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21 of the best things to do this weekend in NJ — July 7-9, 2017


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 live from Tropicana Casino & Resort in Atlantic City

The big weekend kicks off Friday night, July 7 at The Tropicana Casino & Resort in Atlantic City. Big Joe will be broadcasting his show live 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. We’ll be at world-renowned and Iron Chef Jose Garces’ Bar Olón & restaurant Okatshe. We’ll have great music, the jersey prize team will be there, and of course all that the Tropicana in AC has to offer. What a great way to kick off an epic weekend.

Date: July 7th, 2017
Location: Tropicana Casino & Resort
2831 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, NJ 08401

Big Joe Live from the NJ State BBQ Festival

Join Big Joe Henry and the Jersey Prize team as he broadcasts live from the NJ State Barbecue Festival in North Wildwood on Saturday, July 8th from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM! Come out to experience mouth watering ribs, chicken, brisket and pork, masterfully marinated and seasoned, then smoked for hours to the point of perfection. This ain’t just grilling, this is art! Who will be the Champion? Come witness barbecue teams from around the country show off their skills in a quest for the best. But that ain’t all! Nothing goes better with lip smackin’ barbecue than smokin’ hot blues. So, you bet we have that too! The Anglesea Blues Festival℠, held in conjunction with the New Jersey State Barbecue Championship℠, will be bringing you the best blues acts this side of Beale Street!

Date: July 8th, 2017
Location: New Jersey Ave, North Wildwood, NJ 08260

Big Joe Live from the Classic Car Show at Monmouth Park

Travel back to the good ‘ol days with the sights and sounds of the oldies. Take a trip down memory lane by walking through over 100 classic cars, plus sing and dance along to live oldies music courtesy of The Cameos, NJ’s Favorite Oldies Group. As always, everyone’s favorite disc jockey Big Joe Henry will be live broadcasting his NJ 101.5 FM’s #1 Jersey Favorite Hits Show live from 10:00am to 3pm. So bring your friends and family and join us for a stroll through the past – to a time where chrome ruled, music made you get up and dance, and where a drive-in movie took the place of an iPad.

Date: July 9th, 2017
Location: 175 Oceanport Ave, Oceanport, NJ 07757


ATLANTIC COUNTY


By the Light of the Moon

Absecon Lighthouse will be open for nighttime climbs – last climb at 8:30 pm. $10 per person, includes snacks and beverages.

Date: July 9th, 2017
Location: Absecon Lighthouse
31 S. Rhode Island Ave., Atlantic City, NJ 08401


BERGEN COUNTY


Super Stars of Science – Dustin Growick

Join Dustin Growick, Team Lead for Science at Museum Hack and the host of the YouTube series The Dinosaur Show, for an interactive round of family-friendly dinosaur trivia and fun photo challenges. Lend your hand in our collaboration to make a giant piece of T. rex paleoart, and walk away with some great dino-prizes. Workshop Times: 11:30, 1:15, 3:30

Date: July 8th, 2017
Location: Field Station: Dinosaurs
Overpeck County Park, Leonia, NJ 07605


BURLINGTON COUNTY


Roebling Lecture Series – Book Signing and Discussion with Author, Erica Wagner

American writer and critic Erica Wagner was the literary editor of the London Times for seventeen years and is now a contributing writer for the New Statesman and consulting literary editor for Harper’s Bazaar. Her work has appeared in the Guardian, the Economist, the Financial Times, and the New York Times, among others. She is the author of Ariel’s Gift,Seizure, and the short story collection Gravity. She lives in London with her husband, the writer Francis Gilbert, and their son, Theodore. “Chief Engineer: Washington Roebling, The Man Who Built the Brooklyn Bridge,” is Wagner’s newest book. After John A. Roebling’s sudden death, Washington Roebling built what has become one of American’s most iconic structures. Yet, as recognizable as the bridge is, its builder is too often forgotten. This book is the story of immigrants, of the frontier, of the greatest crisis in American history, and of the making of the modern world. This event begins at 1pm. It is the book’s U.S. launch.

Date: July 8th, 2017
Location: Roebling Museum
100 2nd Ave., Roebling, NJ 08554


CAPE MAY COUNTY


Promenade Art Show

Dozens of crafters offer everything from jewelry to leather goods, from fashion and accessories to water colors, so you are sure to find all the perfect gifts you’ve been searching for-and of course, a little something for yourself. 10 am – 5 pm.

Date: July 7th, 2017 – July 9th, 2017
Location: Beach Avenue Promenade
Beach Ave., Cape May, NJ 08204

NJ State Barbeque Championship & Blues Festival

Experience the best in Barbeque & Blues at this exciting three day festival. Live cooking demonstrations, incredible food and top regional and national blues acts on our free main stage. 2nd and Olde New Jersey Avenues and surrounding pubs in North Wildwood. Friday: 4 – 11 pm, Saturday: 10 am – 11 pm, Sunday: 10 am – 6 pm.

Date: July 7th, 2017 – July 9th, 2017
Location: Olde New Jersey Ave. & 2nd St.
North Wildwood, NJ 08260

Wildwood Crest Sand Sculpting Festival

Grab your buckets and shovels and head to the beach at Heather Road (alongside the Beach Pier) from 10 am – 2 pm. The festival will feature an amateur sand sculpting contest, amazing sand sculpture designs, live music and games right on the beach. Rain date is Sunday, July 10th. Registration is FREE and begins at 9 am. Prizes will be awarded to multiple divisions. The contest is organized in conjunction with Can You Dig It Sand Tools and directed by internationally known sand sculptor Matt Long.

Date: July 8th, 2017
Location: Heather Rd. & the beach, Wildwood Crest, NJ 08260

Whaler Yeoman Weekend

Whaler Yeoman weekend celebrates the Cape May County founding families’ livelihoods, which were tied to the land and the sea. Demonstrations and discussions regarding whaling to farming, to trades and crafts that support these early settlers, will be featured.

Date: July 8th, 2017 – July 9th, 2017
Location: Historic Cold Spring Village
720 Rt. 9 S., Cape May, NJ 08204


MERCER COUNTY


Blueberry Bash

Wander through our Pick-Your-Own blueberry bushes; relax on a wagon ride around the farm. Pony rides, music and lots of tasty blueberry treats – blueberry muffins, blueberry cobbler, and blueberry salsa! Adults visit the tasting room for a sample of our award winning Harvest Blues wine. Everyone will enjoy Tuckers’ Tales Puppet Theater, Saturday and Sunday. Children will be enthralled with the lively songs and adventures of these characters. Get in the spirit by entering your favorite recipe in the juried Blueberry Bash Bake-off, with categories for children and adults. Contest rules will be available at the farm store. The prize winners will receive Terhune Orchards Gift Certificate good for any purchase in the farm store. Saturday & Sunday from 10 am – 5 pm. Admission to the festival area is $5. Parking is available.

Date: July 8th, 2017 – July 9th, 2017
Location: Terhune Orchards
330 Cold Soil Rd., Princeton, NJ 08540

Jeepers for Troopers

New Jersey Jeep Association (NJJA) is organizing a charity ride on at 10am for, Alpha Corps Foundation (ID number 26-4091301). This ride will be escorted by the police starting at the Troop C Station in Hamilton and stop at the NJ State Troopers HQ in Williamstown. The last stop will be a popular restaurant in the Jeep community, Pic-A-Lilli Inn in Shamong. Interested Jeepers will have to pre-register online before July 3 at Noon, registration will be $35 for each registrant. Alpha Corps provides economic relief for families of fallen New Jersey State Troopers. NJJA is a NJ Jeep Club that was formed in 2007. We have had many successful charity events in the past, we are looking to make this our biggest one yet! All proceeds from registration and t-shirt sales will go to the Alpha Corps Foundation. We are hoping for a great turnout to support this great organization.

Date: July 9th, 2017
Location: New Jersey State Police Troop C Headquarters
1400 Negron Dr., Hamilton, NJ 08691


MIDDLESEX COUNTY


Restaurant Week

Come to the most delectable event in New Brunswick where every palate and every budget can be satisfied during the best two weeks in New Brunswick. HERE’S HOW IT WORKS: Patrons view the list of participating restaurants and special offers available on the New Brunswick Restaurant Week website (on June 1, 2017), then pick and choose which they’d like to take advantage of and just go to the restaurant during that time period. Special rules and conditions will be noted for each restaurant.

Date: July 8th, 2017 – July 22nd, 2017
Location: Various Participating Restaurants
109 Church St., New Brunswick, NJ 08901


MORRIS COUNTY


Blueberry Festival

Bring the family and celebrate with: Delicious Blueberry Treats made with Our Own Local Blueberries including Blueberry Shortcake, Blueberry Cheesecake, Blueberry Pie, Blueberry Ice Cream and more!Scenic Hayrides to our Blueberry Patch for pick-your-own Blueberries! Enjoy lots of Family Fun Activities (Pony Rides, Tractor Train Rides, Moon Bounce, Hay Wagon Rides, Corn Kingdom, Sunflower Maze and much more). Something for the whole family!

Date: July 8th, 2017 – July 16th, 2017
Location: Alstede Farms
1 Alstede Farms Ln., Chester, NJ 07930

First Friday Late Night: World Flavors of Main

Sample the best international cuisine Boonton Main Street has to offer. Tickets will be available at the Boonton Main Street office. Participating restaurants will offer bite-sized portions of their best dishes. 5 – 9 pm. #BoontonFlavors

Date: July 7th, 2017
Location: Main St., Boonton, NJ 07005


OCEAN COUNTY


Full Moon Beach Camping

Participants are invited to bring their own tent and camp overnight on the beach. The number of camp sites is limited, so pre-registration will be required. This is a family-friendly event. 7 pm – Sunrise on North Beach/Hiering Avenue.

Date: July 9th, 2017
Location: Hiering Ave., Seaside Heights, NJ 08751

Fine Art Show & Sale

Come out and enjoy the area’s talented artists. View and shop for individual paintings, photographs, and other various mediums of art. Admission is FREE. Goodwill donations will be accepted.

Date: July 8th, 2017 – July 9th, 2017
Location: St. Francis Community Center
4700 Long Beach Blvd., Long Beach Township, NJ 08008

Movie on the Beach: The Secret Life of Pets

FREE movie on the beach every Sunday and Tuesday at dusk! Audience members will be seated on the beach. Bring your beach chair or blanket!

Date: July 9th, 2017
Location: North Beach
Carteret Ave., Seaside Heights, NJ 08751


PASSAIC COUNTY


Craft Saturdays

“Stained Glass” Flags. Suitable for all ages. Adult supervision is required. The fee includes project and a house tour. A special scavenger hunt with prizes will be held during the tour. 10 – 1pm. $3

Date: July 8th, 2017
Location: The Dey Mansion
199 Totowa Rd., Wayne, NJ 07470


UNION COUNTY


4th Annual Worthy Women’s Wealth Walk

The Worthy Women’s Entrepreneurial Sisterhood encourages women entrepreneurs (and aspiring) to invest long-term in themselves and their businesses. We believe that families and communities are better off when entrepreneurs aspire to create generational wealth and leave legacies that support philanthropic endeavors. The walk is our commitment as women to support one another in this process. We welcome all women to walk with the Sisterhood. Join us for a morning of exercise, girl time and networking in the spirit of women supporting women.

Date: July 8th, 2017 – July 9th, 2017
Location: Warinanco Park, Roselle, NJ 07036


WARREN COUNTY


A Day Out With Thomas

Day Out With Thomas is a family event that offers children and their grownups the opportunity to ride with classic storybook friend Thomas the Tank Engine™ . Parents, grandparents and siblings join their aspiring engineers in the fun. The Day Out With Thomas experience will engineer miles of smiles for the whole family and introduce a new generation to the timeless excitement of railroading. The train pulled by Thomas leaves every hour on the hour, 10 am to 5 pm. You may also ride the River Train along the scenic Delaware River to Pinchers Point, New Jersey ( an hour and fifteen minute round trip). For an added adventure take the River Train to the Ol’ Susquehanna Mine , enjoy the animated Mine Shaft Explosion, History and learn how to pan for Gem Stones that you can take home! The trips pulled by Thomas take you along the beautiful Delaware River to North Carpentersville New Jersey, a 25 minute ride.

Date: July 7th, 2017 – July 16th, 2017
Location: The Delaware River Railroad Excursions
99 Elizabeth St., Phillipsburg, NJ 08865

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