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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

COVID-19 executive orders in effect apply to large outdoor public gatherings such as concerts, festivals, and fireworks, and are limited to 500 persons.

indoor performance venues, including concert venues can reopen. Face masks and social distancing will be required and capacity will be capped at the lesser of either 25% of the venue's capacity, or 150 people.. Indoor nightclubs that have dance floors have to remain closed.
Restaurants and bars may resume indoor dining at 25% capacity and with social distancing between tables


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 Southern Jersey Family Festivals and Events

Albert Hall Country and Bluegrass Outdoor Concerts
Saturday Nights through September 26, 2020. Concerts will be from 6:30 to 9pm
Albert Music Hall
The parking lot behind the Albert Hall building
131 Wells Mills Road (Rt. 532)
Waretown, NJ
Weekly Line-up
Admission: $5
Please bring chairs. No coolers. No outside food. Restrooms are available No Alcohol or Smoking Face masks are required when social distancing is not possible and when approaching concession tables.

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.

LBI's Annual Chowderfest
Saturday, September 5 until Sunday, October 4, 2020; Rain or Shine)
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.
However, this year due to restrictions currently in place, the Chowderfest will bring chowder tasters directly to the source by supporting local restaurants and retailers. 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.
By allowing a full month to share the spirit of the event, it allows attendees to enjoy multiple restaurants at their own pace, avoiding overcrowding of restricted space and submitting their vote when they are sure of their choice. Starting September 5, patrons can begin purchasing Chowder cups, pints and quarts to taste so they can even create a "Chowderfest at Your House" event with online voting beginning Labor Day Weekend. 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 2020 Overall Champion happening October 4.

Fall Walking Tours
September 24 through October 18. 2020
Historic Cold Spring
Seashore Road/Rt.626 Gate House
Cape May, NJ
Booking/tickets
$20 per person includes box lunch. (18.00 children 3-12) Members receive a $2 discount
Enjoy beautiful autumn weather as you take a guided walk through a portion of Historic Cold Spring Village and experience the mystique of days gone by. Learn the history of several of the Village buildings and the lifestyles of those who worked and lived in them. Visit the Country Store where you can purchase a unique souvenir of the Village, then enjoy a complementary mini flight tasting (4oz.) at Cold Spring Brewery (beer, sarsaparilla, or water). End your visit with a delightful box lunch from Cold Spring Grange Restaurant which can be eaten on the Brewery grounds or taken off-site





September 2020 Southern Jersey Family Festivals and Events

Duffield's Food Truck Apple Festival
Saturday, September 19, 2020; 11 AM – 5 PM
Duffield's Farm
280 Chapel Heights Rd
Sewell, NJ 
Facebook page
Food Trucks, Hayrides, Apple Picking, Corn Maze, Hot Apple Cider Donuts... Who's ready for some Fall Fun!!
COVID-19 Restrictions will be enforced

Margate's Fall Funfest By The Bay
September 26th & 27th, 2020
along Amherst Avenue, between Decatur and Coolidge Avenues
Margate, NJ
Website
609-822-1129
This family friendly event features music, games, back-bay nature tours and educational exhibits. NEW this year is a Saturday, Cornhole Tournament with cash prizes and open to all ages. Register online or the day of on Washington Ave. at 12:30 pm, tournament begins at 1pm. The event is hosted by Colmar True Value Home Center with music provided by 95.1 WAYV! Sunday is free Cornholl recreational play.
A dozen musical bands will be featured on the main stage, playing everything from rock, to country, to reggae.
The fun kicks off on Saturday, from 11 am- 6 pm and continues through Sunday from 11am-5pm, Free jitney shuttle service is available all along Ventnor and Amherst Avenues and from the free parking lot at the Eugene Tighe School on 7804 Amherst Avenue





October 2020 Southern Jersey Family Festivals and Events

Glocester County 4H Fall Festival
Saturday, October 3, 2020; 4 - 9pm (rain date: October 4th)
Gloucester County 4-H Fairgrounds
275 Bridgeton Pike
Mullica Hill, NJ 08062
Website
(856) 224-8040 x3
Cost: $10/car
This family event features some great fall activities including: a slingshot pumpkin chunkin, hayrides, a haunted house, games, activities, and more.

Annual North Wildwood Italian-American Festival
October 2, 3, 2020 Friday 4PM to 10PM, Saturday 10AM to 10PM, Sunday 10AM to 6PM
Olde New Jersey Avenue
North Wildwood, NJ
609-972-7275
Website
Annual celebration of Italian-American heritage held in North Wildwood. This three-day event draws over 75,000 people and features continuous live Doo-Wop entertainment, Italian Craft & Food vendors, children's activities and many other exciting events.

Exit 0 International Jazz Festival
October 2 - 4, 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.
Line-up:
Saturday & Sunday - Bass Band; Saturday - Matthew Whitaker; Saturday & Sunday - Roosevelt Collier; Saturday - Eddie Palmieri; and I Got Life: The Music of Nina Simone featuring Carol Riddick and Gerald Veasley

Annual Pine Barrens Jamboree at Wells Mills Park
October 10th, 2020; 10am - 4:30pm (rain or shine)
905 Wells Mills Rd,
Waretown, NJ
Website
Parking and admission FREE
This annual family event features a fun filled day of music of the pines, cultural demonstrations, traditional crafts, & Crafts, Kids Crafts and Games, nature and history programs. Attendees will sit under the big tent and enjoy a fun filled day of county, bluegrass and traditional music presented by the musicians from Albert Music Hall.
Bring your own Chairs --- COVID-19 restrictions will be enforced

New Jersey Bacon Fest

Saturday, October 17 & Sunday, October 18, 2020; (Saturday, 11am-9pm; Sunday, 11am-8pm)
Flying W Airport
60 Fostertown Rd.
Medford, New Jersey
Website
Cost: $8.00
This weekend event celebrates the love for all things bacon. Over 20+ bacon loving food trucks and a ton of bacon vendors will be there to satisfy all of your bacon cravings. The festival will also have live bands on two stages with the areas best bands , beer, bourbon, wine, and of course swine.

South Jersey Geek Fest
October 24th, 2020; 10AM - 5PM (Rain or shine event)
Woodbury Heights Community Center
741 Helen Ave
Woodbury Heights, NJ 08097
Website
Cost: $10
This event is about bringing folks together to appreciate their own version of geek. The floor will be divided into vendors and artists/game devs/web folk, cosplayers and some tournaments/open board game play. In addition there will be YoYo folks, Music, Wrestling, Larpers, SCA, Cosplay and Kickball





November 2020 Southern Jersey Family Festivals and Events

Legend of the Jersey Devil Show
Saturday November. 7, 2020: Doors open 6 pm Music 7:30 -11 pm
Albert Music Hall
131 Wells Mills Road (Rt. 532)
Waretown, NJ
Website
Devil appears at 8pm during the musical set. ​ ​





March 2021 Southern Jersey Family Festivals and Events

The New Jersey Horror Con & Film Festival
March 26, 27, 28, 2021
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.





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

Beardfest
June 24 - 27, 2021
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





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