Feeling cooped up in your house as the winter weather sets in? Don’t let frigid temperatures keep you away from all of the wonderful events that the Garden State has to offer! From model train shows to beer festivals, this list will keep you busy all month long. The January edition of our New Jersey’s Best Festivals roundup offers a great start to the New Year!

Fire & Ice Food Trucks & Fireworks

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Where: Tuckerton Seaport, 120 West Main Street, Tuckerton
When: January 1 from noon to 6:00 pm
Price: Free admission
Details: Kick off the New Year with a fun festival at Tuckerton Seaport, featuring live music, craft beer, food trucks and family activities. Explore the historic Captain’s House, take a hayride through the frozen woods and watch an ice-cream making demo. The fireworks show will take place at 6:00 pm over the lake. Admission is free, but there will be collections of canned goods for the Tuckerton Food Pantry and new or gently used books for the Little Free Library.
More info: www.tuckertonseaport.org or call 609-296-8868


61st Annual Model Railroad Show

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Where: Garden State Model Railway Club, 575 High Mountain Road, North Haledon
When: January 5 & 6 from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Price: $6 per person, free for kids under 12
Details: Behold the extensive collection of model trains featuring intermodal, mixed freight, coal and passenger trains at the 61st annual Model Railroad Show. Check out the special trains on display for children, including Thomas the Tank Engine and the Santa Claus Express.
More info: www.gsmrrclub.org


NJCB Annual NJ Brewery Event

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Where: Cloverleaf Tavern, 395 Bloomfield Avenue, Caldwell
When: January 22 from 5:00 pm to 11:00 pm
Price: Free admission
Details: Taste the best craft beer the Garden State has to offer at this all-New Jersey event, the eighth of its kind since 2012. Stop by to enjoy great beer and great food with the New Jersey Craft Brew crew!
More info: Facebook


Fire & Ice Festival

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Where: Main Street, Historic Mount Holly
When: January 26 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Price: Free admission
Details: Delight all your senses at the annual Fire & Ice Festival, which features cool ice sculptures and a hot chili competition. Sample the chili and vote for your favorite while enjoying live music, a craft beer tent, a cupcake decorating contest and fire engine rides.
More info: www.fireandicefestival.com or call 609-937-5700


Seashore Open House

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Where: Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park, 1 Joline Avenue, Long Branch
When: January 27 from noon to 4:00 pm
Price: Free admission
Details: Stop by the Activity Center to get a dose of summer fun during the winter! This free family event features engaging hands-on activities that are both entertaining and educational. Check out the aquatic animals on display or ask a Park System Naturalist about your own shell collection. Light refreshments will be provided.
More info: www.monmouthcountyparks.com or call 732-229-0924


Family Arboretum Challenge

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Where: Reeves-Reed Arboretum, 165 Hobart Avenue, Summit
When:
January 12 from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Price: $15 per family (members) and $25 per family (non-members)
Details: While this isn’t technically a festival, it is a fun, original event that the whole family can enjoy. Families are given a map and a compass before heading out into the woods to look for clues. Regroup inside with some hot chocolate as you attempt to solve the puzzle. Registration is required.
More info:
www.reeves-reedarboretum.org or call 908-273-8787


Asbury Park Beerfest

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Where: Convention Hall, 1300 Ocean Avenue, Asbury Park
When:
January 26 & 27 at various times
Price:
$40 per person (in advance), $45 per person (at the door)
Details: Say “Cheers to beers!” at this Jersey Shore beer festival. Beer connoisseurs gather to enjoy craft beers, ciders and retro beers, along with classic boardwalk food. There are two sessions on January 26 (noon to 4:00 pm and 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm) and one session on January 27 (noon to 4:00 pm).
More info: www.asburyparkbeerfest.com


The Chocolate Expo

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Where: Garden State Plaza, Paramus
When:
January 27 from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm
Price:
$15 for adults, $10 for children ages 5-11, children under 5 are free
Details: Taste, purchase, celebrate and indulge in yummy treats at The Chocolate Expo! And it’s not just chocolate here – baked goods, cheeses, wines, hard ciders and more can all be sampled.
More info:
www.thechocolateexpo.com


Looking for year-round listings of more great activities? Check out our roundup of New Jersey’s Best Fairs & Festivals.


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