Best NJ Labor Day Weekend Events

2018 concerts, festivals, parades, fireworks, and more

NJ Labor Day Weekend Events

Labor Day, the first Monday in September, falls on September 3, 2018 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 30 - Sunday, September 2, 2018
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 31st  to Monday, September 3rd, 2018
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, TheJersey Four perform a Tribute to Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, 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 31 - Monday, September 3, 2018
Saint Joseph Church
40 Spring Street
Lodi, NJ
This family event features eaturing 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.

Annual Scandinavian Fest
Sunday, September 2, 2018; 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

Filipino American Festival
Sunday, September 2, 2018; 10 AM - 8 PM
New Overpeck Bergen County Park
199 Challenger Rd.
Ridgefield Park, NJ 07660
Facebook page
This event features a celebration and integration of cultural diversity. The show is highlighted with traditional costumes through fashion show, traditional cultural dances, Filipino local talents, and Filipino food.

Annual Mendham Borough Labor Day Parade & Carnival
Monday, September 3, 2018
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 nightly firework show.

Labor Day Paddle
September 3, 2018: 10:00am - 12:00pm
Essex County Environmental Center
621 B Eagle Rock Ave
Roseland, NJ
Price: $30/canoe; Advance registration is required; 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.

Riverdale Labor Day Street Fair
Monday, September 3, 2018; 10am-5pm
Newark Pompton Tpke, (off Rte 23) Street
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 3, 2018
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. The theme for the 2018 parade is "South Plainfield" "We are family" The parade winds through town and ends up at South Plainfield Middle School.

Passaic River Labor Day Paddle
Monday, Septermber 3, 2018; 10:30am to 12:30pm & 2pm to 4pm
Essex County Environmental Center
621A Eagle Rock Avenue
Roseland, New Jersey
Meet in the Garibaldi Hall parking lot.
Cost: $30/canoe; Advance Registration is required call 973.228.8776.
A family event for adults and children ages 10 and older.
Celebrate Labor Day with 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.

43rd Annual Rutherford Labor Day Street Fair
Monday, September 3, 2018; 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.
In addition to the traditional street vendors, food trucks and antique fair, the event now includes rides and entertainment for kids, walk around street performers including a stilt walker, balloon artist, jugglers and an array of variety entertainers along with an assortment of amusements to keep the kids entertained and attract young families. The event's lineup of live musical acts includes Rutherford resident Lise Avery, host of the internationally syndicated WFDU show, "Anything Goes." Lise will once again open the Labor Day Street Fair, as she has for the past few years. Lise plays music from the 40s through current music on her Monday morning FM program. Jersey Sound will perform oldies and classic rock favorites and also performing will be Rutherford's own Luke and the Troublemakers.

Central NJ Labor Day Weekend Events

Indo-American Fair
September 1, 2, 2018; 11am to 7 PM (Both days) Rain date - September 3rd
Mercer County Park
West Windsor, NJ.
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

Labor Day Weekend at Working Dog Winery
Saturday, September 1st, & 2nd, 2018; 1pm to 5pm
Working Dog Winery
610 Windsor Perrineville Rd,
Hightstown, NJ
Cost: Free to Attend
Skip the crazy Holiday weekend beach crowds and join in for a laid back day of live music and good food!
Saturday: Music by Pennington Station Band. Food provided by Jersey Devil Barbecue Food Truck.
Sunday: Music by Cat Moon Daddy

Manasquan Labor Day Concert

Saturday, September 1, 2018; 4pm - 6pm
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, September 1, 2018
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.

Dinosaurs at Dusk
September 1, 2, 2018
New Jersey State Museum Planetarium
205 West State Street
Trenton, NJ
Tel: (609) 292-6464
Price: $7/adults, $5/ages 12 and under
Take to the skies and discover the origins of flight. Dinosaurs at Dusk is an adventure of a father and his teenage daughter Lucy, who share a fascination for all things that fly. You'll travel back in time to meet the pterosaurs and the ancestors of modern-day birds: the feathered dinosaurs. Lucy and her father navigate from continent to continent

Monmouth Park Labor Day Weekend BBQ & Craft Beer Festival

September 1, 2, 3, 2018; 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 2, 2018
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.

Boardwalk Concert Series – Stiletto & the Saxman
Monday, September 3, 2018; 7pm - 11pm
Franklin Avenue Stage
Seaside Heights, NJ
This Concert features Joey and Doreen Arminio the Stiletto & The Saxman! A fantastic husband and wife musical duo.

Annual South Plainfield Labor Day Celebration
Monday, September 3, 2018
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 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 “"South Plainfield - We Are Family", rejoices in our unity and pride in South Plainfield. . The parade winds through town and ends up at South Plainfield Middle School.

Southern NJ Labor Day Weekend Events

Glassboro Cruise Nite Car Show & Food Truck Festival
Friday, August 31, 2018: 5 - 9pm
Rowan Blv'd
Glassboro, NJ
Cost: Free; Parking Free
View over 300 cruise vehicles while listening to live music, DJ Pepper Paul 92.1, and enjoying great food trucks, a beer gatden with cold craft beer. Participants compete for a multitude of trophy awards judged by car professionals.

The 47th Annual Delaware Valley Bluegrass Festival

Labor Day Weekend, August 31, September 1, 2, 2018; noon to 11pm
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.

Airfest 2018

August 31 through September 3, 2018
NASW Aviation Museum
500 Forrestal Road
Cape May Airport
Rio Grande, NJ
(609) 886-8787
This event features many aircraft on display including the B-17 Flying Fortress, P-51 Mustang, B-24 Liberator, and NASW's 26 historic aircraft. The event will also include the Hangar filled with vendors, exhibitors, music, food, and much more.

Labor Day Weekend Fireworks Spectacular

Friday, August 31, 2018; @10pm
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. Rain/wind date is Sunday night at 10 p.m.

Labor Day Weekend at Sahara Sam's
Saturday, September 1 through Monday, September 3, 2018; 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM 
Sahara Sam's Oasis
535 North Route 73
West Berlin, NJ 08091
Website & Discount Tickets
Join in for one last hoorah: soak up the sun, splash all day in the Wave Pool and dance with our poolside DJ.t. enjoy a special promo code for Labor Day weekend! 

West Cape May Tomato Festival
Saturday, September 1, 2018 (rain date; Sept 2nd)
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 Diggerland
Saturday, September 1 through Monday, September 3, 2018
Diggerland USA
100 Pinedge Drive
West Berlin, NJ 08091
Website & Discount Ticlets
Last Call for Summer Fun!
This family friendly event will take the labor out of Labor Day. While operating construction equipment can be work; at Diggerland it's buckets of fun! Scoop up some earth and take a spin on the Spin Dizzy – bring summer to a close the right way! Save Online: Use the promo code LABOR18 to save $5 on your online over 42″ day tickets for Labor Day Weekend

Annual Wildwood Block Party and Music Festival
Sunday, September 2, 2018, Continuous 11am - 11pm
Fox Park
(across from the Wildwoods Convention Center on Ocean Avenue between Burk and Montgomery Avenues)
Wildwood, NJ
Beginning at 11am, the 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 2, 2018: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Bellview Winery
150 Atlantic Street
Landisville, NJ
This event features cars that are tuned, tested, and polished to a shine in hopes of going home with a first place trophy. Along with the car show there will be live music, a Chinese auction with over 200 beautifully wrapped prizes, and wine tasting in their tasting tent. Bottle and growler sales will be inside the tasting room with cold bottles of white or sweet wines available. Pop up tents are permitted in designated areas. Children and leashed pets are welcome, and outside food is permitted.

2018 NJ Labor Day Weekend Ticketed Concerts & Stage Shows

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