Hey there everyone! We’ve got a ton of new Things To Do In New Jersey subscribers this week, so welcome to all of you (BTW, if you are a new follower, be sure to check out Things To Do In New Jersey’s big baseball ticket giveaway – there’s only a few days left to enter!)! I hope everyone had a fantastic Fourth! We enjoyed some awesome fireworks and an afternoon of blueberry picking this past weekend (click here to find a pick your own blueberry farm in your neck of New Jersey). There are lots of really unique things to do in New Jersey this week, from farm fairs to an independent music festival to a huge sand sculpting competition and more… there’s an event for everyone in New Jersey this week. Read on for the top five things to do in New Jersey this week…
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(1) Visit a Farm Fair!
Summer is traditionally the time of year when we celebrate the agricultural heritage of New Jersey (they don’t call it the Garden State for nothing!), so it should come as no surprise that one of the top things to do in New Jersey this week is enjoy some time at your local farm fair! Food, rides, music, farm animals, pie-eating contests, tractor pulls, and more … there’s something for everyone at your local fair. Here’s where the fairs are this week…
July 8th – 12th
Wednesday & Thursday – 5pm–11pm
Friday & Saturday – 12pm – 11pm
Sunday – 12pm–10pm
Horse Park of New Jersey
626 Route 524 (Stagecoach Road)
Allentown, New Jersey
Admission: $15 – General Admission / $7.50 – Senior Citizens / FREE for children under 36” tall
July 7th – 11th
Tuesday – Gates open at 3pm
Wednesday – Gates open at 1pm
Thursday & Friday – Gates open at 4pm
Saturday – Gates open at 1pm
Cumberland County Fairgrounds
3001 Carmel Road
Millville, New Jersey
Admission: $5 – ages 10 and older / $3 – ages 4-9 / ages 3 & under FREE / Senior Citizens FREE every day until 6pm. Free Parking
July 8th – 12th
Wednesday & Thursday – 5pm – 11pm
Friday & Saturday – 11am – 11pm
Sunday – 11am–5pm
Robert J. Miller Airport
Berkeley Township, New Jersey
Admission: $7 – ages 10 and up / FREE for children under 10. Free Parking
July 10th – July 12th
Friday – 4pm – 11pm
Saturday – 10am – 11pm
Sunday – 10am – 6pm
Olde New Jersey Avenue & 2nd Street
North Wildwood, New Jersey
New Jersey State Barbeque Championship & Blues Festival is an exciting three day event featuring live cooking demonstrations, mouth-watering barbequed ribs, chicken, brisket and pork, and the best regional and national blues acts on a free main stage. The New Jersey State Barbecue Championship benefits the Anglesea Volunteer Fire Company.
9am – 2pm
Wildwood Crest Pier
Ocean Avenue & Heather Road
Wildwood Crest, New Jersey
The Wildwood Crest Amateur Sand Sculpting Festival is a free amateur sand sculpting contest that has become one of the most popular events in the Wildwoods. In addition to the sand sculpting contest, the event features other fun things to do including beach games, live music, and more. This is a great free event for the entire family.
July 8th – July 12th
See website for festival schedule
The Black Potatoe Music Festival began in 1997 as a CD release party for the group Angus in their hometown of Clinton, New Jersey. Now in its 19th year, the five day festival has evolved into one of the best live outdoor entertainment events in all of New Jersey. Without catering to music industry trends, the Black Potatoe Music Festival presents diverse acts from the national, regional, and local levels. This year’s event will feature 43 bands on two stages. New Jersey artists scheduled to perform at the Black Potatoe Music Festival include Mia Bergman, Jenny and the Felines, and the Coteries. Other musicians scheduled to perform include Gregg Allman Band guitarist Scott Sharrad and his Brickyard Band, Levon Helm and The Barnburners, The Bluebirds of Paradise featuring (from the soon to be disbanded CBS Orchestra of Late Night with David Letterman fame) Will Lee on bass, along with vocalist Chrissi Poland (who has sung back-up for Bette Midler) and former Columbia recording artist Ari Hest, as well as many other artists over the course of this five day event.
12pm – 8pm
Wiggins Waterfront Park
2 Riverside Drive
Camden, New Jersey
Enjoy the sights, sounds, crafts, and flavors of the Caribbean on the Camden Waterfront. The day will include lots of fun things to do including live steel drum music, other forms of live entertainment including a fire eater and Latin dancers, delicious Caribbean food (mmmm… jerk chicken!!!), Caribbean art, craft stations, children’s activities, and more. The South Jersey Caribbean Festival is a free family-friendly event.