There’ll be live music, shopping, fair food, a beer and wine tent, children’s market and inflatables.
Saturday-Sunday, June 1-2
Come out for a weekend filled with rides, games, food, raffles and prizes. Runs from May 30-June 2.
Saturday, June 8
StoryBook Theatre: Where the Wild Things Are
Step between the pages of a storybook to sing, dance and whistle through this interactive adventure at Elysian Park.
Friday, June 14
Catch a showing of Mary Poppins Returns at Kips Castle, where the infamous caretaker helps Michael remember the importance of family.
Flag Day Country Music Festival
Head for the Somerset County Courthouse for a live country music concert, featuring modern country hits in addition to activities for the kids. They can channel their inner Sherlock at the scavenger hunt, check out military and rescue vehicles, historic reenactments and flag ceremonies, win prizes and more.
Saturday, June 15
Drag Queen Story Hour
Mix up this weekend’s storytime with Lady Keyante, who’ll read stories and work on a craft with the little ones, presenting them with a positive, encouraging queer role model. Registration required.
Sunday, June 16
Nutley’s Annual Fathers Day Street Fair
Celebrate Dad by feasting on festival foods like empanadas, zeppoles and cotton candy, picking out a gift at the vendors tables (there’ll be more than 100) and stopping by kids’ activities like face painting, pony rides, a petting zoo, kiddie rides, a climbing wall and more.
Saturday, June 22
Stop by the food trucks, play boardwalk games and spend some time at Q&A panels, at the surf clinic, youth rally and checking out vendors’ booths (hosted by Bridge Christian Radio). Later on, there’ll be a concert featuring Big Daddy Weave and Matt Schuler.
Free admission, $20/concert
Vintage Baseball Game
Watch the Flemington Neshanock and Diamond State Baseball Club compete in bare-handed baseball at Greenway Meadows Park, they’ll even play in vintage uniforms from the 19th century.
Saturday, June 22-Sunday, June 23
Health & Fitness Expo at MetLife
Sponsored by NBC 4 New York and Telemundo 47, this event is one of the biggest free health and fitness events in the tristate. Take your little Giants fans to tour the locker rooms, get free health screenings, meet your favorite anchors, hit the football field for events and more
Sunday, June 30
Fanwood Summer Fan Jam
Pack your car with lawn chairs and blankets and park it at LaGrande Park for live bands, food trucks, a car show, a beer and wine garden and a Kid Zone with rides and activities for your younger crew.
The Out of This World Magic Show
The kids can marvel at magician Steve Woyce’s magic show at the Rutherford Public Library on June 7, where he’ll ask for volunteers to help him make moon rocks appear and perform other magical surprises at this comedic space themed show. You can also catch his show on June 20 at the Oradell Public Library, June 22 at the Saddle Brook Free Public Library and June 24 at the Washington Public Library.