NJMOM is ready to say “hello!” to September by celebrating Labor Day Weekend with fun family activities across the state. Take home fresh, organic treats from the Morristown Farmers Market, explore the Kids Corner before a summertime lights show at the Bordentown End of Summer Fireworks Festival, or discover New Jersey’s best hand-made products by local artisans at Cape May’s Summer Send-Off Craft Show.
Here are our top picks for family events in NJ this weekend:
1. Boonton Fireman’s Labor Day Carnival & Parade
September 1 – 4, 2016| Thursday & Friday 6:00PM – 12:00AM, Saturday 1:30PM – 12:00AM, Sunday 3:00PM – 12:00AM
Carnival rides, great food, and lots of activities will help your family close out summer with a classic summer fair. Celebrate the Boonton Fire Department’s 125th birthday with nightly entertainment from live bands, and a full-fledged parade on Saturday at 1:30 at Boonton High School.
Boonton High School
306 Lathrop Ave, Boonton, NJ 07005
Cost: Free Admission, Carnival Wristbands $25 – $28
2. Delaware Valley Bluegrass Festival
September 2 – 4, 2016 | Friday 12:00PM – 11:00PM, Saturday 12:00PM – 11:30PM, Sunday 11:00AM – 6:00PM
Spend the weekend at one of summer’s last great New Jersey music festivals by seeing some of the nation’s best bluegrass, country, and blues artists at Delaware Valley Bluegrass Festival. Purchase a full weekend ticket and turn your concert-going experience into a music-filled camping excursion. Children 6-12 years old can sign up for Kids Academy to try their hand at fiddle, viola, mandolin, guitar, banjo, bass, or cello in a fun, festival environment.
Salem County Fairgrounds
735 Route 40, Pilesgrove Township, NJ 08098
Cost: Single Day Tickets $30-$55, Weekend Tickets $60-$110
3. Bordentown End of Summer Fireworks Festival
September 2, 2016 | 4:00PM – 10:00PM
End summer with a BANG! The Bordentown Foundation for Traditions presents the end of Summer Fireworks Festival featuring a free kids corner, local food vendors, a 50/50 raffle, and free giveaways. Bring the whole family to this community event and take advantage of good company and warm summer nights.
Joseph Lawrence Park
317 Ward Ave, Bordentown, New Jersey 08505
4. St. Joseph’s Italian Feast
September 2, 2016 | 6:00PM – 10:00PM
This Labor Day weekend marks 102 years of Lodi’s community tradition of St. Joseph’s Italian Feast. Food vendors, carnival rides, games of chance, and nightly entertainment will keep the whole family entertained. Labor Day concludes the celebration with a bi-lingual Italian American mass and processional.
St. Joseph’s Church
40 Spring St, Lodi, New Jersey 07644
5. 4th Annual Stop, Drop, & Roll Run/Walk
September 3, 2016 | 8:00AM – 10:00AM
Support the Barnegat Volunteer Fire Department by participating in this low-key family activity. Choose to run or walk one mile, 5K, or 10K – strollers are welcome! All participants are invited to enjoy refreshments at the end of the race to celebrate your participation.
Barnegat Municipal Dock
427 E Bay Ave, Barnegat, NJ 08005
Cost: 1 Mile $10, 5K $25, 10K $40
6. Hands-On History
September 3 – 4, 2016 | 10:00AM – 4:30PM
Kids of all ages will enjoy trying their hand at crafts from the 1800’s at Cape May’s Historic Cold Springs Village. Learn about blacksmithing, basketweaving, woodworking, and more. For each activity you complete, children will have their “PastPort” stamped to earn a free prize at the end of the day.
Historic Cold Springs Village
720 Route 9, Cape May, NJ 08204
Cost: Adults $12, Children 3-12 $10, Children 3 and under are free
7. Summer Send-Off Craft Show
September 3 – 4, 2016 | 10:00AM – 5:00PM
It has been an amazing summer of craft shows in New Jersey, but it’s not over until the Summer Send-Off Craft Show in Cape May. Only in this quaint beach town will you achieve true shopping bliss as you browse jewelry, fashion accessories, leather goods, water colors, fine art, and many more varieties of hand crafted goods.
643 Washington Street, Cape May, NJ 08204
8. Indo-American Fair
September 3 – 4, 2016 | 11:00AM – 7:00PM
Known as the “Best South Asian Fair in New Jersey,” the Indo-American Fair is an all-encompassing family weekend event featuring live entertainment, delicious Indian food, kids rides, shopping at wholesale rates, bollywood dance performances, singing, and cultural programs.
Mercer County Park
1638 Old Trenton Rd, Trenton, New Jersey 08550
9. Open Play, Petting Zoo, & Pony Rides
September 3, 2016 | 12:00PM – 3:00PM
This event hosted by Play Day Place in Forked River is a child’s dream day. Admission grants your little one access to Happy Trails Petting Zoo (featuring sheep, goats, rabbits, chickens, ducks, and a donkey), open play areas, and a pony ride! Additional pony rides can be purchased for only $2.50 each.
Play Day Place
695 Challenger Way, Unit 1, Forked River, New Jersey 08731
Cost: $14.99 plus tax per child
10. Fireworks at Tropicana Atlantic City
September 3, 2016 | 10:00PM – 11:00PM
If you haven’t seen Tropicana Hotel and Resort’s weekly fireworks show this summer, there is no better time than this weekend. Grab a beach blanket and some chairs, cuddle up with your loved ones, and enjoy the fireworks show with the ocean as your backdrop.
Tropicana Hotel and Resort
2831 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, NJ 08401
11. Morristown Farmers Market
September 4, 2016 | 8:30AM – 2:00PM
Visit the cultural hub of Morristown for this fantastic farmers market where you can find vegan and organic baked goods from Ester’s Treats, grasped beef, pork, goat, and lamb from Glenmalure Farm, natural specialty poultry pot pies from Griggstown Quail Farm, pickles, mushrooms, and olives from Pickle-Licious, and much more.
Spring & Morris St., Morristown, NJ 07960
12. Wildwood Block Party & Music Festival
September 4, 2016 | 11:00AM – 11:00PM
This free beachfront family festival includes crafts, games, rides, great food, and never-ending live entertainment featuring Brass Transit, The Blue Note, The Infernos, Purple Reign, Just In Time, and many more acts.
Ocean Ave between Burke & Montgomery Ave, Wildwood, NJ 08260
13. 2nd Annual Boardwalk Blast
September 4, 2016 | 12:00PM – 5:00PM
Nolan’s Point Boardwalk is the lovely location for this family event featuring food vendors, musical entertainment, activities for kids and parents alike, and local artisan vendors. Close out summer with a dreamy lakeside event with friends and family.
Live the Lake
Nolans Point Park Road, Lake Hopatcong, New Jersey 07849
14. Salu-salo: Community Picnic
September 4, 2016 | 12:00PM – 5:00PM
“Salu-salo,” meaning “a gathering or banquet” in Filipino is the perfect name for this community picnic and family day. Plenty of food, fun, and Filipino games will frame the day for new friends at this waterside park event.
Park Road, Bayonne, NJ 07002
15. Minecraft Day
September 4, 2016 | 2:00PM – 4:00PM
Back by popular demand! Admission offers your child a fantastic afternoon – make your own pizza and choose your toppings, make your sweet tooth happy with dessert, and have fun with fellow Minecraft enthusiasts during 60 minute gameplay. Take home your own Minecraft alarm clock at the end of this great event.
OMG MYO Pizza
4745 US Highway 9, Howell, New Jersey 07731
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