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.

Multi-Date, North Jersey Family
Festivals and Events

Maple Sugaring Demo & Festival
Saturdays and Sundays: January 21 and 22, January 28 and 29, February 4 and 5, February 18 and 19, February 25 and 26, March 4 and 5, March 11 or 12, 2023
Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center .
247 Southern Boulevard
Chatham, NJ
Cost: $6 per person
Preregistration is required. For more information, 973.635.6629
Learn how to identify and tap maple trees, collect sap, and make real maple syrup over a wood-fired evaporator. Finish with a syrup taste test! This program will be held entirely outdoors, so dress for the weather. Syrup will be available for purchase, while supplies last.

January 2023 Northern Jersey
Family Festivals and Events

64th Annual Model Train Show
Saturday & Sunday, January 7, 8, 2023
Garden State Model Railway Club
North Haledon, NJ
Cost: $8 adults, Children under 10 free with an adult.
Steam and diesel trains of all kinds on our 1200 square foot HO scale layout, including Thomas the Tank Engine and his friend.

Family Woodland Hike
January 15, 2023; 1pm - 3pm; Snow/rain cancels
New Jersey Botanical Gardens
2 Morris Rd
Ringwood, NJ
Cost: Free event
Join NJBG hike leaders on an easy, child-friendly hike in the Garden's woodlands. Learn a bit about the plants and animals around you on a hike designed to fit the group. Wear sturdy shoes, meet at the Carriage House.

Community Day: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Monday, January 16, 2023:12 PM - 5pm
The Newark Museum of Art
49 Washington St
Newark, NJ
Free Event
Honor Martin Luther King, Jr. with dynamic performances, hands-on activities, and opportunities to help others. There's something for the whole family! Visitors are encouraged to bring nonperishable food items to support a local food bank, women's shelter, or church.

Monster Jam
Friday, Saturday, Sunday, January 27 - 29, 2023
Prudential Center
25 Lafayette St
Newark, NJ 07102
Cost: $20+
This action-packed motorsport event features some of the most famous trucks in the world, like Grave Digger -- driven by Krysten Anderson, Max-D, El Toro Loco, and others, competing in action-packed motorsports events.

February 2023 Northern Jersey
Family Festivals and Events

Maple Sugaring at the Environmental Education Center
Saturdays & Sundays, February 4, 5, 11, 12, 18. 19, 25, 26, 2023
190 Lord Stirling Road
Basking Ridge
Visit Site/registration
908-722-1200 ext.5002
Cost: $6 per student/senior $7 per adult
Visitors will get see how trees are tapped, view sap-collecting methods past and present, and see the boiling process that produces delicious New Jersey maple syrup. This 90-minute program is conducted at our Sugar Shack, a ½-mile hike from the EEC.
Please arrive at the EEC 20-30 minutes before the program start time and dress appropriately for the weather conditions.
Boots are recommended as the trails can be wet, muddy, and/or covered by snow.

Maple Sugaring
Sundays, February 5, 12, 19, 26, March 5, 12, 19, 26, 2023 (10am, 11:30 am & 1pm)
Visitor Center
Tenafly Nature Center
313 Hudson Ave.
Tenafly, NJ
Cost: Member – $8.00 Add additional attendees as guests ---Member-Family – $60.00 up to 6 people, Non-member – $12
This is a great, family outdoor winter experience. Learn how to identify a maple tree. Discover the history of syrup making and how technology has changed the way we gather sap over the centuries. The group will check Tenafly Nature Center's tapped tree and boil down sap to make fresh, warm maple syrup, a sweet treat for all to taste. All ages are welcome.

March 2023 Northern Jersey
Family Festivals and Events

Maple Sugaring at the Van Fleck House
Saturday, March 4, 2023: Tour times: 10 – 11 am, 11 – 12 pm, 12:30 – 1:30 pm, 1:30 – 2:30 pm
Van Vleck House & Gardens
21 Van Vleck Street
Montclair, NJ
(973) 744-4752
On-line Registration - Registration required
Cost:Member fee $25, Non member fee $35
Looking for a super sweet activity the whole family will love? Don’t miss Van Vleck House & Gardens’ annual Maple Sugaring event! Families are invited to learn how to identify a sugar maple tree, discover the steps for turning sap into syrup, and visit a tapped sugar maple tree in the Van Vleck Gardens.  This self-guided tour is entirely outdoors and will take you through several learning stations including activity sheets, informative displays and educators along the way.
Registration required – Please note: Register for a 1 hour arrival time slot.  You can arrive anytime during that 1 hour timeframe. Once you begin, the tour will last approximately 45 minutes – 1 hour.

Maple Sugaring Fest
Sunday, March 5, 2023 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Reeves-Reed Arboretum
165 Hobart Avenue
Summit, New Jersey
(908) 273-8787
Cost: FREE for RRA Members and children under 3. The cost for Non-Members is $5 per person.
Enjoy a brisk winter afternoon learning how maple syrup is made. The whole family will enjoy spending the day outdoors, hiking on their trails, and partaking in their Maple Sugaring Challenge! Also enjoy some hot chocolate, maple vendors, and more. This event will be held rain or shine; no refunds. There will be staggered entry times at 1:00 pm and 2:30 pm. Please be sure that you sign up for the correct time slot, as changing will be based on availability

September 2023 Northern Jersey
Family Festivals and Events

Incredible Duck Race
Septmber 16, 2023; 10:30am - 5:30 pm
VFW Post 99
300 Belgrove Drive
Kearny, NJ 07032
Event Cost: Free
Join the Kearny-Belleville Elks #1050 for a family fun day of live music, food trucks, vendors, beer garden and a duck race.  Admission is free and all funds raised benefit various Elk Charities. 

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