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The Best August Festivals in New Jersey

Summer may be winding down, but there’s still plenty of fun to be had in the Garden State this month. Enjoy live musical entertainment, chow down on delicious seafood or visit an old-fashioned county fair. You’ll find something to please every member of the family, whatever you choose. Check out our list of the best august festivals happening in New Jersey.

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North Jersey


New Jersey State Fair

spinning ride and ferris wheel

Where: Sussex County Fairgrounds, 37 Plains Road, Augusta
When: August 2-10 from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm & August 11 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Price: $14 for adults, $6 for children 6-12, free for children under 6
Details: Daily livestock shows, interactive children’s activities, farmers markets, competitions, live music…the state fair has it all (even monster truck rides)! Carnival rides cost extra, but check the website to see which days offer specials.
More info: Visit the website or call 973-948-5500.


Peach Harvest Festival

peaches and pie

Where: Alstede Farms, 1 Alstede Farms Lane, Chester
When: August 3-4,10-11 & 17-18 from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Price: $8.99 per person for pick-your-own admission or $19.99 for children’s all-day activity pass
Details: Pick your own peaches and then enjoy some peach-alicious treats! Peach ice-cream, peach tarts, peach slushies and peach fried pies are all on the menu at this celebration. Kids will enjoy pony rides, tractor train rides, the moon bounce, the corn kingdom and more.
More info: Visit the website or call 908-258-6245.


Let It All Hang Out Fest

man playing guitar

Where: Waterloo Concert Field, 2 Kinney Road, Hackettstown
When: August 23-25 from noon to 9:00 pm
Price: $65 per person
Details: Missed out on Woodstock? Here’s your chance to have the ultimate Woodstock experience by camping out and enjoying live music from years past. Bar areas at the festival are strictly for those 21 and over, but there are family-friendly sections if you want to bring along the kids. Save money by purchasing your ticket online for just $50.
More info: Visit the website.


Central Jersey


Flemington Corn, Tomato and Beer Festival

event logo

Where: Stangl Road, Flemington
When: August 10 from noon to 8:00 pm
Price: Free admission
Details: Celebrate two of the Garden State’s best parts, tomatoes and corn, at this annual farm-to-festival celebration. Local restaurants like Blue Fish Grill, Waffl’d, Corn Hub and more will be serving up goodies, plus a craft beer garden will have nine local breweries on tap. Kids will enjoy riding fire trucks and trains, face painting, a magician, meeting Paw Patrol characters and playing games. This is a tasty, fun for the whole family event you won’t want to miss!
More info: Visit the website.


Food, Wine & Beer Festival

glass of orange spirits

Where: Papaianni Park, 100 Municipal Boulevard, Edison
When: August 17 from noon to 8:00 pm
Price: $5 per person, free for children under 10
Details: Taste delicious offerings from local eateries and food trucks as you peruse Edison’s Food, Wine & Beer Festival. Local arts & crafts vendors are on hand with many unique items. There will be lots of fun for kids, too–check out rides, games, fun music and family activities.
More info: Visit the website or call 732-738-9482.


Sweet Sounds Downtown Music Festival

jazz band playing on street

Where: Downtown Westfield (various locations)
When: August 6, 13, 20 & 27 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm
Price: Free admission
Details: Every Tuesday evening in August, Westfield hosts live musical performances at various downtown locations. Stroll around town and enjoy the tunes while dining and shopping. Previously just a jazz festival, the series has expanded to include rock & roll, blues, funk and country acts this year.
More info: Visit the website or call 908-789-9444.


Jersey Shore


25th Annual Clam Festival

prawn and mussel stew bowl

Where: Huddy Park, 329 Bay Avenue, Highlands
When: August 1-4 at various times
Price: Free admission
Details: Enjoy live entertainment as you indulge in succulent seafood at this long-running clam festival. Craft vendors, games, rides and a wine & beer garden will keep the whole family happy.
More info: Visit the website or call 732-291-4713.


Festival of the Sea Carnival

small fair with people in foreground

Where: St. Francis Community Center, 4700 Long Beach Boulevard, Long Beach Township
When: August 6-10 from 6:00 to 10:00 pm
Price: Free admission
Details: Fun carnival rides for all ages, games, delicious food and hourly 50/50 contests mark this annual festival on Long Beach Island. POP (pay-one-price) bracelets are available for $25 each night and for only $20 on Friday.
More info: Visit the website or call 609-494-8861.


New Jersey Fringe Festival

fringe logo shaped like new jersey
Where: Downtown Hammonton (various locations)
When: August 2-4 at various times
Price: $21 for one-day pass, $39 for weekend pass
Details: Start at the Eagle Theatre and venture out to see various performances within walking distance of downtown. Musicals, plays, cabarets and more will be on deck at the second annual festival. Artists, food vendors and a beer garden line the streets of downtown Hammonton for a fun day out.
More info: Visit the website or call 609-704-5012.


National Night Out

national night out 2017 logo

Where: Convention Hall, 714 Beach Avenue, Cape May
When: August 6 from 5:30 to 8:30 pm
Price: Free admission
Details: Join communities all over the country for a National Night Out with neighbors and local police. Take part in family-friendly activities like a bounce house, dunk tank, beach games and a magic show, plus refreshments and giveaways.
More info: Visit the website or call 609-884-9565.


Seafarers’ Weekend

small boy sitting on wood bench whittling

Where: Historic Cold Spring Village, 720 US Route 9, Cape May
When: August 24 & 25 from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm
Price: $14 for adults, $12 for children ages 3-12, free for kids under 3
Details: Pirates, music and family fun are on tap for Seafarers’ Weekend. Check out historical demonstrations of the trades, crafts and lifestyles of early America, then head over to the Cold Spring Brewery for a refreshing beverage.
More info: Visit the website or call 609-898-2300.


South Jersey


Salem County Fair

boy feeding hay to cow

Where: Salem County Fairgrounds, 735 Harding Highway, Woodstown
When: August 7-10 at various times
Price: Free admission, $10 parking fee
Details: Looking for an old-fashioned good time? Mosey on down to the Salem County Fair, where you’ll find pig races, pony rides, blacksmith demonstrations, live animal exhibits and lots of classic fun for the whole family. Don’t miss exciting contests such as skillet throwing, ice-cream making and barrel racing.
More info: Visit the website or call 856-769-0414.


Festival of Lights

boats on water with colored lights

Where: Riverfront Promenade, East Pearl Street, Burlington
When: August 24 from 3:00 to 10:00 pm
Price: Free admission
Details: Old and young alike will love to watch the highlight of this festival, an illuminated boat parade on the river at 8:00 pm, followed by fireworks at 9:15 pm. Come early, though, to enjoy food, music and shopping.
More info: Visit the website or call 609-386-1900.


Glassboro Car Show & Food Truck Festival

vintage cars

Where: Glassboro Town Square, 1 High Street West, Glassboro
When: August 30 from 5:00 to 9:00 pm
Price: Free admission
Details: Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines! It’s time for the 15th annual Glassboro Car Show & Food Truck Festival. Over 300 vehicles will be on display (just $20 if you want to show your own set of wheels), plus live music, food trucks, vendors and a beer garden.
More info: Visit the website or call 856-881-0500.


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The Sussex County Fairgrounds / Facebook
Alstede Farms / Facebook
Let It All Hang Out Fest / Facebook
Love Flemington – Flemington Community Partnership‎ – Flemington Corn, Tomato and Beer Festival / Facebook
Cypress Brewing Company / Facebook
Westfield, NJ – Downtown / Facebook
Ice House Wildwood‎ / NJ State Crab Festival / Facebook
St. Francis Community Center / Website
Jersey Fringe Festival / Website
Cape May, NJ /‎ 2017 Cape May National Night Out / Facebook
Historic Cold Spring Village / Website
Petr Bonek / Adobe Stock
Greater Burlington Chamber of Commerce – ‎Festival of Lights 2019 / Facebook
Glassboro NJ / Facebook