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
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.
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Atlantic City Beer and Music Festival
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.
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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.
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Wildwoods International Kite Festival
Wildwood, New Jersey
Considered 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.
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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.
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NJ Seafood Festival
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.
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Atlantic City Air Show
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.
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Wings and Water Festival
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.
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Festival of Ballooning
Readington, New Jersey
A 6-time winner of the ABA Top 100 Event Award, and now also considred to be one of the main New Jersey US events, the Quick Chek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning event is the largest summertime hot air balloon and music festival in North America featuring over 125 sport and specially shaped balloons from all over the world. Offering everything from balloon rides to food, shopping and souvenirs, the Festival of Ballooning attracts more than 150,000 fans every year.
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New Jersey State Fair
Augusta, New Jersey
With 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.
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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!”
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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.
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Festival of the Sea
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 from local musicians to many other acts.
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WheatonArts Festival of Fine Craft
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 125 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.
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Patriots Week in Trenton
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: http://www.patriotsweek.com
More NJ Events
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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
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.