The Fall Time is a great season for outdoor activities, before winter begins. New Jersey is loaded with special NJ festivals and fairs that the entire family can enjoy. NJ Kids has collected these fabulous ideas below. From Pumpkin and Apple Festivals to Fall Harvests and Garden Fests, your kids will be sure to find interactive and engaging things to do.
Bergen County Fair & Fall Harvest Festival Sept 27-29
Carnival Rides & Games, Local Vendors from County Farms, Craft Fair, and Live Music. Overpeck County Park, Fort Lee Rd, Leonia.
Colts Neck Harvest Festival Sept 28-29
The fairgrounds encompass 30 acres which includes a lake, polo fields, ball fields and unlimited parking. It is surrounded by horse farms, pumpkin fields, apple orchards and upscale residential communities. There will be over 150 exhibitors, Art, Craft, Food and Live Music. Colts Neck Fairgrounds, 105 Bucks Mill Road, Colts Neck. coltsneckartandcraft.com/
Farmers' Festival-A Celebration of Local Agriculture Sept 28
Hungry Hollow Co-op's 19th Annual Farmers' Festival: Live music, local food, grill, children's activities, demos, samples & tastings, and much more. 841 Chestnut Ridge, Chestnut Ridge. hungryhollow.org
Middletown Day Sept 28
The fall festival boasts activities for all ages including bouncy houses, a business and community showcase, craft fair, car show, children’s activities, a food court, live local music, a petting zoo and pony rides, and hayrides. Croydon Hall, 900 Leonardville Road, Middletown
Chester Lions Club Annual Oktoberfest Sept 28-29
The 15th Annual Oktoberfest is a full of family fun, with something for everyone! The Adler’s, a notable German Band will perform familiar German tunes and will be accompanied by spectacular dancers, bell ringers and water goblet musicians. Activities for children include Pony Rides, Rock Climbing Wall, Obstacle Course, Super Slide, Sand Art, Spin Art and more. German food including bratwurst, pork chops, hot dogs, pretzels, authentic cakes, and beers are available. Chubb Park located on Route 24 West, Chester. chesterlionsclubnj.com/oktoberfest
Faeries and Wizards Family Festival Sept 28-29
Celebrate these magical creatures with games, crafts and more. Children will make their own wizard hat or fairy wings. Children also make fairy wands and their own fairy garden to take home. Come to the Garden dressed in your favorite Faerie or Wizard Costume. Listen to an enchanted storybook reading by a fabulous fairy and enjoy a magical treat at the Faerie Fixings concession stand. 3 Riverside Drive, Camden. camdenchildrensgarden.org
Hoboken Fall Arts & Music Festival Sept 29
Celebrating our 20th Anniversary! Featuring over 300 artists, sculptors, photographers, local crafters, local businesses, restaurants, food vendors and more. 3 stages of live music & a special section for children with rides, games, creative activities, face painting, sand art and more. Convenient to public transportation. For details on public transportation, as well as parking, visit www.hobokennj.org/visit/how-to-get-here. Rain or Shine. 94 Washington St, Hoboken. hobokennj.org
Great Pumpkin Festival
Heaven Hill Farm 451 Route 94, Vernon (973) 764-5144
Old-fashioned hayrides travel to U-Pick Pumpkin Patch, All New Wild West Adventure Corn Maze, Spider Web Crawls, Monster Sling Shots, Duck Racing, and much more. Wed – Fri 10 – 5 pm, Sat – Sun 10 – 6 pm Sept 21 - Oct 31, 2013.
Annual New Jersey Botantical Gardens Harvest Fest And Craft Fair
A fun-filled family weekend! Hayrides, pumpkin painting, face painting, storytellers, tasty food, music and dancing, fun photo ops, Garden tours and lots more! Plus an autumn plant sale and an Artisan craft fair with many hand-made items. Free parking & admission. Oct 5-6, 10am-5pm.
Annual Howell Living History Farm Fall Festival
70 Wooden's Lane, Titusville (609) 737-3299
Take a look back in time at the harvest season – visitors take on the role of “helping neighbors” Oct 5 – 6.
Monmouth County SPCA 20th Anniversary Dog Walk & Pet Fair. Oct 5
765 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft. 732-440-1558
Tons of shopping for people & pets • Over 75 Vendors • Live music • WOOFstock-themed fun • Huge 50/50 raffle • Doggie Costume & “Inner Beauty” contests • Adorable Adoptables • Fun for the kids • Doggie dash races • Special surprise guests to be announced!
Latin-American Heritage Celebration Festival @ Overpeck County Park
199 Challenger Road, Ridgefield Park
The 8th Annual Hackensack Street Fair. Oct 5
Between Atlantic & Passaic Streets, Hackensack.
There will be featured entertainment, rides for the children and adults, themed rides and bounces. In addition, there will be a costume character review, clowns and stilt walkers. And of course the best in food and festival shopping! If you are a business owner and want to be a part of one of the largest street festivals in Northern New Jersey there are opportunities available at all levels. uppermain.org
Allendale Festival Day
West Allendale Avenue, Allendale.
Vendors • Games • Entertainment - Petting Zoo & Much More! allendalechamber.com
The Lord Stirling 1770s Festival Oct 6
190 Lord Stirling Road, Basking Ride.
Return to the past and experience daily colonial life and craft industry at the annual Lord Stirling 1770s Festival. Colonial craftspeople ply their trades while a Town Crier announces the local news. A Revolutionary War Military detachment camps on the former estate lawn of Lord Stirling and conducts maneuvers. Stroll the grounds of "The Buildings" and tour Lord Stirling's personal 1762 wine cellar. The Lord Stirling 1770s Festival also features displays of authentic artifacts discovered on site by our archeological field project. Children of all ages enjoy the hayrides, clay crafts, stenciling, tin piercing, and colonial games. Experience what life was like here in the fall of 1770 and learn about their local Revolutionary War hero, Lord Stirling. Snacks, lunch, and cold drinks are available. Suggested donation: $5 per person. somersetcountyparks.org
South Jersey Pumpkin Show
735 Harding Highway ( Rte. 40), Woodstown.
The 2013 show will feature the reading of Sleepy Hollow legend and the arrival of the Headless Horsemen on Friday & Saturday evenings. The giant pumpkin pyramid will be showcased as the center piece of the festival and kids under ten will enjoy a free, friendly boo barn, pumpkins, craft making and with them in mind. Families visiting the festival can enjoy wine sampling, pumpkin desserts, rows and rows of craftsmen, Fall Home & Living Expo, fun contests, scarecrows, amusement rides, give-a-ways, men’s only pumpkin toss, live bands, festival food court, camping, NJ Largest Baked Pumpkin Pie, colorful pumpkins, pumpkins and so much more! sjpumpkinshow.com
35th Annual Deerfield Township Harvest Festival Oct 11-13
Deerfield Township Municipal Building.
The Festival pays tribute to local farmers and celebrates "35 Years of Great Music and Family Fun". The festival’s outstanding entertainment lineup features local and regional entertainers coupled with established and rising national performers. It also includes a parade, arts & crafts show, mascot mania, amusement rides and games, a Sing Fest competition, dessert baking challenge, multicultural food court and fireworks. deerfieldtownship.org
Fall Harvest Festival and Craft Show in Ocean Grove Oct 12
Main Avenue Business District, Ocean Grove.
Fun street fair, kids activities, and crafts. oceangrovenj.com/events.html
Keyport Screamin Jamboree Oct 12-13
West Front Street and American Legion Drive
This is a two day outdoor street festival held in beautiful Keyport. The day will be packed with kids entertainment, vendors, amusement rides, beer garden and a chili cook out. Bring the whole family for a day filled with fun and excitement. Fireman's Park
Oktoberfest 2013 & Vendor Fair Oct 12
Forest Lodge, 11 Reinman Road, Warren
Oktoberfest has something for everyone. Bring your friends and family and don't forget the kids! Kids will keep busy with Amusement Rides, Carnival Booths, Pony Rides, Face Painting, Inflatables and more! forestlodge.com
Lenape Day Oct 12
247 Southern Blvd. Chatham
This ever popular annual event celebrates the Lenape people with dancing, drums, vendors, and historical talks by the Ramapough Lenape People. Enjoy games, crafts, touring a replica wigwam, and more!
Mum Madness and Pumpkin Parade Family Festival Oct 12-13
3 Riverside Drive, Camden
Camden Children’s Garden’s salute to Autumn and our mascot Mum Bear with pumpkin crafts, a pumpkin story and pumpkin activities, all set in the blazing colors of the Garden’s beautiful chrysanthemums. For a small fee, you can purchase and paint a pumpkin to take home (while supplies last). Stop by the Fall Flavors Concession Stand. camdenchildrensgarden.org
Adorno Fathers Fall Fair Oct 13
575 Darlington Avenue, Ramsey
Food, fun and great shopping experience. 200 vendors, art & crafts, kiddie rides.
Dunellen HarvestFest Oct 13
Washington Memorial Park. North Washington Avenue, btwn Dunellen Avenue and First Street, Dunellen.
This event will feature artists and crafters from around the Garden State, local nonprofits, activities for kids, foods, music, dancing, and more. tinyurl.com/dunellenharvest
Tenafly NJ Chamber of Commerce Fall Street Fair Oct 19-20
W Railroad Ave & Washington St, Tenafly.
Food, music, sales, ,vendors, rides, and clowns. tenaflynjchamberofcommerce.org
Pumpkin Festival at Historic Cold Spring Village Oct 19
720 Route 9, Cape May. The Lower Township Rotary Club presents the 21st Annual Pumpkin Festival. Fall family fun with craft and food vendors, face painting, pumpkin painting, hayrides, a haunted barn, games, activities and more. Free admission.hcsv.org
Harvest Festival - The 1800s Farm At Garretson Farm, A County Historic Site Oct 20
4-02 River Rd, Fair Lawn.
Come visit one of the oldest sites in Bergen County for a day of colonial farm activities with reenactors. This living Dutch farm museum sponsors activities throughout the year involving restoration, preservation, historic digs, compilation of local history and folklore, educational programming, colonial agriculture, horticulture and crafts. garretsonfarm.org/
Thompson Park Day in Lincroft Oct 20
805 Newman Springs Road, Lincoft.
Celebrate fall by attending this festival which features pumpkin painting, a Scarecrow Contest, wagon rides, food vendors, crafts, entertainment & Strut Your Mutt Dog Costume Contest. (Admission & parking are free, some activities have a fee). monmouthcountyparks.com
Harvest Festival at the Hopper Goetschius House Museum Oct 20
245 Lake Street, Upper Saddle River.
Bring the family to this historic site and enjoy a petting zoo, pony rides, cider pressing and the Giant Pumpkin Contest! Craft demonstrations, house tours & more! Watch the blacksmith at work! usrhistoricalsociety.org
Gardens Aglow at Presby Memorial Iris Gardens Oct 26
474 Upper Mountain Ave, Upper Montclair
Essex County welcomes the autumn season with Gardens Aglow. View artfully carved pumpkins in one large brilliant display. Live music, children's activities and refreshments. Free admission.
Pumpkin Patch Day at the Liberty Hall Museum Oct 26
1003 Morris Ave, Union.
Pumpkin picking, hayrides and crafts-including carving or painting- are some of the many activities that have made this day a fall tradition for so many families. kean.edu/libertyhall
Goblins in the Garden Family Festival Oct 26-27
3 Riverside Drive, Camden.
Come in costume and have howling good time. Take a Haunted Train Ride; dodge costumed characters in our Haunted Maze, meet the bumbling burglars and have your fortune told. Trick or Treat during the Costume Parade. Celebrate the Mexican tradition of “Día de los Muertos,” a fun and educational activity for the whole family. Stop by the Creepy concession stand to purchase some fall goodies. camdenchildrensgarden.org