Top 15 {kid-friendly} Things To Do in NJ, September 22-24


This weekend, your family can enjoy shopping at the Asbury Park Fall Bazaar & Indian Summer, celebrating the Italian culture at the Mercer County Italian American Festival in West Windsor, jumping on moon bounces and petting animals at Kids Day America in Wall, pampering your furry family member(s) at the Woofstock Festival Voorhees Township, listening to live bands at the Hoboken Arts & Music Festival in Hoboken, racing rubber ducks at the Raritan River Festival and Rubber Duck Race in New Brunswick, eating all the oysters and sea food they can imagine at the Annual Red Band Guinness Oyster Festival in Red Bank, 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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Fall Bazaar & Indian Summer in Asbury Park. via

1. Asbury Park Fall Bazaar & Indian Summer
Friday, September 22 – Sunday, September 24, 2017 | 12:00PM to 5:00PM (Indian Summer All Weekend, Bazzar Saturday & Sunday Only)

Enjoy this weekend-long celebration of makers, music, art, and local summer in Asbury Park. The event will feature live music on the North Beach at The Anchor’s Bend and the Asbury Park Fall Bazaar pop-up makers, music & art market in the Grand Arcade of Asbury Park Convention Hall. The Asbury Park Fall Bazaar will feature shopping from 40+ artisan and independent vendors selling handmade, vintage items, art, photography, jewelry, home goods, handmade furniture, food, and more. The Indian Summer will feature a full weekend of music, shopping, food & drinks and a celebration of local summer.
Asbury Park Convention Hall
1300 Ocean Avenue, Asbury Park, New Jersey 07712
Cost: Free

2. Butterfly Walk
Friday, September 22, 2017 | 10:30AM to 11:30AM

Bring your family out for this fun walk. The Park System Naturalists will guide your family to identify butterflies found in the fields. Walks vary and may be a mile or more.
Holmdel Park
44 Longstreet Rd, Holmdel, New Jersey 07733
Cost: Free

3. Mercer County Italian American Festival
Friday, September 22 – Sunday, September 24, 2017 | Friday 3:00PM to 11:00PM, Saturday 12:00PM to 11:00PM, Sunday 12:00PM to 9:30PM (Rain or Shine)

Immerse yourself, and the whole family in Italian American Culture. There is something for everyone here with great music, food, rides, and a spectacular fireworks show to wrap up a great festival.
Mercer County Park
1 Hughes Dr, West Windsor, New Jersey 08690
Cost: Free for Kids 12 & Under, $5 General Admission, $5 Parking

4. Woodbridge Center Fall Festival
Friday, September 22 – Sunday, September 24, 2017 | Friday 5:00PM to 10:00PM, Saturday & Sunday 1:00PM to 10:00PM

Join the town of Woodbridge for their Woodbridge Center Fall Festival. Enjoy autumn family fun, live entertainment, local vendors, beer & wine garden, 30 + food trucks and more.
Woodbridge Center – Sears Parking Lot
250 Woodbridge Center, Woodbridge, New Jersey 07095
Cost: $5

Kids Day America in Wall. via

5. Kids Day America 2017
Saturday, September 23, 2017 | 10:00AM to 12:00PM

Sponsored by the Wall Community Alliance and Garrow Family Chiropractic, Kids Day was created to provide essential information on child health and safety, as well as drug, alcohol and environmental awareness in our community. Since its beginning in 2001, over 5,000 children and their families have enjoyed receiving informative and interactive information to help them lead more healthful lives. Children and families can have fun in the moon bounces, pony rides, petting zoo, dance and karate demonstrations and other fun demonstrations. There will be face painting, clowns and costumed characters, as well as K-9 demonstrations and games. The event will also feature tasty and healthy food and snacks, and all participants can enter to win prizes including a bike. Numerous area clubs and organizations will be participating including the Wall Police, Wall Fire Department, Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, Wall EMS, Monmouth County Sherriff’s Department, Prevention First, Monmouth County Health Department, and many other organizations. Dr. Garrow will provide FREE spinal exams and scoliosis screenings and distribute vital information on disease prevention and specific health issues that affect children. In addition, there will be dental screenings for the children, environmental information, drug and alcohol prevention information plus much more important health and awareness for children.
Wall Municipal Building
2700 Alliare Rd. Wall, NJ 07719
Cost: Free

6. Touch A Truck
Saturday, September 23, 2017 | 10:00AM to 2:00PM

Join Monmouth Day Care Center for their 8th Annual Touch A Truck FUN-Raiser. There will be construction vehicles, commercial vehicles and more for the kids to see, touch, and climb in. Arts and Crafts will also be set up for kids to participate in.
Red Bank Middle
101 Harding Rd, Red Bank, New Jersey 07701
Cost: $20 4-Pack Tickets, Tickets can be purchased here

7. Dearborn Market 2nd Annual Touch-a-Truck
Saturday, September 23, 2017 | 11:00AM to 3:00PM

Dearborn Market 2nd Annual Touch-a-Truck is an outdoor car show for kids. Kids will be see, touch, and climb in military, emergency response, construction, and commercial vehicles. In addition, there will be motorcycles and farm equipment. This is an amazing opportunity for children of all ages to explore transportation by climbing in the driver’s seat and meeting the men and women who use these vehicles every day.
Dearborn Market
2170 RT-35, Holmdel, New Jersey 07733
Cost: $5 Child, $5 Adult, $20 Family Admission (Up to 6 individuals)

8. 4th Annual East Brunswick Day
Saturday, September 23, 2017 | 12:00PM to 5:00PM

For the fourth year in a row, East Brunswick Community Arts Center is
hosting a family day that will surely entertain your family. There be will favorite activities such as bounce rides, touch a trucks, and a Youth Council silent auction. Be sure to sample eats from East Brunswick’s best restaurants and food purveyors.
East Brunswick Community Arts Center
721 Cranbury Road, East Brunswick, New Jersey
Cost: Free

Woofstock Festival in Voorhees Township. via

9. 21st Annual Woofstock Festival
Saturday, September 23, 2017 | 11:00AM to 4:00PM (Rain Date: October 7)

If your family follows the Voorhees Animal Orphanage, then they know the Woofstock Festival is the biggest fundraiser ever. The festival will have 15 food vendors, music all day, and a HUGE Basket Raffle. Master Chef Poon will be demonstrating fruit carvings like you’ve never seen.
John Connolly Park
605 Centennial Blvd, Voorhees Township, NJ 08043
Cost: Free

10. Liberty Harbor’s 2nd Annual Block Party
Saturday, September 23, 2017 | 12:00PM to 5:00PM

Liberty Harbor Residences will be taking over the streets for games and good eats. Join them at Regent Street their second annual Block Party. They will celebrate summer with local food trucks, vendors, backyard games and activities for the kids. Don’t miss the dunk tank, and the bounce house for the kiddos. Marketplace JC is joining Liberty Harbor to help bring your favorite vendors to this public event. Visit a real, on-duty firetruck and talk to local heroes from the Jersey City Fire Department who help keep our city safe.
Liberty Harbor Residences
333 Grand St, Jersey City, New Jersey 07302
Cost: Free

11. Farm Food Truck Festival
Saturday, September 23, 2017 | 12:00PM to 6:00PM (Rain Date: September 30, 2017)

Join the Allaire Community for food trucks, craft vendors, a beer & wine garden, live entertainment, pony rides, carriage driving, petting zoo, hayrides and a whole lot of farm fun. Remember though you must be 21 years old to enter the Beer & Wine Garden. An ID will be required upon entrance.
Allaire Community Farm
2840 Allaire Rd, Wall, New Jersey 07719
Cost: $3 Pre-Register, $5 At the Barn Door, Additional farm activity fees will apply for pony rides ($5 each and only 1 ride per child). Pony and carriage rides will be at specified times.

12. Howell Day 2017 & Green Fair
Saturday, September 23, 2017 | 12:00PM to 8:00PM

A fun family filled day at Soldier Memorial Park awaits your family. This year is already set to be bigger and better with activities including: face painting, video game truck, inflatables, mechanical rides, and touch-a-truck. There will also be live entertainment, vendors, food vendors, pig and duck races, fireworks, and more. Shuttle buses will be available at Howell High School and Howell Middle School South.
Soldier Memorial Park
574 Route 547, Howell, New Jersey 07731
Cost: Free

Pumpkin Patch Bash in Sea Girt via

13. Pumpkin Patch Bash Opening Day
Saturday, September 23 – Tuesday, October 31, 2017 | Everyday 9:00AM to 5:00PM (Weather Permitting)

Barlow’s Pumpkin Patch Bash is a fun outdoor activity for kids ages 2 years to 7years old. New activities and features have been added this year to make the day even more memorable. Kids can travel through the adventurous corn and hay bale mazes, play in the Corn Box, take up a game of checkers, or tick-tac-toe, and visit the photo booth to snap some adorable pics to share with the rest of your family.
Barlow’s Flower Farm & Garden Center
1014 Sea Girt Ave, Sea Girt, New Jersey 08750
Cost: $7 Child, $25 5-Visit Punch Cards can be purchased here

14. Hoboken Arts & Music Festival
Sunday, September 24, 2017 | 11:00AM to 6:00PM

Hoboken Arts & Music Festival is an exciting family friendly event with plenty of activities to do all day. Certain events that will be showcased include: 2 stages of music, 200 artists, crafters, photographers, food vendors, local businesses & more. Of course, for the many children attending, there will also be face painting, balloon animals, sand art, balloons & crafts.
Washington Street
Between 8th & 14th Streets, Hoboken, NJ 07030
Cost: Free

15. 2017 Raritan River Festival and Rubber Duck Race
Sunday, September 24, 2017 | 12:00PM to 5:30PM

The Annual Raritan River Festival and Rubber Duck Race will be a day of live music, environmental exhibitors and activities, entertainment for children, cardboard canoe races, pony rides, a beer garden, food vendors and more. The day is capped off with The Beez Foundation’s Rubber Duck Race into the Raritan River to raise money for pediatric brain cancer research.
Boyd Park
Memorial Pkwy, New Brunswick, New Jersey 08901
Cost: Free


Guinness Oyster Festival in Red Bank. via

The 8th Annual Red Bank Guinness Oyster Festival
Sunday, September 24th, 2017 | 12:00PM to 7:00PM (Rain Date: October 1, 2017)

This street festival anticipates a great time had by one and all and is fashioned after the 63 year old Galway Oyster Festival which celebrates the opening of the Oyster season. It will be a huge food and music festival which will showcase Red Bank’s excellent restaurants as well as entertain thousands with continuous live music on two stages. There will be tons of GUINNESS and fresh OYSTERS plus 25 of Red Bank’s favorite restaurants will be serving a variety of specialty menu items including everything from Fried and Raw Oysters to Mini-Rueben’s to Filet Mignon Sandwiches to Lobster Rolls and more and more and more. There will also be family friendly with activities for the kids.
White Street Parking Lot – Behind The Dublin House
Entrances on White Street and Monmouth Street
Downtown Red Bank, NJ 07701
Cost: Free for Kids 9 & Under, $5 General Admission


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