No matter what your idea of family fun is, there’s something to do for everyone this weekend. Be Greek for the day at the Flemington Opa! Greek Festival in Flemington, watch live jousting and show off your crown at the Sparta Renaissance Festival in Sparta or get excited about fall at the South Jersey Apple Fest in Millville. New Jersey is kicking off fall strong!
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Here are 10 kid-friendly things to do this weekend around New Jersey:
Flemington Opa! Greek Festival
September 6 – 8
Celebrate this weekend with Greek music and folk dancing, authentic Greek food and pastries, carnival games and shopping. Whether being Greek runs in your family’s roots or you’re just opting to celebrate for the day, this festival will have you cheering “Opa!” all day long.
St. Anna Greek Orthodox Church
Cost: $2 donations for adults and children aged 12 and older, optional
Asbury Park Oysterfest
September 6 – 8
It’s a festival of all the Jersey shore essentials, including seafood, music, beer and wine. Combine that with an ocean view, and you’ve got one amazing must-see event. Across from the Asbury Park Convention Hall is where you’ll find the Asbury Park Oysterfest, where you can celebrate seafood fare and oysters, beer tents and even a wine tent from Tavernello’s “No. 1 Wine in Italy.” The Asbury Park Brewery will have its own tent and feature local Asbury beers. #NJMOM Tip: Friday night is “Asbury Park Open House Night,” which means free entry for your family!
Located on the green across from the Convention Hall
Asbury Park, NJ
Cost:$3, kids aged 6 and under are free
Sparta Renaissance Festival
September 7 – 8 & September 14 – 15
You’ll shop all things Renaissance at this fair, which offers celtic jewelry and artwork, flower crowns, fairy wands, pottery, gourmet food, live entertainment and so much more. Wow kiddos by checking out the jousting field, where you can watch a live sword fight before your very eyes. Be sure to dress in your best Renaissance attire.
Cost: Kids $5, Kids aged 6 and under are free, Adults $15
2019 Wild Outdoor Expo
September 7 – 8, 10 AM – 4 PM
This free, public event provides conservative information, education and hands-on activities with over 100 vendors for kids and their fams. So if free activities like archery, kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding and rock climbing sounds fun to you, this outdoor expo is definitely worth checking out. Enjoy being outdoors with your littles and stop by the food trucks for lunch or a snack.
299 E Colliers Rd.
New Egypt, NJ
South Jersey Apple Fest
September 7 – 8, 10 AM – 5 PM
Featuring everything apples, the South Jersey Apple Fest invites you to the farm for a fun day with your family. Shop arts and crafts, watch the Little Miss Apple Fest Pageant, listen to live music and enjoy tons of food. Your littles will go nuts over the hayrides, apple toss, apple mascot and kids crafts. Oh, and did we mention that you get a free apple with admission? Score!
Cumberland County Fairgrounds
Cost: Kids aged 6 and under free, Adults $3
NJ Taco Festival
September 7, 10 AM – 8 PM
The 4th annual NJ Taco Festival is a must for any and every taco lover out there—whether it’s from Taco Bell or your mama’s authentic cookbook. This event boasts all-day, non-stop taco party action. There will even be judges that rate patrons’ tacos, presented among five different categories. You and the family can jam to live music, watch pepper and spicy taco eating contests, root for your favorite tacos and even watch a Chihuahua beauty pageant.
Sussex County Fairgrounds
Cost: Kids aged 10 and under free, $10 in advance, $15 at the gate
Downbeach Seafood Festival
September 7, 11 AM – 7 PM
This festival transforms Ventnor Beach into a seafood lover’s dream, featuring approximately 25 different local and regional seafood restaurants (plus more) who are ready to serve up their favorite seafood dishes. Your littles will love the pet costume contest and “Playing in the Street Kids Zone”, which features bouncy rides, sidewalk chalk and Giant Jenga. The Atlantic City Aquarium is hosting a touch tank zone at the festival as well, so kids can meet starfish, stingrays, sharks and other aquatic life. Don’t forget to stay for the South Pacific Island Dancers’ exciting performance!
Cost: $10, $8 for group rate of 10 people or more
The “Not So Secret Garden” with the Cotsen Children’s Library
September 7, 10 AM – 1 PM
Frances Hodgson Burnett’s novel, The Secret Garden, has introduced readers to the beautiful and transformative power of a garden for years. Families are invited to celebrate this amazing read in an actual garden this weekend at the Morven Museum Garden, to revel in the magic with games, activities and take-home crafts.
Morven Museum & Garden
Red Bank Street Fair & Craft Show
September 8, 11 AM – 5 PM
Wander along the downtown streets of Red Bank to shop arts and crafts, eat yummy food, listen to live bands and DJ’s and play games. Your littles will love the amusement rides just for them, dance performances, and martial arts demos.
Broad St. and Monmouth Ave
Red Bank, NJ
Doggie Dash and Splash at Morey’s Piers
September 8, 9 AM
We can’t think of a better way to spend a Sunday other than being on the beach, in Wildwood, with a bunch of dogs running, playing and swimming. At the Doggie Dash and Splash, a doggie dash race will be held in the morning on Wildwood beach, followed by a puppy pool party throughout the day. Morey’s Piers will donate $5 from every registration to Team Foster, a non-profit organization whose primary mission is to pair service dogs with veterans suffering from combat-related disabilities.
On the beach adjacent to Raging Waters Waterpark
Cost: free, Spectator pass (for pool party) $9.99, Dog and Runner pass $39.99, Runner pass $29.99