While many from the New York and Pennsylvania seek out the iconic beaches of New Jersey for family vacations, locals know that the Garden State is much more than a beach. There will be activities galore that make up the calendar of events of awesome things to do in NJ in July.

Monmouth County Fair

Wednesday, July 22nd: 5:00-11:00 pm

Thursday, July 23rd: 5:00-11:00 pm

Friday, July 24th: 5:00-11:00 pm

Saturday, July 25th: 3:00-11:00 pm

Sunday, July 26th: 11:00 am-6:00 pm

Now in its 39th year, the Monmouth County Fair is back and better than ever. Enjoy fireworks on Wednesday July 22nd at 9:15 p.m. but before the fair lights up the night sky, enjoy the musical stylings of Screaming Broccoli. There are firemen competitions, a BMX Stunt Show, and interesting sheep herding demos. The fair is sure to entertain your entire family.

Family Fair at Theater Square

Saturday, July 25th: 12:30 pm

On July 25th in Newark at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), head out to the Family Fair at Theater Square. Now in its third year, you can take a tour of the NJPAC, participate in arts and crafts, and live performances. There will also be classes including zumba, salsa, and hip-hop dance.

Warren County Farmers’ Fair

July 25th through August 1st

Opening Day Saturday through Friday

12 noon – 10 pm

(Gates open at 11 am)

Closing Day Saturday

8 am – 10 pm

Vendors & Exhibit Buildings are open:

12 noon – 10pm

Home and Garden Building

12 noon – 9 pm

Traditional Arts Building

12 noon – 9 pm

Initially started in 1937, the Warren County Farmers’s Fair might sound like a day on the farm but it really isn’t. There are activities for everyone. For the younger farm lovers out there is the Kid’s Rodeo Roundup. Make time to watch the Hot Air Balloon Festival as well where there will be large amounts of hot air balloons launched every night. And of course there is food including fresh strawberry shortcake and homemade ice cream.

Jersey Shore Jazz & Blues Festival

August 29

12 noon – 9:45 pm

Spend that day in Long Branch listening to music from jazz singers and soul guitarists at the Jersey Shore Jazz & Blues Festival. There will be plenty of food vendors from local businesses and kids activities galore. End the day with fireworks that is backed by music. It’s going to be a blast!

Liberty State Park

Open Year Round

In Jersey City, right off of Route 78 you can visit one New Jersey’s most picturesque parks, Liberty State Park. Bring a bike and ride around the 1,200 acres of land. Pack a picnic and blanket and enjoy a lunch with the Manhattan skyline as your backdrop. You can also take a ferry over to Ellis Island or the Statue of Liberty to get a bit of history in.

If you are looking for other activities and events similar to what we chose, check out NewJerseyIsntBoring.com.

Don’t forget to stay hydrated this summer in New Jersey. It is easy while you are out there enjoying yourself to forget to drink water. Don’t miss out on any of the action and stay safe this summer.