Funtober Fall Festivals

Fall New Jersey Festivals

When you look at the list of fall festivals in New Jersey that are hosted in September and October, you should notice something pretty quickly.  Notice the overwhelming number of beer and wine festivals?  I can only surmise from this the fact that the people of New Jersey love to drink.  When you combine this love for drinking with a couple pumpkin festivals and a pirate fest, there is definite cause for concern.  The propensity for drunken, swashbuckling pirates flinging pumpkins is high.  So set down the drink from Oktoberfest in New Jersey, and pick out the festival that you’ll enjoy next.


Last Major Update:


September 2015:

Netcong Day Festival– Borough of Netcong, NJ – September 6, 2015
Jazz it Up Wine Festival – Allaire State Park, NJ – Sept. 5-6, 2015
Inked Out New Jersey – Secaucus – September 11-13, 2015
Delaware Valley Bluegrass Festival – Woodstown – Sept 4-6, 2015
Irish Festival at The Jersey Shore – Sea Girt – Sept 19, 2015
Sheep & Fiber Festival – Ringoes – September 12-13, 2015
Atlantic City Seafood Festival – Atlantic City, NJ – September 12-13, 2015
Ocean City Airport Festival – September 12, 2015
Blues & BBQ Festival – Marlboro, NJ – September 12, 2015
Wood Street Fair – Burlington, NJ – September 12, 2015

Central Jersey Jazz Fest – New Jersey – Sept 18-20, 2015
The Central Jersey Jazz Fest is a full weekend of free live Jazz performances in 3 different venues: Friday on the Flemington Court House Steps (downtown Flemington from 6pm-10pm; Saturday at Monument Square in downtown New Brunswick from 1pm-6pm, and, the highlight of the weekend, on the Somerset County Court House Lawn, Sunday from 1pm-6pm, followed by an after-party on Division Street (for those not ready to go home!!!) There will be a beer garden and wine/cocktail area and a food court with vendors from Somerville’s top restaurants (50 in the downtown area)!

Crab & Craft Festival – Hancocks Bridge, NJ – September 19, 2015
Mercer County Italian American Festival – West Windsor, NJ – September 25-27, 2015
Hopewell Harvest Fair – Hopewell, NJ – September 26, 2015
Evesham Harvest Fest – Marlton – September 26, 2015
Waterfront Wine & Food Festival – Mays Landing, NJ – September 26-27, 2015
Guinness Oyster Festival – Red Bank, NJ – September 27, 2015

The Giant Pumpkin Carve – Woodstown, NJ – September 26, 2015
Meals on Wheels holds this annual fundraising event at the Salem County Fairgrounds.  Tickets are $7 for adults and free for children 5 and under.  Event has lots of activities including high school and amateur artists who carve giant pumpkins.  It attracts about 4,000 people each year and offers a pumpkin light show, free hayrides, kids crafts, straw maze, music and more family fun. 
Location:  Salem County Fairgrounds, 735 Harding Hwy., Woodstown, NJ.

October 2015:

Stratford Fall Festival – Stratford, NJ – Oct 3, 2015
Saturday October 3, 2015 (rain date Oct. 4th) from 10am – 4pm at Yellin School (111 Warwick Rd. Stratford NJ 08084). FREE admission & parking, food, games, rides ($10 wristband), petting zoo–FREE, face & pumpkin painting, HUGE craft/business fair, photo booth, live entertainment on 2 stages, car show and much, much more!!. 5K supporting Autism NJ begins at 9am —registration at 8am directly across the street..(Rite Aid lot 100 Warwick Rd).

North Jersey Fiber Arts Festival – Ridgewood, NJ – October 2-3, 2015

Morristown Festival of Books – Morristown, NJ – October 2-3, 2015

Caldwell Street Fair – Caldwell, NJ – October 4, 2015
Pumpkin Festival – Whippany, NJ – October 4, 2015
South Jersey Pumpkin Show – Woodstown, NJ – October 9-11, 2015 (detailed description of last year’s event below)
Hometown Harvest Fair – Highstown, NJ – October 10, 2015
Heirloom Garlic Tasting Festival – Hoboken, NJ – Oct 11, 2015
Indian Summer Weekend – Ocean City, NJ – October 10-12, 2015
Sugerloaf Crafts Festival – Somerset – October 23-25, 2015
Collingswood Book Festival – October 3, 2015
Jersey City International Television & Film Festival – October 16-18, 2015

Downbeach Film Festival – Atlantic City, NJ – October 16-18, 2015

Chatsworth Cranberry Festival – Chatsworth, NJ – October 17-18, 2015

Scarecrow Day at Meadowlands Museum – Rutherford, NJ – October 17, 2015
On October 17, 2015, from 12-3 pm the Meadowlands Museum will be hosting the annual Scarecrow Day, an event that is plenty of fun for families, scout troops, or kids at heart. Participants will make scarecrows using a combination of hay, old clothes, and imagination! We provide all the materials needed: hay, clothes, scarecrow posts, but guests are encouraged to bring items to make their scarecrow as unique as possible, like tiaras, hats, or even a team t-shirt. Scarecrows will be first come, first serve, unless otherwise reserved ahead of time. There will be additional activities such as pumpkin painting and a scavenger hunt. Admission to the event is $15 per scarecrow, and we recommend no more than 6 people working on each scarecrow. To participate in pumpkin painting, an additional $3 per pumpkin will be charged. Light refreshments will be available. The museum is open to the public during the event, and admission is free to see the exhibits. In the case of inclement weather, Scarecrow Day will be held on the next Saturday, October 24, at the same time. The decision will be made by 11 AM, and will be posted to the website and our Facebook page. There are a limited number of spots available. Advance registration is strongly recommended. If you would like to reserve a Scarecrow ahead of time, or if you have any questions about the event, please contact Jesse Gordon, manager of exhibits and volunteers at 201-935-1175. The Meadowlands Museum is located at 91 Crane Avenue in Rutherford near the intersection of routes 3 and 17.

Annual HARVEST Celebration – Chester, NJ – October 17-18, 2015

Food-Truck-toberfest – Atlantic City, NJ – October 17-18, 2015
THE FOOD TRUCKS ARE COMING…TO WEST AC! Noon to 8 PM at Howard Johnson Hotel on 8029 Black Horse Pike. Celebrate the Start of Fall At This Gathering of Great Food Trucks and Great Local Bands for A Great Time! Craft vendors, inflated kids fun zone and more.

November 2015:
Street Fair / Fall Festival – New Providence – Nov 1, 2015

Last Year’s Events

Summit Wine & Food Festival – Summit, NJ – September 19-21, 2014
Jersey Fresh Wine Festival – Springfield, NJ – September 6-7, 2014

Fall Beer & Food Fest – Allamuchy, NJ – September 14, 2014
Panther Pub hosts this festival at Panther Valley Mall.  Free admission from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm.  Great foods available including pig roast, chicken, burgers, apple pie and much more.  Fun includes face painting, pumpkin decorating, and live music from Slackjaw Blues Band.

Woodstown Fall Festival – Woodstown, NJ – September 27, 2014

Washington BID Street Festival – Festival in the Borough – Washington, NJ – September 6-7, 2014
Que-by-the-Sea – Seaside Heights, NJ – Sept 19-21, 2014
Breast Cancer Awareness BBQ and Basket Auction – Knights of Columbus – Keyport, NJ – Sept 21, 2014

Olde Stone House Village Harvest Festival – Glassboro, NJ – September 27, 2014
Hay rides, crafts, pumpkins, crafters, open hearth cooking, vendors, food, fun. $5.00 Donation requested per car load to help restore our village. 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM.
Location: 208 Egg Harbor Road, Sewell nj 

Montclair Country Fest – Montclair, NJ. – September 28, 2014
Free to all with food trucks, line dancing, DJ, and the Country Western sounds of the Larry Tobias Band.  Happens Sunday 2:00 pm to 4:00pm.  Location:  Academy Square, 33 Plymouth St., Montclair.

Equestrian Grand Prix and Family Days – Hunter Farms North – Skillman, NJ – Sept 21, 28th and Oct 5, 2014
Each Sunday is “Family Day” with free pony rides, petting zoo and face painting 12PM – 2PM. Enjoy shopping in our vendor boutique and watch top level equestrian competition. Horses and riders race against the clock for top prize money while spectators cheer them on.  Saturday entry is free. Sunday is $15 per car load at the gate or purcase parking passes online for $10. Shows are held rain or shine!
Location: Hunter Farms North – 246 Burnt Hill Rd, Skillman, NJ

Taste of Greece Foodfest – Flemington, NJ – September 26-28. 2014
The three day Foodfest is held at the St. Anna Greek Orthodox Church at 85 Voorhees Corner Rd., Flemington, NJ.  It runs Friday from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm and then on Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 am to 10:00 pm.


Other September Festivals:

Grand Harvest Wine & Music Festival – Washington, NJ – September 28-29, 2013
Bergen County Wine Festival – Ridgefield Park, NJ – September 21-22, 2013
Festival of the Sea – Point Pleasant Beach, NJ – September 21, 2013
Rakkasah East – Somerset, NJ – September 27-29, 2013

October Festivals

Unionville Vineyards – Ringoes, NJ – October 11, 2014
Unionville Vineyards will host its 17th Annual Fall Harvest Festival on Saturday, October 11. Wine tasting, live music, vineyard walks, and winery tours! Gourmet foods and talks by industry leaders! Kids activities, grape stomping, and more! The Fall Festival is family-friendly. Pets not permitted. Enjoy a beautiful afternoon in bucolic Hunterdon County at Unionville
Vineyards. The 2014 music line-up includes Quimby Mountain Band and, returning from a great performance at our Spring Festival, The DADZ. Share your festival photos and memories! Use #uvfallfest14 Admission $20, ages 13-20 and designated driver $10, 12 & under free. Tickets available online.:

Dunellen HarvestFest – Dunellen, NJ – October 12, 2014
Fun for all ages with free admission for live music, dancing, crafts, kids activities, a scarecrow contest, apple pie contest, carriage rides and so much more.  This is the 2nd annual event held rain or shine at the Washington Memorial Park from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.  Enter your child in the children’s art contest.

Bordentown Cranberry Festival – Bordentown, NJ – October 4-5, 2014
Agora Greek Festival – Cherry Hill, NJ – Oct 9-12, 2014
Deerfield Township Harvest Festival – Deerfield Twp, NJ – October 9-12, 2015
West Cape May Lima Bean Festival – Cape May, NJ – Oct 11, 2014
Allentown Fall Festival – Allentown, NJ – Oct 11-12, 2014
Bridgeton Amish Market Apple Festival – Bridgeton NJ – October 4, 2014
New Jersey Botanical Garden Harvest Festival – Ringwood, NJ – October 4-5, 2014
Italian Street Festival – Seaside Heights, NJ – October 10, 2014

Wine & Art Weekend – Millville, NJ – October 18-19, 2014.  The weekend will be filled with juried artists, craftsmen, wine by the sip, glass or bottle, live entertainment, 3K & 5K Walk & Run Between the Vines, grape stomping and wine glass painting and so much more.

Other October Festivals:

More Fall Festivals in New Jersey:

Grand Harvest Festival
Taste of Montclair Harvest Festival
Monmouth Beach Scarecrow Festival – Monmouth Beach, NJ
Blackwood Pumpkin Festival – Blackwood, NJ
Garden State Garlic Festival – Lafayette, NJ

South Jersey Pumpkin Show – October 10-12, 2014
Last year’s Description:
The tenth annual South Jersey Pumpkin Show will be the biggest celebration of pumpkins yet at the Salem County Fairgrounds. The fairgrounds will be transformed into colorful displays of mums, painted pumpkins, fall decorations and over fifty handcrafted scarecrows.

The Pumpkin Show festival will showcase local craftsmen, live entertainment, professional home and garden companies, wine sampling and food galore. Shop from rows and rows of craftsmen offering fall wreaths, baskets, quilts, pottery, jewelry, glassware, wood working and more.

On opening night, they will light the giant pumpkin pyramid. Sit by the pyramid for storytelling and watch for the arrival of the headless horsemen to appear. The Pumpkin Show will have pumpkin pies, fudge, cookies, scarecrows, dolls, to pumpkin wreaths. The Pumpkin Dessert Baking Contest on Saturday will offer free sampling for festival goers. On Sunday at 2, the Little Miss & Mister Pumpkin Show Pageant for girls and boys ages four to seven years old will be held.

Activities at the festival include yearly favorites like the All Breed Costumed Dog Show, Friendly Boo Barn, free craft making, hayrides, Children’s Amusement Rides and decorated baby strollers on parade.

The South Jersey Pumpkin Show was picked by CBS of New York as one of the best fall festivals in New Jersey. Come see for yourself why thousands of families show up year after year. Kathy and Leslie (Beau) Wright of Millville, organizers, promise to keep the festival affordable, safe and packed full of family entertainment.

Festival goers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets, spend the weekend listening to free flowing and vibrant sounds of Bluegrass, Folk, and Country music from live bands scheduled to perform. Camping is available over the weekend by calling 856-765-0118 for details.

First 100 kids visiting the show each day can pick up a free pumpkin and goody bag at the main entrance. Sponsorships and exhibitor information are available.

Hours: Friday, October 11: 4-9 PM. Sat & Sun October 12-13: 10AM – 7 PM. Location: 735 Rte. 40 (Harding Hwy) Woodstown, New Jersey General Admission: Free. Parking is $5.00 a carload *Portion of proceeds is to be donated to non-profit organizations and ScottRWBailey Trust.

Find other fun things to do in New Jersey this fall:

Oktoberfest in New Jersey
New Jersey Corn Mazes
New Jersey Ghost Tours
Haunted Houses in New Jersey
Pumpkin Patches in New Jersey


    OCTOBER 4, 2014
    1:30 & 4:00 pm
    Call 973.219.5844 for ticket info

  2. you missed Evesham Harvest Fest September 27 2014, thousands of people go every year. tons of food carts and great live music.

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