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Best NJ Labor Day Weekend Events

2019 concerts, festivals, parades, fireworks, and more

NJ Labor Day Weekend Events

Labor Day, the first Monday in September, falls on September 2, 2019 this year.

Created as a labor movement dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers, It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.

Over the years this holiday has evolved from a being a labor union celebration into a celebration of the unofficial end of summer, especially for families with kids.

Labor Day is often regarded simply as a day of rest and or end of summer celebrations that include picnics, barbecues, fireworks, parades, water sports, and public art events. Families with school-age children take it as the last chance to travel before kids begin the new school year,

Note:  This information is provided by event sponsors. 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.

Stay tuned --- we will be updating this list as the event sponsors confirm this year's events.

Northern NJ Labor Day Weekend Events

Boonton's Fireman's Carnival & Parade
Thursday, August 29 - Sunday, September 1, 2019
Boonton High School
306 Lathrop Ave
Boonton, NJ
This annual event features live entertainment each night, carnival rides, a Parade on Saturday, and the grand finale fireworks on Sunday @ 10pm

Annual St. Bartholomew/UNICO Italian Festival
Friday, August 30  to Monday, September 2, 2019
St. Bartholomew Church
2032 Westfield Ave
Scotch Plains, NJ
The festival honors San Nicola di Bari, the patron saint of the town of Montazzoli, Italy. This family feast features nightly live music, rides, games, and Italian food including favorites like pizza, pasta, zeppoles, clams, mussels, and calzones. A procession will be held following the 5 p.m. Saturday Mass which is celebrated in Italian. This year's entertainment includes: the Classic Acoustic/Electric Music sounds of Wolf Creek, The Mark Reno Elvis Tribute Show, the Rock sounds of The Broadcasters, and the New Orleans Jazz & Funk sounds of The VooDudes.

The Feast of Saint Joseph - Viva San Giuseppe
Friday, August 30 - Monday, September 2, 2019
Saint Joseph Church
40 Spring Street
Lodi, NJ
This family event features traditional Italian foods, rides for all ages, and games of chance! Enjoy entertainment every night of the Feast! The highlight of the Feast is on Labor Day at 2PM where there is a solemn mass followed by a procession honoring Saint Joseph.

Jack Horner's Dino Dig
August 30th through September 2, 2019; 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Liberty Science Center
Liberty State Park
222 Jersey City Boulevard
Jersey City, NJ 07305
Cost: Included in the Liberty Science admission fee.
At this outdoor fossil site, you will be welcomed to become a paleontologist by digging through 35 tons of sand to uncover more than 60 fossils – many of them replicas of those discovered in Montana by Jack Horner, the famed paleontologist who inspired Jurassic Park. In your journey, you might uncover T-rex bones and teeth, an egg nest with a baby Maiasaura, a 6-foot-long Triceratops skull, and even a dragonfly fossil! We have many new surprises this year, including a zone with Jurassic marine reptiles!

Annual Scandinavian Fest
Sunday, September 1, 2019; 10am until 6pm (rain or shine)
Vasa Park
Wolfe Road
Budd Lake
Website & tickets
This family festival celebrates and promote the cultures, histories and current life of the Nordic area countries. The festival features: Nordic Foods, Authentic Crafts, Live Entertainment, Folk dress, Special Kids' Events, Artisans Demonstrations, Folk & Classical Music, Contemporary Culture, Wife Carrying and Fearsome Vikings

Clifton Food Truck and Music Festival
September 1, 2019: 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Clifton City Hall Complex
900 Clifton Avenue
Clifton, NJ 07013
Admission: $5, Kids under 10 - free
Free Parking
This family event features a variety of delicious food trucks, a beer garden, great live entertainment, vendors, art show and sale, and a chidren's craft station.
Bring blankets and chairs. Pop up tents permitted

Filipino American Festival
September 1, 2019; 10:00am — 8:00pm
Overpeck Park
199 Challenger Rd.
Ridgefield Park, NJ 076661
This event features all things Filipino with Filipino foods, vendors, a cultural show fashion show, entertainment, beverages, arts, bubble tea and more.

American Labor Museum Parade
Sunday, September 1, 2019; @12:30pm
83 Norwood Street
Haledon, NJ 07508
Step off is at 12:30pm. The Annual Labor Day Parade will begin and end at the Botto House.
The museum store will be open to the public before the parade begins.
This year's Labor Day Parade honors International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 827 officers and members. On September 1st the Museum will be open to visitors, the Museum Store will be open to the public before the parade step-off.

Labor Day Paddle
September 2, 2019: 10am to 12pm, or 2pm to 4pm
Essex County Environmental Center
621 B Eagle Rock Ave
Roseland, NJ
Price: $ Fee: $15 per person;call 973.228.8776
For adults and children ages 10 and older. Take a leisurely paddle on the Passaic River! Paddlers will enjoy scenery and peacefulness as they paddle up the river and float downstream. Geared for beginners and children 10 and up accompanied by a parent or guardian. Meet in the Garibaldi Hall parking lot.

Annual Mendham Borough Labor Day Parade & Carnival
Monday, September 2, 2019
Parade begins at 10am (rain or shine) and runs along East Main Street and Mountain Ave. Viewing Stand at the Gazebo. Stay on for carnival games and a firework show at dusk..

Riverdale Labor Day Street Fair
Monday, September 2, 2019; 10am-5pm
91 Newark Pompton Tpk, (off Rte 23)
Riverdale, NJ
This fun filled family street fair features live entertainment, festival foods, local merchants and restaurants displaying their specialties and a variety of family activities. Over 100 exhibitors, kiddie rides and climbing wall, a special section with craft exhibitors who are displaying their handmade craft, games, face painters, activities and delicious food.

Annual South Plainfield Labor Day Parade
Monday, September 2, 2019
South Plainfield Middle School
Contact: Debbie Boyle, Chairperson, 908-803-1573.
The parade starts at the Police Athletic League [PAL] Recreation Center on Maple Avenue at 10:00 AM.
The parade is one of the oldest and biggest parades in the state. It features bagpipers, clowns, local boy and girl scout troupes, home-made floats and marching bands. This year's parade theme is "Veterans... Always Serving". Celebrating Veterans that continue to give back to our community. The parade winds through town and ends up at South Plainfield Middle School.

44th Annual Rutherford Labor Day Street Fair
Monday, September 2, 2019; 10am - 5pm, Rain or Shine
Park Avenue, from Ames Avenue to Highland
Rutherford, New Jersey
Event is Free!
The Rutherford Labor Day Street Fair is the largest and longest running street fair in New Jersey.
This event, which has attracted more than 25,000 attendees in the past, is also known as the Rutherford Antiques Festival. There will be something for everyone: antiques, community and outside organization information tables, food for sale, live entertainment, rides, children's entertainment, crafts, specialty items, and a beer garden. Enjoy one last relaxing stroll down Park Avenue before the slow pace of summer gets replaced by a return to the business of the fall.

Central NJ Labor Day Weekend Events

Manasquan Labor Day Concert
Saturday, August 31, 2019; @ 5:30pm (rain date September 1st)
Main Beach
Main St & 1st Ave
Manasquan, NJ
This family event features a concert with Retro Kings.

Spring Lake Labor Day end of Summer Celebration & Art Walk
Saturday, August 31, 2019; 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Downtown Spring Lake, Third Ave
Spring Lake, NJ 07762
Stroll along the charming Spring Lake village 3rd Avenue business district while enjoying and admiring local artists work.

Bradley Beach Lobster fest
August 31 & September 1, 2019: ( Saturday 11 am - 8 pm, Sunday 11 am - 6 pm)
500 Ocean Avenue
Bradley Beach, NJ
Free event!
Bradley Beach comes alive this weekend with it's popular oceanfront family event featuring live music, great lobster, beer & wine, crafts, and plenty of kids activities.
Highlighted by 6 bands and a DJ emcee, over 180 craft and specialty vendors, a beer & wine garden and children's activities including water slide, rides, face painters and sand art.

Indo-American Fair

August 31 & September 1, 2019; 11am to 7 PM (Both days) Rain date - September 3rd
Mercer County Park
West Windsor, NJ.
Cost: Parking: $5 , Entry Ticket: $3
A premier art and culture event for people of South Asian descent. The Indo-American Fair is organized to spread and share the art, culture and heritage of India amongst our American friends and other local and regional communities.
Everyone from all cultures aew welcomed to attend to be part of Indo-American Fair and enjoy this outdoor event while shopping, enjoying the food and entertainment.

Monmouth Park Labor Day Weekend BBQ & Craft Beer Festival
August 31, September 1, 2, 2019; 11:30am to 5:30pm
Monmouth Park Racetrack
Oceanport, NJ
The Monmouth Park Racetrack will be hosting their Annual Labor Day Weekend Festival filled with horse races, beer tasting, great barbecued food, and fun for the entire family. some of the Garden State's best BBQ joints. In addition, cool off with a cold one in the beer garden with live music.

Frenchtown Riverfest
Sunday, September 1, 2019
49 Bridge St.
Frenchtown, NJ
This family celebration in downtown Frenchtown features kids activities, live music from local performers, the annual pet show, local natural wildlife displays and presentations, earth friendly arts, and local food vendors.

Monday Concert Series – Joey Arminio & The Family
Monday, September 2, 2019; 7pm - 9pm
Franklin Avenue Stage
Seaside Heights, NJ
This Concert features Joey and Doreen Arminio the Stiletto & The Saxman! A fantastic husband and wife musical duo. Enjoy all your favorite Doo Wop memories featuring all the great music and musical guests from the era of the 50's and 60's. The sounds of the Ronettes, Ronnie Spector, the Students, Neil Sedaka and many more!

Annual South Plainfield Labor Day Parade
Monday, September 2, 2019
South Plainfield Middle School
908 803-1573
The parade starts at the Police Athletic League [PAL] Recreation Center on Maple Avenue at 10:00 AM. The parade winds through town and ends up at South Plainfield Middle School.
The parade is one of the oldest and biggest parades in the state. It features bagpipers, clowns, local boy and girl scout troupes, home-made floats and marching bands. The theme for the 2018 parade is "Veterans... Always Serving". Celebrating Veterans that continue to give back to our community.

Labor Day BBQ at Grounds for Sculpture
Monday, September 2, 2019; 10:00am to 5:00pm
Grounds for Sculpture
18 Fairgrounds Road
Hamilton, NJ 08619
Cost: Park admission and Peacock Cafe fees.
This family event at their Peacock Cafe features BBQ favorites and beer specials all day long. They will have the grilled fired up and hot all day. Stay on and stroll the Grounds for Sculpture and enjoy the beautiful landscape and art on display.

Southern NJ Labor Day Weekend Events

Airfest 2019
August 30 through September 2, 2019
NASW Aviation Museum
500 Forrestal Road
Cape May Airport
Rio Grande, NJ
(609) 886-8787
Cost: Adults = $16, Kids 3-12 $12, 2 and under Free. AirFest admission is FREE if you are a Member of Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum
food trucks, exhibitors, music, a beer garden, and much more.

Glassboro Cruise Nite Car Show & Food Truck Festival

Friday, August 30, 2019: 5 - 9pm
Glassboro Town Square
1 Main Street West
Glassboro, NJ
Cost: Free; Parking Free
The viewing area will be on Rowan Boulevard in Downtown Glassboro and an anticipated 5,000 attendees will have the opportunity to view over 300 vehicles while listening to live music, DJ Pepper Paul 92.1 and enjoying great food trucks and cold craft beer. Participants compete for a multitude of trophy awards judged by car professionals.

Labor Day Weekend Fireworks Spectacular
Friday, August 30, 2019; @10pm ( Rain/wind date is Sunday night at 10 p.m.)
on the beach at Pine Avenue
Wildwood, NJ
Visible from almost anywhere on the Wildwoods Boardwalk! Hear the fireworks explode to a musical score that is played all along the Boardwalk and is simulcast on 98.7 The Coast.

The 48th Annual Delaware Valley Bluegrass Festival
Labor Day Weekend, August 30, 31, September 1, 2019
Salem County Fairgrounds
725 Route 40
Pilesgrove Township, NJ
Website (Line-up, schedule, and Tickets)
This family music festival features southern Appalachian old-time and bluegrass and related music styles. For kids, there is also a Children's Stage.
The festival site has plenty of room for camping for tenters as well as RVers, and unlike many other festivals, they do not charge extra for camping. Weekend ticket holders may camp on the grounds at no charge, but camping is available only to weekend ticket holders - daily ticket holders may not bring vehicles or camping gear into the campground.

Labor Day Weekend - End of Summer Block Party
August 30, September 2, 2019
Tanger Outlets
2014 Baltic Ave.
Atlantic City, NJ 08401
This Labor day weekend event hosted by Tanger Outlets features a block party featuring a variety of sports related events in the plaza area along with a Duck Pond, Prize Wheel and Photo Booth.

AC Meat Fest (Honky-Tonk Saturday/90's Rock Revival Sunday)
August 31 at 12:00 PM & Sep 1, 2019 at 6:00 PM
Showboat Hotel
801 Boardwalk
Atlantic City, NJ
Daily admission: $10, does not include food or drinks. Kids 12 & Under Are Admitted Free,
Saturday, August 31st enjoy a Good Old Fashioned Country Music Filled HONKY-TONK Featuring the Davisson Brothers Band! Opening acts are Savage Road and Springbrooke. - Sunday, September 1st Come Party A Little Old School At The 90's Rock Revival With Music By Ghost Pepper and Quasi Flannel! - The Main Dish All Weekend Long Will Be Everything meart: Ribs, Wings, Burgers, Tacos, Jerky, Barbeque, Bacon & More! .- Limited Activities For Children.

Hands-On History Weekend
Saturday, August 31 & Sunday, September 1, 2019; 10:00am to 4:30pm
Historic Cold Spring Village
720 Route 9
Cape May, NJ 08204
Cost: Adults $14; children 3-12 $12; under 3 free
This family event features two days of interactive and educational fun. Children will be given a "Pastport" at the start of their Village trip, which can be stamped at the buildings they visit after completing a take-home craft or activity, like writing with a quill pen, carding wool or churning butter. Pastports can be redeemed at the Country Store for a free treat! Other family-friendly activities include games and live entertainment from traditional musician Mary Roth and Penns Woods Puppet Theater.

West Cape May Tomato Festival
Saturday, August 31st, 2019: (Raindate: September 1st)
Wilbraham Park
West Cape May
Cost: Free
This family event celebrates everyone's favorite fruit of summer and there are plenty of them on hand to sample- from tomato pies to empanadas. Don't forget your souvenir t-shirt!

Labor Day Weekend at Sahara Sam's
Saturday, August 31st – Monday, September 2nd, 2019: Time: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM; 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM 
Sahara Sam's Oasis
535 North Route 73
West Berlin, NJ 08091
Website & Discount Tickets
Do we have to say goodbye to summer?! Join us for one last hoorah: soak up the sun, splash all day in the Wave Pool and dance with our poolside DJ. This Labor Day weekend, they are saying farewell to summer before we go back to school. Enjoy 3 days of beachy fun at our Beach Club, enjoy a special promo code for Labor Day weekend! 

Annual Wildwood Block Party and Music Festival
Sunday, September 1, 2019; 11am - 11pm
Fox Park
(across from the Wildwoods Convention Center on Ocean Avenue between Burk and Montgomery Avenues)
Wildwood, NJ
This family festival event will feature free live entertainment, craft and food vendors and many entertainers. Admission to the block party and concert is FREE.

Rollin' Rods Car Show
Sunday, September 1, 2019: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Bellview Winery
150 Atlantic Street
Landisville, NJ
These cars are tuned, tested, and polished to a shine in hopes of going home with a first place trophy. During the car show there will be live music on stage, a Chinese auction with over 200 beautifully wrapped prizes, food vendors and of course wine tasting! Children and leashed pets are welcome, however pets will not be allowed near the cars. Outside alcohol however is prohibited and the only alcoholic beverages permitted on our grounds are Bellview wines. Pop up tents are permitted in designated areas.

2019 NJ Labor Day Weekend Ticketed Concerts & Stage Shows


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