New Jersey Leisure Guide Monthly Newsletter
This is a great time of the year with peak summer weather that makes it an excellent time of the year to enjoy the outdoors. The month of August is also the peak vacation month the year with the Jersey Shore beaches, hotels, restaurants, nightlife, festivals, and events in full swing.
. This Edition's Contents...
- Popular August Events and Things To Do
- Seasonal Frequently Asked Question
- This Month's Featured Restaurant
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Popular August 2019 Events and Things To Do
New Jersey State Fair
August 2nd - 11th, 2019
Sussex County Fairgrounds
37 Plains Road
One of the more popular New Jersey family festivals, The New Jersey State Fair offers agricultural competitions and education, horse shows, 4-H, livestock and animals, rides and attractions, free entertainment, vendors, foods and much more. Animals, competitions and exhibits bring public attention to agriculture, education, youth advancement and the great things that Sussex County and New Jersey Have to offer.
Your First Mud Run
August 4, 2019; 10am - 2pm
Wildwood, NJ 08260
Contac: Brad Vaccaro, Phone: 833-773-3328, Email: [email protected]
Cost: All in: $45,
Bare bones: $37
Your First Mud Run is the ONLY mud run in the country designed so both parents and kids can run together. Our courses are 1.5 - 2 miles and include 10 - 16 obstacles that are designed for adults and kids.
If you ever thought about doing a mud run, ours is the perfect "first timer"
event! Anyone 5 years old and up can participate in the fun! We are the largest "family friendly" and "first timer" Mud Run in the country! And, EVERYONE who registers for the race in Wildwood gets a FREE entry to the best waterpark in Wildwood - Splash Zone (USD 40 value)
Annual Keyport Fireman’s Fair
Monday – Saturday, August 5th – 10th, 2019: 7pm-11pm
Celebrate six days full of summer carnival and boardwalk fun. Enjoy the warm weather, food, games, rides, face painting, characters, 50/50’s, live music and more. The fair ends on Saturday Night with Fireworks Grand Finale
The Italian American Association of Ocean
Township Annual Italian Festival
August 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 2019
Joe Palaia Park
200 Whalepond Rd.
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!
There's something for everyone! From sampling the great taste of Italy's delicious food, rides, games, music, and Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Aug. 9th . This year's festival promises 5 fun filled days of entertainment for the entire family.
Downtown Wildwood Wine & Jazz Festival
August 9 – 11, 2019
3400 Pacific Avenue
There will be Wine & Craft Beer Tasting & sale in Garden/Tent area, some local Jazz talent, band & music, Food Trucks & local Tent vendors, Artisan Vendors with many free family activities including Corn Hole, Kam Jam, Lawn Jenga, Connect Four, and Face Painting and Bounce House for the kids.
Manahopkin - Craft Beer and Music
Saturday, August 10th, 2019; 12pm to 9pm
Manahawkin Lake Park
193 East Bay Avenue
Cost: $25 for each session
This family friendly Craft Beer and Music Festival features over 50 different beers from 25 breweries, local food, and live music.. Those who will not be drinking will be admitted at no cost. Drinkers will be required to buy a glass and tickets for beer samples, allowing you to sample as many beers as you wish.
Pasaic County Fair
August 15, 16, 17, 18, 2019: Fireworks on Friday and Saturday @ dusk.
Garret Mountain Reservation
8 Mountain Ave
Woodland Park, NJ
This annual family event features carnival rides, food
vendors, 4-H tent, beer garden, chess tournament, pony rides and petting zoos, and more with fireworks on Friday and Saturday @ dusk.
Thursdays are Family Day at the County Fair, and it is the only day you can purchase a wristband for access to unlimited rides.
Hi-Tide Summer Holiday: Asbury Park for 2019
August 16, 17, 18, 2019.
Asbury Lanes & The Asbury Hotel
Asbury Park, NJ
Website (Line-up & tickets)
Attendees get to enjoy a weekend of Surf Music, Tiki Cocktails, Pool Parties, Record Hops,Seminars & more
Live music includes The Neanderthals, Eddie Angel's Guitar Party ft. The Primitive Finks, Deke Dickerson & Bloodshot Bill, The Boss Martians, Jason Lee & The R.I.P.Tides, Impala, The Hula Girls, The
Surfrajettes, Insect Surfers, Black Flamingos, Lulufin The Woo Hoo, Los Frenéticos, The Delstroyers, Slowey and The Boats, The Swingin' Palms VINYL DJs / DJ Todd-O-Phonic Todd (WFMU), DJ Jukebox Jodi, DJ Devil Bat (Robbie from Black Flamingos), DJ Hi-Tide & more.
Edison Food, Wine, and Beer Festival
August 17, 2019; 12PM – 8PM
Lake Papainni Park
Cost: $5, Kids under 10 are Free
This annual family event features Wine & Craft Brewers including Edison's Cypress Brewery, face painting and activities for the kids, live entertainment, local vendors, artists and retailers.
One Love: Caribbean Music Festival
Saturday, August 17, 2019: 1:00 PM to 9:00 PM
51 Park Place
Newark, NJ 07102
Event Cost: Free, $45, & up to $225t
This annual music festival aims to promote the Caribbean Culture in New Jersey. Caribbean culture with unique heritage together with music, dance, food, carnival costumes and activities. Usually celebrated in August to raise awareness about Black Business Month. The fest aims to tie up closely with Non-Profit Organizations and small businesses that share the same goals and interests.
Festival will have 3 stages with the following names and genres playing on each: Bless Up Stage - Reggae/Dancehall To Mi Heart Stage-- Soca /Calypso/Afrobeats Wavy Stage - Hip-Hop & R&B.
Additionally there will be 50+ vendors selling food, beverages, or arts/crafts/Caribbean merchandise at their booths/tents.
Canal Day Festival
August 24, 2019 (Rain or Shine)
Hugh Force Canal Park
170 West Central Ave.
Admission is Free
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.
Jersey Shore Jazz and
Saturday, August 24th, 2019; from 1 PM - 9 PM (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.
Glassboro Cruise Nite Car Show & Food Truck Festival
Friday, August 30, 2019: 5 - 9pm
Cost: Free; Parking Free
View over 300 cruise vehicles while listening to live music, DJ Pepper Paul 92.1, and enjoying great food trucks, a beer garden with cold craft beer. Participants compete for a multitude of trophy awards
judged by car professionals.
Labor Day Weekend Fireworks Spectacular
Friday, August 30, 2019; @10pm ( Rain/wind date is Sunday night at 10 p.m.)
on the beach at Pine Avenue
Visible from almost anywhere on the Wildwoods Boardwalk! Hear the fireworks explode to a musical score that is played all along the Boardwalk and is simulcast on 98.7 The Coast.
Bradley Beach Lobster fest
August 31 & September 1, 2019: ( Saturday 11 am - 8 pm, Sunday 11 am - 6 pm)
500 Ocean Avenue
Bradley Beach, NJ
Bradley Beach comes alive this weekend with it's popular oceanfront family event featuring
live music, great lobster, beer & wine, crafts, and plenty of kids activities.
Highlighted by 6 bands and a DJ emcee, over 180 craft and specialty vendors, a beer & wine garden and children's activities including water slide, rides, face painters and sand art.
The 48th Annual Delaware Valley Bluegrass Festival
Labor Day Weekend, August 30, 31, September 1, 2019
Salem County Fairgrounds
725 Route 40
Pilesgrove Township, NJ
Website (Line-up, schedule, and Tickets)
This family music festival features southern Appalachian old-time and bluegrass and related music styles. For kids, there is also a Children's Stage.
The festival site has plenty of room for camping for tenters as well as RVers, and unlike many other festivals, they do not charge extra for camping. Weekend ticket holders may camp on the groun
Seasonal Frequently Asked Question:
Question: Plan to go to Six Flags Great Adventure with my friends from NYC using public transportation. Any Information on this?
Answer: NJ Transit has a great deal that includes transportation and entrance to the park. Ride NJ TRANSIT on Bus Route 308 departing from New York (Port Authority Bus Terminal) Six Flags Great Adventure until through Monday, September 2, 2019.
They offer a special packaged rate to Six Flags Great Adventure, Safari or Hurricane Harbor! Package prices include round-trip bus fare and admission to the Theme Park and Safari or Hurricane Harbor. NJ Transit Details
New Jersey Restaurant Reviews - New Jersey has over 23,000 restaurants and finding about them is often times a time consuming task. Find a restaurant in a town of your choice with comprehensive restaurant reviews.
This Month's Featured Restaurant:
Pier House Restaurant
Cape May, NJ
The Pier House restaurant, located on the grounds of the La Mer Hotel, at the quieter north end of Cape may, re-opened in this summer. They serve a well execued menu, with attractive contemporary ambiance. The look is open, and bright with large wall-to-wall windows encompassing the dining areas. In the warmer months, they offer romantic open air terrace dining with twinkling lights overlooking the ocean and the beach. Indulge yourself
in a sophisticated, yet comfortable setting
Top Ten Things To Do in August - The popular NJ seasonal outdoor and indoor activities, events, attractions, and points of interest for people of all ages.
August 2019 Events - This months events includes concerts, theatre, festivals, sports, and entertainment, that have appeal to people of all ages and interests.
Labor Day Weekend Events - Labor Day is often regarded simply as a day of rest and or end of summer celebrations that include picnics, barbecues, fireworks, parades, water sports, and public
art events. Families with school-age children take it as the last chance to travel before kids begin the new school year,
Monthly Events - This page has links to events that appear in future months, usually 3-4 months in advance. The Monthly newsletter that you are receiving includes many of the events found on the pages.