Best New Jersey Family Festivals And Events

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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.

Multidate 2019 Northern New Jersey Family Festivals And Events

Fall Harvest Festival
September 1 - October 31, 2019
Alstede Farms
1 Alstede Farms Ln.
Chester, NJ 07930
This family event features pick your own including apples and pumpkins and more, scenic tractor drawn wagon rides, fall treats like fresh pressed apple cider, apple cider donuts and homemade ice cream. Other attractions include a corn maze, children's activities, and cider pressing tours

Great Pumpkin Festival
September 14, - November 3, 2019
Heaven Hill Farm
451 Rt. 94
Vernon, NJ 07462
This family event features Pumpkin Picking, Hay Rides, Face Painting, Concessions, Carnival Rides!Your admission includes over 30 fun-filled activities: Pig Racing*, Hay Maze, Spider Web Crawl, Maggie The Milking Cow, Monster Sling Shots, Barnyard Sports Ball-cade, Post Pounders, Hay Crawl, Corn Boxes, Bee Barn with Glass Bee Hive,Visiting Farm Animals, Boo Barn, Chicken Little Show, Chick Barn, Dancing Robot Show, Duck Racing, Vortex Tunnel, Obstacle course, Tether ball, Poly Pong, Lincoln Log Cabin builder, Giant Sand Box and the "Pirate Treasure Corn Maze Adventure" and the Fabulous Finger find maze game for your young corn maze adventurers.

Skylands Christmas Light Show & Christmas Village
November 16th until December 30, 2019
Skylands Stadium
94 Championship Pl.
Augusta, NJ 07822
Light Show: $20 per carload (all tickets to be purchased at drive-thru entrance or box office, there are no online ticket sales) Save $3! Buy Advance Sale tickets at the box office (Monday–Thursday, 9–2 PM)
Outdoor Village: FREE admission
With more than two million dazzling lights on a mile-long drive-through course PLUS a new outdoor village, it's a must-see holiday attraction for your whole family.
The attractions include:
Walk-Thru Lights: Experience their brilliant walk-through light displays, Santa's Workshop Come inside to take photos with Santa, Skating Rink presented by Pompton Sports Center with skating on a 20′ x 40′ outdoor rink, an 8′ Polar Bear Statue: Take cool photos with Champ, our lovable life-size polar bear, Yuengling's Ice Cream Shop and Hot Chocolate Bar with scrumptious ice cream and custom hot chocolate drinks, a S'mores Station with Roast marshmallows over a fire pit and make delicious s'mores snacks. Carnival Games, Concessions with hot food and beverages, including French bread pizza and craft beers, and vendors with hHoliday shopping with local artisans,
Please dress warmly to enjoy the new outdoor village activities. Warming stations will be located throughout the Pavilion.

Morristown Christmas Festival
November 25, Until Dec 23, 2019
The Morristown Green
10 N. Park Pl.
Morristown, NJ 07960
This month-long family event kicks off on the Sunday after Thanksgiving with Santa's rooftop arrival and welcome ceremony. Family activities and entertainment on the historic Morristown Green, add to the dazzling "Lighting of the Green" ceremony with brilliant lights and wreaths adorning streetlights town-wide – a 100+ year tradition! Each weekend throughout December thousands of attendees from all over Northern New Jersey visit and enjoy Santa visits and photos, holiday crafts, miniature train rides around the Green, gingerbread house & ornament making, music by local choirs and entertainers, storytelling, ice sculpting demonstrations and free treats!

October 2019 Northern New Jersey Family Festivals And Events

West Side Stories Festival
October 5, 2019; 11am - 6pm
Lincoln Park
Jersey City, NJ 07304
Web Site
Contact: Crystal Davis, Phone: 201-589-1157, Email:
Event Cost: FREE
This family event features a beautiful fall afternoon spent in Lincoln Park, the jewel of the West Side. Local food trucks serving up delicious treats. Neighbors and friends together. Amazing live, free music from Jersey City and Hudson County musicians filling the air. Local artists displaying their wares.
Children’s activities. That’s the spirit of the First Annual WEST SIDE STORIES FESTIVAL.  The 1st Annual WEST SIDE STORIES FESTIVAL will feature the best music Jersey City and Hudson County have to offer —jazz, funk, and rock- n-roll, to name a few— spoken word performances, local artists and vendor booths and more. It’s a celebration of all that makes the West Side of Jersey City so special and unique.

19th Annual Pumpkin Festival

Sunday, October 6, 2019; 12:30 - 5:00 PM (Rain or Shine)
Whippany Railway Museum
1 Railroad plaza
Whippany, NJ 07981
Celebrate the Fall Harvest and the Season of the Witch with train rides and a Halloween crafts/vendor fair. Autumn is a Season of Family Fun, and the Pumpkin, the reassuring signal of seasonal passage, never fails to bring forth the image of cool nights, bright harvest moons, crackling fires, and the warmth of family and friends. And when pumpkins appear, they take on a playful appearance, alerting everyone that the special magic of Halloween, with its goblins, ghouls, and witches lies just around the corner. On-line ticket are is available for this event up to 2 hours before departure.

Lenape Day
Saturday, October 12, 2019: 12 PM - 4 PM
Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center
247 Southern Blvd.
Chatham Township, NJ
This popular annual family event celebrates the Lenape people with dancing, drums, vendors, and historical talks by the Ramapough Lenape People. Enjoy games, crafts, touring a replica wigwam, and more! Great fun for the entire family

10th Annual Sussex County Harvest Honey and Garlic Festival
October 12, 2019; 10am - 4pm
Sussex County Fairgrounds
37 Plains Road
Branchville, NJ
Free event
This family festival is a celebration of agritourism, ecotourism and arts & heritage tourism. The County of Sussex, the Sussex County Beekeepers Association and the Garden State Garlic Growers are joining with the Sussex County Farm and Horse Show to showcase New Jersey's great northwest. There will be a farmers market where you can buy fresh, local Sussex County and Jersey Fresh products including fruit, vegetables, flowers and wine. The Sussex County Beekeepers Association will have educational displays and materials along with an array of honey products

Grand Harvest Wine Festival
October 12, 13, 2019; Noon - 5pm
Fosterfields Living Historical Farm
73 Kahdena Rd.
Morristown, New Jersey 07960
Cost: $5 – $25
This 2-day family festival will feature food trucks, artisan crafters, entertaining live music and that's not all; we'll have 12 of New Jersey's BEST Wineries for you to sample and purchase wine from! Grab your family and friends, layer-up in your favorite cozy sweater, and have your glass-holding-hand ready, because we're celebrating the trendiest time of year with the tastiest wines. You're bound to "fall" for this event. Make sure to catch live music from Stealing Savanah performing Saturday, and Zaire Band, performing their set on Sunday. Shop artisan crafter's works, as well as eat some of the delicious treats served up by some of our favorite food trucks. Need activities for the kids? Make it a family day because we'll have a moon bounce, various arts and crafts, sand art, and hair wraps, some at an additional cost. Take your taste buds on a bountiful journey, as you sample and purchase over 200 of New Jersey's most delightful wines. Pumpkin spice coffee, apple cider, and hot cocoa are great and all, but nothing compares to a lovely fall afternoon surrounded by great people and even greater wineries.

Passaic County "Paws in the Park"
October 12, 2019: 10am - 4pm (Rain Date:  October 13, 2019)
Goffle Brook Park
675 Goffle Road
Hawthorne, NJ 07506
Web Site
Contact: Patricia Ring, Phone: 973-569-4063, Email:
Cost: Free admission
The Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders in conjunction with the Passaic County Sheriff's Department and Passaic County Paws, Inc., will be hosting the Fourth Annual "Paws in the Park".  Paws in the Park will provide resources and entertainment for current pet owners, as well as rescue groups and pet adoptions.  There will be demonstrations from the Passaic County Sheriff's Department K-9 Unit, a Blessing of the Animals, pet contests, microchipping, 50/50 Raffle, DJ, food trucks and vendors ranging from face painting to animal psychics. 

Ride a Ford Tri-Motor Airplane
October 10, 11, 12, 13, 2019; 9am - 5pm
Caldwell/Essex County Airport
27 Wright Way
Fairfield, NJ 07004
Web Site
Phone: 877-952-5395
Free admission, Rides cost $72
Recall the energy, passion, and excitement of the Roaring ’20s by flying aboard the Ford Tri-Motor. Known as the first luxury airliner, the Ford Tri-Motor redefined world travel and marked the beginning of commercial flight.

Waterloo Concert Field Food Truck & Music Festival
October 13, 2019: 11:00am — 6:00pm
Waterloo Concert Field 2
Kinney Rd.
Hackettstown, NJ 07874
Admission - $5, Kids under 10 free Parking $5
This family event features food trucks, fun for the kids and great live music! Special activities for the kids include a face painter and Games from Entertainment on Wheels. A terrific variety of non-food vendors will be there too. Bring your family - plenty of fun for all. Bring your dog - we'll have plenty of water bowls.
Bring blankets and chairs - pop up tents permitted. Adult beverages will also be available - domestic and craft beers, Sangria, Margaritas, and Mojitos. Be sure to bring your ID. O.S.C.A.R. requests that you bring a donation of cat or dog food as well as other items of use for the shelter. Sponsor: One Step Closer Animal Rescue (O.S.C.A.R.)

Chester’s 36th Annual Harvest Celebration
October 19, 20, 2019: 11am - 5pm
Historic Downtown Chester
Main Street, and throughout Historic Downtown
Chester, New Jersey 07930
Web Site
Contact: Toni Perry, Phone: 973-223-2665, Email:
Event Cost: Free
Come and enjoy this FREE 2-day event in Historic Downtown Chester.
Meet NBC Celebrity-Produce Pete* on Saturday, October 19th from 12:00pm-3:00pm and revel in the historic sounds of the American Revolution's Fife and Drum as performed by New Jersey's own Colonial Musketeers Junior Fife and Drum Corp.
Other activities that are back by popular demand include:
*Antique Apple Press Demo (Sunday, Oct. 20th only) *Blacksmith Demo *Clown Performances *Country Square Dancing ((Sunday, Oct. 20th only) *Face Painting *Ford V-8 Antique Car Show  (Sunday, Oct. 20th only) *Guess the Pumpkin Weight *Pumpkin Painting . . . LIVE MUSIC and more!
Special Musical Guest The Morris Music Men Barbershop Chorus performing on Sunday, October 20th, 2:00pm-4:00pm

Great Pumpkin Carve Out
October 19, 2019; 6pm - 9pm (rain date October 26th)
Hanson Park
38 Springfield Ave
Cranford, NJ 07016
Web Site & Registration
Contact: David Leber, Phone: 908-272-3743, Email:
Event Cost: Free
This family event features a carved pumpkin contest, display and movie. Individuals can drop off their creatively carved pumpkins from 10 am until 3 pm at Hanson Park on Saturday October 19th along with a completed registration form (also available on site).
Everyone is invited to come to Hanson Park starting at 6pm-9pm to stroll along the pumpkin lighted garden paths to see the carved pumpkins on display, each on its own pedestal. Cash awards will be given for funniest, scariest, and most original and will be grouped by ages; 4-8, 9-16 and 17+ In addition, a big screen outdoor double feature featuring the classic, Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein and more.  Bring your blankets.  The movie, stroll and contest are all free and hot cider will be available for purchase.

Hoboken Harvest Festival
Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019; 11am-3pm
Pier A Park
1st St. & Sinatra Dr.
Hoboken, NJ
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
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.

November 2019 Northern New Jersey Family Festivals And Events

Silas Map Adventure
November 3, 2019; 10am - 4pm (Rain or shine)
Silas Condict Park
100 Kinnelon Rd
Kinnelon, NJ 07405
Web Site
Contact: Elizabeth Merritt, Email:
Event Cost: $10 indiv, $20-30 group of up to 6
Silas Map Adventure is an orienteering event. When you come out to Silas Condict Park you will get to learn about the fun sport of orienteering. You will get to try out reading a map and using a compass in order to find all the checkpoints (that are marked on your map) out in the woods! This year all new trails are offered from the new beginner level to advanced. We have compasses, maps, and electronic epunches to lend you. We also have folks who can teach you how to navigate the beautiful fall colors of Silas. All you need is a spirit of adventure and clothing/shoes appropriate for a walk in the woods.

December 2019 Northern New Jersey Family Festivals And Events

Morris County Park Palooza: Holiday Cheer
December 7, 2019 11:00am - 7:00pm
Lewis Morris County Park
270 Mendham Rd.
Morris Township, NJ 07950
This family, holiday event features a day to Eat, drink, and be merry! Enjoy 20+ food trucks, a biergarten offering hand-crafted beers, live music featuring 3 bands, festive holiday games and activities for adults and kids, face painting, and much more!
Parking is free, and admission allows for re-entrance throughout the day

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