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Festivals, Carnivals, + State Fairs in New Jersey This Spring and Summer

by Bertha Solis
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As the weather warms up, more local happenings fill the calendar such as street fairs, carnivals, and other festivals around New Jersey. There’s nothing like living in New Jersey and experiencing the different seasons all year round, but festival season is one of our favorites. From the Meadowlands State Fair in East Rutherford to the North to Shore Festival in Asbury Park, Newark, and Atlantic City, there are all different types of festivals, street fairs, and carnivals to check out in the upcoming months. Read on for a list of spring and summer festivals, street fairs, and carnivals in New Jersey for the 2024 season.

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Walnut Street Fair | Walnut Street, Montclair

May 5th | 11AM – 4PM

The Junior League of Montclair-Newark, Inc. will host a street fair on Walnut Street in Montclair. Local Walnut Street businesses will be featured and there will be live music and performances. Over 250 vendors and displays, food trucks, a beer garden, Touch-A-Truck, and a family fun zone are other highlights of the street fair. Learn more here.

Highland Park Street Fair + Craft Show | Downtown Highland Park

May 5th | 11:30AM – 4:30PM

This free event will be held in downtown Highland Park. The Annual Highland Park Street Fair and Craft Show will be a day of family-friendly fun with one-of-a-kind arts and crafts, artists, crafters, vendors, food, rides, live music, DJ, performances, and other activities. Learn more here.

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50th Annual Greek Festival | 51 Paramus Road, Paramus

May 16th – May 19th

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Guests will have the chance to experience Greek culture in the Garden State. This family-friendly event will feature carnival games, cooked and grilled food, desserts, and pastries. Live Greek music and dancing are other highlights of the festival. More information can be found here.

2024 Asbury Park Vegan Food Festival | 101-199 5th Avenue, Asbury Park

May 18th – May 19th

This two-day-long celebration will have vegan and plant-based meals from local chefs. Vegan products will also be available to take home. Attendees can shop plant-based fashion while listening to live music performances in the background. Some featured vendors include 7th Heaven Chocolate, 24 Karrot Spread, A New Day, A New Dawn NYC, Algorithm, Beagle Freedom Project, Betty’s Icebox, and more. Tickets are available here.

Kenilworth Street Fair + Classic Car Show | 525 Boulevard, Kenilworth 

May 19th | 10AM-4PM

Hosted by the Borough of Kenilworth, the city will transform into a block party. This event will feature different kinds of exhibitors, a dedicated crafter’s section, food, kid-friendly rides, a kids’ area, live music and performances, local merchants, and other activities. Learn more here.

Jersey City Jazz Festival | Multiple Locations in Jersey City

May 29th – June 2nd

Previously, The Jersey City Jazz Festival started with a community concert in 2013 at the Riverview Farmers Market in Jersey City Heights. It has since transformed into a festival held at multiple Jersey City locations featuring over 200 musicians. Guests can anticipate performances of jazz and other similar music styles again in 2024. Learn more here.

Fair Lawn Street Fair + Craft Show | Fair Lawn Avenue Plaza Road, Fair Lawn

June 2nd + October 20th | 11AM to 5PM

In the heart of downtown Fair Lawn, the Fair Lawn Street Fair and Craft Show will take place first on June 2nd. In case one misses the first date, the town is bringing the fair back on October 20th. There will be arts and crafts, shopping, live music, kid-friendly rides, and most importantly, food. The event is free and more info can be found here.

North to Shore Festival | Statewide

June 10th – 16th, Asbury Park; June 17th – 23rd, Atlantic City; June 23rd – 30th, Newark

In 2023, the first-ever North to Shore Festival kicked off at multiple locations in New Jersey. Now it is back for 2024, it will be a three-week-long series of concerts and other performances designed to showcase New Jersey’s talented creatives. Featured performers include Gabriel Iglesias, Bleachers, Kevin Hart, and others. Read more and get tickets at the event website here.

Toms River Pride Festival | Toms River

June 15th | 11AM-5PM

Toms River will celebrate Pride Month with a local celebration. Hosted by Toms River Pride Committee and Exit 82 Theatre Company, the 6th Annual LGBTQIA2S+ Pride Festival will feature food, vendors, live performances, and activities for all attendees. Learn more here.

Barefoot Country Music Fest | 3501 Boardwalk, Wildwood

June 20th – 23rd

Country music fans will want to get in on the fun of this festival. This four-day event will highlight the industry’s country stars with 40+ artists — including Luke Bryan, Keith Urban, Kane Brown, The Beach Boys, and more. There will be five stages set up in Wildwood. The event is family-friendly and tickets can be purchased here.

State Fair Meadowlands | 1 MetLife Stadium Drive, East Rutherford

June 20th – July 7th

The annual State Fair Meadowlands will take place between June 22nd and July 9th. There will be “17 days of fun” with over 100 rides, free shows, and 50+ food vendors. Fun passes, fast passes, and tickets will be opening up very soon on the State Fair’s website here.

Dunellen Street Fair + Craft Show | Downtown Dunellen

June 22nd | 11AM – 5PM

On June 22nd, this fair will feature crafters, food, and activities for the kids. Other activities are yet to be announced. More information can be found here.

Clark’s “Rock the Block” Street Fair | 365 Westfield Avenue, Clark

June 23th | 10AM-5PM

The city of Clark is taking it an extra step from the average street fair. There will be an added car show element hosted by DJ “Hot Rod” Mike and NJ Cruise News. As for the street fair portion, there will be shopping opportunities. People can shop for jewelry, fashion, kids’ items, candles, sports items, collectibles, and more. The event is free and more information can be found here.

 

 

Rock, Ribs, Ridges Festival | 37 Plains Road, Augusta

June 28th – June 30th

Patrons can expect a three-day-long celebration in homage to Southern Rock music and barbecue dishes at Sussex County Fairgrounds. Eleven bands are expected to perform from The Outlaws to Larkin Poe. Tickets can be purchased here.

St. Ann’s Feast | 704 Jefferson Street, Hoboken

July 24th – July 28th

St. Ann’s Italian Festival will return for its 114th year in Hoboken. This six-day feast is taking place at 704 Jefferson Street. Patrons can expect authentic Italian cuisine — from Zeppoles and wood-fired pizza to fried calamari and seafood salad. Also, there will be a beer garden and live entertainment to enjoy while munching on classic Italian food. Learn more here.

New Jersey State Fair | 37 Plains Road, Augusta

August 2nd -10th | 10AM -10PM

Garden State residents can head to the Sussex County Fairgrounds for the annual New Jersey State Fair — a state-wide summer celebration. The event will feature exciting activities like a lumberjack competition, demolition derby, monster truck show, and more, as well as family- and kid-friendly entertainment. Tickets can be purchased here.

Salem County Fair | 735 Harding Highway, Woodstown

August 5th – August 9th

From August 5th to August 9th, The Salem County Fair will be held and requires no admission fee. Parking is available for $20 on all five days of the fair. Farm animals, a tractor pull area, a skillet throw area, and food are some of the highlights of the Salem County Fair.

La Festa Italiana | 344 6th Street, Jersey City

August 7th – 11th | 5PM – 11PM

La Festa Italiana has been a loved tradition in Jersey City that dates back to 1902. For five days in mid-August, this old-world festival brings together local restaurants and food vendors, live entertainment, games, and rides for the kids. It is a festival to celebrate Italian American Culture. Learn more here.

Brazilian Summer Festival | 226 Rome Street, Newark

August 17th | 3PM – 10PM

Patrons can participate and indulge in Brazilian culture at this festival. More information is yet to be released surrounding the event. Tickets can be purchased here.

Westfield Street Fair + Craft Show | 221 South Avenue West, Westfield

August 24th | 11AM – 5PM

Westfield will be opening up its roads for a street fair and craft show. Patrons can browse amongst vendors selling arts, crafts, and other shoppable goods. Admission is free and more information can be found here.

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Wine on the Beach | Seaside Heights

September 9th – 10th | 12PM – 5PM

To mark the end of summer, Seaside Heights is hosting its annual Wine on the Beach festival featuring wine and gourmet food from dozens of local wineries and vendors. The event will take place on the Seaside Heights boardwalk. More information can be found here.

2024 Montclair Jazz Festival | Lackawanna Plaza, Montclair

September 14th | 1PM – 9PM

The 2024 Montclair Jazz Festival will have eight hours of live music, a curated selection of food and merchandise, and fun for the whole family. The festival will take to the streets of downtown Montclair, closing off Bloomfield Avenue to traffic at Grove Street to Midland Avenue. Ticket information can be found here.

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