New Jersey Labor Day Weekend Events

2016 parades, fireworks, concerts, festivals and more

Labor Day Weekend Events

Labor Day, the first Monday in September, falls on September 5, 2016 this year.

Created as a labor movement dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers.

It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.

Over the years this holiday has evolved from a being a labor union celebration into a celebration of the unofficial end of summer, especially for families with kids.

Labor Day is often regarded simply as a day of rest and or end of summer celebrations that include picnics, barbecues, fireworks, parades, water sports, and public art events. Families with school-age children take it as the last chance to travel before kids begin the new school year,

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.

Northern NJ Labor Day Weekend Events

Annual St. Bartholomew/UNICO Italian Festival 
Friday, September 2nd to Monday, September 5th, 2016
St. Bartholomew Church 
2032 Westfield Ave 
Scotch Plains, NJ 
The festival honors San Nicola di Bari, the patron saint of the town of Montazzoli, Italy. This family feast features nightly live music, rides, games, and Italian food including favorites like pizza, pasta, zeppoles, clams, mussels, and calzones. A procession will be held following the 5 p.m. Saturday Mass which is celebrated in Italian. This year's entertainment includes the sounds of Wolf Creek, The Sounds of Street, The rock sounds of The Broadcasters, and the New Orleans jazz & funk sounds of The VooDudes

Annual Scandinavian Fest
Sunday, September 4, 2016; 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.

Annual Mendham Borough Labor Day Parade
Monday, September 5, 2016 @10am
Parade begins at 10am (rain or shine) and runs along East Main Street and Mountain Ave. Viewing Stand at the Gazebo

Riverdale Labor Day Street Fair
Monday, September 5, 2016; 10am-5pm
Newark Pompton Tpke, (off Rte 23) Street
Riverdale, NJ
This fun filled family street fair features live entertainment, festival foods, local merchants and restaurants displaying their specialties and a variety of family activities. Over 100 exhibitors, kiddie rides and climbing wall, a special section with craft exhibitors who are displaying their handmade craft, games, face painters, activities and delicious food.

Annual South Plainfield Labor Day Celebration
Monday, September 5, 2016
South Plainfield Middle School.
Facebook page
The parade starts at the Police Athletic League [PAL] Recreation Center on Maple Avenue at 10:00 AM.
The parade is one of the oldest and biggest parades in the state. It features bagpipers, clowns, local boy and girl scout troupes, home-made floats and marching bands. The parade winds through town and ends up at South Plainfield Middle School. The remainder of the days celebrations continues from here with crafts, live music, food vendors, and ending with the Grand Finale fireworks display at dusk.

41st Annual Rutherford Labor Day Street Fair
Monday, September 5, 2016; 9am - 5pm, Rain or Shine
Park Avenue, from Ames Avenue to Highland
Rutherford, New Jersey
Event is Free!
The Rutherford Labor Day Street Fair is the largest and longest running street fair in New Jersey.
This family event features, crafts, live entertainment, kids activities, food vendors, and a beer garden. The town boasts that the fair attracts over 25,000 people. In addition to the 100 plus antique dealers that line Park Avenue, and the numerous craft vendors that overflow the Williams Plaza onto Glen Road and Franklin Place, live music will entertain at the Lincoln Park Band Shell.
Passaic River Labor Day Paddle
Monday, Septermber 5th, 2016; 10:30am to 12:30pm & 2pm to 4pm
Essex County Environmental Center
621A Eagle Rock Avenue
Roseland, New Jersey
Meet in the Garibaldi Hall parking lot.
Cost: $30; Advance Registration is required call 973.228.8776.
A family event for adults and children ages 10 and older.
Celebrate Labor Day with a leisurely paddle on the Passaic River! Paddlers will enjoy scenery and peacefulness as they paddle up the river and float downstream. Geared for beginners and children 10 and up accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Central NJ Labor Day Weekend Events

Indo-American Fair
September 3, 4, 2016; 11am to 7 PM (Both days) Rain date - September 5tht
Mercer County Park
West Windsor, NJ.
A premier art and culture event for people of South Asian descent. The Indo-American Fair is organized to spread and share the art, culture and heritage of India amongst our American friends and other local and regional communities.
Everyone from all cultures aew welcomed to attend to be part of Indo-American Fair and enjoy this outdoor event while shopping, enjoying the food and entertainment

Manasquan Beach Labor Day Celebration
Saturday, September 3, 2015 (Rain date Sept 4th)
Main Beach
Main St & 1st Ave
Manasquan, NJ
This family event features a concert by "Retro Kings" @ 7:30 pm Main Beach followed by grand finale fireworks displat @ dusk.

Spring Lake Labor Day end of Summer Celebration/Art Walk
Saturday, September 3, 2016
Downtown Spring Lake Third Ave
Spring Lake, NJ 07762
Stroll along the charming Spring Lake village 3rd Avenue business district while enjoying and admiring local artists work.

Monmouth Park Labor Day Weekend BBQ & Craft Beer Festival
September 3, 4, 5, 2016; 11:30am to 5:30pm
Monmouth Park Racetrack
Oceanport, NJ
The Monmouth Park Racetrack will be hosting their Annual Labor Day Weekend Festival filled with horse races, beer tasting, great barbecued food, and fun for the entire family. some of the Garden State's best BBQ joints. In addition, cool off with a cold one in the beer garden with live music.

Jazz It Up Wine Festival
September 3, 4, 2016; Noon - 5 pm (Rain date September 5th)
Allaire State Park
4263 Atlantic Avenue
Farmingdale NJ
(732) 919-3500
$5 parking fee per car
This family event features a day of wine tasting and live music, children activities, and tours of the historic buildings. There will be over 20 wineries, 16 food trucks, and craft vendors. Bring a chair and a good mood and get ready to enjoy the day. Price includes souvenir wine glass and sampling.

Labor Day Weekend Wine Festival
September 3 & 4, 2016; 11am - 5pm
The Horse Park of New Jersey
626 Route 524
Allentown, NJ
Website (tickets)
Advance price of $25 + fee through August 28, and then $30 + fee the week of the event and on-site.
The event features a weekend food, wine, and music. Two stages with non-stop music all weekend long will entertain you while wineries from all over the state will be there for you to sample and purchase wines. The performeres will include the famed Roomful of Blues Band, the American blues and swing revival band with a recording career spanning over 40 years. Long Gone Daddies, Burning Bridget Cleary, The Slambovian Circus of Dreams, Rogues on the Run, and Hot Jazz Jumpers.

Frenchtown Riverfest
Sunday, September 4, 2016
49 Bridge St.
Frenchtown, NJ
Facebook Page
This family celebration in downtown Frenchtown features kids activities, live music from local performers, the annual pet show, local natural wildlife displays and presentations, earth friendly arts, local food vendors, the Frenchtown Farmers Market along with in store sales and discounts. This year's theme: Wings Over the River! Come celebrate the diverse range of avian wildlife in the Delaware

Southern NJ Labor Day Weekend Events

Legends In Concert
September 1, 2, 3, 4, 2016
Atlantic City, NJ

Labor Day Weekend Fireworks Spectacular
Friday, September 2, 2016 @10pm
on the beach at Pine Avenue
Wildwood, NJ
Celebrate the end of summer with with an awesome Fireworks display
Visible from almost anywhere in the Wildwoods! 

The 45th Annual Delaware Valley Bluegrass Festival
September 2 - 4, 2016; noon to 11pm
Salem County Fairgrounds
725 Route 40
Pilesgrove Township, NJ
Website (Line-up, schedule, and Tickets)
This popular Labor Day weekend family music festival features southern Appalachian old-time and bluegrass and related music styles. The festival site has plenty of room for camping for tenters as well as RVers, and unlike many other festivals, they do not charge extra for camping. Weekend ticket holders may camp on the grounds at no charge, but camping is available only to weekend ticket holders - daily ticket holders may not bring vehicles or camping gear into the campground.

20th Annual Airfest
September 2 through September 5, 2016
NASW Aviation Museum
500 Forrestal Road
Cape May Airport
Rio Grande, NJ
Adults – $14, Children – $10. Includes a walk through tour of the bombers.
This event features many aircraft on display including the B-17 Flying Fortress, P-51 Mustang, B-24 Liberator, and NASW's 26 historic aircraft. The event will also include the Hangar filled with vendors, exhibitors, music, food, and much more.

Bicentennial Music Festival at Congress Hall
September 3, 2016
Congress Hall

200 Congress Place
Cape May, NJ
(609) 884-8421
Celebrate the future of Congress Hall as the summer of 2016 comes to an unofficial end.
This event takes place on the lawn featuring local musicians:
Major Thrice, 23 North, Maddie Hogan, and The Bastard Sons of Captain Mey The festival will begin with a ceremonial burial of a time capsule, which will be opened in 2066 at Congress Hall's 250th Birthday Celebration. You can be a part of history- stop by Congress Hall and drop items for the time capsule in the box located in Congress Halls Lobby, or email to submit pictures and memories. In fifty years, when the Big House By the Sea sets the backdrop for another celebration on the lawn, you can say you were there for the first Congress Hall Music Festival back in 2016.

Florida Georgia Line, Cole Swindell, The Cadillac Three & Kane Brown
Saturday, September 3, 2016, 4:00PM
Atlantic City Beach
Atlantic City, NJ

Annual Wildwood Block Party and Music Festival
Sunday, September 4, 2016, noon - midnight
Fox Park
(across from the Wildwoods Convention Center on Ocean Avenue between Burk and Montgomery Avenues)
Wildwood, NJ
Beginning at noon, the family festival event will feature free live entertainment, craft and food vendors and many entertainers. Admission to the block party and concert is FREE.

Sunday, September 4, 2016, 8:00PM
Borgata Events Center
Atlantic City, NJ

Mayor's Labor Day Race
September 5, 2016, 9:00 am
23rd Street Beach
Ocean City, NJ
This event features a 5 mile race and 1 mile health walk immediately after the start of 5 mile race.


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