Things to Do in NJ This Week

Looking for something fun to do this weekend in New Jersey? New Jersey Monthly has you covered! Here are our picks for the best events this week and weekend across the state, from festivals to concerts to family-friendly happenings and more. Or, if you’re looking for activities happening year-round in the Garden State, check out our list of the 52 things you must do in New Jersey. Lastly, if you’re heading down the Shore this summer, read our guide to the best beaches as well as our list of the top things to do at the Shore that don’t necessarily involve the sun and sand.


Justin Hayward and Christopher Cross

📅: Tuesday, July 16 (7:30 pm)
📍: Mayo Performing Arts Center • Morristown
ℹ️: Rock and Roll Hall of Famers unite.
💸: $59+


Belmar Sandcastle Contest

📅: Wednesday, July 17 (registration begins at 8 am; judging begins at noon)
📍: Ocean Avenue near 18th Avenue • Belmar
ℹ️: Contestants sculpt sandcastles by the sea to compete for prizes.
💸: Free


Dinner in the Dark by chef David Burke

📅: Thursday, July 18 (6:15-9 pm)
📍: Red Horse by David Burke • Bernardsville
ℹ️: Guests will be blindfolded and guided through a four-course, sensory-experience dinner by chef David Burke. The dinner includes a wine and cocktail tasting.
💸: $95


Water Lantern Festival

📅: Friday, July 19-Saturday, July 20 (5:30-10:30 pm)
📍: Liberty State Park • Jersey City
ℹ️: This dazzling event is inspired by ancient practices in Asia, during which people write dreams or letters on lanterns and then release them.
💸: $39.99+


Whitesbog Blueberry Summer Fest

📅: Saturday, July 20 (10 am-3 pm)
📍: Whitesbog Historic Farm & Village • Browns Mills
ℹ️: This family-friendly festival features live music, vendors and blueberry treats galore.
💸: Free


Wildwood Crest Christmas in July

📅: Saturday, July 20 (6 pm)
📍: Sunset Lake, near Atlanta and New Jersey avenues • Wildwood Crest
ℹ️: Enjoy a boat parade, meet Santa, and take in live music.
💸: Free


Hackettstown Street Fair

📅: Sunday, July 21 (11 am-4 pm)
📍: Main Street • Hackettstown
ℹ️: Local artisans, crafters and vendors sell their wares at this family-friendly event featuring live entertainment and food trucks.
💸: Free


Slightly Stoopid

📅: Sunday, July 21 (6 pm)
ℹ️: This San Diego-based band fuses rock, blues, funk and more.
📍: Freedom Mortgage Pavilion • Camden
💸: $42+


New Brunswick Restaurant Week

📅: Thru  Saturday, July 27  
📍: Multiple eateries • New Brunswick
ℹ️: Two weeks dedicated to celebrating great eats in New Brunswick. Enter contests and earn rewards for dining out.
💸: Prices vary


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