Weekend Family Fun: Fairs, Juneteenth, and More

The weekend is here! Happy Father’s Day to all the dads and dad-figures out there! Are you ready for fun? We’ve rounded up some family-friendly activities the whole family can enjoy. Check ’em out!

Watchung Booksellers will host Storytime in the Green on Friday at 4:30 PM. This week’s story is Blue, Barry & Pancakes: Escape from Balloonia by Dan and Jason. Blue, Barry, and Pancake are best friends! They love building models, reading about shovels, and going on INTERGALACTIC adventures?! Like all friends, they can make mistakes… but at the end of the day, they always have each other’s backs. And tops, and sides, and fronts, too!

On Friday afternoon, Montclair Community Farms (108 Orange Road, Montclair) will host Friday on the Farm from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Enjoy some good ole fashion fun on the farm. Bring your own picnic and blanket and they’ll provide lawn games, farm activities, opportunities to meet the chickens, and more. The event is free, but tickets must be reserved in advance.

The State Fair Meadowlands returns this year to MetLife Stadium (1 MetLife Stadium Drive, East Rutherford), now through July 11. Enjoy over 100 rides, games, food, and free shows. Fun pass tickets ($34.99) must be purchased online and include admission, unlimited rides and shows. Some attractions, as well as food and beverages, are not included.  There is no general admission ticket. Parking is free. The fair will be open Friday from 5:00 PM to 1:00 AM, and Saturday and Sunday from 2:00 PM to 1:00 AM. Visit the website for show schedules.

Montclair Make Music Days will be held this weekend. There will be a variety of events held all over town on Saturday and Sunday. A full lineup of performances is available on the website. Of particular note for families of young children, a Zumbini class will be held on the lawn of First Congregational Church (40 S. Fullerton Avenue, Montclair). This movement class is for children ages 0-3.

Newark Museum of Art will host Community Day: Juneteenth on Saturday from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. It’s official! Juneteenth is a recognized national holiday, but what does that mean? How should we honor a day that underscores the inequities and the chasm between the racial divide in America? Explore the significance of Juneteenth with the Museum as they dive into history to better equip ourselves with the tools necessary to bring reform and activate change in the present and the future. The event is free but registration is required. A schedule of events is available online.

Bloomfield Township will celebrate Juneteenth on Saturday from 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM at Bloomfield Center between Bloomfield Ave and Lackawanna Pl. Enjoy local vendors, food, music, art, and more. There will also be a spotlight on Black-owned businesses. Visit the website to learn about other events this weekend. More local events for Juneteenth here.

Westfield Garden State Plaza (1 Garden State Plz, Paramus) host the third and final weekend of the Paramus L.E.A.D. Carnival this weekend. The carnival will be open Friday from 5:00 PM to 11:00 PM, then Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 PM to 11:00 PM. The price of admission will include free entertainment and attractions. General admission tickets are $5.00. Day passes and ride tickets are also available.

Also this weekend Demarest Farms (244 Wierimus Road, Hillsdale) will host two movie nights. On Friday, catch The Little Mermaid. On Saturday, enjoy The Goonies. Both shows start at 8:30 PM. Tickets are $25 per car and must be purchased online.

On Saturday from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM in the parking lot outside The General Store at Cornerstone Montclair (198 Bellevue Avenue, Montclair), Macaroni Kid and local mom, Jacqueline Renick, will be hosting a free Touch-An-Ambulance event. Donations to Montclair Ambulance are appreciated. Miss Jolie Music will also be performing her ukulele and singing original and classic songs from 10:00 AM to 11:0 0 AM. Pre-registration is suggested.

On Saturday at 2:00 PM, Aaron Nigel Smith, an internationally noted family and reggae artist based in Portland will celebrate the release of his collaborative new album, All One Tribe, with a livestreamed event with performances and music videos. In celebration of Juneteenth, All One Tribe spans musical genres and is suitable for families and children of all ages. The album features 24 Black family music artists. View the free show online.

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