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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, 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 16-17, 2018

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, 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. Camping opens Wednesday, Aug. 1. Pre-fest Tastings Day and farm market, Thursday, Aug. 2.
Aug 3-5, 2018

Firefly Music Festival
The Woodlands of Dover, Delaware, 855-281-4898
    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 Fri.-Sun. in Oct. Hours and pricing available online. Seven award winning haunted Halloween attractions thrill your senses and chill your spine. Not recommended for children under 12. Next to the New York Renaissance Faire.

Governors Ball Music Festival
Randall's Island, 20 Randall's Island Park, New York
    Three day music festival in early June.
Jun 1-3, 2018

Hudson Valley Garlic Festival
Cantine Field, Saugerties, NY, 845-246-3090
    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 29-30, 2018

Hunter Mountain Festivals
Hunter, NY, 800-486-8376
    Spring, summer and fall weekend festivals feature live music, food and drink and kids activities.
Apr 28-29, 2018
          TAP New York, craft brewers.
Jun 8-10, 2018
          Annual Taste of Country Music Festival.

14th Annual Mountain Jam
Hunter Mountain, Hunter, NY
    Independent four-day outdoor music festival features approximately 40 bands on three stages.
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 in August, over 500 performances, dance, comedy shows, children's activities, restaurant row, artisan and retail vendors. Ticketed and free events.
Aug 3-12, 2018

40th Annual New York Renaissance Faire
600 Rt. 17A, Sterling Forest, Tuxedo Park, NY, 845-351-5171
    Open Aug. 4-Sept. 30 weekends and Labor Day 10-7. Directions and discount tickets available online.
    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; joust tournament; acrobatics, magicians, jugglers; Living Chess Match and more. A great escape for all ages.
Aug 4-Sep 30, 2018

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. Event guide, maps and OHNY Kids info are available online. Additional tours and programs throughout the year.
Oct 13-14, 2018

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.
Jul 19-22, 2018

Philadelphia Folk Festival
Old Pool Farm, 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 16-19, 2018

2018 QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning
Solberg Airport, Readington, 800-HOTAIR-9
          Fri. 1-10pm, Sat. 6am-10pm, Sun. 6am-8pm, rain or shine. Advance ticket discounts. 3 and under free. Parking $10, free off-site shuttle bus from Raritan Valley Community College after 12pm Saturday and Sunday.
          Daily events include up to 100 hot air balloons ascending at 6:30am and 6:30pm. Live performances including Laurie Berkner, Andy Grammer, Lifehouse, and Creedence Clearwater Revisited. Entertainment tent, magic corner, family fun pavilion, arts and craft booths, amusement rides and numerous free exhibits and product samples.
Music Highlights
Jul 27
          Laurie Berkner Solo, 1:30pm kids concert.
          Andy Grammer, 8pm.
Jul 28
Lifehouse, 8pm.
Jul 29
Creedence Clearwater Revisited, 3pm.

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

State Fair Meadowlands
1 MetLife Stadium Drive, East Rutherford, 973-940-0222
    Eighteen days of family-friendly entertainment in late June and July each year includes rides, attractions, free shows and concerts.
Jun 21-Jul 8, 2018

Street Fairs & Kids Traveling Shindig by JC Promotions
          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 fall and added events, flea market and collectible shows.
Apr 22
          Stirling Street Fair, 393 Main Ave. 10-5.
Apr 22
           4th Annual Historic Downtown Somerville Arts & Crafts Festival, 100 Main St., 10-5.
Apr 29
           Maywood's Annual Street Fair, 101 W. Pleasant Ave., 10-5.
May 20
           Kenilworth Street Fair & Car Show, 525 Boulevard, 10-4.
May 28
           Woodland Park Memorial Day Street Fair, 11-6. Check website in spring to confirm.
Jun 3
           Hasbrouck Heights Street Fair, 216 Boulevard, 10-5.
Jun 10
           Montvale Street Fair, 101 Paragon Dr., 10-5.
Jun 17
           Nutley Father's Day Street Fair, 300 Franklin Ave., 10-5.
Jul 4
           Little Falls Annual 4th of July Street Fair, Main St. & Stevens Ave., 10-5.
Aug 5
           Garfield Street Fair, 500 Midland Ave., 10-5.
Sep 3
Riverdale's Annual Labor Day Street Fair, 91 Newark Pompton Turnpike, Riverdale, 10-5.
Sep 16
Fannywood Day Fanwood Street Fair, 230 South Ave., Fanwood, 10-5.
Oct 28
New Providence Street Fair,
1260 Springfield Ave., 10-5.

Annual Warren County Farmers Fair and Hot Air Balloon Festival
North Gate Rt. 519, Phillipsburg, 908-859-6563
    12pm-10pm daily. 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 28-Aug 4, 2018

XPONential Music Festival
BB&T Pavilion, 1 Harbour Blvd., Camden
Wiggins Park, Mickle Blvd., Camden Waterfront
    Three days of music and over 25 artists on the Camden Waterfront. Purchase tickets online.
Jul 27-29, 2018