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New Jersey Family Festivals: Discover The Best Themed Events

New Jersey Family Festivals: Your Guide to Family Oriented Music, Food, Entertainment and Fun Activities

They feature Family festivals and events with special themes and are known for having good music, food, entertainment, skilled artisans and performers, fun activities, crafts, and more!


State of NJ

At this time, and until further notice,  COVID-19 executive orders  in effect apply to large public gatherings such as concerts, festivals, and fireworks.

Some outdoor recreational areas and businesses have been able to restart their operations. These include;
Beaches, State and Municipal Parks, and recreational campgrounds are open for passive recreation, including fishing, hunting, boating, canoeing, kayaking, hiking,  jogging, biking, birding, horseback riding, and more.

Atlantic City's casinos will be able to reopen July 2 at 25% capacity.

Playgrounds and outdoor amusement parks, water parks, and arcades in the Garden State can also reopen on July 2. Parks and boardwalk rides will be limited to 50% of typical guest capacity and must enforce social-distancing rules on rides and in lines. Face coverings for guests and staff are required

Currently most public gatherings are limited: Indoor gatherings are limited to 25% capacity of the rooms in which they will take place, with a maximum of 100 persons. Outdoor gatherings are limited to 500 persons.

Restaurants are open for outdoor dining only. Indoor dining has been postponed until further notice

With near term cancellations occurring at a rapid rate, and despite trying to remove them as soon as we learn of the cancellations or restrictions, we  recommend viewers contact the event sponsors before heading out to a listed event to confirm their status.


2020 On-line & Multi-Date, Northern Jersey Family Festivals and Events

State Fair Meadowlands
Fair runs from Thursday, June 25 until Sunday, July12. 2020
102 NJ State Highway 120
East Rutherford NJ
Next to MetLife Stadium
Website (Check Schedule)
This very popular family event features quality rides, plenty of free entertainment, open air thrill shows, games and prizes, and a variety foods. There are a variety of activities to interest all ages.
All Tickets Include Free Live shows and concerts. Free Live concerts. Fireworks shows take place on the evenings of Friday, July 3 & Saturday, July 4th.

Van Riper-Hopper House - Virtual Tour
View Virtual Tour
The Van Riper-Hopper House Museum is listed on the State and National Registers of Historic Places Built in 1786 by Uriah Van Riper for his bride Maria (Polly) Berdan, this Dutch Colonial house offers a rare walk back in time. Five lower rooms contain 18th and early 19th century furnishings Located on its original site, the museum represents the agricultural society that dominated Wayne for over 200 years. In 2013 the first Community Gardens were built on the site to correlate with its traditional agricultural roots. The farmstead includes an historical herb garden, Archeology Laboratory, and Albert Payson Terhune Collection.

Virtual Experience "Ask the Astronomer"
Every Tuesday @ 10am
The Newark Museum of Art
Zoom and Facebook Live
Celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope. Learn how the Hubble has become one of the most productive telescopes in history and revolutionized modern astronomy. Then ask our Museum astronomers about the exciting mysteries and science of space. This week's live session is available on

Montclair Art Museum - Virtual Tours of Exhibitions
Virtual Tours Access
You can take a tour of Montclair Art Museum from home with the MAM Curator Series!
Montclair Art Museum has been collecting and preserving Native American and American artwork since 1914. MAM now holds over 12,000 works of art in the form of sculpture, works on paper, ceramics, artifacts, and more.

Virtual Morris Museum
Website/Virtual Tours
Stay engaged with the arts through the Morris Museum, They share with you programming, events, and visual arts that we have curated and selected for our audiences. The Morris Museum is the only Smithsonian Affiliate in the State of New Jersey and is honored to fulfill its role of bringing Smithsonian resources to the state.
Visit this site often for new content that has been added.

July Northern Jersey Family Festivals and Events

New Providence Independence Day Celebration
Friday, July 3, 2020: 7 - 9:30 p.m.(rain date is Sunday, July 5)
South Street ( Gales Drive to Springfield Avenue)
New Providence, NJ
Website
The family oriented festiviites will include more activities than ever before. As one of the biggest borough events, this celebration attracts nearly 5,000 people. There will be "Chalk on South," as well as other entertainment. The fabulous Fireworks will begin at approximately 9:30 PM. South Street will be closed from Gales Drive to Springfield Avenue for people to enjoy the festival. Local businesses can remain open to showcase their wares and provide giveaways and refreshments to patrons.

Mount Olive Carnival
July 8 - 12, 2020
Turkey Brook Park
30 Flanders Rd.
Budd Lake, NJ 07828
Website
Parking: $5
Thus very popular carnival draws over 20,000 visitors. The event features, lots of carnival rides, a beer garden and an awesome Fireworks display. Find a spot on the Great lawn while viewing the aerial display of Fireworks on Saturday, July, 11th @ Dusk

State Fair Meadowlands
Fair runs from Thursday, July 23 Sunday, August 9, 2020
102 NJ State Highway 120
East Rutherford NJ
Next to MetLife Stadium
Website (Check Schedule)
This very popular family event features quality rides, plenty of free entertainment, open air thrill shows, games and prizes, and a variety foods. There are a variety of activities to interest all ages.
All Tickets Include Free Live shows and concerts. Free Live concerts. Fireworks shows take place on the evening of Friday, July 24th.

August Northern Jersey Family Festivals and Events

State Fair Meadowlands
Fair runs from Thursday, July 23 Sunday, August 9, 2020
102 NJ State Highway 120
East Rutherford NJ
Next to MetLife Stadium
Website (Check Schedule)
This very popular family event features quality rides, plenty of free entertainment, open air thrill shows, games and prizes, and a variety foods. There are a variety of activities to interest all ages.
All Tickets Include Free Live shows and concerts. Free Live concerts. Fireworks shows take place on the evening of Friday, July 24th.

Pasaic County Fair

August 13 to August 16, 2020; Fireworks on Friday and Saturday @ dusk.
Garret Mountain Reservation
8 Mountain Ave
Woodland Park, NJ
973-881-4405
Website
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.

Canal Day Festival

August 15, 2020 (Rain or Shine)
Hugh Force Canal Park
170 West Central Ave.
Wharton, NJ
Website
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 festivities & display at Robert Street Park beginning at 7:00 PM Admission is Free

Rockaway Township Day
Saturday, August 15, 2020; 12 PM – 9:30 PM
Peterson Field
98 Fleetwood Dr,
Rockaway, NJ
Website
Cost: $5 admission, Kids under 10 Free
Celebrating the 176th Anniversary & Founding of Rockaway Township! This family event will include 20 gourmet food trucks, vendors, kids activities, beer, margarita & sangria bar, music from local & regional bands, petting zoo, pony rides, axe throwing, inflatables & conclude with a spectacular FIREWORKS show starting at 9pm! Bring your appetites, lawn chairs, pop ups and blankets. Stay tuned as more activities are added to the agenda to celebrate this great town!

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