15 Festivals This Weekend, October 5-8


This weekend dance the night away with traditional Greek daning at the Greek Agora Festival in Cherry Hill, “shellabrate” oysters at the LBT Oyster Shellabration in Long Beach Township, and travel back to colonial times at the 1770’s Festival in Basking Ridge.

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Here are 15 festivals around New Jersey this weekend:

Greek Agora Food Festival
October 4 – 7, 10AM – 1AM, Sunday 10AM – 11PM

Celebrate the best way we all know how – with food, dancing, and music at this legendary festival in Cherry Hill. The Greeks want you to celebrate their rich culture and artists heritage at this four-day fest featuring traditional Greek food, delicious wines, and cultural activities.
615 Mercer St.
Cherry Hill, NJ 08002
Cost: free

LBI FLY International Kite Festival
October 5 12PM, October 6-8 10AM – 4PM

Spread your wings and soar over the beach at LBI Fly’s International Kite Festival. The weekend is jam-packed with kite demos and displays, learn how to fly workshops, kite-making, indoor competitions, and professional kite shows. Your littles will love watching their favorite animals, shapes, and colors fly high in the sky.
Main Kite Field located on streets 6th – 16th
Ship Bottom, NJ
Cost: free, special events: Friday Night Indoor Fly, Sunday Night Fly ($2 per person over the age of 12), and Kids Kite Making ($6)

Famous Food Market in Jersey City 
October 6, 11AM – 7PM
The special event on October 6th is the Lutze Empower Women’s Rising Fundraiser. This includes a Breast Cancer Awareness Farmers Market and food festival featuring yoga and cooking classes and women-owned food vendors. Girl power!
3 2nd St.
Jersey City, NJ
Cost: free

Fall Festival at Bast Brothers
October 6, 10AM – 3PM
Visit the Bast Brothers Garden Center for their annual fall festival which features local vendors, food trucks, a bouncy house for kids, plenty of crafters and artisans, and plant specials. Shop jewelry, soaps, gifts, and more.
Bast Brothers Garden Center
Mullica Hill, NJ
Cost: free

The 24th Annual Fall Forestry Festival
October 6, 10AM – 3PM
The 24th Annual Fall Forestry Festival is a free, family friendly event that includes fall fun like nature walks, maple sugaring, crafts, forestry displays, crafts, and education information about protecting our forests. If you have a little outdoorsy explorer on your hands, be sure to check out this event. 
370 East Veterans Hwy,
Jackson, NJ
Cost: free

West Cape May Lima Bean Festival
October 6, 9AM
West Cape May calls it the lowly legume, but it could be your favorite legume or become your favorite legume at this festival. There’s an insane amount of products, recipes, and crafts available all made with the lima bean, makes for a relaxing afternoon in beautiful and serene West Cape May.
Wilbraham Park
West Cape May, NJ
Cost: free

Atlantic Highlands Oktoberfest
October 6, 2PM – 9PM
If traveling to Munich, Germany isn’t in your cards this year, why not celebrate Germany, it’s fun atmosphere and good beer in the Atlantic Highlands? Dress your littles up in traditional German garb for the Costume Contest, watch the Stein Holding Contest, and enjoy the many varieties of beer.
Veterans Memorial Park
Highlands, NJ
Cost: free, parking is free

LBT Oyster Shellabration
October 6, 12PM – 6PM
How much do you love oysters? The first annual “Shellabration” in Long Beach Township will include oysters, beer, wine, food, oyster shucking, music, and plenty of games and activities for the kids. 
Bayview Park
Long Beach Township, NJ
Cost: free

New Jersey VegFest
October 6 -7, 11AM – 5PM
Coined as a “celebration of the good food and the good people of the Garden State,” the New Jersey VegFest is the biggest vegan food festival in New Jersey, featuring speakers, chef demos, panels, and vendors like GoGo squeeZ, Hoboken Farms, and Bunny Treats all day long. Bonus: You’ll meet lots of other moms and families that live vegan lifestyles too.
Meadowlands Expo Center
Secaucus, NJ
Cost: $10-$15

Wildwood Seafood and Music Festival
October 6, 11AM – 8PM
A South Jersey favorite, this festival features two stages of live music for all your dancing needs, arts and crafts, games, food trucks galore, a relaxing beer garden, and a pie eating contest. The “Kids Korner” features pumpkin painting, hat making, and bounce houses.
Atlantic Ave, between Wildwood and Schellenger Ave.
Wildwood, NJ
Cost: free

The 29th Annual Cranberry Festival
October 6 – 7, 11AM – 5PM
Over 150 artists and artisans, crafters and makers, will line Farnsworth Ave. and join Bordentown’s own unique shops and restaurants, in offering one of a kind, handmade, vintage, and upcycled treats to nourish both the heart and the home. Shop til’ you drop, dance to live music, relax in the beer garden, and bring the kids to the Kids Zone. 
Farnsworth Ave,
Bordentown, NJ
Cost: free

Festival Cultural Latino
October 7, 2PM – 5PM
Stroll through Hinds Plaza in Princeton to experience the rick culture of Latin America. It’s an afternoon of traditional Latino music, traditional dancing, cultural dishes, and crafts. The plaza will be transformed into a mercado of local artisans.
Hinds Plaza
Princeton, NJ
Cost: free

1770’s Festival
October 7, 11:30AM – 4:30PM 
At the Environmental Education Center in Basking Ridge, you and the family can step back in time as exhibitors and militias recreate colonial life on the site of Lord Stirling’s Manor. This event is a great way for kids to learn about colonial times, the lifestyles they lived, and the importance of New Jersey’s role in the American Revolution. They’ll love the actors and actresses, costumes, and “time travel.”
Environmental Education Center
Basking Ridge, NJ
Cost: suggested donation of $5

Third Annual Lincoln Black Label Car & Bike Show
October 7, 10AM – 4PM
If you’re looking for a fun free event to attend with the family, check out a black label car show in Wayne. Drool over vintage cars, motorcycles, and trucks, enjoy live music, get gluttonous at the food trucks, and shop various vendors. Did somebody say Rolls Royce?
 1910 RT 23 N
Wayne, NJ
Cost: free

Asbury Park Punk Rock Flea Market
October 7, 10AM – 5PM
Do you have a little punk rocker on your hands? Head over to the Punk Rock Flea Market for vinyl, music, vintage clothing, artwork, handmade jewelry and unique creations from over 125 vendors. All day long the event showcases local DJs and bands to keep you rockin’ while you shop.
Convention Hall
Asbury Park, NJ
Cost: free


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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.