15 Things To Do This Weekend in NJ Oct 21 – 23


Enjoy hayrides and pumpkin painting at the Hoboken Harvest Festival, an amazing line-up of vendors at the Red Bank Artisan Festival, delectable treats and family fun at the Food Truck Takeover at Monmouth Beach Bathing Pavilion, and much more this weekend around New Jersey.

Don’t forget to hashtag #NJMOM and tag @njmomhq and your little cuties could be featured in our next photo round-up.

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Here are our top picks for family events in NJ this weekend:

1. Red Bank Artisan Festival
October 22, 2016 | 10:00AM – 5:00PM
“An amazing line-up of artisans showcasing a diversity and balance of artistic mediums. They are set to bring you an aesthetically fulfilling and enjoyable day with their wonderful creations. The 2016 ‘Red Bank Artisan Festival’ will also include, as demonstrations, a working forge, a mini flour mill, and a face-painter. The featured artist is Carl Pendergrass, of Red Bank, presenting and demonstrating his beautiful and renowned copper fountains. Rousing mid-day entertainment will be provided by the Alhambra Shrine’s Highlander Pipes and Drums, and there will be food and drink on site.
Unaka Street, Red Bank, NJ 07701
Cost: Free

2. Clifton Downtown Street Fair
October 22, 2016 | 10:00AM – 5:00PM
“The Clifton Downtown Economic Development Group is holding its Semi Annual Street Fair.  The event will be held along Main Ave. from Washington Ave. to Hadley Ave.  We would like to invite local civic and non-profit organizations and merchants to become a part of this event. The street will be transformed into a giant town block party. There will be merchandise vendors, crafters, kiddie rides, great food, pony rides, and a DJ with Karaoke & entertainment all day. We are expecting to attract thousands of people from the community and other neighboring towns. We hope that you’ll consider joining us and we look forward to seeing you. ”
Main Avenue, Clifton, NJ 07055
Cost: Free


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3. Hoboken Harvest Festival
October 22, 2016 | 11:00AM – 3:00PM
“Free activities including: Pony Rides, Petting Zoo, Pumpkin Painting, Hayrides, a Trackless Train, Music, a Hay Maze, Face Painting, a Moonwalk, Sand Art Craft Activities, Puffy the Dragon, Balloons & more. Food vendors will offer tasty delights for purchase.”
Pier A Park
100 Sinatra Drive, Hoboken, NJ 07030
Cost: Free

4. Fall Festival & Pooch Parade
October 22, 2016 | 11:00AM – 4:00PM
“The Long Branch Fall Festival & Pooch Parade will be held on Saturday, October 22, 2016 from 11 AM – 4 PM at Pier Village! Fun for the whole family…even the furry members! Join us for these awesome activities: Costumed Pooch Parade at 1PM, Bouncy Rides, Touch-A-Truck, Scarecrow Building Contest, Fishing Contest, Arts & Crafts, and much more!”
Pier Village
23 Ocean Avenue, Long Branch, NJ 07740
Cost: Free

5. LBI Fall Festival
October 22, 2016 | 11:00AM – 5:00PM
“Save the date for the 2nd Annual Fall Festival in Beach Haven, sponsored by the LBI Historical Association. Live music, activities for the kids, delicious food, tasty fall beer, wine and more!”
Veteran’s Bicentennial Park
Beach Haven, NJ 08008
Cost: Free


Photo via 3rd Earth Cosplay

6. 3rd Earth Cosplay Fall Festival
October 22, 2016 | 11:00AM – 7:00PM
“This event to celebrate the sensation known as Cosplay in a family friendly environment right around time for Halloween! Come join us for, Cosplay Contests, Musical Performances, Food Trucks, Artist Alley Vendors, Crafts for Kids and much, much more.”
300 John F Kennedy Dr, Middlesex, NJ 08846
Cost: Free

7. Kearny Food Trucktoberfest
October 22, 2016 | 1:00PM – 8:00PM
“We have invited the Montclair Art Museum to bring the MAM Art Truck for some hands on art activities for the whole family. Also, we have Plastercraft of Kearny who will be setting up a ready to paint plaster activity center for all. This is all in addition to bounce houses, climbing rock walls, and more.”
300 Belgrove Drive, Kearny, NJ 07032
Cost: Free


8. 3rd Annual Touch-a-Truck & Bon Fire Beach Party
October 22, 2016 | 3:00PM – 9:00PM
“Join us for the 3rd Annual Touch-A-Truck and Bonfire Beach Party at the 4th Avenue Beach.. Touch-A-Truck will include all DPW, Fire, First Aid, and Police vehicles as well as face painting and sand art. The bonfire will have free hotdogs with all of the fixings and s’mores. Bring your own chair or blankets for your family. New this year, FIREWORKS!! at dusk.”
601 Main St, Belmar, NJ 07719
Cost: Free

9. Spooktacular Halloween Egg Hunts on the Farm
October 22-23, 2016 | 10:00AM, 11:00AM, 1:00PM, 2:00PM & 3:00PM
“This Halloween, treat your kids to something REALLY sweet at Oasis Family Farm! Every little ghost, goblin, and creature of night, loves to come in costume and go batty searching for ghoulish Halloween eggs, filled with boo-licious bites! So, be sure to come dressed up in your favorite costume. Not-so-scary Halloween fun, activities, and music are our tricks. So, reserve your time and date, but you better hurry, before it’s too late!  It’s going to be fantastic! We hope you fly in for the hunt!”
Oasis Family Farm
3 Circle Dr, Robbinsville, NJ 08691
Cost: $7 per participant, Adults and non-participants are free.


10. Fall Flea Market
October 23, 2016 | 8:00AM – 2:00PM
“The BlueClaws Annual Fall Flea Market will have variety of over 150 vendors right here in our very own parking lot. Crafts, second hand items, antiques, and much more! Food will be available, and we will have inflatables open for the kids as well!”
FirstEnergy Park
2 Stadium Way, Lakewood, NJ 08701
Cost: Free

11. Tabernacle Community Fall Festival
October 23, 2016 | 9:00AM – 4:00PM
Join us at the Second Annual Tabernacle Community Fall Festival for an array of kid-friendly activities including Touch-a-Truck, Face Painting, Pumpkin Painting, Kids Games, Inflatable Slide, National Guard Rock Climbing Wall, Cub Scout Ninja Warrior Course, Dunk Tank, Temporary Tattoos, Inflatable Football Goal Challenge, Backyard Battles Laser Tag. Grab breakfast or lunch at one of the many food truck options, and visit dozens of local vendors.
Seneca High School
110 Carranza Rd, Tabernacle, NJ 08088
Cost: Free


12. Fall Asbury Park Punk Rock Flea Market (Kid-Friendly!)
October 23, 2016 | 10:00AM – 4:00PM
“The Asbury Park Punk Rock Flea Market features a huge variety of vendors including thousands of vinyl records carrying everything from punk, metal, jazz, soul, funk, reggae, and all other genres, local artists, vegan foods, memorabilia from all genres of music, pins, jewelry, vintage clothes, toys, comics, and everything else you can possibly think of. We have DJ’s spinning vinyl all day, bands playing upstairs and a bar as well, but this is a very family-friendly environment. Bring the kid and get them some culture!”
Convention Hall
1300 Ocean Ave, Asbury Park, NJ 07712
Cost: $10 “early bird” entry at 10:00AM, $5 entry after 11:00AM

13. Fall Farmers Market
October 23, 2016 | 10:00AM – 4:00PM
“This is a seasonal open air market featuring locally grown, seasonal produce, flowers, honey, eggs, pickles, prepared foods, baked goods, pet treats, hand made items, and more.”
Borden’s Parking Lot
601 Arnold Avenue, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ 08742
Cost: Free

14. Autumn Craft Faire
October 23, 2016 | 10:00AM – 5:00PM
“Come out to the Valenzano Winery and share another afternoon of food, wine & crafts in our beautiful Grand Ballroom. Find that perfect present while you’re sipping the finest wines of the East Coast. We’re hosting a number of great artisan crafters, a variety of delicious wines and food provided by Best of Show Catering.”
Valenzano Winery
1090 Route 206, Shamong, NJ 08088
Cost: Free


15. Food Truck Takeover
October 23, 2016 | 1:00PM – 6:00PM
“The Monmouth Beach Policemen’s Benevolent Association Local #332 would like to invite you and your family to the first annual Food Truck Takeover at the Monmouth Beach Bathing Pavilion. This family friendly event will feature the best food trucks from the Jersey Shore, live music, kid’s bounce house, cornhole and a beer garden.”
Monmouth Beach Bathing Pavilion
29 Ocean Ave N, Monmouth Beach, NJ 07750
Cost: General Admission $5, Children under 12 are free. Beer garden wristbands are $20 online and $25 at the gate.


Don’t forget to hashtag #NJMOM and tag @njmomhq and your little cuties could be featured in our next photo round-up.


About Author

Chelsea is a freelance writer and photographer based in the kid-friendly community of Asbury Park, and she loves sharing tips and news about this cultural beach town with NJMOM readers. When she's not discovering new bike trails, playing in her handbell choir, or reading on the beach, Chelsea works as a Children's Library Associate at a public library. You can catch her out in Asbury Park watching her husband play drums with talented local artists - be sure to come say hello!