Amazingly, it’s June already, and with the great weather comes some awesome family-friendly activities for you and your crew to enjoy. This weekend, celebrate Pride at a local parade or community event. Head out for some strawberry picking before it’s over. And don’t forget to check out the hot air balloon festival. It’s uplifting fun that will make for an unforgettable weekend!
Warren County Hot Air Balloons, Arts & Crafts Festival
Warren County Community College, Washington
Friday – Sunday
Balloons are on display in the evenings, prior to the scheduled launch time. A tether balloon will set up around 4:30 pm for tethered rides. Take a short trip up and down for a nice view of the festivities from the air. Organizers anticipate up to 20 balloons in attendance, including the sponsor balloon of presenting sponsor, Alston Construction LLC, as well as sponsor Unity Bank and RE/MAX. Full flights are available for purchase.
School of Rock
Friday – Sunday
Based on the hit movie, School of Rock is a loving testimony to the transformative power of music! MPAC’s production of School of Rock will feature a dynamic cast of several dozen young performers in a professionally produced and staged show.
PigDog Beach Volleyball Classic
Morey’s PigDog Beach Bar, Wildwood
Saturday – Sunday
The 2nd Annual PigDog Beach Volleyball Classic will take place this weekend. Featured courts will be located at Morey’s PigDog Beach Bar, with additional courts on the Schellenger Ave and Lincoln Ave beaches. Teams of two will compete in various divisions based on age/skill level, while teams of six participate in a recreational division. Top level players compete for prize money and all lower divisions play for merchandise prizes. In addition, Sunday’s junior division winners will earn bids to AVP America Junior Nationals.
Westfield Garden State Plaza, Paramus
Wednesday – Sunday
Enjoy food, rides and entertainment at the L.E.A.D. Fest Carnival, an event hosted by Law Enforcement Against Drugs & Violence (L.E.A.D.). Along with fairway rides, performances will be held by Granpa Cratchet.
Agora Greek Festival
615 Mercer St., Cherry Hill
Thursday – Sunday
Since 1974 the Agora Greek Festival signature event kicks off with all-day festivals of food, wine, music, dance and song. The weekend-long festival is an annual initiative of the St Thomas Greek Orthodox Church in Cherry Hill.
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Axelrod Performing Arts Center, Deal Park
Friday – Sunday
Revisit Danny Zuko, the head greaser, and his love interest, good girl Sandy Dumbrowski along with the Pink Ladies and Burger Palace Boys of Rydell High. This 1950s singing and dance extravaganza includes stage and film favorites such as “Greased Lightnin’,” “Summer Nights,” “Hopelessly Devoted to You” and “You’re the One that I Want.” This show features special guest Remember Jones as Teen Angel.
Rally for Two Rivers Eco Fest
Victory Park, Rumson
Join Clean Ocean Action, the Rumson Environmental Commission and Rally for the Two Rivers Alliance partners for free, family fun. This environmental celebration of the Navesink and Shrewsbury Rivers will feature hands-on educational activities, river seining, music, eco-friendly crafts and more! Kids can take the Environmental Passport Challenge to unlock special rewards from participating local businesses.
Historic Smithville, Galloway
Enjoy a day of 50’s style entertainment with a modern twist including live music and a classic pin-up contest with prizes and vendors. This event is free to attend and sponsored by Underground. Rain date for this event is June 5.
Flemington Car Show
Main St., Flemington
Flemington’s Main Street will be bustling with hot cars, live music, kids activities, delicious food and summer fun when Flemington Car Show comes to town! Trophies are awarded to the best cars, and there are door prize raffles for everyone, as well as kids activities like face painting, games and balloon sculptures.
West Orange Street Fair
Main St., West Orange
The West Orange Street Fair will return for 2022. One of the biggest events of the year in West Orange, the Street Fair will feature crafters, vendors, food, street performers, a classic car show, beer garden and more!
Sparta Day 2022
Station Park, Sparta
Discover over 100 vendors, live entertainment, a food plaza, Kid’s Country with activities, games, amusements and more. This event is free to the public thanks to community sponsors and all proceeds are donated to local and national non-profit organizations.
New Jersey Botanical Garden, Ringwood
Join Darlene Nowak in checking out the many delightful flowers and ferns in the shady, wooded Wildflower Garden. Wear sturdy shoes and meet at the Carriage House.
Ramsey’s 4th Annual LGBTQ Pride Ceremony
Ramsey High School Front Lawn, Ramsey
Hometown favorite rock band Dad to the Bone will be opening up the event followed by musical performances by the award-winning Ramsey High School RamJams, Jeffrey Castellano, Katherine Thumm, Emily Kenny, Sarah Putunas and more. Speakers will include GSA President Yamini Dalal, Bergen County Sheriff Anthony Cureton , Pastor Linderman, Ramsey HS graduate Andy Dobson and Danielle Oberle.
Kids Fishing Derby
500 Pemberton Brown Mills Rd., Pemberton
The fishing derby features a free lunch and a casting contest for kids. Don’t miss the awards and goodie bags.
233 Kings Highway East, Haddonfield
On Saturday, the British will invade Haddonfield and be challenged by Continental troops, just as they did 244 years ago, in June 1778. The day’s events include many other activities such as a Yelling Contest, Colonial Dancing, Pillory Prisoners and Character reenactors.
West Cape May Strawberry Festival
Backyard Park, 732 Broadway, West Cape May
Sponsored by the West Cape May Business Association, the Strawberry Festival has become an eagerly anticipated event each spring. The festival will be held in the Borough’s Backyard Park, behind the WCM Volunteer Firehouse.
44th Annual Hungarian Festival
Somerset Street from Bethany to Division Streets, New Brunswick
Enjoy fine Hungarian cuisine, listen to Hungarian folk songs and watch and learn Hungarian folk dances.
Point Pleasant Summerfest 2022
Point Pleasant Community Park, Point Pleasant
The 32nd annual festival will feature live music, food trucks, market and craft vendors plus inflatables for the kids. This is a free community event that is fun for the whole family.
Touch- A- Truck
Mountainview Park, Hillsborough Twp.
This is an interactive, hands-on event hosted by the Middlesex Public Library and Middlesex Department of Public Works. Kids can hop behind the wheel and learn about dump trucks, garbage trucks, skid steers, loaders and more.
Jersey City Night Market
179 Montgomery St., Jersey City
The newest addition to the JC foodie scene is a hyper local, evening market that’s hosted at City Hall. Join to celebrate small business and all that’s chill about Jersey City! Eat delicious and international bites, shop from artists and artisans and vibe to some music.
The Park, Berkeley Heights
Summit Health Cares will host its first annual Summit Challenge. This unique fundraising experience will bring the community together while raising funds for Summit Health Cares’ Cancer Comfort Project. Summit Challengers will take on a 2.5-mile multi-level obstacle course running from one challenge to the next, where they will jump, crawl, balance and climb their way through. The course will be surrounded by a festival of food, entertainment and kid zone for friends, family and teammates to enjoy.
Farm to Table Strawberry Pancake Breakfast
Alstede Farms, Chester
Indulge in a hearty farm-to-table strawberry pancake breakfast complete with delicious homemade pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, breakfast potatoes, homemade strawberry topping, coffee and drinks. Guests will be greeted with a scenic wagon ride around the farm which will ultimately stop at the new Christmas Barn where the breakfast will be served. Following breakfast, guests can spend the day on the farm picking strawberries.
Art at the Esplanade
Elm Rd., Mountain Lakes
Discover fine artists and artisans in the lovely town of Mountain Lakes at the juried arts & craft show. Shop directly from emerging and established artists at this open-air event for original paintings, pottery pieces, jewelry, sculpture and more.
TRT Community Day
The Raptor Trust, Millington
Guests are invited for a day with TRT’s ambassador birds (owls, hawks, falcons!), a silent auction, family activities, a raffle, tricky tray, food truck and more. All proceeds from the event benefit TRT’s wild bird hospital, which offers its veterinary services to wild birds.
Franklin School Athletics Expo & Open House
John J. Moore Athletics & Fitness Center, Jersey City
Franklin School, a visionary new high school in Jersey City, invites families and students in grades 7-10 to join us for an Athletic Expo and Open House. Tour NJCU’s state-of-the-art athletic facilities — home of the Franklin Tigers — and meet the Franklin team. Students are invited to play basketball and run through drills with renowned coaches.
South Orange Pride Celebrations
Spiotta Park, South Orange
Join for an afternoon of family fun to celebrate Pride Month with a dance party, games and activities for everyone. This event is free and open to the public.
Feria De Sevilla a Flamenco Festival
Parker Press Park, Woodbridge
Enjoy an afternoon of colorful costumes, spontaneous dancing throughout the park of the traditional Sevillanas, main stage flamenco dance performances by Alborada’s professional company joined by guest artist, guitarist, Juan Pedro Jimenez directly from Cadiz, Spain. Enjoy an exhibition of Sevillanas dancing, joyous live music, clicking castanets, stomping feet and delicious foods including paella and sangria and traditional Spanish items for sale.
Garwood Rocks 2022
Center St., Garwood
The 8th Annual Garwood Rocks! Car Show & Street Fair will take place on Sunday in downtown Garwood with a live music stage, food trucks, vendors and more.
Hasbrouck Heights Street Fair
On Sunday, the Boulevard from Raymond Street to Kipp Ave will once again be filled with thousands of families and friends from Hasbrouck Heights, Wood-Ridge and the surrounding communities. Enjoy concerts, live demonstrations and children’s activities.
Englewood Caribbean Festival
8 Depot Sq., Englewood
Join for a live DJ, free bounce house and petting zoo, and many more surprises. There will be food, merchants and vendors as well as games and music for all.
Somerville Street Fair & Craft Show
Come out for live music, a DJ, dancing, delicious foods, performances and more. There will be plenty of fun for the kids too, from rides to games.
NJs 30th Annual Statewide LGBTQ Pride Festival
Town Hall, Asbury Park
Enjoy the fabulous pride parade, headline performers, great food, arts and crafts, exhibits and community information, activities for the entire family and the best in entertainment. The festival features 150 artisans, crafters, and organizations and a diverse food court.
Broadway at Westfield Garden State Plaza
Westfield Garden State Plaza is hosting a free 15-week series every Saturday through June 25 that features performances from hit Broadway shows for children in partnership with Bergen Performing Arts Center. Come out and see memorable scenes and songs from your favorite Broadway shows and modern movies — this weekend it’s “The Little Mermaid.”
Sunset Sips & Sounds
Terhune Orchards, Princeton
Fridays (now through September 9)
Meet in this historic apple orchard for Terhune wine, music, light bites and friend-filled evenings every Friday night at Terhune Orchards Vineyard and Winery. It’s a great way to unwind after the week, meet friends, bring your family and enjoy the sunset on the farm.
Winery Weekend Music Series
Terhune Orchards., Princeton
Saturday – Sunday
Grab a glass of one of Terhune’s award-winning wines, sit back, relax and enjoy live music from local artists each week. Styles range from Jazz and Blues to Folk and Rock. Music is from 1 pm-4 pm.