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 2021 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 2021 Festivals and Themed Events
Jack O' Lantern Eperience
October 1st thru November 7th, 2021
94 Championship Place
Augusta, NJ 07822 Website/Tickets
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.
Pilsener Haus & Biergarten Annual Celebration of Oktoberfest October 1-3, 2021
Pilsener Haus & Biergarten
between 15th and 16th Streets
Hoboken, NJ Website The celebration begins with a “keg tapping” on Friday at 6:00pm, followed by an outdoor music festival that will run the entire weekend.
JC Harvest Festival
October 2, 2021; 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
City Hall Plaza
280 Grove Street
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 2, 2021; 10:00 am – 5:00 pm , Rain date: October 3rd
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 Arts & Music Festival
Sunday. October 3, 2021: 11am to 6pm
Washington St. bet. Observer Highway & 7th St.
Hoboken, NJ Website
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 Website
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
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.
West Milford Autumn Lights Festival
Saturday October 9, 2021; 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 10, 2021
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.
The Ghost of Uncle Joe's
Octotober 22: 5pm – 10:30pm & October 23, 2021
– 1pm – 10:30pm (Rain date October 24th)
The Historic JC Harsimus Cemetery
435 Newark Ave.
Jersey City, NJ
This annual event, held on the cemetary grounds, features local musicians dressing up and performing songs of famous bands. After the cemetery show, the night's theme continues with four after parties. There will be delicious food, refreshing beer, prize giveaways for best costumes, and more!
Central NJ 2021 Festivals and Themed Events
Late September through end of October 2021: 9am to 6pm, 7 days per week
Holland Ridge Farms
86 Rues Road
Cream Ridge, New Jersey 08514 Website/Tickets
$12.80 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.
State guidelines for COVID-19 will be enforced.
Asbury Park PorchFest
Satuday, October 2, 2021; (rain date Saturday, October 9th)
Asbury Park, NJ Website/Band performers/Map
This family-friendly, Free event features musicians from a wide variety of genres. Afternoon entertainment will include dozens of performers on porches throughout the city. Attendees will stroll from porch to porch and relax on front lawns and sidewalks as they enjoy live, local talent. Bring your own folding chair, water, and an umbrella just in case we get sprinkles or to block the sun. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes!
4th Annual Rock for Awareness Festival
October 2, 2021; 11:30 am - 6pm
2255 Bridge Ave
Point Pleasant Beach, NJ Website
This event features music all day, food trucks, crafts, kids activities, and more. The music headliner will be the Nerds. Bill Spadea of radio 101.5 will also be appearing.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the Nicholas Hudanish Foundation whose mission is to raise awareness and improve the understanding of the epidemic of addiction; to strive to develop substance abuse prevention and behavioral health co-educational programs and outreaches and to seek to empower teens to lead drug-free lives.
Annual Amazing Pumpkin Carve - Drive-in
Wednesday, October 6 to Sunday, October 10, 2021
221 Washington Crossing-Pennington Road
Hopewell Township, New Jersey
firstname.lastname@example.org Website/tickets (Purchase tickets in advance or at the gate during hours of operation)
$25 per vehicle (1-6 occupants) $40 per vehicle (>6 occupants) $100 per bus.
This family event will feature 40 colossal 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!
Live entertainment – evenings from 7pm – 9:30pm
BlueClaws Laser Light Shows
October 8th & 9th, 2021; Gates open for each show at 6:00 pm and each show begins at 7:00 pm
(Rain or Shine)
2 Stadium Way
Lakewood, NJ Website/Tickets
Tickets are available now for just $18 for adults and $12 for juniors (12/under).
The show is choreographed to a set of spooky music is sure to excite fans with a one-of-a-kind show across the Jersey Shore sky. Food and drink will be available at the ballpark. The Boardwalk, presented by Toyota World of Lakewood, with popular boardwalk games, plus the BlueClaws mini golf course, will both be open during the event.
The night will also be Halloween-themed. Kids are encouraged to come dressed up in costume and take part in a costume contest. The contest winner will earn a 2022 BlueClaws Luxury Suite for their family, to be used in April or May, subject to availability.
Lambertville Shad Festival
October 9th & 10th, 2021 ( rain or shine)
Downtown Lamberville, NJ and nearby Delaware River towns. Website
The annual Lambertville Shad Festival has evolved from a local art show into a nationally recognized award-winning event. Shad Fest features the area's finest artists and crafters, great food, and family entertainment, face painting, sand Art, and other children's activities. and yes, shad! Don't miss the fun and educational shad seining demonstrations down at Lewis Island where the Delaware River Basin Commission will be teaching us about how to test water quality. The two-day extravaganza also serves as a venue for local non-profit organizations to raise necessary operating funds.
BOO Brew By the Bay
October 16, 2021; 12pm - 5pm
1 Atlantic Ave
Highlands, NJ Website
Event Cost: 35.00
This event takes place on the picturesque waterfront; tickets are $35.00 and include seven 4oz. tastings and a pint of craft beer and a commemorative pilsner cup for the first 250 participants. Additional tastings can be purchased at the event for $3. Participating breweries include, Belford Brewing Company, Jughandle Brewing Company, Jersey Cyclone Brewing Company, Twin Lights Brewing Company, Toms River Brewing, Frye Brewing Company, Last Wave Brewing Company to name a few.
Come dressed in your scary best! Costume contests, live music, fire pits and delicious local cuisine from the Seafarer.
October 16th, 2021
Washington Crossing Park
355 Washington Crossing Pennington Rd.
609-610-5280 Website/Run registration
This fest is a
family friendly event for both 2 and 4 legged family members! While this fest features a 1 Mile Fun Run, 5K, 5K with Dogs, 15K, 50K Ultra, this is also a great opportunity to meet the adoptable dogs, relax in the beer & wine garden, shop from the variety of vendors, enjoy the food trucks, have their pup run the dog agility course and, new to 2021, have some fun Hatchet Throwing!
Net proceeds benefit It's a Ruff Life Rescue.
Night of Frights
October 22, 23, 2021: @6pm
The Historic Village at Allaire
4263 Atlantic Ave.
Farmingdale, NJ Website & Tickets
$10 – $15
Enjoy the village grounds and historic buildings from the 18th and 19th centuries...visit with 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! New for 2021: TWO twisted, scary, creepy trails that will give you goosebumps 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.
Beachwood Harvest Bonfire on the Beach October 23rd, 2021; 6pm-9pm
This family event features food, music, games and all kinds of fun. Come relax by the fire and enjoy a great night on the beautiful beach.
Bradley Beach Fall Festival
October 23, 2021: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm Riley Park
615 Main Street
Bradley Beach, NJ Website
This event features
Crafters and vendors, Live music with BB's own Andy and DeeDee, kids craft kids to take and make, Scarecrow building area and more!
1830s All Hallow's Eve Celebration Saturday, October 30, 2021; 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
The Historic Village at Allaire
4263 Atlantic Avenue
Wall Township, NJ Tickets
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.
October 30, 31, 2021; 11am - 3pm
Eagle's Landing Day Camp
74 Davidson Mill Rd
North Brunswick, NJ 08902 Website
732-821-9155 or email@example.com
Event Cost: Free
This event features a fun fall day with Yummy Snacks, Carnival Games, Pumpkin Picking, Pumpkin Chucking, Zip Lines, Hay Rides, Arts and Crafts Projects, Baking Projects, camp tours,
Plus if you are registered for camp and you show up you'll receive a special limited edition shirt that you can only get at Pumpkin Palooza!
Southern NJ October 2021 Festivals and Themed Events
An Olde Time Italian Festival
Friday, Saturday, October 1, 2, 2021; Friday: 5 p.m. - 10pm, Saturday: noon to 10pm.
Fox Park at Ocean Avenue
between Burk and Montgomery Avenues
An 'Old World' family festival featuring crafts, games, rides, great Italian food and continuous FREE live entertainment. Lots of fabulous food & merchandise vendors. Entertainment Headliners are The Skyliners on Friday, & Bobby Rydell on Saturday!
LBI's Annual Chowderfest October 2, 3, 2021
Taylor Avenue ball field, Ninth Street and Taylor Avenue
(across from Schooner's Wharf and Bay Village)
Beach Haven, NJ Website/Schedule
Chowderfest Weekend 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.
There will be a lot of events this year including a Chowderfest Play list for in home or on route listening, Ecommerce Chowderwear store, restaurants serving up dine and take home options as well as an online voting component, Chowder Virtual Run, social media and pop up surprises.
Starting September 4 and until October 2, you can upport restaurants directly by purchasing their competition chowder. Then, place your vote online for your favorite in Red, White and Creative categories! Voting closes on Oct 2 at 11:55 p.m.
Each voter can register for free and will receive the Chowderfest Virtual Information Packet. The event will be supported by interactive content as well as the announcement for the Chowderfest 2021 Overall Champion.
Annual Sea Isle City Italian-American Festival and Annual Columbus Day Parade
October 2, 2021;
11:00 am until dusk Website
Festival-goers will enjoy an Italian Vendors Market with craft and specialty merchandise, delicious Italian delicacies and plenty of live entertainment.
Annual WheatonArts Festival of Fine Craft October 2 & 3, 2021 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
31st Annual Cranberry Fest
October 2nd and 3rd, 2021
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.
Annual Blackwood Pumpkin Festival
Sunday, October 3, 2021; 11am - 4pm (raindate: Oct. 10th)
The Studio at Mainstage
27 South Black Horse Pike
Blackwood, NJ Website
This annual festival features food, games, live music, and crafters, including four stages of entertainment, amusement rides, hayrides, pumpkin painting and carving, scarecrow making, a costume contest, and more.
Annual LBI FLY International Kite Festival October 8th - 10th, 2021
Long Beach Island, NJ 08008
Celebrate Columbus Day 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.
Courteous social distancing is expected of all attending beachgoers.
Atlantic City Comedy Festival October 9 & 10, 2021
Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall
Atlantic City, NJ Tickets
Sommore, DC Young Fly, Lavell Crawford, Kountry Wayne, Karlous Miller
Mike Epps, Bruce Bruce, Arnez J, Earthquake, Desi Banks.
Berlin’s 10th Annual Fall Festival
October 9, 2021; 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
43 S Park Drive,
856-767-7777 Facebook page
This event features a Mutt Strut dog costume parade, pumpkin painting, a car show, food merchants and, of course, the beer garden.
Fall Block Party and Fireworks Spectacular
Saturday, October 9, 2021: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
from 5th – 14th Streets on Asbury Ave.
Ocean City, NJ Website
information, call 1-800-BEACH-NJ
This annual family event features over 400 crafters, food vendors, music, and more. In the evening, fireworks over the boardwalk from 6th Street – 14th Street.
Lima Bean Festival
Saturday, October 9, 2021; 9am-5pm (rain date Oct 10th)
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.
South Jersey Pumpkin Show October 9, 10, 2021; Saturday 10am to 8pm and Sunday, 10am to 6pm.
Salem County Fairgrounds
735 Harding Highway
Woodstown, NJ 08098 Web Site
Contact: Kathryn Wright, Phone: 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.
Carli Lloyd Retirement Celebration
October 14, 2021; Gates will open at 5:30 p.m.
Delran Community Park
12 Hartford Road
Delran, NJ Website
This celebration of women's soccer star Carli Lioyd features an outdoor party that includes live music, special surprise guests, food trucks, and fireworks. Carli Lioyd grew up in Delran where she first fell in love with soccer and went on to 16-year-long career. A DJ and food trucks will be on hand at that time. The Soul Cruisers Band will perform at 6 p.m., followed by a presentation at 7 p.m. and fireworks at 8 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to bring a towel or blanket.
Camden County Fair
October 15 and 16, 2021
Camden County Fairgrounds
508 Lakeland Road
Gloucester Township, NJ Website
The event includes rides and games, carnival food and food trucks, live music and dance, free pony rides and a petting zoo. 4-H Youth Projects will be on display and demonstrated.
Annual Pumpkin Festival & Share the Harvest Food Drive
Saturday, October 16, 2021; 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Historic Cold Spring Village
720 Route 9
South Cape May, NJ 08204 Website
Cost: Free Admission, please bring a non-perishable food item
This family event features pumpkin painting and games throughout the day. A variety of crafters will sell their wares along the Village's shell-paved lanes. Vendors will be selling hot dogs, funnel cake, and other snacks. Visit a haunted house at the Village Barn and hop on a fall hayride through the farm. Don't miss the Children's Halloween Parade at 11 am.
Cherry Hill Harvest Festival
October 17, 2021; noon - 4pm
100 Bortons Mills Road.
Cherry Hill, NJ Website
Cherry Hill Township is partnering with the police and fire departments for the township's largest community event. The event includes pony rides, a petting zoo, craft fair, pumpkins, live music, food trucks, a beer garden by Forgotten Boardwalk Brewery, and more.
Annual Ghoul Spring Village
Friday & Saturday, October 22 & 23, 2021; 5:30pm-8:00pm
Historic Cold Spring Village
720 US 9
Cape May, NJ
Cost: $5.00 Adults $3.00 Children 12 & under. Advance tickets available online at hcsv.org or available at the gate at time of event.
Join in as they pierce the veil between the world of the living and the world of the dead.
This event is a a family-friendly haunted walk-thru for young and old alike