Kid-Friendly Fall Festivals Around NJ


Whether your favorite moment of fall in New Jersey 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 in NJ are sure to help you create many autumn memories. Of course, these fall festivals are taking all precautions regarding COVID-19 and your family’s safety, so follow social distancing, bring your masks, and read up on each location’s health and safety guidelines before heading out. And if you’re looking for more fun things to do in NJ this fall, check out our guides on apple and pumpkin picking, sunflower fields, family-friendly NJ farms, and alpacas.

featured image via @weekendfamgoals at Snyder’s Farm

Psst! Don’t forget to tag @njmom and hashtag #NJMOM on social media when you attend these fall festivals. Your little cuties could be featured in our next photo round-up!

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Burlington County Fall Festivals

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Zip-around the hay maze with your littles at Terhune Orchards via @madysinhatter

Evening on the Farm at Johnson’s Locust Hall Farm
Friday and Saturday evenings in September from 5:30PM – 8:30 PM
Enjoy a family night out on the farm at this fall festival in South Jersey with live music and delicious food. First, take an evening walk around the grounds, and be sure to stop by their Sunflower field. From there, head off their Farm Market menu to grab a bite and then choose to watch the sunset over their animal farm (while maybe mom and dad share a bottle of Tomasello Wine—wink wink) or by the live music. Reservations are required, so be sure to book ahead of time on their website.
2691 Monmouth Rd
Jobstown, NJ 08041

Camden County Fall Festivals

September 26 through November 8 from 11AM-6PM
Do you love diggers and fall? Well, then this is your kind of fall fest. Head out to Diggerland to spend the day operating all the amazing machines and having a blast on all the fun park rides, while also enjoying live music by musicians like Camille Peruto and Ryan Shubert and special fall foods (hello, hot apple cider and pumpkin funnel cakes). Of course, you’ll get to celebrate all things pumpkin like DIY a jack-o-lantern, and a pumpkin launching game. Don’t miss the Fall Parade where they unleash their mascot and tons of unique vehicles throughout the park.
100 Pinedge Drive
West Berlin, NJ 08091

Gloucester County Fall Festivals

Duffield’s Farm Food Truck Apple Festival
September 19 from 11AM-5PM
A food truck festival and apple picking? Count us in. Have fun with activities for the whole family like hayrides, a corn maze, and apple picking. Then once you’ve worked up an appetite, head over to grab some grub from food trucks like Walking Taco, Flamin Foods, Cannoli Express, Sugar Matta, and so many more.
Duffield’s Farm & Market
280 Chapel Heights Road
Sewell, NJ 08080

Mercer County Fall Festivals

Apple Days Harvest Festival Family Fun Fall Weekends at Terhune Orchards
Weekends from September 12 – November 1, 10AM-5PM
At Terhune Orchards in Princeton, you and the littles can celebrate fall in NJ at the Adventure Barn, picking pumpkins and apples, stuffing yourselves silly with unlimited cider donuts, and jamming out to live music by local talents for A Month of Music on the Farm. 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, a hay bale maze, corn maze, and painting pumpkins. All tickets must be purchased in advance online, and remember to pack your masks.
330 Cold Soil Road
Princeton, NJ 08540

Middlesex County Fall Festivals

Fall Festival PLUS Weekends at VonThun Farms
Weekends from September 19 through November 1, from 10AM – 5PM
Thursdays and Friday in October from 11AM – 4PM

This family-friendly farm (with two locations) has a packed seasonal schedule with over 20-35 different farm activities and attractions like hayrides, a 6+ acre corn maze (and even a spooky one), barnyard mini-golf, pumpkin bowling, farm animals, pedal karts, John Deere trike, and tractor course. While admission includes most of the attractions, there are additional fees for picking pumpkins or apples, corn cannons, and pony rides.
VonThun’s Country Farm Market
519 Ridge Road
Monmouth Junction, NJ 08852

Monmouth County Fall Festivals

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Saddle up for a day of fun at @happydayfarmnj‘s Fall Harvest Festival

Happy Day Farm Fall Harvest Festival
Open Saturdays and Sundays (Plus Fridays in October) from 10AM – 5PM
September 12 through October 25

Begin your fall adventure at Happy Day Farm’s Fall Harvest Festival jam-packed with activities all day long like pumpkin bowling, tractor rides, a corn maze, hay mountain, pig races, a feeding zoo, pedal carts, fun slide, horse lasso, tug-o-war, and so much more. Oh, and did we mention that their pumpkin patch is open seven days a week with no admission, pay for what you pick? Once you’ve tired yourselves out, head to Happy Day’s food concessions for yummy treats like pizza, apple fritters, funnel cakes, freshly-squeezed lemonade, and so much more. Be sure to purchase your tickets ahead of time.
106 Iron Ore Road
Manalapan, NJ 07726

Long Branch Fall Bazaar
October 24-25, 2PM-7PM
“Celebrate fall and shop small!” A live music festival and outdoor pop-up market with handcrafted items make this fall bazaar a unique, must-do. Shop local makers and vintage vendors to pick up one a one-of-a-kind home accent by artists, designers, and collectors selling handcrafted goods, vintage items, jewelry, art, photography, and more. While you enjoy jams by a DJ, you can also take photos at their adorable Halloween and fall-themed selfie walks and enter their costume contest for a chance to win free goodies.
The Whitechapel Projects
15 2nd Ave
Long Branch, NJ 07740

Ocean Grove Fall Harvest Festival Arts and Crafts Show
October 10, 10AM-4PM
This October festival in NJ features over 200 artists and crafters coming together at this biannual family-friendly fair, with free admission, great food, sidewalk sales, live music, and more activities throughout the day. Sway to the sounds of local bands like Jo Wymer from 11AM to 1PM and Chuck Lamber Blues from 1PM to 4PM, rain or shine.
Main Avenue, Pilgrim Pathway
Auditorium Square Park

Ocean Grove, NJ 07756

Morris County Fall Festivals

Ort Farms Fall Fest
Open Monday through Saturday from 8AM – 7PM, Sunday from 8AM – 6PM
Weekday activities started September 21
Weekend activities starting September 19

Known as “the most spacious farm in Morris County,” Ort Farms offers its visitors the whole nine yards when it comes to fall family fun. Enjoy a hayride with your family and friends, head to the pumpkin patch to pick out the perfect pumpkin, get lost in the corn maze (specially designed for social distancing this year), take a train ride, or even try a thrilling monster truck ride. After you’ve had your fill, be sure to check out the farm store to try out Ort Farms delicious fresh apples, apple cider, donuts, pumpkin rolls, local ice cream, homegrown produce, and more. Reservations are encouraged but not required.
25 Bartley Road
Long Valley, NJ 07853

Alstede Farms
Open Daily 9AM – 8PM
Pony and Wagon Rides on weekdays from 11AM – 3PM and weekends from 11AM – 5PM
Sunset with Sunflowers on September 11 from 5PM – 8PM
Harvest Moon Hayride starting on September 18, weekends from 6PM – 10PM

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-own fall faves like apples and sunflowers, it’s no wonder this popular farm is a must for families each fall in New Jersey. Celebrate the end of summer at their Sunset with Sunflowers Event  where you can treat your fam to homemade ice cream and live music (and even some yummy wine tasting for your, mama.) 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. Be sure to grab your tickets ahead of time online. 
1 Alstede Farms Ln
Chester, NJ 07930

Wightman Farms
Open daily from 8AM-6PM
Autumn Harvest Fest started September 12 on weekends from 9AM-5PM
This Autumn Harvest Fest features hayrides, a corn maze, apple picking, pumpkin picking, a picnic area, and more. Choose from a ton of different mazes in their Mazeland like a giant corn maze, hay bale maze, rope maze, paver maze, rock labirynth, and even climb atop a hay bale pyramid.
25 Bartley Road
Long Valley, NJ 07853

Somerset County Fall Festivals

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Get the full farm experience at Snyder’s Farm via @weekendfamgoals

Snyders Farm Fall Festival
Weekends only from October 3-25, 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 games, hay bale activities, horses, a pumpkin moon bounce, and hayrides galore. Make sure to bring cash because credit cards are not accepted. As of now, the Fall Festival is still on, but check their Facebook page for updates.
586 South Middlebush Road
Somerset, NJ 08873

Ocean County Fall Festivals

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Have a fall-themed day with the fam at Argos Farm via @_nisi_mags_

Argos Farm Fall Festival
Starting weekends on September 19-20 from 10AM – 6PM
Open Thursdays and Fridays starting September 24-25 from 1PM-6PM
Open daily in October, weekdays from 1PM – 6PM, and weekends from 10AM – 6PM

With a ton of different fall-themed activities, your kiddos will have a blast getting into the spirit of the season with a 4-acre corn maze, wagon rides, a double hay slide, corn hole, pick-your-own pumpkins, animal visits, plus so much more. After, indulge in yummy fall treats from their Farm Market. Make sure to purchase your tickets online before you go.
1250 Lacey Rd
Forked River, NJ 08731

Sussex County Fall Festivals

Fall Harvest at Heaven Hill Farm
Weekends and Columbus Day from September 12 through November 8 from 10AM – 5PM
Wednesdays through Sundays in October  
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 and pr to be a safe, socially-distant experience. With over 30 different activities each day, including tractor hayrides, a western-themed corn maze, a hay crawl, pedal cars, a dancing robot show, farm animals, and so much more, this is the place for plenty of family fall fun. Heaven Hill Farm also offers on-site wine tastings, a farmer’s market, and even free parking. Purchasing tickets in advance is encouraged. 
451 State Route 94
Vernon, NJ 07462

Outdoor Fall Festival at Skylands Stadium
Thursdays through Sundays from September 25th through November 1, from 6PM – 10PM

Before you check out their Drive-Through Jack O’Lantern Experience, head over to Skyland Stadium’s Outdoor Fall Festival to enjoy all kinds of fall food, seasonal craft beer, carnival rides, a petting zoo, paint-a-pumpkin and even more.
Skylands Stadium
94 Championship Place
Augusta, NJ 07822
(973) 383-7644

Warren County Fall Festivals

Donaldson Farms Fall Harvest Weekends
Weekends starting September 26 through November 1 from 10AM – 5PM
Open on Columbus Day

Spend a fun fall NJ weekend at Donaldson Farms listening to live music as you stroll their 9-acre corn maze, pick pumpkins and apples, munch on yummy treats like apple cider donuts and hot apple cider, plus delicious food off their grill, and take turns at their corn cannon.
358 Allen Road
Hackettstown, NJ 07840

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Have a blast with all the fun fall activities this year at Donaldson Farms via @jenn_m_rocha

Fall Festivals In NJ From 2019— Not Happening in 2020

Great Pumpkin Festival – NOT HAPPENING 2020 
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

Vernon, NJ
Cost: Weekends $15, Weekdays $10, Activities have separate fees

South Jersey Pumpkin Show – NOT HAPPENING 2020
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

Woodstown, NJ
Cost: free, $5 parking

Asbury Park Fall Bazaar & Indian Summer NOT HAPPENING 2020 
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
Cost: free

Evesham Harvest Fest – NOT HAPPENING 2020
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)

Marlton, NJ
Cost: free

Hoboken Arts & Music Festival – NOT HAPPENING 2020
Celebrating 26 years, this all-day party 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.
Cost: free

Pier Fest – NOT HAPPENING 2020
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, layout on the sand, or feast at some of the spot’s best restaurants. 
Pier Village

Long Branch, NJ
Cost: free

Pumpkin Festival at Whippany Railway Museum – NOT HAPPENING 2020
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 train 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 – NOT HAPPENING 2020 
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
Caldwell, NJ
Cost: free

Hometown Harvest Fair – NOT HAPPENING 2020
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
Hightstown, NJ
Cost: free

Harvest Celebration – NOT HAPPENING 2020
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 
Cost: free

New Jersey Botanical Garden Harvest Fest – NOT HAPPENING 2020
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
Ringwood, NJ
Cost: free, parking $5

New Providence Street Fair NOT HAPPENING 2020
Bring the whole fam to this “giant block party” that fills the streets with a 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 the petting zoo, getting their face painted, and listening to stories!
1260 Springfield Ave
New Providence, NJ
Cost: free


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