Summer isn’t officially over yet! There are great fairs and festivals to enjoy throughout the state while the weather is still great. You and your family can walk down Main Street for a typical street fair, try something more specific like a jazz festival, head to a winery for food trucks and grape stomping or start celebrating apple season with a harvest day. There will be lots of walking, lots of eating (of course) and lots of family memories.
Fair Haven Fire Department, Fair Haven
There will be lots of seafood and chowder at this festival, plus rides, games, mini golf, raffles and of course time well spent with local firemen and first responders.
Car Show and Food Truck Festival
Rowan Boulevard, Glassboro
Head to the downtown area to see 300 vehicles while listening to live music, hearing from DJ Pepper Paul 92.1, and enjoying great food trucks and cold craft beer.
Delaware Valley Bluegrass Festival
Enjoy a weekend filled with bluegrass music, pickin’ classes and clogging instructions.
Hudson Valley Hot-Air Balloon Festival
There are 75 planned launches of hot air balloons throughout the weekend during the 31st annual Hudson Valley Hot-Air Balloon Festival. There will be full flights and tethered flights, plus evening hot air balloon illumination moon glows. For the adrenaline junkies, you can also take a helicopter ride. There will be live music, live entertainment, family activities, food trucks and vendors – plus fireworks – every night.
Saint Joseph Feast
Saint Joseph Church, Lodi
If you are religious, make sure you come by on Monday for a special Mass and procession. And if you’re not, you can still come by for a weekend filled with great food, games and entertainment.
St. Bart’s/UNICO Italian Fest
St. Bartholomew the Apostle Parish, Scotch Plains
There will be nightly live music, rides, games, bands and great food, including favorites like pizza, pasta, zeppole, clams, mussels, and calzones. The super 50/50 raffle will be drawn on Labor Day – last year the winnings were over $63,000!
West Cape May
Celebrate one of New Jersey’s beloved fruits with lots of activities and food.
Brunswick Square End of Summer Fest
Brunswick Square Mall, East Brunswick
The mall’s parking lot will be overtaken by food trucks, face painters, henna artists, bands and lots of kids’ activities to celebrate the end of the summer.
Vasa Park, Budd Lake
If you dress in authentic folk attire, you’ll be admitted to this festival for free! Celebrate the culture of the six Nordic nations (Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden) with food, music and entertainment.
Street Fair & Craft Show
If you’re looking for something to do on the last unofficial Sunday of the summer, head out for artists, crafters, vendors, rides, games, live music and more.
Hispanic Parish Food Festival
St. Magdalen Church, Flemington
You’ll love trying dishes from Mexico, Ecuador, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Honduras, El Salvador and Costa Rica.
Labor Day Festival
Clifton Municipal Complex, Clifton
This festival is a combination of food trucks, art and music in celebration of Labor Day. Of course, there will be special activities for the kids, too.
Riverdale Labor Day Street Fair
This annual event is held on Labor Day Monday. There will be quality exhibitors selling a selection of assorted items, a special arts & crafts section, live entertainment, kiddie rides and games, great festival foods and food trucks, and so much more. The young ones will love the Kidz Traveling Shindig, a section in the school parking lot area dedicated to children with kiddie bounce rides, slides and interactive blow ups, face painters, sand art and kids’ games.
Scarecrows in the Village
Peddler’s Village, New Hope, PA
Every day (through Oct. 31)
One hundred scarecrows handmade by Philly-area residents and organizations line the paths of the village. The display is free and on view every day through Oct. 31. Visitors can vote on their favorites through Oct. 10.
Hoboken Italian Festival
The highlight of this four-day festival – aside from the incredible food – is “Feast” day on Saturday, when the 800-pound statue of the Madonna Dei Martiri or Madonna of the Martyrs is carried through the streets of Hoboken.
St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, Union
There will be a four-day lineup of homemade Greek food and desserts, full bar, plus live music, dancers, vendors, rides and games.
Exchange Place, Jersey City
Put on your dancing shoes because there will be salsa demonstrations and dancing during four Friday nights of live Latin jazz music!
Central Jersey Jazz Festival
Flemington, New Brunswick, Metuchen + Somerville
Acclaimed jazz musicians will perform throughout Central New Jersey in a series of concerts.
House Music Festival
Weequahic Park, Newark
Spend the day listening to a star-studded lineup of festive Caribbean soca music during the largest house music festival in New Jersey! The lineup includes DJ Punch, DJ T-Wise, Kevin Lyttle, Evelyn “Champagne” King, CeCe Rogers, DJ Hippie Torrales, DJ Dan Dan, The Basement Boys, Crystal Waters (of “Gypsy Woman (She’s Homeless)” fame), DJ Martin Gee and Joe Claussell. Enjoy food and craft vendors as well as rides for the kids at this family-friendly event.
NJ Taco Festival
Sussex County Fairgrounds, Augusta
If a whole day of tacos isn’t appetizing enough, come down for an event filled with live music, a pepper eating contest, a Margarita Mix-Down and a taco contest between all your favorite taco joints!
For anyone who loves sailing, sailors or anything nautical, this is the place to be! Enjoy music, food and fun along the Toms River during NJ’s largest sailing festival.
Learn about the history of the railroad in the area at three different locations in town. The first-ever fest will include food, music, tours and lots of fun.
Rocktoberfest Preview & Car Show
Upper Milburn Avenue, Short Hills
Enjoy live music, a car show with over 30 classic cars, free face painting and take a selfie with Chase from “Paw Patrol.”
Ocean County Irish Festival
Manahawkin Lake Park, Manahawkin
Whether or not you’re Irish, celebrate Irish heritage with step dancing, food, fun, games, craft vendors, Irish music and the Ocean County Emerald Society Pipes and Drums Band.
Bergen County Food & Wine Festival
Westfield Garden State Plaza, Paramus
The Bergen County Food & Wine Festival will shine a spotlight on dozens of Bergen County’s best restaurants that will offer samples of their fare while guests spend the day sampling different wines, spirits and beers. Must be 21 or older to attend.
Home for Good’s Woofstock
Brook Valley Farm, Chatham
Home for Good Dog Rescue’s largest adoption day of the year is a blast for the whole family. 2022 Woofstock is pet-friendly, so be sure to bring your beloved pup to join the fun! There will be dog adoptions, food trucks, beer and wine, craft vendors, K-9 contests and prize raffles. Enjoy two days of Battle of the Bands, plus live music from the B-Street Band and Brian Kirk & The Jirks. All Home For Good alums are invited to reunite with their siblings and former foster families!
Grape Stomp Food Truck Festival
Laurita Winery, New Egypt
If you’re familiar with “I Love Lucy’s” iconic grape stomping scene, you’ll have a chance to reenact it in person! There will also be gourmet food trucks, live music, arm painting by Macaroni Anne Cheeze the clown, country line dancing, vineyard tours – and fireworks on Saturday night.
South Jersey Apple Fest
Salem County Fairgrounds, Woodstown
Everyone will find something to do, from artists, craftsmen, live music, a deejay, antiques, food, the Fall Home & Garden Show, Little Miss Apple Fest Pageant, wine sampling, apple baked goods, apple dessert contest, a visit by the Apple Mascot, pony rides, train rides, country line dancing and free craft making.
Wine on the Beach
South Beach, Seaside Heights
Saturday – Sunday
Stroll along the iconic boardwalk sampling wine from various vendors. Shop at local artisans and vendors along the way. If the weather is nice, head to the beach, too!
Chinese Mid-Autumn Lantern Festival
Bridgewater Commons, Bridgewater
Celebrate Chinese culture as 20 illuminated, handmade Chinese lanterns up to 10 feet high will hang throughout the mall on the first two levels. There will also be live dance performances in Center Court and lantern making workshops at Community Hub on Main Level that will round out the week-long happenings.
Fall Festival Days
Happy Day Farm, Manalapan
Spend all day with the kids at the sunflower field, Pumpkinville, corn maze, pig races, tractor rides, fun slide, feeding zoo and more – there are over 35 activities included with admission!
Street Fair & Craft Show
The downtown area will come alive as Monmouth and Broad streets are closed off to vehicular traffic so you and your family can roam the streets exploring food, music, vendors, artists, shopping, performances and lots of fun.
Boots @ the Beach
The entertainment lineup will be jam-packed at this massive country music festival.
Oktoberfest at Morey’s Piers
Each year Morey’s Oktoberfest grows bigger and better, with live music, activities for the little squirts, rides, and of course, Bier on the Pier. In addition to the regular menu, Jumbo’s Grub and Pub will feature a special themed selection of German food. On tap, guests will find a wide selection of beers and tasting flights to be enjoyed at an outdoor “biergarten” located behind.
Bergen County’s Fall Harvest Festival
Van Saun County Park, Paramus
Friday – Sunday
Over the course of three days, stop by for a midway, rides, food, a craft fair, exhibits, entertainment and live music.
Eagle Theatre, Hammonton
Friday – Sunday
Expect a lot of laughs this weekend. Friday is Latin Laughs, Saturday is the Jersey Funniest Female Comedian contest, and Sunday is the Dad Joke Competition! Please note that only Sunday is open to kids.
Point Pleasant Festival by the Sea
Point Pleasant Beach
Visit some of the best area restaurants. More than 200 crafters and vendors will line the streets, along with live games, music, family activities and a wine garden.
Comfort Food Festival
In addition to all the great food, the street will be filled with merchandise vendors, handcrafters, kids’ activities, live entertainment and a beer and wine garden provided by Toms River Volunteer Fire Co. No 1. Local businesses, restaurants, brewery and distillery open on the street.
The College of New Jersey, Ewing Twp.
Celebrate your pet dogs, service dogs and working dogs with sports activities, yoga, K-9 tricks, guest speakers and fundraising.
Burlington Hops & Rocks Festival and 5K
Burlington Promenade, Burlington City
Families can take part in the 5K in the morning, but only adults 21+ can spend the afternoon at the beer fest, where more than 20 breweries will be serving up their craft beer.
Valenzano Winery Festival Grounds, Shamong
Aside from sampling some of NJ’s best wines, try craft beer while listening to music from three stages of entertainment.
Morristown Jazz & Blues Festival
Morristown Green, Morristown
Music fans of all ages can enjoy live performances beginning at noon.
West Orange Jazz Festival
OSPAC, West Orange
Enjoy seven hours of the talents of world-class entertainers who will play multiple instruments, sing cabaret style and specialize in funk and neo-soul – some of whom have won Grammy Awards! There will be a Beer and Wine Garden plus many food and retail vendors on site.
Hungarian Artisan Market
Somerset Street, New Brunswick
Come hungry, because there will be smoked meats, langos (deep fried flatbread), mezeskalacs (honey cake) and kurtoskalacs (tall spit cake) available for everyone to try!
Enjoy Latin food, music, games and entertainment.
Hightstown High School, Hightstown
Expect a lot of great performances, exhibitions, food, games for kids, raffles, and arts and crafts. The headliners will be La Sonora Dinamita, Mariachi Campero, Gustavo Andres, Juva, Nikki Denner and The Latin Brothers.
Spanning from the Crystal Lake Pool to West Park Boulevard, there will be live entertainment, amusement rides, music, games, food trucks, a beer garden, arts and crafts stands, and plenty of other attractions for people of all ages to enjoy.
Schaefer Farms, Flemington
Saturday – Sunday
Set your tongue on fire at this hot sauce festival! Try samples from your local vendors, and take part in a hot pepper and spicy corn eating contest. While your mouth is cooling off, have fun at the fall festival activities, listen to live music and eat more food!
Feast of San Gennaro
Main Street, Belmar
Enjoy lots of Italian food, music, games and fun.
There will be German delicacies and beer on the menu. The scheduled music lineup is Bud & Linda, The Bavarsaki Brothers and David Batz.
Mountain Creek, Vernon
Experience Oktoberfest with live music; a wide variety of German, domestic and seasonal beers, ciders and more; authentic German food; and activities for kids and adults alike. This year, Mountain Creek will vastly expand its serving lines with six beer trailers and more than a dozen satellite stations with craft beer, seltzer and canned cocktails.
Come out for two days of sand and surf during the all-day Sea.Hear.Now festival, featuring more than 25 performances on three stages along the Asbury Park waterfront. Headliners include Stevie Nicks, Green Day, Skip Marley and My Morning Jacket. Plus, watch surfers in the ocean, grab a bite to eat and visit an art gallery.
Six Flags Great Adventure, Jackson
This family-friendly German heritage festival will become a new fall tradition filled with authentic fare and a large selection of seasonal craft lagers and beers from around the world.
Von Thun’s Fall Festival Weekends
Families will love the 6+ acre “No Farmers, No Food” Minion corn maze; unlimited hayrides to the pumpkin patch; activities and attractions in the festival area (Singing Chicken Show, pumpkin checkers, rubber duck races, pedal carts, trike course, barnyard basketball, mini golf, pumpkin bowling, corn hole, roller bowler, etc.); apple and pumpkin picking; and access to the Barnyard Area. There is a Corn Cannon and Pumpkin Blaster. Enjoy Moonlight Activities in South Brunswick as well, such as the corn maze and s’mores by the campfire. South Brunswick also offers special PLUS admission weekends.
Von Thun’s Fall Festival Weekends
Admission includes 20+ activities as well as access to the apple orchard and pumpkin fields. Enjoy the 6+ acre “No Farmers, No Food” Minion corn maze; unlimited hayrides to the pumpkin patch; activities like the Singing Chicken Show, pumpkin checkers, rubber duck races, pedal carts, trike course, barnyard basketball, mini golf, pumpkin bowling, corn hole, roller bowler, etc.; and access to the Barnyard Area. The Corn Cannon requires additional fees. Pony rides are available on select days.
Fanny Wood Day
Enjoy a fun-filled street fair packed with food trucks, live music, street vendors, arts & crafts, plus loads of kids’ activities including silly contests, scavenger hunt, bouncy inflatables, trackless train, body painting and more. There will be free, family-friendly
Fall Craft Street Fair
Roughly 200 exhibitors with handcrafted items, art and photography from three states, along with a large food court will be a part of this shopping and dining day. Take the young ones down to the Kids Zone with pony rides, a petting zoo, inflatables and activities that will be set up in the park and on Walnut Street. All day music will be provided by Ritchie G & Ginger.
Food Truck Festival
Mount Laurel Municipal Complex, Mount Laurel
The second annual food truck festival event will be a fun afternoon with live music, food trucks, community organizations, breweries, wineries, face painting, balloon animals, rides, township departments, and more.
Bridgewater Commons, Bridgewater
This free Community Day celebration will include music, touch-a-truck, food trucks, inflatables, artisans and tons of fun for the whole family.
Marlboro Day Celebration
Municipal Complex, Marlboro
Join in the Chief’s Fitness Challenge, then enjoy food, live music, entertainment, games and activities.
Argos Farms, Forked River
Walk through the corn maze, take photos in the pumpkin field, listen to live music. There are tons of fun activities such as the Pumpkin Bounce Pad, Hayrides, Double Hay Slide, Gauntlet Obstacle Course, Bee Zip Line and Cow Train. And don’t forget about all the tasty treats!
Start with some of the best festival food around, add a dash of music and a pinch of surprises and you have AsburyFest, a three-day culinary event you don’t want to miss. Great gifts and treasures from dozens of local and unique vendors make the festival an all-day event. There will be plenty of activities for children.
Irish Fall Festival
The Wildwoods Irish Festival is one of the largest Irish festivals on the East Coast. Come celebrate Irish heritage with dancing, music, food and craft vendors daily. Other festivities include a golf tournament, Irish dance lessons, 5K run and 1 mile walk, pipe exhibition, food court and Catholic Mass. Stay for the parade on Sunday.
Wildlife Conservation and Education Center, Garfield
Debonair Music Hall, Teaneck
Start off this batty weekend with a free program by “Bat-Man” Joseph D’Angeli who will teach you all about bats, their habitats and their conservation efforts during this outdoor program. Events for Saturday TBA. On Sunday, there will be a giant music festival at the musical hall to celebrate these fascinating nocturnal creatures.
Saint Barbara Greek Orthodox Church, Toms River
Come by for authentic Greek dancing, homemade food and pastries, food, games and raffles.
Ss. Nicholas Constantine and Helene Greek Orthodox Church, Roseland
It will be hard to choose what to eat, from gyros to souvlaki to pastitsio to baklava and other pastries. Enjoy live music from a Greek band, boutiques, church tours, and games for the kids.
Voorhees Animal Orphanage presents its 26th annual Woofstock Festival, its largest annual fundraiser. There will be vendors, food trucks, dog demonstrations, music, animal rescue groups, a humongous raffle basket pavilion and more!
The 2022 festival will feature the Business and Community Showcase as well as many familiar favorites including a food court, first responder demonstrations, live entertainment and more!
Trenton Thunder Ballpark, Trenton
Since 2015, Trenton Thunder Ballpark in Trenton has played host to the Trenton Thunder World Famous Case’s Pork Roll Eating Championship. This year, it will be held at 3:30 pm. Expect a family fun-filled day of games, live music and craft beers.
Historic New Bridge Landing, River Edge
Celebrate Maj. Gen. Baron von Steuben with the Bergen County Historical Society. Sample the finest in craft beers from three Bergen County breweries. Activities for families will include cornhole games and free pumpkin picking and decorating. Chat with members from the Revolutionary War reenactment group Motts Artillery as they demonstrate cannon firing and military life. Listen to the lively music of Particle Theory. Tour three 18th Century Jersey-Dutch Sandstone houses and look at Revolutionary War artifacts.
Feast of San Gennaro
Gordons Corner Fire Company, Manalapan
Support your local firefighters while indulging in Italian food and drink, playing games, betting on the 50/50 raffle and listening to live music.
Come join the excitement of an Italian market offering a spectacular variety of wares and food. The day will be filled with live Italian music, bocce ball on the Greene, folk dancing, kids’ activities, and more.
Fall Family Spectacular
Clara Barton section, Amboy Avenue, Edison
There will be eight blocks of family-friendly fun! Bring the kids to Kids Traveling Shindig for lots of entertainment. There will be shopping, food trucks, a wine and beer garden for adults, and lots more to keep everyone entertained.
Helen C. Fenske Visitor Center, Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, Harding Twp.
After two years this fall fest is finally back! Try some family-friendly target archery, hoverball shooting, river seining and Jenga. Kids can earn their Junior Refuge Manager badge. Don’t miss out on a free hot dog.
Jazz & Roots Music Festival
Kean University, Union
The community is invited to enjoy a free evening of professional jazz, blues and reggae in a beautiful outdoor setting. The festival will include the Kean University Jazz Ensemble; five-time Grammy Award-winning jazz vocalist Dianne Reeves (the headliner); Blues People; Don Braden and Karl Latham – Big Fun(k); and Judah Tribe with Josh David The struggle of the Children of the African diaspora is expressed through the music of the soul-reggae band.
Stroll through the Italian Market, offering a spectacular variety of wares and food. The day will be filled with live Italian music, bocce ball on the Greene, folk dancing, kids’ activities and more.
Matawan Regional High School, Aberdeen
There will be an awesome memorabilia show with sports autograph signings in addition to food, music, kids’ games, touch-a-truck and a petting zoo.
Haddon Square, Haddon Twp.
If you’ve ever wanted to travel to Munich, come to this fun-filled German festival where imported tables and benches as well as giant steins of beer will come from genuine German brewers such as Spaten; and Weihenstephan, the oldest brewery in the world. Watch and enjoy a traditional pig roast among lots of beer and live entertainment.
Mozart on the Meadow Family Music Festival
Private Estate, Bedminster
Designed as a fall festival, these musical performances will be accompanied by hay rides and pony rides for kids, a silent auction, entertainment and sideshows, and lots of food and drink vendors.
Water Lantern Festival
Liberty State Park, Jersey City
Decorate your own paper lantern which will then be released into the water so that thousands of tiny lights illuminate the Hudson River.
This free family-friendly event will feature professional and amateur performing and visual artists, as well as food trucks serving a variety of refreshments, in the Historic Forest Hill neighborhood. Enjoy a full afternoon of entertainment, food and fun that kicks off with a special children’s hour. Neighbors make their beautiful porches available to serve as community stages showcasing an extraordinary range of talented artists.
Sunset Lake and Centennial Park, Wildwood
Enjoy a massive street festival during the day, featuring craft and food vendors, children’s entertainment, live music and more. At night the event moves to Centennial Park for live music and a fireworks show.
Chestnut Street and Grant Avenue, Roselle Park
Included in the day and evening are dance performances, street artists creating their art live, and a juried Art Walk with dozens of artists and artisan crafters exhibiting and selling their work. Plus, enjoy musical performances throughout the day, hands-on activities for children and adults alike, including crafts, chalk drawing, painting, string art and much, much more. Food trucks and vendors will be on hand to offer a bit of culinary art.
Tewksbury Harvest Festival
Christie Hoffman Farm Park, Tewksbury
The 2022 festival will include an expanded juried arts and crafts show, a larger beer garden, food trucks, live entertainment, a pie contest, a new cornhole tournament, a 50/50, free kids’ activities, a silent auction, hayrides, a scheduled landing by NorthSTAR (State Police medical emergency helicopter), and much more.
Franklin Days Series Finale
Municipal Building, Franklin Twp.
Franklinites will enjoy a festive day of entertainment, food vendors and resource information from local organizations and businesses. The event will also include fun games, children’s activities and more!
This Oktoberfest is a family-friendly event where vendors will take to Main Street, Valentine Street and Grand Avenue for this street-fair style event. Grab your friends and family for activities, contests, craft vendors, music, drinks and food and more.
German American Society of Trenton, Trenton
The German-American Society of Trenton is proud to present Mercer County’s largest German event featuring beer, music, a pig roast, traditional German food, vendors and crafts, bounce castles, kids’ activities and family fun including a stein holding competition.
Come on down for a day of food, entertainment and fun! Meet local businesses and organizations while seeing all Boonton has to offer. There will be food trucks, vendors and inflatables.
Bergenstock Music Festival
Overpeck County Park Amphitheater, Ridgefield Park
Bergenstock returns for its second year celebrating original music from Bergen County with the bands Camino Walker, Echo Road, Pop Alma, Ginny Lackey & the Hi-Fi Band, the Andy Krikun Band and solo artists Dan Sheehan and Caymans.
Red Bank Battlefield Family History Festival
Red Bank Battlefield, National Park
Expose the kids to life in Colonial Times. There will be free games and crafts, a magic show, battlefield tours, house tours, wool dyeing, candle making, hearth cooking and much more.
VonThun Farm, Washington
Included with admission at this huge fall fest is music, a corn maze, pedal karts, hayrides, a sunflower trail and more than 20 games and activities. Additional activities that have an added fee are face painting, food trucks, craft vendors and pony rides.
Fall Family Street Fest
Midland Avenue, Garfield
The street will be closed to vehicle traffic during the event and will be transformed into a giant block party. There will be quality exhibitors selling a selection of assorted items, a special arts and crafts section, live entertainment, kiddie rides and games, great festival foods and food trucks, and so much more.
Old Time Italian Festival
Fox Park, Wildwood
Experience an “Olde World” family festival, including a procession of the saints, delicious Italian food favorites, merchandise vendors, games and continuous free live entertainment. A spaghetti eating contest will take place as well. Friday night live entertainment features Vito Picone & The Elegants (“Little Star”) and Saturday night entertainment features Tommy C., The Voice of Tribute, as well as Lou Christie.
Don’t forget to check out our complete guide to New Jersey’s (and some of New York’s and Pennsylvania’s) upcoming festivals. There’s lots for your family to do all week!