50+ Spring Festivals in New Jersey 2024

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Spring 2024 is here, so take a deep breath and get ready to soak in this season of family fun at one of the many festivals in New Jersey. Take a hayride, wind through a maze, and go on an Easter egg hunt at the Springtime and Easter Festival at Alstede Farms, enjoy delicious mac and cheese at the Mac and Cheese Festival in Hoboken, 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)

March Festivals in New Jersey

Springtime and Easter Festival at Alstede Farms
March 23-30 and April 1-7
Hop over to the farm for spring fun with Easter activities, including a visit with the Easter Bunny, a hunt, a hayride, an evergreen maze, and a giant hay pyramid. There will also be pony rides, wagon train rides, and a bounce house available for additional purchase. The Tomasello Winery Outdoor Patio will be open for tasting and purchases.
Cost: $21.99 and up
1 Alstede Farms Lane, Chester, NJ 07930

Easter Celebration at Allaire Village
March 23 and 30 
Celebrate the village’s Easter celebration with 19th-century demonstrations, including woodworking, blacksmithing, and egg-dying. The whole family will love the Easter activities, such as a scavenger hunt, bonnet decorating, and egg games on the green.
Cost: $10 per person
The Historic Village at Allaire, 4263 Atlantic Avenue, Wall, NJ 07727

Hop Into Easter
March 23-24
At the Shoppes at Dragon Village, you can take photos with the Easter Bunny on the deck chair. To kick off their first event of 2024, there will also be free train rides, merchants, vendors, and food trucks.
Cost: Free
97 Trench Road, Bridgeton, NJ 08302

New Jersey Youth Symphony Playathon Festival
March 24 at 12:30 PM
Celebrate and support young musicians as they spread the joy of music at the New Jersey Symphony Playathon Festival. Nearly 500 talented young musicians will perform as one combined orchestra for this annual concert, performing music from movies and musicals such as Star Wars, Harry Potter, and The Sound of Music. 
Cost: Free
The Mills at Jersey Gardens, 651 Kapkowski Rd Elizabeth, NJ 07201

Dalton Farms Tulip Festival
Anticipated opening March 30

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 $2 each, you can bring home a beautiful bouquet to admire.
Tickets: Available mid-March. $14 per person ages 3+ (infants two and under are free) online. $20 walk-up gate admission if tickets are still available.
660 Oak Grove Road, Swedesboro, NJ 08085

Spring Fling Family Fun Day in Sea Isle City
March 30 at 1 PM
It’s time for some Easter fun and dresses 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

April Festivals in New Jersey

Holland Ridge Farms Spring Spectacular
Opens April 5
Each year, Holland Ridge Farm bursts into bloom with over 8 million tulips in 15 varieties. During their month-long Spring Spectacular festival, you can see farm animals, learn about Dutch traditions, snap gram-worthy photos, take a pony ride, and sample delicious foods. The farm is expected to open in mid-April, and general tickets will go on sale around the beginning of April.
Cost: $17 per person on weekends and $15 per person during the week
108 Rues Road, Cream Ridge, NJ 08514    

Wheaton Springs 2024
April 6 at 10 AM
Celebrate the start of WheatonArts’ creative season with this family-friendly kick-off event highlighting their daily offerings and hands-on programming. Explore exhibits and join in on projects for the whole family, including pine-needle basket making, coffee filter butterflies, and glass-fused magnets. There will also be food vendors and live jazz music.
Cost: Free
1510 Glasstown Road, Millville, NJ 08332

5th Annual Hoboken Mac & Cheese Festival
April 6 at 1 PM
Bring your family and appetite to the 4th Annual Hoboken Mac and Cheese Festival. Take a tour around Hoboken and sample all kinds of Mac & Cheese creations from some of the city’s best spots. This event will be held rain or shine.
Cost: $12-$35
Locations throughout Hoboken, NJ 07030

Ocean City Con 2024
April 6-7 at 10 AM
Join comic book and memorabilia enthusiasts in Ocean City. Special guests, artists, vendors, comics, games, and more will be present. 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 

Burlington County Book Festival
April 13 at 10 AM
If you have a book lover in the family, stop by this fun event that includes authors, local vendors, fellow book lovers, presenters, and musical performances.
Cost: Free
Burlington County Library, 5 Pioneer Boulevard, Westampton, NJ 08060

Red Bank Street Fair and Craft Show
April 14 at 11 AM
Head to Red Bank for a day filled with music, dancing, food, and lots of family fun. Littles will have a ball on the children’s rides and get a chance to play games.
Cost: Free
Downtown Red Bank, NJ 07701

Latin Food Festival
April 14 at 12 PM
It’s a fun family festival that takes you on a culinary journey featuring the flavors of Latin cuisine. The event will include delicious food, live Latin music, food contests, culinary demonstrations, and fun activities for the entire family to enjoy.
Cost: $6 for everyone over 5. Tickets are $5 in advance(plus a service charge
Westfield Garden State Plaza, 501 Garden State Plaza, Paramus, NJ 07652

Bloomfest
April 14 at 11 AM
It’s a family day in New Jersey’s pinkest park, with Cherry Blossoms in full bloom. Experience Japanese cultural demonstrations, children’s activities, live music, a crafter’s marketplace, and food. 
Cost: Free
Essex County Branch Brook Park, Cherry Blossom Welcome Center, Mill Street Entrance, Belleville + Prudential Concert Grove, Clifton Avenue Entrance, Newark 07104

Whole Lotta Empanada, Food Truck & Music Festival
April 20 at 11 AM
Get ready to judge the empanada vendors vying for the EMPY! (People’s Choice Best Empanada). In addition to empanadas, enjoy gourmet food trucks offering lobster rolls, seafood, Puerto Rican, Greek, Latin, Peruvian, and more. This event will also feature live music.
Cost: $5. Kids under 5 are free; please bring an item for the food pantry, too
20th Century Park, Elizabeth Street Garfield, NJ 07026

Shadfest
April 20-21 at 11 AM
Celebrate 41 years of family, fun, and fish in Lambertville. This year’s Shad Fest will feature the region’s finest artists and crafters, children’s activities, and a farmer’s market. Local’s Lane will feature artists from the Lambertville and New Hope areas.
Cost: Free
Lambertville, NJ 08530

Fur Baby Festival
April 20 at 12 PM
Together with the friends of the Burlington County Animal Shelter, you will help to find forever homes for some amazing dogs, cats, and other small animals. This event will feature 15+ food vendors, live music, games, a pet costume contest, and much more.
Cost: Admission will be $6 for everyone Over 5 years old. Tickets are $5 in advance (plus a service charge), or you can purchase them at the door.
Burlington County Fairgrounds, 1990 Jacksonville Jobstown Rd. Jobstown, NJ 08022

Grayrock N Roll Spring Festival
April 20 at 9 AM
Over 60 vendors, food trucks, face painting, a DJ, and an acapella group will be at this lively festival. Rescue groups with dogs, cats, and kittens up for adoption will be there. 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)
Grayrock Farm Sanctuary, 85 Grayrock Road, Clinton, NJ 08809

Spring Festival and Earth Day Celebration
April 21 at 11 AM
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, sheepshearing demonstrations, and a magic show.
Cost: Free
Red Bank Battlefield, 100 Hessian Ave., in National Park, NJ 08063

Go Green with Hope
April 27 at 10 AM
The 11th Annual festival with an environment theme has something for every age, including free seedlings, crafts, vendors, free raffles, a meet and greet with the Antler Ridge Mascot, over 40 tables of old favorites, new activities, and giveaways.
Cost: Free
Hope Township School, 20 Johnsonburg Road, Hope, NJ 07844

Rutgers Day
April 27 at 10 AM
Bring the whole family to New Jersey’s State University, where everyone will enjoy exhibits, interactive activities, demonstrations, and performances by faculty, staff, and students, along with kids’ activities.
Cost: Free
Busch Campus in Piscataway and the Cook/Douglass Campuses in New Brunswick

Manville PBA Empanada Festival
April 27 at 12 PM
The Manville PBA Food & Music Festival is a great way to celebrate the weekend. Enjoy empanada trucks, live music, and craft vendors. This event features Bounce House Village, a bungee trampoline, an air shot shooting range, henna tattoos, and much more.
Cost: Food and music fest admission will be $6 for everyone over 6 years old.
Rustic Mall, Manville, NJ 08835

BaconFest at Laurita Winery
April 27-28
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: Tickets are $13 online in advance and $15 at the gate. Everyone under 21 is free.
85 Archertown Road, New Egypt, NJ 08533

Hawthorne Art in the Park
April 27-28
Visit nearly 50 vendors selling their artwork and handcrafted goods. There will also be food, dessert, drinks, local musicians, live demonstrations, kids’ activities, and much more.
Cost: Free
Passaic County Arts Center-Goffle Brook Park, 675 Goffle Road, Hawthorne, NJ 07506

ACUA’s 32nd Annual Earth Day
April 28 at 10 AM
It’s the annual Earth Day Festival with 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 participate.
Cost: Free
ACUA Environmental Park – 6700 Delilah Road, Egg Harbor Township, NJ 08234

Paramus Food Truck Festival
April 28 at 11 AM
Kick off the season with food, music, and fun. Over 20 Gourmet Food Trucks, music, pony rides, a petting zoo, knocker ball, hatchet tossing, inflatables, face painting, sand art, and vendors with a beer and margarita tent 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.
Paramus Park Mall, 700 Paramus Park, Paramus, NJ 07652

Renault Winery 5 Miler and Food Truck Festival
April 28 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: $48.00 Race Fee
Renault Winery, 72 Bremen Ave., Egg Harbor City, NJ 08215

May Festivals in New Jersey

Chester Food Truck and Music Fest
May 4 at 11 AM
Round up your crew for a fun day—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
134 Main Street, Chester, NJ 07930

Skylands Stadium Fest
May 4 at 12 PM
This is a day of food, fun, and family that you won’t want to miss. Make memories enjoying the outdoors and activities, including 20+ food truck vendors, desserts, and specialty drinks. There will be live music, carnival games, axe throwing, and more.
Cost: $5. Kids under 38″ free.
94 Championship Place, Augusta, NJ 0782

Tenafly Street Fair
May 4 at 11 AM
Celebrate spring at one of the first street fairs of the season. There will be artists, crafters, food, rides, and live music.
Cost: Free admission for spectators
Tenafly Historic Railroad Station, 1 Piermont Road, Tenafly, NJ 07670

Rock & Roll Steampunk Fair 2024
May 4 at 10 AM
Bring your crew to this festival filled with activities that everyone can enjoy. Don’t miss out on the multiple live musical acts, kid’s activities, and plenty of vendors throughout the day.
Cost: Free
44 E. Washington Avenue, Washington, NJ 07882

Spring Street Fair and Earth Day Celebration
May 5 at 11:30 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 together.
Cost: Free
Main Street Highland Avenue, Raritan Ave. from 2nd to 5th Avenue, Highland Park, NJ 08904

Annual Azalea Festival
May 11 and 12 
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.
Cost: Free
Sayen Gardens, 155 Hughes Drive, Hamilton, NJ 08690

Creative Arts Festival
May 11 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

Branchburg Food Truck and Music Festival
May 11 at 11 AM
Live music, ax throwing, kid’s activities, face painting, inflatables, knocker ball, games, sand art, and spin art will be featured at the festival. The best part? Three animatronic Dinosaurs will be on display for people of all ages to interact with, sit on, pet, feed, and play with. 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

Bloomfield Food Truck and Music Fest
May 17 at 4 PM
Visit 16 food trucks, live music, face painting, hatchet throwing, a petting zoo, sand art, kids’ activities, and vendors. Parking is free.
Cost: $5; kids under 5 are free. 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

New Jersey Seafood Fest Belmar
May 17-19
It’s the 37th year of seafood and family fun in Belmar. At this free festival, which includes live music and vendors, you can try everything from conch fritters to crab legs.
Cost: Free
Downtown Belmar, NJ 07719

Glen Ridge Art and Eco Fair
May 18 at 10 AM
Celebrate the arts and the environment at this eco-friendly fair. This event will include arts and crafts, wellness vendors, live performances, eco demonstrations, and children’s activities.
Cost: Free
200 Ridgewood Avenue, Glen Ridge, NJ 07028

Woodbridge Street Fair & Craft Show
May 18 at 11 AM
Bring your family to enjoy artists, crafters, vendors, food, rides, and live music. Kids will love the rides, games, and more just for them. 
Cost: Free admission for Spectators
Downtown Woodbridge, NJ Main St and Amboy Ave Woodbridge, NJ 07095

Mayfest
May 18-19 at 10 AM
Head to Historic Smithville for Mayfest, which features an international food court, crafters, and live music. There will also be plenty of activities for the kids, such as face painting and carousel rides, and free shuttles will leave from the parking lot.
Cost: Free
Historic Smithville, NJ 08060

Asbury Park Vegan Food Fest
May 18-19 at 11 AM
It’s a two-day celebration featuring vegan and plant-based meals from local chefs, vegan products, plant-based fashion, and live music. This event is rain or shine.
Cost: $15-$30
Bradley Park – 101-199 5th Ave., Asbury Park, NJ 07712

Renaissance Faire NJ
May 18-19, 25-26, and June 1-2, 8-9
Take a step back into the 16th century, and the kids can explore Nipper’s Nook, where there will be plenty of things to do to fire the imagination, including pinatas, water balloon games, building your own magic wands, and the new gaming cart of wonder.
Cost: $25 and up. $10 for Child Flex Day Pass (Ages 5 to 12).
1195 Florence Columbus Road, Bordentown, NJ 08505

Verona Food Truck & Music Festival
May 19 at 11 AM
This fun-filled family day features 17 gourmet food trucks, drinks, live music, and kid activities. Your kids will enjoy pony rides, the petting zoo, face painting, inflatables, knockerball, sand art, spin art, and more.
Cost: $5; under 5 is free. Please bring an item for the food pantry
Bundt Park, 8 Red School House Rd, Lebanon, NJ 08833

Wildwood International Kite Festival
May 24-27, 12 PM on Friday
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 fly, and participate in family games. Monday features the World Indoor Kite Exhibition inside the Wildwoods Convention Center.
Cost: Free to spectators
Rio Grande Avenue, Wildwood, NJ 08260

Jersey Shore Food Truck Festival
May 25-27 at 11 AM
Kick off your Memorial Day weekend with the Jersey Shore Food Truck Festival. Enjoy 40 mouth-watering food trucks and sample everything from lobster lolls to mac and cheese to fried Oreos. This event will feature live music on each day. Free activities for the kids include clowns, face painters, pony rides, and a bounce house.
Cost: Free
Monmouth Park Race Track, 175 Oceanport Ave, Oceanport, NJ 07757

June Festivals in New Jersey

6th Annual Arc of Warren County Food and Music Fest
June 1 at 12 PM
Welcome the start of June at this fun and family-friendly festival with food trucks, games, live music, and activities for kids of all ages.
Cost: Admission will be $8 for everyone over 5 years old. Tickets are $6 in advance (plus the service charge).
Donaldson Farms, 345 Allen Road, Hackettstown, NJ 07840

South Bound Brook Food Truck and Musical Festival
June 2 at 11 AM
Food, music, family, and fun with gourmet food trucks and live music. While you check out the vendors, kids will have a ball exploring activities like pony rides, a petting zoo, a knocker ball, inflatables, and face painting. 
Cost: bring nonperishable canned or boxed items to help support the food pantry and $5; kids under 5 are free
Memorial Park, 78 Elizabeth St, South Bound Brook, NJ 08880

Aberdeen Food Truck & Music FEASTival
June 8 at 11 AM
Join this fun and delicious Food Truck Festival, where you will enjoy 15 gourmet food trucks, live music, vendors, drinks, and a fun-filled family day. This event will feature pony rides, a petting zoo, miniature golf, a bounce house, face painting, sand art, and more. 
Cost: $5; kids under 5 are free. Please bring a nonperishable canned or boxed item to help support the food pantry.
1 Tingley Ln, Edison, NJ 08820

Irish Festival in Long Branch
June 11, Gates open at 11 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, which raises money for a great cause. Kids will be entertained by clowns, face painters, pony rides, and a bounce house.
Cost: general admission is just $6. Kids 12 and under are free.
Monmouth Park Racetrack, 175 Oceanport Ave., Long Branch, NJ 07757

Neptune Food Truck & Music FEASTval
June 15 at 11 AM
With food, music, activities for the whole family, and drinks for the adults, this is one event you won’t want to miss. Check out the 15 gourmet food trucks, a bounce house, pony rides, a petting zoo, miniature golf, and more.
Cost: $5 per person; kids under 5 are free
Loffredo Fields, 2714 W. Bangs Avenue, Neptune City, NJ 07753

Barefoot Country Music Fest
June 20-23, times vary
Get barefoot on the beach and listen to some country tunes at this popular festival, attracting big-name country stars like Luke Bryan and Keith Urban. 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

Waretown Food Truck & Music FEASTival
June 22 at 11 AM
Spend the day with the fam at this fun festival with kids’ activities like face painting and sand art, gourmet food trucks, live music, a sangria garden, and more.
Cost: $5; under 5 is free. Please bring an item for the food pantry
64 Railroad Avenue, Waretown, NJ 07858

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