Top 15 {kid-friendly} Things To Do in NJ, September 15-17


This weekend, spend time with your family celebrating all things country at the Boots at the Beach Festival in North Wildwood, eating all the seafood you could ever wish for at Festival of the Sea in Point Pleasant, seeing everything Jersey City has to offer at the Annual All About Downtown Street Fair, paying if forward at The Valerie Fund’s “40th Birthday Party” Fundraiser in Long Branch, enjoying the best street food in West Windsor at the Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival, plus many more kid-friendly fairs and festivals in New Jersey this weekend.

Here are 15+ Things To Do This Weekend in NJ:

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Boots on the Beach in North Wildwood. via

1. Boots at the Beach Festival
Friday, September 15Saturday, September 16, 2017 | Friday 3:00PM to 9:00PM, Saturday 10:00AM to 10:00PM

Boots at the Beach Festival is a year event held two weekends after Labor Day Weekend, and is the largest country festival around. Plenty of country vendors, crafts, wares, and live country bands will be on display for the whole family. This event is presented by the Anglesea Irish Society, and is a unique event that you will not find anywhere else.
Spruce and Olde New Jersey Avenue, North Wildwood NJ 08260
Cost: Free

2. Survival Beach Asbury Park
Saturday, September 16, 2017 | 9:00AM to 2:00PM

Survival Beach at Asbury is bringing your family a 5k Obstacle Course that takes your through the beach and the boardwalk. This testament of heart and strength is open to everyone, and there will be a great Post Race Party for everyone who participated.
Asbury Park Boardwalk
Ocean Avenue Between Asbury and Sunset Ave, Asbury Park, New Jersey 07712
Cost: $15 Kids, $45+ Adult

3. Mt. Laurel Fall Festival
Saturday, September 16, 2017 | 11:00AM to 4:00PM

Fall is finally arrived, and there is no better way to bring on the Fall Time than with the Mt. Laurel Fall Festival. Bring out your families for a day of food, vendors, crafters and plenty of music.
Laurel Acres Park
1045 S Church St, Mount Laurel, New Jersey 08054
Cost: Free

4. Hazlet Day Festival
Saturday, September 16, 2017 | 11:00AM to 4:30PM

The Hazlet Day Festival invites families to enjoy the displays of over 100 vendors, partake in great food features, and also have the opportunity to meet the Owner of Inner Clarity, LLC. Inner Clarity wants families to learn more about the practice, and find out more information about the therapeutic services we offer to children, teens, and adults.
Veterans Memorial Park
1776 Union Ave, Hazlet, NJ 07730
Cost: Free

point pleasant nj

Festival of the Sea in Point Pleasant. via

5. Festival of the Sea
Saturday, September, 16, 2017 | 10:00AM to 7:00PM (Rain Date: September 17)

The grandest of Seafood Festivals is finally back, and ready to Celebrate 40 great years of great seafood events. There will be live music, games, free shuttle, wine garden, family activities, and over 200 vendors for your family to enjoy. Some of the best and brightest Point Pleasant Beach area restaurants will be present and selling their food. This is a fantastic family friendly event that is something no one should miss out on.
Downtown Point Pleasant Beach
Point Pleasant Beach, NJ 08742
Cost: Free

6. The 16th Annual Parsippany Fall Festival Street Fair
Sunday, September 17, 2017 | 12:00PM to 5:00PM

You and your family are invited to participate in what promises to be one of the most successful festivals in New Jersey yet. The Parsippany Fall Festival is back for its 16th straight year and will provide your family with entertainment, rides, and other attractions to service all the families who attend the event.
North Beverwyck Road, Lake Hiawatha NJ 07034
Cost: Free

7. 13th Latino Festival of Monmouth County
Saturday, September 16, 2017 | 12:00PM to 7:00PM (Rain Date: Sept. 23)

The Latino Festival of Monmouth County is a family-oriented event displaying the cultural flavors of the Latino communities in the United States. It seeks to unite people from all backgrounds and cultures during a day of celebration and fun. You can be certain the food and exhilarating atmosphere is a great way to spend with family of not just your own culture, but with families of different cultures as well.
1 E Main St, Freehold, NJ 07728-2273
Cost: Free

8. 14th Annual Jazz and Brew Fest
Saturday, September 16, 2017 | 12:00PM to 8:00PM

One of the most highly anticipated events of the year is back for the 14th year. The Annual Jazz and Brew Fest’s 2017 Lineup includes great talent such as: Oscar Perez, Bill Charlap, Alyson Williams, Jeff Bradshaw, Citrus, Nat Adderley, Vince Ector, and plenty more. Bring the whole family along to celebrate vibrant tunes, and even better drink selections.
Oskar Schindler Performing Arts Center (OSPAC)
4 Boland Dr, West Orange, New Jersey 07052
Cost: $10 General Admission, Tickets can be purchased here

All About Downtown Street Fair Jersey City NJ

All About Downtown Street Fair in Jersey City. via

9. 7th Annual All About Downtown Street Fair
Saturday, September 16, 2017 | 12:00PM to 8:00PM

The Annual All About Downtown Street Fair is finally here for the seventh time, but this year there will be over 250 vendors and live music. There will be a shuttle to escort families back and forth to the venue so there is no reason to miss out. Along with all the fun for adults,the kid’s area will be packed with rides, face painting, games and shops for all little ones. As the usual tradition,the Fair will end with an amazing Grassroots Drum Parade.
The Grove Path Plaza to Coles Street, Jersey City, New Jersey 07302
Cost: Free

10. Walgreens Mercer County Dragon Boat Festival & USDBF Club Crew National Championships
Saturday, September 16 – Sunday, September 17, 2017 | 7:00AM to 4:00PM

This fall classic is a magnet for East Coast teams looking to take part in high-quality racing while enjoying nature’s beautiful backdrop. Crews from the New York and Philadelphia region return annually to create a vibrant athletes’ village, setting up team tents and elaborate picnics in the festival grounds. This year, Mercer County Dragon Boat Festival welcomes the USDBF Club Crew National Championships and the ERDBA Regional Championships. Championships will be held over two days where teams will compete for a chance to enter the IDBF Club Crew World Championships. Competitive and recreational teams will be immersed in a close-knit East Coast dragon boat community, with Sport Division teams enjoying a full day of five races including 200m, 500m and 2k distances, and the Community Division teams participating in three 500m races. On festival grounds will be the Health and Wellness Village, offering products and services to help maintain a healthy lifestyle. Athletes can relax in team tents located throughout the Athletes’ Village if they prefer not to set up in the forest.
Mercer County Park
1638 Old Trenton Road, West Windsor NJ 0855
Cost: Free

11. Sea Isle City’s 28th Annual Fall Family Festival
Saturday, September 16 – Sunday, September 17, 2017 | 9:00AM to 4:00PM

Sea Isle City’s Fall Family Festival is finally here, and for the 28th time they do not look to disappoint. There will be 300 vendors, 15 food vendors, amusements rides, children’s activities, face painting, live entertainment,a moon bounce, old tyme photos, sand art, and waxy hands. Bring the whole family out to enjoy a solid day of family, fun, food, and the fall.
JFK Blvd. & Promenade
Sea Isle City, NJ 08243
Cost: Free

12. A Touch of Italy & Food Trucks
Saturday, September 16 – Sunday, September 17, 2017 | Saturday 11:00AM to 9:00PM, Sunday 11:00AM to 8:00PM

Join all the families flocking to Laurita Winery for their Touch of Italy and Food Truck event. Fireworks will be held on SATURDAY NIGHT ONLY around 9pm, but it will be a full weekend of great food, quality time with the family, and an array of fine wine. Make sure to bring the whole family down to Laurita this weekend.
Laurita Winery
85 Archertown Rd, New Egypt, New Jersey 08533
Cost: Free for Everyone 20 & Younger, $8+ Adult

The Valerie Fund

The Valerie Fund Fundraiser in Long Branch. via

13. The Valerie Fund’s “40th Birthday Party” Fundraiser
Sunday, September 17, 2017 | 12:00PM to 4:00PM

In honor of The Valerie Fund and National Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month, Pier Village is hosting an event that encompasses a birthday party, and day of family fun. Plenty of activities that will be included are: special appearances by New Jersey 101.5, an action park, inflatable amusement rides, kid friendly games, live entertainment by the Lakehouse Music Academy, face painting, henna artists, promotional companies with sampling stations, and craft vendors. Join plenty of attending families for a fun-filled day to support children with cancer and blood disorders, to make a donation, visit
Pier Village – Festival Plaza
1 Chelsea Ave, Long Branch, NJ 07740
Cost: Free

14. West Windsor Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival
Sunday, September 17, 2017 | 11:00AM to 5:00PM
The West Windsor Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival is nothing short of a great time out with the family. There will be everything under the sun to have a good time including: food trucks, beer & wine tents, kids activities, live music, and craft vendors. Food Trucks on display include: Empanada Monster, Jersey Johnny’s Grill, Cheech A’ Cini’s Truckin Trattoria, OINK and MOO BBQ, Tony’s Italian Sausage, The Tasty Trolley, Kona Ice NJ, Maddalena’s Cheesecake and Catering, Jammin’ Crepes, Gustoso Food Truck and Catering Services, Mannino’s Cannoli Express, Pizzeria Mannino’s Express Wood Fired Pizza, The Flying Pie Guy, and Empanada Guy.
Princeton Junction Train Station
877 Alexander Rd, Princeton, NJ 08540
Cost: Free

15. Sussex County Day
Sunday, September 17, 2017 | 12:00PM to 5:00PM

Two jam packed family fun events are coming together for one great community festival. The combined event beginning at noon is will be presented by the Sussex County Chamber of Commerce and features an exciting list of events such as: a grilling competition, Sussex County Idol singing contest, vendors, exhibitors, crafts, a classic car show, and free barbeque sampling (while supplies last). There will also be some incredible kid friendly events, especially the obstacle course presented by the Sussex County YMCA, Pie in the Face contest, and family scavenger hunt event.. Also included, TransOptions will be giving out free children’s bike helmets (while supplies last), there will be a fruit pie baking contest open to home bakers, and families are encouraged to participate for the egg toss event. Plenty more events have yet to be announced, so make sure your family comes out and partakes in all the fun.
The Sussex County Fairgrounds
37 Plains Rd, Augusta, New Jersey 07822
Cost: Free


26th Annual JazzFeast on Palmer Square
Sunday, September 17, 2017 | 12:00PM to 6:00PM (Rain or Shine)

JazzFeast is back for its 26th year in a row, and this rocking event is an open-air jazz festival that swings with the joy of great music and food. Performances by some of the industry’s best jazz musicians will be accompanied by the area’s finest restaurants showcasing their gourmet food. The one-day festival draws thousands of people to downtown Princeton, and is surely to be a great day out with the family.
Palmer Square – Princeton NJ
40 Nassau St, North Princeton, New Jersey 08542
Cost: Free


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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