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Guide to Fairs and Festivals in NJ, PA, NY

See Hot Picks online, the Events Calendar in the print Kids' Guide NJ, and Entertainment–Shows & Concerts for more music festivals, fairs and community street fairs.

Clearwater's Great Hudson River Revival
Croton Point Park, Croton-on-Hudson. 845-418-3596. Annual music and environmental festival founded by Pete Seeger features storytellers, family-oriented entertainers, juried crafts, Green Living Expo, boat exhibits, rides and environmental education displays. Proceeds support the Clearwater organization's environmental education and advocacy efforts to help preserve and protect the Hudson River.
Jun 17-18, 2017

28th Annual Crawfish Fest
Sussex County Fairgrounds, 37 Plains Rd., Augusta, 973-948-5500. Three day Louisiana and New Orleans style music, food and camping festival.
Jun 1-3, 2018

Falcon Ridge Folk Festival
Dodds Farm, 44 County Rt. 7D (off Rt. 22), Hillsdale, NY, 866-325-2744. Three-day community of folk music at the foot of the Berkshires features main stage, workshop stage, dance stage, family stage and kid-friendly workshops, activities.
Aug 4-6, 2017

Firefly Music Festival
The Woodlands, 1131 Korean War Veterans Memorial Hwy, Dover, DE 19901. Annual outdoor festival features renowned headliners and emerging artists.
Jun 14-17, 2018

Forest of Fear
600 Rt. 17A, Sterling Forest, Tuxedo, NY, 845-351-5171. Open Oct. 6- Oct. 29. Open Fri.-Sun. Hours and pricing available online. Are you brave enough? Seven award winning haunted Halloween attractions will thrill your senses and chill your spine! Don't trust your eyes…nothing is as it seems! Not recommended for children under 12. Located next to the New York Renaissance Faire.
Oct 6-29

Governors Ball Music Festival
Randall's Island, 20 Randall's Island Park, New York. Three day music festival in early June.
Jun 2-4, 2017

Hudson Valley Garlic Festival
NYS Thruway exit 20, Cantine Field, Saugerties, NY, 845-246-3090. Sat. 10-6, Sun. 10-5 rain or shine. Advance ticket discount. Two-day festival of everything garlic includes garlic marketplace, garlic food, lectures, demonstrations, music, arts and crafts, children's area. Sponsored by Kiwanis Club of Saugerties.
Sep 30-Oct 1, 2017

Hunter Mountain Festivals
Hunter, NY, 800-486-8376. Spring, summer and fall weekend festivals feature live music, food and drink and kids activities.
Sep 21-22
Hunter Mountain 4x4 Offroad Adventure.
Sep 23-24, 30-Oct 1, Oct 7-8
Oktoberfest I, II & III.
Sep 30-Oct 1
Colors in the Catskills Motorcycle Rally.
Oct 7-8
Das Laufwerk Eurocar Rally.

13th Annual Mountain Jam
Hunter Mountain, Hunter, NY. Independent four-day outdoor music festival, produced by WDST Radio Woodstock and Warren Haynes.
Jun 15-17, 2018

SteelStacks; Johnston Park; Plaza at Main & Spring Sts.; other locations in Bethlehem, PA, 610-332-1300. Ten days of live music, over 500 performances, dance, comedy shows, children's activities, restaurant row, artisan and retail vendors. Ticketed and free events.
Aug 4-13, 2017

40th Annual New York Renaissance Faire
600 Rt. 17A, Sterling Forest, Tuxedo, NY, 845-351-5171. Open Aug. 5-Oct. 1. Saturdays, Sundays and Labor Day 10-7. Adults $25, children (5-12) $12, children under 5 free. Open rain or shine. Directions and discount tickets available online.
     Where Fantasy Rules! Step back in time and join Her Royal Majesty Queen Elizabeth I on a grand visit to an amazing re-creation of a 16th century village. Hundreds of brightly costumed performers take the stage and fill the bustling streets with laughter. Stroll our quaint village as the music of the Renaissance surrounds you. Cheer your favorite knight at the Joust Tournament. Meet Robin Hood and his Merry Men. Feast on savory sweets and tempting treats. See amazing acrobatics, magicians, jugglers, swashbuckling pirates, and more. Watch a Living Chess Match and laugh at tall tales. Play a game of skill or chance. Browse more than a hundred shoppes, featuring the finest in handmade wares. Join us in this great escape for all ages!
Aug 5-Oct 1, 2017

Open House New York
From historical to contemporary, residential to industrial, hundreds of sites across the five boroughs are open to visit, with tours, talks, performances, and other special events taking place over the course of the weekend.The majority of sites are free and can be visited during open hours without reservations. Some sites require advance reservations with reservations beginning two weeks before the event. Event guide, maps and OHNY Kids info are available online. Additional tours and programs are held throughout the year.
Oct 14-15, 2017

The Peach Music Festival
Montage Mountain & Montage Water Park, Scranton, PA. Allman Brothers Band-inspired festival offers four days of music, camping and water park.
Aug 10-13, 2017

Philadelphia Folk Festival
Old Pool Farm, Clemmers Mill Rd. and Salford Station Rd., Upper Salford Twp., PA, 1-800-556-FOLK. Annual three-day festival hosts artists from wide-ranging genres including alternative folk, Americana, traditional, rock, Indie, jazz, bluegrass and more, workshops, kids area, camping. Children under 11 free.
Aug 17-20, 2017

2017 QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning
Solberg Airport, Readington, 800-HOTAIR-9. July 27-29: Fri. 1-10pm, Sat. 6am-10pm, Sun. 6am-8pm. Advance ticket discounts. 3 & under free. Parking $10, free off-site shuttle bus from Raritan Valley Community College after 12pm on Saturday and Sunday.
          Daily events include up to 100 hot air balloons ascending at 6:30am and 6:30pm. Entertainment tent, magic corner, the AeroSphere-Aerial Acrobat Spectacular, Chrysler Pacifica Family Fun Pavilion, over 200 arts and craft booths, amusement rides and numerous free exhibits and product samples. Rain or shine. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest: njballoonfest.
Jul 27-29, 2018

Rock, Ribs & Ridges Festival
Sussex County Fairgrounds, 37 Plains Rd., Augusta, NJ 07822, 973-882-8240. Two days of rock 'n roll, barbeque, craft beers, on-site camping.
Jun 23-24, 2018

State Fair Meadowlands
1 MetLife Stadium Drive, East Rutherford, NJ 07043, 973-940-0222. 6pm-12am. Rides and daily shows.
Jun 22-Jul 9, 2017

Street Fairs-Kids Traveling Shindig by JC Promotions
201-998-1144. A full calendar of street fairs feature arts and crafts, merchandise and food plus Kids Traveling Shindig with rides, ponies, games, petting zoo, crafts, face painting and more. 10am-5pm. See website for flea market and collectible shows.
2017 New Jersey Street Fairs
Aug 6
Garfield Street Fair.
Sep 4
           Riverdale Labor Day Street Fair.
Sep 16
Ridgefield Park Street Fair.
Sep 17
           Fannywood Day Fanwood Street Fair.
Sep 23
           Edison Fall Family Festival & Street Fair.
Sep 24
           Towaco Festival.
Oct 1
           Saddle Brook Street Fair.
Oct 8
           Adorno Fathers Country Fair, rain date Oct. 15.
Oct 14
           Clifton Street Fair.
Oct 22
           New Providence Street Fair.
Nov 5
Woodland Park Street Fair.

Annual Warren County Farmers Fair and Hot Air Balloon Festival
Fairgrounds in Harmony Twp., Rt. 519 (3 miles north of Phillipsburg). Fair Info: 908-859-6563. Balloon Rides: 908-454-3431. 12pm-10pm daily. Adults $7, ages 5-12 $4, ages 4 and under free. Weekday specials on admission and rides.
   Old-fashioned county fair features a hot air balloon festival with mass launches each evening, Kids Corral children activity areas, traditional arts expo, farm exhibits, carnival rides and more.
Jul 29-Aug 5, 2017

XPONential Music Festival
BB&T Pavilion (formerly Susquehanna), 1 Harbour Blvd., Camden; Wiggins Park, Mickle Blvd., Camden. Three days of music and over 25 artists on the Camden Waterfront. Purchase tickets online.
Jul 28-30, 2017