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New Jersey Guide Newsletter - August 2022 edition
July 31, 2022

New Jersey Leisure Guide
Monthly Newsletter

Discover New Jersey's Best Month of August leisure events and Things to Do: Uncover The Top seasonal attractions, popular events, and hidden gems

The month of August is the peak vacation month of the year with the Jersey Shore beaches, hotels, restaurants, nightlife, festivals, and events in full swing.

This Edition's Contents...

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

    Note: 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.

    August 2022 Events
    & Things To Do

    Warren County Farmers' Fair --- Hot Air Balloon Festival
    July 30 — August 6, 2022
    Warren County Farmers' Fairgrounds
    1350 Strykers Rd.
    Phillipsburg, NJ
    Admission - Adults: $10, Ages 6-12: $5 Children 5 and Under Free Free Parking: Admission is for both the Farmers' Fair and the Balloon Festival
    In addition to the Hot Air Balloon Festival, this event features live music, a Rodeo, with bull riding, barrel racing and horse racing, Truck Pulls, Tractor Pulls and Demolition Derbies, a Wrestling Clinic, children's activities, and more.

    Hudson Restaurant Week
    Monday, August 1 - Friday, August 12, 2022
    Bi-annual celebration of dining in Hudson County with prix-fixe discounted menus.
    For Information and participating restaurants

    Tropicana's Free Fireworks Series
    Every Saturday, now until Labor Day Weekend on Saturday, September 3, 2022
    2831 Boardwalk
    Atlantic City, NJ
    Free Event
    Fireworks are launched from the beachfront and can be viewed all along the beaches or boardwalk of Atlantic City.

    Middlesex County Fair
    Monday, August 1 thru Saturday, August 7, 2022
    County Fairgrounds
    655 Cranbury Road
    East Brunswick, NJ
    Website/Tickets --- Tickets will be available on line and at the gate.
    Free Parking
    This annual event promises to be a week full of fun with live entertainment, carnival rides, local fair vendors, a variety of homemade, beginning with Fireworks on opening night August 1st (rain date August 2nd), and on closing night on August 7th. There will be a live band every night, with the featured performance, the Amish Outlaws, on August 3rd. There is no "typical" Amish Outlaws show. The Amish Outlaws constantly surprise the audience and keep them guessing as to what they could possibly play next, from Johnny Cash to Jay Z, Lady Gaga to Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre, Pitbull to Elivs Presley, and more.

    Free Summer Concert Series at Cape May Ferry Park
    1200 Lincoln Boulevard
    North Cape May, NJ
    Every Wednesday until August 31, 2022. Gates open at 4:30pm.
    August 3 – Englishtown Project; August 10 – Fat Mezz; August 17 – Legacy Band; August 24 – Sensational Soul Cruisers; August 31 – HunkaJunk

    Wildwoods Boardwalk Friday Night Fireworks
    Every Friday until September 2, 2022.
    on the Wildwoods Boardwalk
    Pine Ave,
    Wildwood, NJ
    (609) 523-1602
    The fireworks will be launched from the beach on Pine Avenue and visible from anywhere on the Wildwoods Boardwalk.

    Wildwoods Concerts Under the Stars Series
    August 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 28, 2022 Beginning at 8pm
    The Lou Booth Amphitheatre
    2nd & Ocean Avenues
    North Wildwood, NJ
    This event features Free live entertainment.
    The 13th Annual Elephant Talk Indie Music Festival
    Friday, August 5th & Saturday, August 6th, 2022; 5 p.m. to midnight Friday, and 11 a.m. to midnight Saturday
    The Watering Hole
    6494 Weymouth Rd.
    Mays Landing, NJ
    Cost: $10/day, Can be paid upon entrance.
    Held at the Watering Hole on 12 acres in the Pinelands, The (Elephants For Autism) Indie Music Festival will feature more than 60 bands, food and drink specials and raffle items, the Elephant Talk fest will rock . The indie music festival will feature original bands such as UGLI, The Blues Reincarnation Project, Loud Love, The Surf Jerkz and more. This festival is for all ages to enjoy, so bring the whole family along.
    All proceeds go to Sprouting Opportunities to provide education and support to families, communities and individuals. Their goal is to create new job opportunities for young adults with autism and or special needs.
    Highlands Annual Clam Festival
    August 5, 6, 7, 2022
    Huddy Park
    Shore Drive
    Highlands, NJ
    This three-day festival will feature seafood and other dishes from local restaurants, live entertainment, children's activities and specialty vendors.

    The New Jersey State Fair
    August 5 - 13, 2022: Open rain or shine!
    Sussex County Fairgrounds
    37 Plains Road
    Augusta, NJ
    (973) 948-5500
    Parking is free!
    Thias event features carnival rides, live entertainment, family attractions and events, a horse show, monster truck Rrdes, and More!

    Butterfly Festival
    Saturday, August 6, 2022; 10AM - 5PM
    Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association
    31 Titus Mill Road
    Pennington NJ 08534
    Price: $10 per person or $25 per carload (up to six people)
    Many of our treasured activities and events are in the offing! We will have our Insect Zoo, Butterfly and Bug Parade, and tours of the Kate Gorrie Butterfly House. There will be food trucks, live entertainment, live music, kids' games & crafts, and many vendors. Our Nature Shop will be stocked with everything your little butterfly or bug may need.
    Proceeds from this event help sustain our work in environmental conservation, advocacy, science, and education. The Watershed Institute is a member-supported non-profit dedicated to protecting and restoring clean water and healthy environments in central New Jersey.

    Manahopkin Craft Beer & Music Festival
    August 6, 2022; noon to 4 p.m,. and 5 to 9 p.m
    Manahawkin Lake Park
    Route 9 and North Lakeshore Road
    Manahawkin section
    of Stafford, NJ;
    Two tasting sessions: 12:00pm-4:00pm and 5:00pm-9:00pm.
    Tickets cost $30 for attendees who will be sampling beer; admission is free for those who will not be drinking. Food prices will vary by vendor.
    This event features beers from local breweries, food trucks, live music, craft vendors and activities for children.

    New Jersey Friends of Clearwater Music Festival
    August 6, 7, 2022; Saturday: 11am - 7pm; Sunday: 11am - 7pm
    Riverside Gardens Park
    West Front Street
    Red Bank, NJ
    Free event
    This annual music festival to promote environmental and social justice will fill 2-stages, for 2-days, with top-name national & local performers presenting the best of rock, folk, jazz, Latin, country, soul & other genres.
    Proceeds from this event will benefit New Jersey Friends of Clearwater, a registered 501(C)3 Charitable Organization.

    PuchiCon NJ 2022
    August 6, 7, 2022
    Marriot Glenpointe
    100 Frank W Burr Blvd,
    Teaneck NJ
    Anime Convention features a video game & comic convention with fun panels, voice actors, well known cosplayers, and performers.

    The Italian American Association of Ocean Township Annual Italian Festival
    August 10th – 14th, 2022
    Joe Palaia Park
    corner of Deal and Whalepond Road
    Ocean Township, NJ
    Free admission
    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 more!

    La Festa Itialiana
    August 10-14. 2022; 5pm - 11pm
    344 Sixth Street
    Jersey City, NJ
    La Festa Italiana celebrates Italian heritage, spirituality and is an evening of music, dance and authentic Italian foods. It's fun filled with games, an hourly 50/50, and terminates with the Super 50/50 raffle drawing. The festival will honor the Veneration of Our Lady of the Assumption and Saint Rocco. Each night Live Bands perform on the Mainstage. Perfect for grabbing a Sausage & Pepper Sandwich and a Beer and watching these great performances.

    Cape May Lighthouse Full Moon Climb
    August 11, 2022; 8-10 PM
    Cape May Point State Park
    215 Lighthouse Ave.
    Cape May Point, NJ
    Admission for night time climbs is $20 for adults and $8 for children (ages 3-12)
    Climb the 199 steps to the Watch Gallery at the top of the Cape May Lighthouse, to enjoy the grand vista of the evening sky and the full moon from atop this majestic beacon at nighttime.

    Passaic County Fair
    August 11th-14th, 2022
    Garret Mountain Reservation
    8 Mountain Avenue
    Woodland Park, NJ
    Cost: Entrance to the fair is free, parking at the Passaic County Fair is $5.00 per car.
    The opening ceremony will be held on Friday, August 13th at 7:00PM.
    This year's fair will feature four days of unique activities for all to enjoy from games and rides to art activities and environmental excursions. In addition, there will be pony rides, bounce houses for the kids, and more. The four-day celebration will also feature two fireworks displays on Friday and Saturday. The County Fair stage will feature an array of local musicians. Live music will be complimented with a beer garden and some of the best food from around Passaic County

    Atlantic County 4-H Fair
    August 12, 13, 2022
    Atlantic County 4-H Fairgrounds
    3210 Rt. 50
    Mays Landing, NJ
    This fun family event features rides, animals, horse shows, exhibits, demonstrations, entertainment, antique engines, car show, food, and much more!

    Tidalwave Music Festival
    August 12, 13, 14, 2022
    on the Atlantic City Beach
    One Atlantic Ocean
    Atlantic City, NJ
    This event festures 3 days, 2 stages & over 30 artists with headliners Luke Bryan, Morgan Wallen, Hardy, Riley Green, Chase Rice, and many more this summer on the Atlantic City Beach!

    Wildwood Tattoo Beach Bash
    August 12, 13, 14, 2022
    Wildwoods Convention Center
    4501 Boardwalk
    Wildwood, NJ
    Cost: $20 Day / $40 3-Day Pass
    This event features Special guest artists, Vendors, Entertainment, Seminars, Miss Salt Water Sweetie pin-up contest, and more. Retro attire encouraged.

    Flemington's Corn, Tomato and Beer Festival
    Saturday, August 13, 2022; 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm (Rain Date: Sunday, August 14th)
    Stangl Road
    Flemington, NJ
    Cost: Free to Attend - Free Parking
    Held in Flemington's Artisan District, this foodie and beer-lovers event will feature an expansive micro-brewery beer garden, live music, great food, and family entertainment --- and of course, New Jersey's finest corn and tomatoes! This is a family friendly event for all ages with an expanded kids zone and free entertainment.

    New Brunswick Heart Festival
    August 13, 2022: @3pm
    Downtown New Brunswick in front of the theaters at Monument Square
    at 2 Livingston Ave.
    New Brunswick, NJ
    Admission: Free
    This outdoor family-friendly festival celebrates all of the vibrant arts and history that New Brunswick and the County of Middlesex has to offer
    It will feature live music and dance performances; a visual Arts Market; craft and food vendors; interactive activities and games; fun giveaways; a Health & Wellness tent with Garden of Healing; readings of famous love letters by actors from Thinkery & Verse; and so much more! This festival will take place in Live performances include: music and social justice artist, Fyütch, who performs a blend of Hip-Hop, Soul, R&B, Pop and Reggae; Latin band Sonido Latino; tap dancer Omar Edwards Salsa dance lessons with Elvis Ruiz, a dance performance by Grupo de Danza Folklórica La Sagrada Familia the New Brunswick Brass Band; a dance performance by InSpira Performing Arts & Cultural Center, and more!

    Burlington County Restaurant Week
    Sunday August 14 - Saturday, August 20, 2022
    More than 35 restaurants will be participating all over the region, from Bordentown to Medford.
    For Information and participating restaurants.

    Hi-Tide Summer Holiday: Asbury Park
    August 19, 20, 21,2022
    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.

    Canal Day Festival
    August 20, 2022 (Rain or Shine)
    Hugh Force Canal Park
    180 West Central Ave.
    Wharton, NJ
    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. Learn about local history by taking a guided Morris Canal walking tour provided by the Canal Society of NJ. Experience life on the Morris Canal first hand by traveling down the canal on a free boat ride or prove your prowess by paddling a kayak. Fireworks fat dusk.

    Dino & Dragon Stroll
    August 20 & 21, 2022
    Meadowlands Expo Center
    355 Plaza Dr
    Secaucus, NJ 07094
    Cost: Kids & Adult tickets $24.99. Kids under 2 & military veterans free.
    This family event features a walk-thru and get up close to life-like and life-size dinosaurs and dragons. The dinosaurs and dragons are massive, some standing over 28 feet tall and spanning over 60 feet long. The stroll is an interactive event allowing guests to walk thru this realistic and memorable indoor experience. While guests stroll at their own pace, they can get up close to dinosaurs throughout the exhibit, ranging from babies to life-like and life-size dinosaurs including encounters with a T-Rex, Velociraptor and Stegosaurus, just to name a few. Guests can also get up close and personal with a selection of large, serpentine, winged, horned and legendary fire breathing dragons, just as you imagined

    Edison's Food Wine & Beer Festival
    Saturday August 20, 2022
    4 PM - 10 PM
    926 Amboy Avenue (under the Tent)
    Edison, NJ
    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 more.

    Atlantic City Airshow
    Wednesday, August 24, 2022
    Atlantic City, NJ
    Free event
     This year the Air Force wil be sending their Full Throttle Formation Team, The Thunderbirds. In addition there will be the U.S. Army’s Golden Knights parachute team and other airshow performers.
    Atlantic City's free beaches and Boardwalk have great views of the Airshow. Ocean-facing hotel rooms and outdoor venues will also have views of the show.

    The Beach Boys in Concert – Last Days of Summer Celebration
    August 27, 2022: @ 7pm
    Wildwoods Convention Center
    Tickets start at $35 and are available only through Ticketmaster.
    The Beach Boys mark 60 years of making music and the group continues to ride the crest of a wave unequalled in America's musical history. The Beach Boys have become synonymous with the California lifestyle and have become an American icon to fans around the world. Come see them live in concert inside the Prior to the concert don't miss out on beach activities that include yoga on the beach, a surfing contest, beach games and activities, and DJ music.

    Long Branch Jazz and Blues Festival
    Saturday, August 27, 2022 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. The grand finale will feature a fireworks display at dusk.

    Seafarer's Weekend
    Saturday & Sunday, August 27th & 28th 2022; 11:00am-4:00pm
    Historic Cold Spring Village
    720 US 9
    Cape May, NJ
    This event will feature pirates, music, and family fun. The Village buildings will be open, featuring historically clothed interpreters who will demonstrate the trades, crafts, and lifestyles of Early America. Kaptain Kristian and Red will be present to tickle your funny bone.

    Seasonal Frequently Asked Question:

    Question: Planning a NJ Beach Vacation With A Mini Trip to NYC. My family would like to go on a beach vacation in New Jersey with a side trip to NYC. What is the best way to travel from the shore to NYC that is not expensive? Also, what beach would be our best bet to stay at for this?

    Answer: Suggest staying in Point Pleasant Beach. It is nice place for families with a safe, clean beach and a boardwalk with an amusement park. To Learn more about Point Pleasant Beach visit: Point Pleasant Beach.
    The trip to NYC is approximately 1 1/2 hours by car or train. If you plan on splitting your trip and staying in NYC, this can become very expensive as NYC hotels are costly, especially if you are taking your car with very pricey parking fees. The one way fares for train travel (NJ Transit) are: Adult One Way:$16.75, and Child/Senior/Disabled One Way $7.65 For information on train fares and schedules visit: NJ Transit.

    This Months Featured Restaurant

    MudHen Brewing Co
    Wildwood, NJ
    (609) 846-7918
    The MudHen Brewing Co., the only Brew Pub in Wildwood, is a popular family-friendly spot for home brewed craft beers, good food, and live entertainment, in a trendy, festive atmosphere. During the warmer months, the festive atmosphere heats up with the opening of outdoor seating with a bar, a cool firepit, and cornhole games.
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