15 Things To Do This Weekend in NJ Sept 16 – 18


The school year is starting out strong this September in New Jersey, and we’re celebrating with a weekend of fun, family activities across the state. Take a free music together class at Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank with your little ones, celebrate apple and pumpkin season with you-pick opportunities and specialty items at Oasis Family Farm’s Apple Festival in Robbinsville, or catch a free weekend of live music from students of every age and level at the Lakehouse Music Academy Big Gig at The Stone Pony in Asbury Park.

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




1. Free Music Class Together
September 16, 2016 | 10:45AM – 11:30AM
“Bring your little ones (from birth through age 5) and join us for 45 minutes of pure musical fun! Come enjoy singing and dancing with your children as you support their natural love of music through exposure to our research based Music Together curriculum. Information will be provided about our upcoming fall session and all participants will leave with a free musical gift! Space is limited and advanced registration is required.”
Count Basie Theatre
99 Monmouth St, Red Bank, NJ 07701
Cost: Free


2. Lakehouse Music Academy’s The Big Gig
September 16 – 18, 2016 | Friday 6:00PM – 10:15PM, Saturday 10:00AM – 11:00PM, Sunday 10:00AM – 10:00PM
“Lakehouse Music Academy presents THE BIG GIG at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ! In this three-day showcase, see what our Cadets Plus, Get Started, Core, and Adult Night Session bands have been working on during our Summer semester.”
The Stone Pony
913 Ocean Ave, Asbury Park, NJ 07712
Cost: Free

3. Late Summer Flea Market
September 17, 2016 | 8:00AM – 3:00PM
“Hunt for hidden treasures amid furniture, books, art work, bottles, knick knacks, and so much more! The event runs from 8-3pm. $1 admission for adults, children and members of the Historic Village at Allaire are free.”
The Historic Village at Allaire
4263 Atlantic Ave, Farmingdale, NJ 07727
Cost: $1 Adults, Children and Members are free.

4. Art in the Garden Farmers Market
September 17, 2016 | 10:00AM – 4:00PM
“We will be featuring over 50 artists showcasing watercolor and acrylic painters, jewelers, potters, photographers, and illustrators as well as others with unique and creative ways of expression. Additionally, there will be music, a farm market offering seasonal products and more! Stroll our grounds and enjoy the seasonal plants and pumpkins while appreciating the artistic creations surrounding you.”
Calgo Gardens
462 Adelphia RdFreehold, NJ 07728
Cost: Free


5. Festival of the Sea
September 17, 2016 | 10:00AM – 7:00PM
Spend your Saturday at one of New Jersey’s top rated seafood festivals. “Of course it is not just about seafood, taste a wide selection of different foods and deserts. Music all afternoon and plenty of seating. Our rain date will be September 18th, 2016.”
Arnold and Bay Avenues, Downtown Point Pleasant Beach, NJ 08742
Cost: Free



6. Apple Festival
September 17 – 18, 2016 | 10:30AM – 4:00PM
This is an “apple-icious” event featuring local apples for sale, Solebury Orchards cider for sale, Solebury Orchards apple sauce for sale, apple cider donuts, fresh baked apple & apple carmel pies, apple caramel loaf breads, homemade apple pie ice cream, caramel and candy apples, apple butter & apple jelly, apple pie eating contest, and free game activities for the kids. Also take advantage of you-pick pumpkins.
Oasis Family Farm
3 Circle Dr, Robbinsville, NJ 08691
Cost: Free

7. 6th Annual All About Downtown Street Fair
September 17, 2016 – 11:00AM – 6:00PM
“The Annual All About Downtown Street Fair began in 2011 featuring over a hundred vendors selling all sorts of products ranging from handmade jewelry to one of a kind art work, 10+ of the top Food Trucks in the tri-state area and all sorts of fun for the family. In 2015 this event brought over 30,000 into our downtown corridor with 2016 gearing up to be the best year yet!”
Newark Ave between Barrow & Grove Streets, Jersey City, NJ 07302
Cost: Free

8. San Gennaro Festival
September 17 – 18, 2016 | 11:00AM – 6:00PM
Featuring local food and craft vendors, live music, eating contests and more opportunities for family fun!
Between 10th and 13th Avenues, Belmar, NJ 07719
Cost: Free


9. Food Trucktoberfest
September 17, 2016 | 11:30AM – 5:30PM
“All of your favorite Food Trucks are back as some of the best mobile eateries in New Jersey return for one last party before the end of the season. Enjoy everything from hot dogs, to BBQ, to lobster rolls, to fried oreos. And wash everything down with one of our Oktoberfest beer selections from our German beer garden. It’ll be a long, food-truck-less winter. So bring the friends and family to Food Trucktoberfest at Monmouth Park.”
Monmouth Park Racetrack
175 Oceanport Ave, Oceanport, NJ 07757
Cost: General Parking $5, General Admission $5, Children 12 and under always free.

10. Oysterfest at Hoboken
September 17, 2016 | 12:00PM – 10:00PM
“An oysterfest with selections from oyster farms ranging from the Pacific to the Atlantic. Food from many NJ and NY restaurants. A music festival with over 8 live acts plus DJs. Featuring Plain White Ts, Icona Pop, Nico & Vinz, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah and more acts to be announced. A beer festival with crafted beers from all over, select cocktails and wines. A roaring good time set against the perfect backdrop of the Manhattan skyline.”
Pier A
100 Frank Sinatra Drive, Hoboken, NJ 07030
Cost: General Admission $53.75, Reserved Seating $100

11. Valenzano Wine Festival
September 17 – 18, 2016 | 12:00PM – 3:00PM
“New Jerseys favorite wine and music festival is ramping up for its 15th year. Each year Valenzano Winery makes this event bigger, better, more fun, more comfortable and more entertaining. Each year they get many visitors who say it can’t get much better – come see them rise to the challenge.”
Valenzano Winery
1090 Route 206, Shamong, NJ 08088
Cost: General Admission $20, 14 years and under free.

12. Irish Festival at the Jersey Shore
September 17, 2016 | 12:00PM – 6:00PM
“The festival features two stages of music all day in addition to ceili and traditional music in the Heritage areas. Great Food, Music, Step Dancers, Bag Pipers, Beer Garden, Shopping Village. Even after you have listened to the great music and took in the cultural exhibits, there’s still more to do. Stroll through the lanes of vendors and shop for the finest Irish jewelry, gifts, clothing, and other unique goods to find that perfect item. Grab a delicious corned beef sandwich, fish & chips, or other festival favorites to enjoy with an ice cold pint of beer. See the smiles on all of the kid’s faces as they enjoy the rides and activities in the children’s area.”
National Guard Training Center
100 Camp Dr, Manasquan, NJ 08750
Cost: $7 Advanced Tickets, $10 At The Gate, Children Under 12 Free


13. Corvette Show
September 18, 2016 | 12:00PM – 3:00PM
If your little ones are vehicle lovers, head on down to the Ocean City Boardwalk to peruse some of the best Corvettes in the area. Meet the owners and take advantage of cute photo opps, all with the sea breeze and beautiful views at your fingertips.
Ocean City Boardwalk, Ocean City, NJ 08226
Cost: Free

14. Peppa Pig Live
September 18, 2016 | 2:00PM – 4:00PM
Peppa Pig’s Big Splash is an action-packed live show featuring your favorite characters as life size puppets and costume characters! Come join Peppa, George, Mummy Pig, Daddy Pig, and more in an all singing, all-dancing adventure full of songs, games, and muddy puddles!”
State Theatre New Jersey
15 Livingston Ave, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Cost: $32 – $47

15. Pinelands Jazz Festival
September 18, 2016 | 2:00PM – 8:00PM
“South Jersey Music Education Partnership is please to announce that the 2016 Pinelands Jazz Festival will be back at the Y! The third annual Pinelands Jazz Festival will be held on Sunday, September 18th in the heart of the Pinelands at the over-century old Camp Ockanickon (ycamp.org) located among the Pines on beautiful Lake Stockwell in Medford, NJ. Tickets for the festival are only $20 and benefit South Jersey Music Education Partnership, a 501c3 nonprofit organization.”
8 Lexington Dr., Medford, NJ 08055
Cost: $20

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!