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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!

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COVID-19 executive orders in effect may restrict or require cancellation of events.

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.

April 2021 Southern Jersey Family Festivals and Events

Friday, April 2 thru Sunday, April 11, 2021; 10 am - 3pm daily.
Cape May County Park and Zoo
707 Route 9 North
Cape May Court House, NJ
This daily free event will feature:
Spy Easter Eggs Adventure through the walking paths behind our zoo to spot the over-sized Easter Eggs hanging from the trees. This "Egg Hunt" is self-guided and starts at our carousel. After you think you have 'spied' all of the eggs, submit your total count at the Zoo entrance to be entered for a chance to win a gift certificate for a giraffe encounter for 4 people. The drawing for this contest will take place on Sunday, April 11th.
HOPstacle Course Follow the obstacle course in our courtyard for a hopping good time. This 'course' begins just out front of the entrance to the zoo, at the large Park & Zoo sign. Follow the instructions marked in chalk on the sidewalk as you make your way to the Zoo Entrance.
Easter Scavenger Hunt Pick up a clue card at the Zoo Entrance to join the Easter themed 'egg hunt' in the Zoo and learn some animal facts along the way. Turn your completed card into the gift shop for a special treat. Easter Shout Outs.

Celebrate Easter at Storybook Land
April 2, 3, 4, 5, 2021
Storybook Land
6415 Black Horse Pike (Routes 40 / 322)
Egg Harbor Township, NJ 08234
(609) 646-0103
Storybook land is an exciting venue for children's entertainment and educational activities. Visit with the Easter Bunny on April 2, 3, 4. Go on the "Bunny Trail Hunt" on April 2, 3, 4, 5 - included with each child's admission (age 2 and up)

Easter Kegg Hunt at Historic Cold Spring Village
April 3rd, 2021, 12pm-8pm
Historic Cold Spring Village
720 Route 9 South
Cape May, NJ 08204
Cost: Free Admission
Hop on over and sign up to play! Start at the Brewery and ask a tasting room server for your answer sheet. Follow the directions to explore Historic Cold Spring Village for eggs. When you find an egg open it up and answer the question to move to your next clue. At the end, put your answers inside the Easter Kegg. One lucky winner with the correct answers will be drawn on Easter, Sunday, April 4th. This lucky winner will get a Free Cold Spring Brewery Growler! (Fill it with the Cold Spring brew of your choice! Fill fee applies.) Buy any Cold Spring Brewery loyalty pint glass get $2.00 off your first fill and 1.00 off subsequent fills! You have our glass you'll get a 1.00 off! Thanks for being a loyal visitor, thanks for being you!
While at the Village we are requiring all guests to wear masks. Exception for children under 2 years of age.

Atlantic City Easter Pancake Breakfast
Saturday, April 3, 2021
Steel Pier
1000 Boardwalk
Atlantic City, NJ
Website / Tickets
This event features the Steel Pier's Annual Pancake Breakfast with the Easter Bunny. Bring your smiles for picture taking opportunities. The fun does not stop at breakfast! Children 12 years old and under that purchase a breakfast will receive a FREE RIDE WRISTBAND valid from noon until closing on April 3 only. Children must be present to receive the Ride Wristband. Some rides require an adult rider to accompany the child if the child does not meet the height requirement to ride alone. Adults will need to purchase tickets to ride. NO EXCEPTIONS. A Breakfast ticket will be issued when you arrive at Steel Pier, so please make sure everyone in your group is present to receive the tickets and wristbands for children. Please print your confirmation and bring it with you, along with your ID. Breakfast includes pancakes, bacon, powdered donuts, cold beverages, and coffee. Breakfast will be served from 11:00am until 12:30pm. Adults must accompany children during breakfast and will need to purchase a separate breakfast ticket. We are adhering to all social distancing guidelines.

Exit 0 International Jazz Festival
April 23-25, 2021
Multiple venues
Cape May, NJ
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. All venues staged using otdoor spaces with multiple stages respecting all CDC and State of NJ Covid-19 guidelines.

Waretown Wine Festival
Saturday, April 24, 25, 2021: 12 noon to 5 p.m. (rain or shine)
Waretown Recreation and Lake Area
182 Wells Mill Road
Waretown, NJ
Cost: $20 until the day of the event when it is $25. Designated drivers and festival attendees are $5.00 and Children Under 12 are FREE.
This annual event features a tasting of wines from many of the state's most prized wineries. In addition to wine tastings, there will also be live entertainment, as well as crafters, retail vendors, and food vendors all overlooking a beautiful lake situated under magnificent shade trees

Renaissance Faire
April 24, 25, 2021; 11am - 5pm
Located on the Village Greene side of Historic Smithville Village
615 E. Moss Mill Rd.
Smithville, NJ
Fun for the whole family including comedy, tragedy, sword fighting, dance, song, knights, jesters and so much more. Join in on the players of the New Jersey Renaissance Faire and travel back to the days of yore and merry olde England as the historic village of Smithville is transformed into the Shire of Smithville in the heart of the English Renaissance.  The good Duke of Northumberland has decreed merriment for all. Stroll amongst the wares of the local vendors and traveling merchants sporting historical gifts and finely crafted items. 

May 2021 Southern Jersey Family Festivals and Events

Light & Sound Healing Arts Festival
Saturday, May 1, 2021; 1pm - 9pm
Absecon Lighthouse
Atlantic City, NJ
This event features a beacon of light shining throughout the day in Atlantic City with the Light & Sound Healing Arts Festival with music, meditation, workshops, food trucks and more.

Smithville Mayfest
May 15th and 16th, 2021; 10am-5pm
Historic Smithville
615 E. Moss Mill Rd.
Smithville NJ
This spring event features an abundance of family fun! There will be more than 100 juried crafters and vendors, an international food court, children's activities, nonprofit organizations, and live entertainment.

The PettyBreakers - Tribute to Tom Petty

May 22, 2021
The Levoy Theatre
126 - 130 N. High St.
Millville, NJ 08332
Cost: $29-$34 plus fees
Regarded as the nations's #1 touring tribute to Tom Petty, having played in 22 states and Washington D.C.
Some of The PettyBreakers' highlights so far includes performing at the Naval Yard in Washington D.C. in 2018 for Major League Baseball's Allstars Pregame Celebration and a four and half month residency in the Sammy Davis Showroom at Harrah's Casino in Reno in 2017.
The band looks forward to celebrating their 10th anniversary next year with fans all across the US.

Wildwoods International Kite Festival

May 28 - 31, 2021
On the Beach at Rio Grand Avenue
and inside the Wildwoods Convention Center
Wildwood, NJ
732 822 4884
FREE to spectators.
Festivities begin with a Friday night social via the local kite club and the 9:00pm illuminated night kite fly. Saturday includes the silent and loud auctions (open to all) and Saturday and Sunday include the flying of large inflatable kites, sport kite demo's, team flying, as well as family games. Monday features the World Indoor Kite exhibition inside the Wildwoods Convention Center.

June 2021 Southern Jersey Family Festivals and Events

Atlantic City Beer and Music Festival
June 4, 5, 2021
Bader Field
600 Albany Ave
Atlantic City, NJ 08401
Tickets & Information
This years event will be held outdoors, featuring 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. 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

Friday, June 11, 2021 through Sunday, June 13, 2021
Atlantic City Convention Center
1 Convention Center Boulevard
Atlantic City, NJ 08401
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

June 24 - 27, 2021
Paradise Lakes Campground
Rt 206 (between Mile markers 3 & 4)
Hammonton, NJ
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

August 2021 Southern Jersey Family Festivals and Events

Cape May Craft Beer, Music & Crab Festival
August 14, 15, 2021
The Emlen Physick Estate
1048 Washington Street
Cape May, NJ
Come to the beautiful grounds of the Emlen Physick Estate for this family friendly, two-day festival featuring local and regional craft beers to wash down favorite summer foods … steamed crabs, pulled pork, crab cakes, shrimp and hot dogs, as well as food from regional vendors. This event is FREE to attend. Varying costs for food, beer, and crafts vendors.

September 2021 Southern Jersey Family Festivals and Events

Millville Air Show
September 4, 5, 2021
Millville Army Air Field Museum
Millville Executive Airport
1 Leddon St
Millville, NJ
(856) 327-2347
The 2021 Millville Airshow is back on Labor Day Weekend. This 2-Day event will feature the USAF F-22 Raptor Demonstration Team along with many other military and civilian performers.

November 2021 Southern Jersey Family Festivals and Events

Ronstadt Revue
Friday, November 5, 2021, 8:00 PM
Kathedral Event Center
499 S Egg Harbor Rd
Hammonton, NJ 08037
(856) 685-6664
Cost: $29
It takes an extraordinary singer to cover every style of music that Linda Ronstadt performed during her illustrious 40+ year career. With her 7-piece band of world-class musicians (some of whom have backed such notables as Aretha Franklin, Smokey Robinson and Andrea Bocelli), they bring a remarkably authentic experience to every show.

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