Community Events

2017 Ole Town FestivalSummer Concert SeriesPork Roll FestivalFirth Youth CenterSplash Pad Grand OpeningSpecial Use Permits


ole towne festival color

We are celebrating 30 years of heritage at the annual Phillipsburg Ole Towne Festival in Phillipsburg, NJ! The event will take place at Walters Park for Friday, June 23rd and Saturday, June 24th and will feature fresh activities and entertainment for attendees. The 2017 Ole Towne Festival begins on Friday, June 23rd at 5PM with a “kick off” event featuring bands, children’s attractions, local vendors, and a beer garden for attendees’ dining enjoyment.

Saturday, June 24th will offer extended hours at Walter’s Park with even more entertainment for the family, more bands to satisfy all musical preferences on two stages, and many other exciting additions. Expect to see children’s activities and entertainment, a hot dog eating contest sponsored by Jimmy’s Doggie Stand, carnival rides, free hot air balloon rides, and more. Best of all, we are excited to announce that the brand-new Splash Pad at Walters Park Pool will have its big debut with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 12:00pm!  The pool will be free to the public all day to admire and enjoy this state-of-the-art structure that rivals mega amusement parks. Of course, Saturday evening will conclude with a much-anticipated fireworks display at 9:30pm.

If you would like to volunteer for the Ole Towne Festival Committee, please contact Laurie Colvin at


2017 Hot Dog Eating Contest Form

New Map 2017

Band Lineup 2017

Crafter Form 2017

Exhibitor Form 2017

Exhibitor Letter 2017

Non-Profit Food Vendor Application 2017

Food Vendor Letter 2017

Temporary Food Establishment Guidelines

Temporary Food Establishment Permit Application

Cooking Vendor Guidelines

RIMS Information

Vendor Liability Insurance Request Vendor Liability Agreement

Vendor Liability Insurance Request

Cooking Under Tents – DCA Fire Guidance

Crafter Letter 2017

Profit Food Form 2017














Sponsored by I-78 Logistics Park , a “Sunday Soirée at Riverside Drive” will mark the official closing ceremony for the 30th Ole Towne Festival. Hosted at the Riverside Way Lot (behind Jimmy’s Hot Dogs), this final day of festivities will feature a live band, an outdoor movie theatre, beer garden, and much more! Don’t miss this milestone year for the Ole Towne Festival and all the new, exciting attractions in store!

Food: O’Kaysions Catering with a wide variety of goodies
Adult Beverages: SOMA Downtown Grill
Band 5-8PM: Bobby Clark Play It Hard LIVE
Movie 8:15PM (dusk): Boss Baby (DreamWorks Animation)

Family Friendly Event!!! Just bring your own blanket for the outdoor movie theater at dusk!
Youth Sports organizations will be there selling n/a beverages
National Junior Honor Society is selling popcorn and a few other vendors will be on hand!


Walk down to Steve’s Cafe to check out the 1920s Event.  

Steve’s Cafe is an original prohibition speakeasy!


Come out and enjoy live entertainment in Phillipsburg!

NEW for 2017: Fitness Classes and a pop-up Farmer’s Market will be available at the concert series for dates identified below. Please contact Laurie Colvin at 610-739-8858 with any questions and check the Phillipsburg Chamber of Commerce Facebook page for weather updates.

June 15th6:30 pmUncle RoccoRiverside Lot
June 29th6:30 pmCrazy HeartRiverside Lot
July 6th6:30 pmCraig Thatcher + Free Fitness ClassShappell Park
July 13th6:30 pmHector Rosado (Latin Salsa Band) + Free Fitness ClassShappell Park
July 20th6:30 pmDon Cunningham + Farmer’s MarketShappell Park
 July 27th6:30 pmRyan O. Moore + Free Fitness ClassShappell Park
August 3rd6:30 pmInch and the EchosRiverside Lot
August 17th6:30 pmPhiladelphia Funk Authority + Farmers MarketShappell Park
August 24th6:30 pmJames Supra and Sara AyersRiverside Lot

Located downtown on Riverside Drive, the inaugural Phillipsburg Pork Roll Festival will be this fall! Everything from Pork Roll Sliders to Deep Fried Pork Roll and even Pork Roll-themed Beverages will attract attendees from all over the State of NJ and throughout the Lehigh Valley! There will be vendors, activities and live music all day!

Check back soon for more information!

If interested in becoming a vendor, please contact:

Kelly Post-Sheedy, Superintendent of Recreation

Firth Youth Center Summer Day Camp
Registration opens: 4/3/2017
Girls and Boys ages 6-14
June 19th – August 25th (10 weekly sessions)
Monday-Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm
(Extended camp from 7am-6pm)
Fee: $125 per week ($20 extra for extended camp)

Call 908-454-7281 for non-member rates
Appropriate attire required for all programs!!!

Pre Registration is recommended for all programs.
Activities subject to change due to weather and/or enrollment

FYC Summer Camp Brochure 2017



Please join us for the…

Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting

of the Walter’s Park Pool & Splash Pad!


Saturday, June 24th 2017 at 12PM

During the 30th Anniversary of Ole Towne Festival

Free admission to the pool for all to enjoy!


Walters Park Pool Pass App 2017

Pool Flyer 2017

All Checks/Money Orders should be made payable to: Town of Phillipsburg

Bring completed applications & payment to Walter’s Park Pool Mon.-Fri. 12-6PM after Grand Opening on June 24th.

Pre-purchase your Season Pass June 20th-22nd 5-7PM at the Walter’s Park Pool. Spanish-speaking staff will be available.

In order to use property of the Town of Phillipsburg, a Special Use Permit must be completed and issued.  Below are the forms to download and complete.  Completed forms, along with the appropriate fee and documentation, must be returned to the municipal building for approval from the Fire Department, Police Department, and Mayor’s Office.  Upon approval, the Superintendent of Recreation will then issue the permit.  Clients must have the permit on hand the day of their affair.  This process applies, but is not limited, to the following properties:

  • Walter’s Park Pavilion
  • Walter’s Park Ballfield
  • Green Street Pavilion
  • Shappell Park and Gazebo

SPECIAL USE PERMIT long form revisions 5.18.17

SPECIAL USE PERMIT short form revisions 5.18.17


Stephen R. Ellis, Mayor
675 Corliss Avenue
Phillipsburg, NJ 08865

Call Us: 908-454-5500

Get Social With Us...