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New Jersey Family Festivals

Your Guide to The Best 2024 New Jersey Family Festivals: Features NJ Family Oriented Music, Food, Entertainment and Fun Activities

Family festivals and events in New Jersey feature a robust offering of entertainment, food, and fun activities..

From talented artisans crafting unique pieces, and performers captivating the audiences to enjoyable activities and a wide range of food options, there is something for everyone, especially for families with kids.

Especially notable is they feature festivals and themed events with a large variety of kids activities.

To cap it all, every festival further sparks interest by providing a distinct theme that differentiates it from the rest, making these festivals not only a fun-filled experience but also one-of-a-kind!


Multi-Date, North Jersey Family Festivals and Events

Horseshoe Crab Walk
Saturday, June 8th, 23rd, 2024
Liberty State Park Nature Center
275 Freedom Way
Jersey City, NJ
Pre-registration is required. For registration, contact the Nature Center at 201-915-3400 x503 or email LSPNatureCenter@dep.nj.gov.
All ages welcome
This is the time of year when horseshoe crabs come ashore to lay their eggs. Join our staff on a walk to Caven Point to discover these amazing creatures and learn about the important roles they play in the natural world. We will meet in Lot #1 located at 300 Morris Pesin Drive and then walk over to our beach area.

Open Cockpit Weekends

June 15, September 14, October 13, November 9, 2024: 10:30 AM to 4 PM
New Jersey Aviation Hall of Fame
400 Fred Wehran Dr,
Teterboro, NJ
Visit their site to learn more
Cost: $15.00 Adults, $12.00 Seniors 65+ and Children 3 to 12. Children 2 years old and under are free.
The museum features unique aviation exhibits including the rocket engine that propelled the X-15, the first American hovercraft invented by Charles Fletcher, and more. There are a variety of aircraft, helicopters, and the custom-built "Fundamentals of Flight" interactive aerodynamics exhibit

State Fair Meadowlands

June 20 - July 7, 2024
State Fair Meadowlands
1 MetLife Stadium Dr.
East Rutherford, NJ 07073
Visit their site to learn more
The State Fair in the Meadowlands features fantastic family entertainment with over 100 rides, free shows, 50 food options, and awesome fireworks displays on Monday July 3rd, & Tuesday, July 4th.

Halsley Festival
June 24, Septenber 14, November 25, 2024
Halsley Street
Newark, NJ
Visit their site to learn more
This family event features a Newark neighborhood festival with a delicious array of food options, exciting programming, and special performances from local DJs and arts organizations.

June 2024 Northern Jersey Family Festivals and Events

Annual Feast of St. Anthony
Thursday, June 6, through Sunday, June 9, 2024
Roman Catholic Church of the Assumption
113 Chiego Place
Roselle Park, New Jersey 07204
Visit their site to learn more
This annual festival will feature delicious food, non-stop entertainment with live music, amusements, games, and fun for the whole family. It is also a faith oriented celebration focusing on devotion to St. Anthony.
After the Noon Mass on Sunday, there will be a procession through the streets with the statue of St. Anthony accompanied with music.

Jurassic Quest
Friday, June 7 - Sunday, June 9, 2024
Meadowlands Exposition Center
355 Plaza D
Secaucus, NJ 07094
Visit their site to learn more
Jurassic Quest is the world’s largest, most popular dino event with unique and exciting experiences for the whole family. Observe our herd of life size animatronic dinosaurs including Apatosaurus, Spinosaurus, T-Rex and an incredible 50-foot long Megalodon. Interact with our trainers, baby dinos and watch a live Raptor show. Join us on “The Quest”, an all new interactive adventure with clues throughout the exhibit. Explore our dinosaur rides, giant fossil dig, inflatables, fossil science exhibit, “Triceratots” soft play area, and more

Praise in the Park 24
June 8, 2024; 12pm - 5pm
Village Park
38A Maplewood Avenue
Cranbury, NJ
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Event Cost: Free
This event features a day of family fun with entertainment by national recording Christian music artists.
The festival will also feature special guest speakers with words of hope, praise and comfort, along with a food truck & ice cream truck and games
Bring your lawn chair, pack a little food if you like

Rock Hunger VII 
Saturday, June 8th, 2024 @2pm
Old Canal Inn
2 East Passaic Ave
Nutley, NJ
Visit their site to learn more
Tickets are $25 per person when purchased in advance online.
A high-energy music festival, featuring several well-respected local bands.
Live music peformers include The Attic, The Sticky Wickets, Mother Hubbard, and Porch Rockers!
Cash bar, menu available, tricky tray prizes and 50/50 raffle are available to attendants. Rock Hunger is a franchised event with national recognition. All proceeds benefit NFSB programs including the Food Pantry.

Tri-County Fair

Thursday to Sunday, June 13, 14, 15, 16, 2024
Christ Church
140 Green Pond Road
Rockaway, NJ 07866
Visit their site to learn more
Event Cost: Free admission, $5 parking This event features Carnival rides games of chance, pony rides, and fun fair foods with free family entertainment, and a spectacular fireworks show on Friday evening.

4th Annual Juneteenth Arts Festival
Saturday, June 15, 2024; 12 PM - 6:00 PM
Rabkin Park
1 Swanstrom Pl East
East Union, NJ 07083
Visit their site to learn more
Free Admission
Celebrate Juneteenth with Live Music, performances, vendors, family fun, and more!
Free Parking available.

East Hanover PBA Food Truck Festival & Fireworks
Saturday, June 15, 2024: Noon - 9:30pm
Lurker Park
609 Ridgedale Avenue
East Hanover, NJ
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This event features some of the tri-state area's best foods trucks, with live music by "the Nerds", fun kids activities, and fireworks at dusk.

Father's Day Whippany - Special Father's Day Train Rides
Sunday, June 16, 2024
Railway Museum
1 Railroad plaza
Whippany, NJ
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Impress Dad this Father's Day with the unique gift and unforgettable experience of a train ride on one of Morris County's historic railroads - a day trip that will create memories for years to come! The Museum's mid-1900s excursion train features a unique collection of restored vintage cabooses from historic rail lines that once served New Jersey and the Metropolitan area.

Taco Palooza
Saturday, June 22, 2024; 11am - 7:00pm
Hilltop Field
32 Lakeside Blvd
Hopatcong,NJ
Visit their site to learn more
Cost: Admission is $5 online, $7 on-site. Kids under 5 are free.
Taco Palooza features a celebration and for love for all things Taco!
The event includes Food Trucks, Restaurants, Chefs and Variety of Beer, Sangria & Margaritas .... Kids activities, Vendors and live music. Bring chairs, blankets & pop ups.

July 2024 Northern Jersey Family Festivals and Events

Dream Food Fest
Friday to Monday, July 12th, 13th, 14th, 15th, 2024
American Dream
1 American Dream Way
Lot 26
East Rutherford, NJ
Visit their site to learn more
This food fest, in collaboration with American Dream Mall, features entertainment, fun, and an array of global cuisines – all located in one venue.
It includes over 120 street food vendors from the Tri State area. with all day live music, and local artists showcasing handmade crafts!

Afro Beat Fest
Saturday, July 13, 2024
Military Park
51 Park Pl
Newark, NJ
Website
Cost: Free admission
This event features a family-friendly day filled with a celebration of African arts, culture, music, and food. This event is one of the largest celebration of the culture and heritage of Africans and in the diaspora in the state of New Jersey. This event will have over 200 vendors showcasing food, music, clothing, artifacts as well as entertainment from the diaspora.

Randolph Township Freedom Festival
Saturday, July 13, 2024; 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m
County College of Morris
214 Center Grove Road
Randolph, NJ
Website
Parking Fee $5
This evenings activities are part of the three day Freedom Festival that runs from Thursday, July 11 until Saturday July 13, 2024.
The Saturday evenings activities include rides, games, food trucks, DJ, free family entertainment, and vendors with the fireworks show at 9:45 pm.


Fanwood Summer Fan Jam
Sunday, July 14th, 2024: from 11am - 7pm
LaGrande Park Pavillion
Fanwood, NJ
Website
Admission is Free, Park for free at the Fanwood Train Station South Side Parking Lot on South Avenue!
This family festival features Live Bands, Food Trucks with specialty foods for all tastes, a Kid Zone with rides and activities, and a Classic Car Show.

Morris County 4-H Fair
July 26 - 28, 2024
High View Farms
416 Sand Shore Rd Mt
Olive, NJ
Visit their site to learn more
This annual family event features 4-H animals, Hands-on family activities, quiz bowls, Hay ride, a hay maze Exhibit of art, crafts, Entertainment stage, Amusement rides, and more.

Warren County Farmers Fair
July 27 - August 3, 2024
1350 Strykers Road
Phillipsburg, NJ
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This annual family event features a Balloon Festival, Main Arena Events, Free Concerts, a stunt car show, and more.
Activities include The Open Horse Show, pony rides, baking & canning exhibits, 4-H/FFA exhibits, Rodeo, Demolition Derbies, old cars, antique cars and fast cars, truck and tractor pulls --- and planty of kids activities including Rodeo roundup, and a Kids Corral with Shows, crafts, educational presenters, daily contests and clowning around with Balloons The Clown.

August 2024 Northern Jersey Family Festivals and Events


The New Jersey State Fair
Friday thru Saturday, August 2 - 10, 2024: Open rain or shine!
Sussex County Fairgrounds
37 Plains Road
Augusta, NJ
Visit their site to learn more
Cost: Available at the gate or online!) Adults (13-59)- $15.00 Veterans/Active Military - $7.00 Child (6-12) - $5.00 Seniors (60+) - $10.00
Parking is free!
Thias event features carnival rides, live entertainment, family attractions and events, a horse show, monster truck Rrdes, and More!

La Festa Itialiana

August 7-11, 2024; 5pm - 11pm
344 Sixth Street
Jersey City, NJ
Visit their site to learn more
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.

Fiesta In America
Saturday, Sunday, August 17, 18, 2024: 10:00am - 7:30pm
American Dream Mall
1 American Dream Way
East Rutherford, NJ
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Free admission. Open to the public
The largest Philipine indoor event on the east coast. This event features free daylong events of Latino concerts, entertainment, multi-cultural dancers, philipine food and products.
The 8 hour program will also include arnis demenstrations (Filipino Martial Arts), coloful ethnic dances, and glimpses of Phillippine village life.

Canal Day Music & Craft Festival

Saturday, August 24, 2024; 10am - 5pm (Rain or Shine)
Hugh Force Canal Park
180 West Central Ave.
Wharton, NJ
Visit their site to learn more
Admission is Free
This family event celebrates the Morris Canal and its contributions to the development of the communities along its banks. It includes a day family fun featuring a craft show, great food, educational events, Fireworks, and enjoy a day of listening to a wide variety of musical entertainers.

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