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.

We hope you enjoyed last year’s list.  We will be updating this information for 2016 over the next few weeks.  Stay tuned!

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September 2016

Delaware Valley Bluegrass Festival – Woodstown, NJ – Sept 2-4, 2016
A musical event with multiple stages and great bluegrass music.  Unique event features jam sessions and a kid’s academy with music instruction workshops.  Also dance and clogging instruction.

Scandinavian Fest – Budd Lake, NJ – September 4, 2016
An outdoor entertainment covered event celebrating the music, food, crafts, arts, traditions of the Nordic countries of Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Norway, and Sweden.  Possibly the largest Nordic event in North America.

Riverdale Street Fair – Riverdale, NJ – Sept 5, 2016
Annual Labor Day street fair featuring live stage entertainment, kiddie rides, climbing wall, face painting, open air cafes with food, shopping, crafts, art and fun for the whole family.  Held on the Newark-Pompton Turnpike.

Roar to the Shore – Wildwood, NJ – September 8-11, 2016
20th anniversary of this Wildwood motorcycle bike rally.  Four days to explore the countryside, enjoy the crafts, foods, carnival rides, shopping, live entertainment, rides, demonstrations, and stunt shows.

New Jersey Taco Festival – Sussex County, NJ – September 9-10, 2016
Annual celebration featuring tacos and margaritas.  Lots of live music on stages, pepper and taco eating contests. Held at Sussex County Fairgrounds from 10am – 8pm.

Inked Out New Jersey – Secaucus – September 9-11, 2016

Wood Street Fair – Burlington, NJ – September 10, 2016
Over 25,000 visit this annual event featuring 175 or more artisans and crafters.  Tour fine historic homes, enjoy live music, food, collectibles, art and family fun.  Plenty of good foods including Gingerbread, Pumpkin, and Blueberry.

Atlantic City Seafood Festival – Atlantic City, NJ – September 10-11, 2016

Ship Bottom Irish Festival – Ship Bottom, NJ – Sept 10-11, 2016
A tradition in the area with a 5k run, Irish music, food, crafts, vendors and traditions.  Held at 10th and Shore Avenue.

Sheep & Fiber Festival – Ringoes, NJ – September 10-11, 2016
A large animal show with four show stage buildings.  Include various sheep contests and judging, plus demonstrations of spinning, weaving, and more.  Great fun for adults and children of all ages.

Netcong Day Festival– Borough of Netcong, NJ – September 11, 2016

All About Downtown Street Fair – Jersey City, NJ – Sept 17, 2016
Join 30,000 visitors to downtown Jersey City for this one day street fair featuring Food Trucks, art work, jewelry, crafts, and hundreds of vendors.  Enjoy live entertainment and music.

Irish Festival at The Jersey Shore – Sea Girt – Sept 17, 2016

Festival of the Sea – Point Pleasant Beach, NJ – September 17, 2016

Golden Door International Film Festival – Jersey City, NJ – Sept 22-25, 2016
Celebrates the talent of independent filmmakers and local artists.

Mercer County Italian American Festival – West Windsor, NJ – September 23-25, 2016
Two stages of live entertainment plus lot of Italian American traditions and fun.  A food piazza, markets, crafts, bocce, cultural theater, dining and dance tents, carnival rides, Sunday Mass and Saturday night fireworks.

Hopewell Harvest Fair – Hopewell, NJ – September 24, 2016
Features hay rides, pony rides, petting zoo, children’s games, food vendors and lots of farmers and their products.  Also plenty of contests like a bake-off, vegetable, kids art, photography, and dogs.

The Giant Pumpkin Carve – Woodstown, NJ – September 24, 2016
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.

South Jersey Wine & Food Festival – Mays Landing, NJ – Sept 24-25, 2016
A waterfront event featuring food and wine from local wineries.  Held at Lake Lenape Park East.

Evesham Harvest Fest – Marlton, NJ – September 24, 2016
Over 70 handcrafters and artists plus lots of live music, food, and family fun.

Guinness Oyster Festival – Red Bank, NJ – September 25, 2016
A street festival featuring live music on two stages and local restaurant food booths with a wide variety of food options such as lobster rolls, filet mignon sandwiches, mini-ruben’s, friend and raw oysters and of course plenty of Guinnes beers.  Family friendly event with lots of vendors and activities for the kids.

North Jersey Fiber Arts Festival – Ridgewood, NJ – Sept 29 – October 1, 2016

Morristown Festival of Books – Morristown, NJ – Sept 30 – October 1, 2016
Hear authors speak and sign books. Held at several historic venues include the Vail Mansion.

October 2016

Collingswood Book Festival – Collingswood, NJ – October 1, 2016
Join booklovers and meet authors, browse through books and attend storytelling, workshops, panel discussions and kid friendly entertainment activities.

Bluestoberfest – Marlboro, NJ – October 1, 2016

Caldwell Street Fair – Caldwell, NJ – October 2, 2016
Always on the first Sunday in October this event features great rides, beer garden, live band, great entertainment, quality arts and crafts, and delicious ethnic and regional food.  Festival starts at noon.

Bordentown Cranberry Festival – Bordentown, NJ – October 1-2, 2016
Over 145 crafters plus live music, kid’s zone, and great food.

Pumpkin Festival – Whippany, NJ – October 2, 2016
Held at Whippany Railway Museum this annual event with train rides and a Halloween crafts fair.

Deerfield Township Harvest Festival – Deerfield Twp, NJ – October 6-9, 2016
Live music, major bands, family night discount, amusement rides, games, and great food.  A great event with lots of family fun.

South Jersey Pumpkin Show – Woodstown, NJ – October 7-9, 2016 (detailed description of last year’s event below)
Held at Salem County Fairgrounds it feature live entertainment, wine sampling, food, a giant pumpkin pyramid, dog show, hayrides, Boo Barn, amusement rides, and of course lots of decorated pumpkins.

Italian Street Festival – Seaside Heights, NJ – October 7-9, 2016
Features performances from Italy, arts and crafts, lots of vendors, a parade on Sunday and lots of Italian foods.

Hometown Harvest Fair – Highstown, NJ – October 8, 2016
Enjoy a day of family entertainment with over 200 craft vendors, and three stages of live music and fun.

Dunellen HarvestFest – Dunellen, NJ – October 9, 2016
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 an 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.

Rakkasah East – Somerset, NJ – October 12-16, 2016
Basically a Middle Eastern Dance Festival held at the Ukrainian Cultural Center.  Four days of dance workshops, dance, bands, and viewing of cultural traditions.

Annual HARVEST Celebration – Chester, NJ – October 15, 2016
Free 2 day event in Historic Downtown Chester.  Features Chester Food Fest.

A.C. Cinefest – Atlantic City, NJ – October 14-16, 2016
Celebrating the art of independent moviemaking.  Meet the celebrities from stage and screen up close at this annual film festival.

Sugerloaf Crafts Festival – Somerset, NJ – October 21-23, 2016
Find over 250 top artisans displaying pottery, sculpture, glass, jewelry, furniture and art.  A festival for the whole family with live music, children’s entertainment, live theater show, gourmet food and more.

Stratford Fall Festival – Stratford, NJ – Oct 22, 2016
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).

November 2016:
Street Fair / Fall Festival – New Providence, NJ – Nov 2, 2016
A giant town block party with kiddie rides, climbing wall, petting zoo, live band entertainment and music all day long, karate demonstrations, and dances.  Enjoy food at open air cafes, plus hot dogs, ice cream, sausage and lots more fun.

Jersey City International Television & Film Festival – November 4-6, 2016

Future Events – 2017

If we find the dates for a festival next fall (September or October 2017) which does not have an event in 2016, we will post them here.

Past Events

We know that you want current events. But we often don’t have dates for the current year. We leave those events with their link here so that you can look for the new dates yourself. We hope you don’t mind!

September 2015:

Jazz it Up Wine Festival – Allaire State Park, NJ – Sept. 5-6, 2015
Ocean City Airport Festival – September 12, 2015

Central Jersey Jazz Fest – New Jersey – Sept 16-18, 2016
The Central Jersey Jazz Fest is a full weekend of free live Jazz performances in 3 different venues: Friday at Deer Path Park in 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.

Crab & Craft Festival – Hancocks Bridge, NJ – (not happening in 2016)

October 2015:

Heirloom Garlic Tasting Festival – Hoboken, NJ – Oct 11, 2015
Indian Summer Weekend – Ocean City, NJ – October 10-12, 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.

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.

 

 

 

 

Other September Festivals:

Grand Harvest Wine & Music Festival – Washington, NJ – September 2015

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

4 COMMENTS

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  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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