Best New Jersey Family Festivals And Events

Music, Food, Entertainment and Fun Activities

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.

July 2017 Northern NJ Family Festivals and Events

Leonia Sports Boosters Carnival
June 29 through July 9, 2017; 5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Overpeck County Park
50 Fort Lee Road
Leonia, New Jersey 07605
Web Site
Event Contact Phone: 866-666-3247, Email:
Event Cost: Free parking and admission.
This family-friendly annual event sponsored by Leonia Sports Boosters features favorite fair food, midway games and rides for all ages, from whimsical kiddie rides to state-of-the-art thrill rides. Celebrate the 4th of July with a special fireworks show at 9:30 pm. There is no charge for admission and parking. Unlimited ride wristbands are $30. Ride tickets are also available onsite for $1.50 each, $25 for 20 tickets, or $50 for 50 tickets plus 1 free ride. Rides take 3 or more tickets each. Visit the website for coupon savings on rides and food. Carnival hours are 5 to 11 pm Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday; noon to 11 pm Saturday and Sunday; and 2 to 11 pm on July 4th.

Califon Fire Company 97th annual Carnival
July 3rd- July 8th, 2017
39 Academy Street (Behind the Municipal Bldg)
Califon, NJ
The family event features Rides, games, food. Fireworks July 5th & 7th   One price ride all night July 3rd & 6th

White Meadow Lake Festival

July 14, 15, 16. 2017: Friday: 6pm-11pm Saturday: 3pm-11pm Sunday: Noon-10pm
White Meadow Lake Clubhouse grounds
100 White Meadow Road
Rockaway, NJ 07866
Web Site
Contact: Dreamland Amusements, Phone: 866-666-3247, Email:
Cost: Free admission. free parking. Ride cost varies.
This family-friendly annual festival features live entertainment, a parade, fireworks, contests, favorite fair food and midway rides for all ages.
Friday's festivities include a Danceathon (8 pm).
Saturday, Family Day, with activities that include a volleyball tournament (1 pm), Sand Castle Building Contest (1 pm), Team Scavenger Hunt
(3 pm), Mr. WML contest (5 pm) and a Music Fest (5-11 pm).
Sunday highlights are an outdoor Market Place (11 am - 6 pm), a parade and boat parade (noon), DJ entertainment (noon - 10 pm), Water Show Extravaganza (1:30 pm), Wild West City Rangers (4 pm), Magic of Marco (6-8 pm) and a fireworks show (9:15 pm).

Mount Olive Carnival
July 12 - 16, 2017; (Rain Date: July 16th)
Turkey Brook Park
Flanders, New Jersey
Thus very popular carnival draws over 20,000 visitors. Find a spot on the Great lawn while viewing an awesome aerial display of Fireworks on Saturday, July 8th @ Dusk

The Hermitage Food Truck Festival
July 22, 2017: 11:00 AM -- 6:00 PM
The Hermitage Museum
335 North Franklin Tpk
Ho-Ho-Kus, New Jersey 07423
Web Site
Event Cost*: $5; Free for children under 5
The Hermitage Museum is holding a Food Truck Festival on July 22, 2017 from 11am - 6pm. Admission is $5. Children under 5 are free.
No pets please.There will be a large variety of delicious foods available from over 12 trucks. Explore different cuisines or just keep it simple. It’s your choice! Craft beer, live bands and fun activities for the kids will also be part of the day’s offerings.
Bring a blanket or a chair and picnic the day away on our beautiful property while listening to live performances by local bands.Come join us for great food and drink, terrific music, and a spectacular day at The Hermitage.This fundraiser will benefit the Hermitage Museum. The Hermitage is a National Historic Landmark. The historic house incorporates a stone structure that was visited during the Revolutionary War by George Washington and Alexander Hamilton. The site is also where Aaron Burr met and married Theodosia Prevost.

Warren County Farmers Fair & Balloon Fest
July 29th - August 5th, 2017
Warren County Fairgrounds
1350 Stryker Rd.,
Phillipsburg, NJ 08865
This family fun event features a Hot Air Balloon Festival with up to 35 balloons. Explore the Traditional Arts Building featuring demonstrations of quilting, lacemaking and more. Other highlights include 4-H and FFA exhibits and contest. Main arena events include demolition derbies, mud bogs and tractor/truck pulls, hare and hound races and the unique Bicycle Balloon Race, where pilots and cyclists pair up in a race of skill and speed. The Kids' Corral is a fun and magical place where children can play, learn and even enter some contests. Best of all, activities at the Kids' Corral are free of charge to fairgoers.

August 2017 Northern NJ Family Festivals

New Jersey State Fair
August 4th - 13th, 2017
Sussex County Fairgrounds
37 Plains Rd.
Augusta, NJ 07822
This family event features a variety of live entertainment performers, equestrian shows, demolition derby, oxen pulls, Motocross Shows, Tractor & Truck Pulls, childrens activities, and more.

Somerset County NJ 4-H Fair
August 9th - 11th, 2017
North Branch Park
Milltown Rd.
Bridgewater, NJ 08807
No admission or parking fees, no midway or carnival rides
This family event features dog, horse, and livestock shows, twirling, go karts, rockets, magic, model airplanes, R.C. cars, model trains, and other 4-H clubs compete and perform. The Arts Tent, Science Tent, and Prep Tent (for the youngest 4-H'ers) are packed with exhibits, activities for visitors, demonstrations, and performances. Ten other 4-H tents house a variety of animals including dairy cows, beef, alpaca, horses, dogs, herpetology, sheep, goats, poultry, rabbits, and small animals.

Vets Summer Fest
August 12th, 2017; 11 am - 8pm
Vasa Park
Wolfe Road
Budd Lake, NJ
This family event features fun with music, food, craft show, community advertisers, and car show.
100% of the money collected in donations at this event goes directly to the homeless veterans.

Canal Day Festival
August 19, 2017 (Rain or Shine)
Hugh Force Canal Park
170 West Central Ave.
Wharton, NJ

An old time country fair that celebrates the Morris Canal and its contributions to the development of the communities along its banks. Come to a day of free family fun featuring a craft show, great food, educational events and enjoy a day of listening to a wide variety of musical entertainers. Musical performances from New Jersey’s best artists will feature Rock, Blues, Country, Classical as well as traditional and contemporary Irish Folk Music. performing on two stages. Fireworks festivities & display at Robert Street Park beginning at 7:00 PM. Admission is Free

Maywood Summertime Street fair
August 20th, 2017
W. Pleasant Ave.
Maywood, NJ 07607
This family-oriented festival will feature the participation of local merchants, civic organizations, and restaurants along the festival route providing an outdoor cafe style service. Maywood's main thoroughfare will be transformed into a pedestrian marketplace. Non-stop music and entertainment along with family fun attractions. Over 150 exhibitors, kiddie rides& climbing wall , a special section with craft exhibitors, games, face painters, activities and delicious food.

September 2017 Northern NJ Family Festivals

Annual Scandinavian Fest
Sunday, September 3, 2017; 10am until 6pm (rain or shine)
Vasa Park
Wolfe Road
Budd Lake
Website & ticket coupon
This family festival celebrates and promote the cultures, histories and current life of the Nordic area countries. The festival features: Nordic Foods, Authentic Crafts, Live Entertainment, Folk dress, Special Kids' Events, Artisans Demonstrations, Folk & Classical Music, Contemporary Culture, Wife Carrying and Fearsome Vikings

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