Best NJ Labor Day Weekend Events
2017 parades, fireworks, concerts, festivals, and more
Labor Day, the first Monday in September, falls on September 4, 2017 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.
Stay tuned --- we will be updating this list as the event sponsors confirm this year's events.
Northern NJ Labor Day Weekend Events
The Feast of Saint Joseph
- Viva San Giuseppe
September 1 - 4, 2017; Friday 6-10pm, Saturday & Sunday 4-11pm, Monday 2-10pm
Saint Joseph Church
40 Spring Street
This family event features traditional Italian festival food, exciting nightly entertainment, thrill rides, and games of chance. The highlight of the Feast is on Labor Day at 2PM where there is a solemn mass followed by a procession honoring Saint Joseph.
Annual St. Bartholomew/UNICO Italian Festival
Friday, September 1st to Monday, September 4th, 2017
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 Classic Acoustic/Electric Music sounds of Wolf Creek, Diamond Reno performing a Neil Diamond Tribute, the Rock sounds of The Broadcasters, and the New Orleans Jazz & Funk sounds of The VooDudes.
Annual Scandinavian Fest
Sunday, September 3, 2017; 10am until 6pm (rain or shine)
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 4, 2017 @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 4, 2017; 10am-5pm
Newark Pompton Tpke, (off Rte 23) Street
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 4, 2017
South Plainfield Middle School
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 theme for the 2015 parade is “Celebrating Our Heritage”. 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.
Passaic River Labor Day Paddle
Monday, Septermber 4th, 2017; 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/canoe; Advance Registration is required
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
Rutgers Scarlet Knights vs. Washington Huskies Football
Friday September 1, 2017 8:00PM
High Point Solutions Stadium
Allaire Bacon, Bikes & Brews
September 2, 3, 2017; 11am to 5pm
4265 Atlantic Ave.
This Labor Day weekend family event features a celebration with good beer with a beer tent and garden, food trucks, live bands. kids activities, and historic tours and exhibits including displays of historic bikes and motorcycles.
September 2, 3, 2017; 11am to 7 PM (Both days) Rain date - September 4th
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 2, 2017 (Rain date Sept 3rd)
Main St & 1st Ave
This family event features a concert with "9 South " @ 7:30 pm Main Beach followed by grand finale fireworks display @ dusk.
Spring Lake Labor Day end of Summer Celebration/Art Walk
Saturday, September 2, 2017
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 2, 3, 4, 2017; 11:30am to 5:30pm
Monmouth Park Racetrack
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.
Southern NJ Labor Day Weekend Events
Labor Day Weekend Fireworks Spectacular
Friday, September 1, 2017 @10pm
on the beach at Pine Avenue
Celebrate the end of summer with with an awesome Fireworks display
Visible from almost anywhere in the Wildwoods!
The 46th Annual Delaware Valley Bluegrass Festival
September 1- 3, 2017; noon to 11pm
Salem County Fairgrounds
725 Route 40
Pilesgrove Township, NJ
Website (Line-up, schedule, and Tickets)
This family music festival features southern Appalachian old-time and bluegrass and related music styles. For kids, there is also a Children's Stage.
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.
I Love The 90s: TLC, Naughty By Nature, Montell Jordan & Mark McGrath
Friday September 1, 2017 6:00PM
21st Annual Airfest
September 1 through September 4, 2017
NASW Aviation Museum
500 Forrestal Road
Cape May Airport
Rio Grande, NJ
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.
Sunday September 3, 2017 8:00PM
Borgata Events Center
Atlantic City, NJ
Annual Wildwood Block Party and Music Festival
Sunday, September 3, 2017, Continuous 11am - 11pm
(across from the Wildwoods Convention Center on Ocean Avenue between Burk and Montgomery Avenues)
Beginning at 11am, 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.
Our Three Tenors with the Ocean City Pops
Sunday, September 3, 2017; @ 7:30 pm
Ocean City Music Pier
Moorlyn Terrace & Boardwalk
Ocean City, NJ
Purchase tickets (Tickets are $20)
An Ocean City tradition! Shawn Mathey, Cody Austin and Roy Hage will bring down the house with your favorite arias and showpieces.