We’re in the thick of July, which means there’s plenty of adventure happening around the Garden State. Start your weekend with a trip to the Sussex County Fairgrounds Food Truck & Music Festival in Augusta, hit the NJ Bacon Festival at Norz Hill Farm and Market in Hillsborough or gather a bucket of peaches at the Peach Festival in Califon.
For more fun this weekend, check out our complete list of fairs and festivals, and if the rain puts a damper on your plans, take a look at our favorite indoor activities. Got a bunch of five-and-unders to entertain? We’ve got fun activities that cater just to them, plus free events for the whole fam. Check out our calendar for events near you or browse events in your county below.
NJ Bacon Festival
Head to Norz Hill Farm and Market for all things bacon, pork and pork roll (or is it Taylor ham?). While you celebrate pork-related delights, wash it down with beer from local crafters and watch the kids take a spin on the hayrides and visit farm animals.
$12/before event, $15/day of, free/36″ and under
Head to the Historic Cold Spring Village at Exit 0 for railroad displays, presentations, working model trains and garden railways stretching across the Village.
$14/adults, $12/ages 3-12, free/ages 3 and under
2019 Morris County 4-H Fair
You won’t have to convince the kids to hit this fair, which boasts rides, animals, food, live entertainment and other kid-friendly activities.
Cape May County 4-H Fair
Cape May Court House
Stop by for the children’s pet, livestock and horse shows, plus an animal auction, bouncy houses and a Maker Space. Hit the Children’s Discovery Farm for antique pedal tractors and to learn about life on the farm. There’ll also be “tent talks,” a chainsaw artist, antique car show, 4-H exhibits, food vendors and live entertainment.
FRIDAY (JULY 19)
Family Fort Night
For one night, the kids can put down their controllers and spend an evening building real forts with you. Bring an old sheet, blankets and pillows to create a cozy reading spot. Even better? You’ll be in the Cranford Library past close!
Burlington County Farm Fair
Let the kids play in hay and meet farm animals at the Burlington County Fairgrounds. They’ll be able to meet cows, rabbits, chickens and other cuties. Your family can also watch a tractor pull contest and learn about old steam engines and antique farm equipment.
Follow Pinocchio’s adventures at Middlesex County College when he meets the less-than-honorable Honest John and finds himself shipped off to Carousel Island. Will he ever reunited with Geppetto and become a real boy?
Theatre For Everyone
Join Theatre For Everyone as it opens its doors to anyone ages 6-21 with special needs. They’ll work on theatre improvisation, storytelling, music, movement and visual art. A student’s nurse, family member, caregiver or parent is welcome to stay for the class.
Galaxy T-Shirt Tween Craft
Take the kids (ages 8-17) to the Warren County Library so they create their very own galaxy t-shirt! Be sure to bring your own black tee and register beforehand.
Legally Blonde: The Musical
Bend and snap your way to UCPAC and Harvard Law School, where Elle Woods enrolls after being dumped by her boyfriend. Determined to win him back, Elle attends Harvard, encounters roadblocks and makes plenty of friends (and enemies) along the way.
Cycle Circus Live
Head to Skylands Stadium to be wowed by Cycle Circus and their gnarly tricks. The cycling daredevils will show off (and catch some serious air) with some help from pyrotechnics and music.
Drive-In Movies at Duke Island Park
Drive on back to the 1950s with the ole drive-in movies for a classic movie experience. Karate This week’s movie will have your kids karate chopping all the way home after a showing of Kung Fu Panda. Refreshments will also be available.
SATURDAY (JULY 20)
July Small Explorers Program
Go beneath the waves at the State Museum, where kiddos ages 6 months to 5 years can listen to a reading of Seashells by the Seashore, visit the Written in the Rocks exhibit (don’t miss the giant clam shell!), then hit the STEAM center for hands-on activities. Registration required by 10 am on Friday, July 19.
Blast off to the planetarium at RVCC to get cozy with a telescope and see the sun and moon. Whether you’re interested in solar viewing during the day or nighttime views, your lil’ astronomers can peer into the solar system. See a public show or laser concert for an extra fee.
Free/activities, $10/planetarium show
Summer in the Street
While you dig into delicious dishes from food trucks, the kids can jump around on inflatables and other rides, hit the balloonist and play free games and prizes at the Kid Zone.
Sussex County Fairgrounds Food Truck & Music Festival – POSTPONED
Hit the Sussex County Fairgrounds for live music entertainment, arts and crafts, yummy eats and fun for kids of all ages. Parents can indulge in beer, sangria, margaritas and mojitos while the kids get their faces painted.
$5, free/ages 10 and under
*THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED DUE TO THIS WEEKEND’S EXTREME WEATHER CONDITIONS
New York Jets Running Back Le’Veon Bell
Heads up, Jets fans! Kids can get one personal item signed at iPlay America by New York Jets running back Le’Veon Bell, currently considered one of the biggest free agent signings of the entire off-season.
Summer in the Street
Bring the family to the Jersey Shore to experience a classic summer day filled with live entertainment, food trucks, vendors, a Kid Zone and more.
Saturday Afternoon Cartoons: Superman
The most iconic superhero of all time is returning to Hopewell Theater in his original action packed cartoon with other cartoon favorites.
Lunar Landing Picnic
Bring the whole family to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo moon landing with an outdoor picnic. Bring your own food or stop by the food trucks before exploring activities and listening to music.
Free, $5/planetarium show
Apollo 11’s 50th Anniversary
The township of Montclair is hosting a commemoration in honor of Neil Arstrong’s moon landing at the Montclair Public Library featuring speakers, a Buzz Aldrin book giveaway and demonstrations from L3 Academy’s robotics club.
SUNDAY (JULY 21)
Get in a peachy mood for an all-out peach fest at Melick’s Town Farm. While the kids go on a hayride, meet farm goats and play kiddie games, parents can enjoy a wine tasting session. With acres of orchards to explore, the little ones will have plenty of space to expend that summertime energy.
Annual Block Party
Take a trip to the Rubin Museum for a massive party featuring activities like making your own portable lamp, exploring constellations in the Himalayas and watching a power painting performance. 1-4 pm.
Ice Cream Sunday
I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! Join Kingsland Manor on the 35th anniversary of National Ice Cream Month, which means you can eat a delicious treat while taking a tour and learning the historic aspects of the house and garden.
Free admission, donations accepted
Free Concert With New Power Soul
Grab your picnic basket, blankets, chairs and family for an evening of live music with Frank and Vinny Scasso and New Power Soul. From swing and blues to rock ‘n roll, there’s nothing like al fresco dining paired with a free concert.
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