Things to Do in Central New Jersey

When you’re planning your trip, there are plenty of things to do in NJ! To make sure you get the full experience in Central New Jersey, don’t miss out on this top ten list. 

Your Guide to Summer Fun in Central Jersey

Edison Plays in the Park Presents: Xanadu

August 7 - 
 August 17 8:30 PM

Middlesex County's Plays-in-the-Park is a unique partnership that represents over
51 years of unparalleled government initiative, artistic excellence and community spirit. It is estimated
that more than 1 million people have attended performances of
Plays-in-the-Park, so be a part of the phenomena this summer with daily performances of Xanadu.
(No Performances Sundays)

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Woodbridge Township Presents: The B Street Band
Mon, August 5th, 2013 at 7:30 PM

Enjoy great music under the stars and on the lawn at the Woodbridge High School. Every Monday night in July and August. FREE ADMISSION with non-perishable food items for "We Feed Woodbridge" food banks. Relax and enjoy the B Street Band, a Springsteen Tribute, as well as many other bands throughout the summer.

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Fireworks in the Park

Sun, July 7th, 2013 at 3:30 PM 

Presented by the Borough of 

Highland Park, City of New Brunswick

Middlesex County Parks, and Main Street Highland Park
Festivities begin at 3:30 PM and include live music, activities, demos, food, and beverages. 
Fireworks begin at 9:15 PM.

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The 31st Annual QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning
July 26th- 28th 6:30 AM- 6:30 PM

The QQuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning is the
 largest summertime hot air balloon and music festival in North America and is the premiere
 family entertainment attraction in New Jersey. This year, the festival features performances by the

Blues Travelers and REO Speedwagon, as well as food and fun for the whole family.

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PNC Bank Arts Center Presents: Phish
Wed, July 10, 2013 

Phish comes to the PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel this July for a show-stopping performance. Phish have sold over 8 million albums and DVDs, and are guaranteed to put on an unbelievable show with musical improvisation, extended music sessions, and an and an exploration across genres.

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Rutgers Gardens Presents: Annual Open House and Wine Tasting Festival
Sat, July 27th, 2013 from 10 AM- 4 PM

 This annual open house features lively and informative tours of the Rutgers Gardens, including the Donald B. Lacey Display Garden, which features spectacular plantings of annual, tropical and perennial flowers, as well as herbs and vegetables. Taste and buy your favorite New Jersey wines while taking in the beautiful scenery.

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Encore at iPlay America Presents: Kidz Bop Kids Live!
Sun, August 11, 2013 at 3 PM.

Kidz Bop Live is a concert by kids for kids! Come rock out to your favorite songs with a cast of kids that are sure to blow your socks off! Since their debut in 2001, Kidz Bop CDs have sold over 10.5 million units to date. Join in on the fun August 11th and see what all the hype is about!

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The Middlesex County Fair
 Mon, August 5th to Sunday, August 11th
Mon-Fri: 5-11 PM, Sat: 11AM- 11PM, Sun: 11AM-10 PM

For 75 years, the Middlesex County Fair has been a tradition that brings together thousands of residents for a week of summer fun! With around 75,000 visitors annually, this fair is one of Middlesex County's largest outdoor events. Explore Middlesex County's rich agricultural heritage, learn a new craft, try a new food, or go on a ride!

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New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center Presents: Teen Expo

Fri, August 23rd, 3PM-9PM & Sat, August 24th, 10AM-8PM


Teenage Expo 2013 is the


event in the New Jersey/ New York area that showcases the

lifestyle of today's teenagers

. This fun family event is completely



open to the public

. There will be something for all ages to do. Enjoy back to school shopping, win back to school cash, and learn what's new for 2013 & 2014.

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Terhune Orchards Presents: The Blueberry Bash
Sat, July 6, 2013to Sun, July 7, 2013 from 10AM-5PM

Wander through our Pick-Your-Own blueberry bushes or relax on a wagon ride around
the farm at the annual Blueberry Bash! Enjoy pony rides, music and lots of tasty blueberry treats-
blueberry muffins, blueberry cobbler, blueberry tea and blueberry salsa.
Get in the spirit by entering your favorite recipe in the juried Blueberry Bash Bake-Off.

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There’s something for everyone! You can leisurely explore parks and head out for an adventure. You can get a sense of history with a wide range of cultural and natural history museums. If you’re into art and music, there’s plenty of venues to head to, no matter what your personal tastes are! For foodies, you just have to try the local cuisine. For the family, there’s always fun things to do in NJ with your kids. When you head back home, you can say that you hit all ten of the major milestones in town with this quick New Jersey to do list. Regale your friend and family with stories of your adventures and special moments. Don’t forget to bring your camera to snap a few shots to capture the memories!