The Best Fairs and Festivals in NJ in July
Now that summer has arrived, the best way to spend a weeknight or weekend day is to attend a fair or festival. Whether you and the kids enjoy eating at a carnival or visiting 4-H booths or petting farm animals, there’s something for everyone at these fun outdoor events!
LEAD Fest State Carnival
LEAD Fest continues with Robinson’s Racing Pigs, Grandpa Cratchet, Cowtown USA, a weekend craft and trade fair, rides, children’s farm, pie contest and nightly entertainment. Southern Rock Fest with Marshall Tucker Bank, Kentucky HeadHunters and Southern Steel will perform on July 2.
Cumberland County Fair
Fair goers will enjoy the rides, games, demolition derby, Little Miss & Mister pageant, rolling entertainment, pie contest, “Crazy Bob” DJ, livestock shows, craft fair, trade show housing, giveaways, BBQ platters, face painting, livestock shows, 4-H activities, free kids crafts and food concessions.
Enjoy five nights of fun and entertainment with your local firefighters! Along with local food vendors, a highlight will be a cooking demonstration by celebrity New Jersey chef David Burke on July 5 in the gazebo. WRAT Radio will broadcast from the fair on July 5. Fireman’s Night is July 6. Fireworks are scheduled for July 8; the rainy date is July 9. Every night, enjoy carnival rides, festival food and treats, games and prizes and more!
NJ State BBQ Championship & Anglesea Blues Festival
Northern wild wood
Experience the best of barbecue and the blues at this exciting three-day festival held on 2nd and Olde New Jersey Avenues and surrounding North Wildwood pubs. The event features live cooking demonstrations, amazing food, and top regional and national blues acts on the main stage.
LEAD FEST Carnival
Enjoy rides, games and an array of entertainment at LEAD FEST carnival.
Haddonfield Craft and Fine Arts Festival
More than 200 artists will present the best of fine arts and crafts from the region and beyond. Each member of the family will surely find something that catches their eye.
July 11 to 16
Our Lady of Mount Carmel Feast
After mass and a procession, enjoy food, music, beer, and fireworks at the Our Lady of Mount Carmel festival. It is the oldest Italian festival in the country. Enjoy oldies, rock, crooner and dance music every night.
July 13 to 17
Ocean County Fair
Township of Berkeley
There’s something for everyone at the Ocean County Fair: rides, food, vendors, 4-H animals, exhibits, musical performances and even animal shows.
Morris County 4H Fair
Come and enjoy the animals, rides, children’s activities, exhibits and food.
July 21 to 31
LEAD FEST Carnival
Enjoy food, rides and entertainment at LEAD Fest Carnival, an event hosted by Law Enforcement Against Drugs & Violence (LEAD).
July 22 to 26
St. Anne’s Italian Carnival
The 112th Italian St. Ann’s Festival will grace the grounds of St. Ann’s Roman Catholic Church. Novena Masses begin July 17 and continue until July 25. The Feast Day Mass will be held on July 26. Enjoy carnival staples such as zeppole, cheesesteaks, rice balls, wood-fired pizza, fried calamari, and beer garden.
July 22 – August 14, weekends
Stony Hill Farms Sunflower Festival
As well as getting lost in 2.5 acres of 50,000 beautiful sunflowers, enjoy photo ops, live music, food, homemade ice cream, wagon rides, trike rides, a tile maze, and more. ‘a Noah’s Ark backyard and playground board game during the Stony Hill Farms Sunflower Festivals weekend.
Sourland Mountain Festival
Enjoy the best local music, food, drink, activities and crafts. Celebrating its 17th year, the festival will host history, creatures, wildlife and outdoor activities with great views (especially at sunset) of the agricultural fields of the Sourland Mountain.
Craft Beer, Music and Crab Festival
This summertime hit named one of NJ’s Top 5 Summer Festivals by CBS NY features hard-shell crabs, craft beer, food trucks and vendors, artisans, family entertainment and back-to-back music on the exterior stage of the Emlen Physick estate.
Monmouth County Fair
Enjoy a weekend of entertainment including 4-H shows and exhibits, rides, live music, Robinson’s Racing Pigs, Bwana Jim Wildlife Show, Hilby the Skinny German Juggle Boy, Ready GO Dog Show, horse shows, Hell on Wheels BMX Stunt Show, living history exhibits, home and garden demonstrations, commercial vendors and food vendors.
New Jersey Lottery Balloon Festival
As well as watching massive balloon launches and your typical festival games and food, you can also witness some awesome musical performances. The festival brings some great music acts for the weekend. Dance to Collective Soul, sing to Todd Rundgren and play Kansas. Plus, kids can enjoy a special performance by Laurie Berkner of Jersey.
July 29 to August 13
Enjoy 10 acres of sunflower fields, live music, food trucks, craft vendors and of course photo ops at Sahl’s Father Son Farm Sunflower Festival.
Meadowlands Racecourse Seafood Festival
Live races begin at 6:20 p.m. with eliminations for the Hambletonian & Hambletonian Oaks. Enjoy fresh seafood at area food trucks and restaurants. Plus, the Backyard Grill and Bar will be offering shrimp cocktail and more! Some food options include lobster rolls, fried clams, fried fish, grilled shrimp, shrimp tacos, crab fries and more.
Mercer County 4-H Fair
Township of Hopewell.
Plan a day at the fair, bring your kids to enjoy animal shows and exhibits, homemade ice cream, hay rides, ponies, musical magic shows and farm tours. Check out exhibits from Rutgers Mercer County Master Gardeners, Friends of Mercer County Wildlife Center, Mid-State Beekeepers Association and more.
July 30 to August 6
Warren County Farmers’ Fair
The fair is once again hosting the McDaniel Brothers Shows with even more kiddie rides, thrill rides, food and carnival games. Enjoy free musical entertainment throughout the week. Enjoy traditional favorites, like the Fair Queen and Princess pageant, Demolition Derbies and other main arena events and more. Bigger and better in the Horse Ring on the opening day Saturday afternoon will be an Ag Olympic Team Obstacle Course event. On the closing day the fair will feature an Ag Team Obstacle Course Olympics for tweens.