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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!

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COVID-19 executive orders in effect apply to indoor gatherings are limited to a maximum of 10 people, effective November 23rd: Outdoor gatherings are limited to a maximum of 150 people
The following indoor gatherings are exempt and may continue under the current rules – limited to 25% of a room's capacity, up to 150 people:

  • Indoor performance venues, including concert venues
  • Restaurants with bars, and lounges that serve food and drink, however, must remove bar seating and close their indoor premises for business by 10 pm.

    With near term cancellations occurring at a rapid rate, and despite trying to remove them as soon as we learn of the cancellations or restrictions, we  recommend viewers contact the event sponsors before heading out to a listed event to confirm their status.

2020 Multi-Date, Northern Jersey Family Festivals and Events

Newark Moonlight Drive-in Movies
Thursday through Sunday until December 6, 2020. . Gates open at 7PM. Show starts at 9PM.
Newark Moonlight Cinema
54 Bridge St,
Newark, NJ
Cost: Adult Admission: $12, Children Ages 4-12 Years: $8 Under 4 Years: Free
Located at the site of the former Newark Bears Baseball Stadium. Movies range from cult classics to recent releases, each weekend will offer patrons a nostalgic trip down memory lane, while providing prime family time for more than 1,500 people. The films are carefully selected to highlight African-American filmmakers, actors and actresses.
Tickets must be purchased and presented for each occupant of the vehicle over the age of 3 years. One ticket per person. Do not purchase tickets for persons not in your single vehicle. Tickets will be checked upon entry, and may be presented on phones or as print outs. No tickets will be sold on site. No cash will be accepted at any selling station. No outside food or beverages allowed. ​Grab some fresh popped popcorn and other sweets and treats using the FanFood app.
Due to Covid-19, masks must be worn at all times when outside of vehicles and unable to maintain social distance. Social distance measures will be strictly adhered to at the concession stand.

The Grinch's Grotto at Garden State Plaza
November 27, 2020 - December 31, 2020; 10:00 AM - 06:00 PM
Westfield Garden State Plaza
One Garden State Plaza
Paramus, NJ
$50 - General Admission (Up to 5 People) / $200 - VIP Experience (Up to 5 people)
From the creators of The Dr. Seuss Experience, step into the Grinch's Grotto, and commemorate the Grinchiest of years with our favorite green resident just north of Whoville.
This Holiday event features a Santa photo alternative for those who are feeling a little bit "Grinchy" this year. Guests will enter this free-standing location for a one-of-a-kind visit with The Grinch in his special cave for a photo-shoot and other special surprises that are both intimate and in true Grinch fashion - socially-distant.
When you reserve your spot, you and your loved ones will get a rare opportunity to visit the Grinch in his special cave and strike a pose (or two) with him. Plus, you won't leave empty-handed. Each group will emerge with not just a photo taken by a professional photographer, but also with a few extra special Grinchy surprises. Space will be very limited to ensure social distancing, so make sure and reserve your spot early!
*All visits will be limited to one family or group of friends at a time, with a limit of 5 people per group.

November 2020 Northern Jersey Family Festivals and Events

Read Feed Run - Virtual Turkey Trot
Thanksgiving morning, November 26, 2020 (or over the weekend)
A Morris County virtual Event
Website / Registration
Join in on Thanksgiving morning (or over the weekend) to virtually run or walk your 5K Turkey Trot from anywhere.
You can even run or walk more than once and submit your best time! Results submission will be available 11/26 – 11/29. Track your miles and join weekly activities. Even though we won't be together in-person on Thanksgiving morning, we will still be celebrating on Facebook LIVE and come together virtually.
Whether you choose to take an extra 26 steps a day, walk 26 miles in a month, run a double marathon, or create a team to compete, this year, our Virtual Turkey Trot is your Turkey Trot. We encourage you to count your 5K Turkey Trot as your final miles to complete your challenge!
Sign up by Nov 6th, tees available for pick-up on Nov 20th.
Sign ups on or after Nov 7th, may not be able to pick-up shirt until Dec 14th. SIGN UP EARLY!
Proceeds from this event will help support the health and well being of eligible Morris County residents in need by providing access to food, nutrition education and related resources.

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