Things to do in Morris County in Summer 2024: Fairs, Festivals, Concerts
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Things to do in Morris County in Summer 2024: Fairs, Festivals, Concerts


July 4th has 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 performances, and more.

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

Boonton Farmers Market

Every Saturday from June through November, Boonton hosts its annual Farmers’ Market. Vendors sell fresh, local produce, meats and dairy products. There are also craftsmen, artists, lawn games and live music. To go: Upper Plane Street Car Park. hours: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Chatham in the Park Movies

The Chatham Area Chamber of Commerce (CACC) is sponsoring free outdoor movie nights. The next two will be July 23 (Big) and Aug. 20 (The Greatest Showman). The screenings will feature live music from Chatham’s School of Rock. Popcorn and ice cream will be available for purchase. Bring a blanket and/or lawn chair. To go: 21 Lum Ave, Chatham, behind the train station. hours: Live music at 7:00 p.m. and film at 8:45 p.m.

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Concert Night in Chester Township

Every Thursday through August 1, Chester Township hosts free concerts by local acts. On July 11, the band Action Park 1980s will perform. Bring a blanket or lawn chair to enjoy the show. To go:Municipal Gazebo, 155 Main Street hours: 19:00

Covent Station

Shakespeare’s “As You Like It”: Saint Elizabeth University is presenting its annual Shakespeare play on an outdoor stage on campus. The show, directed by Jemma Alix Levy, debuts June 19 and runs through July 14. Buy tickets for any day this week. Tickets are $40-$45 for adults, and children under 17 are free. Information and tickets are available here. To go:The Greek Theatre in Morris Township on the campus of St. Elizabeth University, 2 Convent Road. hours:Monday to Saturday at 8:00 PM and Sunday at 4:00 PM

Music in Denville Park

A free music event in the park in Denville is another way to make the most of summer weekdays. Kickstart, an acoustic party band, will perform at the next event on Tuesday, July 16. The Denville Arts Council hosts the event every Tuesday through July and August. The Denville Public Library is providing activities for children at the concert. To go:Gardner Field Musical Pulpit, 2 Savage Road. hours:From 19:00 to 21:00

East Hanover Summer Concert and Car Show

The East Hanover Community invites you to its Summer Concert and Car Show on July 23. Trophies will be awarded based on guest votes. To go:Lurker Park, 631 Ridgedale Ave., East Hanover. hoursCars should arrive at 6:15 p.m. and the event will start at 6:30 p.m.

Hanover Township Summer Concerts

Join Hanover residents for free concerts every Monday this month. The next one will be July 15th, featuring Five Wheel Drive. To go:Bee Meadow Park, 111 Reynolds Avenue, Whippany. hours: 19:00 to 20:30

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Jefferson Free Gazebo Concerts

Jefferson is hosting an eight-part series of family-friendly, free concerts at the gazebo on Fridays this summer. The next one will feature two concerts in one weekend. Friday’s concert will feature Vera & the Force, who will perform a variety of genres and covers. On Sunday, Jefferson Township alumni and residents are invited to take the stage. Those interested in performing should contact the director of the Jefferson Arts Committee. Snacks and drinks will be available at the venue, and the city recommends bringing lawn chairs or blankets. To go: 1033 Weldon Road, Oak Ridge. hours:Friday, July 12 concerts will begin at 6:30 pm and will be moved to the Jefferson High School auditorium in case of bad weather. Sunday, July 14 rehearsal will be at 12:30 pm and the concert will begin at 2 pm

Morristown

WOW: An Exhibition of Outstanding Works by Women: The 32nd annual exhibition at Art in the Atrium features an all-women exhibition of art by over 70 Black and Afro-Latina artists. The exhibition, curated by Onnie Strother and Bisa Wendy Washington, debuted May 17 and will conclude September 20. To 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 Concert and Movie Series: This series features musicians and DJs of various genres, as well as weekly outdoor movies. Events are held at various Morristown locations, including Cauldwell Park, Pioneer Plaza at Headquarters Plaza, and Vail Mansion Plaza. The next free concert will take place on Wednesday, July 24. During it, you will be able to listen to salsa dancing and learn how to dance, and the music will be provided by DJ Kid To go:Pioneer Park, Headquarters Plaza, 3 Speedwell Ave, Morristown. hours: 18:00

Morris Municipality

Morris Township Summer Concert Series: The township is hosting its own concert series this summer, every Tuesday through July and August. The next event will be July 16, featuring Diamonds in Jupiter. Bring lawn chairs and blankets to the Ginty Field Gazebo. To go: 15 Woodland Ave, Morristown. hours:July shows start at 7:00pm and August shows start at 6:30pm.

Mount of Olives

Carnival: Enjoy rides, food and more at the five-day Mount Olive Carnival, which runs through Sunday the 14th, including fireworks Friday night. Attendees pay $8 for parking with free admission. You must pay at the ticket booth to play games or rides. Pre-sale wristbands are sold out. There will be live music every night, and on Saturday, guests 21 and older are welcome in the beer garden. For more information, visit the carnival website. To go: Turkey Brook Park, 30 Flanders Rd., Budd. Lake. Hours: Thursday, 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.; Friday, 6:00 p.m. to midnight; Saturday, 3:00 p.m. to midnight; Sunday, 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Food Truck & Fireworks Festival: Food trucks, fireworks, vendors and inflatables for kids are all part of this event on August 24. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets for the festivities. Those 12 and under are admitted free, tickets for those 13-17 are $5, and those 18 and older are $10. To go: Turkey Brook Park Sports Field. Hours: from 16:00 to 22:00

Netcong fireworks show

On Saturday, July 20, after the Feast of St. Caesar, Netcong will feature rides, food, games, a beer garden, and fireworks. To go:Arbolino Park, 93 Koclas Dr. Netcong hours: 18:00

Parsippany

Fun Fridays: A new addition to the town’s summer schedule, “Fun Fridays” is a series of outdoor concerts and movies that residents can enjoy. The next artists will be Rated R Band, who will perform on Friday, July 12. The following Friday is a movie night with “Elemental.” To go: Veterans Memorial Park, 1839 US Highway 46, Parsippany. Hours: 19:30 to 21:00

Farmers Market: Before Fun Friday begins, stop by the Parsippany Farmers Market to pick up fresh produce, pastries, meals and other crafts. The market is open every Friday through November 1. To go:Veterans Memorial Park, 1839 US Highway 46, Parsippany. hours:From 15:00 to 20:00

Randolph Freedom Festival

The three-day Randolph Freedom Festival runs from Thursday, July 11, through fireworks night on Saturday, July 13, all on the campus of County College of Morris. The Kiwanis Freedom Parade will be Saturday at 10 a.m., followed by the festival from 6 to 11 p.m. Thursday and Friday are bracelet nights, which means $30 rides all night long. There will be fun, games, food, and a beer garden. The suggested donation for parking at CCM is $5 per car, with the funds going to the Randolph Youth Group. To go: 214 Center Grove Road, Randolph. Hours: from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

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Hopatcong Days

Hopatcong is hosting a two-day event this summer. Starting Saturday, enjoy a fair, food, kids’ activities and music at Modick Park. The following day, the firehouse will host a car show and pet adoption event. Go: July 13 at Modick Park, 28 Hopatchung Rd, Hopatcong and July 14th at 120 River Styx Rd., Hopatcong. hours:Both days, from 10:00 to 15:00

New Jersey State Fair

Rides, carnival games, animals, food, a Monster Truck Show and bull riding are just a few of the attractions at this year’s New Jersey State Fair. Advance tickets can be purchased online through August 1. Regular admission tickets will be available online and in person at the fairgrounds. To go: Sussex County Fairgrounds, 37 Plains Road, Augusta. Hours: Begins at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, August 2. Weekends from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. (after the first Friday), and weekdays from 12:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. The last day of the fair is Saturday, August 10.

Standard ticket prices:

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