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South Jersey Family Festivals: Discover The Best Themed Events

Your Guide to The Best South Jersey Family Festivals: Features Family Oriented Music, Food, Entertainment and Fun Activities

They feature festivals events with special themes and are known for having good music, food, entertainment, skilled artisans and performers, fun activities, crafts, and more!


State of NJ

At this time, and until further notice,  COVID-19 executive orders  in effect apply to large public gatherings such as concerts, festivals, and fireworks.

Some outdoor recreational areas and businesses have been able to restart their operations. These include;
Beaches, State and Municipal Parks, and recreational campgrounds are open for passive recreation, including fishing, hunting, boating, canoeing, kayaking, hiking,  jogging, biking, birding, horseback riding, and more.

Atlantic City's casinos will be able to reopen July 2 at 25% capacity.

Playgrounds and outdoor amusement parks, water parks, and arcades in the Garden State can also reopen on July 2. Parks and boardwalk rides will be limited to 50% of typical guest capacity and must enforce social-distancing rules on rides and in lines. Face coverings for guests and staff are required

Currently most public gatherings are limited: Indoor gatherings are limited to 25% capacity of the rooms in which they will take place, with a maximum of 100 persons. Outdoor gatherings are limited to 500 persons.

Restaurants are open for outdoor dining only. Indoor dining has been postponed until further notice

With near term cancellations occurring at a rapid rate, and despite trying to remove them as soon as we learn of the cancellations or restrictions, we  recommend viewers contact the event sponsors before heading out to a listed event to confirm their status.


2020 Multi-Date and Virtual Southern Jersey Family Festivals and Events

North Wildwood Concerts Under the Stars
Thursday and Saturday night @ 8 p.m. Beginning Thursday July 9th, and running until Saturday September 5th, 2020
Lou Booth Amphitheater
2nd & Ocean Avenues
North Wildwood, NJ
Website/Schudule of Performers
The entertainment is live
The venue has benches to sit on so there is no need to bring beach chairs or folding chairs. We suggest you bring a hoodie or a blanket as it does get a tad chilly at night as the amphitheater is next to the beach.

Cape May Zoo "Virtual Zoo School"
Videos will be featured on their Facebook Page and their Website, daily at 11:30 AM.
Join in Monday through Friday at 11:30 AM as we take you on a virtual tour of the zoo! Each day we will feature a short clip of a different animal and teach you all about it. At the end of every clip we have a challenge for YOU to do right at home. You can show us how you completed your challenges by sharing photos or videos on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram

The Museum of Cape May County - Virtual Tour
View the Museum Virtual Tour
Located in three historic buildings, the museum is a treasure trove of exhibits showcasing county life from Native American times through the twenty first century. Established in 1927, The Museum of Cape May County has been the county's foremost advocate for the acquisition, preservation and display of local history. With guided tours, rotating exhibits, lectures and special events, the museum offers something for the whole family including children. The museum also houses an outstanding genealogical and research library for the serious historian.

Physick Estate Virtual Tour
Website/Virtual Tour Access
This is an abbreviated version of their normal 45 minute guided tour.
The Physick Estate today offers a look back at our Victorian past as evidenced by its architecture, decorative arts, customs, and the lives of one particular Cape May family, the Physicks. Emlen Physick Jr., his widowed mother, Frances Ralston, and his maiden aunt, Emilie Parmentier, moved into their home when it was completed in 1879. The Physicks' distinctive home illustrates their changing tastes as well as the particulars of the Victorian lifestyle in Cape May.

Wildwoods Doo Wop Experience
Every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday nights from June 16, 2020 — September 3, 2020; 8pm - 9:30pm
4500 Ocean Ave.
Between Burk & Montgomery Ave
Wildwood, NJ 08260
609-551-2289
Website
Free event
the Doo Wop Experience hosts a "Back to the 50s" Neon Night Trolley Tour that takes guests past the whimsical, space-age motels on the streets of the Wildwoods By-the-Sea.

Downtown Wildwood Free Movie Nights
Beginning June 22, and ending on Aurgust 25, 2020
Byrne Plaza (Pacific & Oak Avenues)
Wildwwod, NJ
Website/schedule
Bring your beach chairs or a blanket and enjoy a family movie under the stars in Downtown Wildwood! Weather related updates will be announced on Facebook at Wildwood By The Sea.
Movies will be shown at dark (approx. 8:15 pm) every Tuesday night, with a special showing on October 30, 2020. In the case of rain, movies nights will be moved to Wednesdays.
FREE parking will be available in the lot behind the Pacific & Schellenger Avenues property, with entrances on Schellenger and Oak Avenues.
Schedule

Wildwood, NJ - Friday Fireworks on the Beach
Friday night fireworks will resume on July 10 and end on September 4, 2020.; Rain date each week is the Sunday at 10 pm.
The launch location for all shows has been moved to the beach at Rio Grande Avenue (behind the Wildwoods Sign).
Wildwood, NJ
(609) 523-1602
Website
Free event
Visible from almost anywhere in the Wildwoods!

July 2020 Southern Jersey Family Festivals and Events

Sand Sculpting Contest
Thursday, July 2, 2020;  9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
12th Street Beach.
Ocean City, NJ
609-399-6111
Website
Open to kids, teens, adults and families! Registration is free and begins at 9:00am at the 12th Street Beach.
Note the new location for our July contest! Judging takes place by 11:00am. Face covering required.

Hammonton Fireworks Display
July 4, 2020, at dusk (Rain date July 5th)
Hammonton High School
566 Old Forks Road
Hammonton, NJ
Website

August 2020 Southern Jersey Family Festivals and Events

Sand Sculpting Contest
Thursday, August 6, 2020: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
6th St. Beach
Ocean City, NJ
609-399-6111
Website
Open to kids, teens, adults and families! Registration is free and begins at 9:00am
Judging takes place by 11:00am.

Beardfest
August 27, 28, 29 , 2020
Paradise Lakes Campground
Rt 206 (between Mile markers 3 & 4)
Hammonton, NJ
Website
Beardfest is a three night celebration of creative energy that strives to enliven the artist in everyone. Beardfest offers attendees the opportunity to unplug in South Jersey's beautiful Pinelands Preserve while enjoying music that spans an incredibly wide range of genres; but our definition of entertainment goes far beyond the spectator/performer dichotomy. At Beardfest, attendees have the opportunity to collaborate on large scale murals throughout the campgrounds, practice yoga, participate in a variety of collaborative music making activities, and share ideas in our community workshops. art, an open mic, swimming and camping

September 2020 Southern Jersey Family Festivals and Events

The New Jersey Horror Con & Film Festival
September 25, 26, 27, 2020
The Showboat Hotel
Atlantic City, NJ
Website/Tickets
In advance/Day Pass: $30 In advance/ 3-day Pass: $75 Day of show price: $30 Day of show 3-day Pass: $75
Children: 10 and under free with paying adult Ticket sales at the door are cash only
This 3-day event features a showing of amazing Horror films in the indie scene with an opportunity for attendees to mingle with big names in horror. Horror fans can also participate in Q&A sessions get to interact with vendors from around the Horror scene.

October 2020 Southern Jersey Family Festivals and Events

South Jersey Pumpkin Show
17th annual Festival
October 10, 11, 2020; 10am - 5pm
Salem County Fairgrounds
735 Harding Highway
Woodstown, NJ 08098
Web Site
Contact: Kathy Wright, Phone: 856-765-0118, Email: sjpumpkinshow@aol.com
Cost: $5.00 carload parking only
The 17th annual South Jersey Pumpkin Show will feature over 175 vendors, amusement rides, wine sampling, hayrides, Pumpkin Pageant, giant pumpkin pyramid, pumpkin weigh off, pumpkin pageant, pumpkin pie by the slice and family fun contest.
Festival will showcase a Fall Home Show, NJ Largest Baked Pumpkin Pie, free mini pumpkin for first 200 kids daily, dog show & parade, scarecrows and Food Trucks, local concessions and picnic style dining. Live bands on the main stage both days.

November 2020 Southern Jersey Family Festivals and Events

Exit 0 International Jazz Festival
November 6 - 8, 2020
Multiple venues
Cape May, NJ
Website-lineup-schedule-tickets
Cape may comes alive this weekend with more than 40 jazz performances taking place in a three day multi-venue festival featuring top national headliners.

April 2021 Southern Jersey Family Festivals and Events

Atlantic City Beer and Music Festival
April 9th & 10th, 2021
Atlantic City Convention Center
Atlantic City, NJ
Tickets & Information
This event features a celebration of a decade of AC music, brews, breweries. Attendees will experience over 1,000 different beers from 150 breweries, the biggest music acts to date, interactive touch points such as life size beer pong and a pop-up jam band space, a state-of-the-art March Madness viewing area and culinary offerings from our favorite AC food and beverage joints.
Music by New Found Glory, Goldfinger, & Against Me.
Three sessions:
Session 1 Friday, 8am - 12:00 am, Session 2 Saturday, 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, & Session 3 Saturday, 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

June 2021 Southern Jersey Family Festivals and Events

AnimeNEXT
Friday, June 11, 2021 through Sunday, June 13, 2021
Atlantic City Convention Center
1 Convention Center Boulevard
Atlantic City, NJ 08401
Website/Registration
AnimeNEXT is the largest independently organized anime convention in the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area. The convention features Japanese creators of anime and manga, anime music video (AMV) screenings, voice actors from anime series, Japanese musical acts, artists, vendors and exhibits, Karoke panels, workshops, masquerade, and video rooms and gaming. Events all focus on aspects of anime, manga, and Japanese culture.

Barefoot Country Music Fest
June 18-20, 2021 (rain or shine)
On the beach between the famous Morey's Piers
Wildwood, NJ
Website / Tickets
This is the Northeast's largest outdoor country music festival hosting a unique blend of country music's top artists and up-and-comers on multiple stages including Carrie Underwood, Blake Shelton, Dan+Shay, and 30+ more performers. With the combination of country music and the scenic Wildwood's backdrop, this family-friendly, three-day festival is a summer vacation destination

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