15 Things To Do This Weekend in NJ Sept 23 – 25


Shop the best artisan craftsmen and vendors at the Asbury Park Fall Bazaar or the Hoboken Arts & Music Festival, welcome Autumn with open arms at Festifall in Westfield, or make your taste buds smile at the Roseland Greek Festival. These celebrations, and so many more, are bound to make this weekend memorable for families across New Jersey.

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


1. 7th Annual Hamilton Park BBQ Festival
September 24, 2016 | 12:00PM – 6:00PM
“Hamilton Park BBQ Festival is an Annual Event in September at Hamilton Square, Jersey City. Full of BBQ, vendors, live bands, fun and excitement, it is NOT to be missed!”
Hamilton Park Conservancy
232 Pavonia Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07302
Cost: Free

2. Hoboken Fall Arts & Music Festival
September 25, 2016 | 11:00AM – 6:00PM
“3 stages of live music featuring performances by Leon Russell, The Amazing Incredibles, Swingadelic, Jeremy Beck & the Heavy Duty Horns, Zydeco Revelators, Mya Hansen, Preschool of Rock, Frankie Morales & the Mambo of the Times Orchestra, Jason Didner & the Jungle Gym Jam, Chrissy Roberts and much more. Over 300 artists, crafters, photographers, food vendors & local businesses participate. Kid’s activities on 3rd St. including: rides, games, face painting, and more.”
94 Washington St, Hoboken, NJ 07030
Cost: Free

3. Mercer County Italian American Festival
September 23 – 25, 2016 | Friday 3:00PM – 11:00PM, Saturday 12:00PM – 11:00PM, Sunday 12:00PM – 9:00PM
“Named one of New Jersey’s Best Fall Festivals by CBS New York, this annual celebration of Italian and Italian American culture features two stages of entertainment; a Food Piazza; wine and beer cafes; amusement rides; bocce; fireworks(Saturday); Italian Market; artists; crafters; and cultural displays and presentations.”
Mercer County Park
1658 Old Trenton Road, West Windsor, New Jersey 08550
Cost: $5 adult, $4 seniors, kids 12 and under free

4. 19th Century Fall Harvest Festival
September 24, 2016 | 11:00AM – 4:00PM
“The Harvest has been gathered and now it is time for the families of the Howell Iron Works to relax. Harvest festivals take place the world over. They usually fall near the Harvest Moon, the closest full moon to the autumnal equinox. It is a time of merriment, eating, music, contests of strength, games, and romance. Please join us in celebrating the harvest, bring your sweetheart and try your hand at cider pressing, games, dancing, and much more!”
The Historic Village at Allaire
4263 Atlantic Ave, Farmingdale, NJ 07727
Cost: Adults are $5, Children ages 5-12 years old are $3. Wagon Rides additional cost $7 adults, $5 children


5. Princeton Children’s Book Festival
September 24, 2016 | 11:00AM – 4:00PM
“Our community is one that loves the library and loves books. The Princeton Children’s Book Festival is a celebration of this pairing. This well-attended event continues to grow yearly and promises something for everyone. Here, you may meet your favorite author or illustrator, listen to them discuss their work, have a book autographed, or just have the opportunity to talk to them about their inspirations.”
Princeton Public Library
65 Witherspoon St, Princeton, NJ 08542
Cost: Free



6. Oktoberfest at Mountain Creek
September 24 – 25, 2016 | Saturday 11:00AM – 9:00PM, Sunday 11:00AM – 6:00PM
“Get your lederhosen out for the #1 Oktoberfest in the Northeast on September 24th and 25th! Feast on delicious foods paired with authentic german beer. Kick up your heels to 18-time Grammy Award-Winner Jimmy Sturr & his orchestra plus a variety of special guests.”
Mountain Creek
200 State RT 94, Vernon, NJ 07462
Cost: General Admission $7, 5 years & under is free.

7. Matawan Day and Food Festival
September 24, 2016 | 12:00PM – 5:00PM
“Matawan Day and Food Festival attracts thousands of people to Matawan’s Main Street where families enjoy the expereince of tasting the wonderful variety of foods, seeing the talents of local crafters and artisans and meeting businesses invested in the community. They will also enjoy free rides and entertainment.”
201 Broad St, Matawan, NJ 07747
Cost: Free

8. Tot Tours: Tropical Birds
September 23, 2016 | 10:00AM – 10:45AM
“Learn about parrots and other tropical birds and make a “pet” parrot. Tot Tours are fun and enriching programs for children ages 2-5 and their caregivers. Activities include story time or a mini gallery program and an art project. Tours run 30-40 minutes and begin promptly at 10:00AM. The Museum opens early for this program. Advance registration is required, as space is limited. To register, please visit www.morrismuseum.org/tot-tours.”
Morris Museum
6 Normandy Heights Road, Morristown, NJ 07960
Cost: $10 adult, $7 child, Free for museum members

9. Asbury Park Fall Bazaar
September 24 – 25, 2016 | 12:00PM – 6:00PM
“Join us for weekend-long celebration of local art, music, makers, and summer in Asbury Park! On Saturday & Sunday, September 24-25th from noon to 5 pm, the Asbury Park Bazaar will feature 40+ artisan and independent vendors selling handmade, vintage items, art, photography, jewelry, home goods, handmade furniture, food, and more in the Grand Arcade of Convention Hall in Asbury Park. Indian Summer will feature amazing DJs and bands, including headliner The Dean Ween Group, performing on the North Beach at Anchor’s Bend, in the Grand Arcade, and The Overlook at Asbury Park Convention Hall. On Saturday evening, grab a blanket or chair and head to a bonfire on the beach while listening to live music during Indian Summer. On Sunday, join us for yoga and brunch at The Anchor’s Bend and shopping at the Asbury Park Fall Bazaar from noon to 5 pm.”
Asbury Park Convention Hall
1300 Ocean Ave, Asbury Park, NJ 07712
Cost: Free

10. Fun Fore All Family Mini Golf
September 24, 2016 | 5:30PM – 7:30PM
“Join us for an afternoon of family fun at Essex County Safari Mini Golf. Celebrate the beginning of the Fall with this family fun event at the Safari Mini Golf, an award winning 19 hole course. Putt around a life size gorilla, hippo and other African creatures with the Montclair Deltas on Saturday, September 24th from 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM.”
Essex County Safari Mini Golf
9 Cherry Lane, West Orange, NJ 07052
Cost: Teens & Adults $20, 12 and under $15


11. 3rd Annual 5K Rook Run
September 25, 2016 | 10:00AM – 12:00PM
“Rook Coffee has once again partnered with The Valerie Fund to present The 3rd Annual 5K Rook Run. The 5K will take place on Sunday, September 25th at 10 a.m. at the Great Lawn section of the Long Branch Boardwalk. All proceeds will benefit The Valerie Fund, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization which provides care and support for children with cancer and blood disorders.”
Great Lawn Beach, Long Branch, NJ 07740
Cost: $35

12. Festifall in Westfield
September 25, 2016 | 10:00AM – 5:00PM
“FestiFall will turn Downtown Westfield into a marketplace of more than 300 vendors, crafters, artists and delicious festival foods. Come enjoy the non-stop music, children’s rides and activities. It’s a fun day for the whole family. Admission is FREE!”
Downtown Westfield
Elm, Quimby & Broad Streets, Westfield, NJ 07090
Cost: Free


13. 5th Annual Roseland Greek Festival
September 23 – 25, 2016 | Friday 11:30AM – 11:00PM, Saturday 12:00PM – 12:00AM, Sunday 12:00PM – 7:00PM
Celebrate all things Greek with an action-packed weekend of cultural experiences from music and dance to the best Greek food in the state. Families of all ages will find all kinds of activities including cooking demonstrations, boutiques, games, dance performances, live greek music, children’s crafts, raffles, church tours, yarn spinning demonstration, face painting, and more. Choose the tastiest treats like grilled octopus, gyro in pita, moussaka, greek salads, and so much more.
Ss Nicholas, Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church
80 Laurel Ave, Roseland, New Jersey 07068
Cost: $2, Children 12 and under are free


14. Arts in the Park
September 25, 2016 | 11:30AM – 4:30PM
“Join Main Street Highland Park for the 12th annual Arts in the Park street festival, juried art show, and arts and crafts sale in downtown Highland Park, New Jersey. The festival draws thousands of art enthusiasts and visitors from around the region to stroll through downtown Highland Park and enjoy artistic offerings, live music and other entertainment, food from local restaurants, children’s activities, promotional booths, and much more. Artists, crafters, performers, and vendors are invited to participate. Participants in the juried art show display and sell their work under tents along Raritan Avenue.”
212 Raritan Ave, Highland Park, NJ
Cost: Free

15. Red Bank Guinness Oyster Festival
September 25, 2016 | 12:00PM – 7:00PM
“Join us for a full day of Live Music, amazing seafood, tons of Guinness and great vendors!”
White Street Parking Lot
25 White St, Red Bank, NJ 07701
Cost: $10 for ages 10 and over

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


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!