New Jersey is the Events State

There's always something going on in New Jersey. From annual summer festivals to thrilling sporting competitions, New Jersey is truly an events state.
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2014 marks the 350th anniversary of New Jersey’s birth. Founded in 1664, The Garden State has not only contributed to the world of art, culture, sports, and music throughout its history, but has also been home to many major events. This year is no exception as New Jersey continues to host a variety of experiences that can be enjoyed by both New Jersey natives and visitors.

The annual Garden State Craft Brewers Guild Beer Festival is happening June 28, 2014 aboard the Battleship New Jersey, the nation’s largest battleship. The festival features 20 New Jersey breweries in addition to a ship tour, live music and food. Enjoy local craft beers while exploring the nation’s largest battleship! For more information visit http://www.njbeer.org

Fun, family-friendly events are easy to come by in the Garden State, especially when summer hits. Since 1990, Oceanfest has brought in thousands of people to the Oceanfront Promenade along the Jersey Shore for a free all-day celebration that epitomizes summer. Stretching from Pier Village to Seven Presidents Park, the family-friendly affair offers tons of food, live music, children's entertainment, vendors, crafters and more. Not enough? Check out the intricate sand sculptures featured along the Jersey shoreline hand created by professional sand sculptors. As one of the biggest Independence Day celebrations in the state, the event closes with the Jersey Shore’s largest firework show, a spectacular finale to end the summer’s night. For more information visit http://oceanfestnj.com or call 732.222.0400

One of the largest airshows in the country, Atlantic City will be hosting the 12th annual “Thunder Over The Boardwalk” on Wednesday, August 13, 2014. This year will see the return of the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, a military squadron that tours the United States performing aerobatic formations. Drawing in approximately 800,000 spectators each year, expect to see heart-stopping demonstrations as high as 15,000 feet and as low as 50 feet along Atlantic City’s busy Boardwalk, the perfect summer send off. For more information visit http://www.atlanticcitynj.com/acairshow.aspx or call 609-343-9902.


For all the sports fans, the newly built MetLife Stadium is a great option for catching a New York Jets or Giants game. Since it’s inception in 2010, MetLife Stadium has hosted 20 NFL games, various sporting events, concerts, entertainment events and family shows. With a capacity of over 82,000 MetLife has been named the top grossing stadium in the world. For a list of events visit http://www.metlifestadium.com/events-tickets/event-calendar

For a complete listing of events in New Jersey go to VisitNJ.org/events or order the Festivals & Events publication at 609-292-2740.