New Jersey Events for 2016: Calendar Preview


Plan ahead and participate in all the best events New Jersey has to offer for 2016.

January in New Jersey may be chilly, but the Garden State Outdoor Sports Show in Edison is truly something to look forward to. Held from January 7-10, 2016, the event features seminars, demonstrations, screenings and products for any hunting, fishing or outdoor enthusiast. The annual Polar Bear Plunge in Wildwood takes place on January 16, and offers participants the chance to take a plunge in the Atlantic Ocean to raise money for the Special Olympics.

The Atlantic City Boat Show is coming to town February 3-7, and it's where you can find the boat of your dreams and a huge assortment of marine gear. The New Jersey Flower & Garden Show comes to Edison from February 11-14, with an array of exhibitors featuring items and services to make any garden or yard beautiful.

April in New Jersey is filled with major events, including the Cherry Blossom Festival on April 24, in Newark and Shad Festival. The New Jersey Folk Festival, Bluegrass Showcase on April 30, featuring live music, dance performances, crafts, food vendors and children’s activities.

In May, Hoboken’s annual Spring Arts and Music Festival (May 1) will feature multiple stages of music, as well as food and artists. The New Jersey Seafood Festival in Belmar will not disappoint on May 14-15. In addition, theInternational Kite Festival (May 27-30) in Wildwood is not to be missed and is the largest such event in North America.

Kick-off summer with a variety of food events throughout the month of June. Plan to eat and drink your way through the Garden State Craft Beer Festival (June 25, Camden), the Jersey Shore Wine Festival (June 11-12, Lakewood) or the Baymen’s Seafood and Music Festival (June 25-26, Tuckerton). Do a litttle shopping at the Antique Street Fair on June 11 in Mullica Hill.

Oceanfest comes to Long Branch for the Fourth of July and is the largest Independence Day celebration in the state. The QuickChek Festival of Ballooning, July 29-31, in Readington and the Hot Air Balloon Festival, July 30 – August 6, in Phillipsburg, are two great ways to experience New Jersey from all new heights.

Catch the last of the state and county fairs in August, including the New Jersey State Fair, Sussex County Farm & Horse Show (August 6-14) in Augusta, and the Middlesex County Fair (August 1-7) in East Brunswick. Get your final summer seafood fix at the Craft Beer and Crab Festival (August 6) in Cape May or the Clam Festival (August 4-7) in Highlands. Also check out the African American Cultural Festival of Trenton.

Transitioning into fall, check out the Scandinavian Fest in (September 4) in Budd Lake, the Irish Fall Festival (Septemebr 22-25) in Wildwood and the Mercer County Italian American Festival (Septemebr 23-25) in West Windsor.

October brings the Cranberry Festival to Chatsworth, the third largest harvest of cranberries in the state, in addition to the classic Oktoberfest (October 1-2)celebration in Smithville. Also a good time is at the Chowderfest (October 1-2) in Beach Haven and the Latino Festival of Monmouth County in Freehold.

End the year with the annual November East Coast Toy Soldier Show in Hackensack and Christmas Craft Show (November 19-20) in Long Beach. You can also choose to spend your final moments of 2016 at the annual New Year’s Eve Celebration in Atlantic City and First Night Morris (Morris County).

For more events throughout the year, visit the complete New Jersey Events Calendar