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!


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.





2022 Multi-Date, North Jersey Family Festivals and Events

Great Pumpkin Festival
September 17 – November 6, 2022: On selected days - (Wednesday through Friday during October, including Columbus Day
Heaven Hill Farm.
Rt. 94N
Vernon, NJ
973-764-5144
Website/Tickets
Entry to Great Pumpkin Festival is only guaranteed with the purchase of an advanced ticket.
Enjpy more than 40 fun filled activities. Their Pumpkin Land Fall Festival features a variety of country-style family entertainment for all ages. Enjoy Pumpkin Picking, Indian Corn & Gourds, Farm Animals, Boo Barn, an old-fashioned hayride, Corn Maze, Hay Maze, Pig Races, Carnival Rides, Gem Mining, Pony Rides, Face Painting, Sand Art, and more. This year a special attraction has been added - The Canine Stars Stunt Dog Show with 3 shows daily at 12pm, 2pm, 4pm, iIncluded in Great Pumpkin Festival Every Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Yom Kippur & Columbus Day.




September 2022 Northern Jersey
Family Festivals and Events

Annual St. Bartholomew/UNICO Italian Festival
Friday, September 2 to to Monday, September 5, 2022 (Friday, Saturday Sunday 4:30pm to 10:30pm; Monday 3:30pm to 9:30pm)
St. Bartholomew Church
2032 Westfield Ave
Scotch Plains, NJ
908-322-5192
The feast is truly a great family event and has something for everyone to enjoy. There is nightly live music, rides, games, and great food, including favorites like pizza, pasta, zeppoles, clams, mussels, and calzones. In addition, there are nightly 50/50 drawings and a super 50/50 raffle on Monday.

Scan Fest

Sunday, September 4th, 2022
The NJ Vasa Home Park
Budd Lake, NJ
Website
There will be 6 stages with International, National, Regional and Local talent. It's an all-day celebration of Scandinavia at its best – where you'll discover the customs…the history…the ethnic variety of the six Nordic nations: Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden.

7th Annual NJ Taco Festival
Saturday, September 10, 2022; 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
The Sussex County Fairgrounds
37 Plains Road
Augusta, NJ
Cost: $10 – $75
This event features over 50 of the Tri-State Area's Best Taco Producers alongside a variety of Craft Beer and Specialty Cocktails. Their main stage has a full day of Live Music and Culinary Inspired Competition. This is a family friendly event with a Kids Zone featuring inflatables, face painting and more.

Fiddlefest Music and Food Festival
September 10, 2022: 3pm - 10pm
Fiddler’s Elbow Country Club
811 Rattlesnake Bridge Road
Bedminster Township, NJ
Website
908-439-2123
Event Cost: $75 Adults, $25 Children 5-11, 4 and under Free
This family festival features food trucks, beer, bands, activities for the entire family including magician, face painting, body art, balloon art, bounce house, spin art, crafts, cornhole, water pong & more!
Live performers incluude music by Lords if 52nd Street (Legends of the Billy Joel Band, ) Rainbow Full of Sound (Grateful Dead Tribute), Gypsy (Fleetwood Mac Tribute), Somerville School of Rock House Band (Rock covers), and Emily Vadala (Indie Singer/Songwriter)
Net proceeds from this event benefit the Tri-County Scholarship Fund

Festival in the Borough
September 17, 2022: 10am - 10pm(rain or shine)
Washington Borough
21 Belvidere Ave
Washington, NJ 07882
Website
Event Cost: Free
This event features an array of musical entertainment, artisans, crafters, exhibitors, food vendors and plenty of surprises. The festival includes three stage areas, a family fun area, farmers market and activities throughout the downtown business district. Free parking!

Edgewater Arts & Music Festival
Sunday, September 18, 2022, from 11:00-6:00 PM
Veterans Field
1057 - 1165 River Road
Edgewater, NJ
Website
This event features a juried art competition with live music, food, and drinks available from local vendors. Enjoy the magnificent and unique art created by imaginative and extremely creative artisans. Listen to the music, shop, enjoy the entertainment on stage and savor the delicious food from local vendors. This event is free and designed to be enjoyed by the whole family
There is a free street fair, free parking with continuous shuttle bus service from Edgewater Commons.

Mountan Creek Oktoberfest
Saturday, September 17th & Sunday, September 18th, 2022: 12pm – 7pm
Red Tail Lodge at Mountain Creek
200 Route 94
Vernon,NJ 07462
Website & Reservations
Experience Oktoberfest in Vernon, New Jersey with live music, a wide variety of german, domestic and seasonal beers, ciders, & more, authentic german food, and activities for kids and adults alike. We'll be vastly expanding our serving lines with 6 beer trailers and more than a dozen satellite stations with craft beer, seltzer and canned cocktails.

2022 Newark Puerto Rican Day Parade and The Boricua Music Festival
Sunday, September 18, 2022
Newark, NJ
Website
The parade takes place at noon on Broadway/Avenida Puerto Rico to Lake Street along Bloomfield Avenue in Newark in honor of the millions of inhabitants of Puerto Rico and more than five million people living in the United States.
The parade will be followed by the Boricua Music Festival.

Hackettstown Oktoberfest
September 23, 24, 25, 2022
Main St., Valentine St., and Grand Ave
Hackettstown, NJ
(908) 852-2131
Website
Cost: Free admission
This family friendly, street style event will feature activities, contests, craft vendors, music, drinks and food and more! There will be kids activities and other non-alcohol related activities.

Hot Air Balloons - Fun & Games Festival
September 23, 24, 25, 2022: (Hurricane Date: Friday, September 30- Sunday, October 2)
Warren County Community College
475 Route 57 West
Washington NJ
Website
This fun family event features Hot Air balloon rides, live entertainment, food trucks, drone flying demos & lessons, and more!

The Newark PorchFest
Saturday, September 24, 2022 - 12pm- 6pm (rain date September 25th)
Ballantine Gates
Lake Street and Ballantine Parkway
Newark, NJ 07104
Website
newarkporchfest@gmail.com
Event Cost: Free
This Free family-friendly event organized by the Forest Hill Community Association will feature professional and amateur performing and visual artists, as well as food trucks serving a variety of refreshments. Neighbors make their beautiful porches available to serve as community stages showcasing an extraordinary range of talented artists. Opportunities will be available to make donations to the event’s beneficiary— New Jersey Symphony.

Water Lantern Festival

Saturday, September 24, 2022; 4pm - 9pm
Liberty State Park (by the Columbus Monument)
1 Audrey Zapp Dr
Jersey City, NJ 07305
Website/Tickets
Cost: $25.99 - $55.99 - Prices increases as date of purchase occurs closer to the event.
This celebration is filled with fun, happiness, hope, and great memories that you'll cherish for a lifetime.
This is a family friendly event that can be shared by everyone. Friends, families, neighbors, and lots of people that you haven't met can come together to create a peaceful, memorable experience. Attendees will get to enjoy Food Trucks, Live Music, Designing your Lantern, and the Lantern Launch.
Water Lantern Festival allows you to Light The Water in a way you'll never forget. Now you can experience the magic of thousands of lanterns as the soft lights reflect upon the water.
This is a sustainable event. All lanterns will be cleaned up after the event. In addition, they pick up any trash that may have previously been in or around the water. The lanterns are made from rice paper and wood so they are as eco-friendly as possible and we reuse and recycle the LED candles.




October 2022 Northern Jersey
Family Festivals and Events

JC Harvest Festival
October 1, 2022; 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Hamilton Park
Jersey City, NJ
Website
This family event features many fun fall festivities including pumpkin decorating, arts & crafts, music, food vendors and more!

NJBG Fall Harvest Fest

October 1, 2022; 10:00 am – 5:00 pm , Rain date: October 2nd
Skylands Manor, NJBG
5 Morris Rd
Ringwood, NJ
Website
Free Admission. Parking $5
This day full of family fun features activities for all ages, including hay rides, craft fair, pumpkin painting, applesauce making, free children’s games, an autumn plant sale, and a fairway full of booths and exhibits. A Craft Fair, all day music and dancing, and lots of tasty things to eat will ensure a good time for all. Take one of the free tours, or wander through the Gardens on your own self-guided tour. And don’t forget to bring your camera – always plenty of fine photo ops.

Hoboken Fall Arts & Music Festival

Sunday. October 2, 2022: 11am to 6pm
Washington St. bet. Observer Highway & 7th St.
Hoboken, NJ
This family event features 2 stages of live music, displays and sales by artists, crafters, food vendors and local businesses. Activities for children on 3rd St. in the Capital One Bank Parking Lot with rides, games, craft activities and more<

Morristown Fall Festival on the Green
Sunday, October 2, 2022: Noon to 5 pm, rain or shine
Morristown Green
Morristown, NJ
Website
(973) 944-0530
Thid family friendly fun event features entertainment and activities for all ages including four stages with live music, kids place amusements, carnival games and a beer tent.
On Washington Street, Rising Star Stage will showcase two bands, Due South (12 to 2 p.m.) and Shorty Long & The Jersey Horns (3 to 5 p.m.).
Family friendly entertainment can be enjoyed at the Family Stage (Morris Street and Dumont Place) with performers throughout the day including Wallaby Tales (noon to 12:45 p.m.), Polka Dot! (1 to 3 p.m.) and the TropyBand Orquesta (3:30 to 5 p.m.)
The historic Morristown Green Concert on the Green will feature classical favorites by the Stone Soup Symphony Orchestra (noon to 1:30 p.m.) and traditional American tunes by the Morris Plains Community Band & The Swing Tones (2 to 3:30 p.m

Wayne PAL Antiques and Collectibles Show and Vintage Flea Market

October 2, 2022: 9am - 2:30pm
Wayne PAL
1 PAL Drive
Wayne, NJ 07470
Website
Admission -$2, Seniors 65+-$1 and children under 12 are free.
This event features their monthly indoor Antiques and Collectibles show and Vintage Flea Market with over 100 vendors selling a wide variety of antique, vintage and collectible items including vintage jewelry, games, books, sterling silver, glass, model trains, antique dolls, sports memorabilia, and much more.
All proceeds from admission and table rentals go directly to the Wayne PAL to support youth activities and programs

Fall Harvest Hoedown

Saturday, & Sunday, October 8, 9, 2022
Jacobus Vanderveer House & Museum
3055 River Road
Bedminster, NJ
Website
info@jvanderveerhouse.org
(908) 396-6053
This annual fall family event features live music performances, family fun activities, House Tours, Mum Sale, Children's crafts, and a Scavenger Hunt.
Remember to bring your lawn chair or blanket!

West Milford Autumn Lights Festival
Saturday October 8, 2022; 10am - 5pm
Union Valley Rd
West Milford, NJ
Website
info@autumnlightsfestival.com
The Autumn Lights Festival first started 20 years ago as a celebration to West Milford for getting its first traffic light! In the beginning it was just the town gathering on the lawn of Town Hall.
Today it has grown to a street fair that has over 300 vendors, live music, child activities, games and rides. With about 20,000 'ALFers' that visit throughout the day.

Oktoberfest at Turkey Brook Park

October 8, 2022; Noon - 9pm
Turkey Brook Park
30 Flanders Road
Flanders, NJ
Website
(973) 426-7263
Cost: $5 per person ages 18+ / 17 & Under FREE. $5 parking fee per car.
This family event features live music, food & Brew. From pale ales to robust stouts, Hackensack Brewing, Brix City Brewing and Ghost Hawk Brewing Co. will be serving up an array of craft beers to savor. For kids there will be Inflatable Slide & Obstacle, Pony Rides, Connect 4, Flying Chickens, Corn Hole, Yatzee, Jenga & Axe Throwing for the Adults
Attendees are urged to bring Chairs, blankets & a smile! There will be seating under the pavillion An ATM will be onsite under the pavillion.

Crystal Springs Music Fest
Sunday, October 9, 2022
Crystal Springs Resort
3 Wild Turkey Way
Hamburg, NJ
Website
888) 388-3472
Enjoy live music under the tent by local sensations plus talent from across the U.S. and Latin America. Your favorite drinks, tasty food choices and fun lawn games await in a casual outdoor setting surrounded by spectacular foliage. There will also be food trucks; a full premium bar with themed cocktails, wine and beer; bourbon tastings; and lawn games. street fair that has over 300 vendors, live music, child activities, games and rides. With about 20,000 'ALFers' that visit throughout the day.
This year's featured performers include: Hernan Romero, Elisa & Phil Girlando, Madison Pisano, Kelly & Kyle, Jordan McCants, The Andie Baldwin Band, & The Harrisons

Annual Sussex County Harvest Honey and Garlic Festival
October 29, 2022: 10am - 4pm
Sussex County Fairgrounds
37 Plains Road
Branchville, NJ
Free event
Website
This family festival is a celebration of agritourism, ecotourism and arts & heritage tourism.
The Festival will include local artisans, crafters and vendors plus displays highlighting northern New Jersey's great open spaces and natural history. For kids there'll be a hay ride, pumpkin painting, face painting and crafts.




November 2022 Northern Jersey
Family Festivals and Events

New Jersey Vegan Food Festival
Saturday & Sunday Nov 12, 13, 2022
Meadowlands Exposition Center
355 Plaza Drive
Secaucus, NJ
Tickets
Cost: $15 – $25, Kids 13 & under are free
This event features a two-day celebration with yummy vegan and plant-based meals from local chefs, as well as vegan products, plant-based fashion, live music and good times. All welcome!

Newton Holiday Parade
Saturday, November 26, 2022; beginning at 10 am.
Spring Street
Newton, NJ
Website
The parade includes themed floats hosted by local organizations, bands playing live music, and community groups marching in celebration of the holidays. The final act is the guest of honor himself — Santa arriving in Newton! After the parade, children are invited to visit with Santa and tell him their holiday wishes.




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