Best New Jersey Family Festivals And Events

Music, Food, Entertainment and Fun Activities

NJ Family Festivals

These popular Family festivals and events occur at venues in all corners of Northern 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.

Multi-Date Northern Jersey Family Festivals and Event

State Fair Meadowlands
Fair runs from Thursday, June 20 until Sunday, July 7. 2019
102 NJ State Highway 120
East Rutherford NJ
Next to MetLife Stadium
Website (Check Schedule)
This very popular family event features quality rides, plenty of free entertainment, open air thrill shows, games and prizes, and a variety foods. There are a variety of activities to interest all ages.
All Tickets Include Free Live shows, concerts and fireworks. Fireworks shows take place on the evenings of Wednesday, July 3 & Thursday, July 4th.

April 2019 Northern New Jersey Family Festivals And Events

Cherry Blossom Festival
April 6, 2019 - April 14, 2019
Branch Brook Park
Newark, NJ
Website (check here for scheduled events)
The second largest Cherry Blossom display in the United States with the National Cherry Blossom display in Washington, DC being the largest and usually occurs about two weeks earlier. This blossoms peak in the second and third weeks of April. There are over 3,000 cherry trees. The blossoms can be best enjoyed by a casual walk or picnic in the park. This is a week long festival with many events including a 10K race, trolley bus tours, and family Day with Japanese cultural activities, including demonstrations on origami, bonsai, ikebana, and martial arts.

Earth Day
April 20, 2019; 10:00am - 4:00pm
Liberty State Park
200 Morris Pesin Dr.
Jersey City, NJ 07305
Website
201-653-2699
This event features New Jersey's largest Earth Day celebration! Celebrate Earth Day's 29th year. All will enjoy attending the litter free and carbon neutral event filled with non-stop entertainment as well as the HCIA's 5K Race/Walk accompanied by the Kid's Fun Run. Earth Day provides company brands and services numerous touch points to create a powerful connection with a highly desirable local audience.
Over 100 exhibits engage in activities intended to inspire awareness and appreciation of Mother Earth while educating event goers about the world around us. Earth Day is a fun, educational day for the whole family. There will be a shuttle from the light rail at Liberty State Park.

Warren County Arts, Sweets, & Crafts Festival
April 27, 2019; 10:00am - 5:00pm
Downtown Washington Borough
56 E. Washington Ave.
Washington, NJ
908-689-4800
Website
Admission: Free
This event features a full day of art work galore, music, kids activities and demonstrations. Music by Doc Pappa & the Renegade Ramblers (Bluegrass), Clouds In My Coffee (Carly Simon Tribute), and The Trevor B. Power Band (Blues/Rock). Cash prizes awarded to top artists! Kid's crafts provided by Dove Environmental Education. Blacksmith demonstrations throughout the day

Paramus Food Truck Festival
April 28, 2019; 11AM – 7PM
Nordstrom Parking Lot
One Garden State Plaza
Paramus, NJ
Website
Cost: $5, Kids under 10 are Free
Food! Beer! Music! Fun! New Jersey foodies, eat your hearts out! It’s a fun filled family day! Over 25 Gourmet Food Trucks, partnered with some great music, make for an enchanting and fulfilling Spring day. Bring your appetite, lawn chairs, pups, pop ups and blankets. Dine on excellent food, while enjoying the beer and sangria garden. Face painting, kids activities and more!

May 2019 Northern Jersey Family Festivals And Events

Annual May Day Festival
May 1, 2019; 7pm
American Labor Museum Botto House National Landmark
83 Norwood St.
Haledon, NJ 07508
Website
Admission: $10. per person.
This event features instrumental and vocal performances of folk and labor music by George Mann with Marty Confurius and Al Podber, the New Jersey Industrial Union Council (IUC) "Solidarity Singers," and lyric soprano Annamaria Stefanelli. Light refreshments will be served, tours of the Museum will be offered, and shopping in the Museum Store will be available.

Hoboken Spring Arts & Music Festival
Sunday, May 5, 2019; 11am to 6pm
Washington Street
Observer Highway to 7th Street
Contact:
Hoboken Division of Cultural Affairs
(201) 420-2000 x 5100
gfallo@hobokennj.org
Website
Admission is free
3 Stages of Music, featuring performances by Buster Poindexter, Karyn Kuhl Band, James Calleo, Debra Devi, Sonic Blume, Granton Ave., Maxima Alerta, Mariachi Nuevo Mexico, Kid Notes with Chrissy Roberts, Garden Street School of Performing Arts, Rockness, Songs for Seeds and more. Over 300 artists, crafters and more. Great food. Kids activities on 3rd Street including rides, games, craft activities, face painting & sand art.

Branchburg Food Truck & Music Festival
May 11, 2019; 11AM – 7PM
White Oak Park
235 Baird Rd
Branchburg, NJ
Facebook page
Cost: $5, Kids under 10 are free
Food! Beer! Music! Fun! New Jersey foodies, eat your hearts out! It’s a fun filled family day! 20 Gourmet Food Trucks, beer & sangria, partnered with some incredible bands, vendors and kids activities make for an enchanting and fulfilling Spring day.Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Branchburg in conjunction with Branchburg Township

Mother's Day Tea at Reeves - Reed Arboretum
Sunday, May 12, 2019; Seating begins at 12:45 and serving promptly at 1 pm. Advance registration is required and seats are limited.
Reeves - Reed Arboretum
165 Hobart Ave
Summit NJ, 07901
Website
Celebrate Mother's Day this year surrounded by the magnificent grounds of Reeves-Reed Arboretum! Treat your mother, grandmother, or special person in your life to an elegant afternoon high tea, featuring a multi-course sampling of scrumptious scones, tantalizing tea sandwiches, and delectable desserts. After tea, take a guided stroll about our spring gardens led by their Director of Horticulture, Marc Montefusco.

Bayonne Food Truck Fest
May 18, 2019; 12PM – 7PM
22 – 24th Streets & Avenue
Bayonne, NJ
Website
Cost: Free Admission
A family friendy event with a fun-filled day of drinks, a beer & wine garden, live bands, face painting, and of course 30+ food trucks.

Native American Intertribal Dancers
May 25 - 27, 2019
Wild West City
50 Lackawanna Dr.
Stanhope, NJ
973-347-8900
Website
This family event features Traditional Native American dances along with kids activies including such as face painting, and more. Native American handicrafts will also be availble for purchase.The program will be run by Little Hawk ( Bob Martin).Bob Martin is a half blooded member of the Mohawk tribe and will be joined by his sister, Morning Dove and both their respective families as they introduce a variety of Native American dances practiced during the height of their existence across North America.

Fleet Week at Liberty State Park
Sunday, May 26, 2019: Noon until 5:00 PM
1 Audrey Zapp Dr.
Liberty State Park
Jersey City, NJ
201-915-3400
Event Flyer
Event is free and open to the public.
This family event features the U.S. Navy (USN), U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) and U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) as they showcase the latest capabilities of today's maritime services. Event will include a performance by U.S. Fleet Forces "Brass Band;" USN and USMC helicopter static displays; USN Dive Tank; USO; USMC Martial Arts Program demonstration and pull-up challenge; USCG Search and Rescue demonstration; USCG Silent Drill Team and USMC Battle Color Detachment performances; military static displays, including Stewards of the Sea, World War I Commission, Submarine Forces, USMC ordnance and vehicles; kids activities, bounce houses and face painting, food trucks and much more!

June 2019 Northern Jersey Family Festivals And Events

7th Annual Tri-County Fair
June 13 - 16, 2019
Christ Church
140 Green Pond Rd
Rockaway, NJ 07866
Web Site
Contact: Stephen Nickoley, Phone: 973-783-1010, Email: snickoley@christchurchusa.org
Cost: Free Admission and Parking
The excitement of carnival attractions, rides, games, live music, fireworks and more is coming back to the Morris County area at the sprawling 107 acre site of Christ Church located at 140 Green Pond Road, Rockaway, NJ 07866 – Exit 37 off of RT-80.
Come out and enjoy spectacular rides such as Dream-catcher or the Sky Hawk, classic rides like the Ferris Wheel, kiddie rides, games of chance, fun fair foods such as Coldstone Ice-Cream, handmade zeppoles, fried Oreo’s, po’boy sandwiches, sausage and peppers, delicious homemade lemonade and much more!
The Tri-County Fair will also feature free family entertainment such as; family friendly music, a spectacular fireworks show, 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 all new for 2019 the Illusions of Jay Mattioli (as seen on America’s Got Talent)!

State Fair Meadowlands
Thursday, June 20 until Sunday, July 7. 2019
102 NJ State Highway 120
East Rutherford NJ
Next to MetLife Stadium
Website
(Check Schedule)
This very popular family event features quality rides, plenty of free entertainment, games and prizes, and a variety foods. There are a variety of activities to interest all ages. All Tickets Include Free Live shows and concerts. Free Live concerts, and Fireworks shows

Chatham Food Truck and Multicultural Festival
Saturday, June 22, 2019 ​
Chatham Middle School
480 Main St,
Chatham, NJ
Website ​
There will be FREE parking on-site. ​ ​ Online ticket fee: $5 for adults and $3 for children under 12.
It will feature 20 food trucks, live music, vendors and games for children. ​ The event benefits the Chatham Multicultural Committee.

July 2019 Northern Jersey Family Festivals And Events

Mount Olive Carnival
July 10 - 14, 2019; (Rain Date: July 15th)
Turkey Brook Park
30 Flanders Rd.
Budd Lake, NJ 07828
Website/Tickets
Parking: $5
Thus very popular carnival draws over 20,000 visitors. The event features, lots of carnival rides, a beer garden and an awesome Fireworks display. Find a spot on the Great lawn while viewing the aerial display of Fireworks on Saturday, @ Dusk

Corntastic Weekend

July 19, 20, 2019; ,7:15 PM - 11:00 PM
Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment
1 Racetrack Drive
East Rutherford, New Jersey 07073
Web Site
Contact: Rachel Ryan, Phone: 201-842-5015, Email: raryan@playmeadowlands.com
Event Cost: Free
This event features a corn eating contest, with a free ear of grilled Jersey-fresh corn to all guests.
Corn Eating Contest - how many cobs of corn can you eat in 3 minutes?  Sign up at our Promotions table. 10 participants will be randomly chosen.
Cash Prizes:
1st - $500
2nd - $250
3rd - $100
Sign up at the Promotions Table for the Corn Carrying Contest (after Race 2) and Corn Husking Contest (after Race 4) - all events take place in The Backyard Winners receive $100 betting voucher.

August 2019 Northern New Jersey Family Festivals And Events

Assumption Festival
August 10, 2019: 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Arbolino Park
Allen St
Netcong, NJ
Website
Contact Name: Joe Amendola
Phone: 917-612-4808, Email: brojoeis@gmail.com
This traditional Italian family Feast, carried down to the fourth generation. features a night filled of fun with food, drinks, live music, fireworks, kids activities, a 50/50 and more.
A highlight of the evening is the awesome fireworks display at dusk.

Pasaic County Fair

August 15, 16, 17, 18, 2019: Fireworks on Friday and Saturday @ dusk.
Garret Mountain Reservation
8 Mountain Ave
Woodland Park, NJ
973-881-4405
Website
This annual family event features carnival rides, food vendors, 4-H tent, beer garden, chess tournament, pony rides and petting zoos, and more with fireworks on Friday and Saturday @ dusk.
Thursdays are Family Day at the County Fair, and it is the only day you can purchase a wristband for access to unlimited rides.

Canal Day Festival
August 24, 2019 (Rain or Shine)
Hugh Force Canal Park
170 West Central Ave.
Wharton, NJ
Website
Admission is Free
An old time country fair that celebrates the Morris Canal and its contributions to the development of the communities along its banks. Come to a day of free family fun featuring a craft show, great food, educational events and enjoy a day of listening to a wide variety of musical entertainers. Musical performances from New Jersey’s best artists will feature Rock, Blues, Country, Classical as well as traditional and contemporary Irish Folk Music. performing on two stages. Fireworks festivities & display at Robert Street Park beginning at 7:00 PM.

October 2019 Northern New Jersey Family Festivals And Events

Hoboken Harvest Festival
Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019; 11am-3pm
Pier A Park
1st St. & Sinatra Dr.
Hoboken, NJ
Website
Hay rides, a hay maze, pony rides, petting zoo, trackless train, inflatables, moonwalk, face painting, spin art, sand art, pumpkin painting, balloon art, craft activities, soccer, dance & gymnastic demos, live music & dance and much more. 

Hoboken Ragamuffin Parade
Thursday. Oct. 31, 2019; Parade begins at 3:45pm
Washington & 13th St
Hoboken, NJ
Website
Line of march setup for the parade is on Washington & 13th St. beginning at 3pm; Costume contest at Little League Field on 5th St. & River Terrace. Prizes awarded for best costumes. Sponsored by Litzky Promotions.

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