The Best Central Jersey Family Festivals and Events

Central Jersey Family Festivals and Events

These popular festivals occur at venues in all corners of NJ and have wide appeal with families with kids.

They feature events with special themes and are known for having good music, food, entertainment, skilled artisans and performers, fun activities, crafts, and more!

Note: This information is provided by event sponsors as a free service to our viewers. Sometimes conditions require cancellations or changes of dates, times and location which are not reflected in the original schedule. Before planning a trip to visit one of the listed events, it is suggested that you call the event sponsor to confirm the event schedule or for additional information on the event.

Multi-Date, Re-occuring Central Jersey Family Festivals and Events

Music Mondays at Springwood Park
June 26, through August 29, 2017; 6:00 8:30 PM (final show a Tuesday)
Springwood Park
Located between Atkins and Union Avenues
Asbury Park, NJ
Web Site ( for concert schedule)
Contact : Jim lenskold, Phone: 732-598-1083, Email:
Free Concerts
Springwood Park will once again come alive with music this summer during a 10 -week free concert series presented by the Asbury Park Music Foundation. Music Mondays at Springwood Park brings the entire Asbury Park community together to enjoy live music and wonderful food from the Kula café in the early evenings.
The kickoff show on June 26th at 6pm will feature Gary US Bonds with opening act, Laura Crisci.
Free parking is available in the lot across the street. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets.

Asbury Park Beach Bonfires
On the beach
Asbury Park, NJ
Free event
During the summer, Asbury Park hosts bonfires on the beach begging May 19 and ending September 29, 2017
Bonfires usualy occur on Friday nights, but there are some extra dates lined up.
Bonfire schedule:
MAY 19 – Beach Bar (3rd Ave.) @ 7 p.m. MAY 26 – The Anchor's Bend (Sunset Ave.) @ 7 p.m. JUNE 2 – The Anchor's Bend (Sunset Ave.) @ 7 p.m. JUNE 9 – Beach Bar (3rd Ave.) @ 7 p.m. JUNE 16 – The Anchor's Bend (Sunset Ave.) @ 7 p.m. JUNE 23 – Beach Bar (3rd Ave.) @ 7 p.m. JUNE 30 – The Anchor's Bend (Sunset Ave.) @ 7 p.m. JULY 5 – The Anchor's Bend (Sunset Ave.) @ 8 p.m. JULY 12 – MOGO (1st Ave.) @ 8 p.m. JULY 19 – Langosta Lounge (3rd Ave.) @ 8 p.m. JULY 26 – Beach Bar (3rd Ave.) @ 8 p.m. AUGUST 2 – The Anchor's Bend (Sunset Ave.) @ 8 p.m. AUGUST 9 – Beach Bar (3rd Ave.) @ 7 p.m. AUGUST 16 – Langosta Lounge (3rd Ave.) @ 8 p.m. AUGUST 23 – MOGO (1st Ave.) @ 8 p.m. *WEDNESDAY* AUGUST 30 – Beach Bar (3rd Ave.) @ 8 p.m. SEPTEMBER 1 – The Anchor's Bend (Sunset Ave.) @ 8 p.m. SEPTEMBER 8 – Beach Bar (3rd Ave.) @ 8 p.m. SEPTEMBER 15 – The Anchor's Bend (Sunset Ave.) @ 8 p.m. SEPTEMBER 22 – Beach Bar (3rd Ave.) @ 8 p.m. *SATURDAY* SEPTEMBER 23 – The Anchor's Bend (Sunset Ave.) @ 8 p.m. SEPTEMBER 29 – Beach Bar (3rd Ave.) @ 8 p.m.

August 2017 Central New Jersey Family Festivals And Events

23rd Annual Clam Festival
August 3rd - 6th, 2017
Huddy Park
Bay & Waterwitch Aves.
Highlands, NJ 07732
This 4 day festival features fresh seafood, live entertainment, thrill rides, games, contests, a beer and wine garden, and more.

Middlesex County Fair

Monday, August 7 through Sunday, August 13, 2017
655 Cranbury Rd.
East Brunswick, NJ 08816
Website - Events & Fireworks Schedule
This fun family event features a discovery of the state’s agriculture, enjoy crafts, food, watch competitions, go on rides, listen to live entertainment. With awesome fireworks on Monday and Sunday nights.

The Italian American Association of Ocean Township Annual Italian Festival
August 9th - 13th, 2017
Joe Palaia Park
corner of Deal and Whalepond Road
Ocean Township, NJ
(732) 531-5768
This four day Italian Festival annually attracts over 80,000 people with a taste for our traditional foods and wholesome family fun. Celebrating Italian heritage and culture! * * FREE ADMISSION * *
There's something for everyone! From sampling the great taste of Italy's delicious food, rides, games, and music. This year's festival promises 5 fun filled days of entertainment for the entire family.

Pirate Fest
August 9th - 10th, 2017
Jenkinson's Boardwalk
300 Ocean Ave.
Point Pleasant, NJ
This family fest features family for arts and crafts, a balloonist, face painters, stilt walkers, strolling mini shows, and pirates walking the boardwalk. There will also be a pirate show on the beach at 6 pm on the south beach stage.

HUB City Sounds: 2nd Annual Indo-American Festival
August 12th, 2017
Elmer B Boyd Park
Rt. 18 N.
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
This annual family festival features Indo-American mouthwatering treats, music and theatre performances inspired by the rich culture and traditions from Northern and Southern India.

Edison’s Food, Wine & Beer Festival
August 19, 2017; Noon - 7pm
Papaianni Park
Central & Linden Ave.
Edison, NJ
Cost: $5 entry free Children under 10 are free
This family friendly event will feature some of Edison's top restaurants and food trucks, New jersey craft beers and Wine, live music, craft vendors, kids activities, and more. Proceeds from this event will support the Edison animal shelter.

Hunterdon County 4H and Agricultural Fair
Wednesday, August 23 through Sunday, August 27, 2017
Hunterdon County Fairgrounds
1207 Route 179
Lambertville, NJ
Admission is Free
This event features many popular 4-H county fair farm activities along with live music, fun games, thrilling carnival rides, delicious food and the always popular fireworks extravaganza on Friday @9pm.

Long Branch Jazz & Blues Festival
Saturday, August 26, 2017; 12:00 -10:00 p.m. (Rain or Shine)
The Great Lawn on the Long Branch Promenade
Long Branch, NJ
This music festival features a mix of strong national and local musicians performing live Jazz and blues on stage, kids activities, and food vendors with exotic and regional NJ food and crafts and Fireworks.
The lineup of jazz and blues includes seven great bands. Lawn chairs are encouraged, coolers forbidden, sunscreen a must! Fireworks from 9:30 to 9:45 .
The festival is free to the public, dog friendly and all ages are welcome to attend. 

September 2017 Central New Jersey Family Festivals And Events

Indo-American Fair
September 2, 3, 2017; 11am to 7 PM (Both days) Rain date - September 4th
Mercer County Park
West Windsor, NJ.
A premier art and culture event for people of South Asian descent. The Indo-American Fair is organized to spread and share the art, culture and heritage of India amongst our American friends and other local and regional communities.
Everyone from all cultures aew welcomed to attend to be part of Indo-American Fair and enjoy this outdoor event while shopping, enjoying the food and entertainment

Frenchtown Riverfest
Sunday, September 3, 2017
49 Bridge St.
Frenchtown,آ NJ
This family celebration in downtown Frenchtown features kids activities, live music from local performers, the annual pet show, local natural wildlife displays and presentations, earth friendly arts, local food vendors, the Frenchtown Farmers Market along with in store sales and discounts.آ This year's theme: Wings Over the River! Come celebrate the diverse range of avian wildlife in the Delaware

October 2017 Central New Jersey Family Festivals And Events

Pier Fest 2017
Sunday October 1, 2017: 12 PM - 4 PM (Rain or Shine)
Festival Plaza
Pier Village
Long Branch, NJ
This end of summer Jersey Shore, family festival has lots of fun and things to do with kids entertainment, live music, vendors and crafters, and of course, the many restaurants and bars in Pier Village, one of the shore's most vibrant communities. Local bands and artists will perform on the main stage in the Festival Plaza including: Joe Miller, Elya Vasiliev, and Justin and Alina

20th Annual Keyport Screamin Country Jamboree
October 7, 8, 2017; 11am - 6pm
American Legion Drive along the waterfront
Keyport, NJ
The Country Jamboree is two days filled with non-stop music, delicious festival foods, vendors and amusement rides. Get your cowboy boots out since you will be dancing in the streets. It's a fun day for the whole family.
Highlights include:
A screamin' Beer Garden, strolling cowboys and cowgirls, and a Fireworks display on Saturday evening @ 8pm

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