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18 of the best things to do this weekend in NJ — Aug. 4-6, 2017

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Looking for summer fun this weekend? We’ve got you covered. Check out our complete list of great events and fun things do right here in the great Garden State!

Big Joe Henry LIVE on the Boardwalk in Seaside Heights

Join Big Joe Henry as he broadcasts LIVE from the boardwalk in Seaside Heights on Saturday, August 5th from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Come see Big Joe and the Jersey Prize Team and see why everyone is talking about Seaside Heights, the classic American Boardwalk at the place to be this summer. With the new roller coaster, Hydrus, new restaurants, festivals, concerts, and free movies, you have to see for yourself. Visit Exit82.com for more information.

Date: August 5th, 2017
Location: Seaside Heights Boardwalk
Lincoln Ave., Seaside Heights, NJ 08751

Big Joe Jersey Talent Show in Point Pleasant Beach

The Big Joe Jersey Talent Show, presented by Ocean First Bank rolls into Jenkinson’s in Point Pleasant Beach showcasing the best talent from around the Garden State. This year, contestants will complete for cash and prizes valued at over $10,000 including a Johannes Seiler 118 Piano courtesy of Worldwide Piano & Music School in Edison and Seiler Piano, a pair of tickets to the Broadway Series at the State Theatre in New Brunswick, a professional music video as well as multi-location photo shoot courtesy of nationally renowned filmmaker, Gary Gellman, and $1500 in cash courtesy of Ocean First Bank!

Date: August 6th, 2017
Location: Jenkinson’s
300 Ocean Ave., Point Pleasant Beach, NJ 08742


ATLANTIC COUNTY


National Night Out

Family fun, bounce houses, games, giveaways, live music, food, special appearances, fireworks, a helicopter landing and tours. Hosted by the Hammonton Police Department and the Hammonton Family Success Center.

Date: August 4th, 2017
Location: Hammonton High School
566 Old Forks Rd., Hammonton, NJ 08037

New Jersey Fringe Festival

Jersey Fringe is a 3-day event featuring multiple theatrical productions at a variety of venues within walking distance of the central location and ticket hub, The Eagle Theatre. Multiple Producing Organizations will offer eclectic, unique selections for festival goers throughout the entire weekend. Also featured will be a Beer and Wine Garden, Pop-Up Art, Food and Art Vendors, Live Music and More! Jersey Fringe is the ultimate social experience not to be missed!

Date: August 4th, 2017 – August 6th, 2017
Location: Downtown Hammonton Art District
208 Vine St., Hammonton, NJ 08037


BURLINGTON COUNTY


Moonlight Walk

Whitesbog is part of a state park and as such closes at dusk each day, however you have the opportunity to join us for this special after hours Moonlight Walk held on the Saturday closest to the full moon each month. August 5th the walk will begin at 8pm. Listen to the night sounds of the Pines, learn about Whitesbog and experience the seasonal changes of the Pinelands. All walks are 3-5 miles in length, weather permitting and led by experienced leaders. $5/person donation, call for reservations.

Date: August 5th, 2017
Location: Historic Whitesbog Village
120 W Whitesbog Rd., Browns Mills, NJ 08015


CAPE MAY COUNTY


Cape May Baby Parade

Stand-up and cheer for the youngsters at the Annual Cape May Baby Parade. The parade will march off at 11 am from Congress Street along Beach Avenue and end at Howard Street. Post parade there will be an awards ceremony held in Cape May Convention Hall. Trophies will be awarded in five separate categories: Pretty Baby, Decorated Baby Carriage, Children Walking in Fancy Dress, Children Walking in Comic Dress, and Decorated on Wheels. There will also be awards for Best Float (motorized or pulled) and Best Overall Entry. For more information visit website.

Date: August 4th, 2017
Location: Congress St. & Beach Ave., Cape May, NJ 08204

6th Annual Craft Beer & Crab Festival

Come to the beautiful grounds of the Physick Estate and experience what CBS NY named one of New Jersey’s Top Five Summer Festivals! This all-day festival features local craft beers to wash down favorite summer picnic foods such as steamed crabs, crab cakes, pulled pork, corn on the cob, potato salad and more. Enjoy live music all day on the outdoor stage. Have fun with stilt-walkers, jugglers and acrobats, crafts vendors, a farmers’ market and more. Time: 10 am – 6 pm. Admission to the grounds is free. There will be a charge for food, beverages and some activities. Bring home a commemorative pint glass or T-shirt.

Date: August 5th, 2017
Location: Grounds of Emlen Physick Estate
1048 Washington St., Cape May, NJ 08204

New Jersey State Crab Festival

Event takes place from 11 am – 10 pm, featuring a block party atmosphere with “crabby” fun for the entire family! Festival includes bushels of blue claw crabs, a beer garden, “must try” crabby bloody marys, vendors and exciting things for the kids including a crab race at 6 pm. “Parrotbeach,” a Jimmy Buffett Tribute Band, will perform at 6 pm.

Date: August 5th, 2017
Location: Ice House Restaurant
4415 Park Blvd., Wildwood, NJ 08260

Stone Harbor Arts & Crafts Festival

Don’t miss this premier, nationally ranked event! The Festival showcases over 200 artisans from more than 12 states displaying their work. Now in our 55th year, Stone Harbor proves to deliver exceptional quality of experience in an unparalleled setting. 250 Exhibitors * Live Music * Children’s Activities * Free Admission * Free Shuttle Service. Saturday: 9 am – 5 pm; Sunday: 9 am – 4 pm.

Date: August 5th, 2017 – August 6th, 2017
Location: Stone Harbor Recreation Field
8100 Second Ave., Stone Harbor, NJ 08247


MERCER COUNTY


Peach Festival

Celebrate Jersey Fresh and one of our state’s favorite fruits by joining us for our Just Peachy Festival from 10 am – 5 pm. The festival will include live music both days. A special feature of this festival will be our “Summer Harvest” farm-to-fork tasting section featuring local chefs using local ingredients to prepare recipes for visitors to sample. The tasting area will be open both days and admission to the special tasting section is $15. The weekend will be filled with plenty of activities for kids: a ride through the orchards on our tractor-drawn wagons, pony rides, games and barnyard fun. Bring your appetites for Pam’s Food Tent, filled with lots of tasty treats: peach pie, sliced peaches and cream, peach salsa, BBQ chicken, hot dogs, gazpacho, salads, donuts, and cider slushies. Make sure to visit our winery tasting room to sample our peach sangria. Admission to festival is $5.

Date: August 5th, 2017 – August 6th, 2017
Location: Terhune Orchards
330 Cold Soil Rd., Princeton, NJ 08540


MONMOUTH COUNTY


23rd Annual Clam Festival

Discover the true meaning of “Succulent Seafood” at the Highlands Business Partnership’s 23rd Annual Clamfest. The Clam Festival is a four-day action packed event featuring the freshest seafood, live entertainment, thrill rides, games, contests, a beer and wine garden and more. Admission and parking is free and the event takes place rain or shine. Thursday 6 – 10 pm; Friday 6 – 11 pm; Saturday Noon – 11 pm; Sunday Noon – 8 pm.

Date: August 3rd, 2017 – August 6th, 2017
Location: Huddy Park
Bay & Waterwitch Aves., Highlands, NJ 07732

Italian Fest

Welcome to Monmouth Park Racetrack’s 2nd Little Italy at the Track- a celebration of all things Italian! The day will be filled with fun games, delicious Italian favorites, unique crafts, classic Italian music, horse races and more. We are looking for vendors to bring the influence of culture to the event, with Italian classics and other specialty favorites.

Date: August 5th, 2017
Location: Monmouth Park Racetrack
175 Oceanport Ave., Oceanport, NJ 07757

Kortney’s Challenge 2 Mile FUN Run/Walk at Monmouth Park

Kortney’s Challenge 2 Mile FUN Run/Walk at Monmouth Park on Sunday, August 6, 2017 is an event that brings the community out to support pediatric brain tumor research and gets everyone moving for a great cause. This flat 2 mile course caters to anyone of any age, beginning runners, advanced runners, walkers, great distance for kids, and strollers welcome. Top 3 boys and girls, 12 & under, top 3 men and women, 13 & over, and top 3 men and women, 40 and over will receive a trophy. Children under 12 will receive a medal. 8:30 am, Registration opens, FREE tattoos and face painting offered. At 9 am watch the Dance Plus Performance Team and join us for our group stretch. The race steps off at 10 am. Free food, drinks and fun in the finish area. FREE Family Fun events offered in the track picnic area after our event. Every participant of Kortney’s Challenge will receive a goody bag of great donated items and tickets for FREE Grandstand entrance to the racetrack.

Date: August 6th, 2017
Location: Monmouth Park Racetrack
175 Oceanport Ave., Oceanport, NJ 07757


MORRIS COUNTY


Alfresco at the Farm

Grow It Green Morristown is hosting its 8th Annual Alfresco at the Farm event to grow a greener, healthier community. Alfresco at the Farm is our family fundraising festival event that puts a new urban twist on the traditional country fair. The festival provides fun for the whole family and is attended by over 200 involved community members, public officials, business owners and media from the Morris County area who are interested in strengthening the community, local food, health, education and sustainability.

Date: August 5th, 2017
Location: The Urban Farm
31 Hazel St., Morristown, NJ 07960

Rockaway Food Truck Festival

The Just Jersey Fest is rolling into Rockaway Borough. Food! Beer! Music! Fun! New Jersey foodies, eat your hearts out! It’s a fun filled family day! Over 20 Gourmet Food Trucks, partnered with some incredible bands, make for an enchanting and fulfilling summer afternoon. Bring your appetite, lawn chairs, 4 legged friends and blankets. Dine on excellent food, while enjoying the beer and sangria garden along with the amazing sounds. Benefit for Rockaway Borough Fire Department & Eleventh Hour Rescue. Dogs are welcome! 11 am – 8 pm . Admission: $5. Kids under 10 are free. Free parking.

Date: August 5th, 2017
Location: Fireman’s Field
144 Beach St., Rockaway, NJ 07866

Peach Pancake Breakfast

Part of our Peach Festival – start with a Scenic Hay Wagon ride to Harvest Hall. Then enjoy a gastronomic feast with our All You Can Eat Breakfast which includes our delicious Pancakes, our Special Peach Topping and lots more! You will also gain entrance to our pick your own orchard to pick some of those delicious peaches to bring home! Peach Pancake Breakfast will occur on 2 Sundays. Breakfast runs from 8 am – 12:30 pm each day. See our website for more details.

Date: August 6th, 2017 – August 13th, 2017
Location: Alstede Farms
1 Alstede Farms Ln., Chester, NJ 07930


SUSSEX COUNTY


New Jersey State Fair

The New Jersey State Fair, also known as the Sussex County Farm and Horse Show has a lot of exciting events happening! Come to the NJ State Fair and enjoy: farm animals, horse shows, food & crafts, carnival, free entertainment + much more! Take the time to visit our website to get more information on what will be happening this year! There is always something fun happening at the Fair. We look forward to seeing you this year! Also, pelase check out our Facebook for weekly updates and news.

Date: August 4th, 2017 – August 13th, 2017
Location: Sussex County Fairgrounds
37 Plains Rd., Augusta, NJ 07822


WARREN COUNTY


Historic Blairstown Day

Historic Blairstown Day, sponsored by the Blairstown Museum, is a celebration of Blairstown’s heritage. Spend the day enjoying the ambiance of a bygone era with live entertainment; antique, craft and food vendors; a birthday celebration for town founder John Insley Blair and much more.

Date: August 5th, 2017
Location: Blairstown Historic Village
26 Main St., Blairstown, NJ 07825

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