It’s August, which means we’re only a few weeks away from the start of school and we’re all back to our normal lives.
I see friends from other parts of the country posting on Facebook and already sending their kids back to school.
Luckily we still have daylight saving time here in New Jersey to enjoy.
It feels like Memorial Day was only last month, but we’ve already had two full months of summer.
Summer vacation is something we all look forward to, whether it’s spending it on the Jersey Shore, taking a road trip to another beach, or hopping on a flight and heading somewhere in the tropics.
We are now in the last few weeks of perfect beach weather and everyone is trying to plan events, activities and even one last vacation before Labor Day arrives.
We had a lot to do this summer like fireworks, fairs and carnivals like the State Fair at the Meadowlands and the big Festival of Ballooning that takes place in Hunterdon County.
The Garden State has hosted all kinds of concerts, from music in a park to big beach festivals in Atlantic City.
But there is still time to enjoy the summer and enjoy family time during these final weeks of warm weather.
Here are 10 free events happening in the Garden State this month:
Keyport fire brigade fair
26th of August
American Legion Dr. & W. Front St., Keyport, NJ
It’s the 54th Annual Fireman’s Fair taking place on the waterfront of Firemen’s Park in Keyport. The fair features carnival rides for all ages, carnival games and prizes, great food and more. There will be fireworks on the night of August 6th. For further information, click here.
Free Movies on the Beach – Jenkinson’s
2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30.00 – 20.00
300 Ocean Avenue, Pt. Pleasant beach, NJ
Every Tuesday of the month catch a movie on the beach at Jenkinson’s Aquarium. This is weather dependent. For further information, click here.
Pier Village Family Fun Night
7, 14, 21 and 28 August – 12pm – 9pm
Festival Plaza, Pier Village
Every Sunday of the month you can try rides, games, mini-golf, a climbing wall, trampoline bungee and more. For further information, click here.
New Jersey Friends of Clearwater Music Festival
August 6 and 7, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m
Red Bank Riverside Gardens Park
This is an annual music festival with proceeds benefiting the New Jersey Friends of Clearwater (501(C)3 Charitable Organization). There are 2 stages with local and national artists. You can hear all kinds of artists from soul, folk, rock, jazz, latin, country and more. For further information, click here.
The annual Italian Festival of the Italian-American Association of Ocean Township
200 Whalepond Rd., Oakhurst, NJ
If you love the taste of traditional Italian food and traditions and culture, this festival is for you. But it’s not just food, there are rides, games, music and more. Click here for more information.
Passaic County Fair
8 Mountain Avenue, Woodland Park, NJ
Nothing says a faire like pony rides, games, bouncy castles and fair food. There will be fireworks on Friday and Saturday nights and each day will be filled with local music complemented by a beer garden and local food. Click here for more information.
New Brunswick Heart Festival
August 13, 3-7 p.m
15 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ
This festival celebrates all of the arts and history that New Brunswick has to offer. There will be craft and food vendors, live music and performances, interactive activities, games and more. For further information, click here.
Flemington’s Corn, Tomato and Beer Festival
August 13, 12pm – 8pm
Stangl Rd., Flemington, NJ
This festival features an expansive microbrewery beer garden, live music, foods like New Jersey corn and tomatoes, and family entertainment (there will be a kids’ zone). For further information, click here.
Asbury Refresh – Vintage, curios and unique collectibles
August 13, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m
104 Grand Avenue, Asbury Park, NJ
Over 50 vendors sell unique items and all things vintage, curios and one-of-a-kind collectibles. For further information, click here.
Atlantic City Air Show
Watch the show from Atlantic City’s FREE Beaches and Boardwalk
The Air Force sends The Thunderbirds to this air show along with the US Army’s Golden Knights parachute team and other air show performers. For further information, click here.
These are the best hiking areas in New Jersey
A trip to New Jersey doesn’t have to be all about the beach. Our state has some incredible hiking trails, waterfalls and lakes.
From the Pine Barrens to the Appalachian Trail to New Jersey’s hidden gems, there are many options for a great hike. Hiking is a great way to spend time outside and enjoy nature, and it’s also a great workout.
If you are going downhill and meet an uphill hiker, step aside and give the uphill hiker room. A hiker going uphill has the right-of-way unless stopping to catch his breath.
Always stay on the trail, you may see byways unless they are marked as an official trail, stay away from them. If you leave the trail, you can harm the ecosystems surrounding the trail, the plants and wildlife that live there.
You also don’t want to disturb the wildlife you encounter, just keep your distance from the wildlife and keep hiking.
Cyclists should give way to hikers and horses. Hikers should also give way to horses, but I’m not sure how many horses you’ll encounter on New Jersey’s trails.
If you decide to take your dog with you on your hike, be sure to keep them on a leash and ensure all pet waste is removed.
Finally, keep the weather in mind, if the trail is too muddy it’s probably best to save your hike for another day.
I asked our listeners for their suggestions for the best hiking areas in New Jersey, check out their suggestions:
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