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Morris County things to do summer 2024: fairs, festivals, concerts


The 4th of July may have passed, but there’s still plenty to do in and around Morris County during the second half of summer. Here’s our list of festivals, fireworks, outdoor games and other events.

After the 4th of July weekend, it may seem like all the fun and entertainment is over. But we have more than two months of summer left and plenty to do in and around Morris County. Here’s a list of fairs, festivals, concerts and other events to keep you entertained during the hot July and August sun.

Boonton Farmers Market

Every Saturday from June to November, Boonton holds its annual farmers market. Vendors sell fresh, local produce, meat and dairy products. There are also artisans, crafters, lawn games and live music. Go: Upper Plane Street car park. Hours: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m

Chatham movies in the park

Chatham Area Chamber of Commerce (CACC) sponsors free outdoor movie nights. The next two will take place on July 23 (showing the movie “Big”) and August 20 (“The Greatest Showman”). Before the shows, there will be live music from Chatham’s School of Rock. Popcorn and ice cream will be available for sale. A blanket and/or lawn chair is recommended. Go: 21 Lum Ave, Chatham, behind the train station. Hours: Live music at 19.00 and film at 20.45

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Chester Township Concert Night

Every Thursday until August 1, Chester township is hosting a free concert with local artists. On July 11, Action Park plays the 1980s band. Bring a blanket or lawn chair to enjoy the set. Go: Municipal Field Gazebo, 155 Main Street Hours: 19.00

Coventry Station

Shakespeare’s “As You Like It”: Saint Elizabeth University presents its annual Shakespeare play on the outdoor stage on campus. The show was directed by Jemma Alix Levy and debuted on June 19th and runs until July 14th. Buy tickets for any day this week. Tickets cost $40-$45 for adults while children under 17 get in free. Information and tickets are available here. Go: The Morris Township Greek Theater on the campus of St. Elizabeth University, 2 Convent Road. Hours: Monday to Saturday at 20.00 and Sunday at 4 p.m

Denville music in the park

Denville’s Free Music in the Park is another way to make the most of weekdays in the summer. Kickstart, an acoustic party ensemble, will perform at the next event on Tuesday 16th July. The Denville Arts Council hosts the event every Tuesday through July and August. The Denville Public Library offers children’s activities at the concert. Go: Gardner Field Bandstand, 2 Savage Road. Hours: 19.00 to 21.00

East Hanover Summer Concert and Car Show

East Hanover township presents its summer concert and car show on July 23. Trophies will be awarded based on guest votes. Go: Lurker Park, 631 Ridgedale Ave., East Hanover. Hours: Cars should show up at 6:15pm and the event will start at 6:30pm

Hanover Township Summer Concerts

Every Monday this month, join Hanoverians at free concerts. The next one is July 15, with the band Five Wheel Drive. Go: Bee Meadow Park, 111 Reynolds Avenue, Whippany. Hours: 19.00 to 20.30

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Jefferson Free Gazebo Concerts

Jefferson is the host an eight-part series of family-friendly free gazebo concerts on Fridays this summer. Next offers two concerts in one weekend. Friday’s concert features Vera & the Force, who will perform a range of genres and covers. On Sunday, Jefferson Township band alumni and residents can hit the stage. Those wishing to perform should get in touch head of the Jefferson Arts Committee. The venue will have snacks and refreshments for sale, and the city recommends bringing lawn chairs or blankets. Go: 1033 Weldon Road, Oak Ridge. Hours: Friday, July 12, the concerts start at 6:30 p.m. and will be moved to the Jefferson High School auditorium in case of inclement weather. On Sunday, July 14, the rehearsal is at 12:30 and the concert starts at 2:00 p.m.

Morristown

WOW: Exhibition of Outstanding Works by Women: Art in the Atrium’s 32nd annual exhibition features a display of art for all women, featuring over 70 Black and Afro-Latina female artists. Curated by Onnie Strother and Bisa Wendy Washington, the exhibition debuted on May 17th and ends on September 20th. Go: 10 Court Street, Morristown. Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Mayo Performing Arts Center free summer concerts and film series: This series features musicians and DJs of various genres as well as outdoor movies every week. Events are held at various locations in Morristown, including Cauldwell Park, Pioneer Plaza at Headquarters Plaza, and Vail Mansion Plaza. The next free concert on Wednesday, July 24 features salsa dancing and instruction, with music by DJ Kid Go: Pioneer Park, Headquarters Plaza, 3 Speedwell Ave, Morristown. Hours: 18.00

Morris Township

Morris Township Summer Concert Series: The township has its own series of concerts this summer, every Tuesday through July and August. The next event is on July 16, with the group Diamonds in Jupiter. Bring lawn chairs and blankets to the Ginty Field Gazebo. Go: 15 Woodland Ave, Morristown. Hours: The performances in July start at 19.00 and the August performances start at 18.30

Mount Olive

Carnival: Enjoy rides, food and more at Mount Olive’s five-day carnival, which runs through Sunday the 14th, including Friday night fireworks. Attendees must pay $8 to park with free admission. To play games or go on a ride, you have to pay at ticket booths. Pre-purchase wristbands are sold out. Every evening there will be live music and on Saturday guests 21 and older are welcome to the beer garden. For more information visit carnival website. Go: Turkey Brook Park, 30 Flanders Rd., Budd Lake. Opening hours: Thursday at 18:00 to 22:00; Friday, 6pm to midnight; Saturday, 3pm to midnight; Sunday, 15-20

Food Truck & Fireworks Festival: Food trucks, fireworks, vendor booths and inflatables for kids are all part of this August 24 event. It is recommended that participants bring lawn chairs or blankets for the celebration. Ages 12 and under are admitted free, tickets for ages 13-17 are $5 and 18 and up are $10. Go: Turkey Brook Park Event Field. Opening hours: 16.00 to 22.00

Netcong fireworks

Rides, food, games, beer garden and fireworks will be available at Netcong on Saturday, July 20, after Feast of St. Cesario. Go: Arbolino Park, 93 Koclas Dr. Netcong Hours: 18.00

Parsippany

Fun Fridays: A new addition to the township’s summer schedule, “Fun Fridays” are a series of outdoor concerts and movies for locals to enjoy. The next artists are the Rated R Band who will be performing on Friday 12th July. The following Friday is movie night, with “Elemental”. Go: Veterans Memorial Park, 1839 US Highway 46, Parsippany. Opening hours: 19.30 to 21.00

Farmers Market: Before Fun Friday begins, stop by the Parsippany Farmers Market for fresh produce, baked goods, meals and other artisan goods. The market is open every Friday until November 1. Go: Veterans Memorial Park, 1839 US Highway 46, Parsippany. Hours: 15.00 to 20.00

Randolph Freedom Festival

The three days Randolph Freedom Festival running from Thursday, July 11th through fireworks night on Saturday the 13th, all on the County College of Morris campus. The Kiwanis Freedom Parade will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. followed by the festival from 6 to 11 p.m. Thursday and Friday are wristband nights, which means riding all night for $30. There will be entertainment, games, food and a beer garden. There is a suggested donation of $5 per car for parking at CCM to benefit a Randolph Youth Group. Go: 214 Center Grove Road, Randolph. Opening hours: 18.00 to 23.00

Of note in Sussex County:

Hopatcong Days

Hopatcong is hosting a two-day event this summer. Starts on Saturdayenjoy markets, food, children’s activities and music at Modick Park. The next day at the firehousethere will be a car show and a pet adoption event. Go: July 13 at Modick Park, 28 Hopatchung Rd, Hopatcong and July 14 at 120 River Styx Rd., Hopatcong. Hours: Both days, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m

New Jersey State Fair

Amusement rides, carnival games, animals, food, a Monster Truck Show and bull riding are just some of the things that await this year’s New Jersey State Fair. Advanced admission tickets can be purchased online until August 1. Regular admission tickets will be available online and in person at the fairgrounds. Go: Sussex County Fairgrounds, 37 Plains Road, Augusta. Opening hours: Starts at 17.00 on Friday 2 August. Weekends will be 10am to 10pm (after the first Friday) and weekdays 12pm to 10pm. The last day of the fair is Saturday, August 10.

Regular ticket prices:

  • Adults (13-59) – $15
  • Veterans/Active Military – $7
  • Children (6-12) – $5
  • Seniors (60+) – $10
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