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.

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.

June 2019 Northern Jersey Family Festivals And Events

Annual Newton Day Festival
Saturday, June 8, 2019; 10:30 AM – 9:30 PM
Spring St,
Newton, NJ 07860
This family event features a fun-filled day with activities and entertainment including:
Rizzo's Reptiles, Mad Science, DJ's, fireworks, free games and attractions for the kids, live music, food, shopping and more!

3rd Annual ParkFest
June 8, 20189: 11 am - 6 pm, rain or shine
Bread Lock Park
2627 Rt. 57
Stewartsville, NJ 08886
Free admission,
A free day of music, art, history, literature, and more returns to an historic Morris Canal site that is now a county park. ParkFest will once again feature an art show in the barn by local artists, a classic car show, exhibits by history and heritage groups, and "Authors Alley" where attendees can meet published authors on hand to discuss their work, which includes a variety of fiction, non-fiction and children's books. Musical entertainment on the ParkFest stage – built into the side of a barn with open air seating – will be a series of acoustic acts, soloists and small combos. Bring lawn chairs or blankets to enjoy the music.

Chester's 19th Annual Classic Car Show
June 8, 2019; 10am - 5pm
Historic Downtown Chester, NJ
28 Main Street
Chester, New Jersey 07930
Web Site
Contact: Toni Perry, Phone: 973-223-2665, Email:
Cost: Free
Take a Stroll Down Memory lane in Historic Chester where it will be bursting with Classic Cars and Trucks. This Thrilling Motor Exhibit includes a display of the finest classics, customs, muscle, special interest, antiques, pro street cars and more!
There will also be musical entertainment by DJ-Doc South. A portion of proceeds to benefit Eric Koby Adoption Fund.
Stroll Chester's charming, brick-lined sidewalks with over 80 specialty shops featuring antiques, crafts, clothing, jewelry, home furnishings, pet products, confections, and wonderful eateries.

Livingston Summerfest Food Truck & Music Festival
June 9, 2019; 11am - 6pm
Livingston Oval
Robert Harp Drive
Livingston, NJ 07039
Web Site
Contact: Monte Ehrenkranz, Phone: 908-721-6671, Email:
Event Cost: $5.00
This family event , Hosted by Livingston Rotary Clubs and Livingston PBA, features a Fishing Derby at 10:00 Am, Food Trucks, Crafts and Vendors, Children's Activities at 11:00 AM. In addition therecwill be live music featuring Treehouse Mania, The Tash Brothers Band, Midnight Sun and Screaming Broccolli begins at 1:00PM. Beer Garden opens at 1PM.

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:
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
(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.

2nd Annual Taco Palooza
June 22, 2019; 11am - 8pm
Historic Downtown Chester, NJ
134 Main Street
Gazebo Park
Chester, New Jersey 07930
Web Site
Contact: Toni Perry, Phone: 973-223-2665, Email:
Cost: $5.00 Admission Fee
Hold on to your Sombreros and get ready to shake your Maracas! This family event features a celebration of delicious creation & their love for all things TACO! Beer, Sangria, Margaritas, Live Music & Vendors too!
Food Trucks, Restaurants, Chefs and Variety of Beer, Sangria & Margaritas (Frozen and Straight Up).... Kids activities, Mechanical Bull - Vendors and great LIVE Music...Peoples Choice Awards for Best Taco & Most Unique Taco.
Contests for both the adults & children.
Come Hungry and Thirsty. Bring chairs, blankets & pop ups.
They will be asking all attendees to bring a non-perishable canned or boxed item to help support the local food pantry. Please help those less fortunate.

Chester Firemans Carnival
Tuesday, June 25 through Saturday, June 29,2019; 6:30 PM to 10:30 PM, weather permitting.
Chubb Park
290 W Main St
Chester, New Jersey
This family carnival event features amusement rides, live music, a beer tent, and fireworks at 10:00 PM on Friday the 28th, with a rain date of Saturday the 29th.

Fanwood Summer Fan Jam
Sunday, June 30, 2019: from 11am - 7pm
LaGrande Park
Fanwood, NJ
Admission is Free, Park for free at the Fanwood Train Station South Side Parking Lot on South Avenue!
This family festival features Live Bands, Food Trucks with specialty foods for all tastes, a Kid Zone with rides and activities, a Car Show hosted by Hot Rod Mike. and a Beer & Wine Garden.
Don’t miss the #1 Bruce Springstein Tribute: The B-Street Band!
Time Travel back to the 80’s with Amethyst, and rock out to Experiment 34, The Fan Jam Jelly Band and Three Piece Nugget.
The Music Lineup:
11 - 12pm; Three Piece Nugget  NJ Tastiest Rock Trio
12:15 -1:30pm; Fan Jam Jelly Band  Rock Hits from 70’s to today
2 - 3:45pm; B-Street Band  The longest-running Bruce Springsteen Tribute
4:15 - 5:15pm; Amethyst  ALL 80’s
5:45  - 7pm; Experiment 34  Alternative Hard Rock & Rap

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
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:
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
Contact Name: Joe Amendola
Phone: 917-612-4808, Email:
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
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
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.

September 2019 Northern New Jersey Family Festivals And Events

 Heaven Hill Farm's The Great Pumpkin Festival
September 14, 2019; 10 am - 5pm
Heaven Hill Farm Cernon NJ
451 State Route 94
Vernon, NJ 07462
Web Site
Contact: Darlene Brozowski, Phone: 973-764-5144, Email:
Event Cost: $15 per admission
The Great Pumpkin Festival is one of the largest fall festivals in Northern NJ. 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. --- plus for additional nominal fees: Carnival Rides, Food, Pony Rides, Face Painting, Gem Mining and more.

October 2019 Northern New Jersey Family Festivals And Events

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. 

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.

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