Best New Jersey Family Festivals, Events & Shows

New Jersey Family Festivals, Events & Shows:
Your Guide to Family Oriented Music, Food, Entertainment and Fun Activities

They feature Family 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: 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.

February 2024 Northern Jersey Family
Festivals and Events

Maple Sugaring at the Environmental Education Center
Saturdays & Sundays, February 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18. 24, 25, 2024
190 Lord Stirling Road
Basking Ridge
Visit Site
Please note: In inclement weather, please call 908-722-1200 ext.5002
Cost: $6 per student/senior $7 per adult (Walk-in ticket sales only. Tickets for Maple Sugaring will be sold the day of the program inside the EEC building)
Visitors will learn how trees are tapped, view sap-collecting methods past and present, and see the boiling process that produces delicious New Jersey maple syrup. This 60-minute, outdoor program is conducted at our Sugar Shack, a ½-mile hike from the EEC. Please arrive at the EEC 30-40 minutes before the program start time to purchase tickets and hike to the Sugar Shack to meet your Naturalist. Please dress appropriately for the weather conditions. Boots are recommended as the trails can be wet, muddy, and/or covered by snow.

March 2024 Northern Jersey
Family Festivals and Events

PuchiCon NJ 2024
March 2-3, 2024
Marriot Glenpointe
100 Frank W Burr Blvd,
Teaneck NJ
Anime Convention features a video game & comic convention with fun panels, voice actors, well known cosplayers, and performers.

Newark, NJ - St Patricks Day Parade
Friday, March 15, 2024; @ 1:00 pm
(973) 735-2135
Ceremonies will begin at noon with the parade beginning at 1:00 pm, Beginning from the corner of Mulberry St and Raymond Blvd continues past the NJPAC Center (Reviewing Stand 1) onto Central Ave.(past Reviewing Stand 2) ending on Washington St.

Annual Easter Bunny Express
Trips run: March 23rd, 24th, and 30th, 2024
Whippany Railway Museum
1 Railroad plaza,
Whippany, NJ
(973) 887-8177
Celebrate the return of Spring with a fun themed train ride through northern New Jersey! The Easter Bunny and helpers will be on board greeting everyone during the 45-minute round-trip ride along the historic Whippanong Trail. Your train ride departs from and returns to the Whippany Railway Museum site in Morris County, NJ. You'll enjoy the comfort of heated passenger coaches as the Easter Bunny makes his way through to visit with you and your child.

April 2024 Northern Jersey
Family Festivals and Events

5th Annual Hoboken Mac & Cheese Festival
Saturday, April 6, 2024: 1 PM to 5 PM
Downtown Hoboken, NJ
Cost: $35
Join in on the Party With Purpose for a Mac & Cheese crawl you don't want to miss! Round up your crew, bring your family, and get ready to sample all kinds of Mac & Cheese creations (more on that below) from some of the best spots in Hoboken. (think bar crawl, but for Mac & Cheese instead).
Ticket Includes: A sample of Mac & Cheese from every participating location.

May 2024 Northern Jersey
Family Festivals and Events

Area 57 - Flying Objects & Other Funl
May 4th, 2024; 9:30 am - 6:00 pm (rain date May 5)
Warren Community College
475 Route 57
Washington, NJ
Event Cost: Free for Students/Veterans, $4 seniors, $7 adults.
If you are curious about life – after high school or looking to change careers – but are uncertain of your future, check out Area 57 and the Uncrewed Systems Programs at Warren Community College,
Area 57 will showcase the College's nationally acclaimed Uncrewed Systems Program, which teaches piloting, design and development, and the maintenance and repair of drones, as well as AI and Robotics. Hear from staff, current and former students. Area 57 focuses on careers, education and fun – an important combination in life. The event will include other aviation and types of tech, like hot air balloons, combat and FRC robots, showcased at both the College and neighboring Warren Technical School.

Rock & Roll Steampunk Fair 2024
Saturday, May 4th, 2024; 10am - 5pm
Downtown Washington Borough
44 E. Washington Ave
Washington, NJ
Event Cost: Free
This event features a full day of live music, streets lined with vendors, fabulous costumes, street performers, local specials, activities and so much more! Music lineup includes Crash Gordon & Debra Dynamite, Frenchy and the Punk and all the way from the UK is Victor and the Bully!
The day includes sideshow acts, dozens of artisan vendors, street performers, free activities throughout the town, and lots of local specials. But wait, there’s more! A Halo Called Fred will be performing at Buttzville Brewing Company from 6pm-9pm for the official steampunk afterparty! Come dressed for the occasion or come as you are! Free parking, rain or shine.

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