Summer is heating up and New Jersey has plenty of cool events this summer to keep you busy and entertained. Try some of these and make it a summer to remember.
June 21-29 –
The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra holds its annual series of outdoor concerts at Moorland Farms in Far Hills, the Giralda Music and Arts Festival in Madison, the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, Pier A Park in Hoboken, and Branch Brook Park in Newark. www.njsymphony.org for more info.
June 22-July 8 –
The State Fair Meadowlands has lots of new attractions this year. See www.njfair.com for further information.
June 23 and 30 –
The Princeton Festival offers a double bill this year at the McCarter Theatre. See www.princetonfestival.org for more information.
June 23-24 –
Orion Music and More festival at Atlantic City’s Bader Field Airport, headlined by Metallica. See www.orionmusicandmore.com to see the full lineup.
July 4 –
2pm reading of the Declaration of Independence at the Washington Crossing State Park Visitor Center Museum in Hopewell Township. Visit www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/washcros.html for further information.
July 7 –
Beachstock in Margate. Billed as “The Planet’s Biggest Beach Party”. See www.marvelousmargate.com for further information.
July 7-8 –
Maplewoodstock in Memorial Park, Maplewood similarly offers various activities for young and old. See www.maplewoodstock.com for more info.
July 8-29 –
Opera New Jersey’s summer season in Princeton, Morristown and Asbury Park offers various programs for opera lovers. Visit www.opera-nj.org to learn more.
July 11 –
The New Jersey Sandcastle Contest in Belmar shows off some impressive creations. Visit www.njsandcastle.com to learn more.
July 12-15 –
The annual Black Potatoe Music Festival in Clinton has more than 100 acts throughout town this year. See www.blackpotatoe.com for the lineup.
July 13 –
The Warped Tour at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, and the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden on July 20. See www.ticketmaster.com to see the lineup of performers.
July 13-15 –
The New Jersey State Barbecue Championship/Anglesea Blues Festival in North Wildwood offers food and tunes for all. See www.njbbq.com to learn more.
July 15 –
The Bradley Beach Lobster Festival offers more great food and fun. See www.Bradleybeachnj.org for more information.
July 19-26 –
The Saint Ann’s Feast in Hoboken has more good food and music for all. Visit www.st-annchurch.com to find out more.
July 20-22 –
The annual XPoNential Festival at Wiggins Park in Camden showcases some great music this year. See www.Xpn.org to find out more.
July 21 –
The New Jersey Ice Cream Festival in Toms River, for great tastes and lots of fun. Visit www.downtowntomsriver.com for more info.
July 21 –
The Summerland Tour at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel includes some top acts this year. See the lineup at www.ticketmaster.com
July 26-29 –
The Atlantic City Food and Wine Festival features some top celebrity chefs this year. See www.acfoodandwine.com for further details.
July 27-29 –
The QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning at Solberg Airport in Readington, is a very uplifting experience. See www.balloonfestival.com for more info.
July 28 –
Night in Venice Boat Parade in Ocean City, to see spectacular decorated boats. See www.ocnj.us to learn more.
July 28-August 4 –
The Warren County Farmers’ Fair in Harmony Township celebrates its 75th anniversary this year. Visit www.warrencountyfarmersfair.org to join in the fun.
August 2-5 –
ClamFest in Highlands, for 4 days of waterfront fun. See www.highlandsnj.com to learn more.
August 3-12 –
The New Jersey State Fair/Sussex County Farm and Horse Show at the Sussex County Fairgrounds in Augusta. Visit www.newjerseystatefair.org for more details.
August 9 –
The Ocean City Baby Parade for nonstop cuteness. See www.ocnj.us for more info.
August 17 –
The Atlantic City Air Show for impressive air displays by the US Air Force. See www.atlanticcitynj.com/acairshow.aspx for further details.
August 29-Sept 2 –
The 29th annual Lead East event at the Parsippany Hilton. See 50’s inspired cars, music and clothes for a step back in time. See www.leadeast.net for further info.
August 31-Sept 2 –
The Delaware Valley Bluegrass Festival at the Salem County Fair Grounds in Woodstown. See www.delawarevalleybluegrass.org for more information.
September 2 –
The Scandanavian Festival 2012 at Vasa Park in Budd Lake features food and crafts from Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. Visit www.scanfest.org for more details.