22 Kid-Friendly Things To Do This Weekend September 8-10

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September is heating up, and whether you’re team fall or team summer, we’ve got a bunch of things to do with the fam this weekend. Listen to the music and take in the Mummers strutting down the street at New Year’s in North Wildwood, eat zeppoles, go on rides and play games at the Italian Festival in Hoboken, and see how many sailboats you spot on the water at Sailfest in Island Heights. (Featured Photo Credit: Rotary of Toms River, Marie Daley

(Note: It’s always best to check ahead for in-person events.)

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Vintage Keepers Market
September 9-10 
The first ever Vintage Keepers Market will be coming your way this weekend. There will be vintage and antique booths, live entertainment, book signings, food, and more. Special early bird tickets are available for anyone looking to get the best finds.
Cost: Free
Johnson’s Locust Hall Farm, 2691 Monmouth Road, Jobstown, NJ 08041

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Dino Days Train Ride
September 16-17 at 10 AM and 2 PM
Have a little one who is obsessed with dinos? Take a ride back to the Jurassic Period and discover the magic of dinosaurs. There will be activities at The Mine including The Dinosaur Show, Meet and Greet with Dave the Dinosaur, and more.
Cost: $18 for children and $22 for adults
Delaware River Railroad Excursions, 38 Market Street, Phillipsburg, NJ 08865

The Hoboken Italian Festival
September 7-10
Looking for a fun way to spend the weekend? Look no further than the Annual Hoboken Italian Festival. There will be delicious food, live entertainment, and the Sunday “feast” day, where the Madonna of the Martyrs statue is carried through the town streets.
Cost: Free
332 Adams Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030

Movie Night: The Super Mario Bros Movie
September 8 at 6:30 PM
Bring your blankets or lawn chairs and enjoy a movie under the stars. Rain date is September 15.
Cost: Free
Veterans Memorial Park, 1261 Chews Landing Road, Clementon, NJ 08021

New Year’s in North Wildwood
September 8-9
Enjoy the sights and sounds of 15 string bands from the 2023 New Year’s Day Parade for a memorable day. The string bands will be performing, and you will have the chance to get up close and personal views of the gorgeous costumes and vibrant colors.
Cost: Free
Olde New Jersey Avenue, North Wildwood, NJ 08260

Somers Point Good Old Days Festival
September 9 at 11 AM
September has some of the best weather in our state, and what better way to spend it than in the park with the fam? This festival has fun for everyone with inflatables, games, live music, and more.
Cost: Free
JFK Park, 24 Broadway, Somers Point, NJ 08244

All About Downtown Street Fair
September 9 at 12 PM
Bring your crew to this beloved street fair and enjoy amazing vendors, rides for kids, face painting, live music, and a beer garden for the 21+ crowd.
Cost: Free
Newark Avenue, Between Grove Street and Coles Street, Jersey City, NJ 07302

Sailfest 
September 9 at 10 AM
Spend the day on the river watching New Jersey’s largest sailing festival. Music, vendors, raffles, sailboat races, and more will be there.
Cost: Free
River Avenue, Island Heights, NJ 08732

Delaware River Festival
September 9 at 10 AM
Get ready to celebrate the beauty of the Delaware River. Enjoy a day filled with music, food, and lots of water activities.
Cost: Free
Wiggins Waterfront Park, Riverside Drive, Camden, NJ 08103

3rd Annual Parsippany Food Truck & Music Festival
September 9 at 1 PM
Food trucks, live music, sand art, and more can all be found at this festival. And for those over 21 years old, there is an ice-cold beer, wine, or hard seltzer from the bar.
Cost: $6 for 6+
Veterans Memorial Park, 1839 US Highway 46, Parsippany, NJ 07054

Farmfest Music Festival
September 9 at 2 PM
This family-friendly event is filled with food trucks, games, and tons of fun for people of all ages. This is the perfect way to honor music and spend the day with the fam.
Cost: $35 per ticket
The Ross Farm, 135 North Maple Avenue, Bernards, NJ 07920

8th Annual NJ Taco Festival
September 9 at 10 AM
Did someone say tacos? With 40 taco trucks, ranging from traditional carne asada to innovative creations, this is the perfect festival to come hungry and leave with a full stomach. Along with the tacos, live bands, beer bars, and more will also be there.
Cost: Ticket prices vary; kids 10 & under are free
The Sussex County Fairgrounds, 27 Plains Road, Augusta, NJ 07822

8th Annual Prince Hall Community Day Festival
September 9 at 11 AM
Head to Plainfield for a day of fun, festivities, and games for the whole family to enjoy together.
Cost: Free
Cedar Brook Park, Park Drive, Plainfield, NJ 07060

Elmwood Park Community Day With Fireworks
September 9 at 11 AM
It’s always a good time for fireworks, and this event caps off a fun day with booms in the sky at night. From live music to free rides, vendors, and more, this is a festival you won’t want to miss.
Cost: Free
Borough Park, Mola Boulevard, Elmwood Park, NJ 07407

Farm Days Festival
September 9-10 at 7:30 AM
Visit Ethos Farm Project, a 342-acre national historic landmark, for a weekend full of speakers, cooking demonstrations, art sessions, and more. This year’s theme for the festival is The Ethics of Eating.
Cost: Ticket prices vary
Ethos Farm, 177 West Mill Road, Long Valley, NJ 07853

Under The Sea Enchanted Children Adventures
September 9 at 10 AM
Come out for a day filled with family fun, including games, face painting, rides, arts and crafts, and more. Inspired by The Little Mermaid, this immersive event is a great way to spend the day.
Cost: $35 per person; kids 2 and under are free
930 Newark Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 07306

Karaoke Kidz Night Out!
September 9 at 6 PM
Have a little one who loves singing and karaoke? Bring them and the whole fam for this fun event where your kids will get to dance to their favorite tunes, belt out songs, and enjoy a fun evening. Pizza is included
Cost: $30
FitKidz Howell, 2402 Route 9, Howell, NJ 07731

Ocean Grove Fall Flea Market
September 9 at 9 AM
What better way to spend the day outdoors than down the shore? This event features tons of vendors selling everything from vintage and antique to handmade and new.
Cost: Free
Ocean Pathway, 40 Ocean Pathway, Ocean Grove, NJ 07756

Bluey’s Big Play
September 9-10
If your little one is obsessed with Bluey, then grab your tickets for this fun and exciting show. Featuring the Heelers in their first live theater show, your kids will enjoy watching them on stage and singing along to the songs.
Cost: Ticket prices vary
Prudential Hall, 1 Center Street, Newark, NJ 07102

Newark Bubble Fest
September 10 at 2 PM
Bring the kids and enjoy a bubble wonderland in the middle of the park. The kids will have the chance to run, laugh, and play with these magical bubbles for a day they won’t forget.
Cost: Free
Military Park, 51 Park Place, Newark, NJ 07102

Tractors, Trucks & Big Stuff
September 10 at 8 AM
Littles who love trucks will be in awe of the tractors, trucks, and firetrucks on display. There will also be food trucks and vendors, and the shops will be open.
Cost: Free
933 Monmouth County Road, Cream Ridge, NJ 08514

2023 Beach Plum Festival
September 10 at 9 AM
This annual event is one you won’t want to miss. Featuring over 100 vendors, there will be games, exhibits, food, and Beach Plum Jelly.
Cost: Free
Ocean Beach Bathing Area 1, Island Beach State Park, 2401 Central Avenue, Seaside Park, NJ 08752

New Milford 2023 Fishing Derby
September 10 at 8 AM
Bring the entire family and let the kids go fishing, where they will each have the chance to win prizes. There will also be games, music, food, and so much more.
Cost: Free
Handcastle Pond, New Milford, NJ 07646

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Karen lives in Central Jersey with her two dogs, one cat, husband and daughter Olivia. Graduating from Seton Hall University with a B.A. in Journalism and Public Relations, she has been writing and working in the social media field for a few years. One of her proudest moments as a writer so far has been interviewing Tim Gunn from 'Project Runway' and subsequently winning Honorable Mention in NJ for Feature Writing. When she is not busy as a mom, she enjoys reading, going to the beach and watching the Real Housewives.

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