July Fairs and Festivals for New Jersey Families
Fairs and festivals and feasts, oh my! It’s non-stop action in the Garden State this month—read on for our top recommendations and take your pick. From county fairs aplenty to music and food festivals, you’re sure to find an activity to entertain every member of your family. Some highlights include Morris Museum's Victorian Family Carnival and the New Jersey State Ice Cream Festival. Mark your calendars now and have a blast!
Cumberland County Fair (Millville)
This is NJ’s oldest fair and it’s truly the mother of all county fairs. Featuring live entertainment, 4-H exhibits, pie and watermelon eating contests, amusement rides, hayrides, great food, games and much, much more…it’s not to be missed! Admission is $5 for ages 10 & up, $3 for children 4-9, free for kids 3 & under. Wednesday, July 3 is Kids’ Day with free admission for all kids under four feet tall; special activities and contests will take place throughout the day. July 1-6 (Mon & Tues 4-11pm, Wed 1-11pm, Thurs & Fri 4-11pm, Sat 1-11pm).
Front Porch Bluegrass Festival (Chester)
Kick back and relax while enjoying great bluegrass music from 13 local and national bands. There’s plenty of food, games and kids’ activities too—your little ones can get their faces painted, create sand art or dig for buried treasure at the Pirates and Princess Party. All proceeds benefit Big Youth Group’s upcoming service trip to repair homes in Central Appalachia. FREE Admission. July 6, 10am-8pm.
Freedom Fest State Fair (Allentown)
The esteemed Horse Park of New Jersey is home to the Freedom Fest for six days this July. Come join in the fun with tons of attractions including a huge carnival midway, international food court, nightly horse shows and animal petting farm. There are live concerts and special events every night—visit on Friday to catch the spectacular fireworks display! Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children under 10, free for kids 4 & under. Parking is $5 per car. July 9-14 (Tues-Fri 5-11pm, Sat 12-11pm, Sun 12-10pm).
Ocean County Fair (Berkeley Township)
It’s the battle of the county fairs! Not to be outdone, the Jersey Shore is offering up this six-day festival chock-full of family fun—rides galore, delicious food, 4-H shows and live entertainment are all on the schedule. Visit Tuesday, Wednesday or Sunday and pay just $20 for unlimited amusement rides. Admission is $7 for adults, free for children under 10. July 9-14 (Tues-Thurs 5-11pm, Fri & Sat 11am-11pm, Sun 11am-5pm).
Victorian Family Festival (Morristown)
Head to the Morris Museum for this wonderful carnival featuring Victorian-themed games and activities for the whole family. Design a collage postcard, dress up in Victorian clothing for a family picture or create a "mussie tussie" (small flower bouquet). Professor Winklebottom's Science Circus will also be performing in the children's theatre at 11am--don't miss this great show of magic, juggling, music and more! Admission is $10 for adults and $7 for children ($15 for combined theatre and museum admission). July 13, 11am-4pm.
Burlington County Farm Fair (Springfield Township)
Come on down for some good old-fashioned family entertainment! There’s plenty to keep your brood busy at this fair, from 4-H animal exhibits and daily horse shows to amusement rides and live performances. Kids of all ages can join in the fun by entering the Scarecrow Recycling Contest, participating in the “Farmer for a Day” program or vying for the blue ribbon in Saturday’s Open Pet Show. Parking is $10 per car and includes admission for all occupants. July 17-20 (Wed 2-11pm, Thurs-Sat 10am-11pm).
City of Water Day (Jersey City)
Celebrate the NY-NJ Harbor at this waterfront festival in Liberty State Park. Highlights include free historic boat tours, live music, ferry rides and delicious food from local vendors. There are plenty of activities to keep the kids busy too—fossil viewing, sand art and a bouncy house are among the offerings. FREE Admission. July 20, 10am-4pm.
New Jersey State Ice Cream Festival (Toms River)
What’s better than spending a hot summer day scarfing down ice cream? Taste them all, then cast a vote for your favorite scoop. If you’re still not full enough, step up and enter the ice cream eating contest (there’s one for kids too). Games, rides, entertainment and a kids’ coloring contest round out the day’s activities. FREE Admission. Tasting kits cost $7 each ($6 if purchased before 7/17). July 20, 11:30am-5pm.
St. Ann's Italian Festival (Hoboken)
A Hoboken favorite for over 100 years, St. Ann’s Feast is the epitome of a summer festival. It’s got everything your family loves—rides, games, amazing food and live bands performing on the main stage every night. Don't miss out on their famous zeppole! FREE Admission. July 24-28 (Wed & Thurs 6-11pm, Fri-Sun 1-11pm).
NJ Peach Festival & Gloucester County 4-H Fair (Mullica Hill)
Peaches are always a summer highlight. This festival, which runs concurrently with the Gloucester County 4-H Fair, honors the peach in all its glory. Check out the peach bake-off, sample juicy peaches and cheer on the contestants in the New Jersey Peach Queen and Little Miss Peach contests. The 4-H fair offers additional fun—carnival rides, livestock shows, baby parades and more! Stick around for the nightly barbecue dinners, featuring Jersey Fresh produce. Parking is $10 per car and covers admission for all occupants. July 25-28 (Thurs-Sat 9am-10pm, Sun 10am-5pm).
Storybook Celebration Family Festival (Camden)
Step inside a classic story when you visit Camden Children’s Garden—fairy tales such as The Three Little Pigs and The Frog Prince come to life in the aptly named Storybook Gardens. Kids can participate in book crafts and listen to readings of favorite stories. And be sure to visit the Giant’s Garden to plant your own magic beans. Admission is $6 per person, free for kids 2 & under. July 27 & 28, 1-4pm.
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