The Best Central Jersey Family Festivals and Events

These popular Central Jersey family festivals and events occur at venues in all corners of Central NJ and have wide appeal with families with kids.

The Central Jersey family festivals feature festivals and 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.



2020 Multi-Date, Central Jersey Family Festivals and Events

Springsteen: His Hometown
Now until December 31, 2020 (Wednesday, Friday through Sunday: 11 am to 5 pm Thursdays: 11 am to 8 pm, Closed: Monday and Tuesday))
Monmouth County Historical Association
70 Court St.,
Freehold, NJ 07728
Website / Tickets
Cost: Adult $15, Senior $12, Student $12, Freehold Boro Residents $0
"Springsteen: His Hometown" displays over 150 unique items featuring selections from both the Monmouth County Historical Association and The Bruce Springsteen Archives and Center for American Music at Monmouth University.



February 2020 Central New Jersey Family Festivals And Events

Seaside Heights Polar Bear Plunge
February 22, 2020; @ 1pm
50 Blaine Ave.
Seaside Heights, NJ 08751
Website / Registration
Each year, the Polar Bear Plunge at Seaside challenges thousands of brave jumpers from around the state. It's a great way for everyone--individuals, teams, organizations and businesses--to get involved supporting Special Olympics New Jersey. All funds raised go towards programming and events for more than 26,000 athletes statewide.

Annual Highlands Chili Cook-Off
February 23, 2020; 3:00pm - 7:00pm
Bahrs Landing Restaurant
2 Bay Ave.
Highlands, NJ 07732
732-291-4713
Website
Tickets: $30
Enjoy sampling of a variety of chilis, two beer tickets and two voting ballots. Proceeds benefit the 2020 St. Patrick's Day Parade. Performances by Daly's Irish Dancers and Pipe bands.

International Polar Bear Day
February 29, 2020; 12:00pm — 4:00pm
Jenkinson's Aquarium
300 Ocean Ave.
Point Pleasant Beach, NJ 08742
732-899-1659
Website
With our partner, Polar Bears International, learn more about polar bears and what we can do in our everyday lives to help these amazing animals.
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Jersey Shore Toy Show
Saturday, February 29, 2020; 10 am - 4pm
South Wall Fire Company Banquet Hall
2605 Atlantic Ave.
Manasquan, NJ 08736
Website
908-309-2191
General Admission, $3 -(Children 12 & under FREE). Early bird admission 9 am - $5.
This event features Collectibles show featuring 75+ tables of vintage and modern toys, comic books, video games, records, and pop culture memorabilia. 1000's of vintage and collectible action figures, diecast cars and trucks, dolls, model kits, monsters, playsets, robots, slot cars, trains, and toy soldiers from the 50's, 60's, 70's, 80's, and 90's through today. Star Wars, DC & Marvel Superheroes, Transformers, G.I. Joe, Masters of the Universe, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Thundercats, WWF / WWE Wrestling, Funko Pop!, Hot Wheels, Matchbox, Hess trucks, Aurora, AFX, Barbie, Godzilla, Japanese robots, Lego, Lionel, Marx, Nintendo, PEZ, and much more



March 2020 Central Jersey Family Festivals and Events

St. Patrick’s Day in the 1830s
Saturday, March 14 2020 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
The Historic Village at Allaire
4263 Atlantic Avenue
Farmingdale, NJ
Website
Cost: Adult, $5.00; Child $3.00 Day of Event Pricing at Admission Gate: Adult, $10.00; Children $7.00 Children are 2 - 12 years; Under 2 Free.
Join us in the Village to celebrate St. Patrick's Day! Live Irish music, Irish dancing, cooking demonstrations of traditional Irish fare.
The event features an interactive reenactment exploring the life and times of the early 1800’s. Mr. Allaire has given the Irish workers the day off which the rest of the workers do not take too kindly too.. There is a special chapel program at 1pm and 3pm.

Celebrate Dr. Seuss's Birthday
March 2, 2020; 2:00pm — 5:00pm
Jenkinson's Aquarium
300 Ocean Ave.
Point Pleasant Beach, NJ 08742
732-899-1659
Website
Bring your favorite book and share it during story times with the Cat in the Hat at 2:00, 2:30, 3:00 and 4:30 pm. Enjoy crafts too! Half-price admission for children ages 3-12.

Pi Day Princeton
March 14, 2020: 9:00am — 10:00pm
Nassau Inn
10 Palmer Square
Princeton, NJ
609-865-0234
Website / Registration
Einstein was born on March 14th - 3.14 - the numeric equivalent of Pi! Princeton celebrates with an irrational number of events to celebrate Pi and Time's Man of the Century's famous birthday! Pie Eating, Pie Judging, Pie Throwing, Pi Recitation and Pizza Pie Judging Contests! For the non-competitive types, there are surprise birthday parties, a Pi-Rade, story time and book signing, and a professionally guided tour of Einstein's neighborhood. Be sure to head to Landau's at 102 Nassau Street to get commemorative tees!

Super Jersey Comic Expo
March 21, 2020; 9am - 4pm
Bell Works
101 Crawfords Corner Road
Holmdel, NJ
Website / Tickets
This event will be enjoyed comic book lovers that can buy & sell comic books, dress up in a costume. find toys & collectibles, and meet famous artists.



April 2020 Central Jersey Family Festivals and Events

Red Bank Street Fair & Craft Show
April 5, 2020; 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Broad St. and Monmouth Ave
Red Bank, NJ 07701
Website
Admission: Free
This family event features Artists, Crafters, Vendors, Food, Rides, Live Music, DJ, Dancing, Delicious foods, Performances, with Children's rides, Game Trailer, Petting Zoo, Martial Arts exhibitions, and More!

Annual New Jersey Folk Festival

Saturday, April 25, 2020; 10am - 6pm (rain or shine)
On the grounds fronting the Eagleton Institute Woodlawn
191 Ryders Lane, on the corner of George Street and Ryders Lane.
Rutgers University
New Brunswick
Website

Free admission
A family friendly one day folk festival featuring three stages of music, dancing, craft vendors, children's activities, and food. This year's theme ts: Oaxaca! Oaxacan culture, which originates in México, is deeply rooted in New Jersey, and The New Jersey Folk Festival will explore and appreciate its significance!

9th Annual International Beer, Wine & Food Fest
Sunday, April 26, 2020:(rain date: May 3 ) noon to 6 p.m.
White Street Parking Lot
Red Bank, NJ
Website
This family event features worldwide food and beverage selectionswith a showcasing Red Bank's bountiful international food scene. The fiesta atmosphere is complete with a non-stop line-up of acclaimed local and nationally known music on two stages. More than a dozen vendors, a petting zoo, children's rides and games rounds out the day's activities.



May 2020 Central Jersey Family Festivals and Events

May Day Spring Festival & Pet Expo
May 2, 2020; 11am - 4pm
Island Beach State Park
Swimming Area 1
Website
Cost: free with a suggested $8 donation
This annual family event features a pet expo, with food trucks, entertainment, crafters, a dog walk, K-9 Demos, and more.

34th Annual New Jersey Seafood Festival
Friday, May 15 - Sunday, May 17, 2020; Rain or shine event.
Downtown Belmar
Belmar Plaza Parking Lot Between 8th and 10th Avenues
Belmar, New Jersey.
Website
Free admission and shuttle from downtown, marina and train station.
Feast on your fill of crab cakes, steamed clams, combo platters and more during this years Seafood Festival. Hometown favorites Ragin' Cajun, Klein's, Jake's Downtown, Simply Southern, Marina Grille, and Mr. Shrimp Seafood Restaurant were among the participating Belmar restaurants.
Food will be for sale at each individual vendors booth.

Jersey Shore Festival
May 15th and 16th, 2020: (rain or shine)
Seaside Heights, NJ
Website (Information and line-up)
(732) 203-7787
FREE ADMISSION,
This family event event features performances by over 150 artists from around the world. Aside from the music, the Jersey Shore Festival also includes activities that are fun for the whole family including Motocross Shows, the JSF Vendor Village, and much more!

The New Jersey Jerk Fest
Saturday, May 23, 2020; 2:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Arbor Rescue Squad Lot
1790 West 7th Street
Piscataway, NJ 08854
Website
Cost: $5 - $10
The New Jersey Jerk Fest is anticipating to be the largest Caribbean Festival in the New Jersey. It has a broad general market appeal as the popularity of 'Jerk' transcends easily across the New Jersey area's dynamic, multi-ethnic population.
This family event features local chefs and restaurants cooking up variations of Jerk food, Food trucks and food vendors, Local performers & Live stage acts, A Beer garden, Craft and other shopping vendors, Bouncy Houses and other Kids Activiies

Trenton Pork Roll Festival

Saturday, May 23, 2020; 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Trenton Social
449 South Broad Street
Trenton, NJ 08611
Website
Cost: $5
Whether you call it Pork Roll or Taylor Ham ... this cult favorite meat, still made in Trenton, is one of Jersey's most beloved edible treasures. This event features Food trucks & guest chefs, a Beer garden and full bar, Live music stage, their superhero mascot, P-Roll (alias: Casey Taylor) VIP option for the ultimate experience Games and fun for kids and adults alike.



October 2020 Central Jersey Family Festivals and Events

4th Annual Jazz & Blues Street Fest
Sunday, October 11th, 2020; from 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Main St.
Downtown, Freehold, NJ
Website - Line-up
This event takes place on West Main Street between Court Street and Throckmorton Street in Downtown Freehold. featuring talented and well-known musicians from the Tri-State Area and beyond. Many vendors are participating with a variety of items from hand rolled cigars being made in front of you to hand crafted jewelry made from sea glass, metal, gem stone, etc. We will also feature vendors with t-shirts, clothing, handmade dog biscuits, soaps, honey & more.



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