New Jersey Summer Festivals to Plan for Now

It’s been a very long time coming this year, but summer finally begins with the kickoff of the Memorial Day weekend.  There is a ton to do in New Jersey during the summer months, so this will help you plan ahead.


Courtesy Sharrott Winery

Courtesy Sharrott Winery

Sharrott Winery’s Wine and Musical Festival
June 2 & 3

Tickets $15 in advance; $20 at the gate.
Call 609-567-WINE(9463) or purchase online

Sharrott Winery is proud to announce their Wine and Music Festival.  Their biggest event of the year features non-stop live music, local food and craft vendors and of course some of the best wines New Jersey has to offer with over 100 local wines from top local vineyards and an eclectic mix of cuisine from a number of food trucks .

Courtesy Our Lady of Grace FunFest

Courtesy Our Lady of Grace FunFest

OLG FunFest 2018
Sunday June 3rd 11:00am to 6:00pm
Nitefest June 2nd 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Church Square Park on Willow Avenue, between Fourth and Fifth streets

Free Admission

Come and enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of a real hometown carnival! The 13th Annual OLG Funfest is a treat for all with attractions for the whole family. Featuring bounce houses, pony rides, face-painting, games for all ages, a tricky tray, a 50/50 raffle, and vendors selling arts and crafts.  Food, spirits, music and games of chance are presented in a biergarten-setting.

The organizers promise special attractions this year to make this one of the BEST festivals in Northern NJ! 

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Chester Firemens Carnival
290 West Main Street
June 19-23rd 6:30pm to 10:30pm

Chester is always a charming village worth a visit.  Come join the Chester Volunteer Fire Company for an evening of food & family fun! The carnival will offer a variety of family-friendly fun, including rides, fireworks, and firetruck rides. Most rides will require between three and five tickets; unlimited wristbands will be sold on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday (ticket prices have not been announced yet). Firetruck rides are $5 and not included.

Fireworks will be held at 10 p.m. on June 22; parking is $5 that night, and $1 to enter. 

For adults, a beer tent is open to those 21 and older.

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Terhune Orchard Firefly Festival

330 Cold Soil Road
June 24 4pm to 9pm

$5 charge for craft activities

Come and enjoy a flickering, flying, fun evening on the farm.  To celebrate this exciting free event, enjoy an evening of nature, music, wagon rides, and outdoor fun.  Celebrate fireflies by making your own wings and antenna.  Enjoy live music by Miss Amy and her Big Kids Band while you wait for the fireflies to come out.

Circus Place, New Jersey’s premier circus training facility, will showcase their Youth Circus Performance Troupe at Firefly Festival. Watch the students perform aerials, acrobatics and juggling. Visitors can also participate in interactive workshops and learn to juggle, spin a plate, balance feathers, and walk a tight wire!

Hungry? You’ll find lots of goodies available at Pam’s Firefly Tent: grilled chicken, hot dogs, corn on the cob, pie, apple cider, donuts, cookies, apples and more! Pony rides, face painting and wagon rides through the farm and orchards will be available all evening. Adults can enjoy Terhune’s own wine to sample or by the glass in the tasting room.

Check out the website to find out about all of their summer festivals.

Courtesy Hot Air Balloon Festival

Courtesy Hot Air Balloon Festival

Hot Air Balloon Festival
Warren County Farmers’ Fair
1350 Strykers Road
Saturday, July 28 – Saturday, August 4, 2018

If you have never been to a Hot Air Balloon Festival, you do not know what you are missing. The festival is celebrating its 81st year.   Cotton candy and strawberry shortcake, a mud bog competition or tractor pull contest, pony rides and antique cars. There’ll be a kids’ rodeo, shows, crafts, contests and lessons, too.

The absolute highlight is the mass hot air balloon launches each evening of the fair at 6:30 pm, weather permitting.  If for nothing else, come to see the launching of dozens of colorful hot-air balloons as they cover the horizon.