Whether you’ve finally finished the school year or you’re still winding down, you’re in summer’s sweet spot. Start your weekend festivities with a trip to State Fair Meadowlands and the Health & Fitness Expo in East Rutherford, or strap on DIY fairy wings at Fairy Day at the Frelinghuysen Arboretum. For more fun this weekend, be sure to check out our complete list of fairs and festivals.
Got a bunch of five-and-unders to entertain? We’ve got perfect activities that cater just to them, plus free events for those on a budget. If you’re looking for great events in your neighborhood, check out our calendar for tons more.
Hit MetLife Stadium for health screenings, take a tour of the New York Giants locker room, and don’t miss your chance to meet with anchors and reporters from NBC 4 New York and Telemundo 47.
Can you smell the sugary funnel cake goodness? From June 21 through July 7, fill up on fair food, watch the Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show (hello, chainsaws!), get hypnotized and marvel at extreme illusions at the biggest fair in the Garden State. Visit the petting zoo and hop on classic rides like the chair swings and a drop tower.
Step into the Kingdom of Wheaton in Millville for sword demos, scavenger hunts and pirate and archery games galore.
$10/adults, free/ages 5 and under
Worth heading into the city to Pier 94 for this fest that’s chock-full of wellness activities, art installations and a beauty carnival, plus keynotes from celebs like Chrissy Teigen, Issa Rae and Mandy Moore.
Feast on fresh clams, crabs, scallops, shrimp and other seafood with your kiddos, plus hit the brew court and sample different local craft beers. There’ll also be maritime activities, historic buildings, live animals, mini golf, a boardwalk and other exhibits.
$10/adults, $5/ages 5-12, free/ages 5 and under
This fest combines two of our favorite things. Sample Garden State vinos and smooth sweets while listening to live music, plus watch the kids go bananas at the bounce house, hop on pony rides, get their faces painted and visit clowns on Sunday’s free family fun day.
$5/grandstand admission, $7-16 sampling
Come prepared to feast! There’ll be more than 40 authentic Italian-American food and merch vendors, plus activities like meatball relay races, grape stomping, olive tree signings, a Little Miss Italy contest, raffles and live entertainment. There’ll also be a procession in honor of Saint Anthony on Friday.
SATURDAY (JUNE 22)
If they’ve never seen magic live, this show will wow them. At Steve Woyce’s magic show, he’ll ask for volunteers to help him make moon rocks appear and perform other magical surprises at this comedic, space-themed show.
Stop by the food trucks, play boardwalk games and spend time at the Q&A panels, surf clinic, youth rally and vendors’ booths (hosted by Bridge Christian Radio). Later on, head to a concert featuring Big Daddy Weave and Matt Schuler.
Free admission; $20/concert
Grab your lawn chairs and blankets for seven hours of live music, vendors, food, craft beer, family activities, wildlife education and more at the Plainsboro Preserve.
$20/online adults, $30/door, $10/ages 12-18, free/ages 12 and under
Think more than 10 taco vendors, a mechanical bull, kids’ activities and, of course, beer, sangria and margaritas.
$5/adults, free/ages 10 and under
Grab your SO, kids and furry friends for a day of live music and food trucks. While you sip on spirits like beer, sangria, margaritas and mojitos, the kids can visit a magician and get their faces painted. Remember to bring a donation of dog or cat food!
$5, free/ages 10 and under
For one night, Yogi Berra Stadium will be home to a Star Wars rebel base, inviting all baseball fans to dress up as their favorite characters. The first 100 fans to arrive get their own lightsabers, plus Jack the Jedi will be around for an impromptu photo op. There’ll also be a pregame costume parade on the field, and Han Solo-inspired jerseys will be auctioned off for charity. Before you leave, there’ll be a fireworks show for a galactic celebration.
Watch the Flemington Neshanock and Diamond State Baseball Club compete in bare-handed baseball wearing vintage uniforms from the 19th century.
SUNDAY (JUNE 23)
Make your way to Frelinghuysen Arboretum to build fairy homes using fairy materials like bark, branches, lichens, moss, feathers, stones and leaves (all provided), which you’ll leave at the Arboretum for fairies to find (they’ll be on display through July). Then, listen to music and munch on fairy snacks while learning which plants and trees attract fairies. Registration required.
Get your BBQ fix at this street fair on West Englewood and Palisades Aves., which’ll be packed with food trucks, live music, kids activities and a beer garden.
Spread your wings at Terhune Orchards, where there’ll be a circus troupe (aerials, acrobatics and juggling), wagon rides and DIY firefly wings. Your lil’ fairies can try to juggle, spin a plate, balance feathers and walk a tight wire. There’ll also be plenty of food at Pam’s Firefly Tent, pony rides, face painting and a tasting room for adults.
Free, $5/craft activities
Hit more than 20 gourmet food trucks while you listen to live music and the kids go crazy at different activities. Bring a blanket and chairs (and sunscreen!) so you can sit back while you sip on craft beer, sangria, margaritas and more.
$5, free/ages 10 and under
Gather the kids for an afternoon at the Hoboken Museum for hands-on activities like DIY crafts and games, plus family-friendly songs from local guitar player Corey Feldman.
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