Summer is in full swing, which means it’s time for funnel cake, Ferris wheels and fishing games! Check out festivals and fairs planned throughout the state where you and the family can enjoy hot summer nights and lots of family fun.

August 1-7

Middlesex County Fair
East Brunswick
Visit the Middlesex County Fairgrounds for the annual Middlesex County Fair, sure to delight every member of the family. The Home Arts Competition is always a big draw, calling on quilters, crafters, bakers, growers and all types of artisans to share their talents. Events and entertainment will include a motorcycle stunt show, 4-H displays, a circus man, wrestling, chainsaw artist, magic show and plenty of live music to keep everyone occupied.

August 2 – 6

Fireman’s Fair
Campy’s Blue Star Amusements will provide tons of fun at Keyport’s Fireman’s Fair. Wednesday is Fireman’s Night. On Saturday, there will be fireworks.

August 5 – 7

Clam Festival
Bring your appetite for fresh seafood or a land-lubber menu, and enjoy feasting while taking part in live entertainment, contests, specialty vendors, crafters and children’s activities at the 27th annual Clam Festival.


August 5 – 13

New Jersey State Fair
Enjoy the Demolition Derby, carnival, monster truck show, horse show, performing arts, lumberjack competition, favorite cookie contest, hale bay toss, baking classes, blood drive, robotics demo, bee demo, history exhibit, vegetable show and wine garden.


August 6

Butterfly Festival
Children will love the Insect Zoo, Butterfly and Bug Parade, and tours of the Kate Gorrie Butterfly House during the Watershed Institute’s Butterfly Festival. There will be food trucks, live entertainment, live music, kids’ games and  crafts, and many vendors.

Chester Music Festival
Spend the day listening to Motown, rock, folk and country music. Fun activities for kids include The Kiddie Rock ‘n’ Roll Show from 12 – 4 pm, face painting, balloon art and games all day. Also enjoy terrific food and a chance to shop, dine and explore all that Historic Chester has to offer!

Carnival, Farmers Market & Vendor Fair
Come down for a free bubble show, photo contest, games and prizes.

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.

Aug. 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.

Aug. 9 – 13

Brick and Central’s Summertime Carnival
Central Regional High School, Bayville
Campy’s Blue Star Amusements will provide tons of fun, in addition to games, food concessions and vendors.

Aug. 9 – 14

Schoharie County Sunshine Fair
Cobleskill, NY
This 145-year family-fun tradition features midway rides, live music, a circus, Aquatic Acrobatic Show, Hog Diggity Dog show, racing pigs, demolition derbies, truck and tractor pulls, livestock events, Clydesdales, Heritage Village, chainsaw carving, exhibits, demonstrations, favorite fair food and more.

Aug. 10 – 12

Somerset County 4-H Fair
North Branch Park, Bridgewater
The fair allows 4-H youth to present their hard work from throughout the year as a chance to celebrate and look ahead to the future.

Aug. 11 – 14

Passaic County Fair
Garret Mountain Reservation, Paterson
Enjoy all things a wonderful county fair offers: rides, games, attractions, 4-H displays, petting zoo, food vendors, live music, entertainment and fireworks.


August 13

5th Annual Corn, Beer & Tomato Festival
Join Flemington’s Corn, Tomato and Beer Festival in the corn and tomato capital of the USA! For foodies and beer lovers, this family-friendly event will feature an expansive micro-brewery beer garden, live music, great food from local restaurants and family entertainment.

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.

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.

Vets Summer Fest
This annual event supports Operation Chillout, an all-volunteer outreach dedicated to ending to the crisis of homelessness for veterans across the states of New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island. It features live music, craft vendors, a kids zone, bike run and food.

August 13 – 14

Seafood Festival
Cast your line and sip some wine at the annual Seafood Festival, Landisville’s biggest festival of the year, showcasing local seafood vendors, live music, wine tasting, sangria and craft vendors.

Surf & Turf Seafood Festival
Monmouth Park, Oceanport
Join as nearly 20 of the Shore’s best seafood establishments converge for the annual seafood celebration. This two-day festival will feature live music all weekend, plus free family fun day activities on Sunday. Enjoy live music by Soulstirs on Saturday and Madison Ave Band on Sunday.

Aug. 15 – 20

Delaware County Fair
Walton, NY
The 135th annual fair features midway rides and games (Tuesday – Saturday), live music, illusionist David Garrity, Buffalo Barfield musical comedy shows, Cowboy Circus, demolition derbies, truck and tractor pulls, livestock events, horse shows, exhibits, contests, favorite fair food and more.

August 16 – 20

Hillsborough Rotary Fair and Business Expo
Hillsborough Promenade, Hillsborough
In addition to the fair’s classic thrill rides, food vendors, games of chance and an
exposition of local businesses, a spectacular firework display by Interstate Fireworks will light up Hillsborough skies.

August 16 – 21

Altamont Fair
Altamont, NY
Friday – Sunday
The Capital Region’s hometown fair features midway rides and games, the Royal Hanneford Circus, Sea Lion Splash, racing pigs, Aim High Canines show, hypnotist shows, live music, animal barns, livestock shows, horse shows, lumberjack show, cooking center activities, exhibits, demonstrations, favorite fair food and more.

August 19 – 21

Hi-Tide Summer Holiday
Asbury Park
Friday – Sunday
Enjoy this mix of surf music, tropical cocktails, summer holiday market and pool parties at both Asbury Lanes and The Asbury Hotel. Must be 18 to attend.

August 20

EARTH Center Garden, Arts and Music Festival
EARTH Center, North Brunswick
Spend the afternoon taking part in garden tours, the “Greatest of the Garden” Contest,  children’s activities and more in one of the county’s most beautiful parks.

Canal Day Music and Craft Festival
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.

August 20 – 21

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

South Jersey Nerd Fest
Holiday Inn, Swedesboro
This collectibles festival features artists, writers, costume groups and crafts. Meet actor Jim Krut (“Dawn of the Dead”), movie stuntman Les Price, Eric Cooper (Knight Seeker), Tony DiGerolamo (The Jersey Devil) and Philip McNulty from Marvel Comics. Plus, see the New Jersey Ghostbusters and the Star Wars 501st Legion. There will be a costume contest with prizes for kids.

August 26

International Winefest
Golden Nugget, Atlantic City
The wine and jazz reception will be held under the stars on the Event Lawn. Mingle with winery ambassadors, winemakers and wine enthusiasts while you enjoy wine and award-winning cuisine. Must be 21 or older to attend.

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.

August 27-28

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 23-28

176th Dutchess County Fair
Rhinebeck, New York
For those members of the family who are interested in agriculture and horticulture, enjoy Livestock Hill with farm animals, the Dairy Birthing Center, AgVenture Kids Activity Tent, horse show rings, Memorial Garden, Horticulture Building, Century Museum Village, working blacksmith shop, gas-powered engine show, Bentley One-Room Schoolhouse, Pleasant Valley Historic Train Station, Gun Club Wildlife Exhibit, and arts and crafts displays. If you came for the entertainment, the children will love “Fluffy” the T-Rex, Commerford’s Petting Zoo, Dock Dogs, Two by Two Animal Haven, Rosaire’s Racing Pigs, Vocal Trash, The Long Shots, Pawstars Canine Frisbee Dogs, Andy Rotz Wild West Showdown, Oscar the Roving Robot, and a sheriff K-9 demo. The Grandstand Lineup includes Darci Lynne, Tusk (Fleetwood Mac tribute), Niko Moon, Chris Janson and All American Rodeo.

August 27 – 28

Hudson Valley Seafood Festival
Beacon, New York
Two days of total “seafood nirvana,” including raw and fried fish, lobster rolls, seafood salads, barbecue, tacos, gluten-free and vegan options, great brews, wines, hard seltzers and fun for the whole family. Leave room for dessert! There will be live bands and a deejay all weekend, including a Santana tribute band as well as an ’80s hair band.

Apples & Artisans
Riamede Farm, Chester
Riamede’s farm market is filled during apple season with specialty goods like local honey, sauces, small batch ice cream, locally-grown flowers, and even charcuterie boards made from Riamede’s own apple wood. New this season is the inaugural Apples & Artisans event, which celebrates the beginning of the apple harvest and the talents of local artisans.

Don’t forget to check out our complete guide to New Jersey’s (and some of New York’s and Pennsylvania’s) upcoming festivals. There’s lots for your family to do all week!

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