50+ Spring Festivals and Fairs in NJ 2022

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Spring is here and we’re happy to report that after a two-year pandemic break, festivals are back on. So take a deep breath and get ready to soak in this season of family fun through April, May, and the first part of June. See early April’s cherry blooms at Bloomfest in Newark, check out local artists at Art in the Park in Hawthorne, watch the high-flying spectacle at the International Kite Festival in Wildwood over Memorial Day weekend, and enjoy food, racing, and games at the Irish Festival in June at Long Branch. Want more to do this spring? Don’t miss our Spring Bucket List. (featured photo credit: istock/Aneese)

(Note: Since COVID-19 rules and regulations are continually changing, it’s best to check ahead for in-person events)

April Events

Wheaton Springs 2022
April 2 at 10 AM
Celebrate the start of WheatonArts’ creative season with this free kick-off event highlighting their many daily offerings and hands-on programming. Discover a series of hands-on projects to create, including pine-needle basket making, macrame rope keychains, and glass-fused magnets. There will also be food vendors and live jazz music.
Cost: Free
1510 Glasstown Road, Millville, NJ 08332

(856) 825-6800

Ocean City Con 2022
April 2-3 at 10 AM
Join comic book and memorabilia enthusiasts in Ocean City. There will be special guests, artists, vendors, comics, games, and more. There will even be a Super Hero Run and Dash and Super Hero Obstacle Dash.
Cost: Free
Ocean City Music Pier, 825 Boardwalk, Ocean City, NJ 08226 

Tenafly Street Fair
April 2-3 at 11 AM
Come out to the first of the street fairs of the season. There will be artists, crafters, food, rides, and demonstrations.
Cost: Free
Tenafly Historic Railroad Station, 1 Piermont Road, Tenafly, NJ 07670

So Fresh Fest
April 2-3 at 2 PM
It’s an outdoor health and wellness festival coinciding with cherry blossom season in Essex County Branch Brook Park. There will be yoga, portrait stations, sound healing, meditation, movement, healthy food, and music.  
Cost: Free
Prudential Concert Grove, Branch Brook Park Drive, Newark, NJ 07107

Springtime and Easter Festival at Alstede Farms
April 2-19 at 9 AM
Join the spring fun with Easter activities, including a hunt, hayride, evergreen maze, and giant hay pyramid. There will also be pony rides, wagon train rides, and a bounce house available for an additional purchase. The Tomasello Winery Outdoor Patio will be open for tasting and purchases.
Cost: $19.99 and up
1 Alstede Farms Lane, Chester, NJ 07930
(908) 879-7189

Allentown Daffodil Days Festival
Now-April 3, times vary
Kick off spring at this first annual festival celebrating the 2000 daffodil bulbs blooming throughout town. Learn how to plant daffodils in your garden, peruse the library book sale, and have your kids make daffodil crafts. 
Cost: Free
Events in downtown Allentown, NJ 08501

First Annual Atlantic City Mardi Gras
April 3 at 12 PM
This all-day event for all ages event has something for everyone. There will be an opening performance by a Philly Mummers String Band, vendors, food, music, and a costume contest for the kids and adults, ending with a crowning of the Atlantic City Mardi Gras King and Queens.
Cost: Free
Showboat Hotel, 801 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, NJ 08401

(609) 813-1250

Dalton Farms Tulip Festival
April 9-10

Tiptoe through the tulips to live music, food trucks, a wine and beer garden, and even yoga. The Easter Bunny will be roaming the fields for photo ops. And with stems at $1 each, you can bring home a beautiful bouquet to admire.
Tickets: $12 per person ages 3+ (infants 2 and under are free)
660 Oak Grove Road, Swedesboro, NJ 08085
(856) 628-7313

Red Bank Battlefield Spring Festival
April 9 at 12 PM
Step into a day of history and family fun at the annual Red Bank Battlefield Spring Festival, with games and crafts for children, a petting zoo, and colonial demonstrations of food and unique vendors.
Cost: Free
100 Hessian Ave., in National Park, NJ 08063

(856) 853-3200

Bloomfest
April 10 at 11 AM
It’s a family day in New Jersey’s pinkest park. Experience everything from Japanese cultural demonstrations, children’s activities, live music, a crafter’s marketplace, and food. There will be a run on April 9 too.
Cost: Free
Essex County Branch Brook Park, Cherry Blossom Welcome Center, Mill Street Entrance, Belleville + Prudential Concert Grove, Clifton Avenue Entrance, Newark 07104

Red Bank Street Fair and Craft Show
April 10 at 11 AM
Head to Red Bank for a day filled with music, dancing, food, and more. Littles will have a ball on the children’s rides and playing games.
Cost: Free
Downtown Red Bank, NJ 07701

(908) 654-1400

Spring Fling Family Fun Day in Sea Isle City
April 16 at 1 PM
It’s time for some Easter fun and dress to impress at the Easter Stroll, enjoy music, take photos with the Easter Bunny, participate in a Jelly Bean Guessing Contest, try Easter crafts, and more.
Cost: Free
Excursion Park – JFK Blvd. & Pleasure Ave., Sea Isle CityNJ 08243
(609) 263-8687

Grayrock N Roll Spring Festival
April 23 at 9 AM
Over 60 vendors, food trucks, face painting, a DJ, and an acapella group will be out at this lively festival. Rescue groups will be there with dogs, cats, and kittens up for adoption. There will also be sanctuary horses, goats, pigs, and chickens.
Cost: Admission is Free ($5 parking fee to help us care for and feed the animals)
85 Grayrock Road, Clinton, NJ 08809

Bound Brook Food Truck and Musical Festival
April 23 at 11 AM
Food, music, family, and fun. This event will feature 15+ gourmet food trucks, live music from 3 bands, pony rides, a petting zoo, knocker ball, hatchet throwing, face painting, kids activities, vendors, and more.
Cost: bring nonperishable canned or boxed items to help support the food pantry and $5; kids under 5 are free
Billian Park – East Main St, Bound Brook, NJ 08805

BaconFest at Laurita Winery
April 23-24 at 11 AM
It’s an outdoor, fun-filled day of relaxing fun on the grounds of Laurita Winery. Pair wine with the many delicious food offerings available from onsite food trucks. There will also be live musical artists, free parking, a face painter for the kids (1 PM-4 PM), fire pits, and fireworks (Saturday evening).
Cost: $12 in advance, $14 at the gate, and under 21 is free
85 Archertown Road, New Egypt, NJ 08533
1-800-LAURITA

Shadfest
April 23-24 at 11 AM
Celebrate 39 years of family, fun, and fish. This year’s Shad Fest will feature the region’s finest artists and crafters, as well as children’s activities and a farmer’s market. Local’s Lane will feature artists from the Lambertville/New Hope area.
Cost: Free
Lambertville, NJ 08530

(609) 397-0055

Renault Winery 5 Miler and Food Truck Festival
April 24 at 9 AM
Enjoy the beauty of the vineyards as you run this flat 5-mile course at New Jersey’s oldest active winery. Refuel at the after-party featuring live music, food trucks, and lush surroundings for you to enjoy. Awards will be given to the top 3 overall finishers and the top 3 in each age group, including kids under 15.
Cost: $50
Renault Winery – 72 Bremen Ave., Egg Harbor City, NJ 08215

ACUA’s 30th Annual Earth Day
April 24 at 10 AM
Earth Day Festival is back, and there will be lots of free, fun, and educational activities for everyone. The celebration has many exciting events and entertainment throughout the day, and more than 150 vendors, crafters, food vendors, and exhibitors will be part of the celebration.
Cost: Free
ACUA Environmental Park – 6700 Delilah Road, Egg Harbor Township, NJ 08234
(609) 272-6950

Millburn Street and Craft Fair
April 24 at 11 AM
Enjoy live music, a DJ, dancing, delicious foods, performances, and more. There will be rides, games, and more for the kids.
Cost: Free
Downtown Millburn, NJ 07041

(908) 654-1400

Paramus Food Truck Festival
April 24 at 11 AM
Kick-off the season with food, music, and fun. Over 20 Gourmet Food Trucks, music, pony rides, petting zoo, knocker ball, hatchet tossing, inflatables, face painting, sand art, vendors & a beer, sangria & margarita garden for the adults. Don’t forget your lawn chairs and blankets.
Cost: Please bring a nonperishable canned or boxed item to help support the Paramus Food pantry, tickets are $5 for admission, and 5 and under are free
700 Paramus Park, Paramus, NJ 07652

United For Impact Food Truck
April 24 at 12 PM
Join United Way of Monmouth and Ocean Counties, and Downtown Freehold for the United for Impact Food Truck Festival.
Cost: Free
West Main Street in Downtown Freehold, NJ 07728

Go Green with Hope
April 30 at 10 AM
The 9th Annual festival with an environment theme has something for every age, including free seedlings, crafts, vendors, free raffles, meet the Antler Ridge Mascot, over 40 tables of old favorites, new activities, and giveaways.
Cost: Free
Hope Township School – 320 Johnsonburg Road, Hope, NJ 07844

(908) 459-5011 x1

Boonton Vendor Show
April 30 at 10 AM
Find a diverse selection of crafters and vendors. Shop local for unique gifts and food and have fun at the historic train station.
Cost: Free
Boonton Station 1904 Restaurant and Bar – 202 Myrtle Avenue, Boonton, NJ 07005

(973) 917-4500

New Jersey Folk Festival
April 30 at 10 AM
The 2021-2022 festival theme is “On the Move: Transportation and Migration,” which highlights ideas of transportation, migration, and life in motion. This theme is unique to the folklife of New Jersey, a transportation hub where one in five residents is an immigrant.
Cost: Free
Eagleton Institute of Politics, Douglass Campus (the Great Lawn) – 191 Ryders Lane, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

njfolkfest@gmail.com

Rutgers Day
April 30 at 10 AM
This event is open to the public, and everyone can enjoy exhibits, interactive activities, demonstrations, performances offered by faculty, staff, and students, along with kids’ activities.
Cost: Free
Busch Campus in Piscataway and the Cook/Douglass Campuses in New Brunswick

Central NJ Empanada Festival
April 30 at 11 AM
There will be food vendors, fun and games for all ages, and a Grand Prix remote control car contest. And don’t forget to vote for the best empanada in Central NJ while you are there.
Cost: Children 4-13 $4 and adults are $6
1034 Millstone River Road, Hillsborough Township, NJ 08844

Chester Food Truck and Music Fest
April 30 at 11 AM
Bring your friends, family, lawn chairs, and blankets. There will be food trucks, kids’ activities, ax throwing, and inflatables.
Cost: $5, kids under 5 are free; please bring an item for the food pantry too
134 Main Street, Chester, NJ 07930

Bordentown Porchfest
April 30 at 12 PM
Bordentown PorchFest 2022 is a family-friendly event featuring musicians of all genres and styles playing free shows on porches throughout the City. Stroll from porch to porch and relax on front lawns and sidewalks as they enjoy live, local talent. A PorchFest guide listing host porches and performance schedules will be available before the event.
Cost: Free
Bordentown, NJ 08505

Hawthorne Art in the Park
April 30-May 1
Visit nearly 50 vendors selling their artwork and handcrafted goods. There will also be food vendors, desserts, drink vendors, local musicians, live demonstrations, kids’ activities, and much more.
Cost: Free
Passaic County Arts Center-Goffle Brook Park – 675 Goffle Road, Hawthorne, NJ 07506

(973) 706- 6640

May Events

Spring Street Fair and Earth Day Celebration
May 1 at 11 AM
Spend the morning at the Fun Run and Kids Race, then head to this lively festival where you can celebrate Earth Day and the season of spring all at once.
Cost: Free
Raritan Ave. from 2nd to 5th Avenue, Highland Park, NJ 08904
(732) 828-8444

Annual Azalea Festival
May 7 at 10 AM
It’s a Mother’s Day weekend of fun with local craft vendors and food as you stroll through our renowned botanical gardens overflowing with blooming azalea shrubs. The rain date is May 8.
Cost: Free
Sayen Gardens – 155 Hughes Drive, Hamilton, NJ 08690
(609) 890-3874

Creative Arts Festival
May 7 at 10 AM
Spend a day perusing artists at the juried arts festival. Works will be displayed in all mediums, including pottery, jewelry, photography, and painting. There will be live music and food vendors.
Cost: Admission and parking are free
Thompson Park -805 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft, NJ 07738
(732) 842-4000, ext. 3343

Branchburg Food Truck and Music Festival
May 7 at 11 AM
Live music, a Mother’s Day plant sale, ax throwing, kid’s activities, face painting, inflatables, knocker ball, games, sand art, and spin art. Don’t forget your lawn chair.
Cost: $5; under 5 is free. Please bring an item for the food pantry
White Oak Park – 235 Baird Road, Branchburg, NJ 08876

Skylands Stadium Fest
May 7 at 12 PM
A day of food, fun, and family that you won’t want to miss. Spend a memorable day enjoying the outdoors, with options including 20+ food truck vendors, desserts, and specialty drinks. There will be live music and games provided by NJPLAY.
Cost: $5
94 Championship Place, Augusta, NJ 07822

(973) 383-7644

East Brunswick Food Truck and Music Fest
May 14 at 11 AM
The food trucks and fun are back in East Brunswick at The Brunswick Square Mall. Bring your appetite, lawn chairs, and of course, your dog.
Cost: $4-$6
Brunswick Square Mall, East Brunswick, NJ 08816

Mayfest
May 14-15 at 10 AM
Head to Historic Smithville for Mayfest, with an international food court, crafters, and live music. There will be plenty of activities like face painting and carousel rides for the kids. A free shuttle will be available too.
Cost: Free
Historic Smithville, NJ 08060

Asbury Park Vegan Food Fest
May 14 and 15 at 11 AM
It’s a two-day celebration that features vegan and plant-based meals from local chefs and vegan products, plant-based fashion, and live music. This event is rain or shine.
Cost: $10-$30
Bradley Park – 101-199 5th Ave., Asbury Park, NJ 07712

Clifton Food Truck Festival
May 15 at 11 AM
This fun festival will include vendors, kids’ activities, and pony rides. This event will support the Boys & Girls Club of Clifton.
Cost: $5; under 5 is free. Please bring an item for the food pantry
181 Colfax Ave., Clifton, NJ 07013

Garden State Plaza Food Truck and Music Fest
May 15 at 11 AM
It’s a fun family festival with food trucks, live music, games, and activities for all ages.
Cost: $8 for adults and $5 for children 4-13 at the door, $6 for adults and $4 for children in advance
501 Garden State Plaza, Paramus, NJ 07652
(201) 843-2121

New Jersey Seafood Fest Belmar
May 20-22
It’s the 35th year of seafood and family fun in Belmar. Try everything from conch fritters to crab legs at this free festival that will also include live music and vendors too.
Cost: Free
Downtown Belmar, NJ 07719

Glen Ridge Art and Eco Fair
May 21 at 10 AM
Celebrate the arts and the environment at this eco-friendly fair. This event will include arts and crafts, wellness vendors, eco demonstrations, and children’s activities.
Cost: Free
200 Ridgewood Avenue, Glen Ridge, NJ 07028

Spring Bazaar Metuchen
May 21 at 11 AM
Get ready for everything spring at the Metuchen Town Plaza in May.
Cost: Free
1 Pearl Street, Metuchen, NJ 08840

Wildwood International Kite Festival
May 27-30, 12 PM Friday and 9 AM Saturday- Monday
Kick-off this weekend-long event with a Friday night social and the 9:00 PM illuminated night kite fly. On Saturday and Sunday, come out to watch giant inflatable kites take flight, team flying, and participate in family games. Monday features the World lndoor Kite exhibition inside the Wildwoods Convention Center.
Cost: Prices vary per event
Rio Grande Avenue, Wildwood, NJ 08260

Renaissance Faire NJ
May 28-29 and June 4-5
Take a step back into the 16th century, and the kids can explore Nipper’s Nook. Many activities to fire the imagination, including unicorn rides, building your own magic wands, and the new gaming cart of wonder.
Cost: $25 and up
1195 Florence Columbus Road, Bordentown, NJ 08505

June Events

Randolph Food Truck and Music Fest
June 4 at 11 AM
Come support the Randolph Rescue Squad with live music and food trucks. There will be kids’ activities like face painting and sand art too.
Cost: $5; under 5 is free. Please bring an item for the food pantry
214 Center Grove Road, Randolph, NJ 07869

Irish Festival in Long Branch
June 5, gates open at 9 AM
The New Jersey Irish Festival is back and celebrating its 50th edition. There will be live racing, Irish food, vendors, dancing, and music. Don’t miss the Human Horse Race raising money for a great cause, and kids will be entertained with clowns, face painters, pony rides, and a bounce house.
Cost:
general admission is just $6. Kids 12 and under are free
175 Oceanport Ave., Long Branch, NJ 07757
(732) 222-5100

Bloomfield Food Truck and Music Fest
June 10 at 4 PM
Visit 15 food trucks, live music, face painting, hatchet throwing, petting zoo, sand art, kids activities, and vendors. Parking is free.
Cost: $5, kids under 5 are free, and please bring a nonperishable canned or boxed item to help support the food pantry.
St Thomas the Apostle Parking Lot – 50 Byrd Ave.,  Bloomfield, NJ 07003

Colonia Food Truck and Music Festival
June 11 at 11 AM
Hit this festival with gourmet food trucks, live music, and activities for the kids, including pony rides, a petting zoo, face painting, and sand art. Parking is free, and dogs are permitted.
Cost: $5, and kids under 5 are free. Bring a nonperishable canned or boxed item to help support the food pantry 420 Inman Ave., Colonia, NJ 07067

Barefoot Country Music Fest
June 16-19, times vary
Get barefoot on the beach and listen to some country tunes. There will be free entertainment as well as 40+ artists.
Cost: Some events are free, and others are $199 and up
3601 Boardwalk, Wildwood, NJ 08260

Sustainability Green Music and Arts
June 18 at 10 AM
Music, arts and crafts vendors, Dove Environmental Education, kids activities, and more for the whole family.
Cost: Free
Washington Borough Business Improvement District – 21 Belvidere Ave.Washington, NJ 07882
(908) 689-4800

Tacopalooza
June 18 at 11 AM
Benefit the Hopatcong PBA 149 and enjoy live music and vendors too. There will also be kids activities and  Peoples Choice Awards for Top Traditional Taco, Trendsetter Taco, and Loco Taco.
Cost: Adults $5, 5, and under are free. Please bring a nonperishable canned or boxed item to help support the local food pantry.
Hilltop Field, 32 Lakeside Blvd., Hopatcong, NJ 07843

Which spring festivals and fairs will you go to in NJ? Let us know!

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