The Best Central 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.
Multi-Date Central Jersey Family Festivals and Events
Asbury Park Bonfires on the Beach
All bonfires are weather permitting.
Fridays @7pm; May 4 - June 22, & September 7 - September 28th
Thursday, July 5th, @ 8pm
Wednesdays @ 8pm, July 11 - August 29th
Seaside Heights Bonfires on the Beach
Monday nights from dusk to 10pm, July 9,
16, 23, 30, August 6, 13, 20, 27, 2018
Bring your beach chairs and blankets to North Beach on Monday nights for our family-friendly Bonfire on the Beach. While the fire burns, sit back and enjoy the acoustic sounds of local singers and songwriters
August 2018 Central Jersey Family Festivals & Events
Highlands Clam Festival
August 2 - 5, 2018
This family event feature succulent seafood, live music, thrill rides, crafters, contests, and games
Corn, Tomato and Beer Festival
Saturday, August 4, 2018; from 12 noon to 8pm (rain date August 5th)
Cost: Free to Attend
Held in Flemington's Artisan District, this foodie and beer-lovers event will feature an expansive micro-brewery beer garden, live music, great food, and family entertainment --- and of course, New Jersey's finest corn and tomatoes! This is a family friendly event for all ages with an expanded kids zone and free entertainment.
Edison's Food Wine & Beer Festival
Saturday, August 18th, 2018; 12pm to 8pm
100 Municipal Blvd
Cost: $5, Children under 10 are Free
This family event features 5 Craft Brewers including Edison's Cypress Brewery, Wine, Live Entertainment, Artists & Activities for the Kids
September 2018 Central Jersey Family Festivals & Events
September 2, 2018; rain or shine
This event features an all-day celebration of Scandinavia at its best – where you'll discover the customs…the history…the ethnic variety of the six Nordic nations: Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. There will be medieval combat reenactments, folk dance, artisans and food including potatiskorv (Swedish sausage), Swedish meatballs, smoked salmon, Swedish coffee bread, cardamom braids and rings, Danish sticks, Swedish pancakes with lingon, artsoppa (Swedish pea soup) and kaldolmar (Scandinavian cabbage rolls).
43rd Annual Rutherford Labor Day Street Fair
Monday, September 3, 2018; 10am - 5pm, Rain or Shine
Park Avenue, from Ames Avenue to Highland
Rutherford, New Jersey
Event is Free!
The Rutherford Labor Day Street Fair is the largest and longest running street fair in New Jersey.
In addition to the traditional street vendors, food trucks and antique fair, the event now includes rides and entertainment for kids, walk around street performers including a stilt walker, balloon artist, jugglers and an array of variety entertainers along with an assortment of amusements to keep the kids entertained and attract young families. The event's lineup of live musical acts includes Rutherford resident Lise Avery, host of the internationally syndicated WFDU show, "Anything Goes." Lise will once again open the Labor Day Street Fair, as she has for the past few years. Lise plays music from the 40s through current music on her Monday morning FM program. Jersey Sound will perform oldies and classic rock favorites and also performing will be Rutherford's own Luke and the Troublemakers.
Asbury Park Oysterfest
September 7, 8, 9, 2018
Bradley Park in front of the Historic Paramount Theatre and Convention Hall
Asbury Park, NJ
This annual family event features
Food – Oysters, seafood, and traditional festival fare, Beverages – both domestic and craft beer from the Garden State and beyond, wines with some of the best reds and whites around, Soda, lemonade, and other soft drinks.
Crafts – Great gifts and treasures from over 25 local & unique vendors.
Music – Diverse music scene featured throughout the weekend.
.Kids – 6 years and younger (FREE admission). Fun food, music, and activities for children of all ages.
New Jersey Taco Festival
September 8, 2018; 10am - 8pm
Sussex County Fairgrounds
37 Plains Rd
This event features
with tacos, lucha fighting, beer, live music, a margarita mix-down, a Spicy Taco of Hell challenge, an awards for best chicken, beef, pork, seafood and veggie tacos, a Chihuahua beauty pageant, and a wrestling match.
Bergen Street Fest
September 15 and 16, 2018
National Guard Armory
1799 Teaneck Rd.
This event features live music, classic car show, food trucks, fried Oreos, funnel cake, beer garden, train rides, bouncy houses and vendors
Food Truck & Craft Beer Fest at Yogi Berra Stadium
Saturday, September 29, 2018; 12pm to 7pm
Yogi Berra Stadium
8 Yogi Berra Drive
Little Falls, NJ
Contact: Kirsten Muhaw; Phone: 973-450-1070, Email: email@example.com
Cost: Entry is $5 for 13 & Older; Free for Kids 12 & Younger. Parking is Free
This all-day party is fun for the whole family. Parking is FREE. The Food Truck & Craft Beer Fest will feature more than 20 food trucks with a variety of delicious fare, a beer garden with over 50 different craft beers, and great live music. Family Fun will also include a Bounce House, a Mechanical Bull and plenty of backyard games including Knockerball, Ladderball, KanJam and Cornhole.
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