The Garden State knows how to have to a good time, keeping a solid schedule of fun and events on tap year round. From historic celebrations in Trenton to classical music on the coast, you can expect a wide array of themes in New Jersey’s festivals. Food, wine, music, and history play a big part and even the smallest rural towns have something planned during the warm summer months.
Suds Atlantic City Beer Festival
Every March, the Atlantic City Convention Center gets taken over by 75 craft breweries from around the country and abroad as thousands of thirsty beer fans pour in to sample the newest creations from top producers. Live music, good food and entertainment out this much anticipated event.
Cape May Music Festival
For six weeks in May and June, the town of Cape May lures a solid line-up of distinguished classical music performers from around the globe to the Cape May Convention Center and several other venues in town.
South Shore Music Festival
For one day in the middle of June, the Cumberland County Fairgrounds at Carmel Green hosts a slew of superb folk bands and musicians to celebrate the summer solstice. The line-up is filled with big names from bluegrass, country, blues, and folk genres, while the fairgrounds are bursting with tasty food vendors and entertainment for kids.
New Jersey State Fair
The State Fair is an American tradition, and New Jersey’s does not disappoint. The Sussex County Fairgrounds is the site for this annual August event that draws huge crowds of families and friends for carnival rides, livestock shows, farming competitions, musical concerts, and awesome food showcasing the Garden State's hundreds of farms and agricultural businesses.
Cape May Food & Wine Festival
Every September, Cape May bids farewell to another summer with its annual food and wine festival. Dozens of restaurants and bars open their doors for special tastings and events that last the better part of a week. It’s a great way to indulge in high-end cuisine, seafood and wine that make Cape May such a posh little holiday spot.
Every fall in the middle of October, the town of Cape May opens itself up to the world, inviting visitors to explore the insides of its most impressive Victorian homes. In addition to the hugely popular house tours, the town puts on an array of Victorian-era events and performances.
Trenton celebrates its important role in the American Revolution each December with a week of reenactments, parades, theater performances, and other patriotic events. It’s a great way to break up the winter doldrums with a few days of colonial fun in New Jersey.