The Best Central Jersey Family Festivals and Events
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.
Multi-Date Central Jersey Family Festivals and Events
Asbury Park Bonfires on the Beach
All bonfires are weather permitting.
Fridays @7pm; May 4 - June 22, & September 7 - September 28th
Thursday, July 5th, @ 8pm
Wednesdays @ 8pm, July 11 - August 29th
Seaside Heights Bonfires on the Beach
Monday nights from dusk to 10pm, July 9,
16, 23, 30, August 6, 13, 20, 27, 2018
Bring your beach chairs and blankets to North Beach on Monday nights for our family-friendly Bonfire on the Beach. While the fire burns, sit back and enjoy the acoustic sounds of local singers and songwriters
June 2018 Central Jersey Family Festivals & Events
National Marina Day-Pirate Spirit!
June 9, 2018; 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Leonardo State Marina
102 Concord Ave
Leonardo, New Jersey 07737
Contact: Maggie Mitchell, Phone: 732-291-1333, Email: Maggie.Mitchell@dep.nj.gov
This family event features a FREE day of fun andan opportunity to show your pirate spirit! Lots of activities for everyone! Find treasure at our flea market and take a paddle on the bay! Dress as your favorite pirate and walk the plank in our pirate parade! Prizes awarded for age groups 0 - 5 yrs old,
6-10 yrs old, 11-15 yrs old & 16 and up!
FREE youth fishing tournament with amazing prizes!! Visit our Nature Center and learn about the animals, watch a live snake feeding, free crafts and more!
Bradley Beach Lobster fest
June 23 & 24, 2018 ( 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.
July 2018 Central Jersey Family Festivals & Events
16th Annual Freedom Fest State Fair
July 11 - 15, 2018
Mercer County Park
1638 Old Trenton Road
West Windsor, NJ 08550
Website & Tickets
(Check for live entertainment line-up)
Tickets can be purchased at the gate for $17.50 and can be purchased on line for $12.50.
This 5 day long family festival is packed with plenty of fun activities. The featured events include Live entertainment by top performers, racing pigs, a magic show, pony & camel rides, a petting farm, horse shows, carnival activities, food vendors, crafts, wine tasting, agricultural exhibits and a fireworks display on Saturday, July 14th (Rain Date Sunday July 15th)
Bring the whole family for a fun experience.
Annual Monmouth County Fair
Wednesday - Sunday, July 25 - 29, 2018
East Freehold Park Show grounds
1500 Kozloski Rd
(Check for schedule of events & live entertainment)
Opening night fireworks, 4-H events, animal shows & exhibits, rides& amusements, free stage entertainment, racing pigs, home & garden competition.
The Quick Chek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning
Friday - Sunday, July 27, 28, 29, 2018
39 Thor Solberg Road
Whitehouse Station, NJ
Website (Events Schedule & Tickets)
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. The concerts feature top performers for each of the three nights.
Fireworks are at dusk on Friday evening
September 2018 Central Jersey Family Festivals & Events
Berkeley Township Community Pride Day
Saturday September 8, 2018; 10 am - 10pm
489 Forest Hills Parkway
This annual family event featureslive entertainment, fireworks, games, prizes and fun for the entire family. The day begins @ 10am with rides and inflatable's for the kids. The late afternoon will begin with musical entertainment at 5:30pm with the Symphonics, who perform a variety of music from the 1940's thru today, followed by Eaglemania known for their uncanny ability to sound like the Eagles note by note. After the show, there will have a fabulous fireworks display.
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