Whether you are on team fall sipping pumpkin spice everything or team summer soaking up those last sultry beach days, September has lots of family fun this coming weekend. Honor the lives lost in 9/11 with the Smithville Freedom Run in Smithville, kick-off fall with rides and pumpkin picking at Happy Day Farm Fall Festival in Manalapan, or watch them crown the queen in the Little Miss Apple Fest Pageant at the South Jersey Apple Fest in Bridgeton. And if you are looking to plan out your month, don’t miss our Guide on Free Things To Do In September.
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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
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.
Frank Sinatra Drive Promenade, Hoboken, NJ 07030
Fright Fest at Six Flag Great Adventure
September 10-October 31
Kick off the scary season with 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.
Cost: Admission starts at around $30.99
Six Flags Great Adventure – 1 Six Flags Blvd., Jackson, NJ 08527
The Newark Museum of Art Family Movie Night
September 10 at 7:30 PM
The movie Soul will be playing at The Newark Museum of Art for Family Movie Night. Please reserve your free tickets in advance to secure your spot.
The Newark Museum of Art – 49 Washington Street, Newark, NJ 07102
9/11 Memorial Ceremony
September 11 at 8 AM
This 9/11 remembrance ceremony will take place in the Atlantic Highlands.
460 Ocean Boulevard, Atlantic Highlands, NJ 07716
Smithville Freedom Run
September 11 from 9-11 AM, registration starts at 7:30 AM
Kids can commemorate 9/11 by participating in the Smithville Freedom Run on Saturday, September 11. Depending on the age of your children, choose between running a 5K or opt for a one-mile walk or run. The event will kick off with the presentation of colors, ringing of the memorial bell, and rifle salute, and the start of the run will be signaled by the firing of an actual Civil War cannon. The Freedom Run honors the lives lost in the World Trade Center and first responders, and the military. Cost: Registration fee
Historic Smithville – 615 E. Moss Mill Road, Galloway, NJ 08205
Bridge Arts Festival
September 11 from 11 AM-6:30 PM
Round up your crew to experience arts, music, dance, culture, a free kid’s craft corner, food truck row, and an artist vendor market. Celebrate the arts in Bayonne, and if you are looking for a VIP experience, for a VIP ticket, you can have access to the VIP lounge with food, meet the artists, and more.
Cost: $40 for VIP tickets
W. 1st Street, Bayonne, NJ 07002
Light Up The Shore
September 11 at 8:46 PM
In Monmouth County, residents are invited to arrive along the shoreline on Saturday, September 11, and use their cellphones at 8:46 PM to light up the skyline in honor of the heroes of 9/11. The lights symbolize the enduring American spirit and a reminder never to forget.
6th Annual NJ Taco Festival
September 11 from 10 AM – 8 PM
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
Wood Street Fair
Enjoy crafters, artisans, live music, food, collectibles, art, and lots of family fun at this popular fair. 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
WoofStock 2021 Food and Music Festival
September 11 and 12
A 2-day music festival with 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
Great Pumpkin Festival
September 11 – November 7
Kick off the “Largest Fall Festival in Northern New Jersey,” with lots of fall fun. There are 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
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. There will be antiques, memorabilia, jewelry, and a whole lot more to choose from. Come celebrate the beginning of fall and do a little shopping, too. Rain or shine.
Ocean Pathway, Ocean Grove, NJ 07756
Preserving the Harvest at Historic Longstreet Farm
September 11 from 11 AM-3 PM
How did they preserve food in the 19th century? Learn about the 19th-century techniques for preserving food such as salting, jelling, and drying during your visit to this Holmdel Farm.
44 Longstreet Road, Holmdel, NJ 07733
Historic Battery Lewis Tours
September 11 from 10 AM-4 PM and September 12 from 1 PM-3 PM
Come and tour the newly restored Historic Battery Lewis in the Rocky Point section of Hartshorne Wood Park. Learn all about the history of this former coastal defense site.
1402 Portland Road, Highlands, NJ 07732
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
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
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 don’t miss the belly dancers.
Cost: $12-$18 and up
85 Archertown Road, New Egypt, NJ 08533
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, free 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
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
September 12 from 12 PM-4 PM
The Monmouth County Park System and the Deep Cut Bonsai Society present Bonsai Day at Deep Cut Gardens. Experience demonstrations and displays, with experts on hand to answer your questions.
152 Red Hill Road, Middletown, NJ 07748
September 13 from 10 AM-11:30 AM
Explore the trails at Huber Woods Park with a Park System Naturalist and discuss plant and animal of the season. Meet in the Environmental Center parking lot. Open to all ages, but anyone 18 must be with an adult.
25 Brown’s Dock Road, Locust (Middletown Twp.), NJ 07716
732-872-2670 or 0336
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. Hayrides will be running to the sunflower field, weather permitting. 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
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. 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
RWJBarnabas Health: Cooking Classes for Kids
Dates and times vary depending on the program
Kids of all ages will love cooking up healthy treats in these virtual hands-on cooking classes (adult supervision required during class): Try Healthy Kids in Hannah’s Kitchen for kids 8-12, where they’ll learn to use a recipe, cook with nutritious ingredients, and utilize kitchen basics or try Taste Testers in Hannah’s Kitchen, a Mommy and Me style class for 2-4-year-olds.