Content on this page requires a newer version of Adobe Flash Player.

Get Adobe Flash player

update date for Top Events USA
top 20 USA events

Top 20 New Jersey USA Events and Festivals

This presentation of Top Events USA showcases only the top 20 New Jersey USA events, festivals and fairs each year.

Two of the main New Jersey US events are the Miss America Pageant in mid January, recognized as the world’s largest provider of scholarship assistance for young women, and the New Jersey State Fair.

See below for a complete list of the main New Jersey US events.

Miss America Pageant
mid January
Atlantic City, New Jersey

After a move away to Las Vegas in an attempt to rekindle interest in the event, the Miss America Pageant is now back in Atlantic City where it began in 1921. Apart from offering a great time of entertainment both locally and on television, the Miss America Pageant was actually developed to provide personal and professional opportunities for young women and to promote their voices in culture, politics and the community. One of the top 20 New Jersey USA events, this pageant is now the world’s largest provider of scholarship assistance for young women.

For more information about the Miss America Pageant in Atlantic City visit:

Atlantic City Beer and Music Festival
early April
Atlantic City, New Jersey

Another one of the main New Jersey US events, also known as the “Celebration of the Suds”, the Atlantic City Beer and Music Festival attracts over 90 different breweries, especially those specializing in craft beers, from all over the USA. Recognized as one of Atlantic City’s favorite events, now in its 8th year, the Atlantic City Beer and Music Festival is one of the country's largest celebrations of beer that also features beer seminars hosted by beer experts and personalities as well as the delicious food of famous chefs of the region.

For more information about the Atlantic City Beer and Music Festival visit:

Lambertville Shad Festival
late April
Lambertville, New Jersey

Each year the Lambertville Shad Festival highlights the region's arts community, the City of Lambertville, the Delaware River, and of course, Lambertville’s favorite fish, the Shad. The Shad Festival has evolved from a local art show into a nationally recognized, award winning event. Shad Fest features the area's finest artists and crafters, great food and family entertainment. The two-day extravaganza also serves as a venue for local nonprofit organizations to raise necessary operating funds. Highlights include a KidZone, Lambertville Station Beer Garden, planking demonstration and a Rubber Duck Race.

For more information about the Lambertville Shad Festival visit:

Wildwoods International Kite Festival
late May
Wildwood, New Jersey

top kite festivals in the USAConsidered to be the largest kite festival in North America, and one of the top 20 New Jersey USA events, festivals and fairs, the Wildwoods International Kite Festival showcases large kites from all over the world taking part in night time illuminated kite flying, kite championships, a kite festival auction, and a host of kite exhibits and workshops.

For more information about the Wildwoods International Kite Festival visit:

Riverfest Food and Music Festival
end May – beginning June
Red Bank, New Jersey

New Jersey’s largest food and music festival, the Riverfest Food and Music Festival features three days of non-stop music, river cruises, family fun including the Children’s Palace complete with rides, games and all sorts of fun activities, artisans showcasing their handmade artwork in "Artisan's Alley”, and the best of food and samples of their menus offered by more than 20 of the best Red Bank area restaurants.

For more information about the Riverfest Food and Music Festival visit:

NJ Seafood Festival
early June
Belmar, New Jersey

The New Jersey Seafood Festival in Belmar combines a culinary celebration of seafood delights with a day of fun. The annual event unites master chefs, fine artists and crafts people along with musicians from around the state. Food offerings extend from the traditional shrimp, lobster and calamari, to the more exotic alligator sausage, sushi, conch fritters, and seafood paella. The New Jersey Seafood Festival has been named as one of the top 100 events in North America. Approximately 150,000 visitors are drawn to the festival, which is held at Silver Lake Park on Ocean Avenue.

For more information about the NJ Seafood Festival in Belmar visit:

Atlantic City Air Show
late June
Atlantic City, New Jersey

The Atlantic City Airshow features flybys and acrobatic maneuvers performed by the nation’s most experienced military and seasoned civilian pilots. One of the largest airshows in North America, drawing more than 500,000 spectators to the beach and Boardwalk, the Atlantic City Air Show takes place unusually on a Wednesday from approximately 10am until 4pm. Highlights in the past have included demonstrations from the USAF Thunderbirds, US Army Golden Knights, as well as demonstrations from current Air Force and Navy aircraft.

For more information about the Atlantic City Air Show visit:

Wings and Water Festival
mid July
Stone Harbor, New Jersey

A popular event for three decades, the Wings and Water Festival is often referred to as a “Celebration of the Coast” and features many very different attractions appealing to all the family including a host of arts and crafts displays and the chance to meet their talented creators, including nationally acclaimed artists, carvers, quilters, crafters and photographers and to enjoy their demonstrations. Other attractions include boat cruises, kayak tours, a host of children’s activities, wine tasting, arts and crafts displays, freshly cooked food, turtle releases and even retriever demonstrations.

For more information about the Wings and Water Festival in Stone Harbor visit:

QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning
late July
Readington, New Jersey

top hot air balloon events  in the USAA 6-time winner of the ABA Top 100 Event Award and named the #1 Thing to Do in New Jersey by New Jersey Monthly magazine, the annual QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning is the largest summertime hot air balloon and music festival in North America. The three day festival features the awe-inspiring spectacle of more than 100 sport and special shaped balloons from around the world taking flight twice each day over the scenic Hunterdon County countryside. The festival offers a live concert series featuring Grammy award winning artists and some of the biggest names in entertainment, a nighttime hot air balloon glow, fireworks, the Running with the Balloons 5K, hot air balloon rides, food, shopping and souvenirs. The festival attracts upwards of 165,000 people every year.

For more information about the Quick Chek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning in Readington visit:

New Jersey State Fair
early August
Augusta, New Jersey

top state fairs in the USAWith the initial aim to showcase the agriculture of New Jersey, the New Jersey State Fair now offers a lot more such as a horse show, free family entertainment events and activities, outdoor entertainment including a strong man contest, demolition derbies, monster truck rides, horseshoe pitching, pro bull riding, and tractor and truck pulls, a variety of live performing arts, a carnival, as well as food vendors and a beer tent. The New Jersey State Fair is now considered, country wide, to be one of the top 20 New Jersey USA events.

For more information about the New Jersey State Fair visit:

Weird Week
mid August
Ocean City, New Jersey

Making it clear with their title of Weird Week - Wacky But Not Tacky, this increasingly popular event in Ocean City in front of the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace features a whole range of fun and unusual events for the whole family. Events and contests include taffy (a chewy candy ) and French fry sculpting, contests to discover Miss and Mister Miscellaneous, and Little Miss and Little Mister Chaos, the “Ears Looking at You” ear wriggling contest, art sculpting with paper clips, and even a giant cookie sculpting contest called “That’s the Way the Cookie Crumbles!”

For more information about the Weird Week event in Ocean City visit:

Scandinavian Fest
Sunday of Labor-Day weekend – late August / early September
Budd Lake, New Jersey

Celebrating the best of Scandinavia, Scandinavian Fest, a success for more than 28 years, promotes the cultures, histories and the lives of the peoples of Sweden, Iceland, Norway, Denmark, Greenland, Estonia and Finland with a whole range of events. They include a wealth of music performances, artisans of all kinds, lecturers offering an insight into a variety of topics about Scandinavia, its history and culture, special activities for children, and all kinds of food stalls for all the family.

For more information about the Scandinavian Fest in Budd Lake visit:

Festival of the Sea
mid September
Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey

One of the area’s top events for over 30 years, the Festival of the Sea at Point Pleasant Beach offers an abundance of seafood including everything from lobster, crab cakes and shrimp skewers, to paella, soups and bisques. Other highlights of the event include hundreds of craft vendors offering hand-made items as well as a wealth of entertainment fr, New Jersey om local musicians to many other acts.

For more information about the New Jersey Festival of the Sea at Point Pleasant Beach visit:

WheatonArts Festival of Fine Craft
first full weekend in October
Millville, New Jersey

One of the most popular events in the Mid Atlantic region of the USA, attracting thousands of visitors, the Festival of Fine Craft at WheatonArts has been recognized as one of the “2011 Top Ten Fairs and Festivals” by AmericanStyle Magazine. Featuring works of art from over 130 juried artists from all over the USA, the WheatonArts Festival of Fine Craft showcases everything from glass art to novel jewelry designs, unusual metal sculptures, baskets, sculptural and functional clay pieces, woodcarvings and two-dimensional art and photography.

For more information about the WheatonArts Festival of Fine Craft visit;

Patriots Week in Trenton
end December
Trenton, New Jersey

Patriots Week is a celebration honoring Trenton’s unique role in securing victory in the American Revolution. Providing Revolutionary War historians, enthusiasts and casual observers of all ages with the perfect opportunity to relive America's quest for independence, Patriots Week takes place at various locations throughout historic Trenton. Highlight events include the public reading of Thomas Paine’s “The Crisis,” an essay written shortly before the Battle of Trenton that helped rally Americans to the cause of the Revolution, battle reenactments, lectures and walking tours.

For more information about Patriots Week in Trenton visit:

More NJ Events

Weird New Jersey - Tours of famous haunted areas in NJ
Paint the Town - NJ landscape painting competition
Exterior Painting NJ - Mural painting competition
Historic House Tour - A tour of recently restored historic homes
NJ Art Festival - Huge festival and showcase for amateur artists

The newly updated Top 20 Events USA pages do not include every single event on offer in each state or city in America – only those recognized as one of the top 20 in each location, elected by residents, tourists and visitors, the team of travel writers working for Top Events USA, and some officials of the relevant states and cities of the USA too.


• Alabama
• Alaska
• Arizona
• Arkansas
• California- Los Angeles +
• California- San Diego +
• California- San Francisco +
• Colorado
• Connecticut
• Delaware
• Florida - Central
• Florida - Fort Lauderdale +
• Florida - Keys
• Florida - Miami +
• Florida - North
• Georgia
• Hawaii - Big Island
• Hawai - Kauai
• Hawaii - Maui
• Hawaii - Oahu
• Idaho
• Illinois - Chicago
• Illinois - West/Southwest
• Indiana
• Iowa
• Kansas
• Kentucky
• Louisiana - Baton Rouge
• Louisiana - New Orleans
• Louisiana - West
• Maine
• Maryland
• Massachusetts
• Michigan - Detroit
• Michigan - North/NorthWest
• Minnesota
• Mississippi
• Missouri
• Montana
• Nebraska
• Nevada
• New Hampshire
• New Jersey
• New Mexico - Albuqueque +
• New Mexico – Santa Fe
• New York City Area
• New York State West/North
• North Carolina
• North Dakota
• Ohio - Cincinatti Area
• Ohio - Cleveland Area
• Ohio - Columbus Area
• Oklahoma
• Oregon
• Pennsylvania
• Rhode Island
• South Carolina
• South Dakota
• Tennessee
• Texas - Austin +
• Texas - Dallas +
• Texas - Houston +
• Texas - San Antonio +
• Utah
• Vermont
• Virginia
• Washington
• Washington DC
• West Virginia
• Wisconsin
• Wyoming


• top 20 events in all USA
• top events in USA states
• top USA events themes
• top events USA features
• top events usa blog
• home page
• new nominations
• media
• contact us