New Jersey is home to hundreds of cultural, music, food and art festivals. While all are exciting in their own way, we also offer our fair share of more memorable events. You know that you can find an Italian festival almost anywhere, but how many of us can say that we’ve been to a sheep shearing or blueberry themed bash? These unique festivals are worth visiting, at least once. You’re sure to have an experience you’ll never forget.
1. Beachstock, Margate
This 13 hour beach party is the place to be if you love surf and sun. The June 27th event will feature paddle board races, volleyball tournaments, a Samoan Fire Knife Dance, movies on the beach and much, much more.
2. ClamFest, Highlands
This four day festival will be held between July 30th and August 2nd. It will feature much more than just succulent seafood, there will be rides, games, contests and live entertainment for everyone to enjoy.
3. Rock, Ribs & Ridges Festival, Augusta
What's better than a music festival? A music festival with ribs. To check this one out, head to the Sussex County Fairgrounds on June 27th or 28th - or both! There are tent campsites available.
4. Sheep & Fiber Festival, Lambertville
This festival features sheep shows, shearing and herding demos and a fleece sale. This years event will be held from September 12th-13th at the Hunterdon County Fairgrounds.
5. Oktoberfest, Warren
One of the state's largest Oktoberfest events, you'll find traditional German food and drink here along with a multitude of vendors and rides for the kids.
6. "Sea" You In September, Tuckerton
Tuckerton Seaport is always a great place to be, but things get extra special from September 12th-13th. This maritime festival features tours, hands-on activities and an antique and classic boat show.
7. Cowboy Tribute Day, Stanhope
This July 25th festival pays homage to all things Wild West. Watch roping demonstrations and take a step back in time.
8. Art All Night, Trenton
This 24-hour art festival features live glassblowing, dueling muralists, all kinds of art classes, music acts and so much more.
9. New Jersey Ice Cream Festival, Toms River
On July 19th, get ready to enjoy all the ice cream you can eat. There will be eating contests, sampling kits and of course rides for the kids.
10. The Steampunk World's Fair, Piscataway
Steampunk is all about the strange, but in the most magical of ways. It combines history, fantasy and the macabre, making for a mysterious festival that can't be missed. Check it out next May, from the 13th -15th.
11. Blueberry Festival, Chester
New Jersey ranks 5th in the nation for blueberry production and this festival celebrates the flavorful fruit. The event, held on July 11th, 12th, 18th and 19th, will offer blueberry picking, blueberry flavored treats and family friendly activities.
12. Hambletonian Day, East Rutherford
The Hambletonian Day Festival on August 8th will feature more than just a sensational sporting event; there will be live music, rides, games and great giveaways.
13. Fido's Festival, Columbus
From October 3rd-4th, Columbus is going to the dogs, and that's a good thing. This festival is a pooch parent's paradise with contests, shows, vendors and all kinds of dog friendly activities. There will also be rescue animals up for adoption.
14. Waterfront Wine Festival, Mays Landing
Though there are many wine festivals in New Jersey, this may be the most scenic. Held on the lake at Lenape Park, this festival offers wine-tasting, fine dining, live entertainment, culinary demonstrations and a home-made wine contest. This years festival will be held September 26th-27th.
15. Race Of Gentlemen, Wildwood
The Race Of Gentlemen is a carnival of classic cars coming together to celebrate automotive history. Those with a passion for the past or a love for all things auto will enjoy this beach-side event, held on October 2nd-4th.
Which of these festivals have you already attended and which can’t you wait for? We may be most looking forward to the Ice Cream Festival but they all look amazing. We’ll need to clear up our calendars to make time for each one. Are there any fun festivals you would add?