The Best Central Jersey Family Festivals and Events

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.

They 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.

October 2019 Central New Jersey Family Festivals And Events

Annual Fall Forestry Festival
Saturday, October 5, 2019: 10am - 3pm
The Forest Resource Education Center
495 Don Connor Blvd
Jackson, NJ
(732) 928-2360
Free parking, and admission! There is no reservation or fee for programs or activities
This annual Fall family friendly event features over 40 nature themed exhibits, hikes, programs, and activities. Explore the pinelands forest and discover unique plants and creatures on interpreter led hikes. Get crafty and paint a pumpkin or make a wooden Smokey helicopter. Use your detective skills to find the cause of a wildfire. See foresters turn logs into lumber on sawmill and basket makers, chainsaw carvers, and traditional wood carvers demonstrate artistic uses for wood. Wear sturdy hiking shoes and bring insect repellant. Refreshments and forest products such as NJ pure Maple Syrup will be available to purchase.

Autumn Arts Afternoon
October 6, 2019: 1pm - 4pm
Nassau Park Pavilion
510 Nassau Park Blvd
Princeton, NJ 08540
Web Site
Phone: 609-716-1931, Email:
Event Cost: Free
The West Windsor Arts Council invites the community to come out and join in a day of artistic play! Autumn Arts activity stations are taught by Teaching Artists and designed to engage all ages and abilities. All you need is your imagination – materials will be provided free at this family-friendly public event!

Ocean County Columbus Day Parade & Italian Street Festival
October 11, 12, 13, 2019 ( Festival hours: Friday, 4:00pm to 10:00pm, Saturday, 10:00am to 10:00pm, & Sunday, 10:00am to 8:00pm)
Grant Avenue from Bay Blvd. to Boardwalk
Seaside Heights, N.J
Celebrating the Annual Columbus Day Parade and Italian Heritage Festival. A fun filled weekend of food, friends, and Italian Culture.
This years' special attraction is "Scialapopolo di Capri" from Napoli, Campania
The Parade will be held on Sunday at 1 pm, on the Boulevard from J Street to Sampson Avenue.

5th Annual Amazing Pumpkin Carve
Friday October 11 – Monday October 14, 2019 (Columbus Day – Kid's Day!)
Woosley Park
221 Washington Crossing-Pennington Road
Hopewell Township, New Jersey
(609) 281-5887
Admission: Adults: $15; Youth: $5; 4 & under: Free!
This family event features a four-day exhibition and celebration of giant carved pumpkins carved by local artists. This event has become a local autumn tradition. with evening storytelling around fire pits, pumpkin sales & painting for kids, humongous hay bale playground, scarecrows decorated by participating community groups, (a new) Art Walk art show & sale, live music and dance performances, s'more kits & cider, photo op-boards, and more!

Somerset County’s Annual Weekend Journey through the Past
October 12, 13, 2019; Saturday: 10am - 5pm & Sunday: Noon -4pm
20 Grove Street,
Somerville, New Jersey 08807
Web Site
Contact: Robert Meyer, Phone: 908-231-7021, Email:
Event Cost: Free
Make a vibrant connection to history at Somerset County’s 14th annual Weekend Journey through the Past!  Visit a selection of Somerset County’s historic sites, all open to the public, free of charge. Explore Somerset County’s quaint villages, rolling farmsteads, lively towns and unspoiled natural areas. Participating sites are grouped into three convenient tours by location: Northern, Central, and Southern Somerset County. Learn about former Somerset County residents: celebrities, politicians, artists, military heroes, and ordinary people who made a difference. Witness what life was like 50... 100... or even 200 years ago.
Discover our many and varied individual Revolutionary War histories—major contributions to the County’s designation as a Crossroads of the American Revolution State Heritage Area.

Hometown Harvest Fair
Saturday, October 12, 2019; 10am - 4pm, rain or shine
North Main Street/Rt. 33
Hightstown, New Jersey
Held annually on Columbus Day Weekend, this family festival is designed to bring awareness to the community, to bring commerce to local business and sponsors, and to provide fun for the children. The celebration now encompasses all of our historic Business District with the addition of food trucks, live music, special attractions, and much, much more! With an eclectic mix of nostalgic flair and modern entertainment, the Hometown Harvest Fair has a little something for everyone in your family.

Beachwood Harvest Bonfire
October 26, 2019; 6pm-9pm
Beachwood Beach
Beachwood, NJ
This family event features food, music, games and all kinds of fun. Come relax by the fire and enjoy a great night on the beautiful beach.

November 2019, Central Jersey Family Festivals and Events

Day of the Dead (El Dia de los Muertos) Community Celebration
November 2, 2019; 3:00pm — 5:00pm
Princeton Shopping Center
301 N. Harrison St.
Princeton, NJ 08540
Cost: Free
The Arts Council of Princeton and the Princeton Shopping Center present the annual Day of the Dead celebration.
This family event features a celebration of Mexico's El Día de los Muertos with strolling mariachis, sugar skull decorating, face painting, folk arts and crafts, and more! Learn about the traditions of this rich cultural holiday. Ample parking is available at the Shopping Center

December 2019 Central New Jersey Family Festivals And Events

Patriots Week
December 25 - 31, 2019
101 Barrack St.
Trenton, NJ 08608
This family event commemorates and recognizes Trenton's unique and pivotal role in the Revolutionary War. A role that has shaped some of the very streets and buildings that can still be seen standing today as they were in 1776. The festival is anchored by the historically-accurate re-enactments of the Battles of Trenton on the very streets where they took place, as well as lectures by historians and topic experts, immersive demonstrations, tours, educational activities for children, reenactments, or musical entertainment. This year use your holiday break for a fun & history-filled family staycation! With over 70 events taking place during the six-day period it's easy for families and history aficionados to spend a few days in Central New Jersey this December.

Polar Bear Races, Asbury Park, NJ

December 28, 2019; 9am - Noon
Asbury Park Boardwalk
1300 Ocean Avenue
Asbury Park, New Jersey 07712
Web Site
Contact: Erin O'Neill, Email:
Event Cost: $10 - $ 30
This event featgures a celebration of the 56th Anniversary of the Asbury Park Polar Bear Races! The event includes a 10-mile racewalk, a 1-mile kids run, and a 5k race.
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM: Registration and Bib Pick Up
9:00 AM: 10 Mile Race Walk and 5 Mile Heart Walk
10:30 AM: 1 Mile Kids Run
11:00 AM: 5K Run
12:00 PM: Awards​
All runners get a complimentary race t-shirt 1st Place Male and Female finishers get a POLAR GLOBAL Watch Top 3 Male and Female finishers Age group winners

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