October Events: Our Top Picks To Plan Your Day Out in New Jersey
Discover New Jersey's Best October Events: Uncover The Month's Top seasonal attractions, popular events, and hidden gems
The October Events calendar for 2022 is packed with exciting fun. leisure things to do in NJ.
month of October is a great time of the year to take in many of the
fall activities and a great time to plan a weekend getaway or late
If you plan to get out an enjoy the beautiful fall foliage colors,
especially in northwest New Jersey, the season is at it's peak from
October 19th through 29th.
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.
Northern NJ October 2022 Festivals and Themed Events
Jack O' Lantern Experience
The month of October until November 6th, 2022
94 Championship Place
Augusta, NJ 07822 Website/Tickets
Experience Pure Halloween Madness, Skylands Stadium will be transformed with over 6,000+ Jack-O-Lanterns, for an Original 45-minute Walk-Thru Spectacular. Sussex County's Family Entertainment Destination is set ablaze with spectacular visuals, and a thrilling Fall Festival. Perfect for families, date nights, and lovers of Halloween spirit.
JC Harvest Festival
October 1, 2022; 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
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.
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, NJ Website
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
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
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
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.
Crystal Springs Music Fest
Sunday, October 9, 2022
Crystal Springs Resort
3 Wild Turkey Way
Hamburg, NJ Website
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
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.
Central NJ 2022 Festivals and Themed Events
September 23rd through end of October 2022: 9am to 6pm, 7 days per week
Holland Ridge Farms
86 Rues Road
Cream Ridge, New Jersey 08514 Website/Tickets
$13 per person aged 3 and up
In the fall, the fields come alive again for the Sunflower Festival. Guests can wander through the towering rows of Sunflower and enjoy the warmth and happiness they inspire. While you are at the farm take the time to stroll through our barns, visit the animals and enjoy some of the charm of Holland in the Good 'ole Days museum and Holland Shop. Learn about Holland in the Hollandwood Theatre and get all your questions about flowers, including how they get their color, from their Pollinator. The Pollinator helps to create the rainbow of color in our fields.
Circus Vazquez: A New Age Traditional Circus Comes to New Jersey September 30 thru October 10, 2022
Woodbridge Center Lot 250
Woodbridge Center Dr
This event features a world class family friendly, animal free, amazing, and entertaining experience with performing artists from around the world performing in a circus style tent equipped with state-of-the-art architecture and technology.
September 30–October 31, 2022
101 Crawford Corner Roadl
Holmdel, New Jersey Website/Tickets
This family-friendly Halloween event, after a successful run in Los Angeles, will premiere in New Jersey this Fall.
It will feature carnival rides, trick-or-treating, games, and nine worlds spanning 200,000 square feet. Twenty-five costumed characters will roam the grounds as immersive thematics flooded with interactivity, all built on the foundation of Halloween—trick or treating, pumpkins, costumes, candy for giveaways, and spooky fun.
Hamilton Irish Fest Friday, Saturday, October 1st, 2nd, 2022: 1 P.M. - 9PM (raindate Sunday, October 3rd)
2419 Kuser Road
Hamilton Square, NJ Web page
Admission is $5 for adults and children under the age of 15 are free when accompanied by an adult.
This Family friendly event features performances by Justin & Erin Koltenicki's School of Irish Dance a Traditional and Contemporary Irish Dance School. The award-winning Trenton AOH Monsignor Crean Pipes and Drums will also play during the day. Irish bands scheduled to appear include Celtic Connection and The Natterjacks. Music will be continuous from 1:00 pm thru 9:00 pm. Beverages (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic) will be available for purchase throughout the duration of the Festival. Guests are invited to bring lawn chairs and blankets to sit back and enjoy two great days of Irish fun and entertainment.
Hunterdon Harvest Fest
October 1, 2022: 12:00 PM - 8:00 PM (Rain Date - Sunday, October 2nd, 2022)
Lone Eagle Brewing
Stangl Road (Enter via Route 12 and park at Liberty Village)
Flemington, NJ Website
This event features
harvest celebration of our local businesses, farms, and breweries with New Jersey Craft Breweries, live music, farm to festival local foods, craft beer & games for all ages! Bring your own chair.
North Brunswick 40th Annual Heritage Day
Saturday, October 1, 2022: 3 pm. to 10 pm. (Rain date is Sunday, October 2)
2051 Route 130S
North Brunswick Township, NJ Website
732-247-0922 ext. 475
This event features a celebration of New Brunswisk's heritage with live music, food vendors, and a grand finale fireworks display at dusk.
County Seat Jazz & Blues Street Fest
Sunday, October 2nd, 2022; from 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Downtown, Freehold, NJ Website - Line-up
This event takes place on West Main Street between Court Street and Throckmorton Street in Downtown Freehold. featuring talented and well-known musicians from the Tri-State Area and beyond. Many vendors are participating with a variety of items from hand rolled cigars being made in front of you to hand crafted jewelry made from sea glass, metal, gem stone, etc. They will also feature vendors with t-shirts, clothing, handmade dog biscuits, soaps, honey & more.
Central Jersey Beer Festival
Saturday, October 8, 2022; from 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM* (Rain or Shine, Tents will be used in case of inclement weather!)
Mercer County Park Festival Grounds.
1665 Mercerville-Edinburg Rd
West Windsor, NJ Website & Tickets
VIP Entry & Tasting beginning at 12PM Food trucks and music until 6PM
This event features over 175 beers, live music, food, and 4 hours of Beer Tasting. Bring a picnic blanket or chairs and friends
New Brunswick's 4th Annual Oktoberfest
October 9, 2022; 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Monument Square Park
George St & Livingston Ave
New Brunswick, NJ
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website
This Oktoberfest event features a fall celebration of music, food, and community. Enjoy a variety of local and traditional food, craft brews, German beers, and vendors that will keep your interest. Bring your friends and family to enjoy an afternoon of music, games, activities, and so much more! Plus take part in our Stein holding competitions as competitors hold a full one-liter beer stein out in front of their bodies with a straight arm, parallel to the ground, and the last person holding with good form is the winner! Partygoers are encouraged to get into the Oktoberfest spirit by wearing their best dirndl or lederhosen. The music line-up includes a combination of performances of a broad mix for all age groups, including Traditional German music!
Annual Amazing Pumpkin Carve
Wednesday, October 12 to Sunday, October 16, 2022
221 Washington Crossing-Pennington Road
Hopewell Township, New Jersey
email@example.com Website/tickets (Purchase tickets in advance or at the gate during hours of operation)
Walk-thru pricing (Wed + Thurs) $15 for adults $10 for seniors $5 for kids under 18 Kids in strollers are free Drive-thru pricing (Fri, Sat + Sun) $25 per vehicle if before 9/15 (price goes up to $30 afterwards) No oversized vehicles permitted.
This year, the Carve will be a HYBRID – with both "walk-thru" and "drive-thru" viewing days.
"Walk-thru" days are Wednesday and Thursday, where you'll find additional food and entertainment, including the popular fire-pits with storytellers and s'mores.
This family event will feature 35 colossal 125 pound pumpkins will be carved and electrified by the area's most talented artists and displayed in a beautifully illuminated drive-thru all from the comfort and safety of your vehicle!
Night of Frights
October 14, 15, 20, 21, 2022
Historic Village at Allaire
4263 Atlantic Avenue
Wall Township, NJ 07727 Tickets
Cost: Adult $15, Child $10
Enjoy the village grounds and historic buildings from the 18th and 19th centuries...visit with our ghosts, ghouls, and monsters. Storytelling at the Chapel; a special night out at the Blacksmith Shop; the Manager's House with fortune-telling for your entertainment; Mr. Allaire's Macabre House; the Carriage House with legendary spirits; the towering four story shadows of the General Store stocked with seasonal goods; and don't forget treats at the Bakery plus our very own Haunted Food Truck! In the dark of the night, from woods to historic homes, the Historic Village at Allaire takes on a twist for the Halloween season. Costumed ghouls, Glow In The Dark Bubble Witch Show, & Fire Juggler. All with varied activities we welcome children, families, and adults of all ages
Annual Boo Brew By The Bay
Saturday, October 15th, 2022; 1-5PM( Rain date October 16th)
1 Atlantic St
Highlands, NJ Website/Tickets
The tasting takes place on the picturesque waterfront of the Shrewsbury River. Tickets are $35.00 and include seven 4oz. tastings and a pint of craft beer in a commemorative pilsner cup. Additional tastings can be purchased at the event for $3. Live music, a costume contest, fire pits and great food.
st New Jersey Beer Festivals
Sunday, October 16th 2022, 11am - 5:30pm; Rain Date Sunday, October 24th
2306 Kuser Rd
Hamilton Township, NJ Website
A family Oktoberfest celebration with many family oriented activeities. Note: Alcoholic beverages will not be served at, nor permitted at, this event.
This family event features, Amusements, Pumpkin Patch, Hay Rides, Corn Maze, Crafters, fire pits, and a Jack 'O Lantern Carving Contest.
1830s All Hallow's Eve Celebration Saturday, October 29, 2022; 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
The Historic Village at Allaire
4263 Atlantic Avenue
Wall Township, NJ Tickets
Cost: $10 Adults, $4
Children (age 4-12)
Step back in time and celebrate Halloween with our villagers as they would have in the 19th century! Learn about Halloween's long rich history and the origin of the traditions we know of today!
Participate in the "Allaire Scare Pumpkin Dare" - a carved pumpkin contest! Contestants need to have a pre-purchased ticket for All Hallow's Eve and bring a carved pumpkin to the Event (Day Of) where it will be entered into a "scare" category and judged! Winner gets a trophy and a gift bag.
Southern NJ October 2022 Festivals and Themed Events
An Olde Time Italian Festival
Friday, Saturday, September 30th & October 1st, 2022
Fox Park at Ocean Avenue
between Burk and Montgomery Avenues
An 'Old World' family festival featuring a Procession of the Saints, delicious Italian food favorites, merchandise vendors, games, and continuous FREE live entertainment. A grape stomping contest and Italian Folk dancing will take place as well.
Friday night live entertainment features Vito Picone & The Elegants ("Little Star"), Zach Taglioli, Angelo Capone, and more.
Saturday night entertainment features Tommy C., The Voice of Tribute, Lou Christie, King Arthur, Just In Time, Purple Reign, and Anthony Bucci
Annual Cranberry Fest
October 1st & 2nd, 2022
Downtown Bordentown, Farnsworth Ave.
This family event features live music. a beer garden. "Family Friendly" Kids Zone, and over 175 artists and artisans, crafters and makers in offering one of a kind, handmade, vintage, and upcycled treats to nourish both the heart and the home.
Giant Pumpkin Carve & Pumpkin Pageant Saturday, October 1st, 2022, 4:00pm until 9:00pm
Salem County Fair Grounds
Pilesgrove Township, NJ Website
The annual autumn event is fun family to welcome fall. More than 60 giant pumpkins will be carved by professional, amateur and student artists and showcased for public viewing and judging. Look forward to loads of fun for all ages: hayrides, music, crafts, costume pageant, games, vendors, wine tasting and more!
Proceeds from this event will benefit
Meals on Wheels of Salem County.
LBI's Annual Chowderfest Saturday, October 1, 2022: rain date on Sunday
Taylor Avenue ball field, Ninth Street and Taylor Avenue
(across from Schooner's Wharf and Bay Village)
Beach Haven, NJ Website/Schedule
Chowderfest has become a tradition for family and friends to gather together to say good bye to summer and welcome the fall.
Celebrate with vendors, brews on tap, live music lineup, and ChowderMonth champion announcements in Beach Haven! The Festival will be a non-tasting event.
Fun for the whole family, and pet-friendly. This is a non-tasting event, meaning no tastings will be occurring. All chowder is for purchase on the Chowder Trail. Select participating restaurants will be at the event selling their chowder along with other menu items.
Bring a chair and enjoy the live music
Annual WheatonArts Festival of Fine Craft October 1, & 2, 2022 WheatonArts & Cultural Center
1501 Glasstown Road
Millville, NJ 08332 Website Admission: $12.00 Adults $11.00 Senior Adults (62+) $7.00 Students Children 5 & under are free This two day family event features
an art and shopping experience for the entire family with over 150 artists and craftspeople that will present and sell traditional and contemporary works. A highlight is the WheatonArts Annual Glass Pumpkin Patch with over 7,000 Glass pumpkins of all shapes, sizes, and colors on display and available for purchase. Other things to experience include live music, a beer and wine garden, and children's activities The WheatonArts Center, with a history dating back to 1888, began as a glass factory making pharmaceutical bottles, and later in 1970 as a glass museum when the first buildings at opened to the public. Today the complex of 18 buidings is spread over 45 acres. The Museum of American Glass houses over 22,000 objects, both historic and contemporary. The fully operational Glass Studio presents daily, interpretive demonstrations for the public with artists showing traditional and contemporary glassblowing techniques. In the Artist Studios, artists demonstrate the traditional southern New Jersey crafts of pottery and flameworking.
Annual LBI FLY International Kite Festival October 6, 7, 8, 9, 2022
Long Beach Island, NJ 08008
The event features a weekend with brilliant colorful artist design kites, fun flying giant inflatable kites and the amazing show of sport kiting to our beautiful island. Many of these fliers are invited guests in prestigious festivals around the world. This free and cross-generational event will yield even more spectacular and unusual kites this year – as well as displayed at local galleries prior to the festival.
October 6, 7, 8, 2022
Paradise Lakes Campground
500 Paradise Dr.
Hammonton, NJ Website/Tickets
Cost: Must be 21+. Admission - Early Entry: $50 -
2 Day GA Festival Pass: $150 - Car Camping: $60 - RV $600 (Each RV pass includes four (4) Early Entry passes)
2-day (with a pre-party on Thursday) camping music festival in the Pine Barrens features two unique stages offering sounds of all tempos, flavors and styles with a little something for everyone regardless of where you land on the electronic music spectrum. The music runs on both stages from 6:45PM - 4:00AM. Music begins as early as 12:30 PM on Friday & Saturday and runs until Sunrise.
Annual Pine Barrens Jamboree at Wells Mills Park
Saturday, October 8th, 2022; 10am - 4:30pm (rain or shine)
Wells Mills County Park
905 Wells Mills Rd, Rt. 532
Waretown, NJ Website
Parking and admission FREE
This annual event features a fun filled day of music of the pines, cultural demonstrations, traditional crafts, nature and history programs. Attendees will sit under the big tent and enjoy a fun filled day of county, bluegrass and traditional music.
Atlantic City Comedy Festival Saturday, Sunday, October 8 & 9, 2022
Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall
Atlantic City, NJ
The Atlantic City Comedy Festival features two days of hilarious entertainment. There are a total of 2 shows, with one show each day.
Each show typically features 5, and sometimes more, comedians each day.
Lima Bean Festival
Saturday, October 8, 2022, 9:00am - 4:00pm
West Cape May, NJ
The lowly legume takes center stage delighting locals and visitors alike with her vast array of recipes, crafts and products available. Come out and celebrate West Cape May's farming heritage with lima bean soup, tacos, salad, jewelry, T-shirts and more! Enjoy great food, quality vendors, antiques, crafts, entertainment and fun.
New Jersey Bacon Fest
Saturday and Sunday, October 8th and 9th, 2022
Flying W Airport
60 Fostertown Road
Medford, NJ Website
This event features
bacon, food trucks, beer, bourbon, wine, swine, and more. It includes all kinds of bacon purveyors — including some outstanding food trucks with an emphasis on bacon. In addition to the food trucks, Bacon Fest will have a bacon Bloody Mary bar, craft and local beers, a wine and bourbon bar, kid's activities, and live music on two big stages with local bands performing.
South Jersey Pumpkin Show October 8. 9, 2022; Saturday 10am to 8pm and Sunday, 10am to 5pm.
Salem County Fairgrounds
735 Harding Highway
Woodstown, NJ 08098 Web Site
856-765-0118, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
This festival features three- days of family fun with contests, artists, craftsmen, home products, a pumpkin pyramid, entertainment, food, wine, amusement rides, a Giant Pumpkin Weigh Off, headless horsemen, scarecrows, Little Miss & Mister Pageant, dog parade, Boo Barn and more.
The Wildwoods Food & Music Festival Sunday, October 9, 2022; 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
between Wildwood and Schellenger Avenues
This family festival will feature 2 stages of live music plus crafters, food vendors, games, a pie eating contest and much more! A “Kids Korner” with activities including pumpkin painting, crab hat making and inflatable bounce house.
Annual Chatsworth Cranberry Festival
October 15th & 16th, 2022
Downtown Chatsworth, NJ Website
This family event features
a juried craft show with over 150 vendors, 15 food vendors, and live music.
New Jersey Oyster Festival Saturday, October 15, 2022
2800 High Street
Port Norris, NJ 083
Cost: $25 per person and includes a commemorative wine or beer glass and a sampling of oysters
This event features
local oyster purveyors will be here with their oysters. Taste them all and vote for you favorite for the People's Choice Award!
If you're more surf than turf, they will have local food trucks serving delicious choices for you.
The activities and vendors include:
Shucking Contest! Vendors! Brewing companies! Wine! Silent Auction! Special Speakers!
Live music performed by the Shellback Buoys and The Rob Roy Duo
PAWS Farm Fall Festival & Cornhole Tournament
Saturday, October 15th, 2022 (rain date: October 16th)
1105 Hainesport Mt. Laurel Rd.
Mt Laurel, NJ
$10 Adult, $7 ages 2-13 yrs, FREE for children under 2 yrs.
This family, fun event features
children's activities, farm animals, animal programs, pumpkin decorating, fun in the Dairy Barn, Craft Fair, Cornhole Tournament, plus food trucks and live music by Elaine & the Cimarron Sky Band.
Proceeds from this event will benefit
PAWS Farm, Inc. a non-profit (501c3) organization.
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