The Best Central Jersey Family Festivals and Events

Central Jersey Family Festivals

These popular festivals occur at venues in all corners of NJ and have wide appeal with families with kids.

They feature events with special themes and are known for having good music, food, entertainment, skilled artisans and performers, fun activities, crafts, and more!

Note: This information is provided by event sponsors as a free service to our viewers. Sometimes conditions require cancellations or changes of dates, times and location which are not reflected in the original schedule. Before planning a trip to visit one of the listed events, it is suggested that you call the event sponsor to confirm the event schedule or for additional information on the event.

October 2016 Central Jersey Family Festivals And Events

Rhythm and Chowder Festival
October 8, 2016: noon - 6pm (Rain date October 15th)
Inlet Drive
Point Pleasant, NJ
This event features live music, a variety of chowders and seafood, a beer garden, and crafters.

Keyport Screamin Country Jamboree

October 8, 9, 2016; 11am - 6pm
American Legion Drive along the waterfront
Keyport, NJ
The Country Jamboree is two days filled with non-stop music, delicious festival foods, vendors and amusement rides. Get your cowboy boots out since you will be dancing in the streets. It's a fun day for the whole family.
Highlights include:
A screamin' Beer Garden, strolling cowboys and cowgirls, and a Fireworks display on Saturday evening @ 8pm

Annual Howell Living History Farm Fall Tillage Wagon Tours
Saturday, October 15, 2016
Howell Living History Farm
70 Wooden's Lane
Lambertville, New Jersey (Farm Entrance)  
(609) 737-3299
Wagons will leave from the farmyard continuously from 10:30am until 3:30pm, touring fields where farmers will be plowing or harrowing with horses and circa 1900 equipment. Tours last 20 minutes and are given free, on a first come, first serve basis. A wheelchair-accessible wagon is available. During the tours, visitors will get a chance to meet the farmers and horses who work the 130-acre “living history” farm. Guides will explain how fields are readied for planting winter crops such as wheat and rye, poison ivy, a live wolf, some giant reptiles, a bat, a skunk, a dead tree and others as you collect good-for-you treats along the way. Bring a bag for your candy-free treats, costumes welcome but not required.

Rutgers Garden Fall Festival
October 16, 2016; Noon to 4pm
Rutgers Gardens
On the Rutgers University Campus
140 Log Cabin Road,
East Brunswick, NJ
Contact: Debbie Henry,
Admission is free for the day. Although there is an additional charge for pumpkin painting.
This event features children's games, activities, nature crafts, and educational programs. Food will also be available to purchase.

November 2016 Central Jersey Family Festivals And Events

Early 19th Century Thanksgiving
Sunday, November 20, 2016@ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Allaire Village
4265 Atlantic Ave
Farmingdale, NJ
This event celebrates the end of the autumn season, and to give thanks for a bountiful harvest, the company of each other, and all the things that help to enrich our lives. Join in to come and celebrate a 19th Century Thanksgiving with our family at The Historic Village at Allaire. We have a special program in the chapel at 1pm

Disney Live: Mickey & Minnie's Doorway to Magic
November 25, 26, 2016
State Theatre - NJ
New Brunswick, NJ

December 2016 Central Jersey Family Festivals And Events

A Christmas Carol
Friday December 2, 2016 8:00PM
Count Basie Theatre
Red Bank, NJ

Asbury Park Downtown Tree Lighting
December 3, 2016; @5 pm
Press Plaza
Cookman Ave. at Emory St
Asbury Park, NJ
This holiday event features the lighting of the 25 foot tall tree with carolers from Alphabets Preschool, members of the New Jersey National Guard, photos with Santa Claus, cookies and hot coca for all.

Christmas at Allaire
December 4, 2016 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
The Historic Village at Allaire
4263 Atlantic Avenue
Farmingdale, NJ
This event is a celebration of the joys of Christmas past.  Experience the sights and smells of an early American Christmas with hearth cooking,  singing, dancing, wagon rides and St Nicholas! This is a day full of fun interactive programs.  You can also bring your holiday cards to be sent from our historic post office located in the General Store.  Bring your addressed envelopes with a stamp.

The Christmas Light Show
Satuday, December 10th, Sunday, December 11th, and Saturday, December 17th, 2016: 6:30 PM and 8:30 PM
Parking Address:
2744 Belmar Blvd
Wall Township, NJ
(Parking located at the North Wall Little League Field)
This Christmas Light Show is a family tradition at the Jersey Shore. The show is an impressive displays of lighting, fog, and pyrotechnics synchronized to powerful concert quality sound!
The event is free but raises money for local charities through donations from visitors. No ticket or fee is required for admission, however donations of $25 for a family of 4. and $10 for individual adults and couples are suggested.
Free food and drink are available and Santa usually makes an appearance!
Visitors are advised to come 40 minutes before the show to allow time to park and walk to the venue. Dress warm and bring a flashlight. show status information is available at the shows.
Please plan on arriving about 35-45 minutes prior to show time! Ample time is needed to park and walk to the show.

The Annual Christmas Delaware River Crossing Re-enactments
December 11, 2016; 10 AM to 4 PM, (actual crossing at 1 PM)
Washington Crossing
1112 River Road
Washington Crossing, PA
This year's Re-enactment, will assemble at Washington Crossing State Park, Pennsylvania, and make their way across the Delaware River to New Jersey. The annual event commemorates the Christmas Day crossing made by Gen. George Washington and his troops in 1776. It was an historic undertaking that resulted in defeat of the Hessian troops in the Battle of Trenton.

North Jersey Family Festivals

New Jersey Family Festivals

North  Jersey Family Festivals feature events with special themes, and music, food, entertainment, skilled artisans, and fun activities.
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South Jersey Family Festivals

South Jersey Family Festivals

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