Nothing is better than summertime in New Jersey. We have access to big cities, the ocean and the country. Taking the family for a day or weekend trip is easy with everything our home has to offer! We’ll see you out and about at some of these local family-friendly events and festivals:

Ironbound Farmer’s Market

Where: At the corner of Ferry Street and St. Charles , Newark, NJ 07105

When: Every Saturday, now until August 27

What: Music, famers selling fruits and vegetables, activities and games for kids, raffles, and more.

Curating the Future | Nicaragua

Where: 350 Dr Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard, Newark, NJ 07102

When: Every weekday until July 29

What: Curating the Future of Family & Community Health in Nicaragua The International Leadership Exchange (ILE) takes a select group of Rutgers University-Newark students to Nicaragua each winter to be immersed in the cultural and local leadership of family and community health centers. This exhibition of photographs conveys the sustainable and reciprocated impact as the student leaders aimed to improve health conditions for mothers and children.

Black Film Festival

When: Every day until August 3

Where: 360-394 Springfield Ave, Newark, NJ 07103

What: The Newark Black Film Festival, among the most prestigious black film festivals in the U.S., presents a diversity of viewpoints in black film history, presentation and progress. It is celebrating its 42nd year of exploring the black experience through cinema. On Aug. 3 at 4:30 p.m., the festival will host its biennial Paul Robeson Awards to recognize excellence in independent filmmaking. The Robeson Awards honors the revered activist, performer and athlete.

Festival de la Familia

Where: Lower Broadway Commercial Corridor, Newark, NJ 07105

When: July 24

What: Since 2007, Festival de la Familia , organized by La Casa de Don Pedro, has been an annual family celebration of Newark’s Latino heritage and culture. Held in the North Ward, the street fair features musical performances, games, rides, and arts and crafts. Community resources and information from dozens of Newark’s nonprofits, health care organizations and businesses are available there.

Ecuadorian Festival

Where: Clover Street, Newark, NJ 07105

When: August 6

What: The Ecuadorian Festival and Parade of New Jersey celebrates the Ecuadorian culture and people in the United States. The festival will feature music concerts, participation of celebrities from Ecuador and the community in America, Ecuadorian cosine, arts and artifacts, activities for families, and a large parade with representatives from all Ecuadorian communities of New Jersey.

17th Annual Food & Music Festival

Where: Ivy Hill Park

When: August 13, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

What: A fun-filled family day featuring live music by local and professional artists, ethnic foods from around the world, and child-centered activities.