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24 of the best things to do this weekend in NJ — July 28-30, 2017

Quick Chek NJ Festival of Ballooning 2015
Quick Chek NJ Festival of Ballooning 2015

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!

Dennis & Judi LIVE at Steel Pier in Atlantic City

Join Dennis & Judi as they broadcast LIVE from Steel Pier in Atlantic City, the most historic amusement park in the country, on Friday, July 28th from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM!

Date: July 28th, 2017
Location: Steel Pier
1000 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, NJ 08230

Big Joe and Craig Allen LIVE from QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning

Craig Allen broadcasts Saturday and Big Joe will broadcast LIVE from the 2017 QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning at Solberg Airport in Readington. 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. For tickets or information click on balloonfestival.com or call 1-800-HOT-AIR-9.

Date: July 28th, 2017 – July 30th, 2017
Location: Solberg Airport
39 Thor-Solberg Rd. , Readington Township, NJ 08889


ATLANTIC COUNTY


Peach Party

Featuring bushels of peach activities, peach inspired foods and a visit from Peach Queens past and present! Enjoy live music, peach contests and giveaways. Baby Peach Fuzz Contest and a chance to enter your homemade peach pie into the statewide Peach Pie Contest.

Date: July 29th, 2017
Location: Downtown Hammonton
209 Vine St., Hammonton, NJ 08037

Car Cruise

Stop by The Village Greene at Historic Smithville from 5 – 8 pm to see some spectacular vehicles on display, or show off one of your own! The Car Cruises is a perfect hang-out for all car enthusiasts to see, show, and talk cars. Historic Smithville also offers 60 Shoppes, 7 eateries, carousel ride, train ride, paddleboats, on site lodging at the Colonial Inn and over 26 free weekend events!

Date: July 28th, 2017
Location: Historic Smithville
615 E. Moss Mill Rd., Smithville, NJ 08205


BERGEN COUNTY


Super Stars of Science presents Dino Don Lessem

“Dino” Don Lessem, Stephen Spielberg’s dinosaur advisor for 1994 hit film Jurassic Park returns to the Field Station for Super Stars of Science. Come learn how dinosaurs are portrayed in the movies. You don’t want to miss this! Call for more information or purchase tickets on our website.

Date: July 29th, 2017
Location: Field Station: Dinosaurs
Overpeck County Park, Fort Lee Rd., Leonia, NJ 07605


BURLINGTON COUNTY


The Wizard Of Oz

The award-winning, non-profit Moorestown Theater Company celebrates its 15th Anniversary Season by presenting eight performances of its all-ages ‘Main Stage’ production of “The Wizard Of Oz” . This classic tale, in which a Kansas farm girl travels “Over The Rainbow” to discover the magical power of home, has been entertaining audiences for generations. This family favorite includes these songs “Over The Rainbow”, “Munchkinland (Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead)”, “If I Only Had A Brain/A Heart/The Nerve”, “We’re Off To See The Wizard (Follow The Yellow Brick Road)”, “The Jitterbug”, “If I Were King Of The Forest”, and “The Merry Old Land of Oz”.

Date: July 20th, 2017 – July 29th, 2017
Location: Hope Community Church
235 W. Main St., Moorestown, NJ 08057


CAMDEN COUNTY


2017 XPoNential Music Festival

The XPoNential Music Festival presented by Subaru is Philadelphia public radio station WXPN’s signature annual concert event, that draws audiences from throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern US to Wiggins Park and adjacent BB&T Pavilion on the beautiful Camden, NJ waterfront. The 3-day festival features an expertly curated mix of 30+ established and new artists and bands enjoyed by WXPN members and listeners, and is known for convenient access via public transportation, natural amphitheaters that produce great sound, engaging activities for kids, extensive food, drink and vendor selections, and festival seating and riverfront promenades that offer spectacular views of the Delaware River and Philadelphia skyline.

Date: July 28th, 2017 – July 30th, 2017
Location: Wiggins Park & BB&T Pavilion
2 Riverside Dr., Camden, NJ 08103


CAPE MAY COUNTY


Hands-on History

Children will be given a “Pastport” at the start of their Village trip, which can be stamped at the buildings they visit after completing a take-home craft or activity, like writing with a quill pen, carding wool or churning butter. Other family-friendly activities include games and live entertainment from traditional local musician Mary Roth. The Penns Woods Puppet Players will present a puppet show at 11am, 1:30pm and 3pm. Pastports can be redeemed at the Country Store for a free treat! Other family-friendly activities include historic dress up, games and live entertainment.

Date: July 29th, 2017 – July 30th, 2017
Location: Historic Cold Spring Village
720 Rt. 9, Cape May, NJ 08204


ESSEX


12th Annual Lincoln Park Music Festival

The highly anticipated free weekend will feature three full days of live music – including hip hop, rock/soul, house, R&B, jazz and gospel – various family activities, an organic produce market, cultural vendors, health screenings, local and international food vendors, giveaways and more. Born of the desire to redevelop the Lincoln Park community through music, the Lincoln Park Music Festival is a cultural ambassador and signature event in the City of Newark with lead up events in the City of Newark starting in early Spring and continuing until festival weekend. The popular festival attracts over 60,000 visitors each year.

Date: July 28th, 2017 – July 30th, 2017
Location: 1 Lincoln Park Pl., Newark, NJ 07102


GLOUCESTER COUNTY


Gloucester County 4-H Fair

The public is invited to the Gloucester County 4-H Fair to celebrate the accomplishments of 4-H youth who have worked throughout the year on a wide variety of educational programs. Visitors can watch our equestrians lead their horses in exercises in precision, place an auction bid on a hog, lamb, or beef raised by a 4-Her, watch the judging of our rabbit or goat shows, learn all about cows from dairy and beef club members, cheer for their favorite dog in the obedience class, learn how to raise a pet bird from members of the exotic bird club, slither around to the reptile club exhibit, and enjoy the various animal costume contests. In addition to the displays and shows of 4-H projects, visitors can look forward to a day on the farm and petting zoo, animal shows, pony rides, live music, K-9 demonstrations, and craft vendors — lots for the whole family to do!

Date: July 27th, 2017 – July 30th, 2017
Location: Gloucester County 4-H Fairgrounds
275 Bridgeton Pk., Mullica Hill, NJ 08062


HUDSON COUNTY


Kennedy Space Center’s Mars Rover Appearance

It’s the Summer of Mars at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex and to celebrate, its huge Mars rover concept vehicle will visit LSC as part of a limited tour. This amazing vehicle is over 10 feet tall and guests can enjoy free activities from Martian VR to interactive games featuring real NASA missions. Open 10 am – 3 pm. Free, in the LSC parking lot.

Date: July 29th, 2017 – July 30th, 2017
Location: Liberty Science Center
222 Jersey City Blvd., Liberty State Park, Jersey City, NJ 07305


HUNTERDON COUNTY


35th Annual QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning

The largest summertime hot air balloon and music festival in North America celebrates 35 years of family fun! Featuring more than 100 hot air balloons from around the world, live concerts and non-stop affordable family entertainment, the Festival is a must on everyone’s list of Things to Do this Summer. The festival features the awe-inspiring spectacle of 100 colorful hot air balloons taking flight twice each day over the scenic Hunterdon County countryside, headlining concerts from Grammy Award winning artists, Rock-and-Roll Hall of Famers and the latest teen sensations, children’s amusement rides, age-appropriate family entertainment and attractions, the Running with Balloons 5K race and Family Fun Run, interactive exhibits from leading consumer brands, and hundreds of arts and crafts and food vendors. Hot air balloon rides are available for romantics, adventurers or those looking to cross it off their bucket lists!

Date: July 28th, 2017 – July 30th, 2017
Location: Solberg Airport
39 Thor Solberg Rd., Readington, NJ 08889

Tires on the Terroir

Join Jammin’ Crepes, Ms. Fu’s Yummy Food Truck, Cone Appetit, and the Empanada Guy for a day of delectable bites, fine wine, and live music on the patio and estate grounds of Unionville Vineyards! The Jon Savage duo will play classic rock from 12:30 – 2:30 pm, and Rainbow Fresh will play jam rock from 2:30 – 5:30 pm. Winery tours or vineyard walks with the winemakers at 1 pm, 2:30 pm, and 4 pm. Free admission, tastings are $10. Barrel samples with the winemaker in the Barrel Building- $5. Wines for sale by the glass, bottle, and case. No outside food or alcohol.

Date: July 29th, 2017
Location: Unionville Vineyards
9 Rocktown Rd., Ringoes, NJ 08551


MIDDLESEX COUNTY


Rutgers Gardens Summer Festival

Taste and Tour: Rutgers Jersey Fresh Varieties: Spend the afternoon in the Gardens tasting and touring some of the different varieties of vegetables, herbs and plants that have been developed at Rutgers University where plant breeding has taken place since the early 1900s. There will be food vendors, including River Horse Brewery featuring their craft beer “Farmers Daughter” brewed from the Rutgers Scarlet Strawberry. Visit Ask the Experts with your gardening questions. Participate in cooking demos and tastings given by Ian Keith from Harvest at Rutgers Institute Food and Nutrition and Rachel Weston, author of “New Jersey Fresh: Four Seasons from Farm to Table”. Join in on lawn games and watch a demo in the succulent garden.

Date: July 29th, 2017
Location: Rutgers Gardens
140 Log Cabin Rd., New Brunswick, NJ 08901


MONMOUTH COUNTY


Monmouth County Fair

Join in the fun during this traditional county fair. This year’s Fair includes a home and garden competition, live music, rides, and so much more. Hours are Wednesday-Friday from 5 – 11 pm; Saturday from 3 – 11 pm; and Sunday from 11 am – 6 pm.

Date: July 26th, 2017 – July 30th, 2017
Location: East Freehold Showgrounds
1500 Kozloski Rd., Freehold, NJ 07728


MORRIS COUNTY


Peach Harvest Festival

Enjoy scrumptious peach treats galore! homemade peach ice cream, peach pie, and lots more! Take a Scenic hayride around our farm to the peach orchard to pick your own peaches! And then enjoy lots of Family Fun activities (Pony Rides, Moon Bounce and more!) Something for the whole family!

Date: July 29th, 2017 – August 13th, 2017
Location: Alstede Farms
1 Alstede Farms Ln., Chester, NJ 07930

Treasures from the Collection: Spotlight on Alexander and Eliza Hamilton

Visit Morristown National Historical Park for this special presentation given by Dr. Jude Pfister, the curator of collections at the park. While the park displays and interprets the events of two local winter encampments by the Continental Army, its archives span the years 15,000 B.C. to the 20th century and include 500,000 objects, many of which never have, and never will be, on display to the public. The 2017 version of this program will feature many items in the collection that directly relate to Alexander and Eliza Hamilton (their sofa, a lock of her hair etc.) The presentation takes place at 10 am inside the Washington Headquarters Museum and will last about an hour. Cost is $15per person.

Date: July 29th, 2017
Location: Washington’s Headquarters Museum Auditorium
30 Washington Pl., Morristown, NJ 07960

Summer Antiques Expo

Summer Antiques Expo will take place on July 30 at the William G. Mennen Sports Arena. The air conditioned facility is conveniently located with easy access to routes 287, 202 and 10. There will be fifty-plus dealers showing an eclectic mix everything from country Americana to jewelry and collectable porcelain to Oriental carpets, and more. Admission is $9 or $7 with ad.

Date: July 30th, 2017
Location: William G. Mennen Sports Arena
161 E. Hanover Ave., Morris Township, NJ 07950


OCEAN COUNTY


Walk Around Beer Tasting Party

There will be 30 different beers of many styles for tasting and purchase. Food. Garden Salad, Fried Chicken, Bratwursts, Calamari, pizzas, Flatbreads, Cheese & Fruit platter. For only $29.

Date: July 28th, 2017
Location: Artisan’s Brewery
1171 Hooper Ave., Toms River, NJ 08753

Vertical Adventures’ Jersey Jumps Beach Vault

Beginning on Saturday at 9 am, Pole Vault competition and exhibition on the beach. Vault, surf, swim, and enjoy the best music at the Jersey Shore! This is the Biggest and Best Beach Vault in the World, attracting many of the greatest vaulters in the world, competing for prize money and Jersey Shore fame!

Date: July 29th, 2017 – July 30th, 2017
Location: Seaside Heights Beach, Seaside Heights, NJ 08751

Movie on the Beach: Finding Dory

FREE movies 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 30th, 2017
Location: North Beach
Carteret Ave., Seaside Heights, NJ 0875


SOMERSET COUNTY


ZTrek 2017 Charity Bike Ride

ZTrek 2017 is a fully-supported charity bike ride offering 45, 65 and 100 mile routes starting and ending in Somerset, NJ. The ride meanders through miles of beautiful NJ countryside, including the Round Valley Reservoir Recreation Area and Sourland Mountain Preserve. Registration includes a fully-supported ride with up to 5 rest stops on the course, support vehicles and mechanical assistance as well as a t-shirt, finisher’s medal and a finish line lunch and festival. For children 10 and under the event offers a kids’ bike handling skills rodeo, kids’ races and other activities.

Date: July 29th, 2017
Location: 595 Weston Canal Road, Somerset, NJ 08873


SUSSEX COUNTY


Wine & Wings Festival

This year our annual Wine & Wings Festival will be a TWO DAY FESTIVAL!! Cava Winery will host the festival from 1 – 6 pm. The ticket price includes a Cava Logo wine glass, wine samplings from all 3 wineries: Cava Winery, DiMatteo Vineyards, and Villari Vineyards, and live entertainment. Entertainment for Saturday will be Bryan Hansen band from 1 – 3 pm; Cranked Up Country from 4 – 6 pm and on Sunday will be Luke & the Troublemakers from 1 – 3 pm; Smoothology from 4 – 6 pm. There will be food available to purchase from Cava Winery & 3 food trucks: Good Food Good Mood, Cheezen, Luke’s Lobster and a dessert truck. Feel free to bring blankets, chairs and tents to set up in the grass.

Date: July 29th, 2017 – July 30th, 2017
Location: Cava Winery & Vineyard
3619 Rt. 94, Hamburg, NJ 07419


WARREN COUNTY


Warren County Farmers Fair & Balloon Fest

This year the Warren County Farmers’ Fair is celebrating its 80th year! A family fun event that also features a Hot Air Balloon Festival with up to 35 balloons. Explore the Traditional Arts Building featuring demonstrations of quilting, lacemaking and more. Other highlights include 4-H and FFA exhibits and contest. Main arena events include demolition derbies, mud bogs and tractor/truck pulls (some additional charges apply). Tickets go onside for the Main Arena events on March 15. The balloon festival features mass hot air balloon launches, tethered balloon rides, hare and hound races and the unique Bicycle Balloon Race, where pilots and cyclists pair up in a race of skill and speed. The Kids’ Corral is a fun and magical place where children can play, learn and even enter some contests. Best of all, activities at the Kids’ Corral are free of charge to fairgoers.

Date: July 29th, 2017 – August 5th, 2017
Location: Warren County Fairgrounds
1350 Stryker Rd., Phillipsburg, NJ 08865

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