What to do in NJ this weekend (July 30-Aug. 1)

Friday, July 30

Japanese Breakfast with Mannequin Pussy
White Eagle Hall, 337 Newark Ave, Jersey City, info here

Go see these excellent bands in JC. Japanese Breakfast (Philly’s Michelle Zauner) is a bedroom-project-turned-indie juggernaut.

Miller’s Meet the Farmer Barbecue
Lake Telemark Community Club, 38 Telemark Road, Rockaway, info here

Fill up on BBQ sausages, hamburgers and hot dogs alongside some cold sides and drinks. Oh and don’t forget the homemade A2 ice cream for dessert.

Brett Dennen
Daydream Farm, 2840 Allaire Rd, Wall Township, info here

The multi-hyphenate Dennen performs at this intimate venue.

Saturday, July 31

Carteret Latin Fest
200 Middlesex Ave, Carteret

Live music, food vendors, dancing, fireworks and fun for the whole family, celebrating Latino people and culture.

Brightside Tavern Film Festival
Brightside Tavern, 141 Bright St, Jersey City, info here

Check out this short film fest with student and pro entries. Runs all weekend.

Wildflower Art and Music Festival
The Herbary at Bear Creek Farm, 494 Lakewood Farmingdale Road, Howell

Explore dozens of local handmade vendors, vintage and antique sellers, and more. Enjoy music all day by local musicians. Children’s activities too.

Warren County Farmers’ Fair
877 Uniontown Rd, Phillipsburg,

Tractor pulls, fair queens and hot air balloons, this annual county fair kicks off on Saturday and runs all weekend with dozens of events, activities, attractions, food and more.

Pan-American Festival
LWCF parking lot, 81 Highway 35 N., Neptune, info here

A multi-cultural festival with food and attractions (like The Big Splash, the largest inflatabale water park). Runs all weekend.

Kemet Music and Arts Festival
Montclair Brewery, 101 Walnut St., Montclair, info here

This year’s festival (the second annual) features local talent, including Rostafa and Co., Lynette Live, Howlin’ Poets, and returning to a live stage since the pandemic, Lil Bastad.

The Juicebox Picnic Music Festival
600 East Park Avenue, Vineland, info here

Get exited for a lineup of South Jersey’s best local performers and a diverse selection of vendors and merchants representing South Jersey culture. Enjoy the food and fun in the sun and invite your friends and family to attend for free. 

Gold Rush: The Ultimate Neil Young Celebration
Jersey Girl Brewing, 426 Sand Shore Road, Hackettstown, info here

“Gold Rush: The Ultimate Neil Young Celebration” will perform a live show from 5:30-9 p.m. in Jersey Girl’s casual beer garden.

Waterfall Hike
Duke Farms, 1112 Dukes Parkway West, Hillsborough Township, info here

On this hike, learn about our waterways and how they contribute to a healthy environment. This session will also allow for some great opportunities to view wildlife and the emerging natural growth, so be sure to bring a camera or binoculars.

Sunday, Aug. 1

Sawmill YMCA Day Camp and Recreation Center, 185 Sawmill Road, Hamilton Township, info here

The best talent in independent professional wrestling will descend upon Hamilton for BasketBrawl. This one-day extravaganza will feature your favorite wrestlers from the region competing in an officiated, full-court charity basketball showdown.

Rhythms of Life Drum Festival
Cape May Point State Park, Cape May, info here

All drummers, shakers, movers, dancers, hoopers, etc. are welcome to this event, which doubles as a giant potluck.