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Top Five Things To Do In New Jersey This Weekend – July 28-30

Top NJ Events This Week –
Haskell, Balloon Festival, Mars Rover Appearance & More

Hi there – welcome back to Things To Do In New Jersey! There’s lots of fun things going on in New Jersey this weekend! From the Haskell Invitational to more farm fairs to the largest hot air balloon and music festival in North America – no matter where your interests lie, there’s sure to be something for you to enjoy this week. Here are the top five picks for things to do in New Jersey this weekend …

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Top 5 Things To Do In NJ This Weekend

1. QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning

July 28-30 2017
General Admission: $35 – adults / $15 ages 4-12 / FREE – ages 3 & under
Purchase tickets HERE!

Solberg Airport
39 Thor Solberg Road
Readington NJ

The 35th Annual QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning is the largest hot air balloon and music festival in North America and one of the biggest summer events in New Jersey! The festival features over 100 hot air balloons from all over the world, live concerts by internationally acclaimed performing artists, hundreds of arts and crafts and food vendors, children’s amusement rides, the Running with Balloons 5K race and Family Fun Run, and affordable family-friendly entertainment all weekend. This year’s featured concerts include performances by Laurie Berkner (children’s concert), George Thorogood & The Destroyers, Jake Miller, Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo, and Plain White T’s. The highlight of the festival is the awe-inspiring sight of the colorful hot air balloons taking flight twice a day over the beautiful Hunterdon County countryside. Hot air balloon rides will be available.

2. Go To The County Fair!

One of the best things to do in New Jersey in the summertime is to visit your local county Farm Fair! You just can’t beat your local county fair for fun and affordable family-friendly entertainment! Farm animals, pony rides, hay rides, chainsaw artists, tractor pulls, thrilling rides, delicious food, live music, and more… there’s something for everyone at your local fair! This week there are fairs happening in Gloucester, Mercer, Monmouth, and Warren counties…

Gloucester County 4-H Fair & NJ Peach Festival

July 27 – 30 2017

275 Bridgeton Pike
Mullica Hill NJ
Free Admission!
$10.00 Parking (good for all 4 days of the fair)

Mercer County 4-H Fair

July 29 & 30 2017

Howell Living History Farm
70 Wooden’s Lane
Lambertville NJ
Free Admission & Parking!

Monmouth County Fair

July 26 – 30 2017

East Freehold Park & Show Grounds
1500 Kozloski Road
Freehold Township NJ
Admission: $7.00 / Children 12 and under: Free
Free Parking.

Warren County Farmer’s Fair & Hot Air Balloon Festival

July 29 – August 5 2017

Warren County Fairgrounds
165 Route 519 South
Belvidere NJ
Admission: $7 ages 13 and up / $4 ages 5-12 / Free – ages 4 & under
Free Parking.

3. See the Kennedy Space Center’s Mars Rover!

July 29 & 30 2017
10:00am – 3:00pm.

Liberty Science Center
Parking Lot
222 Jersey City Boulevard
Jersey City NJ
(Mars Rover activities are free;
Paid admission required for entrance to LSC.)

This summer marks the 20th anniversary of NASA’s Mars Rover exploration, and the folks at Liberty Science Center are celebrating with a visit from the Kennedy Space Center’s next-gen Mars Rover! For one weekend only, visitors will be able to see this amazing concept vehicle and enjoy free activities like Martian VR to interactive games featuring real NASA missions!

4. Soulsational Festival

July 29 2017
11:00am – 8:00pm

Veterans Park
489 Forest Hills Parkway
Bayville NJ
Free admission!

The Soulsational Festival is a free community event featuring live music, giveaways, a silent auction, and lots of opportunities to give back and unite the Jersey Shore community! The festival features lots of free things to do and see including all-day main stage entertainment including fantastic New Jersey musicians, free yoga classes and demonstrations, art, fitness, and dance classes, and fun things to do for children in the KidZone including crafts, entertainment, yoga, sing-a-longs, and more. There will be a wide variety of vendors on hand and many healthy food options and organic beer will be available for purchase. Please bring a food pantry donation and a new or gently used toy donation.

5. Haskell Invitational

July 30 2017
10:00am – Gates open
12:00pm – First post

Monmouth Park
175 Oceanport Avenue
Oceanport NJ
Tickets: $8-$25

The $1,000,000 Haskell Invitational is the grandest day of racing on the Jersey Shore and the richest invitational in America! Featuring the nation’s top 3-year-olds, the Haskell has been won by racing greats such as Horse of the Year Point Given, Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra, and Triple Crown winner American Pharoah! Don’t miss the glamour, excitement, and passion of Monmouth Park’s premier race!  All paid admission receive a commemorative Haskell Hat (while supplies last). It’s also Family Fun Day, which means awesome family-friendly activities such as pony rides, face painters, a bounce house, and live music!

Looking for more things to do in New Jersey this weekend? Be sure to check out our July Calendar of Events HERE!

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Featured Photo courtesy of NASA / Kim Shiflett.




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