September Things to Do in New Jersey

Top Ten Seasonal Attractions,
Events, Day Trips, Weekend Getaways, and Vacations

Things to Do in New Jersey in September

Updated to include the Top 10 things to do in New Jersey in September 2018.

With the official end of summer not far off and the weather still very pleasant to enjoy outdoor activities, September is a great month to catch up on visiting attractions and participating in outdoor activities before it turns cold. With the crowds at the Jersey shore having dwindled, and the ocean water still warm in southern NJ, popular destinations like Cape May, Wildwood and Ocean City are excellent choices for a weekend getaway or late season vacation.

1- Plan a weekend getaway or an early fall vacation to Cape May

Cape May

Cape May Visitors Guide
Cape May is not the type of resort that you visit just once. There is a charm and special warmth about the town that pulls you back again an again. Cape May is not just a summer resort. September is very popular with plenty of things to do and the water is still warm enough to visit the beach.


2- Plan a weekend Getaway to Lambertville

Lambertville, NJ Canal

Lambertville Visitors Guide
Lambertville, NJ is an historic town on the Delaware River with numerous attractions to see and experience.

The curious visitor will find antique shops, art galleries, specialty stores, bed and breakfasts, a brewery and plenty of good restaurants. The more active visitor will try the D & R canal tow path where bicyclists can enjoy a ride for people of all skill levels.

Get out an enjoy the outdoors with a trip to the Pine Barrens

Pine Barrens, NJ

The Pine Barrens  is popular as a destination for a weekend getaway and day trippers who enjoy getting outdoors to experience a pristine environment. The Pine Barrens covers more land mass than either Yosemite or Grand Canyon national parks.
For the adventuresome, there are a wide variety of canoeing, kayaking, hiking, fishing, cycling, hunting. horseback riding, and camping activities.

4 - Try crabbing - Its the peak time of the season for a popular NJ activity

crabbing

Crabbing is a very popular summer and fall activity along the bays and creeks on the Jersey Shore. Crabs can be caught from a rental row boat using a drop line or a scoop net along the bay dock pilings, or with a net and bait along the side of a creek. In NJ, in terms of numbers caught, recreational crabbing exceeds recreational fishing catches of bluefish, flounder, black sea bass and striped bass.

5 - A Great Time of the Year for a Canoe or Kayak trip 

Kayaking

Best Kayaking destinations
Kayaking and canoeing offers a wide variety of scenic and wildlife experiences, with a range water from easy flat water to the more intermediate, challenging rivers and beach areas.




6 - Go Apple Picking to a Pick Your Own Farm

Apple Picking

Best "Pick Your Own" apple orchards
This is a great family activity with the apple picking season in New Jersey running from early August to October 31st, with peak picking times from September 1 to October 15th.

7- Take in a Jersey Shore Family Friendly Seafood Festival

Atlantic City Seafood Festival
Atlantic City Seafood Festival
September 8 & 9, 2018
Bader Field
600 Albany Avenue
Atlantic City, NJ
Website
Cost: $10 per person, per day. General Admission. 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.

8- Take in an Irish Festival

Irish Fall Festival
Irish Fall Festival
September 20 - 23, 2018
Olde New Jersey Avenue
North Wildwood, NJ
Website
One of the largest Irish festivals in the country is held at the Jersey shore -- every September, Wildwood holds the annual Irish Fall Festival!. The yearly celebration of Irish heritage is expected to draw as many as a quarter of a million people to the resort of the Wildwoods for the festival.
The Four-day event celebrates Irish heritage with dancing, music, food, crafts, a piper competition, and a parade on Sunday. 8 a.m. - 11 p.m. Daily. Free Other festival activities include a golf tournament, amateur boxing matches, Irish dance lessons, Ceili, 5k Run and 1 mile walk, pipe exhibition, Irish music concert, Catholic Mass and concludes with a parade on Surf Ave. from 26th to Spruce and Olde New Jersey Avenues, North Wildwood

9 - Take in an Italian Festival with Fireworks

Mercer County Italian Festival
Annual Mercer County Italian American Festival
September 7, 8, 9, 2018; Rain or Shine
Burlington County Fairgrounds
Route 206
Columbus, NJ
609-631-7544
Website
Note: After 18 years in Mercer County Park, the Mercer County Italian American Festival has moved to Burlington County.
Admission is $10 per carload (Parking Fee). There is no individual admission fee at the entrance gate.
Italian cultural festival features authentic Italian and Italian American music; a Food Piazza including some of the region's best Italian restaurants; wine and beer gardens; amusement rides; children's activities; bocce; fireworks; Italian Market Tent with traditional Italian products; Heritage Pavilion with art and memorabilia; and Cultural Theater with cultural presentations. Fireworks Spectacular Display, Saturday at 9:30 PM, immediately following the headliner performance.

10 - Take in a Beer Festival on the Battleship New Jersey

Battleship New Jersey
WMGK Brew Blast
Saturday, September 8, 2018; 12:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Battleship New Jersey
100 Clinton St
Camden, NJ 
Website
This event features beer tasting, live entertainment, and a free self-guided tour of the nation's most decorated ship.
Sample over 30 NJ Breweries while being entertained by the Cabin Dogs. Food available for purchase. Ticket includes a collectible sample glass and 15 4 oz. samples with the option to purchase more.  VIP tickets get in one hour early and allow you to try a range of special beers that may run out before main session starts.




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