New Jersey Festivals:
New Jersey Festivals are some of the best mid-Atlantic festivals on the books. You’ll find just what you are looking for up and down the coast and in the county of your choice.
Italian Fest at Monmouth Park: Racetrack’s Little Italy at the Track – a celebration of all things Italian! The day will be filled with fun games, delicious Italian favorites, unique crafts, classic Italian music, horse races and more. Venture over to Monmouth Park in Oceanport on Sat, Aug 3. If not this year, perhaps in 2020!
25th Annual Clam Festival: Discover the true meaning of “Succulent Seafood” at this the Highlands Business Partnership’s Annual festival! It is a four-day action packed event featuring the freshest seafood, live music and entertainment, thrill rides, games, contests, retail vendors, and more. Admission and parking are free, and the event takes place rain or shine. Come to Highlands the first full weekend in Aug 2020 to enjoy the fun.
Westfield Street Fair & Craft Show: This festival, fair and craft show will feature local artists, crafters, vendors, delicious food, typical carnival rides, and live music. Come to downtown Westfield all day on the 3rd Sat in Aug, enjoy the fun.
Jersey Shore Jazz & Blues Festival: The Bands playing are Damian & The DCQ, Slidewinder Blues Band, Jane Stuart, The Shadetree Mechanics, The Mikey Junior Band, and many more. This is a Jazz and Blues music lovers heaven. You see all these bands and fireworks at dusk. Great Lawn Beach, Long Branch. Aug 24 at 1PM.
Bradley Beach Lobsterfest: There will be 6 bands, a live DJ and emcee! There will be plenty of food to eat with 30 food vendors and over 200 local craft vendors! This is a Two Day Event and has a Huge Kids Area! You’ll be among 50,000 attendees over the 2 days. So, if you love lobster, this is the best fest to go to. On the boardwalk all weekend long. Sat, Aug 31 – Sun, Sep 1
5th Annual NJ Taco Festival: This Festival is certainly one you will not want to miss. This year’s event takes place on September 7th at the Sussex County Fairgrounds and features the area’s Best Taco Producers alongside a variety of other food choices. Additionally, our main stage has a full day of Live Music and Culinary Inspired Competition. A couple of returning favorites are our Chihuahua Costume Contest and Live Lucha Wrestling. This is a family-friendly event and we continually expand our Kids Zone featuring inflatables, face painting and more. General Admission to this event includes access to the grounds and all on-site music entertainment. While full menus are available, all vendors are required to include a $2 sample taco so you can graze and taste the afternoon away. Kids under 10 are Free. Venture over to the Sussex County Fairgrounds in Augusta for an all-day feast on Sat, September 7.
3rd Annual High Caliber Festival: This festival is the world’s first and only bass music festival aboard a US Navy Battleship. The festival takes place over two days and features over 50 artists across three stages. After an explosive first two years, High Caliber is ready to blast off again. The New Jersey (BB-62) was launched in Dec 1942 and commissioned in Philadelphia in May 1943. Over the 48 years, the New Jersey earned the Navy Unit Commendation for Vietnam service, nine battle stars for WW II; four for the Korean conflict; two for Vietnam, three Campaign Stars for service off Beirut, and service in the Persian Gulf prior to Operation Desert Storm. After it’s decommissioning in 1991, BB-62 was donated on Jan. 20, 2000, to Camden, N.J. With a total of Nineteen Battle and Campaign Stars, BB-62 is America’s most decorated battleship and surviving warship. Visit Battleship New Jersey in Camden. Sat, Sep 14 – Mon, Sep 16.
Sea.Hear.Now Festival: This Festival is coming to Asbury Park September 21-22, bringing with a celebration of live music, art, and surf culture; produced by Danny Clinch of Between The Sets and C3 Presents. Come to Asbury Park, where the music will continue through the night if you choose to stay.
TravelKatz will be more than happy to help you plan your next trip to the Jersey Shore or any of these festivals. Call 352-277-7300 and let us know when you want to go!
Jersey City is in northeastern New Jersey. Its eastern waterfront faces the Hudson River where it meets Upper New York Bay. Liberty State Park has panoramic views of the Manhattan skyline, the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, the former immigrant gateway. The park’s Liberty Science Center features interactive exhibits, live animals and an IMAX Dome theater. Bars and ethnic eateries line downtown’s Grove Street.
Liberty State Park: This is a beautiful park. Offerings include nature trails, bike paths and a waterfront walkway with amazing views of the New York Harbor, Statue of Liberty and Manhattan skyline. This is a great place to run. There is a serene memorial for 911. This is a great place for kids and there are BBQ areas with picnic tables. This is also where you take the ferry to Liberty Island and Ellis Island and to Battery Park. Great views from the top deck. Security like airport security before boarding the ferry. Liberty House is a wonderful refresh for food and beverage — outdoor seating on nice days and evenings must be experienced. During the off-bird migration period there are beaches and trails that will defy one’s belief of urban ecology.
Empty Sky – 9/11 Memorial: Empty Sky is a September 11 memorial in Jersey City. It is located at the mouth of the Hudson River in Liberty State Park across from the World Trade Centre site. The memorial is dedicated to the 746 individuals from New Jersey killed in the World Trade Centre in 1993 and in the September 11 attacks as well as those who died on September 11th at the Pentagon and in Shanksville. Empty Sky features twin walls transecting a gently sloped mound anchored by a granite path directed toward Ground Zero. Each wall soars 30 feet high and stretches just over 206 feet long – the exact width of the World Trade Centre towers if they were lying on their sides. The name of the memorial comes from Bruce Springsteen’s song “Empty Sky” which is about the “empty sky” where the towers once stood. Brace yourself for the emotions to flow, hearing and seeing the story unfold. The movies are well worth the time.
White Eagle Hall: This is a newly restored and renovated historic theater located in the thriving nightlife scene of Downtown Jersey City, New Jersey. White Eagle Hall presents live music, theatre, comedy, dance, film, family shows as well as other performances while serving food and drinks. This place is awesome! So excited to such a fantastic music venue in the neighborhood! They have done a beautiful job on the decor and the bands sound great. It’s so encouraging to see beautiful new places like this where people truly care about listening to live music! In addition, White Eagle Hall is a warm and intimate event space perfect for weddings, receptions, and private parties.
1. City Diner a 24hr diner does great breakfasts that will set you up for the day.
2. Hudson Hall – German style beer cellar with great sliders!
3. Skinners Loft – great for brunch (highly recommend the filet mignon sliders and steak Caesar salad as well as the banana bread beer)
4. Kitchen Step – a neighborhood bistro offering high quality food and unique cocktails! These are just a few suggestions.
Liberty Science Center: is an excellent place to take children. There are activities for toddlers up to children of all ages. I even learned some things in the energy section. The aquariums were especially interesting. Be sure to leave plenty of time for your visit, because you’ll find one interesting exhibit after another. The IMAX movie theater is lots of fun, too. And be sure to take in the Planetarium show.
Statue of Liberty: Iconic and meaningful. The history behind this and Ellis Island must be scene and read about to gain the full respect. To visit the crown, you need to book months in advance to guaranteed access. The climb is over 400 stairs to reach the top (hard work but well worth the effort). 2 staff members in the crown are informative and helpful. You want to take your time (this is needed to get catch your breath!) and you will want to spend a good 30 minutes just taking in the views. It is something you will remember for a very long time. Well worth the effort to book in advance to experience this special place. Even if you choose to just do the park and the regular tour of the Statue of Liberty you will be amazed what you see and learn.
Ellis Island Immigration Museum: So much about our country is tied up in the story of immigration, and there is no better place to learn about that than in the Immigration Museum on Ellis Island. We are a nation of immigrants, and our diversity is our strength–of that there is no doubt. The displays and artifacts here are poignant, moving, thought-provoking, and astonishing in their immediateness. It is easy to imagine the life of so many newcomers to our country crowded into this place 100 years ago and reflect on what it must have been like for them. There is no better way to understand what it means to be an American than to visit sites like this one. The best way to get to Ellis Island is from NJ even though it is part of New York.
Fly into Newark Airport and rent a car to Jersey City. Give Travelkatz a call at 352-277-7300 and we will make this special trip happen for you and your family.