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23 of the best things to do this weekend in NJ — July 21-23, 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, July 22nd 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: July 22nd, 2017
Location: Seaside Heights Boardwalk
Lincoln Ave. , Seaside Heights, NJ 08751 United States


BERGEN COUNTY


Food Truck Festival

There will be a large variety of delicious foods to choose from. Explore different cuisines or just keep it simple. It’s your choice! Craft beer, live bands and fun activities for the kids will also be part of the day’s offerings. Bring a blanket or a chair and picnic the day away on our beautiful property. Come join us for great food and drink, terrific music, and a spectacular day at The Hermitage. This fundraiser will benefit the Hermitage Museum. The Hermitage is a National Historic Landmark. The historic house incorporates a stone structure that was visited during the Revolutionary War by George Washington and Alexander Hamilton. The site is also where Aaron Burr met and married Theodosia Prevost. The Friends of the Hermitage received a General Operating Support Grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of cultural. 11 am – 6 pm. Admission is $5. Children under 5 are free. No pets please.

Date: July 22nd, 2017
Location: The Hermitage Museum
335 N. Franklin Tpk., Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ 07423


BURLINGTON COUNTY


Burlington County Farm Fair

The Annual Burlington County Farm Fair is held on the beautiful Burlington County Fairgrounds. The 5 day event is action packed and there is something there for all ages, including a Midway, food vendors and nightly shows!

Date: July 18th, 2017 – July 22nd, 2017
Location: Burlington County Fairgrounds
1960 Jacksonville-Jobstown Rd. & Rt. 206, Columbus, NJ 08022

Blueberry Living History Day

Meet our Vintage Village residents in museums and historic landscapes, pick heirloom blueberries, take a wagon ride and more at the summertime Living History Event! The Village will come alive with workers and residents from the 1920’s. Join them in their daily activities. Visit Suningive, the home of the “Blueberry Queen”. Interact with those who helped make the blueberry one of America’s favorite fruit. We would LOVE to see you become a part of our Living History.

Date: July 23rd, 2017
Location: Historic Whitesog Village
120 W. Whites Bogs Rd. #34, Browns Mills, NJ 08015


CAMDEN COUNTY


The Princess & The Pea

Join the Ritz Kidz Company as they put their unique and interactive spin on a classic children’s tale. One princess comes to a castle and needs to prove herself to the kingdom. Naturally, the best way to prove her royalty is to see if she can feel one tiny pea under many, many mattresses…Perfect for kids and kids at heart!

Date: July 19th, 2017 – July 22nd, 2017
Location: Ritz Theatre Company
915 White Horse Pk., Haddon Township, NJ 08107


CAPE MAY COUNTY


Cape May County 4-H Fair

FREE admission for 3 days of old-fashioned family fun, entertainment, 4-H horse and livestock exhibitions, food booths, livestock auction, children’s pet show, 4-H exhibits, booths, hands-on activities and more.

Date: July 20th, 2017 – July 22nd, 2017
Location: 4-H Fairgrounds
355 Court House – S. Dennis Rd., Cape May Court House, NJ 08210

Night In Venice

The City’s annual boat parade is one of the largest in the world. Starts at 6:00pm at the Longport Bridge and runs to Tennessee Ave. along the bay. Fireworks display to follow parade. The physical address provided will take you to the Bayside Center which you may pay a small price to bring your family to watch the events along the bay. Along with a place to watch the parade and fireworks, the Bayside Center provides food (to purchase) and musical entertainment throughout the night. Tickets will become available as the date gets closer. Otherwise, to view the parade for free, you may find a spot on the bay-side between the parade route where bleachers will be set up.

Date: July 22nd, 2017
Location: The Bayside Center
520 Bay Ave., Ocean City, NJ 08226

Railroad Days

Railroad Days takes place on both Saturday and Sunday, July 22 and 23 from 10am-4:30pm. Visitors will find presentations, railroad displays, working model trains and garden railways from a variety of groups throughout the Village. This event is sponsored by the Priester Foundation & Crest Savings Bank.

Date: July 22nd, 2017 – July 23rd, 2017
Location: Historic Cold Spring Village
720 Rt. 9, Cape May, NJ 08204


ESSEX COUNTY


Solar Eclipse Photography Seminar

For the first time in a century, a total eclipse of the sun will span the entire United States on August 21, producing one of the most spectacular phenomena in nature. The entire eclipse will last for a little over two and a half hours when the moon blocks part or all of the sun as it passes between the sun and the Earth. For those wishing to learn how to best experience and preserve this rare celestial event, Unique Photo is offering a seminar on how to safely view and photograph the solar eclipse. Astronomer and photographer, William Gutsch, Ph.D., will present a seminar entitled “The Great Solar Eclipse of 2017” on Saturday, July 22 from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. The illustrated presentation will explain what causes an eclipse, where to travel for the best vantage points, how to view it safely and provide information on the best lenses, filters and other equipment necessary for safely photographing the eclipse. The seminar is geared toward photo enthusiasts and professionals alike.

Date: July 22nd, 2017
Location: Unique Photo
123 US Highway 46 West, Fairfield, NJ 07004


HUNTERDON COUNTY


“Art in Food and Food in Art”, Peter Rose

A lusciously illustrated PowerPoint talk on food and drink seen in the seventeenth century Dutch Masters and their relevance to the American kitchen today: it explores the food ways brought to America by the Dutch more than three centuries ago and how these foods were changed and adapted under the new circumstances. Using slides of some 40 paintings by Jan Steen, Adriaen van Ostade, Jan Davidsz. De Heem, Pieter Claesz, Harmen van Steenwijck and many others, the lecture will demonstrate how these art works give an insight in 17th-century food practices and shed new light on the colonial diet. Author/Food Historian Peter G. Rose has published nine books and numerous articles on Dutch food ways and the influence of the Dutch on the American kitchen. She lectures extensively on the subject nationally and internationally. Venues for her talks have included the Smithsonian Institute, the National Gallery of Art and the Mauritshuis in The Hague in the Netherlands. 7 – 8:30 pm.

Date: July 21st, 2017
Location: Bouman-Stickney Farmstead (Wade-Wyckoff Barn)
114 Dreahook Rd., Stanton, NJ 08885


MERCER COUNTY


Hightstown July Fun Friday!

This event will be held in Memorial Park right next to the Tavern on the Lake in downtown Hightstown from 5pm-8pm. The dates will be 7/21, 8/25, and 9/8. We have a large variety of vendors, farms, and amazing live entertainment. It’s a perfect night to grab a picnic or a bite to eat from our many local restaurants and enjoy a little entertainment and shopping. During these nights, you can also take advantage of open swim in Peddie Lake!

Date: July 21st, 2017
Location: Memorial Park
117 Main St, Hightstown, New Jersey 08520


MIDDLESEX COUNTY


Xtreme Jeep Show

Four hundred “Xtreme Jeep” vehicles will be on display in Perth Amboy’s City Hall Circle on Saturday, July 22, beginning at noon and continuing to 5 PM. Everyone is invited to the free, outdoor exhibition of gleaming, customized and fully-equipped “Xtreme Jeeps” in the following models: CJ5, CJ7, TJ, YJ, JK2, JK4, Cherokee, and Willie as well as four-wheel drive Suzuki vehicles. Jeeps will be parked in City Hall Circle, 260 High Street, and municipal parking is available within walking distance of the exhibit.

Date: Saturday at 12 PM – 5 PM
Location: Perth Amboy City Hall
260 High St, Perth Amboy, NJ 08861

EARTH Center Open House and Garden Field Day 

During the Garden Field Day, the Extension’s Agriculture Office, alongside Rutgers Master Gardeners will offer advice on horticulture and environmental stewardship while guiding visitors through various teaching gardens and learning projects. Examples of their work include the Children’s Garden with Green Roof playhouse, an enormous vegetable display garden and the popular Butterfly House. Also part of the event will be the “Greatest of the Garden” competition. Gardeners should bring their biggest or most outstanding home grown produce to win recognition!

Date: July 22nd, 2017
Location: The EARTH Center
42 Riva Ave., South Brunswick, NJ 08902

HUB City Sounds: Guelaguetza

Featuring the beautiful food, music, cultural dances, and healing traditions and heritage of Oaxaca, Mexico.

Date: July 23rd, 2017
Location: Elmer B Boyd Park
Rt. 18 N., New Brunswick, NJ 08901


MONMOUTH COUNTY


Asbury Park Superfest

Festival! Food! Fun! and FUNK! Come enjoy 5 Funk Bands playing all their hits! Lakeside! Slave! The Barkays! Mary Jane Girls! The Dazz Band! This is the Barkays last tour with all original members!

Date: July 22nd, 2017
Location: Sunset Park
Between 5th and Sunset, Asbury Park, NJ 07712


MORRIS COUNTY


Morris County 4-H Fair

The Morris County 4-H Fair showcases the hard work of our 4-H youth. There is so much to see and do at the Fair! Animals, contests, live music, delicious food, arts & crafts, amusement rides, and so much more! Don’t miss this special event! More detials can be found on the Morris County 4-H website. Volunteers are welcome to help make this event a success.

Date: July 19th, 2017 – July 23rd, 2017
Location: Chubb Park
290 W. Main St., Rt. 513, Chester, NJ 07930

Cheers In Chester – Wine & Beer Festival

Cheers in Chester pours into town! Morris County’s first Craft Beer & Wine Festival taking place in beautiful Historic Chester Borough! Join us for one 4 hour Session with over 100 styles of craft beer & wine, fantastic music, delicious food & wonderful vendors. Plus it’s a Benefit for the Chester First Aid Squad! Great music provided by the fantastic Mr. LoveJoy! Continue to check back for an updated list of breweries, wineries & styles. Plus Crafthouse Cocktails will be making their New Jersey festival debut!!! Featuring Moscow Mule, Southside, Paloma & the just launched Gold Rush! Delicious food offered by Bacon Me Crazy The Bearded One BBQ, The Guac Spot & Cherries On Top Ice Cream Morris County’s Only Craft Beer & Wine Festival! Must be 21 & over with Picture ID for entry. Chairs, blankets & pop up tents are welcome. No kids, strollers, pets, outside food or drink, large bags or knapsacks.

Date: July 22nd, 2017
Location: Municipal Field
134 Main St., Chester, NJ 07930

Movie Night

Customer Appreciation Weekend is here! The fun will start Friday evening, with Free movie night! Please check our website for more information.

Date: July 21st, 2017
Location: Alstede Farms
1 Alstede Farms Ln., Chester, NJ 07930


OCEAN COUNTY


29th Annual LBIF Fine Art Festival

Do you enjoy art to beautify your home or office and enrich your life? Join us at the Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences (LBIF) in Loveladies, NJ for the continuation of a longstanding art tradition on Long Beach Island: the 29th Annual LBIF Fine Art Festival. The LBIF Fine Art Festival weaves an exquisite tapestry of handmade original artwork from the talents of more than 80 local, regional and national artisans. Choose from works in painting, photography, sculpture, metalwork, digital art and mixed media. Discover exquisite pieces in jewelry, glass, ceramics and more. Don’t see what you wish? Commission a piece of art made specifically for you. All the artists making these works are present – they will help you! Hours of the LBIF Fine Art Festival are Saturday 10-6 and Sunday 10-5. Admission is a $5 donation and parking free. Enjoy the experience as you let your imagination and emotions guide you in finding artwork to enrich your life.

Date: July 22nd, 2017 – July 23rd, 2017
Location: LBI Foundation of the Arts & Sciences
120 Long Beach Blvd., Loveladies, NJ 08008

Slider’s 12th Birthday Celebration

Be with us for Slider’s 12th birthday!! There will be games, pictures taken, balloonists, tattoos, and some of Slider’s special friends…..including Shark Ditty & Perky the Penguin from Jenkinsons Aquarium! Enter between 10:30 am – 1 pm and receive a BOGO Full Day BWB admission WITH a donation of a non-perishable food item to go to Food Bank of Monmouth & Ocean Counties.

Date: July 22nd, 2017
Location: Breakwater Beach Waterpark
62 Grant Ave., Seaside Heights, NJ 08751


PASSAIC COUNTY


Washington’s Encampment

Learn what life was like as a soldier during the American Revolution. Watch musket drills, 18th century dancing, blacksmithing, Play 18th century games. There will be demonstrations as well as crafters. Admission to the Mansion is $5.00. Children 6 and under are free. Parking and outdoor activities are free to the public. The Dey Mansion is an excellent example of Georgian architecture of the mid eighteenth century, which served as Washington’s Headquarters in July, October and November of 1780. Today, the Mansion is owned by Passaic County and operated by the Department of Cultural and Historic Affairs. The Dey Mansion is open to the public for tours and programs.

Date: July 22nd, 2017 – July 23rd, 2017
Location: Dey Mansion
199 Totowa Rd., Wayne, NJ 07470


SOMERSET COUNTY


Art After Hours: A Paint and Sip Benefit for The Center

Gather your friends and join us for “Art After Hours: A Paint and Sip Benefit for The Center.” Support The Center and have fun at the same time! Artist Katie Truk will lead you and your friends step by step to create your own original acrylic painting on canvas. It promises to be a lively evening of socializing, making memories and art. What do I need to bring? We supply the painting materials, drinks and food, all you need to bring is your creativity. No prior art experience is required.

Date: July 22nd, 2017
Location: The Center for Contemporary Art
2020 Burnt Mills Rd., Bedminster, NJ 07921


WARREN COUNTY


Mid-Summer Vineyard Tours-Lose yourself among the vines

Our vines are at their peak, reaching toward the sun as their fruit begins changing colors and developing into the perfect fruit that will be our 2015 Vintage. Educational tours on the hour beginning at 1 pm. Last tour starts at 4 pm. Bring a lunch and lose yourself in the vines! 1 – 5 pm. Admission $5.

Date: July 22nd, 2017 – July 23rd, 2017
Location: Villa Milagro Vineyards
33 Rt. 627, Phillipsburg, NJ 08865

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