15 Kid-Friendly Festivals: October 12-14

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This weekend, find the best pumpkin on The Great Pumpkin Train in Phillipsburg, celebrate your Irish and Scottish heritage at Kilt Fest in Bordentown, and float in a canoe on the Rahway River at the Family Float Festival in Eastampton.

Psst! 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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Here are 15 kid-friendly festivals around New Jersey this weekend:

New Jersey Botanical Garden Harvest Fest
October 13-14, 10AM – 5PM
What’s cooler than a harvest fest in NJ? A harvest fest in the New Jersey Botanical Garden. This harvest fest celebrates with pumpkin painting, hayrides, face painting, games, and activities for your littles. You’ll enjoy live music and dancing, the beer garden, an autumn plant sale, free garden tours, and plenty of opportunities for photo ops.
New Jersey Botanical Garden
Ringwood, NJ
Cost: free, parking is $5

Family Float Festival
October 14, 9AM – 2PM
It’s time to float with the family in Smithville Park. The Family Float Festival wants you to grab a canoe or kayak and float along the Rancocas Creek or Smithville Lake to enjoy the beautiful fall foliage NJ has to offer. Shuttles are provided to bring you back to Smithville Park for food, entertainment, and kids activities.
Historic Smithville Park
Eastampton, NJ 
Cost: free

South Jersey Pumpkin Show Festival
October 12 – 14
With endless amounts of family activities, food, live entertainment and wine sampling for the adults, everyone will have a blast at this fest. Your littles will love free pumpkins, trick or treat bags, a pumpkin show, hay rides, pony rides, the Boo Barn, costume contests, and the Great Pumpkin Weight Off on Sunday.
Salem County Fairgrounds
Woodstown, NJ
Cost: free, parking is $5

Haunted Orchards at Demarest Farm
October 11 – 13, 18 – 20, 25 – 27
It’s time to get spooky at Demarest Orchards. Head over to experience some bone-chilling haunted houses and hayrides. You’ll be visitin the Forgotten Graveyard deep in the forest…spooky! Good news, pumpkin picking is open too.
Demarest Farm
Hillsdale, NJ
Cost: $25

Annual Apple Festival at Kirby’s Mill
October 13, 9AM – 4PM
Celebrate fall and all things apple with over 100 craft vendors, food, music, the Kirby’s Mill Water Wheel and Grinding Stone. Bring your kids to the bounce houses before they eat their apple cider donuts.
Kirby’s Mill
Medford, NJ
Cost: free

8th Annual Rubber Ducky Race
October 14, 4PM – 5:30PM 
Now’s your chance to attend the rubber ducky race held every year in beautiful Sperry Park. Over one-thousand individually numbered rubber ducks will be released in the Rahway River and tumble over the falls racing to the finish line at the North Union Ave Bridge. The fastest ducks win prizes. All proceeds benefit Hanson Park maintenance and educational programs.
Sperry Park
Cranford, NJ
Cost: free

PrincetonKIDS Family Fun Day
October 13, 11AM – 4PM
Feel the buzz at this annual event which features live entertainment, balloon twisting, face painting, glitter tattoos, mascots, giveaways, activities, and tons of crafts for you and your littles.
Quaker Bridge Mall
Lawrenceville, NJ
Cost: free

The Great Pumpkin Train
October 13 – 14, 20 – 21, 27 – 28
Trains leave at 11AM, 12:30PM, 2PM, 3:30PM
Looking for a quiet afternoon with the family? Take the kids on a scenic train ride along the Delaware River, enjoy the corn maze, and mine for gems at the Ol’ Susquehanna mine. Every train stops at the pumpkin patch and every child leaves with a pumpkin, hopefully a smile too.
Delaware River Railroad Excursions
Philipsburg, NJ
Cost: free

Beach Haven’s Fall Fest
October 13, 11AM – 5PM
Make your way to beautiful Beach Haven for the third annual fall fest featuring face painting, live music, your fall food favorties, a petting zoo, a pie eating contest, an apple pie baking contest, and plenty of fall and holiday merchandise to shop til’ you drop.
Engleside Ave
Beach Haven, NJ
Cost: free

Sussex County’s 9th Annual Harvest, Honey, and Garlic Festival
October 13, 10AM – 4PM
This family event features fresh local products like honey, garlic, produce, cheese, and wine. There’s plenty of garlic to shop and enjoy provided by the Garden State Garlic Growers, and you’ll learn more than you know now about bees with the Sussex County Beekeepers Association.
Sussex County Fairgrounds
Augusta, NJ
Cost: free

Pupstock
October 13, 12PM – 8PM
Five acres of fun, food, dogs and adoptions, Pupstock is a day dedicated to our four-legged friends and their parents to have fun.  Join in on fun dog activity zones, adoptions, art, food trucks, and music to benefit Father John’s Animal House. Bonus: Yappy Hour goes on all day in the Biergarten for the grown-ups.
The Fields at Waterloo
Stanhope, NJ
Cost: Kids 10 & under are free, $15 in advance,  $18 day of event

Fabulous ’50s & Beyond 15th Anniversary Celebration
October 12 – 13
Bring the family to the free street fair all day Saturday including tons of food vendors, classic cars, crafts, a Doo Wop Bus Tour, and live entertainment. Party it up on Friday night at a dance party with the legendary band, The Cameos. It’s a fun day to step back in time.
Wildwood, NJ
Cost: free

Kilt Fest NJ
October 13 – 14, 10AM – 7PM
Enjoy a mash-up of food, live entertainment, vendors, and tons of Celtic men wearing kilts. Kilt Fest celebrates the cultures of the Celts and the Gaels – but is inviting everyone! Special features include kids Highland Games, a kilt run, a fictional medieval battle your littles will gush over, kilt contests, and bagpipers. Listen to great Irish and Scottish bands while you enjoy Celtic craft brews from local breweries.
Liberty Lake
Bordentown, NJ
Cost: $15, $10 ages 5 to 12

Life in the City Unity Day
October 13, 12PM – 4PM
If you’re local to the Egg Harbor City area, this event is perfect for you. It was created to help bring the community together. This event features food vendors, kid-friendly games, and live entertainment – designed to bring everyone together.
Abundant Life Worship Center Church
Egg Harbor City, NJ
Cost: free

DiDonato’s Trick-or-Treat Train
October 13 – 14, 20 – 21, 27 – 28, 1PM – 6PM
Your little ghouls and goblins will love this train ride that’s geared towards the entire family. Each ticket receives a train ride through little-goblin friendly Halloween town, face painting, a hay maze, pumpkin patch, bowling, and a free round of 3D indoor glow-in-the-dark mini golf.
DiDonato Family Fun Center
Hammonton, NJ
Cost: $12.95

Psst! 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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