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June 29, 2014

New Jersey Leisure Guide Monthly Newsletter
July 1, 2014

July is a great time of the year with peak summer weather that makes it an excellent time of the year to enjoy the Jersey Shore, it's beaches, boardwalks, amusements parks and fireworks. It's also a great time to of the year to visit many of the cultural festivals.

This Edition's Contents...

  • Popular July Events and Things To Do
  • Seasonal Frequently Asked Question
  • This Month's Featured Restaurant

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Popular July 2014 Events and Things To Do

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.

State Fair Meadowlands
Friday, June 20 through Sunday, July 6, 2014
East Rutherford NJ
Next to MetLife Stadium

This very popular family event features quality rides, plenty of free entertainment, games and prizes, and a variety foods. There are a variety of activities to interest all ages. All Tickets Include Free Live Entertainment. Free live shows include: Circus Maximus, Shark Adventure Show, The Big Cat Show, The Steve Bayner Hypnotist Show, Belmont Festival of Magic, Rosaire's Royal Racing Pigs, and the Educational Petting Zoo. Free Live concerts. Fireworks shows take place on the evenings of July 3 & 4th

WWE: SmackDown
Tuesday, July 1, 2014 @7:00 PM
Prudential Center
Newark, NJ

Atlantic City 4th Of July Celebration
Friday, July 4, 2014
Best viewing near the Steel Pier
Atlantic City, NJ
Free admission.
This family event features a Fourth of July weekend kick-off The largest fireworks works display in NJ with two ocean barges and one marina platform arranged to light AC's entire sky. More than 250,000 people take up their favorite viewing positions along the World Famous Boardwalk, at one of the many beach bar parties or viewing events, on the Steel Pier, or at the luxury casino resorts. This years theme “Sky Concert™” features a choreographed soundtrack with performers Blake Shelton, Bon Jovi, Katy Perry, Pharrell and Bruce Springsteen and others. Some of the songs include Ray Charles (“America The Beautiful”), Leann Rimes (“God Bless America”), the late Newark, N.J., native Whitney Houston (“The Star-Spangled Banner”), Pharrell (“Happy”), Bruce Springsteen (“Born in The USA”), Katy Perry (“Firework”) and Bon Jovi (“Livin’ On A Prayer”).

Long Branch's Annual OceanFest
July 4, 2014; 10 a.m. until 10 p.m.
Long Branch
Crowds in the hundreds of thousands attend this popular Jersey Shore Oceanfest for an all-day, family-friendly festival that brings together the most memorable sights, sounds and sensations of the summer season.
This full day festival is held along the beach, stretching from the Ocean Place Resort & Spa to Seven Presidents Park. It features a large variety of food, live musical entertainment, children's entertainment, vendors, arts & crafts and more. The finale is a spectacular fireworks displays that is one of the largest at the Jersey Shore. Free admission

Jersey City Freedom and Fireworks Festival
July 4, 2014, Fireworks @ dusk
Liberty State Park
Jersey City, NJ
(201) 915-3403
With the annual Macy's July 4th Fireworks display moving to the Brooklyn side of Manhattan on the East River, depriving views from New Jersey of the Macy's fireworks, Jersey City has stepped up after an absence of five years to fill the gap.
This year's Freedom and Fireworks Festival features a free concert and an awesome fireworks display. The fireworks at Jersey City will be the largest in Northern Jersey with an expected turnout of more than 100,000 spectators. Come early to get ahead of the crowds and spend the day visiting two of the parks major attractions, the Interpretive Center and the state-of-the-art Liberty Science Center. Don't forget to bring your chairs and blankets and settle in early

Vans Warped Tour
Sunday, July 6, 2014 @ 11am
PNC Bank Arts Center
Holmdel, NJ

Zac Brown Band
Friday, July 11, 2014 @7:00 PM
PNC Bank Arts Center
Holmdel, NJ

Anglesea Blues Festival™
July 11-13, 2014
North Wildwood, NJ

The Anglesea Blues Festival™ features both national and regional blues musicians and is held in conjunction with the New Jersey State Barbecue Championship™. Top Blues acts are featured on the FREE outdoor main stage, as well as in neighboring clubs and pubs.

Jay-Z & Beyonce
Friday, July 11, 12, 2014 @8:00 PM
MetLife Stadium
East Rutherford, NJ

O.A.R. & Phillip Phillips
July 12, 2014 @ 7pm
PNC Bank Arts Center
Holmdel, NJ

Bruno Mars & Aloe Blacc
Thursday, July 17, 2014 @ 8:00PM
Susquehanna Bank Center
Camden, NJ

Point Pleasant Jazz and Blues Festival
Saturday, July 19, 2014. noon - 8pm
Riverfront Park
Point Pleasant, NJ
Featuring two stages of live music, one electric and one acoustic. Acoustic performances will organized by Musicians on a Mission Vendors, Crafters and Art works. Live performances with six great bands including: Soul Project NOLA w/Eryn Shewell; and the fabulous Juke Joint Jonny. Enjoy river views, a Beer and Wine Garden! Rain or Shine! Lawn chairs encouraged, coolers prohibited, dog friendly, bring your sunscreen!

Walking With Dinosaurs
Wednesday, July 23, 24, 25,26, 27, 2014
Prudential Center
Newark, NJ

The Quick Chek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning
Friday, July 25 - 27, 2014
Solberg Airport
Whitehouse Station, NJ
Website & Events Schedule
One of the largest summertime hot air balloon and music festival in North America. Features twice daily mass ascensions of up to 125 special shape and sport hot air balloons, headlining music concerts, continuous family entertainment, crafters and vendors, food, and a balloon glow.
Call ahead for event hours & Tickets purchase by calling 1-800-HOT-AIR9

Under the Influence of Music Tour: Wiz Khalifa & Tyga
Friday, July 25, 2014 @6pm
Susquehanna Bank Center
Camden, NJ

Annual Lincoln Park Music Festival
July 25 to July 27, 2014
Lincoln Park
Newark, NJ
The festival is a Celebration of Spirit and Dance - is a cultural ambassador and signature event in the City of Newark. The music includes a range of entertainers performing a wide range of musical forms including Jazz, Gospel, House and Hip Hop and sounds from the African Diaspora. There will be a Youth performance showcase, green vendors, arts and craft vendors; local restaurants, organic farmers markets produce, and a health and wellness pavilion. For kids, the Festival will offer games, storytelling, golf clinics, skateboard clinics and a host of family oriented activities.

Xponential Music Fest
July 25-27, 2014
Wiigins Park &
Susquehanna Bank Center
Camden, NJ

A 3-Day family music festival with top artists and lots of family fun.. Regularly features an eclectic lineup of established stars and emerging artists on two stages over three days. The XPoNential Music Festival in its 10th year at Wiggins Park on the Camden Waterfront, regularly features an eclectic lineup of established stars and emerging artists on two stages over three days. The festival grounds are extended into the Susquehanna Bank Center as part of the festival. Every XPoNential Music Festival 3-Day Go Everywhere Pass-holder will have access to the lawn area for the Ryan Adams, Jenny Lewis and Dawes show on Saturday, July 26 at Susquehanna Bank Center and to the Beck, Band of Horses and The Districts show on Sunday, July 27. 

Nine Inch Nails & Soundgarden
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 @7pm
Susquehanna Bank Center
Camden, NJ

Marvel Universe Live!
Thursday, July 31, 2014 @7pm
Izod Center
East Rutherford, NJ

This months featured (FAQ) Frequently asked question.

Question: Crabbing in NJ. We are planning to go crabbing. What do we need to know and what are the best spots?
Answer: Crabs can be caught from a rental row boat using a drop line or a scoop net along the bay dock pilings, or with a net and bait along the side of a creek, Less popular but very effective is trot-lining. It's a long line, resting on the bottom and anchored at both ends with a string of bait attached at intervals of two to six feet. Click here for more information and the best crabbing spots in NJ

New Jersey Restaurant Reviews - New Jersey has over 23,000 restaurants and finding about them is often times a time consuming task. Check out our comprehensive ratings and reviews gathered from diners, critics, and personal visits by New Jersey Leisure Guide.

This Month's Featured Restaurant

Chef Mike's ABG
Seaside Park, NJ
This top rated destination restaurant is a great summer fine dining destination. It sits on the beach about 100 yards from the ocean with views of the the large dunes and ocean.
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For other top New Jersey Attractions, Events & Things to do:

Celebrating July 4th in New Jersey - Discover the popular fireworks displays and events.

Top Events in July- A schedule of the most popular events at the larger venues for concerts, theatre, entertainment, and festivals.

Top Things To Do in July
- Our recommendations for the most popular seasonal outdoor and indoor activities, events, attractions, and points of interest for people of all ages.

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