Whether your favorite moment of fall is hopping on a hayride, getting lost in a corn maze or simply finding the perfect pumpkin for your front door, these kid-friendly fall festivals around New Jersey are sure to help you create some of your favorite autumn memories.
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Here are kid-friendly fall festivals and fairs this fall in New Jersey:
Open Daily 9AM – 8PM
Every day, Alstede Farms has a fall-lineup that’s not to be missed: With pony rides, hayrides, corn maze, a snack bar, a host of musical acts and plenty of pick your opps, it’s nowonder this popular farm is a must for families each fall. Can’t make it during daylight hours? Check out the family-friendly Nighttime Harvest Moon Hayride, where you gather around a campfire, sip cider and listen to live music.
1 Alstede Farms Lane
Apple Days Fall Harvest Festival Weekends at Terhune Orchards
Weekends from September 28 – October 27, 10AM-5PM
At Terhune Orchards in Princeton, you and the littles can spend hours at the Adventure Barn, picking pumpkins and apples and stuffing yourselves silly with unlimited cider donuts. Ready for some adult time? Take a moment to enjoy vineyard views and try a flight of whites and reds in the winery tasting room. Admission includes the barnyard, nature trail, adventure barn, wagon rides, pedal tractor area, discovery barn, kids games, hay bale maze, corn maze and painting pumpkins. Additional fees are charged for face painting, pony rides, pumpkins, rubber duckies and food.
Cost: $10, kids under 3 free
Great Pumpkin Festival
Weekends and Columbus Day, September 14 – November 3
Wednesday through Friday, October 2 – 25
Self-proclaimed as the “Largest Fall Festival in Northern New Jersey,” this one had to have a spot on our list. It runs for almost two whole months with over 30 different activities each day, including pony rides, gem mining, face painting and carnival rides. Heaven Hill Farm also offers on-site wine tastings, a farmer’s market and more.
451 State Route 94
Cost: Weekends $15, Weekdays $10, Activities have separate fees
Fall Festival PLUS Weekends at VonThun Farms
October 12, 13, 19, 20, 10AM-5PM
This family-friendly farm located in Central Jersey has a packed seasonal scheudle, like hayrides, corn mazes, mini-golf and a barnyard chicken show. While admission includes most of the attractions, there’s additional fees for picking your own pumpkins or apples, face painting, corn canons and pony rides.
519 Ridge Road
Monmouth Junction, NJ
Cost: $15.99 + tax, Kids 36″ and under free
South Jersey Pumpkin Show
October 12, 10AM-8PM, October 13, 10AM-5PM
Just in case live entertainment, Halloween-themed hayrides and free prizes for the kids aren’t enough to entice you, wait until you find out what happens on the first night: If you attend the Pumpkin Show, the Headless Horseman will arrive at the Graveyard to tell a spooky story! On Sunday, stick around for the giant pumpkin weigh off. Psst! Did we mention there will be wine tastings for the adults?
Salem County Fairgrounds
Cost: free, $5 parking
Snyders Farm Fall Festival
Weekends only September 28 – October 27, 11AM-6PM
What could be finer than food, music and family activities on a chilly fall weekend? Not much, which is why Snyders Farm gives you all that and more. Your cuties will love bowling, corn hole, hay bale activities, horses, a pumpkin moon bounce and hayrides galore.
586 South Middlebush Road
Asbury Park Fall Bazaar & Indian Summer
September 28 – 29, 12PM-5PM
A live music festival and a pop-up market with handcrafted items make this fall bazaar a unique event that’s not to be missed. Shop at the vintage furniture lounge to pick up one a one-of-a-kind home accent and enjoy a free yoga class that benefits Clean Water Action. Kids can DIY at craft workshops and a coloring station throughout the day.
Grand Arcade of Convention Hall
Asbury Park, NJ
Evesham Harvest Fest
September 28, 10AM – 4:30PM
The annual Evesham Harvest Fest returns with over 90 artisans, including new vendors and old favorites. Travel down Main Street to grab some grub as you shop homemade soaps, glass art, jewelry, fall and winter decor, and fine photography.
Main Street (between Maple Avenue and S. Locust Avenue)
Hoboken Arts & Music Festival
September 29, 11AM-6PM
Celebrating 26 years, this all day partyl boasts children’s activities, three stages for live music performances, handmade crafts for sale and an amazing street food lineup. Your littles will enjoy face painting, sand art, rides and games in beautiful, eclectic Hoboken. Can it get any better than that?
Washington St. between Observer Hwy & 7th St.
Ocean Grove Fall Harvest Festival Arts and Crafts Show
October 5, 10AM-4PM
Over 200 artists and crafters come together at this biannual family-friendly fair. Great food, sidewalk sales, live music and more activities throughout the day. Local bands like Chuck Lamber Blues and Jo Wymer keep the streets filled rain or shine.
Main Avenue Business District
Ocean Grove NJ
October 6, 12PM-5PM
Pier Fest welcomes the season by keeping kids busy with inflatables and face painting, craft and art vendors, food trucks, and live entertainment all day long. It’s the perfect spot – right by the beach and in Pier Village, where you can shop til’ you drop, lay out on the sand or feast at some of the spot’s best restaurants.
Long Branch, NJ
Pumpkin Festival at Whippany Railway Museum
October 6, 12:30PM-5PM
Pumpkins are the star at this seasonal celebration, where the decor, market and themes all center around the orange favorite. Tickets include a 30-minute ride on the historic “Pumpkinliner” train, photo ops in front of a haunted house and entry into New Jersey’s Train and Railroad Museum – perfect for the choo choo lover in your life. All aboard the Pumpkin Festival!
Whippany Railway Museum
1 Railroad plaza, Whippany, NJ
Cost: Adults $16-$19, Kids under 12 $11-$14, one year or under free
Caldwell Street Fair
October 6, 12PM-5PM
Hit up the largest annual family event in Essex County, the Caldwell Street Fair. With over 200 vendors, the streets and sidewalks will be buzzing with good times and live acts. With designated kid-friendly vendors and rides, the littles will have plenty to do while you sample local fare and stop to peruse jewelry, art and crafts.
370 Bloomfield Avenue
Hometown Harvest Fair
October 12, 10AM-4PM
Each year, Hightstown’s fair brings together families and local businesses to celebrate heritage and community. Make sure you stop by the Empanada Guy or Smitty’s BBQ to feast on down home cooking. The fun doesn’t stop with arts and crafts every hour, kiddie amusement rides and games, storytimes and pumpkin painting all day.
North Main Street/Rt. 33
October 19 – 20
The 36th Annual Harvest Celebration in downtown Chester has something for all ages, including live music, pumpkin painting, blacksmith demos, wood carving demos and clown performances. Go back in time with a visit to the Ford V-8 Antique Car Show and get ready for good ol’ fashioned country square dancing!
Downtown Chester, NJ
New Jersey Botanical Garden Harvest Fest
October 19, 10AM-5PM
Visit the beautiful New Jersey Botanical Garden for hayrides and pumpkin painting, games, face painting, applesauce making and plenty of kid-friendly fun. While they’re busy, sip on a craft brew in the beer garden and yummy food all day, as well as dance to live music, pick up a hearty mum at the autumn plant sale and check out the foliage at on a garden tour. Get your phone ready for some Instagrammable moments! Psst! Don’t forget to hashtag #NJMOM and tag @njmom.
New Jersey Botanical Garden
Cost: free, parking $5
New Providence Street Fair
October 27, 10AM-4PM
Bring the whole fam to this “giant block party” that fills the streets with local restaurant, maker and retailing booths. You can count on seeing a ton of kiddie rides, games, tasty food vendors and live entertainment throughout the day. The littles will also have a ball visiting petting zoo, getting their face painted and listening to stories!
1260 Springfield Ave
New Providence, NJ