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Every year, people from all over the U.S. and the world would fly all the way to the Garden State aka New Jersey to experience some of its iconic events and celebrations. If you are planning to go to New Jersey, don’t just focus on the casinos and Atlantic City or maybe Six Flags.

There is so much to offer, the key is, to visit at the right time. Now, here are the best events in the state you should experience at least once or twice in your life.

Weiner Dog Derbies – All year round

Have you ever been to the Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment at East Rutherford, New Jersey? Are you familiar with the exciting Weiner Dog Derby? It is a racing event for all kinds of dogs, not just greyhounds, to race it out.

Dog owners from different cities gather in the racetrack to witness a bunch of cute dogs race it out. Betting is also big in this race and that is a big factor why it is one of the most anticipated events in New Jersey.

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Dog betting is getting bigger and bigger in New Jersey. It is a big gambling state because of Atlantic City. Dog racing and betting are legal under New Jersey law and it is not just for greyhounds.

Atlantic City Beer and Music Festival – Early April

Atlantic City is not just a gambling haven. Every year, thousands of people all over the country come to the state for the Atlantic City Beer and Music Festival. The event gathers more than 90 breweries from different parts of the U.S. for the Celebration of the Suds. That’s the event’s other name by the way.

These are not your ordinary beers from the liquor store, these are crafted and refined alcoholic gems perfected by craftsmen. It’s not just about drinking beer but also the introduction of the art of brewing.

Brewery experts also come in to do seminars on the finesse of their art. What will make that better? Music.

Festival of the Sea – Mid September

When you’re talking about seafood destinations in the U.S., you’re thinking South Carolina, Maine, Massachusetts, California and Louisiana. Pretty sure, New Jersey doesn’t even make it in that list of your seafood travel targets. Well, it should be included next time.

The Festival of the Sea has been around for more than 30 years now. People gather at the Point Pleasant Beach for the best seafood cuisine adventure. We’re talking lobster, crab, crab cakes, shrimp, even some sushi and so much more.

Another thing to expect, actually thousands of things to expect are handcrafted accessories, clothing and other items to pick and choose from.

Lambertville Shad Festival – Late April

First, it was dog racing, then beer and then seafood, now it’s art. The Lambertville Shad Festival started out as a local event for families to eat good food, catch some performances and marvel at the best art collection local artists have to offer.

The festival is now recognized all over the U.S. and people would travel just to see it firsthand. The festival now features hundreds of artisans not only in Jersey. The festival is organized by the region’s art community.

There are more events to look forward to so best to do your research today. Enjoy New Jersey to its fullest.