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 fall festivals in NJ are sure to help you create many autumn memories. The good news is that after a year off, most fall festivals are back on, including those for when you’re not in a pumpkin spice mood (hello, Italian and Greek fests). So get ready for the crisp fall weather and a fun day at a festival (just make sure you check the venue to make sure it’s still on before you head out). And for more things to do in NJ this fall, check out our guides on apple picking, pumpkin picking, and sunflower fields.
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Fall festivals in NJ 2021
Fall Festivals in NJ – North
Boonton’s Fireman’s Carnival and Parade
Rides, live music on Thursday through Sunday with a Boonton Fire Department Labor Day Parade on Saturday. The rain date for the parade will be September 6.
Cost: $30 for a wristband, one price pays for all of the rides
Boonton High School – 306 Lathrop Ave., Boonton, NJ 07005
The Feast of St. Joseph of Lodi
Experience a slice of Italy at this 106th annual feast. Kids can feast on zeppoles, pizza, and other Italian specialties and have fun on the rides and games. Don’t miss the accordion player making the rounds and nightly live music.
40 Spring Street, Lodi, NJ 07644
Riverdale’s Annual Labor Day Street Fair
September 6 from 10 AM-5 PM
Bring the whole crew out to see exhibitors, live entertainment, kiddie rides and games, foods, and food trucks, and more. There will also be a “Kidz Traveling Shindig” in the school parking lot area dedicated to children with kiddie bounce rides, slides, and interactive blow-ups, face painters, sand art & kids games.
120 Newark Pompton Turnpike, Riverdale, NJ 07457
Hoboken Italian Festival
One of the largest Festivals in NJ, the Hoboken Italian Festival is not one to miss! With an abundance of delicious Italian delectables and all the music and fun you could ask for, this family-friendly event spans four packed days. There is so much history at this Festival.
Frank Sinatra Drive Promenade, Hoboken, NJ 07030
6th Annual NJ Taco Festival
September 11 from 10 AM – 8 PM
Not one of your typical fall festivals in NJ, instead this festival is taco-errific with over 50 of the Tri-State Area’s Best Taco producers with craft beer and specialty cocktails for mom and dad. Live Music and a Kids Zone with inflatables, face painting, and more will be available for the kiddos too.
The Sussex County Fairgrounds – 37 Plains Road, Augusta, NJ 07822
Bridge Arts Festival
September 11 from 11 AM-6:30 PM
This fall festival has arts, music, dance, culture, a free kids’ craft corner, food truck row, and an artist vendor market. Celebrate the arts in Bayonne, and if you are looking for a VIP experience, sign up for access to the VIP lounge with food, an artist meet and greet, and more.
Cost: $40 for VIP tickets
W. 1st Street, Bayonne, NJ 07002
Great Pumpkin Festival
September 11 – November 7
Self-proclaimed as the “Largest Fall Festival in Northern New Jersey,” this one had to have a spot on our list. It runs for three whole months with over 40 different activities each day, including a hay crawl, vortex tunnel, pedal cart track, and more. Heaven Hill Farm also offers on-site wine tastings, a farmer’s market, and more.
Cost: prices starting at $14.99 during the week and $19.99 on weekdays
451 State Route 94, Vernon, NJ 07462
Chester’s 47th Annual Craft Show
September 11 and 12 from 10 AM-5 PM
Experience a wide variety of handmade items, crafts, fine art, and country crafts. Be sure to stroll through Historic Chester and visit over 80 unique shops and eateries while you are there.
Municipal Field, 134 Main Street, Downtown Chester, NJ 07930
Taste of Greece Festival at the Cathedral of St. John the Theologian
Rain or shine, grab some Souvlaki, Moussaka, Spanakopita, and more. Greek cooking demonstrations, live music, comedy, an arcade, and a white elephant sale.
353 East Clinton Avenue, Tenafly, NJ 07670
Fall Festival Weekends at VonThun Farms
Weekends from September 18 through October 31 from 10AM – 5PM
This family-friendly farm (with 2 locations) has a packed seasonal schedule with over 20 different farm activities and attractions like hayrides, a 5+ acre corn maze, barnyard basketball, lil’ rocking horses, pedal karts, and more. While admission includes most of the attractions, there are additional fees for corn cannons and pony rides.
Cost: $14.99 General admission
VonThun’s Country Farm Market – 438 Route 57 West, Washington, NJ 07882
Sussex County Day 2021
September 19 from 12 PM-5 PM
It’s the 5th annual Sussex County Day, and the theme this year is “Celebrating Our Community Heros.” Compete in a Sussex County Idol singing contest for kids grades K-12, join a scavenger hunt, visit a mini petting zoo, explore exhibits, enjoy entertainment, and don’t miss the food.
Sussex County Fairgrounds – 37 Plains Road, Augusta, NJ 07822
Roseland Greek Fest
Gather your crew for Greek music, dancing, and authentic Greek food and desserts at Ss Nicholas, Constantine, and Helen Greek Orthodox Church. Don’t miss the Hellenic Dancers of New Jersey, Terpsixorian Hellenic Dancers, and Fantasia Music. Free shuttle bus service.
80 Laurel Avenue, Roseland, NJ 07068
Outdoor Fall Festival at Skylands Stadium
October 1 – November 7
Over 6,000 pumpkins fill the Halloween Walk-Through, and the walk should take about 45 minutes. While you are there, roast a s’more on the fire pit and sip hot apple cider. Or ride the Ferris wheel and carousel and decorate at the pumpkin pick-and-paint. Parents don’t miss the beer garden too.
Cost: Walk-Thru $19-$24, VIP access $34
Skylands Stadium – 94 Championship Place, Augusta, NJ 07822
New Jersey Botanical Garden Harvest Fest
Visit the beautiful New Jersey Botanical Garden for hayrides, pumpkin painting, games, face painting, and plenty of kid-friendly fun. Dance to live music, pick up a hearty mum at the autumn plant sale, try applesauce making, and check out the foliage on a garden tour. Rain date October 3.
Cost: Free, parking $5
New Jersey Botanical Garden – Morris Road, Ringwood, NJ 07456
Jersey City Harvest Festival 2021
October 2 from 10 AM- 2 PM
Bring the family to see dance performances, arts and crafts, food, and more at this fall festival. The festival will be combined with the 7th annual Cultural Diversity Festival, highlighting a variety of performing arts studios.
City Hall Plaza – 280 Grove Street, Jersey City, NJ 07302
Caldwell Street Fair
October 3 from 12 PM – 5 PM
Hit up the largest annual family event in Essex County, the Caldwell Street Fair. With vendors, the streets and sidewalks will be buzzing with good times and lots of new merchandise. 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 07006
Hoboken Arts & Music Festival
What can be better than an all-day party boasting children’s activities, handmade crafts for sale, and an amazing street food lineup? Your littles will enjoy face painting, sand art, balloons, and more. This is one of those fun fall festivals in NJ that you don’t miss.
Washington St. between Observer Hwy & 7th St., Hoboken, NJ 07030
Donaldson Farms Fall Harvest Weekends (2021 NOT ANNOUNCED YET)
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
Fall Festivals in NJ – Central
St. Bartholomew and Scotch Plains-Fanwood UNICO
Mangia—eat Italian specialties, hop on the rides, and celebrate all things Italian at this annual festival, now in its 47th year. Enjoy live music, rides, games, and of course food and drinks.
2032 Westfield Ave., Scotch Plains, NJ 07076
2021 Trenton Pork Roll Festival
September 4 from 10AM – 10PM
It’s almost time to “meat” again for the annual Pork Roll Festival. Live music, outdoor games, and re-entry with a wristband all day. Beverages and creative pork roll dishes will be available to purchase, and don’t miss P-Roll, the festival mascot.
Cost: $5 General Admission
Trenton Social – 449 S. Broad Street, Trenton, NJ 08611
Ort Farms Fall Fest
September 4 – October 31
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 monster truck ride with your family and friends, head to the pumpkin patch to pick out the perfect pumpkin, get lost in the corn maze, or take a cow train 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.
25 Bartley Road, Long Valley, NJ 07853
Annual South Plainfield Labor Day
It’s the 62nd annual South Plainfield Labor Day parade, and the theme is “South Plainfield’s Heros,” celebrating those that give back to the community. Parade participants can win awards for Best Band, Best Entry, Best Antique Vehicle, Best Youth Entry, and more. There is no rain date for this event.
Maple Avenue, South Plainfield, NJ 07080
Fright Fest at Six Flag Great Adventure
September 10-October 31
Rides, shows, entertainment, haunted attractions, scare zones, and more at the annual Fright Fest event in Jackson, NJ. Don’t worry if your littles don’t want to be frightened—there are family-friendly events throughout the day, but Six Flags transforms into a Fright Fest once night falls.
Cost: Admission starts at around $30.99
Six Flags Great Adventure – 1 Six Flags Blvd., Jackson, NJ 08527
Ocean Grove Fall Flea Market
September 11 from 9 AM – 4 PM
This giant Fall Ocean Grove Flea Market is one of the largest in the area, with antiques, memorabilia, jewelry, and a whole lot more to choose from. Celebrate the beginning of autumn and the end of summer and do a little shopping, too. Rain or shine.
Ocean Pathway, Ocean Grove, NJ 07756
WoofStock 2021 Food and Music Festival
September 11 and 12
This 2-day music festival has K-9 contests, raffles, prizes, Battle of the Bands, craft vendors, food trucks, and most importantly—dog adoption opportunities.
Cost: Tickets starting at $12 for kids and $30 for adults prices increase at the door
336 Loantaka Way, Chatham, NJ 07940
Mediterranean and Indian Festival at Laurita Winery
September 11 and 12
Hummus, falafels, samosas, lamb kabobs, and more savory foods will be available for the whole family at Laurita. Shop for authentic handicrafts, clothing, and jewelry. There will also be henna tattoos, fusion music, a dance competition, grape stomping, and belly dancers.
Cost: $12-$18 and up
85 Archertown Road, New Egypt, NJ 08533
Happy Day Farm Fall Harvest Festival
Open Saturdays and Sundays (Plus Fridays in October) from 10 AM – 5 PM, last entry at 4 PM
September 11 through October 31
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, fun slide, horse lasso, tug-o-war, and so much more. Oh, and did we mention that their pumpkin patch and photo ops at Pumpkinville is open seven days a week with no admission, pay for what you pick? Don’t miss the fun add-ons like the jumping pillow, corn cannon, and sunflowers for an extra fee. Be sure to purchase your tickets ahead of time.
106 Iron Ore Road, Manalapan, NJ 07726
Red Bank Street Fair
September 12 from 11 AM-5 PM
Rain or shine, the Red Bank Street Fair will feature crafters, food vendors, rides, and shopping. Bring the whole family to enjoy this fall festival.
Broad Street, Red Bank, NJ 07701
Argos Farm Fall Festival
Opening Day: September 18, and the hours vary per month.
With a ton of different fall-themed activities, your kiddos will have a blast getting into the spirit of the season with a corn maze, wagon rides, a double hay slide, corn hole, pick-your-own pumpkins, the new gauntlet obstacle course, plus so much more. After, indulge in yummy fall treats from their Farm Market. Make sure to purchase your tickets online before you go.
Cost: $12 on weekdays and $15 on weekends and holidays
1250 Lacey Rd., Forked River, NJ 08731
Seafood Festival in Point Pleasant Beach
September 18 from 10 AM-7 PM
It’s the 43rd annual Festival of the Sea, and there will be over 250 craft vendors and local restaurants. The rain date is September 19.
601 Arnold Ave. Point Pleasant Beach, NJ 08742
8th Annual Manasquan Community Day
September 18 from 11 AM-4 PM
It’s time to celebrate an endless summer with complimentary food and refreshments, carnival games and prizes, and a live radio broadcast from Thunder 106.3. The rain date for this fall festival in NJ will be on September 19.
Squan Plaza – Abe Voorhees Dr., Manasquan, NJ 08736
Family Fun Fall Weekends at Terhune Orchards
Weekends from September 18 – October 31 from 10 AM-5 PM
At Terhune Orchards in Princeton, you and the littles can celebrate fall in NJ with live music, picking pumpkins, and a corn maze or hay bale maze. Don’t miss the hippy hop corral, pumpkin painting, and duckie races too. You can also visit the barnyard, play area, and adventure barn. Take a stroll on the pollinator trail and indulge in apple cider, donuts, and wines made from grapes on the farm.
Cost: $11 online, $14 at the gate
330 Cold Soil Road, Princeton, NJ 08540
Fall Festival Weekends at VonThun Farms
Weekends from September 18 through October 31, from 10AM – 5PM
This family-friendly farm (with two locations) has a packed seasonal schedule with over 35 different farm activities and attractions like hayrides, a 6+ acre corn maze, pumpkin TicTacToe, farm animals, pedal karts, and more. While admission includes most of the attractions, there are additional fees for the pumpkin blaster, corn cannons, and pony rides.
Cost: $15.99 General admission
VonThun’s Country Farm Market – 519 Ridge Road, Monmouth Junction, NJ 08852
Shamrocks by the Sea Irish Festival
September 25 from 10 AM-6 PM
The whole family can get in the Irish spirits by listening to the Shamrock and Thistle Pipe Band or watching the Devrin Academy of Irish Dance dancers. Taste the food, sample shore brews from the beer garden, and check out the craft vendors too.
101 J Street, Seaside Park, NJ 08752
Harvest Home Festival at Historic Longstreet Farm
September 26 from 11 AM-5 PM
This old-fashioned fair will send you back to the 1890s, where you can enjoy wagon rides, games, and live entertainment. Admission and parking are free.
44 Longstreet Road, Holmdel 07733
Ocean Grove Fall Harvest Festival Arts and Crafts Show
October 2, 10 AM-4 PM
This October festival in NJ features artists, crafters, and live music coming together at this biannual family-friendly fair, with free admission. Sway to the sounds of local bands like Jo Wymer and Band from 11 AM to 1 PM and Chuck Lamber Blues from 1PM to 4PM, rain or shine.
Main Avenue, Pilgrim Pathway – Auditorium Square Park Ocean Grove, NJ 07756
Snyders Farm Fall Festival
Weekends only from October 2-24, 11 AM-6 PM
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 the hayrides, pumpkin picking, plus the cost of the pumpkin, corn maze, and more.
586 South Middlebush Road, Somerset, NJ 08873
Fall Fest in Princeton Shopping Center
October 16 from 11 PM-3 PM
Kids will love the pumpkin painting party at Color Me Mine, sustainable scarecrow making, spooky stations, and more at this Mercer County Fall Fest. Halloween costumes are encouraged, and DJ Darius will be spinning the tunes.
301 N. Harrison Street, Princeton, NJ 08540
Long Branch Fall Bazaar
October 23-24, 12 PM – 5 PM
“Celebrate fall and shop small!”—handcrafted and vintage items make this indoor and outdoor popup market unique. While you enjoy some shopping, don’t miss the pet Halloween costume contest, the crystal class for kids, treat or treating at vendor tables, haunted birdhouse decorating, and more. This event is rain or shine.
The Whitechapel Projects – 15 2nd Ave., Long Branch, NJ 07740
New Providence Fall Festival
October 24 from 10 AM-4 PM
This Fall Festival is packed with fun activities for kids and families to enjoy. A Kids Zone with face painting and a climbing wall are just some of the awesome things planned for the festival. There will also be mechanical rides and carnival games. After all the fun, indulge in the delicious food, live entertainment, shopping, and more.
1260 Springfield Avenue, New Providence, NJ 07974
Makers + Shakers Pop Up Market
Every Thursday-Sunday from 11 AM – 6 PM through September 5
Kick-off the summer at this lively market where you can check out various local makers, artists, and designers selling handcrafted goods, clothing, jewelry & accessories, beauty products, art, photography, home goods, and so much more. The kids can also enjoy rides on the Carousel, and don’t forget to visit the beach, restaurants, shops, and the boardwalk.
52 Centennial Drive, Long Branch, NJ 07740
Hometown Harvest Fair – NOT HAPPENING 2021
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 08520
Wightman Farms (NO 2021 EVENT PLANNED YET)
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, a hay bale maze, rope maze, paver maze, rock labyrinth, and even climb atop a hay bale pyramid.
25 Bartley Road, Long Valley, NJ 07853
Fall Festivals in NJ – South
25th Annual Airfest 2021
September 3 from 10 AM-5 PM
Head to shore for the weekend to see a Blackhawk Lifesaving Demo, Coast Guard Helicopter, an F-22 and P-51 Heritage Flight, and so much more. There will also be live music, food, exhibitors, vendors, classic cars, and free face painting. The schedule is subject to change.
Cost: $16 adults, $12 children 2-12, and under 2 free
Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum – 500 Forrestal Road, Cape May, NJ 08204
Glassboro Car Show and Food Truck
September 3 from 5 PM-9 PM
Check out the cool vintage cars, roadsters, and sports rides at this annual event. There will be a display of over 300 vehicles with live music, food trucks, and vendors.
Cost: Free to the public, $20 to show a vehicle
Rowan Blvd., Glassboro, NJ 08028
Salute to Summer Festival
September 4 from 9 AM-4 PM
West Cape May is hosting a Salute to Summer Festival (formerly known as the Tomato Festival) to celebrate the end of the summer season with a patriotic theme. Proceeds benefit the West Cape May Shade Tree Commission in their plan to protect and improve the tree canopy of West Cape May.
Borough’s Backyard Park, 732 Broadway in West Cape May (behind the Fire House)
Millville Wheels and Wings Air Show
September 4 and 5 from 9 AM-5 PM
See the U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor, DE Havilland Vampire, U.S. Army Golden Knights at the Millville Air Show. Plus, there will be military airpower, warbirds, static displays, food, and family fun. Bring your lawn chairs.
Cost: Parking is $5
1 Leddon Street, Millville, NJ 08332
Annual Wildwood Block Party and Music Festival
It’s the 15th Anniversary Celebration in Wildwood. Enjoy a family festival of crafts, games, rides, food, and free live entertainment at Fox Park (Ocean Avenue between Burk & Montgomery Avenues) in Wildwood from 1 PM to 10 PM.
Ocean Avenue, Wildwood, NJ 08260
Evening on the Farm at Johnson’s Locust Hall Farm
Friday and Saturday evenings in September from 6 PM – 9 PM
Enjoy a family night out on the farm at this fall festival in South Jersey with live music, food trucks, and delicious food. Take an evening walk around the grounds, play some lawn games, stop by their late farm market or ice cream window for a treat, or take a hayride to the sunflower field. And don’t miss out on the Tomasello Wine available for purchase. Reservations are required, so be sure to book ahead of time on their website.
Cost: $9.95 per ticket
2691 Monmouth Rd., Jobstown, NJ 08041
Duffield’s Farm Food Truck Apple Festival
September 11 from 11 AM-5 PM
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. Don’t miss the hot apple cider donuts and live music too.
Cost: Free to enter. You only need tickets for hayrides and apple picking
Duffield’s Farm & Market – 280 Chapel Heights Road, Sewell, NJ 08080
Wood Street Fair
Over 25,000 visitors have visited this fair to enjoy crafters, artisans, live music, food, collectibles, art, and lots of family fun. While you are there, don’t miss touring the historic homes in the area, such as the Revell House from 1685 and the Carriage House from 1876.
Wood Street, Burlington, NJ 08016
South Jersey Apple Fest
September 11 and 12
Apple butter, apple pies, apple cider—this festival has everything apple that you could imagine, even a Little Miss Apple Fest Pageant. Don’t miss the free hayrides, craft making for kids, and live music. This festival will entertain you to the core.
Shoppes at Dragon Village – 97 Trench Road, Bridgeton, NJ 08302
September 17-19, 24-26, October 1-3 and 8-10
What’s better than four consecutive weekends of German-themed goodness with live entertainment, a kids “Rootbier Garten” activity area, and more. On September 17 at 5:45 pm, the festivities kick-off with a ceremonial keg tapping of Warsteiner beer and the Morey family clad in lederhosen.
Cost: Prices vary per activity 3501 Boardwalk, Wildwood, NJ 08260
Evesham Harvest Fest
September 25 from 10 AM- 4:30 PM
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 08053
September 25 through November 7 from 11AM-6PM
Do you love diggers and the fall? Then, head out to Diggerland to spend the day operating all the amazing machines while enjoying live music, special fall foods, hayrides, and fun and games for the whole family. Of course, you’ll get to celebrate all things fall with pumpkin decorating, fall parades, and even a petting zoo on select days.
Cost: $44.95 per ticket
Diggerland – 100 Pinedge Drive, West Berlin, NJ 08091
October 2 and 3
Get ready for a weekend filled with crafters, food, and shopping—all across Historic Smithville Village, tents are set up, and people browse and enjoy the cool breeze. There will also be live music at this event, and it’s on rain or shine.
Historic Smithville Village and Village Green, Smithville, NJ 08205
South Jersey Pumpkin Show
Just in case live entertainment, hayrides, and free family contests aren’t enough to entice you, wait until you find out what happens—the Headless Horseman will arrive at the Graveyard to tell a spooky story. On Sunday, stick around for the pumpkin pageant at this 18th annual fall festival in NJ.
Cost; Free, parking $5
Salem County Fairgrounds – 735 Harding Highway (Rt. 40), Woodstown, NJ 08098
Storybook Land Trick or Treat Weekends
Get your costumes ready and get ready to trick or treat in Storybook Land. Tickets are limited and online only.
6415 Black Horse Pike (Routes 40 / 322), Egg Harbor Township, NJ 08234