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.

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
609.523.1602
Free
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
Website
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
609.522.2444
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.

Sea Isle City Food Truck Festival
September 8, 9, 10, 2017
Kix McNutley's
63rd and Landis Avenue
Sea Isle City, NJ
Cost: Free
Website
This popular event features up to a dozen food trucks, vendors, live entertainment, family fun, and more. The focus is to bring all of the hottest food trucks in the Tri-State Area., the best sweets along the Cape May seashore, along with the top crafts in food and cooking related products.

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
Website
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
Website
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).
Website
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

Medford Oktoberfest & Music Festival
Saturday Sept 16th 2017; 11 am till 7 pm (Rain or Shine)
Medford's Freedom Park
86 Union Street
Medford, NJ 08055
Website
Free Admission, All Ages, Free On-Site Parking
Three Stages of Live Music with Food Trucks, a Beer Garden The line-up of performers includes:
MACH22 | COLD ROSES | DEAL CASINO ? SHERRY LYNN | GINA ZO | KICKING SUNRISE THE DIRTY BOHEMIANS | PEACE AND THE CITY GREASE DINO PETACCIO AND THE INTRUDERS | THE FIFTH SIDE BOULEVARD EXPRESS | NO ONE YOU KNOW WINCHESTER TREATY | CAMILLE PERUTO ANDREW MOORER | THE DEATH OF SAUL JAKE GUSSMAN AND THE BROKEN BRANCHES THE PITCH PINES | RACHEL MAYA ?

The Giant Pumpkin Carve
September 23, 2017
Salem County Fairgrounds
735 Harding Hwy.
Woodstown, NJ
Website
Tickets are $7 for adults and free for children 5 and under.
Meals on Wheels holds this annual fundraising event that features lots of activities including high school and amateur artists who carve giant pumpkins. It attracts about 4,000 people each year and offers a pumpkin light show, free hayrides, kids crafts, straw maze, music and more family fun.

Giant Pumpkin Carve & Pumpkin Pageant
Saturday, September 23, 2017, 4:00pm until 9:00pm
Salem County Fair Grounds
Route 40
Pilesgrove Township, NJ
Website
(856) 935-3663.
The annual autumn event is fun family to welcome fall. More than 60 giant pumpkins will be carved by professional, amateur and student artists and showcased for public viewing and judging.  Look forward to loads of fun for all ages: hayrides, music, crafts, costume pageant, games, vendors, wine tasting and more!

Chowderfest Weekend
September 30 - October 1, 2017; Saturday, 10am to 5pm & Sunday, 11am to 4pm, Rain or Shine
Taylor Avenue ball field (across from Schooner’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

Night of the Living Machines
Every Friday night in October, Oct 6th, Oct 13th, Oct 20th, Oct 27th, 2017: 6 PM to 10 PM
Diggerland USA
100 Pinedge Drive
West Berlin, NJ 08091
Website & Ticlets
Enjoy all the Diggerland attractions with an after dark bonus: Feeling brave? Take a hayride into the unknown full of machines that have been given a mind of their own! This is a seasonal attraction available only on these select Friday nights!

Annual Deerfield Township Harvest Festival
October 5, 6, 7, 8, 2017
678 Morton Ave.
Bridgeton, NJ
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.

Avalon Seafood Festival
October 7th, 8th, 2017; Rain date: October. 14 - 15
30th St. & Beach
Avalon, NJ 08202
609-967-3936
Website
This family festival features fresh and local seafood from area restaurants, craft and seasonal beer and wine and live entertainment. Let's Party Events will be on-site with children's activities including face painting, balloon art and even a family-fun Art Bar! Be sure to return on Sunday for the famous Chowder Championship at 1pm. Entertainment will be provided by Sound Advice Lounge, live-streaming the weekend's College and NFL football games throughout the weekend.

Ocean City Fall Block Party and Fireworks Spectacular

Saturday, October 7, 2017 - 9:00 AM until dusk
5th - 14th Streets on Asbury Ave.
Ocean City, NJ
Website
This event features over 400 crafters, food vendors, music and more. In the evening, family night entertainment on the boardwalk with fireworks at dusk

Wildwoods Seafood and Music Festival
October 7th, 2017:11 am - 8 pm; Rain date Sun. Oct. 8
Atlantic Avenue (between Wildwood and Schellenger Avenues)
Wildwood, NJ 08260
609-729-4000
Website
This family event features live music, crafters, food vendors, pie eating contest & much more!
Two stages of free musical entertainment. A "Kids Korner" with activities including pumpkin painting, crab hat making and inflatable bounce houses will take place from noon - 5 p.m.

28th Annual Cranberry Fest
October 7, 8, 2017
Downtown Bordentown, Farnsworth Ave.
Bordentown, NJ
609-414-0828
Website
This family event features live music,over 145 crafters, food from local eateries, a kids corner, and an antiques & vintage row.

South Jersey Pumpkin Show Festival
October 13 - 1 4- 15, 2017
Salem County Fairgrounds
760 Harding Hwy. Rte. 40,
Woodstown, NJ
856-765-0118
Website
This festival features three- days of family fun with contests, artists, craftsmen, home products, a pumpkin pyramid, entertainment, food, wine, amusement rides, a Giant Pumpkin Weigh Off, headless horsemen, scarecrows, Little Miss & Mister Pageant, dog parade, Boo Barn and more.

Annual Pine Barrens Jamboree at Wells Mills Park
October 14th, 2017; 11am - 4pm (rain or shine)
Wells Mills County Park
Rt. 532
Waretown, NJ
Website
Parking and admission FREE
This annual event features a fun filled day of music of the pines, cultural demonstrations, traditional crafts, nature and history programs. Attendees will sit under the big tent and enjoy a fun filled day of county, bluegrass and traditional music presented by the musicians from Albert Music Hall.

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: kbrienza@hopehosehumane.com
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 www.brewtickets.com, and at our Cranberry Festival booth.

Chatsworth Cranberry Festival
October 21, 22, 2017; 9am to 4pm
Downtown, Chatsworth NJ
Website
The Cranberry Festival is a celebration of New Jersey's cranberry harvest, the 3rd largest in the United States, and offers a tribute to the Pine Barrens & Local Culture. This family event features live entertainment many artists & craftsmen demonstrating their crafts and offering them for sales.
Admission is FREE. Parking is available at the school. Signs will be posted and traffic will be directed.

Sahara Sam's Monster Splash Halloween Event
Friday, October 27th, 2017: 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Sahara Sam's Oasis
535 North Route 73
West Berlin, NJ 08091
Website & Tickets
Admission: 24.95 / Free for Members
Get in the Halloween spirit at their family friendly Monster Splash!   This splashtastic, festive event is perfect for families with children of all ages! They will be rockin' the building with your favorite Halloween jams and holding contests and giveaways throughout the night. Plus --- they are doing a FOAM party!

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