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.

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2017 Festivals

Delaware Valley Bluegrass Festival - Woodstown, NJ - Sep 1 to Sep 3, 2017
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 - Sep 3 to Sep 3, 2017
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.

Inked Out New Jersey - Secaucus, NJ - Sep 8 to Sep 10, 2017

New Jersey Taco Festival - Sussex County, NJ - Sep 9 to Sep 9, 2017
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.

Sheep & Fiber Festival - Ringoes, NJ - Sep 9 to Sep 10, 2017
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.

Wood Street Fair - Burlington, NJ - Sep 9 to Sep 9, 2017
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.

Central Jersey Jazz Festival - Flemington, NJ - Sep 15 to Sep 17, 2017
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.

All About Downtown Street Fair - Jersey City, NJ - Sep 16 to Sep 16, 2017
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.

Mercer County Italian American Festival - West Windsor, NJ - Sep 22 to Sep 24, 2017
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.

Evesham Harvest Fest - Marlton, NJ - Sep 23 to Sep 23, 2017
Over 70 handcrafters and artists plus lots of live music, food, and family fun.

Hopewell Harvest Fair - Hopewell, NJ - Sep 23 to Sep 23, 2017
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.

Leonia Oktoberfest - Leonia, NJ - Sep 23 to Sep 23, 2017
17th annual Oktoberfest sponsored by the Rotary Club of The Palisades to support the Weekend Snack Pack Program at local schools. This is a family friendly event with food and drink, kids activities, and German competitions.

Grand Harvest Wine and Music Festival - Hackettstown, NJ - Sep 24 to Sep 24, 2017

Our Lady of the Lake Oktoberfest - Verona, NJ - Sep 30 to Sep 30, 2017
Seventh annual Oktoberfest under the grand tent in the OLL parking lot. Authentic German food, beer, wine, and live music. Festivities begin with ceremonial beer keg tapping. Advance tickets are $65 per person. Fourth annual Kinderfest under the tents in the Montrose Avenue parking lot is free but tickets are required for certain rides, games and crafts.

Caldwell Street Fair - Caldwell, NJ - Oct 1 to Oct 1, 2017
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.

Pumpkin Festival - Whippany, NJ - Oct 1 to Oct 1, 2017
Held at Whippany Railway Museum this annual event with train rides and a Halloween crafts fair.

Golden Door International Film Festival - Jersey City, NJ - Oct 5 to Oct 8, 2017
Celebrates the talent of independent filmmakers and local artists.

Collingswood Book Festival - Collingswood, NJ - Oct 7 to Oct 7, 2017
Join booklovers and meet authors, browse through books and attend storytelling, workshops, panel discussions and kid friendly entertainment activities.

Morristown Festival of Books - Morristown, NJ - Oct 13 to Oct 14, 2017
Hear authors speak and sign books. Held at several historic venues include the Vail Mansion.

South Jersey Pumpkin Show - Woodstown, NJ - Oct 13 to Oct 15, 2017
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.

Annual HARVEST Celebration - Chester, NJ - Oct 14 to Oct 14, 2017
Free 2 day event in Historic Downtown Chester.  Features Chester Food Fest.

New Jersey’s Best Oktoberfest and Vendor Fair - Warren, NJ - Oct 14 to Oct 14, 2017

Stratford Fall Festival - Stratford, NJ - Oct 28 to Oct 28, 2017
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).

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!

Oktoberfest in August - North Bergen, NJ - Aug 15 to Aug 15, 2016
Celebrate the 141st Plattduetsche Volksfest Vereen with their annual Oktoberfest in August event at Schuetzen Park. Enjoy German foods, children’s games, a little miss beauty pageant, and their famous beer stein holding competition. Music fun is provided by the Austrian Boys and the Bavarian Dancers. Tickets are $10. The fest starts at 12:00 pm.

Riverdale Street Fair - Riverdale, NJ - Sep 5 to Sep 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 - Sep 5 to Sep 5, 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.

Atlantic City Seafood Festival - Atlantic City, NJ - Sep 10 to Sep 11, 2016

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

BVN Oktoberfest - Clark, NJ - Sep 10 to Sep 11, 2016
Open to the public.

Netcong Day Festival - Netcong, NJ - Sep 11 to Sep 11, 2016

Middel of Nowhere 2016 - Browns Mills, NJ - Sep 16 to Sep 16, 2016

Festival of the Sea - Point Pleasant Beach, NJ - Sep 17 to Sep 17, 2016

Irish Festival at The Jersey Shore - Sea Girt, NJ - Sep 17 to Sep 17, 2016

Medford Oktoberfest - Medford, NJ - Sep 17 to Sep 17, 2016

Germania Park Oktoberfest - Dover, NJ - Sep 17 to Sep 18, 2016
Oktoberfest and Steuben Parade with live music.

Oktoberfest at Ho-Ho-Kus Inn and Tavern - Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ - Sep 21 to Sep 25, 2016
The proprietors of the historic Ho-Ho-Kus Inn & Tavern are ready to tap the kegs, raise their steins and shout “Prost” at the 1790-landmark’s first-ever Oktoberfest. Celebrate in the Beer Garden on the heated outdoor patio from Wednesday, Sept. 21 through Sunday, Sept. 25. Daily Oktoberfest brew specials, full menu of traditional German fare, music, giveaways and more. No reservations required. Ho-Ho-Kus Inn & Tavern, 1 East Franklin Turnpike, Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ, 201-445-4115.

Saint Peter and Paul Parish Oktoberfest - Hoboken, NJ - Sep 23 to Sep 24, 2016
Plan on celebrating with family and friends as Ss Peter and Paul teams up with Hoboken Catholic Academy for Hoboken Family Oktoberfest. Enjoy traditional Oktoberfest fare from bratwurst to strudel, along with some other great festival favorites. It wouldn’t be Oktoberfest without some seasonal ice-cold brews, so raise a glass in toasting some delicious Oktoberfest drafts in our Biergarten located inside the Ss Peter and Paul parking lot. The fun does not stop there! Enjoy live music performed by “Nobody’s Sheriff” and take the gang on a trip through our kid’s village across the street at Stevens Park. From bouncy castles to basketball, there is surely something for everyone. Location: 404 Hudson St., Hoboken, NJ.

Oktoberfest at the Pilsner Haus - Hoboken, NJ - Sep 23 to Oct 22, 2016
(Fridays and Saturdays only)

Asbury Festhalle Oktoberfest - Asbury Park, NJ - Sep 23 to Oct 23, 2016
Asbury Festhalle and Biergarten

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

The Giant Pumpkin Carve - Woodstown, NJ - Sep 24 to Sep 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.

Garden State Brewfest - Whippany, NJ - Sep 24 to Sep 24, 2016
Held at Anchor Golf Center. Hours are 1p – 5p with VIP starting at noon.

Chester Lions Club Oktoberfest - Chester, NJ - Sep 24 to Sep 25, 2016
The Chester Lions Club will host its 18th annual Oktoberfest charity fundraiser from noon to 8 PM. Enjoy authentic German food, beer, dancing, live entertainment and a 50/50 raffle at Chubb Park on Route 24 in Chester, NJ. The Oktoberfest is a family friendly event with entertainment, pony rides, games and live music for kids. Children under 12 are free. Admission is $6 for adults. All proceeds from the event will be donated to various charities. Location: Chubb Park, Route 24 West in Chester, NJ, 07930

Roebling Museum’s Oktoberfest - Roebling, NJ - Sep 24 to Sep 24, 2016
2 p.m. – 7 p.m. Beer Garden featuring craft beer, South Jersey Pops Ocktoberfest Band, Dave Burr on Accordion, Food Trucks and Bacon Bread. Admission is $8 in advance and $10 at the gate. Cup reservations will also be made available on line for additional fee. VALID I.D. REQUIRED!

Morey’s Pier Oktoberfest - Wildwood, NJ - Sep 24 to Oct 9, 2016
Sept 24-25, Oct 1-2 and 8-9 only.

Mountain Creek Oktoberfest - Vernon, NJ - Sep 24 to Sep 25, 2016

NJ Oktoberfest at Crystal Springs Resort - Sussex County, NJ - Sep 24 to Sep 25, 2016
This annual New Jersey Oktoberfest is held at The Red Tail Lodge. It will have German beer, German and American food, live music and Bavarian Dancers, beer wrestling, pie eating, Miss Oktoberfest contest and a bunch more games and contests.

Guinness Oyster Festival - Red Bank, NJ - Sep 25 to Sep 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.

German American Society of Trenton Oktoberfest - Trenton, NJ - Sep 25 to Sep 25, 2016
The German-American Society is proud to present Mercer County’s Largest German Event. 7th Annual Oktoberfest – Traditional Beer Festival from 12 noon – 7:00 pm. Featuring beers by Samuel Adams as well as many German Beers! With music by the Austrian Boys and German Dance performances by the GTV Almrausch. The event will also feature a pig roast, traditional German food, vendors and crafts, bounce castles, kid activities and family fun! Join 94.5 PST live at the event from 2 pm – 4pm hosting a Stein holding competition. $5 admission, children 12 & under free and individuals in full traditional German attire get in free! Part of the proceeds benefit the Jeremy Fund.

Pig and Prince Oktoberfest - Montclair, NJ - Sep 25 to Sep 25, 2016
The Pig and Prince Restaurant and Gastrolounge is holding its 4th annual Oktoberfest which will feature authentic German food and seven local craft breweries. Tickets are $20 per person which includes admission, authentic Oktoberfest beer mug, raffle ticket, and one token good for one beer or food station.

North Jersey Fiber Arts Festival - Ridgewood, NJ - Sep 29 to Oct 1, 2016

Bluestoberfest - Marlboro, NJ - Oct 1 to Oct 1, 2016

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

Ales ‘N Tails Oktoberfest - West Orange, NJ - Oct 1 to Oct 1, 2016

Quakertown Fire Company Oktoberfest - Pittstown, NJ - Oct 1 to Oct 1, 2016
6th annual Oktoberfest with food, beverages and activities for kids and adults.

Deutscher Club of Clark, NJ Oktoberfest - Clark, NJ - Oct 1 to Oct 1, 2016
Open to the public.

Highlands Oktoberfest - Highlands, NJ - Oct 1 to Oct 1, 2016

Oktoberfest - Hamilton, NJ - Oct 1 to Oct 2, 2016

Smithville Oktoberfest - Smithville, NJ - Oct 1 to Oct 2, 2016
Music, kids activities, international food court and over 100 Juried Crafters in addition to the year round Village activities.

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

Millionaire Chess Tournament - Atlantic City, NJ - Oct 6 to Oct 10, 2016

Italian Street Festival - Seaside Heights, NJ - Oct 7 to Oct 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 - Oct 8 to Oct 8, 2016
Enjoy a day of family entertainment with over 200 craft vendors, and three stages of live music and fun.

FCW Oktoberfest - Somerdale, NJ - Oct 8 to Oct 8, 2016
Freedom Center for Wildlife’s biggest event this year… Oktoberfest is here! Join them and the Educational Ambassadors at Flying Fish in Somerdale, NJ. Best of the Wurst from Riverside will be providing delicious authentic German cuisine as you enjoy the best craft beer from Flying Fish. Free brewery tours. Tricky Tray Auction. Tickets are $35 through October 1. After 10/1 price pp is $40. Includes one generous platter and two specialty beers

Morris Plains VFW - Morris Plains, NJ - Oct 8 to Oct 8, 2016
We are holding a benefit Oktoberfest at the Morris Plains VFW on Saturday, October 8th from Noon til 6pm. Authentic German Music by Breitenbach, the Band, food, beer and games. Tickets are $25 prior to October 1st and $30 after the 1st. Tickets available for purchase online. Additional information or cash tickets by calling 201-704-9452. Event to benefit the Morris Township PBA and Community Hope, the leading non-profit saving veterans and veterans families from homelessness.

Duck Pond Oktoberfest - Demarest, NJ - Oct 8 to Oct 8, 2016
35th annual craft show and Oktoberfest with German music, German food, inflatable games and canoe rides. Event is hosted by the Demarest Nature Center.

Dunellen HarvestFest - Dunellen, NJ - Oct 9 to Oct 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 - Oct 12 to Oct 16, 2016
A Middle Eastern Dance Festival held at the Ukrainian Cultural Center.  Four days of dance workshops, dance, bands, and viewing of cultural traditions.

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

Oasis Oktoberfest - Franklin Lakes, NJ - Oct 14 to Oct 14, 2016
Proceeds from this 13th annual Oktoberfest benefit OASIS – a haven for women and children.

Sugerloaf Crafts Festival - Somerset, NJ - Oct 21 to Oct 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.

Sea Isle City Oktoberfest - Sea Isle City, NJ - Oct 22 to Oct 22, 2016
Location: Excursion Park – JFK Blvd. & Pleasure Avenue

Street Fair / Fall Festival - New Providence, NJ - Nov 2 to 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 - Jersey City, NJ - Nov 4 to Nov 6, 2016

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 thoughts on “Fall New Jersey Festivals

  1. Brenda Deming says:

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

  2. Mike says:

    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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