New Jersey is The Events State

Super Bowl XLVIII will be held at MetLife Stadium in 2014, it promises to be one of New Jersey’s larger single events, it follows a long and distinguished list of hundreds of festivals and events that are held annually throughout the state, many of which draw thousands of visitors.
 
New for 2013 is World Wrestling Entertainment’s (WWE) annual pop culture extravaganza, WrestleMania 29, that’s set to electrify MetLife Stadium on Sunday, April 7. Fans from all 50 states and nearly 40 different countries are expected to converge on East Rutherford for the stadium’s first-ever WrestleMania.
 
Don’t miss your chance to see WWE’s Superstars, Divas & Legends on The Grandest Stage of Them All. WrestleMania Week is WWE’s largest annual celebration and will have a variety of events for fans throughout the New York/New Jersey region. In addition to MetLife Stadium, the IZOD Center will play host to two exciting events – WWE’s one-of-a-kind interactive fan festival from April 4 – April 7 and a very special Monday Night Raw on April 8.
 
The fan festival features autograph sessions, live matches, Q&A, exhibits and exclusive merchandise. WWE will also head to New York City for the 2013 WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony that will take place at The World’s Most Famous Arena – Madison Square Garden on Saturday, April 6.
 
For ticket availability and more information on WrestleMania Week, visit WWE.com.
 
While WWE is new to the state, New Jersey has a long history of fielding major events that draw thousands of spectators. Take the Atlantic City Airshow, “Thunder Over The Boardwalk.” It’s the only major airshow of its kind in the nation that isn’t held at an airport or military base.
 
The dozens of aircraft that perform in the show fly as low as 50 feet over the beach and Boardwalk. “Thunder Over The Boardwalk," is one of the most popular events in Atlantic City and one of the very best air shows in the country, with its heart-stopping feats, aerobatics maneuvers, formation flying and solo routines by military and civilian pilots.
 
Now in its 10th year, the August airshow routinely draws an estimated 800,000 or more spectators. For more information visit www.atlanticcitynj.com/acairshow.aspx or call 609-343-9902.
 
Another highly popular event that’s held annually in July is The Quick Chek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning. It’s the largest summertime hot air balloon and music festival in North America and is a premiere family entertainment attraction in New Jersey. It holds the distinction of being a recipient of The New Jersey Governor's Award for Best Special Event and other major awards including the American Bus Association's designation as a Top 100 Festival in North America.
 
Held annually at the Solberg Airport in Readington, NJ, the festival truly has something for everyone! From twice daily mass ascensions of more than 100 special shape and sport hot air balloons, to headlining concerts, non-stop family entertainment, hundreds of crafters and vendors, great food, fireworks, a balloon glow, a 5k run and more, the festival is jam-packed with stuff to do and draws thousands each year. More information at www.balloonfestival.com or call 800-468-2479.
 
June 2013 marks the 235th anniversary of the largest field artillery battle of the American Revolution, the Battle of Monmouth. The battle was of critical importance to America’s goal of independence from the British. To commemorate the event, the state’s Division of Parks and Forestry hosts the annual re-enactment of the Battle of Monmouth at Monmouth Battlefield State Park in Manalapan.
 
June 28, 1778 marked the beginning of the end of British rule over the 13 American colonies. The annual re-enactment draws thousands of visitors to see some 200 re-enactors present an authentic recreation of the battle that involved infantry and artillery units exchanging bullets and cannonballs during a daylong fight in blistering heat.
 
The annual event is the state’s biggest Revolutionary War re-enactment and one of the largest such events in the country. A number of demonstrations precede the battle. www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests 732-462-9616.
 
There are hundreds of other events throughout the year in towns like Wildwood, Seaside Heights, the Long Beach Island region and Asbury Park. Newark features the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, which hosts top performers from around the world and Prudential Center, home to the NHL New Jersey Devils and the site of major concerts and other family events.
 
For a complete listing of events in New Jersey go to VisitNJ.org/events or order the Festivals & Events publication at 609-292-2740.
 

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