This weekend, attend the NJMOM Baby Expo in Long Branch, take Irish dance lessons at the Irish Fall Festival in North Wildwood, watch the Quidditch tournament at the Wizards, Witches, and Wands Festival in Mullica Hill, or eat as many apple cider doughnuts as you can at the Apple Festival in Manalapan.
Here are 11 festivals around New Jersey next weekend:
NJMOM Baby Expo
September 23, 2018 9:30AM – 1PM
The NJMOM Baby Expo, presented by NJMOM, is an exclusive event for expectant and new parents in the greater New Jersey area. Over 60 baby and kids brands will showcase the best in baby gear & accessories, local services and more. Test, shop & learn about everything you need to know to step into parenthood with ease. Sample products from exhibitors, attend educational seminars & workshops, win over $25k in giveaways, receive VIP gift bags and get pampered while enjoying healthy bites and mocktails in a relaxed setting at a premium venue.
Ocean Place Resort & Spa
1 Ocean Blvd.
Long Branch, NJ 07740
Meatball Throwdown at the Jersey Shore
September 20, 6PM – 9PM
Hang out this Thursday night with everyone’s favorite dish – the meatball. Raise money for local causes while you help pick the best local meatball. There’s four categories: Best Traditional, Best Non-Traditional, Best Amateur, and Best Overall. Dessert is provided and there’s live music too.
1401 New Jersey 35
Neptune Township, NJ 07753
Westfield International Film Festival
September 20 at 6pm – September 23rd at 10PM
Do you love watching movies? We do too. It’s always a great way to spend the weekend – at a film festival. New Jersey always has a few and the Westfield International Film Festival is sure to keep you on your toes with films, panel discussions, and a gala event.
James Ward Mansion
169 E Broad St,
Westfield, NJ 07090
Cost: Prices vary depending on which events you attend
34th Annual Oktoberfest at Mountain Creek Resort
September 22-23, 11AM – 9PM
October will be here before you know it – so why wait for Oktoberfests and beer halls? Love beer and pretzels? This event has over 100 varieties of beers, ciders, hard sodas, and seltzers. You’ll love the authentic live German music, face painting, pony rides, petting zoo, bounce house, Bratwurst toss, and all the Lederhosen you can imagine.
Vernon Township, NJ 07462
Cost: $10 at the door, $5 online with free parking, Kids 5 and under free
Bellview Winery Harvest Party
September 22-23, 12PM – 5PM
Looking for a relaxing afternoon with the hubs at a vineyard? Attend the Bellview Winery Harvest Party for a fun day of live music with a beautiful background – perfect for those Instagrammable moments with the fam. Celebrate the harvest with food vendors, grape stomping, vineyard tours, and crafts.
150 Atlantic Street
Landisville, NJ 08326
Edison Fall Family Spectacular
September 22, 11AM – 11PM
Spend the day with the fam at the Edison Fall Family Spectacular featuring eight blocks of fun – two stages of live entertainment, a professional wrestling ring, food courts, a Kids Korner, carnival games, face painting, and a beer garden. Will you have a grilled cheese, empanada, or some Thai food?
1101 Amboy Ave
Edison, NJ 08837
Wizards, Witches, and Wands Festival
September 22, 10AM – 5PM
Whether you, your kids, or the hubs love Harry Potter, now is the time to celebrate it. This is a town wide event that features awesome activities like House Sorting, Broom and wand making, potions classes, photo ops, Quidditch lessons, and a Quidditch tournament. Grab your wand for this wizardly event.
1 S. Main Street
Mullica Hill, NJ 08062
Cost: Some spots require wristbands, $10, Kids 4 and under free
Rahway Culture Crawl Festival
September 22, 1PM – 6PM
The Rahway Culture Crawl Festival is a “one-day explosion of arts,culture, and music,” – and we’re sure it’s not one to miss. It’s an art-based event that features live performances, interactive art, scultpture, and video. Bonus: for just $8 a person you and the fam can compete in a scavenger hunt competition.
Downtown District of Rahway, NJ
11th Annual Green Day Festival
September 23, 12PM – 4PM
Spend the day in the beautiful Hammonton Lake Park for Green Day. This day is fun, inspiring and educational for the kids – it’s time to learn about the local environment and sustainability of Hammonton. Don’t worry there’s food trucks, live animals, outdoor activities, and canoeing too.
Hammonton Lake Park
Hammonton, NJ 08037
Apple Festival at Happy Day Farm
September 22-23, 10AM – 5PM
Eat all things apple at Happy Day Farm’s Apple Festival. The leaves have changed and fall is officially upon us which means apple picking, pumpkin picking, corn mazes, hayrides, and pig races – and you can do all of this and more at this festival. Apple cider doughnut, anyone?
106 Iron Ore Rd.
Manalapan, NJ 07726
Cost: $14, Children under 2 free
Irish Fall Festival North Wildwood
September 20 at 12PM – September 23 at 3PM
Get lucky at North Wildwood’s Irish Fall Festival. There are bands and artists playing music all day long alongside other vendors and tons of food. There’s a beer garden, a 5K run, and even free Irish dance lessons – it’s time to put your dancin’ pants on.
Anglesea, NJ 08260
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