PHIL HOOPS / State Fair Meadowlands

From the state fair to county fairs to local fairs, there are tons of festivals you can go to this month for the best food, activities, rides, games and attractions the summer has to offer.

June 1-3

Corpus Christi Parish Carnival
Corpus Christi Roman Catholic Church, Chatham Twp.
There will be fun for the whole family, including rides, carnival games and prizes, a children’s-themed play area, plenty of food, a tricky tray basket raffle and the chance to win the annual BIG 50/50 Raffle.

June 2

Glen Rock Food and Music Festival
Glen Rock High School, Glen Rock
There will be food trucks, craft vendors, a deejay and activities for kids at this pet-friendly outdoor festival.


June 2-4

Warren County Hot Air Balloons, Arts & Crafts Festival
Warren Community College, Washington
There will be hot air balloons, drone demos, music, entertainment, food trucks vendors and more. Balloomination is a balloon glow synchronized to familiar music. Take a tethered ride for 20 minutes of rising above the crowd. Try out your golf swing with DP Golf and a PGA Golf Professional. Learn how to build, repair or fly a drone with Warren UAS. The Hot Rides & Hot Air Balloons Car & Truck Show on Sunday accepts all makes and models. Other attractions include the June Jumble Combat Robot competition, a different band each evening, ventriloquist on Friday, Balloons the Clown on Saturday and Sunday, dulcimer musicians each day, and a barbershop quartet on Sunday.

Festival By the Bay
St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, Perth Amboy
Friday – Sunday
There will be food, music and dancing along the waterfront – opa! Make sure you pick up some authentic pastries and crafts.

June 2-11, Fridays – Saturdays

New Jersey International Film Festival
Voorhees Hall, Rutgers University, New Brunswick
More than 40 films will be screened in person or online, including documentaries, shorts, animated and experiential.

June 2-11

L.E.A.D. Fest Carnival
Monmouth Mall, Eatontown
Along with classic fairway rides, there will be performances by Anastasini Circus. Come for games, carnival food and community interaction.

L.E.A.D. Fest Carnival
Woodbridge Center, Woodbridge
Along with classic fairway rides, there will be performances by Anastasini Circus. Come for games, carnival food and community interaction.

June 3

Arc of Warren County Food and Music Fest
There will be 12-14 food trucks on site, plus live music, games and activities for all ages, including ARTstitution, bungee trampoline, air soft pistol range, a balloon artist and visits with the ponies. Award-winning craft beers and Czeltzers by Czig Meister Brewery Company will be available for those who are 21 or older.

Randolph Food Truck & Music Festival
County College of Morris, Randolph
As a benefit for the Randolph Rescue Squad, you can bring the fam for food, drinks, music and lots of kids’ activities. School of Rock Randolph students will perform, as will Rock Bottom and The Captains of Leisure. There will be a bounce house, slide, knockerball, 9-hole miniature golf, face painting, sand art and more.

Hungarian Festival
Bethany and Division streets, New Brunswick
New Brunswick will become Little Hungary for the day. Try Hungarian foods, listen to Hungarian music, watch Hungarian cultural performances and learn a Hungarian folk dance. There will be street vendors, activities for kids and a twilight ceremony to close out the day.

Pride Fest
Greenview Park, Pequannock
Bring the kids to a fun-filled day of food and craft vendors, live music and family fun.

Under Cover Music Fest + Beer Garden
Sloan Street Parking Lot, South Orange
Nine cover bands will take the stage. Grab some grub from local eateries including Chipoba, The Fox & Falcon by David Burke, Grub & Go, JuiceHub, Martin’s Homemade Pretzels, Miti Miti, Pandang, and Three Daughters Baking Co. Osteria Del Corso will set up a beer garden (cash bar) featuring local breweries. This family-friendly event will have kids activities in the Y-Zone courtesy of the South Mountain YMCA. New this year is an exclusive VIP area with tents available for purchase.


Stephanie Nicole Parze Foundation Vendor Fair
Freehold Raceway Mall, Freehold Twp.
Stephanie will be remembered at this annual vendor fair, which raises money to support services for victims of domestic violence. There will be more than 100 vendors, food trucks, live music, displays, a demo by the county sheriff K9s and a cornhole tournament.

Pride Faire
Sussex County Fairgrounds, Augusta
Lunar Faire is a pop-up night market that celebrates the strange and unusual, the moon, and all the weird things people make and do. Attractions typically include curiosities, fire dancing, a potions lab, fortunes, crystal charging, group spellmaking, medium readings, a witch coven, music, matchmaking, wizardry, stilts and aerials, fairy hair and face painting, ukeleles, magical book exchange, drum circle and more. The theme tonight will be celebrating Pride.

West Orange Street Fair
Main Street, West Orange
One of the biggest events of the year in West Orange, the street fair features local crafters, food from local vendors, street performers, a classic car show, beer and wine garden, a rock climbing wall, free all-day admission to the Thomas Edison Museum and many of your kid’s favorite costumed characters.

Summerfest 2023
Merrill Park, Woodbridge
There will be kids’ activities, food and beer during this full-day free outdoor music concert series. The mini concerts include classic rock hits, acoustic rock, one hit wonders, a Springsteen tribute band and a Chicago tribute band.

African American Heritage Festival
TD Bank, Montclair
Each year, on the first Saturday in June, the Montclair African American Heritage Foundation hosts a parade and fun-filled festival. There will be a motorcade starting at Maple Avenue and ending at the TD Bank parking lot in downtown Montclair.

Burlington County Book Festival
Burlington County Library, Westhampton
Aside from meeting children’s and adult book authors, you can also listen to an author’s panel, make a bookmark to take home, play some trivia, and meet Belle and Spider-Man.

June 3-4

Boujee Foodie Con
Fort Monmouth, Oceanport
There will be tastings from more than a dozen local eatiers, plus culinary contests, workshops, live music, games, contests and giveaways. There will be eating contests, chef throwdowns, a 360-degree photo booth by Timeless Impressions, and carnival games for the kids by Hick’s House of Entertainment. You can shop from vendors and listen to a handful of performances by musicians.

Jersey City Jazz Festival
Exchange Place, Jersey City
There will be three areas of musical entertainment for singers, musicians and DJs to perform all weekend.

Made in Ocean County
New Egypt Flea Market Village, New Egypt
Shop Ocean County’s best of the best. All of the goods sold during this market will be made from people living or working in the county. Expect art, home decor, baked goods, jewelry, candies, soaps, produce and more. There will be food trucks on site.

Atlantic City Beer & Music Festival
Bader Field, Atlantic City
The Dropkick Murphys and 311 kick off the event, which is for adults age 21 and older. There will be more than 100 breweries pouring more than 400 selections. There will also be amusement,s shenanigans and lots of food. Hosted by Ocean Casino Resort.

Nourished Festival
Meadowlands Expo Center, Secaucus
Saturday – Sunday
This Gluten-Free & Allergen Friendly Spring Festival will be held both online and in person. There is a full schedule of presentations, exhibitors, discounts, giveaways, and the ability to connect with others in the community.

Strawberry Festival
VonThun Farms, South Brunswick
Saturday – Sunday
There will be strawberry picking, an activity area with more than 20 games, hayrides, barnyard animals, face painting, craft vendors and food vendors. On your way out stop in the farm market to pick up some homemade, fresh apple cider donuts, and lots of strawberry-themed goodies.

June 4

South Bound Brook Food Truck & Music Fest
Memorial Park, South Bound Brook
Support the South Bound Brook Fire Company by spending the day eating from more than 15 food trucks, listening to live music, ordering beer or sangria (if you’re of age), shopping from the vendors, going on a pony ride, petting the animals, getting your face painted, doing sand art, jumping on the inflatables or bungee trampoline, or playing mini golf.

Hasbrouck Heights Street Fair
Boulevard, Hasbrouck Heights
Come down for quality exhibitors, a special crafter’s section, lots of great food booths and food trucks, kiddie rides and a kids’ area, live music, performances by local groups, and more.

Garwood Rocks
Center Street, Garwood
Every year the town gets rockin’ with live music, classic cars, a beer and wine garden, shopping and family fun.

Doggie Derby and Family Fun Day
Jones Road Park, Lacey Twp.
This family fun day is for you, your kids and your pets! There will be a bounce house, games, music, a cheerleading demo, dog competitions, karate demos, K9 demos, a food court, vendor booths, service dog exhibits and more. Enter your dog into the Most Happy Dog, Best Dressed, Best Tricks and Dog/Owner Lookalike contests.

June 7-11

North to Shore Festival
Atlantic City
This weekend is the first stop on the three-city tour of this inaugural music, comedy, arts and culture festival celebrating the best NJ has to offer. There will be more than 50 venues featuring hundreds of acts throughout the month.


June 8

Family Fun Night
Beechwood Road and Bank Street, Summit
This year’s Family Fun Night will feature a main stage at the top of Beechwood Road near Springfield Avenue with interactive entertainment and live kid-themed music. There will be a liquid nitrogen show with Crazy Science, Zumbini with Allie, Jumpin’ Jamie and Fishmarket Stew. The evening will also include a petting zoo, reptile exhibit, face painting, henna art, Robbie the Robot, photo booth, free cotton candy by Sweet Nothings, remote control car racing and much more. New this year, Wonder Dog Studio will be joining with a dog kissing booth and some adoptable friends. The Bank Street Parking Lot will be home to Healthy Kids’ Corner with various activities such as face painting, Exercise-for-Books, The Bubble Bus and more. The Visual Arts Center of NJ will have an art zone and the Summit Public Library will have their yard games and Book Bike.

June 8-11

Bayshore Greek Fest
Kimisis Tis Theotokou, Holmdel
Annual highlights include performances by traditionally dressed youth dancers of various ages, guided church tours, and an assortment of games and rides. New this year is live entertainment performing on Friday and Saturday, and the talents of Pegasus DJ on Sunday. There will be plenty of vendors selling Greek items, Greek food sold inside the Taverna, Greek-inspired cocktails and lots and lots of pastries.

Feast of St. Anthony
Church of the Assumption, Roselle Park
Thursday – Sunday
For the 23rd year, there will be four days of faith, family, friends and fun. Come by for games, rides, music, homemade food and raffles.

June 9

Bloomfield Food Truck & Music Festival
St. Thomas the Apostle School, Bloomfield
The day will feature 16 quality food trucks, live music, beer, sangria, margaritas, face painting, pony rides, a petting zoo, inflatables, sand art, vendors and a 50/50 raffle.


June 9-11

Lebanese Festival
St. Sharbel Maronite Catholic Church, Somerset
Better known as a Mahrajan, the festival is a great outdoor gathering of families, friends and neighbors for authentic Middle Eastern food, music, dance and culture. Traditional Lebanese foods and Middle Eastern pastries will be for sale. For entertainment, there will be live music featuring a different singer each day. There will also be dancing and folkloric performances along with raffles, prizes, souvenirs and games of chance.

OPA! Greek Festival
St. Anna Greek Orthodox Church, Flemington
Choose to eat authentic Greek food indoors or outside under the tent. There will be amusement games, inflatables for children, as well as Greek folk dancing entertainment and Greek music. The festival features a “Spiritual Odyssey” which includes tours of the church interior and a short introduction on Orthodox Christianity. The vendor fair will feature an array of merchants selling jewelry, home decor, fine art, home improvement and more.

Portugal Day Festival
Ironbound section of Newark
There will be family-friendly activities, cuisine, music and performances celebrating Portuguese culture both in Newark and abroad.

June 10

Lions Tigers & Beers Festival
Popcorn Park Animal Refuge, Forked River
After hours the park will be open for beer and wine tastings, food vendors and more.

Toms River Pride Festival
Washington Street, Toms River
The Toms River Pride Committee and Exit 82 Theatre Company invite the community to the fifth annual LGBTQIA2S+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, Intersex, Asexual/Ally, Two Spirit, Plus) Pride Festival where you can have some food, shop from vendors, watch performances and shop. Reps from B98.5 radio will be on site.

Hunterdon County Community Day
Hunterdon County Fairgrounds, Ringoes
Activities include Touch-a-Truck, food trucks, vendors, local organizations, inflatables, entertainment, three reptile shows and music.

Hot Wheels Family Fun Day Car-nival
Calvary Plaza, Turnersville
You and the kiddos can play on more than 50 different Hot Wheels tracks and sets. There will be carnival games and a car show, Hot Wheels Collectors Room, Girl Zone and a 20-foot video gaming screen. Shop at the Pit Stop Gift Shop – but every kid will also get their own Hot Wheels car.

Juneteenth Festival
Papaianni Park, Edison
Get yourself into the history books by joining the longest Soul Train line! Join the NAACP MEAB Branch to celebrate Freedom Day with basketball games, a walk-a-thon, a parade, main stage live acts and a technology zone.

South Jersey History Fair 
Gabreil Daveis Tavern, Gloucester Twp.
Learn all about what local South Jersey history has to offer. There will be free antique appraisals, an introduction to genealogy, tours of the tavern and lots of exhibits.

Celebrate Middlesex County
Roosevelt Park, Edison
Celebrate the greater Middlesex Community with free family fun, including touch-a-truck, arts and crafts, a fishing derby, live music, games and food vendors.


Community Day
Community Park, Robbinsville
There will be a Kids Play Zone, amusements, games, contests, trackless train, pony rides, rock climbing, a prize alley, a food court, laser tag and a chocolate eating contest. The music lineup is a DJ at 2 pm, Robbinsville High School Jazz Band at 3 pm, Performing Arts Group at 3:30 pm, 80s Band at 6 pm and The Best of the Eagles at 7 pm. Beer tent proceeds benefit Robbinsville Meals on Wheels.

Pride and Community Day
Bordentown City
The meet up for the march will be at 2 pm at the Riverline. There will be a mass wedding before the march at Old City Hall (where there will be tarot card readings later on). The Community Fun Area is back at Bordentown Home for Funerals: there will be face painting, arts and crafts, a  henna tattoo artist, a pet fashion contest, music and more. Fun times are planned all through town, including a Pride Party at HOB Taver with DJ Justintime, drink specials at Tindall Road Brewing Company and an event at Old Town Pub.

Green Fair
Carlslake Community Center, Bordentown
There will be local food vendors, native plants, children’s activities, eco-friendly goods, live music and vendors.

Aberdeen Food Truck & Music Festival
Veterans Memorial Park, Keyport
Celebrate the first year of this fest with food, beer, music, a margarita and sangria garden, pony rides, a petting zoo, miniature golf, bounce house, slide, knockerball, bungee trampoline, face painting, sand art, vendors and a bungee trampoline.

Summer Solstice Craft Show
St. Francis Community Center, Brant Beach, Long Beach Island
There will be so many local makers showcasing what they’ve created: crafters, potters, woodworkers, artists, photographers, apparel designers and more.

IABX Children’s Book Festival
Warinanco Sports Complex, Roselle
Independent Authors Book Experience will have a series of authors, illustrators, vendors and entertainment for reading lovers of all ages.

Pride Fest in the Park
Huddy Park, Highlands
Pride Fest will include live music and entertainment, food vendors, specialty vendors and a wine and beer garden.

June 10-11

New Jersey Renaissance Faire
The Shire of Crossford is open so that you may meet Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. Aside from all the fantasy fun during the day, there will be a nighttime show by Righteous Blackguards on Saturday.

Unicorn Festival
Paradise Farms, Chesterfield
The kids will go crazy for unicorn rides, photos with Forgotten Angels mini unicorns, face painting and hayrides.

Strawberry Festival
VonThun Farms, Washington
There will be strawberry picking, an activity area with more than 20 games, hayrides, barnyard animals, face painting, craft vendors and food vendors. On your way out stop in the farm market to pick up some homemade, fresh apple cider donuts, and lots of strawberry-themed goodies.

Cultural Festival & Food Truck Rally
Mercer County Park, West Windsor
Celebrate your own heritage, or that of your friends and neighbors, as bands, dancers and food trucks represent different cultures from around the world. Music selections include bluegrass, Italian, Irish and Puerto Rican groups. Dancers will be performing traditional dances that are Polish, Bollywood, Chinese, African, Greek, Mexican and Korean. There will be dozens of different food trucks on site.

Strawberry Festival
Shoppes at Dragon Village, Bridgeton
Check out the craftsmen, artisans and food vendors that will be strawberry themed, along with 4-H-hosted crafts, a basket raffle and train and/or trolley rides.

June 11

Mile Long Street Fair, Montvale
Paragon Drive, Montvale
Paragon Drive will be turned into a giant street fair featuring over 150 quality exhibitors, a special arts & crafts section, a kids’ area, community section, two food courts and continuous live entertainment all day.

Crafts in the Park Show
Veterans Memorial Park, Westwood
There will be 125 exhibitors showcasing stained glass, pottery, garden decor, welcome signs, paintings, apparel, metal and resin art, charcuterie boards, jewelry, florals, birdhouses, turned bowls and pens, fiber, original writings, crochet dolls, dog treats, totes, ceramics, art, soaps, candles and more. Festival foods, homemade pretzels, pickles, Italian ice and kettle corn will be available.

Lake Festival 2023
Memorial Lake, Woodstown
There will be local artisans, music and a food truck at this Locals on the Lake festival.

Carstadt Street Fair
Hackensack Street
Rain or shine there will be activities for the whole family: vendors, entertainment, children’s rides, games and adult beverages.

North Jersey Pride Festival
Memorial Park, Maplewood
All are invited to attend this all-day festival.

June 12-17

St. Charles Borromeo Carnival
St. Charles, Cinnaminson
You can have a good time playing games, winning prizes, riding rides and eating food while celebrating this year’s theme, “Take Me Out to the Carnival!”

June 14-18

North to Shore Festival
Asbury Park
This weekend is the second stop on the three-city tour of this inaugural music, comedy, arts and culture festival celebrating the best NJ has to offer. There will be more than 50 venues featuring hundreds of acts throughout the month.

June 15-18

Barefoot Country Music Festival
Wildwood Beach, Wildwood
Thursday – Saturday
Major headliners at this popular country fest include Blake Shelton, Kid Rock and Darius Rucker. There will be more than 40 artists on the bill.

Morris County Tri-County Fair
Christ Church, Rockaway
Carnival attractions, rides, games, live music, fireworks and more will be spread across 107 acres. There will be heart-pounding rides such as the Polar Express and the Sky Hawk, classic rides like the Ferris Wheel, kiddie rides, games of chance and monster truck rides. Additionally, there will be pony rides, fair foods, family-friendly music, a fireworks show, an old time car show complete with ’50s music, the Extreme Illusions and Escapes of Josh Knotts. If you bring your superhero dad on Father’s Day he can take a picture with the Batmobile!

June 16-18

Asbury Tattoo Festival
Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel, Asbury Park
Come watch as more than 150 tattoo artists from around the world tattoo live. For more entertainment, there will be burlesque shows, magic shows, DJ sets and a contest for Mr. and Mrs. Asbury.

Black Excellence Festival
Showboat Atlantic City
Celebrate Black culture through music, films, comedy, praise, inspirational speeches, dancing and more.

June 16 – July 4

Youth Sports Festival
DeVry University, North Brunswick
There will be tons of carnival rides, games, music, shows, petting zoo and farm animals, plus fireworks on certain nights. Funds raised support youth sports organizations in town.

June 17

New Jersey Beer & Food Festival
Crystal Springs Resort, Hamburg
Adults can sample over 200 craft beer, cider and traditional brews, plus feast on an all-you-can-eat buffet featuring barbecue pulled pork, coal roasted leg of lamb, beef brisket and slaw, wood roasted chicken and more. You’ll also enjoy great entertainment including live music, goat races, axe throwing, hot air balloon rides, human foosball, hippity hop races, Dryvebox mobile golf simulator, giant beer pong and more.

Manville Food Truck & Music Bash
Gerber Field, Manville
Choose your lunch from more than a dozen gourmet food trucks. There will be beer for sale. Test your luck with the 50/50 raffle. Everyone can listen to live music. Activities for the young ones include pony rides, a petting zoo, face painting, bungee trampoline, knockerball, a bounce house, sand art and more. This benefits the Manville Youth Athletic League.

Multi-Cultural Festival & Street Fair
Elmwood Park in Elmwood Park
There will be lots of exhibitors selling a selection of assorted items, a special arts & crafts section, live entertainment, kiddie rides and games, great festival foods and food trucks, and much more.

Juneteenth Jubilee
Hillside School Grounds, Montclair
A townwide celebration of freedom will include guest speakers, a vendors village, food trucks, face painters, pony rides and story corner for what is sure to be a day of community fellowship.

Sustainably Green Music & Arts Festival
Washington Borough
A full day of music, eco-friendly exhibitioners, artisan vendors, kids’ activities, shopping, dining and more is planned. Green initiatives that will be presented include electronics recycling, a clothing drive, a solar merry-go-round, paper shredding and electric vehicle display and information.

Barrels and Bites Food Truck & Wine Tasting Festival
Atlantic County Fairgrounds, Hamilton
This will be a day of fun, live music, food, craft vendors and wine tasting. Kids can attend the food truck and craft fest (which are both free for everyone), but only adults 21+ can go into the wine tasting building (and need a ticket).

Juneteenth Celebration
Neptune to Asbury Park
There will be a flag raising, muscle car procession, celebration and parade which will take place for the holiday, and also as part of the North to Shore Festival.

Sussex County Fairgrounds, Augusta
Lunar Faire is a pop-up night market that celebrates the strange and unusual, the moon, and all the weird things people make and do. Attractions typically include curiosities, fire dancing, a potions lab, fortunes, crystal charging, group spell-making, medium readings, a witch coven, music, matchmaking, wizardry, stilts and aerials, fairy hair and face painting, ukeleles, magical book exchange, drum circle and more.

Sankofa’s Juneteenth Festival of Morris County
Morristown Green and Pioneer Plaza, Morristown
Morristown Juneteenth Weekend brings together five non-profit organizations to create a three-day event. Freedom Day: The Juneteenth Festival of Morris County, takes place on June 17. The day includes live performances by The Kofi and Sankofa Drum & Dance Ensemble, local artists, and a tribute to famed abolitionist Frederick Douglass, who made a historic visit to Morristown in 1865.  Enjoy DJ sets, food, community resource tables, the Atlantic Health pavilion, and a main stage filled with live entertainment.

Create in the Crest Arts Festival
Centennial Park, Wildwood Crest
For the second year, there will be local artists, entrepreneurs, musicians and other creators displaying, selling and teaching their art. Vendors include handmade arts and crafts, handmade jewelry, pottery, hand-painted floral designs, sea glass art, silk screening, wooden enamel art and more. Free classes will be available in a variety of art forms. The event will also feature live music.


June 17-18

Raritan Native American Heritage Celebration & Pow Wow
Middlesex County Fairgrounds, East Brunswick
Introduce your kids to Native American culture. There will be a full contest Pow Wow attracting more than 500 Native American artists, educators, singers, dancers and performing groups from across the Americas. There will be over 40 artist booths selling crafts, jewelry, food, authentic cuisine and more. You can interact with representatives from tribes of the Lakota, Navajo, Mohawk, Seneca, Cherokee, Aztec, Mayan, Samoan, Hawaiian and many more.

Asbury Park Bazaar
Convention Hall, Asbury Park
Celebrate Father’s Day Weekend at the Asbury Park Bazaar North 2 Shore Festival Pop Up featuring makers, music and art. North To Shore Music & Arts Festival will bring together multiple venues and events across Asbury Park including concerts, comedians, movies, entertainment, surprise guests, special pop ups, and more from June 14-18. Asbury Park Bazaar will feature shopping, food and libations, face painting for kids and vendors.

June 19-24

St. Gregory the Great Parish Family Carnival
St. Gregory the Great, Hamilton Twp.
Come down for rides, games, activities, food, music and entertainment.

June 21-25

North to Shore Festival
This was the final weekend of the three-city tour of this inaugural music, comedy, arts and culture festival celebrating the best NJ has to offer. There will be more than 50 venues featuring hundreds of acts throughout the month.

L.E.A.D. Fest Carnival
Overpeck County Park, Ridgefield Park
Food, music, entertainment and fireworks will be held for family fun in support of law enforcement officers who combat substance abuse and violence.

June 22-25

Paradise Lakes Campground, Hammonton
Aside from music, art and workshops, there will be swimming and camping for you nature lovers! Some of the top performers include Spafford, Pink Talking Fish, Dogs in a Pile, Mark Guiliana’s Beat Music and the West Philadelphia Orchestra.

June 22 – July 9

State Fair Meadowlands
MetLife Center, East Rutherford
With over 100 rides, free shows and 50 food options, the fair is considered one of the largest events in New Jersey.

June 23

Summer Solstice Music Festival
Haddon Avenue, Haddon Township
This year’s event will feature food trucks, live entertainment, a beer garden and a kid zone – but the real focus is the performances by Ndichu, John Torres Band, HaZy Cosmic Jive, Brown Sugar and Random Acts of Soul.


June 23-25

Rock, Ribs & Ridges Festival
Sussex County Fairgrounds, Augusta
For three days you can eat and sing to your heart’s content. There will be pitmaster competitions alongside a packed lineup of live music.


June 24

Showboat, Atlantic City
Sample over 100 wines and bubblies from across the globe as well as some “outside the bottle options.” There will be a deejay, food vendors and more. Must be 21 to attend.

Summer Ale Festival
Philadelphia Zoo, Philadelphia, PA
This annual event features specialty brews, live entertainment, food trucks and more. Sample from more than 100 award-winning seasonal craft beers, seltzers and ciders; purchase fresh, local food from the region’s hippest food trucks; and enjoy live music and exhibits with the animals.

Bayshore Bazaar Summer Celebration
The Seafarer, Highlands
Get ready for a day full of activities and entertainment, including live music, food and libations, local vendors and more. You’ll have the chance to browse unique handmade crafts, jewelry, clothing and other items from talented local artists and artisans. Local Smoke BBQ will serve snacks and meals. Keep the kiddos busy with face painting, arts & crafts, a custom kids patch bar, and sensory play.

VISIONS AND PATHWAYS GIVING THANKS FEST / Gospel singer Robert “Buddy” Williams III

Giving Thanks Multicultural Festival
Drew University, Madison
Multicultural musicians, singers, dancers and poets will be led by emcee Dr. Liz Black, WBLS-FM radio personality. Listen to Gospel and soul music, Spanish singing, piano works and R&B contemporary. Watch a praise dance performance, Spektrums Afrikans and Indian classic dance. A poet will recite her works as well.

Faerie Festival
The Historic Village of Allentown, Allentown
There will be a butterfly release, costume contest, pixie parade, treasure hunt, unicorn rides, a wishing tree and a Kids Faerie Terrarium Workshop.

Touch-a-Truck and Food Truck Festival
Raritan Valley Community College, Branchburg
There will be large trucks for the kids to climb on such as fire and construction trucks. There will be 10 food trucks and a beer garden. This is a Branchburg Rotary-sponsored outdoor event benefiting suicide prevention among veterans.

MONMOUTH PARK / Wine & Pizza Festival

June 24-25

Wine & Pizza Festival
Monmouth Park Racetrack, Oceanport
Wine samples are for adults 21 and older, but anyone can order pizza and enjoy a weekend of horseracing, plus Family Fun Day activities like food trucks, live music, face painters, clowns and pony rides.

Blues, BBQ & Wine Fest
Gloucester County Fairgrounds, Mullica Hill
The name says it all: come by for blues music, BBQ food and wine sampling (if you’re 21+).

Camden County Fair
County Fairgrounds, Gloucester Twp.
New for 2023 is the Sustainability Village, which includes vineyard tours, electric cars and demonstration gardens. There will be the typical rides, games, live music, exhibits and vendors, food, free pony rides, a petting zoo, and projects by the 4-H youth.

CITY SPARK / Garden State Comic Fest

Garden State Comic Fest
Mennen Arena, Morristown
Come dressed in your best cosplay so you can meet-and-greet your favorite actors, comic book artists and heroes in style. There will be plenty of merchandise for sale, plus exhibits and tons of comic books.

Fantasy Faire
WheatonArts, Millville
Welcome to the Kingdom of Wheaton, where you will interact with strolling costumed characters portraying historical and mythical figures; watch storytellers, dancers, drummers and sword demos; play pirate games, scavenger hunts and archery; and battle to save the kingdom.

STAFF PHOTO / Feria de Sevilla

June 25

Feria de Sevilla
Parker Press Park, Woodbridge
An afternoon of costumes, food, music and dance performances will be presented on stage by Alborada Spanish Dance Theatre’s professional musicians and dancers. Watch the traditional Sevillanas throughout the park, clicking castanets, stomping their feet and twirling their dresses. They’ll stop to teach you some moves, too. There will be plenty of Spanish food, vendors, arts and crafts, kids’ activities, pony rides and more.

Vintage & Collectible Market
Ringwood Manor, Ringwood
Bring your items for a special appraisal. Or shop from dealers selling everything from shabby chic to antiques, salvaged items, vintage and antique furniture for the home and garden, architectural salvage, vintage-inspired jewelry, repurposed and upcycled treasures, vintage clothing, and wither specialty items. There will be an array of gourmet food trucks, live music, and manor tours throughout the day.

STAFF PHOTO / United for Impact Food Truck Festival

United For Impact Food Truck Festival
Downtown Freehold
There will be vendors, live music, food, beer, activities for kids and lots of local business support. This benefits the United Way of Monmouth and Ocean Counties, which bridges the financial and health gap for every person in the community.

Catch of Cape May
Cape May Convention Hall, Cape May
NJ Audubon Nature Center of Cape May will hold its 10th annual gala. Dance the night away to the rhythms of Latin party band De Tierra Caliente. Dine on tapas and sip specialty cocktails.

TERHUNE ORCHARDS / Firefly Festival

Firefly Festival
Terhune Orchards, Princeton
Fireflies are an “electrifying” part of summer. This festival will celebrate nature with music by Lolly Hopwood, wing making, special barnyard fun, pony rides, wine sampling for adults, and more outdoor fun.

June 26 – July 1

Saint Mary’s Great Fair
Saint Mary Parish, Middletown
There will be 22 rides, boardwalk games, food trucks, food stands, beer tent, Super 50/50 and hourly 50/50.

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