Best New Jersey Family Festivals And Events

Music, Food, Entertainment and Fun Activities

NJ Family Festivals

These popular festivals occur at venues in all corners of NJ and have wide appeal with families with kids.

They feature 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 Events

Open Cockpit Weekends
Dates: April 14-15, May 19-20 (Father's Day Weekend), June 16-17, August 18-19, October 6-7, November 10 -11, 2018 (Veteran's Day Weekend); Hours: 10 AM - 4PM
Aviation Hall of Fame and Museum of NJ
400 Fred Wehran Drive
Teterboro, NJ 07608
Contact: Shea Oakley, Phone: 201-288-6344, Email:
Price of $12 for Adults and $9 for Children and Seniors
Children of all ages (and adults too) can check out the cockpits of some of our extraordinary aircraft, including a very rare Lockheed bush plane, a "M*A*S*H" Bell-47 helicopter, the world's last remaining Martin 202 airliner, a TWA Convair 880 jetliner circa 1959, and sit in the cab of an airport fire truck.

May 2018 Northern New Jersey Family Festivals And Events

Hoboken Spring Arts & Music Festival
May 6, 2018
94 Washington St., between Observer Highway & 7th St
Hoboken, NJ 07030
Free. Rain or Shine.
This annual family event features over 300 Artists, Crafters, Photographers, Sculptors will exhibit / sell their work. Food Vendors, local restaurants & businesses. Special section with children's activities including rides, games, face painting, live performance & more. 3 Stages of Live music.

35th Family Fun Day
May 6, 2018; 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Lord Stirling Stables
256 South Maple Ave.
Basking Ridge, NJ 07920
Web Site
Contact: Terry Heide, 908-722-1200,
Event Cost: Free Admission & Parking
This unique community festival will begin at 8:00 a.m. with current Lord Stirling Stable students competing in games on horseback for fun and ribbons. Musical Stalls, Fit to Be Tied, Ride-A-Buck, and a number of new team events are on the day's schedule.
Pony rides, tractor-pulled hayrides, and arcade games for children will be available from 10:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. Make sure to be on the lookout
for a special visit from Sparkee, the Somerset Patriots Baseball team mascot!
Food, beverages, and gift items will be offered for sale by the Friends of Lord Stirling Stable, as well as gently used horseback riding apparel. Local vendors and organizations will be on hand providing demonstrations and sharing information.

5th Annual Lake Hopatcong Block Party
May 12, 2018: 10 am - 5 pm (rain or shine)
Hopatcong State Park
260 Lakeside Blvd
Landing, NJ 07850
FREE event
This annual family event, held on NJ's largest lake, will feature craft & food vendors, live entertainment, free boat rides provided by Bridge Marina and Lake Hopatcong Cruises, varied demonstrations, and a children's area. All visitors are eligible to win great prizes, as they travel through the Block Party on a "Passport Adventure". Children (ages 12 & under) can participate in a park-wide scavenger hunt and win prizes as well.

Medicine Wheel Festival & Community Garden Celebration
May 19, 20, 2018; 10 am - Dusk.
Lusscroft Farm
50 Neilson Rd. & 4-H Trail,
Alternate Entrance: Sussex County Rt. 519, Mile Marker 81
Wantage, NJ 07461
Cost: $7 for adults, kids are free.
This family friendly outdoor festival on the scenic grounds of historic Lusscroft Farm features live music, crafters, artisans, local farm products, food vendors, a plant sale, bake sale, plant walks, carriage rides, pony rides, workshops and more.

Fleet Week at Liberty State Park
May 27, 2018: 10:00 AM until 5:00 PM
1 Audrey Zapp Dr.
Liberty State Park
Jersey City, NJ
Event is free and open to the public.
This family event features performances by the U.S. Coast Guard Silent Drill Team, the U.S. Navy Band and the U.S. Marine Corps band.
Attendees will also get to expedrience parachute, helicopter, and search and rescue demonstrations by the Navy and Coast Guard. Military tactical vehicles, a U.S. Navy dive tank. More exhibits will also be on display throughout the day along with kids activities, and more.

Memorial Motor Madness Car Show
Sunday, May 27th, 2018; from 9 am to 3 pm. Rain or Shine
MARS Chocolate North America
800 High St.
Hackettstown, NJ
This annual event features over 500 vintage cars. Entrants can register in a variety of classes including Mustang, Fire bird, Camaro, VW Beetle, Antique Trucks, and Street Rod, Monster and Mini Truck, and more. Best of Show is awarded the Ed Hagaman Memorial Trophy, named in honor of one of the show's founders. Special dash plaques are awarded to the first 400 entrants.

June 2018 Northern New Jersey Family Festivals And Events

Tri-County Fair
June 14 - 17, 2018
Christ Church
140 Green Pond Road
Rockaway, NJ
Exit 37 off of RT-80
This family event event features carnival attractions, rides, games, music, and more. The Tri-County Fair will also feature free family entertainment such as; family friendly music, a spectacular fireworks show on Friday evening, , 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 and all new for 2018 the Kent Family Magic Circus and Monster Truck Rides

State Fair Meadowlands
Thursday, June 21 until Sunday, July 8. 2018
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

Giralda Music & Arts Festival
Sunday, June 24, 2018; Gates open at 4pm for activities and picnics, The concert starts at 6pm.
( rain or shine see below*)
Giralda Farms
Dodge Drive/Madison Ave. (Rt. 124)
Madison, NJ
Website and Tickets
(973) 285-5115, ext. 18
This family event features the state's top orchestra performing in a relaxed setting on the beautiful lawns of former Geraldine Rockefeller Dodge estate. In addition you will have the opportunity to see (and purchase) original artworks, enjoy family/children's arts activities, indulge your ice cream cravings at the fully stocked antique ice cream truck or just picnic with friends and family.
* Rain site is held at Mennen Arena 161 E. Hanover Avenue, Morristown, NJ. Doors open at 4pm

July 2018 Northern New Jersey Family Festivals And Events

Saturday and Sunday, July14 & 15, 2018
From noon to 9 pm
Memorial Park
Dunnell Rd.and Jefferson Avenue
Maplewood, NJ
Free Event
A two day family festival celebrating of community music and art. the event feature local music from more than 20 performers and arts put on by friends and neighbors of Maplewood. The event also includes art, collectibles, crafts, clothes, provided by local artists and merchants, food from many local food vendors. For kids there is a Kidzone with bouncy rides, face painting, arts and crafts, and ice cream.

August 2018 Northern New Jersey Family Festivals And Events

Canal Day Festival
August 18, 2018 (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

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