Best New Jersey Family Festivals And Events

Music, Food, Entertainment and Fun Activities

New 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 North Jersey Family Festivals And Events

Somerset County Weekend Journey through the Past
Saturday, October 8, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, October 9, 2016 from noon to 4 p.m.
Free event
his annual autumn weekend features an journey to the past by visiting twenty-six historic sites county-wide where you can experience the sights and sounds of the 18th century with costumed re-enactors, house tours and activities; living-history re-enactors; open-hearth cooking; colonial tavern life and games; interactive activities, such as signing an actual enlistment document with quill and ink; special collections and exhibitions;  traditional blacksmithing; 19th-century firefighting wagons and apparatus; antiques sales; craftspeople demonstrating period decorative crafts; live theatre and period music performances; genealogical resources; participatory colonial dance instruction; daily chores of 18th-century life; military history; demonstrations; local history video, and so much more.
Participating Historic Sites include:
Boudinot Southard Ross House, Basking Ridge; Brick Academy, Basking Ridge; Brook Arts Center/Brook Theater, Bound Brook:
Codington Farmstead, Warren Twp; Frelinghuysen House/ Raritan Public Library, Raritan; Amy Garret House, Rocky Hill;
Kennedy Martin Stelle Farmstead, Basking Ridge; Kirch-Ford- Terrell House, Warren Twp;
1860 School House/ Millstone Borough, Millstone Mt. Bethel Mtg. House, Warren Twp; Old Millstone Forge, Millstone;
Old Presbyterian Graveyard, Bound Brook; The Presbyterian Church of Bound Book, Bound Brook:
Relief Hose # No. 2 Engine House, Raritan: Daniel Robert House, Somerville: Borough Hall, Somerville;
Somerville Fire Museum, Somerville; South Branch School House, Branchburg; Abraham Staats House, So. Bound brook;
Andrew Ten Eyck House , Branchburg; Texier House Museum, Watchung;
USGA Museum and Arnold Palmer Ctr. For Golf History, Far Hills; Jacobus Vanderveer House, Bedminster;
Van Horne House, Bridgewater; Van Veghten House, Bridgewater; Washington Rock, Watchung: and the
Wyckoff Garretson House, Somerset/Franklin Twp.

7th Annual Sussex County Harvest Honey and Garlic Festival
October 8, 2016 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

Chester's 33rd Annual Harvest Celebration
Saturday, October 15, 16, 2016; 11am to 5pm
Perry St.
Chester, NJ

This annual family festival features a Soup & Chili Cook Off on Saturday with Food Tasting & Chef Competition(Admission prices for Cook Off listed on website).
and manyHarvest Celebration activities including; Colonial Musketeer Fife and Drum, Clown Performance, Face Painting, Pumpkin Carving Demo, Wood Carving Demo, Pumpkin Painting, Guess the Pumpkin Weight, Ford V-8 Antique Car Show, Antique Apple Press Demo, The Reelers Square Dancers, and NBC'S Produce Pete.

Open House at the Stickley Museum
Sunday, October 16, 2016;12- 4 p.m.
The Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms
2352 Route 10 West
Morris Plains, NJ 07950
As part of the Museum’s annual gala weekend, the Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms will suspend tours for the day to open for a Free Open House in Gustav Stickley’s Log House, built in 1911. Visitors are welcome to stroll the Log House at their own pace, experiencing both the standard furnishings and the new items in our special Newcomb Pottery exhibition. Trained museum docents will be available to provide information on the history of the house and its furnishings, and spotlight talks throughout the afternoon will highlight different aspects of the museum. All are welcome and no reservations are necessary!
The Open House will also feature two book signings relating to the Newcomb Pottery exhibition.

RISE of the Jack O'Lanterns
Thursday, October 27, Friday, October 28, Saturday, October 29, Sunday, October 30, 2016: 10:00a.m.-10:30p.m.
Meadowlands Exposition Center
355 Plaza Drive
Secaucus, NJ 07094
Advanced tickets Required
This family friendly event features 5,000 hand-carved illuminated jack o’lanterns creatively arranged along a scenic walking path and set to a musical score. RISE will include characters from American pop culture, multi-pumpkin artistic structures including life-sized dinosaurs and dragons, and intricately carved 100-pound pumpkins. With multiple live carving stations, visitors can also watch talented RISE artists create the different displays seen in the show.The pumpkin trail at RISE of the Jack O’Lanterns is indoors, well-lit and staffed to ensure that the fun is safe and enjoyable for visitors of all ages.

Ninja Warrior Halloween Party at HudsonPLAY
Sunday : October 30, 2016; 12 - 3 PM.
189 Brunswick Street
Jersey City, NJ 07302
This Halloween event for chilsdren promises a Wicked Good Time at the Halloween Party.
Activities included : Magic Show, Faceprinting, Baloons, Costume Competition, Prizes and Surprises, Goody Bags and DJ Dance Party.
Take Awesome pictures on the Ninja Warrior Course with your costume on. Buy tickets at (Early Bird Discounts available).

November 2016 North Jersey Family Festivals And Events

Disney On Ice: Follow Your Heart
November 16, 17, 19, 20, 2016 7:00PM
Prudential Center
Newark, NJ

59th Annual Model Railroad Show
November 25-27, December 3-4 and 10-11, and January 7-8, 2017: from 1-5PM
575 High Mountain Road
North Haledon, NJ, or contact Robert at 201-387-8716.
This event features a 1200 square foot HO layout, steam and diesel locomotives, Thomas and Friends, numerous freight and passenger trains, rural and urban scenes, and working signals. Fun for all ages.

Feasting with Family & Friends
Christmas in the Ballantine House
Friday, November 25 through Sunday, January 8, 2017
Newark Museum
49 Washington Street
Newark, NJ
The Museum’s National Historic Landmark, the 1885 Ballantine House, offers visitors a taste of how Christmas was celebrated in late Victorian Newark, as English, German and Dutch holiday traditions merged into something not so very different from the way the holiday is celebrated in America today. This historically accurate installation offers the opportunity to step back in time to learn about 19th-century life and traditions. From the Christmas tree (a German tradition) to the wooden shoes by the hearth (a Dutch tradition) to the stockings on the chimney and plum pudding in the dining room (English traditions), visitors can get a sense of how Christmas evolved into a home-based secular holiday in the 19th century.

December 2016 North Jersey Family Festivals And Events

Holiday Festival (Friends of Lord Stirling Stable)
December 3, 4, 2016: 10am – 4pm
Lord Stirling Stable
Basking Ridge
908 766-5955
Take a hayride to see Santa Claus, ride a pony, decorate ornaments, and enjoy many other activities. Find that perfect gift at the Silent Auction, which benefits the School Horse Retirement Fund. Fees vary; admission, parking, hayrides & pony rides are free.

Festival of Trees "Deck The Halls"
December 3 -10, 2016
The Barn at Highlands Ridge Park (The building is handicapped-accessible)
100 North Road
Chester, NJ. 
Hours of operation are: Saturdays 10 – 5, Sunday Noon - 5, Monday & Wednesday 10 – 6, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday 10 – 8. 
The Festival of Trees is a community celebration featuring a spectacular display of holiday trees in a winter-wonderland setting. The trees are individually decorated by families, businesses, and civic organizations and enjoyed by hundreds of people. The majority of the trees are offered for silent auction during the week-long event. Local musical talents entertain Festival attendees while touring the spectacle. Proceeds from the Festival support the activities and programs of the Senior Resource Center.

A Christmas Carol
Sunday December 18, 2016
Bergen Performing Arts Center
Englewood, NJ

Central Jersey Family Festivals

Central Jersey Family Festivals

Central 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

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