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.
Crab & Craft Festival – Hancocks Bridge, NJ – September 21, 2013
Asbury Park Oysterfest Asbury Park, NJ – September 6-8, 2013
Guinness Oyster Festival – Red Bank, NJ – September 22, 2013
Grand Harvest Wine & Music Festival – Washington, NJ – September 28-29, 2013
Summit Wine & Food Festival – Summit, NJ – September 20-22, 2013
Jazz It Up Wine Festival – Allaire State Park, NJ – Aug 31 – September 1, 2013
Jersey Fresh Wine Festival – Springfield, NJ – September 7-8, 2013
Bergen County Wine Festival – Ridgefield Park, NJ – September 21-22, 2013
NH Fish & Lobster Festival – Portsmouth, NH – September 14, 2013
Hampton Beach Seafood Festival – Hampton, NH – September 6-8, 2013
Wood Street Fair – Burlington, NJ – September 7, 2013
New Providence Street Fair – New Providence, NJ – September 8, 2013
Atlantic City Seafood Festival – Atlantic City, NJ – September 14-15, 2013
Festival of the Sea – Point Pleasant Beach, NJ – September 21, 2013
Woodstown Fall Festival – Woodstown, NJ – September 28, 2013
Hopewell Harvest Fair – Hopewell, NJ – September 28, 2013
Blues & BBQ Festival – Marlboro, NJ – September 21, 2013
Rakkasah East – Somerset, NJ – September 27-29, 2013
Mercer County Italian American Festival – West Windsor – September 27-29, 2013
South Jersey Pumpkin Show – Woodstown, NJ – October 11-13, 2013 (detailed description below)
New Jersey Botanical Garden Harvest Festival – Ringwood, NJ – October 5-6, 2013
Bordentown Cranberry Festival – Bordentown, NJ – October 5-6, 2013
Waterfront Wine & Food Festival – Mays Landing, NJ – October 20, 2013
Caldwell Street Fair – Caldwell, NJ – October 6, 2013
Washington BID Street Festival – Festival in the Borough – Washington, NJ – October 7-8, 2013
Italian Street Festival – Seaside Heights, NJ – October 11-13, 2013
North Jersey Fiber Arts Festival – Ridgewood, NJ – October 4-5, 2013
Netcong Day Festival 2013 - Borough of Netcong, NJ – September 8, 2013
Downbeach Film Festival – Atlantic City, NJ – October 11-13, 2013
Pumpkin Festival – Whippany, NJ – October 6, 2013
Deerfield Township Harvest Festival – Deerfield Twp, NJ – October 11-13, 2013
Hometown Harvest Fair – Highstown, NJ – October 12, 2013
Chatsworth Cranberry Festival – Chatsworth, NJ – October 19-20, 2013
Fall Festivals in New Jersey where we haven’t seen 2013 dates announced yet:
Grand Harvest Festival
Taste of Montclair Harvest Festival
Allentown Fall Festival – Allentown, NJ
Pumpkin Land Festival – Vernon, NJ
Que-by-the-Sea – Seaside Heights, NJ
Monmouth Beach Scarecrow Festival – Monmouth Beach, NJ
Blackwood Pumpkin Festival – Blackwood, NJ
Agora Greek Food & Wine Festival – Cherry Hill, NJ
Garden State Garlic Festival – Lafayette, NJ
Heirloom Garlic Tasting Festival – Hoboken, NJ – Last Year’s Date: October 14, 2012
West Cape May Lima Bean Festival – Cape May, NJ
Toms River Pirate Festival – Toms River, NJ
South Jersey Pumpkin Show – October 11-13, 2013
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.
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