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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 2019.

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.

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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 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 


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

Downbeach  Seafood Festival
Downbeach Seafood Festival
Saturday, September 7, 2019
Ski Beach
Dorset Ave &Burk Ave
Ventnor. NJ
Admission: $10 per person. Kids under 12 are FREE
This family 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. This is a seafood lover's dream featuring approximately 25 different local and regional seafood restaurants and purveyors who will be serving up their favorite seafaring dishes! It's also a great opportunity for foodies and food seekers to meet some of Atlantic County's most unique chefs and restaurateurs all while eating their tasty creations.
Located on the beautiful, bayfront property with a boat ramp and a large grassy park, this venue has unobstructed bay views and allows for our guests to get creative with their transportation modes, welcoming non-motorized water vessels to dock on it's shores
Participating restaurants have been requested to maintain their price points between $4 and $11 per entree depending on size and cost.
Parking will be available at Ventnor Plaza, located off of Wellington Avenue. Transportation to and from the lots will be available.

8- Take in an Irish Festival

Irish Fall Festival
Irish Fall Festival
September 19, 20, 21, 22, 2019
Olde New Jersey Avenue
North Wildwood, NJ
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 27, 28, 29, 2019; Hours: Friday 3:00pm - 11:00pm , Saturday 12:00pm - 11:00pm & Sunday 12:00pm - 9:30pm (Rain or Shine)
Mercer County Park
1638 Old Trenton Road
West Windsor, NJ 08550
Contact: John Scarpari, Phone: 609-631-7544, Email:
Admission: Adults: $5.00, Senior Citizens, 65 years of age and older: $4.00, Children, 12 years of age and younger: FREE
The 20th Anniversary of New Jersey's number one Italian American Festival returns to Mercer County Park. Named one of New Jersey's Best Fall Festivals by CBS New York, this annual celebration of Italian and Italian American culture features a Food Piazza with Beer & Wine Gardens, national and regional entertainment, an Italian Market with contemporary and traditional Italian merchandise, a Heritage Pavilion with local memorabilia and cultural presentations, amusement rides, children's activities, fireworks, bocce and more! The festival is a rain or shine event with plenty of covered areas for guests' comfort.

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

High Caliber Music Festival
High Caliber Festival 2019
Saturday, Subday, September 14, 15, 2019
Battleship New Jersey
62 Battleship Pl
Camden, NJ 08103
Website/Tickets & Line-up
High Caliber is the world's first and only bass music festival aboard a US Navy Battleship. The festival takes place over two days and features over 50 artists across three stages.


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