The Best South Jersey Family Festivals and Events

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.

Multi-Date, Reoccuring Southern Jersey Family Festivals and Events

Carnival on the Lawn
June 19th until August 28th, 2017; 5:30 - 9pm every Monday
Congress Hall
200 Congress Pl.
Cape May, NJ
Monday nights at Congress Hall is the place to be! The Lawn transforms into a carnival festival with booths, carnival hosts, games for all ages, face painting, balloon twisting, food, treats, and more! Snack on some popcorn while playing skee ball. Chow down on yummy hot dogs while taking part in a pig race. You can even take a train ride on our Congress Hall Express. The whole family is invited to take part!

Family Fun Night
Thursday Nights, July 6th, 2017 - August 17th, 2017; 6:30 pm - 8:30pm
Excursion Park
JFK Blvd. & Pleasure Ave.
Sea Isle City, NJ 08243
Website (Check for schedule of events)
Family Fun Night moves to Thursday nights and promises to offer exciting interactive activities and themes each week. Every Thursday night Excursion Park will host activities such as inflatables, face painting and more.

Sunday Family Fun Nights
July 2nd until August 27th, 2017; 6:30 pm to Dusk, Every Sunday night
North Beach
Fremont Ave.
Seaside Heights, NJ
These events feature a tug-of-war, long jump, hula hoop, hurdles, Frisbee golf, and various other family activities. The highlight of these activities is the large inflatable obstacle course.

July 2017 Southern New Jersey Family Festivals And Events

Freedom Festival on the Camden Waterfront
July 4, 2017 5 PM – 10 PM
Wiggins Park
2 Riverside Drive
Camden, NJ, 08103
Celebrate Independence Day with a concert & Fireworks
Schedule includes:
5 PM Kickoff Salute to America and our Veterans
6:30 PM Cherry Poppin' Daddies 8 PM WAR
9:30 PM Fireworks Spectacular over the Delaware River

NJ State Barbeque Championship & Blues Festival

July 7th - 9, 2017; Fri: 4 -11 pm, Sat: 10 am - 11 pm, Sun: 10 am - 6 pm.
Olde New Jersey Ave. & 2nd St.
North Wildwood, NJ
Free event
This annual 3 day festival feature the best in Barbeque & Blues with live cooking demonstrations, food and top regional and national blues acts on their main stage.

Wildwood Crest Sand Sculpting Festival
Saturday, July 8. 2017; 9 a.m. - 2 p.m; Rain date Sunday;
The beach at Heather Road
Wildwood Crest, NJ
Amateur and semi-pro sand sculpting contest hosted by professional world-renowned sand sculptor Matt Long and "Can You Dig It"! sand sculpting. FREE to all participants and spectators. Prizes awarded in a variety of categories. Event also includes live music on the beach, magic show, beach games and more.

Crabulous Crab Day
July 14th, 2017; 9:30 am - 3 pm.
The Wetlands Institute
1075 Stone Harbor Blvd
Stone Harbor, NJ 08247
This family friendly event features Crabulous fun with Crab Races and Games, Crabbing at the Dock, Crabbing Tips and Tricks, Crab Teaching Tank, Crabbing Tournament, and more!

Burlington County Farm Fair
July 18th, 2017 - July 22nd, 2017
Burlington County Fairgrounds
1960 Jacksonville-Jobstown Rd. & Rt. 206
Columbus, NJ 08022
This family friendly 5 day fair features something there for all ages, including farm events, kids activities, food vendors, and nightly shows.

Gloucester County 4-H Fair
July 27th - July 30th, 2017
Gloucester County 4-H Fairgrounds
275 Bridgeton Pk.
Mullica Hill, NJ 08062
This family event features a celebration of the accomplishments of 4-H youth who have worked throughout the year on a wide variety of educational programs. Attendees get to watch our equestrians lead their horses in exercises in precision, place an auction bid on a hog, lamb, or beef raised by a 4-Her, watch the judging of our rabbit or goat shows, learn all about cows from dairy and beef club members, cheer for their favorite dog in the obedience class, learn how to raise a pet bird from members of the exotic bird club, slither around to the reptile club exhibit, and enjoy the various animal costume contests. In addition to the displays and shows of 4-H projects, Additional attractions include a petting zoo, animal shows, pony rides, live music, K-9 demonstrations, and craft vendors, and more.

Peach Party
July 29, 2017: 10am - 1pm
Vine Street Parking Lot, across from the Eagle Theatre
Hammonton, NJ 08037
This family event features all things peaches withpeach activities, peach inspired foods and a visit from Peach Queens past and present.
Enjoy live music, peach contests and giveaways. Baby Peach Fuzz Contest and a chance to enter your homemade peach pie into the statewide Peach Pie Contest.

August 2017 Southern New Jersey Family Festivals And Events

National Night Out
August 1, 2017: 5:30pm - 8:30pm
Cape May Convention Hall
714 Beach Ave.
Cape May, NJ 08204
This family night out features beach games, bounce house, dunk tank, cape may fire truck, us coast guard, hot dogs, candy, refreshments, prizes and giveaways.

Beatlemania Again Live in Concert
August 8, 2017; 7pm
Wildwoods Convention Center
4506 Boardwalk
Wildwood, NJ
Contact : 800-745-3000, Email:
Tickets: $35 ,$25, $15 - Ticketmaster 1800 745-3000 or you may purchase tickets at the Wildwoods Convention Center Box Office.
The Beatles Experience: Relive the Music, the Magic and the Mania Live on Stage.

Salem County Fair
August 8th - 11th, 2017
Salem County Fairgrounds
735 Rt. 40
Woodstown, NJ
No Admission Fee! Parking Fee - $10.00 per vehicle for all 4 days
This "old Fashioned" country fair with features livestock shows and events and a large farm machinery display. A BBQ dinner is offered nightly along with many other food vendors. There are tractor and truck pulls, a ranch sorting, and Thursday evening fireworks.

National Lighthouse Day
August 7th, 2017: 9 am - 2 pm
Cape May Lighthouse
215 Lighthouse Ave.
Cape May Point, NJ 08204
This event features family activities at the base of the lighthouse including pirate-hat making, games, music and craft vendors.

Butterfly Festival featuring the Kate Gorrie Butterfly House
August 12th, 2017
The Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed
31 Titus Mill Rd.,
Pennington, NJ 08534
A family-oriented day that demonstrates new and exciting ways in which the Watershed is fulfilling its mission to protect the environment and clean water. Attendees will get to participate in the process of keeping our earth green and provide examples of planet-friendly choices to help support greener-living. They will feature local crafts and products and exhibitors with many types of art, crafts, music, photography, sculpture, etc.

Festival of Lights

Saturday, August 12, 2017; starts @ 3pm
The Promenade
Pearl Blvd. & High St.
Burlington, NJ 08016
This fun family event features children's activities, food, live music, fireworks, merchandise vendors and some new cars on display. After sunset enjoy a lighted/decorated boat parade as it makes it's way along the Burlington Riverfront, and stay on for the grand finale fireworks at 9:30 pm. Free admission. Remember to bring your blanket and a chair to watch the festivities.

Blue Claw Craft Show
August 19th, 2017
Sunset Park
3 W. Salem Ave.
Harvey Cedars, NJ 08008
This family friendly event features many local and popular crafters from New Jersey as well as Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland. Additionally there will be a Blue Claw Crab race for children of all ages. Held in beautiful Sunset Park located on the Bay in Harvey Cedars

Atlantic City Airshow - "Thunder Over the Boardwalk"
August 23, 2017: 11am - 3:30pm
Atlantic City Boardwalk
@ Beach & Boardwalk
Atlantic City, NJ 08401
Free Event
?Watch with excitement as the U.S. Airforce Thunderbirds roar above Atlantic City's beaches and boardwalks during this annual airshow. This family-friendly event will also include performances by the U.S. Army Golden Knights Parachute Team, the GEICO Skytypers and more.
Note: The GEICO Skytypers are a flying unit comprised of 10 pilots who fly World War II-era aircraft. They are the only flying unit in the world with the ability to generate giant skytyped messages and perform in air shows across the United States.

Seafarers' Weekend
August 26th, 27th, 2017
Historic Cold Spring Village
720 Rt. 9,
Cape May, NJ 08204
This family event fetures a variety of pirate performances, music and family fun. Attendees will get to enjoy special exhibits and demonstrations including antique boats, blacksmithing and decoy carving. Plus sea chanties and sing-alongs! The Village buildings will also be open, with historical interpreters in period clothing who demonstrate the trades, crafts and lifestyles of Early America

September 2017 Southern New Jersey Family Festivals And Events

Labor Day Weekend Fireworks Spectacular
Friday, September 1, 2017 @dusk
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 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.

21st Annual Airfest
September 1 through September 4, 2017
NASW Aviation Museum
500 Forrestal Road
Cape May Airport
Rio Grande, NJ
(609) 886-8787
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.

Annual Wildwood Block Party and Music Festival
Sunday, September 3, 2017, Continuous 11am - 11pm
Fox Park
(across from the Wildwoods Convention Center on Ocean Avenue between Burk and Montgomery Avenues)
Wildwood, NJ
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.

Atlantic City Seafood Festival
September 9 & 10, 2017
Outside of Showboat Hotel
Open space located in-between Showboat Hotel and the former Revel hotel.
701 Boardwalk (Use for GPS)
Atlantic City, NJ
Cost: $10 per person, per day. Kids under are FREE to enter. Restaurants charge between $4 and $11 per entree
This family friendly event features foods available from local restaurants, Tastings of Jersey made craft beers and wines in the tasting tent, Cooking Demos, Live Music, Local Art and Artists, Wine Seminars, a Crab Cake Eating Competition, a Chowder Cook-Off, Children's activities and amusements including a Sand Sculpting / Kids Sand Sculpting area, and more.

Boots at the Beach
September 15, 16, 2017(Rain or shine)
Olde New Jersey Ave
North Wildwood, NJ
Southern New Jersey's largest country festival. Country vendors,crafts,wares and more! Country bands, Dj's and food. All in a great outdoor setting by the seaside in beautiful North Wildwood. A good Olde Time for the entire family.The event includes an open air concert and vendors for people to choose from. The event is held on Olde New Jersey Avenue in the Entertainment District that allows many options for guests in the areas of beverages, food, and many other entertainment options.

The Makers Festival
September 16, 2017
Manahawkin Lake Park
Manahawkin, NJ
Parking is available at the Southern Regional High School School (714 North Main St [Route 9], Manahawkin).
Entry to festival grounds is free. There is a $10 entry fee to the Biergarten which includes a complimentary mug and one free beer.
This family event features over 125 handmade vendors including art and crafts from local talent, including woodworking, sculpting, photography, music, a Biergarten, and face painting..
Beach chairs and blankets welcome. There will be picnic tables & hay bales situated throughout the park, however, open space is on a first come, first serve basis

Chowderfest Weekend
September 30 - October 1, 2017; Saturday, 10am to 5pm & Sunday, 11am to 4pm, Rain or Shine
Taylor Avenue ball field (across from Schoonerق€™s Wharf and Bay Village)
Ninth Street and Taylor Avenue
Beach Haven
Information & Tickets
A family friendly celebration of saying good bye to summer and welcome the fall. The event features the annual Chowder Cook Off Classic (a ticketed event), live music, kids activities and unlimited Chowder tasting

October 2017 Southern New Jersey Family Festivals And Events

Annual Deerfield Township Harvest Festival
October 5, 6, 7, 8, 2017
Website (Information, entertainment schedule, reserved seats and more)
This family festival features live music entertainment, amusement rides,children's activities, food, crafts, a fireworks display, and more.
Sunday Evening will end with the grand finale fireworks at 9:30pm.

Bordentown Riverfest
October 21, 2017: 1200 PM - 10:00 PM
Bordentown City Beach
100 West Park Street
Bordentown, New Jersey 08505
Web Site
Contact: Rob Curran, Phone: 609-298-0450, Email:
Cost: Free admission. Donations accepted
Hope Hose Humane Co. No. 1 in partnership with Marcello's Restaurant is throwing the biggest party in 250 years! With over 10,000 guests attending last year, this year promises to be bigger and better as we celebrate our 250th Birthday. For those of you who haven't been to our party on the beach before…. RiverFest is a family friendly event. It's a four acre beer garden with over 12 beers on tap and wine too, over 15 restaurants, live bands all day, over 24 unique vendors and a free kids area with bounce attractions, magicians and face painters.
We have everything there that you may need from onsite restrooms, free parking and shuttle services from three offsite locations, ATM machines, and over 3,600 square feet of tents to relax under.
This event is a fundraiser with proceeds going to support Hope Hose – Bordentown's oldest all volunteer fire company.
For 21+ guests: Presale drink passes are $15 in advance which includes your first three beers and souvenir mug. Day of the event drink passes are an additional $5. Extra beer tickets may be purchased as needed on site. Presale passes can be purchased at, and at our Cranberry Festival booth.

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