Christine Budynkiewicz and son Gianni have fun riding the Alpine Bobs ride on Gianni’s eighth birthday at Holy Family Church’s Summerfest in 2017.

After a year off due to the pandemic, Holy Family Catholic Church’s Summerfest will return this week.

The only large carnival in the Newark area, the five-day event kicks off Wednesday, July 14, and runs through Sunday, July 18. Holy Family is located at the intersection of East Chestnut Hill Road and Gender Road.

Operating hours are 5 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday; 1 to 10 p.m. Saturday; and 1 to 9:30 p.m. Sunday.

The event includes live music every night, food and a carnival midway.

Admission is free, but attendees must pay to enjoy the rides. Holy Family is selling day passes to ride all rides for $25 on Wednesday and Thursday and $27 Friday, Saturday and Sunday. A “mega pass” can be purchased for $50 to access all the rides for all five days.

Discounts are available if passes are purchased in advance online. Learn more at

Limited parking is available at the church, and a free shuttle will be provided from Kirk Middle School.

The carnival, which began as a way to celebrate the church’s 25th anniversary and over the years grew into a large event, is Holy Family’s biggest fundraiser. It typically draws a total of 15,000 to 20,000 people.

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