This weekend, kick up your boots at the Boots at the Beach Country Music Festival in Wildwood, cheer on your friends in the cannoli eating contest at the Feast of San Gennaro in Belmar and listen to an amazing lineup of musical performances at Music Fest in Palmer Square in Princeton.
featured image via Water Lantern Festival
Here are 10 kid-friendly things to do this weekend around New Jersey:
Boots at the Beach Country Music Festival
September 13 – 15
Yeehaw! Get in touch with your country side this weekend at Wildwood’s Boots at the Beach Country Festival. Your family will love dancing to live country music all day with an ocean view. Mamas, mentally prepare yourselves for the country-themed booths that are selling clothing, home decor and other rustic items.
Belmar Feast of San Gennaro
September 15 – 16
Celebrate our state’s Italian heritage (or your own family’s) at Belmar’s Feast of San Gennaro. There’s no shortage of cannoils, zeppoles, Italian sausage and dancing at this event, so be sure to wear some comfy sneakers and bring the stroller—chances are, you’ll be on your feet all day. Make sure you watch the procession of the Statue of San Gennaro and sign up for the cannoli eating contest.
Cost: Free, $10 Entry Fee for Cannoli Eating Contest
Spirit of the Jerseys State History Fair
September 14, 11 AM – 5 PM
Give your kiddos a daily dose of state history while celebrating over 500 years of New Jersey. At the Spirit of the Jerseys State History Fair, there are so many fun, educational activities in store—like scheduled talks with historical figures George Washington, Amelia Earhart and Teddy Roosevelt. Musical performances of the World War I era and 18th-century ice cream making demos will be a big hit, too.
Monmouth Battlefield State Park
Cost: Free, Parking $10
September 14, 12 PM – 4 PM
Make your way to Riverview Beach Park for all the basset hounds you can imagine. Whether it’s those cute droopy eyes or long floppy ears that make you smile, the littles will love participating in kids crafts, watching basset hound games, taking a family photo, trying a bean bag toss, and figuring out a pin-the-tail game. Of course, the unique puppy parade sporting all the adorable basset hounds is a pretty big deal, too. While it’s free to attend, it’s encouraged to bring a side dish, dessert or beverage to share.
Riverview Beach Park
New Jersey/New York Water Lantern Festival
September 14, 4:30 PM – 10 PM
The New Jersey/New York Water Lantern Festival brings together individuals of all ages, backgrounds and walks of life to join together for one emotional and memorable night. Watch on as thousands of lanterns float on the water. There will be plenty of food trucks (and live music) on-site to accompany this awesome evening.
Jersey City, NJ
Cost: Adults $25, Kids aged 8-14 $12, Kids aged under 8 are free
Sea Isle City Fall Family Festival
September 14, 9 AM – 4 PM
Sea Isle City’s Fall Family Festival is back this year, and better than ever. Shopping booths and yummy food vendors will be available for browsing, and the kiddos will go crazy over all there is to do there—amusement rides, face painting, live entertainment, a moon bounce, old-time photos and sand art, just to name a few.
JFK Blvd. & Promenade
Sea Isle City, NJ
Art in the Park
September 15, 12 PM – 4 PM
Art in the Park is a day devoted to enjoying music, art, nature and community. Artists will be situated around Berdan Grove park in Fair Lawn, displaying their pieces of art, encouraging creativity and expression in your littles. Musicians will also perform in scheduled sets throughout the day. If you’re feeling extra artsy, all young artists who attend are encouraged to create tiny fairy homes to display around the park that day.
Fair Lawn, NJ
Music Fest in Princeton’s Palmer Square
September 15, 11 AM – 6:30 PM
Prepare to be blown away by an eclectic musical lineup from exceptional bands across the tristate area in beautiful downtown Princeton. Enjoy a fabulous Sunday outside eating, drinking and shopping around this cozy town. Stop by the Bent Spoon for ice cream, it’s on NJMOM’s list of the Best New Jersey Ice Cream Shops.
Fanny Wood Day Street Fair
September 15, 10 AM – 5 PM
Experience great local vendors and crafters, kid-friendly activities, eating contests, scavenger hunt, carnival games and food at the Fanny Wood Day Street Fair. Big and little kids alike will flip over the trackless train ride!
230 South Ave
Hackettstown Street Fair
September 15, 11 AM – 5 PM
The Hackettstown Street Fair features more than cotton candy and popcorn. There will be tons of local vendors to shop from, yummy food, rides, live music and dancing. The kiddos will also appreciate the kiddie rides, game trailer, petting zoo and martial arts exhibitions, too.
Downtown Hackettstown, NJ