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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!

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October 2021 Northern Jersey Family Festivals and Events 

Jack O' Lantern Eperience
October 1st thru November 7th, 2021
Skylands Stadium
94 Championship Place
Augusta, NJ 07822
Cost: $19-$24, or $36 for VIP Access
For 6 weeks of Pure Halloween Madness, Skylands Stadium will be decorated with over 6,000+ Jack-O-Lanterns throughout the stadium, on a 45-minute walk. The property and surrounding corn fields will be set ablaze with some of the most spectacular visuals you'll ever see. Perfect for families of all ages, date nights, and all lovers of Halloween Spirit.

Town wide
Westfield, NJ
Events will occur throughout the month of October, 2021
Westfield will be transformed to all things Charles Addams with family themed events, movie screenings, exhibits and much more -- all reimagined for a pandemic-friendly approach that allows for distancing With something for everyone, AddamsFest promises to be a whimsy-filled festival honoring the man, his legacy and the town where it all started.
​ This years events include:
The Charles Addams and Friends Art Exhibit: Every weekend in October Masquerade Ball: Friday, October 1 (outdoors) at the historic Reeve House (Rain date, Saturday, October 2) Charlie's Ale Garden: Saturday, October 16, 6:00 - 11:00PM, outdoors at the South Avenue Train Station lot (Rain date: Sunday, October 17, 5:00 - 10:00PM) The Optimist Club Halloween Parade and DWC Costume Contest: Sunday, October 24 Dudley's Drive-In: Friday, October 22 (Rain date: Friday, October 29) Lantern Sail at Mindowaskin Park: Saturday evening, October 30 ​ And of course, don't miss the return of Wicked Windows and the Haunt Your House Contest.

JC Harvest Festival
October 2, 2021; 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
City Hall Plaza
280 Grove Street
Jersey City, NJ
This family event features many fun fall festivities including pumpkin decorating, arts & crafts, music, food vendors and more!

NJBG Fall Harvest Fest
October 2, 2021; 10:00 am – 5:00 pm , Rain date: October 3rd
Skylands Manor, NJBG
5 Morris Rd
Ringwood, NJ
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 Arts & Music Festival
Sunday. October 3, 2021: 11am to 6pm
Washington St. bet. Observer Highway & 7th St.
Hoboken, NJ
This family event features 3 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.

The Lord Stirling 1770s Festival
October 3, 2021; 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. (rain or shine)
Somerset County Park
96 Lord Stirling Road
Basking Ridge, NJ
Suggested donation: $5
This event features a taste of Colonial life with many era activites and demonstrations including: a working cider press demo, a hay wagon tour of the apple orchard to get a taste of Colonial life. Actors in 1770s period attire—including a blacksmith, tinsmith and broom maker—demonstrate trades and crafts of the time.

Annual Sussex County Harvest Honey and Garlic Festival
October 9, 2021 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 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.

West Milford Autumn Lights Festival
Saturday October 9, 2021; 10am - 5pm
Union Valley Rd
West Milford, NJ
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.

November 2021 Northern Jersey Family Festivals and Events

The Hoboken Coffee Festival
November 7, 2021: @ 11:00 am – 4:30 pm
Hoboken Historical Museum
1301 Hudson St.
Hoboken, NJ
Cost: Tickets are $10 with pre-registration.
feature purveyors of some of Hoboken's finest brewed beverages, as well as author talks and coffee demonstrations. Enjoy browsing the local vendors' offerings in our walkway, but if you'd like to learn more about the art and cultural traditions behind brewing the perfect cup, make sure to reserve a ticket for one or more of the following talks that will be held in the Museum space.

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