New Jersey Family Festivals: Discover The Best Themed Events

New Jersey Family Festivals: 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.

2022 Multi-Date, North Jersey Family Festivals and Events

State Fair Meadowlands
June 23 - July 10, 2022
State Fair Meadowlands
1 MetLife Stadium Dr.
East Rutherford, NJ 07073
Cost: $38.99
The State Fair Meadowlands is dedicated to providing the best value in family entertainment.  With over 100 rides, free shows, 50 food options, awesome fireworks displays on Sunday July 3rd, & Monday, July 4th, and more! The Fair has something for all ages.

May 2022 Northern Jersey Family Festivals and Events

Pathways of History
April 30 & May 1, 2022
Morris County
Morris County Historical Society
68 Lafayette Avenue, NJ 07960
Event Cost: Free
More than four centuries of Morris County history and culture will be on display during the family-friendly Pathways of History tour Sat., April 30, and Sun., May, 1, noon to 4 p.m., rain or shine. Volunteers will be on hand to provide the history and significance of the nearly two dozen participating sites.

Hoboken Arts & Music Festival
Sunday, May 1, 2022: 11am to 6pm (rain or shine event)
Washington St. bet. Observer Highway & 7th St.
Hoboken, NJ
Free Admission
This annual family event features over 300 artists, crafters, food vendors and local businesses. Live performance will also be performing on three different stages set up. There will be kid-friendly activities ranging from games, prizes, face painting and crafts on Third Street where the Capital One Bank parking lot is located.

27th Annual Westfield Spring Fling
Sunday, May 1, 2022; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. rain or shine.
Central Avenue running from East Broad Street to North Avenue and will include the parking lot across from the Post Office
Westfield, NJ
This fun filled family event will feature diverse live entertainment, food vendors, merchandise vendors, a Kids Zone with rides and a multitude of activities to entertain kids throughout the day. Valenica Music and the New Jersey Workshop of the Arts will perform music and entertainment.

Palestine Street Festival
Saturday, May 7, 2022: from 2 PM to 6 PM
between Gould Ave and Grove Street
Paterson, NJ
This event features the official renaming of part of Main Street, Paterson to 'Palestine Way'.
This street festival represents more than just an honoring of the renaming of the area to 'Palestine Way', but also pays honor and respect to the Palestinian diaspora, who has remained present, loud, and resilient in the face of decades of displacement, refugeehood, and erasure. The street festival will consist of vendors, informational booths, a fun-filled kids zone, singers, and of course, dabka! All the stores and small businesses in the area will also remain open for food and more shopping opportunities.

Skylands Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival
Saturday, May 7th, 2022; from 12-7pm (Rain or shine)
Skylands Stadium
94 Championship Place
Augusta, NJ 07822
(973) 383-7644
Cost: $5, Children 38 Tall and Shorter, Free
Free parking
This event has entertainment for all ages. Spend a special day enjoying the outdoors, with delicious options including 20+ food truck vendors, deserts, specialty drinks & more. We have 100+ craft beers, live music, and games.

Mother's Day Brunch Cruise - NY Harbor
May 8, 2022; Board: 11:30AM | Cruise: 12:00PM - 2:00PM
Departing from Lincoln Harbor Marina
1500 Harbor Blvd
Weehawken, NJ
New Jersey Mother's Day Signature Brunch Cruise on the East and Hudson River. While onboard, treat the mom in your life to a special day with their holiday buffet, classic cocktails, and New York's most incredible views. Celebrate with dining and dancing from our climate-controlled interior, or soak in the picturesque backdrop from our outdoor decks. These Signature cruises are perfect for all ages!
Two-hour brunch cruise on the East and Hudson Rivers with Delicious brunch buffet with freshly prepared entrees, salads and desserts Unlimited coffee, hot tea, iced tea and water.
Spectacular views of the city skyline and local landmarks. Guaranteed table for your party size. Onboard entertainment.

Beer BBQ Bacon Showdown
Saturday, May 14 2022; 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Mennen Arena Field
161 Hanover Ave
Morris Plains, NJ
New Jersey's first festival, featuring only New Jersey Beer, coupled with restaurants, gourmet food trucks & Chefs, offering a delectable array of mouth watering BBQ & Bacon creations, all available for purchase. There will be a competition to showcase their culinary skills, with a panel of celebrity judges choosing the best of the best, along with People's Choice awards for Best Dish & Best Beer. 30 New Jersey Breweries will be in attendance, each bringing 3 styles of Beer. One of these styles will be either a rare Beer or a Brew created specifically for this event. The event will take place outdoors and under tents, with some fantastic Music!

Great Swamp Great Music festival 
May 22, 2022: 12pm - 7 PM; (rain or shine)
Giralda Farms
Dodge Drive/Madison Ave. (Rt. 124)
Madison, NJ
Website and Tickets
Tickets: Adults: $30 ($35 at the gate) students: $20 ($25 at the gate): children 13 and under free
This event features musicians, who are all generously donating their time and talent, for a top-notch day of music in support of clean water and a healthy environment. Performing at the festival are three returning crowd-favorites and two exciting new acts. In order of appearance, the lineup includes: The Refuge Dogs, The Step Brothers Band, Lenox Underground, Not Enough Jeffs, and The Big Fuss. Nick Amling & The Lifeline will entertain those who arrive before noon and Nick will keep the music going between band sets.
New to the festival this year, comedian, and New Jersey native, Max Antonucci, will emcee the event.

June 2022 Northern Jersey Family Festivals and Events

Taste of Greece Festival
June 3, 4, 5, 2022
Cathedral of St John the Theologian
353 E Clinton Ave.
Tenafly, NJ
(201) 567-5072
Experience a weekend of Greece.  Fabulous activities,  tasty foods and pastries as well as a live Greek band in the Outside Main Tenton both Friday and Saturday nights.

Skylands Carnival
June 4, 5, 6, 2022
Skylands Stadium
94 Championship Place
Augusta, NJ 07822
Free Admission (ride tickets are additional costs)
It all happens in the Skylands Stadium's lot. Rides include: Kiddie Cars, Dragon Wagon, Carousel, Ferris Wheel, Scrambler, Round Up, The Thrilling 7 Seas, Super Slide & More!

Annual Feast of St. Anthony
Thursday, June 9, 2022, through Sunday, June 12, 2022
Roman Catholic Church of the Assumption
113 Chiego Place
Roselle Park, New Jersey 07204
This annual festival will feature delicious food, non-stop entertainment, great crowds, music, amusements, games, fun for the whole family. It is also a faith oriented celebration focusing on devotion to St. Anthony. A variety of local dance and karate studios are scheduled to put on performances,

Tri county Fair
June 16 - 19, 2022
Christ Church
140 Green Pond Road
Rockaway, NJ
Free admission
Held on their 107 acre site, the Tri-County Fair will feature free family entertainment such as; family friendly music, a spectacular fireworks show on Friday, a complimentary live musical showcase where local bands will display their talents and entertain fair-goers an old time car show complete with 50's music, monster truck rides, and the Illusions of Jay Mattioli (as seen on America's Got Talent!

August 2022 Northern Jersey Family Festivals and Events

Puchi Anime & Video Game Con!
Saturday & Sunday, Aug 6, 7, 2022
Teaneck Marriott at Glenpointe
100 Frank W Burr Boulevard
Teaneck, NJ
Puchicon is an Anime, Video Game & Comic Con that is safe and fun for all ages, orientations, races and abilities!
Special guests, game shows, maid cafe, anime screenings, cosplay panels, karaoke & more!

September 2022 Northern Jersey Family Festivals and Events

Water Lantern Festival
Saturday, September 24, 2022; 4pm - 9pm
Liberty State Park (by the Columbus Monument)
1 Audrey Zapp Dr
Jersey City, NJ 07305
Cost: $25.99 - $55.99 - Prices increases as date of purchase occurs closer to the event.
This celebration is filled with fun, happiness, hope, and great memories that you'll cherish for a lifetime.
This is a family friendly event that can be shared by everyone. Friends, families, neighbors, and lots of people that you haven't met can come together to create a peaceful, memorable experience. Attendees will get to enjoy Food Trucks, Live Music, Designing your Lantern, and the Lantern Launch.
Water Lantern Festival allows you to Light The Water in a way you'll never forget. Now you can experience the magic of thousands of lanterns as the soft lights reflect upon the water.
This is a sustainable event. All lanterns will be cleaned up after the event. In addition, they pick up any trash that may have previously been in or around the water. The lanterns are made from rice paper and wood so they are as eco-friendly as possible and we reuse and recycle the LED candles.

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