5 Favorite Things In and Around Madison, NJ: June 22-28


New Jersey State Fair

Through July 28th


State Fair Meadowlands returns with more than 150 rides and attractions plus plenty of free entertainment on two stages. A death-defying high dive act returns by popular demand, as do the racing pigs. The fair, which features the largest Kiddieland in New Jersey as well as thrilling white-knuckle rides for older children and adults, will offer more than 50 food vendors, live animal shows, daring acrobats, magicians, a hypnotist, games, shopping and comfort stations for fairgoers.

State Fair Meadowlands is the largest fair in the New York metro area, with more than 35 acres of fairgrounds. Dazzling fireworks shows will take place July 3 and 4 starting at 10:45pm

Please visit website for details on admission and parking.

State Fair hours are as follows:

  • Monday through Thursday, 6:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.
  • Fridays, 6:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m.
  • Saturdays, 2:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m.
  • Sundays, 2:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.



Magical Unicorn Party

Friday, June 22 @ 6:30 pm

West Orange Arts Center

Embark on an evening of fun at India‘s Italian Ices Magical Unicorn Party. Dress up for the photo booth sponsored by Little Nest Portraits of Montclair.

Participants will receive a Unicorn Headband and have a chance to try on items from the party closet. Make glitter unicorn slime. Enjoy pizza and unicorn themed sweet treats, including an Italian Ice from kidpreneur India Jolie. Check out the Party Expo Boot,h and be inspired with lots of fun ideas and resources for your next party or event.




Campout on the Beach @ Sunrise Lake

Friday, June 22, 7 pm

Sunrise Lake, Morristown

Camp out under the stars at Sunrise Beach. Families can enjoy a campfire, storytelling, s’mores, and more at this popular, overnight event.

Rain date is June 23. Registration is required.

$45 per family



Family Friendly Concert Series @ The Museum of Early Trades & Crafts

Friday, June 22, 6 pm

Head on over to Green Village Road & Main Street for the first in the series of free concerts in Madison! Grab a scoop from McCool's, bring a blanket and listen to some music as the sun goes down. The lawn outside the museum serves as an informal stage for this series of Friday night concerts throughout the summer. Bring a blanket and a picnic dinner.

The schedule is as follows:

  • June 22 - What's What
  • July 13 - Zaire Band
  • July 27 - Barba Roja Latin Band
  • August 10 - Mama D & the Vexations
  • August 24 - Jumping the Gun
  • September 7 - Rosewood



Fairy Day @ Frelinghuysen Arboretum

Sunday, June 24, 1 pm

Celebrate the 11th Annual Fairy Day at The Frelinghuysen Arboretum. Welcome these wee folks into the garden by designing and creating a magical, miniature garden home made from all natural materials. Enjoy delicious treats and live music, and create a fairy themed craft to take home.

At 3 p.m., join a colorful, musical procession around the gardens to marvel at the finished projects. Feel free to wear your best fairy finery. Perfect for fairy believers, both young in age and young at heart!. Rain date is Sunday, July 1st.

$30 per fairy house