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Strawberry Harvest Festival

Every Saturday and Sunday in June from 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Homemade strawberry ice cream, strawberry shortcakes, strawberry shakes, strawberry lemonade slushies, strawberry sundaes, strawberry pie, strawberry rhubarb pie, and strawberry fudge and more! Take a Scenic hayride to our strawberry patch to pick your own strawberries! And then enjoy lots of Family Fun Activities (Pony Rides, Tractor Train Rides, Bounce House, Hay Wagon Rides, Corn Kingdom and much more!!)

Alstede Farms, 1 Alstead Farms Lane, Chester, NJ

Ladder 61 Dedication & Wetdown

Saturday, June 9, 2018 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM

The Mt. Bethel Fire Company will be hosting a large open house event to dedicate and celebrate the arrival of their new Ladder truck- Ladder 61. Food, drinks, music, children and family activities, and lots of water from the surrounding fire departments of our area. Free admission. Souvenir shirts, plastic mugs, and collector ceramic mugs will be available for sale!
Mt. Bethel Fire Company, 128 Mt. Bethel Rd., Warren NJ

Great, Swamp Great Music Festival

Sunday, June 10, 2018, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Bring your lawn chairs or spread out a blanket and spend the afternoon grooving to the sounds of four great local bands. Grab a bite to eat from a variety of family-friendly food vendors and be sure to leave some room for ice cream, served from a 1950s custom truck. Browse the historic grounds and check out the unique items for sale by our local vendors. Plenty of free parking. $20 in advance ($25 at the gate), $10 for students, and kids 13 and under are free. Hartley Farms Polo Field, 9 Hartley Farms Rd., Morristown, NJ

Warren’s Lions Club Expo

Wednesday, June 13th through Saturday, June 16th, 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Rides, games, food, vendors, and entertainment with a fireworks display on Saturday evening. Admission is $2 per person (children under 5 free). 

Warren Township Municipal grounds (located next to the municipal building), 48 Mountain Blvd., Warren, NJ

Giralda Music & Arts Festival

Sunday, June 24, 2018; Gates open at 4:00 PM for activities and picnics; the concert starts at 6:00 PM. ( rain or shine see below*)
This family event features the state's top orchestra performing in a relaxed setting on the beautiful lawns of former Geraldine Rockefeller Dodge estate. In addition you will have the opportunity to see (and purchase) original artworks, enjoy family/children's arts activities, indulge your ice cream cravings at the fully stocked antique ice cream truck or just picnic with friends and family. Giralda Farms, Dodge Drive/Madison Ave. (Rt. 124) Madison, NJ * Rain site is held at Mennen Arena 161 E. Hanover Avenue, Morristown, NJ. Doors open at 4:00 PM.

Fanwood Summer Fan Jam

Sunday, July 8, 2018 – 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM

The event will feature music, festival foods and a classic car show. The kids will enjoy rides and interactive activities. Summer Fan Jam will also feature a marketplace of vendors.

LaGrande Park, 204 LaGrande Ave., Fanwood, NJ

QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning

Friday – Sunday, July 27 to July 29, 2018, 6:00 AM - 10:00 PM

Hundreds of hot air balloons in a dazzling mass ascension. Several dozen licensed balloon pilots offer rides throughout the festival, alongside activities like yoga workshops, a 5k run, magic shows and live music performances. $8-$125

Solberg Airport, 39 Thor Solberg Rd., Readington, NJ

Rutgers Gardens Summer Fest

Saturday, July 28, 2018, 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Join in the celebration of summer on this special day of activities and events for adults and children in the Gardens. Come for a day of tours, classes, leisure and enjoyment! This event is free for Rutgers Gardens Members with a nominal fee of $5.00 (cash/check payable at front gate) to all others (17 and under are free when accompanied by an adult).

Rutgers Gardens, 140 Log Cabin Rd., New Brunswick, NJ

Butterfly Festival

Saturday, August 4, 2018, 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM

Obstacle course, hay rides, nature walks and the popular Butterfly and Bug Parade. Tour exhibits, the famed insect zoo, and the Kate Gorrie Butterfly House or watch a blacksmith demonstration. There will also be alpacas, kittens, hissing cockroaches, and the world’s most photogenic turtles. Don’t miss out on the games, crafts, and tons of artwork from local vendors throughout the festival. $10 pp or $25 carload

The Watershed Reserve, 31 Titus Mill Rd., Pennington, NJ

Westfield Street Fair and Craft Show

Aug 18, 2018, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Artists, crafters, vendors, food, rides, live music and more.

Downtown Westfield, Westfield, NJ

Saint Bartholomew Italian Festival 2018

Friday through Sunday, August 31 - September 2, 4:30 PM – 10:30 PM, and Monday, September 3, 3:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Great family event that has something for everyone. There is nightly live music, rides, games, and great food including favorites like pizza, pasta, zeppoles, clams, mussels, and calzones. 

St. Bartholomew Church, 2032 Westfield Ave., Scotch Plains, NJ