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.

May 2017 Southern New Jersey Family Festivals And Events

Cinco De Mayo Celebration
May 5th, 2017; 5pm-9pm
10 S. Egg Harbor Rd.
Hammonton, NJ 08037
This celebration will feature food from local restaurants and food trucks. A good event to enjoy great Mexican food

Renaissance Faire
May 6th, 7th, 2017: 11am to 6pm
Historic Smithville
615 E. Moss Mill Rd.
Smithville, NJ 08205
Visitors will get to travel back to the days of yore and merry olde England as the historic village of Smithville is transformed into the Shire of Smithville in the heart of the English Renaissance. The good Duke of Northumberland has decreed merriment for all. Fun for the whole family including comedy, tragedy, sword fighting, dance, song, knights, jesters and so much more. Also stroll amongst the wares of the local vendors and traveling merchants sporting historical gifts and finely crafted items.

Bridgeton Cinco de Mayo CultureFest
May 7, 2017
Downtown - corner of Commerce at Laurel streets.
Bridgeton, NJ
Contact: Maria Perez (856)-369-1413
Beer Garden on corner of Cohansey and Washington streets
This event feature food, arts, crafts, dancing horses, live music featuring Mariachi Band, games, and more. . . a celebration you won't want to miss featuring the best of Mexican and Latin culture.

Cloverdale Farm County Park's Big Day of Birding
May 7th, 2017 Rain or Shine, 9 am - 4 pm.
Cloverdale Farm County Park
34 Cloverdale Rd.
Barnegat, NJ 08005
Free event; for beginner and experienced birders.
Visitors will get learn about New Jersey's wild bird species. The event features guided bird walks, lectures, backyard feeder watches, bluebird trail monitoring, activities and games for children, and have live birds of prey from Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge. Several Local Birding and Conservation Organizations including the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge, Conserve Wildlife Foundation of NJ, Southern Ocean Birding Group, Purple Martin Conservation Association, and the NJ Eastern Bluebird Society will be on hand to answer any and all questions.

Point Pleasant Beach Offshore Grand Prix - OPA Boat Races
May 18, 19, 20, 21, 2016
Jenkinson's Boardwalk
Point Pleasant Beach, NJ
On Thursday, race week-end kicks off with a €œMeet the Racers'€ charity event at Jack Baker's Wharfside on Channel Drive. Friday the Pit area opens in the Silver Lake Parking Lot on Arnold Avenue.
on Friday night there will be a ق€œMeet the Racersق€ block party (4 to 8), in town from Arnold Avenue at Route 35 South to the Elks Lodge; there will be race boats, music and fun for the entire family.
On Saturday, Pit Area will be open to the public with race boats, a beer garden, live entertainment and much more. Boats go into the water for testing at Kenق€™s Landing on Broadway (10 to 3). Watch the racers take their all important swim test at the Amethyst Beach Motel (Arnold Ave ) during the day. At 5pm there will be a parade of boats from Arnold Avenue heading north on Ocean Avenue.
Sunday is ق€œRace Dayق€. See the race teams prepare for the race behind the Wharfside on Channel Drive. Watch the race from the Point Pleasant Beach Boardwalk. After the race meet the winning race teams back at the Wharfside. The week-end concludes with the Awards Ceremony at Martellق€™s on the Boardwalk.

Riverview Beach Park Wine Festival
Saturday, May 20th and Sunday, May 22st, 2017: noon to 5PM
Riverview Beach Park
9 North Broadway
Pennsville, NJ
This family event featrures wines from 15 NJ wineries, food trucks, crafters, live music and entertainment, and activities for the kids.

New Jersey Renaissance Faire
May 27, 28, and June 3, 4, 10, 11, 2017, 10:00 am
Liberty Lake
1195 Florence Columbus Rd
Bordentown, NJآ 
Cost: $25.00
This family event features a large gathering of performers, artists, artisan merchants, and eccentric patrons in 16th century garb in the Shire of New Jersey! Enjoy 8 hours of entertainment on 7 stages, including sword fighting, music, circus performers, comedy, fire eating and jousting between actual knights! Merchants sell beautiful, hand crafted items and clothing, including a blacksmith and world class glassblower!
The setting is the In The Woods of Crossford. Crossford is a village like any other in the English countryside in the 1500's. Situated on the shores of beautiful Loch Liberty in the Duchy of Northumberland, Crossford is a shire that is a jewel in the cap of the noble Duke of Northumberland. Her fields are rich and her citizens filled with merriment and love of crown and country.

2017 Millville Wheels & Wings Airshow
May 27, 28, 2017: Gates open at 9 am with flying starting at 10:30 am.
The Millville Army Air Field Museum
Millville Airport
1 Leddon Street
(856) 327-2347
Website (Tickets)
This airshow features the United States Navy Blue Angeks Jey Demonstration Team.
Attendees will also get to explore the museum. It's goal is to preserve U.S. military aviation history, including the recent Middle East conflict. Museum programs and tours focus on education about Millville's vital role in aviation history and the history of the P-47 Thunderbolt. The museum is a federal nonprofit organization, which was founded in 1983.

Tropicana's Multimedia Light and Sound Show 
Beginning Memorial Day weekend on Friday, May 26th, 2017 with fireworks starting Friday, May 26 at 10 p.m to kick off summer and its annual celebration. The fireworks performances will continue every Saturday night from June 3 through September 9, 2017 at 10 pm.
Tropicana Casino & Resort
2831 Boardwalk
Atlantic City, NJ
Free Event
This is a destination event that is not to be missed, and best viewed multiple times and from multiple vantage points. Beginning in 2016, Tropicana has partnered with the world famous Moment Factory who has created world class events for Walt Disney, Madonna and Microsoft and others. This awesome display of sound, lighting, visuals and fireworks will debut Memorial Day Weekend.
This recurring daily event is an inspirational themed Multimedia Light and Sound Show choreographed to music. The daily show can be seen as far away as Arkansas Ave. and the City of Ventnor.

Memorial Day on the Battleship New Jersey
Sunday, May 28, 2017 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Battleship New Jersey
100 Clinton St
Camden, NJ 08103
866-877-6262 x144
This family event features an awesome fireworks show over the Delaware River from the most unique location --- the deck of the Battleship New Jersey! Just a $10 donation will get you aboard for the best view of the fireworks. There will also be music, food concessions and bar service on the forecastle (forward deck). The ship will open for guests at 7pm. Fireworks are planned to begin at dusk.

June 2017 Southern New Jersey Family Festivals And Events

Delaware Bay Day
Saturday June 3 , 2017; 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Bayshore Center at Bivalve
2800 High Street
(856) 785-2060
Free Event
Delaware 'Bay Day' is the largest FREE maritime festival in New Jersey. It is held along the 'wild and scenic' Maurice River in the historic New Jersey fishing villages of Bivalve and Port Norris. East Point Lighthouse, located in Heislerville, NJ, is a satellite site for this event. People LOVE Bay Day for the history it teaches, the AJ Meerwald - Tall Ship of NJ, the volunteers are great, it's fun for kids, the food is delicious, the people are inspiring, the music makes you move, the fireworks are glorious, and admission is free.
Lighted Boat Parade and at 9pm the grand finale fireworks display.

Mummers Brigade Weekend
June 9, 10, 2017; (Rain date is Sunday).
Olde New Jersey Avenue
North Wildwood, NJ
Admission is FREE
Both the top Mummers Brigades and top Mummers String Bands from the New Year's Day Parade in Philadelphia will entertain crowds in the pub district of North Wildwood. The excitement kicks off Friday night with the Fancy Brigade Pub Crawl through local drinking establishments in the North Wildwood Entertainment District. A colorful Mummers parade will begin at 3 p.m. on Saturday along Olde New Jersey Avenue where you can get up-close views of the beautiful costumes and intricate dance steps. (Fancy Brigades begin at 3 p.m. and the String Band Grand Finale begins at 4:30 p.m.) Rain date is Sunday.

August 2017 Southern New Jersey Family Festivals And Events

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.

September 2017 Southern New Jersey Family Festivals And Events

Strong> 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.

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

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