June 26 to 28: Experience some of the best food trucks the Northeast has to offer and some craft beers and cocktails at the Sea Isle City Food Truck Rally. Friday 12 to 4 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Returning trucks include Sum Pig, Five Sisters, Shore Shake, Kix Lincoln Grill, and more. Some new trucks at the rally will be Shore Creperie, Spectrum Farm to Table and Philly Fry. Kix McNutley’s, 63rd St, Sea Isle City.
June 27: Come out to Waterloo Village in Stanhope for the Just Jersey Food Truck and Music Festival, featuring over 30 gourmet food trucks, ranging from Puerto Rican and Thai food to sandwiches, sliders and pizza. There will be live music from School of Rock of Randolph, Stepping Stone Band and Jersey City’s DEVI as well. Parking is free and admission is $5. A portion of the money raised during the festival benefit the Roxbury Food Pantry. Bring your family and friends to an event that is filled with fun, food, and the arts. Waterloo Village Concert Field, Stanhope.
June 27 and 28: If you’re a fan of rock music and finger-lickin’-good barbeque, look no further. Come to the sixth annual Rock, Ribs, and Ridges Festival in Augusta. The event features award-winning ribs and great bands, including Blue Oyster Cult and the Marshall Tucker Band. Both single-day and weekend passes are available. Great music, great food, and a great time. What else could you need? The Sussex County Fairgrounds, 37 Plains Road, Augusta.
June 27 and 28: Take a trip down the shore and check out the Bradley Beach Lobsterfest, which is sure to provide some of the best seafood around. With over 100 craft and speciality vendors in tow, this free oceanfront event is sure to be a blast. Enjoy the beer and wine garden, as well as six live bands. 500 Ocean Avenue, Bradley Beach.
June 28: The Red, White, and Blueberry Festival returns for its 29th year, with over 60 crafters and 20 food vendors in attendance, and topped off by a blueberry pie-eating contest, scheduled for 2 p.m. The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the grounds of Hammonton High School, where live music will also be provided. Admission and parking are free. 566 Old Forks Road, Hammonton.
July 6 through October: If you love cars and great summer food, then you won’t want to miss Monday Cruise Night. Come to Four Sisters Winery for a showcase of vintage and classic cars, motorcycles, trucks, and tractors. Enjoy a nice glass of wine, and some delicious burgers and dogs! The event is $10 for the general public, and $5 for those showcasing vehicles, with pre-registration required. Get into the spirit of the evening with tunes from the ’50s and ’60s. A five-mile scenic cruise around Belvidere will also be offered. The event runs the first and third Monday of every month, 5 to 8 p.m. through August and 4 to 7 p.m. in September and October, Four Sisters Winery, 783 County Road 519, Belvidere.
July 10 to 12: The New Jersey State Barbecue Championship features a championship barbecue competition which attracts teams from all over the country. In addition to enjoying mouthwatering foods, festival-goers will also be treated to live music, courtesy of the Anglesea Blues Festival, held in conjunction with the BBQ tournament. Admission is free, so make sure to check it out on your next trip down the shore. Olde New Jersey Avenue, North Wildwood.
July 18: Experience a rare opportunity to participate in a great tradition, Barefoot Grape Stomping, also at the Four Sisters Winery. Guests can dance to music and have a great time as they stomp on grapes and feel an interesting sensation between their toes. The event runs from 5 to 8 p.m. and includes a formal wine tasting, as well as a spaghetti and meatball dinner (tossed salad and homemade bread also included). A wine cellar tour and dessert wine tasting will also be offered. The price is $32.95 per person, and reservations are required. Four Sisters Winery, 783 County Road 519, Belvidere.
August 5: The Waffles and Ice Cream Eating Contest is here. Need we say more? Come to Seaside Heights on Wednesday, August 5, at 2 p.m. to compete or just enjoy the view. Register here. 800 Ocean Terrace, Seaside Heights.
August 8: The fourth annual Cape May Craft Beer & Crab Festival has something for everyone to enjoy: local and regional craft beers, classic summer foods like crab, pulled pork, burgers, and dogs, as well as live music throughout the day. Admission is free and the event is sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC). Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington Street, Cape May.
August 15 and 16: The Shore Chef Crab Cake Cook-Off features crab cakes and seafood from top Garden State restaurants with chefs battling for Best Crab Cake and Best of the Rest. With the Munchmobile’s Pete Genovese heading up a panel of culinary and media industry judges and People’s Choice awards, everyone fills up on mouth-watering offerings. Monmouth Park, Oceanport.
August 15 and 16: Spend the weekend at Oasis Family Farm and take part in the Watermelon Festival! Come to the farm from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. to snack on delicious, farm-fresh watermelons, freshly baked watermelon cookies, ices, and drinks. Kids will enjoy wagon rides, water soaking, arts and crafts, and more. Oasis Family Farm, 3 Circle Drive, Robbinsville.
September 5: Kick back and visit the Jazz It Up Wine Festival from 12 to 5 p.m. to see some of the best jazz performers on the East Coast and taste delicious wines from 20 premier New Jersey wineries. It’s a great way to enjoy the outdoors and taste amazing wine and foods. There will be crafts and activities for kids as well. $20 for entry. 4265 Atlantic Ave, Wall Township.
September 12: Take a trip to the Sussex County Fairgrounds for the first-ever NJ Taco Festival! For just $10, you’ll have access to over 40 of the best taco restaurants in New Jersey, free hot sauce and salsa tastings, and a chance to witness greatness with the New Jersey Taco-Eating Championship! With a Lucha wrestling event planned as well, this is sure to be an event to remember. Sussex County Fairgrounds, Augusta.
September 19 and 20: Get swept away by the Belmar Feast of San Gennaro, bringing authentic Italy to Belmar. Experience live music, parades, a mass and local Italian favorites throughout Main Street. Donations to the statue of San Gennaro will benefit the FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties. Main Street, Belmar.