Best New Jersey Family Festivals And Events

Music, Food, Entertainment and Fun Activities

NJ 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.

August 2017 Northern NJ Family Festivals

New Jersey State Fair
August 4th - 13th, 2017
Sussex County Fairgrounds
37 Plains Rd.
Augusta, NJ 07822
This family event features a variety of live entertainment performers, equestrian shows, demolition derby, oxen pulls, Motocross Shows, Tractor & Truck Pulls, childrens activities, and more.

Somerset County NJ 4-H Fair
August 9th - 11th, 2017
North Branch Park
Milltown Rd.
Bridgewater, NJ 08807
No admission or parking fees, no midway or carnival rides
This family event features dog, horse, and livestock shows, twirling, go karts, rockets, magic, model airplanes, R.C. cars, model trains, and other 4-H clubs compete and perform. The Arts Tent, Science Tent, and Prep Tent (for the youngest 4-H'ers) are packed with exhibits, activities for visitors, demonstrations, and performances. Ten other 4-H tents house a variety of animals including dairy cows, beef, alpaca, horses, dogs, herpetology, sheep, goats, poultry, rabbits, and small animals.

Vets Summer Fest
August 12th, 2017; 11 am - 8pm
Vasa Park
Wolfe Road
Budd Lake, NJ
This family event features fun with music, food, craft show, community advertisers, and car show.
100% of the money collected in donations at this event goes directly to the homeless veterans.

Pasaic County Fair
August 17th to August 20th, 2017: Thursday/Friday 6pm-11pm, and Saturday/Sunday 3pm to 11pm
Garet Mountain Reservation
8 Mountain Ave
Woodland Park, NJ
This annual family events features entertainment, food, amusement rides and fireworks on Friday evening @ dusk

Canal Day Festival
August 19, 2017 (Rain or Shine)
Hugh Force Canal Park
170 West Central Ave.
Wharton, NJ

An old time country fair that celebrates the Morris Canal and its contributions to the development of the communities along its banks. Come to a day of free family fun featuring a craft show, great food, educational events and enjoy a day of listening to a wide variety of musical entertainers. Musical performances from New Jersey’s best artists will feature Rock, Blues, Country, Classical as well as traditional and contemporary Irish Folk Music. performing on two stages. Fireworks festivities & display at Robert Street Park beginning at 7:00 PM. Admission is Free

Maywood Summertime Street fair
August 20th, 2017
W. Pleasant Ave.
Maywood, NJ 07607
This family-oriented festival will feature the participation of local merchants, civic organizations, and restaurants along the festival route providing an outdoor cafe style service. Maywood's main thoroughfare will be transformed into a pedestrian marketplace. Non-stop music and entertainment along with family fun attractions. Over 150 exhibitors, kiddie rides& climbing wall , a special section with craft exhibitors, games, face painters, activities and delicious food.

Bayonne Family Fun Day Festival
August 26, 2017: 11am - 6pm
16th Street Park
1 6th Street & Avenue A
Bayonne, NJ 07002
Contact: Heriberto Rivera, 201-455-3676. Email:
Free Admission
This family friendly event features food vendors, a stage in the park with live performances and demonstrations from local groups. including musical performances, a karate school demonstration, a cabaret show, and fitness in the park. There will also be local businesses offering special discounts/promotions on their products and services, face painting, character appearances, a flea market section and more.

Boonton's Fireman's Carnival & Parade
Thursday, August 31 - Sunday, September 3, 2017
Boonton High School
306 Lathrop Ave
Boonton, NJ
This annual event features live entertainment each night, carnival rides, a Parade on Saturday, and the grand finale fireworks on Sunday @ 10pm

September 2017 Northern NJ Family Festivals

Annual Scandinavian Fest
Sunday, September 3, 2017; 10am until 6pm (rain or shine)
Vasa Park
Wolfe Road
Budd Lake
Website & ticket coupon
This family festival celebrates and promote the cultures, histories and current life of the Nordic area countries. The festival features: Nordic Foods, Authentic Crafts, Live Entertainment, Folk dress, Special Kids' Events, Artisans Demonstrations, Folk & Classical Music, Contemporary Culture, Wife Carrying and Fearsome Vikings

1920's Country Fair & Harvest Festival
Sunday, September 17, 2017; noon - 5pm
Fosterfields Living History Farm
73 Kahdena Road
Morris Township, NJ
Admission is $8 per adult, $7 per senior (65+), $6 per child age 4 –16, $4 per child age 2 & 3. FREE per child under age 2. Friends members are half price with a current membership card.
This family evebnt features wagon rides, live music, food trucks, farm animals, exhibits, old fashioned games, and hands on helping churning butter and pressing apples into cider.

47th Annual Peters Valley Fine Craft Fair
September 23 & 24, 2017 Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 10am-5pm 
Sussex County Fairgrounds
37 Plains Road
Augusta, NJ
Admission: $10 Children under 12: FREE
This annual event showcases beautiful American Craft made by 150+ exhibiting artists from across the country. Come & discover the pleasure of living with handmade objects and the beauty they bring to your life. Browse five buildings of amazing artwork, meet the makers, watch an array of artist demonstrations and find the perfect gift for yourself or someone special. There are also ongoing artist demonstrations, live music, great food and kid's art activities.

October 2017 Northern NJ Family Festivals

Ralston Cider Mill Museun Tours
October weekends, Saturday & Sunday 1-5pm
336 Mendham Road West
Mendham, NJ
This is the only operational cider mill in New Jersey functioning as a privately funded museum and educational experience for students of all ages. Built in 1848 with massive stone walls anda heavy timber structure, visitors can discover the hidden still that allowed this distillery to operate through prohibition

8th Annual Sussex County Harvest Honey and Garlic Festival
October 7, 2017; 10am - 4pm
Sussex County Fairgrounds
37 Plains Road
Branchville, NJ
Free event
This family festival is a celebration of agritourism, ecotourism and arts & heritage tourism. The County of Sussex, the Sussex County Beekeepers Association and the Garden State Garlic Growers are joining with the Sussex County Farm and Horse Show to showcase New Jersey's great northwest. There will be a farmers market where you can buy fresh, local Sussex County and Jersey Fresh products including fruit, vegetables, flowers and wine. The Sussex County Beekeepers Association will have educational displays and materials along with an array of honey products

Wantage Township 10th Annual Veterans Memorial Car, Truck & Bike Show
October 8, 2017; 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Woodbourne Park
145 Sherman Ridge Road
Wantage, New Jersey 07461
Web Site
Event Contact Chris, Phone: 973-352-9203, Email:
Cost: Free Spectator Admission
This annual event features Car, Truck & Bike Shows, live music, door prizes, and a 50/50, tricky tray. Trophies awarded in multiple classes for cars, motorcycles & trucks. $15 pre-registration by 9/22/17, $20 day of show, registration from 11am to 1pm, goodie bags to first 100 registrants. Vendors wanted, registration $20.
Donations of non-perishable items for local food pantry would be greatly appreciated.
The 2017 Show proceeds will be donated to the Welcome Home Vets Fund of New Jersey, Inc. Free spectator admission, but donations of non-perishable items for local food pantry would be greatly appreciated.

West Milford Autumn Lights Festival
October 14, 2017; 10:00 AM - 5:00PM
Union Valley Road (from Shoprite to Bearfort Plaza).
West Milford, NJ
The Autumn Lights Festival first started 20 years ago as a celebration to West Milford for getting its first traffic light! In the beginning it was just the town gathering on the lawn of Town Hall.
Today it has grown to a street fair that has over 300 vendors, live music, child activities, games and rides. With about 20,000 'ALFers' that visit throughout the day.

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