10 free NJ events to check out before summer ends
It’s August, which means we’re only a few weeks away from the start of school and we’re all back into our regular routine.
I’m watching friends post on Facebook from other parts of the country send their kids back to school already.
Luckily, here in New Jersey, we still have summertime to enjoy.
It feels like Memorial Day was just last month but we’ve already been through two full months of summer.
Summer vacation is something we all look forward to whether you spend it at the Jersey Shore, take a road trip to another beach, or hop on a flight and head somewhere tropical.
We’re now in the final weeks of perfect beach weather and everyone trying to fit events, activities, and even one last vacation in before Labor Day hits.
We’ve been able to indulge in a lot this summer like fireworks, carnivals, and fairs like the State Fair at the Meadowlands, and the big Festival of Ballooning that takes place in Hunterdon County.
There have been all kinds of concerts taking place in the Garden State from music in a park to big festivals on the beach in Atlantic City.
But there’s still time to soak in the summer and enjoy family time out and about during these last few weeks of warm weather.
Here are 10 free events happening in the Garden State this month:
Keyport Fireman’s Fair
Aug. 2 – 6
American Legion Dr. & W. Front St., Keyport, NJ
It’s the 54th annual Fireman’s Fair located on the waterfront at Firemen’s Park in Keyport. The Fair features carnival rides for all ages, carnival games and prizes, great food, and more. There will be a fireworks display on the night of Aug. 6. For more info, click HERE.
Free movies on the beach – Jenkinson’s
Aug. 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30 - 8 p.m.
300 Ocean Ave., Pt. Pleasant Beach, NJ
Every Tuesday of the month you can enjoy a movie on the beach by Jenkinson’s Aquarium. This is weather permitting. For more info, click HERE.
Pier Village Family Fun Night
Aug. 7, 14, 21, and 28 – 12 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Festival Plaza, Pier Village
Every Sunday of the month, you can check out rides, games, mini golf, a rock-climbing wall, trampoline bungee, and more. For more info, click HERE.
New Jersey Friends of Clearwater Music Festival
Aug. 6 and 7, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Red Bank's Riverside Gardens Park
This is an annual music festival where proceeds benefit the New Jersey Friends of Clearwater (501(C)3 Charitable Organization). There are 2 stages with local and national performers. You can hear all kinds of artists from soul, folk, rock, jazz, Latin, country, and more. For more info, click HERE.
The Italian American Association of Ocean Township Annual Italian Festival
Aug. 10 – 14
200 Whalepond Rd., Oakhurst, NJ
If you love the taste of traditional Italian food and heritage and culture, this festival is for you. But not only is there food, but rides, games, music, and more. Click HERE for more info.
Passaic County Fair
Aug. 11 – 14
Nothing says a fair like pony rides, games, bounce houses and fair food. Friday and Saturday night will feature a firework display and every day will be filled with local music complimented with a beer garden and local food. Click HERE for more info.
New Brunswick Heart Festival
Aug. 13, 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.
This festival celebrates all of the arts and history that New Brunswick has to offer. There will be craft and food vendors, live music and performances, interactive activities, games, and more. For more info, click HERE.
Flemington’s Corn, Tomato and Beer Festival
Aug. 13, 12 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Stangl Rd., Flemington, NJ
This festival will feature an expansive micro-brewery beer garden, live music, food like New Jersey corn and tomatoes, and family entertainment (there will be a kids zone). for more info, click HERE.
Asbury Refresh – Vintage, Oddities & One of a Kind Collectibles
Aug. 13, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
104 Grand Ave., Asbury Park, NJ
Over 50 vendors selling unique items and all things vintage, oddities and one-of-a-kind collectibles. For more info, click HERE.
Atlantic City Airshow
See the show from Atlantic City’s FREE beaches and Boardwalk
The Air Force is sending The Thunderbirds to this airshow along with the U.S. Army’s Golden Knights parachute team and other airshow performers. For more info, click HERE.
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