10 Festivals This Weekend, August 30 – Sept 2


This weekend celebrate all things Scandinavian at the Scandinavian Fest in Budd Lake, step back in time with historic aircraft at the 22nd Annual Airfest in Rio Grande, or crack open a cold one at the BBQ and Craft Beer Fest in Oceanport.

Psst! Don’t forget to hashtag #NJMOM and tag @njmom and your little cuties could be featured in our next photo round-up.

Here are 10 things to do this weekend around New Jersey:

1. Rutgers Great Tomato Tasting

August 29, 3PM – 7PM
Looking to start the weekend early? It’s time to celebrate the best fruit/vegetable that the Garden State has to offer. That’s right, we’re talking about the Jersey tomato. Taste over 80 heirloom and hybrid tomato varieties including beefsteak, plum, cherry and grape. Watch chef’s demonstrate popular tomato dishes and take a wagon ride to learn about the research done on the farm. Bonus: You can taste apples, basil, and peaches too.
140 Locust Grove Rd.
Pittstown, NJ 08867
Cost: $10 admission, free for children 12 and under, RSVP here

2. Boardwalk Craft Show in Wildwood

August 31 – September 2, 9AM – 5PM
Stroll down the famous Wildwood boardwalk for this fun day filled with handmade crafts. Choose from jewelry, artwork, signs, decor, and more – all handmade and unique to the craft maker. Bring your little craft lover to see over 50 vendors on the beautiful beachfront.
The Boardwalk at Rio Grande Avenue
Wildwood, NJ 08260
Cost: free

3. Labor Day Weekend at Working Dog Winery

September 1, 1PM – 5PM
Looking to skip the Labor Day Weekend crowds at the beach and boardwalk? Why not stop by the Working Dog Winery for a laid-back afternoon with live music and delicious bites from Jersey Devil Barbecue Food Truck.
Working Dog Winery
610 Windsor Perrineville Rd,
Hightstown, NJ 08520
Cost: free

4. Scandinavian Fest in Budd Lake

September 2, 10AM – 6PM
Make your way to rustic Vasa Park for a festival that celebrates all things Scandinavian. Chow down on Swedish meatballs, Danish apple cakes, or old-fashioned soda pop while you watch live performances of folk-dancing, singing, medieval battles, and cultural presentations about the Nordic region. Bonus: Have any traditional folk dress? Wear it and your admission is free.
NJ Vasa Park
1 Vasa Dr.
Hackettstown, NJ 07840
Cost: $11 in advance
At gate: Adults $14, Seniors $13, Kids 12 and under free

5. 22nd Annual Air Fest 

August 31 – September 3, 9AM – 6PM
Soar over to Cape May Airport for a day that will make you want to fly – literally. The Air Fest returns to the U.S. Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum with museum tours, live music, food trucks, a beer garden, historic aircraft and bombers on display, and bomber flights too. Don’t forget to grab a photo with Rosie the Riveter.
Cape May Airport
500 Forrestal Rd.
Rio Grande, NJ 08242
Cost: Adults $16, Kids 3-12 $10, 2 and under are free
Admission is free for members of the Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum

6. The 6th Annual Filipino American Festival

September 2, 10AM – 8PM 
Ready to celebrate, integrate, and promote cultural diversity? The 6th Annual Filipino American Festival wants to educate the next generation about Filipino Americans and preserve their heritage through music, food, customs, and traditions. Enjoy the presentation of traditional costumes at the fest’s fashion show or hang out in the beer garden while you eat traditional Filipino delicacies.
New Overpeck Bergen County Park
199 Challenger Rd.
Ridgefield Park, NJ 07660
Cost: free

7. Delaware Valley Bluegrass Festival 

August 31 – Sept. 1, 11AM – 11PM, Sept. 2, 11AM – 6PM 
At the Delaware Valley Bluegrass Festival, jam out at Jam Central Station and learn all things bluegrass. Hang out and listen to over 25 musicians throughout the weekend, while you feast on food trucks or try the hand-dipped ice cream. This is an event for all ages – there’s always food, there’s always music, sit back and relax at this fest. You can camp out too – so pack tents, blankets, and other essentials if you just don’t want to leave.
725 US-40
Pilesgrove, New Jersey 08098
Cost: Adults single-day pass $55, Students(12-16) $35

8. Wildwood Block Party and Music Festival

September 2, 11AM – 11PM
As the summer comes to a close and school begins, sneak one more block party in. Wildwood’s beautiful beach and boardwalk invite you to enjoy games, rides, crafts, festival food, and live entertainment all day long.
Fox Park (Ocean Avenue between Burk & Montgomery Avenues)
Wildwood, NJ 08260
Cost: free

9. BBQ and Craft Beer Fest at Monmouth Park Racetrack

September 1 – 3, 7:30AM 
You can’t go wrong with a good BBQ dish and a nice cold beer to wash it down. Test out NJ’s best pulled pork, brisket and ribs and enjoy a beer in the Craft Beer Garden – which features over 40 craft beers for you to try. There’s plenty of fun for the kids including pony rides, bounce houses, face painting, and clowns. Listen to live music while you pile up napkins – you’ll need them.
Monmouth Park Racetrack 
Oceanport Avenue
Oceanport, NJ 07757
Cost: $5, kids 12 and under free, parking $5

10. Famous Food Market in Jersey City

September 1, 2PM – 10PM, September 2, 12PM – 8PM
Every weekend from June 16th to October 28th, head over to Harborside Jersey City for over 30 food vendors including a farm to table tent, crafts, beer and wine garden, contests, and games. You’ll love snapping photos with some of New York and New Jersey’s most Instagrammable(and yummy!) foods near the best NYC skyline views.
Harborside JC
3 Second St.
Jersey City, NJ 07302
Cost: free

Don’t forget to hashtag #NJMOM and tag @njmom and your little cuties could be featured in our next photo round-up.

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Erika is a yogi, writer, coffee enthusiast, and world traveler. If she's not at the beach or chasing the sunset, she's looking for the best iced coffee she can find and planning her next adventure. Her favorite NJ spots include The Saint, Island Heights, and Lava Java House.