Now that Spring has arrived and the weather is finally warming up, it’s time to grab the family and head out to one of the many festivals happening in New Jersey this month. So grab your umbrella (just in case) and celebrate Earth Day, springtime, the performing arts or just being a geek! Check out these 15 great festivals coming to the Garden State in April.
New Jersey Indian Performing Arts Festival
Where: West Orange High School, 51 Conforti Avenue, West Orange
When: April 1 from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm
Price: $10 per person
Details: Come see students from over 30 different Indian dance schools perform. Students will perform both Classical and Cinematic Indian Dance styles. Lunch and dinner will be available for an additional cost.
More info: New Jersey Indian Performing Arts Festival or call 908-721-7190
Easter & Springtime Family Festival
Where: Alstede Farms, 1 Alstede Farms Lane, Chester
When: Saturdays & Sundays from April 1 through April 23 (except April 16)
Price: $7.99 for adults, $19.99 for children
Details: Pay one price and enjoy tons of fun activities like wagon rides, moon bounces, pony rides, egg hunts, marshmallow roasting and more! Check the full schedule online to see which days offer Breakfast with the Easter Bunny as an added bonus (separate tickets required).
More info: Alstede Farms or call 908-879-7189
Food Truck Festival & Carnival
Where: Over Peck County Park, 100 Challenger Road, Ridgefield Park
When: April 7 from 5:00 to 10:00 pm, April 8 from 11:00 am to 11:00 pm and April 9 from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm
Price: Free admission, $30 wristband for unlimited carnival rides
Details: Rides, vendors and food trucks galore…what more could you want from a spring weekend? Food trucks on site include Callahan’s Famous Hot Dogs, Empanada Guy 3, Cab Burger and House of Cupcakes.
More info: JC’s Fun & Food Truck Festival or call 201-998-1144
Red Bank Street Fair
Where: Broad Street & Monmouth Street, Red Bank
When: April 9 from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Price: Free admission
Details: Crafters, food vendors, rides for the kids and plenty of shopping are highlights of the annual Red Bank Street Fair. It’s a lovely outing for the family to enjoy at this beautiful waterfront New Jersey town!
More info: Red Bank Street Fair
Where: Rutgers Log Cabin and Alumni Pavilion, 140 Log Cabin Road, New Brunswick
When: April 9 from 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm
Price: $5 suggested donation
Details: Sponsored by Rutgers’ own Alpha Zeta honors fraternity, the Spring Festival is a day of fun in the fresh air of Rutgers Gardens. Face painting, photo booths, crafts, egg hunts, food and a performance by the Trenton Education Dance Institute will get the spring season started right. All proceeds will benefit the Rutgers Gardens.
More info: Spring Festival or call 732-932-8451
Where: The Wetlands Institute, 1075 Stone Harbor Boulevard, Stone Harbor
When: April 15 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Price: $10 for adults, $8 for children or $30 for family pack of four tickets
Details: Make a craft project, search for turtle hatchlings with a naturalist, visit the aquarium and go on a turtle egg hunt. Book readings and craft projects are available throughout the day. Check the website for full schedule of events and to purchase advance tickets.
More info: Turtle Fest or call 609-368-1211
South Jersey Geek Fest
Where: Woodbury Heights Community Center, 741 Helen Avenue, Woodbury Heights
When: April 15 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Price: $8 regular admission, $5 admission for anyone in costume or with donation of non-perishable goods, free for children under 10
Details: Celebrate your inner geek at Geek Fest! All types of “geeks” will be celebrated and welcomed, including fans of comics, art, tabletop games, music, video games, YouTube, cosplay and more. Vendors, food, performers and contests are all part of the fun.
More info: South Jersey Geek Fest
Northern Valley Earth Fair
Where: Tenakill Middle School, 275 High Street, Closter
When: April 22 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Price: Free admission
Details: Children’s activities, live animal shows, electric vehicles and green cars, plus food, live music and dozens of environmentally-friendly vendors are featured at the Northern Valley Earth Fair. It’s a great way for the entire family to celebrate Earth Day.
More info: Northern Valley Earth Fair
“Bring the Heat” Chili Cook-Off
Where: Clinton First Aid & Rescue Squad, 48 Old Highway 22, Clinton
When: April 22 at 4:00 pm
Price: $15 at the door, $12 in advance, free for children 12 & under
Details: Taste a variety of delicious chili and vote for your favorite while enjoying live music from Doctor D Entertainment. Beer and wine are available for purchase and you can also try your luck at the tricky tray and 50/50 raffle. If you want to enter the cook-off, the entrance fee is $25 and includes two tickets to the event.
More info: Bring the Heat or call 732-735-7380
Spring Food Truck & Wine Festival
Where: Alba Vineyard & Winery, 269 Route 627, Milford
When: April 22 & 23 from 12:00 noon to 5:00 pm
Price: $10 for adults 21 & older, $5 for ages 13-20, free for children 12 and under
Details: Live music by The Bob Lanza Blues Band provides a lovely setting for you to sample the many food trucks on location and taste Alba Vineyard’s wines. Wine tastings are available for an extra $10. No pets or outside food/drinks allowed, but feel free to bring a lawn chair, blanket or beach umbrella.
More info: Spring Food Truck & Wine Festival or call 908-995-7800
Where: Reeves-Reed Arboretum, 165 Hobart Avenue, Summit
When: April 23 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Price: $10 per person or $25 per family, free for children under 3
Details: This family-friendly event celebrates Earth Day and the lovely daffodil together. Live music, a petting zoo, environmentally-friendly games and crafts, an outdoor market and more await you at Daffodil Day.
More info: Daffodil Day or call 908-273-8787
Earth Day Celebration
Where: Appel Farm Arts & Music Center, 457 Shirley Road, Elmer
When: April 23 from 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm
Price: Free admission
Details: Appel Farm’s third annual celebration of Earth Day features live music, food, family line-dancing classes and a host of up-cycle workshops that will leave you feeling crafty and inspired. Be sure to check out the art on display from the 2017 Salem County Teen Arts Festival, plus a performance in the Clare Rostan Appel Theater at 2:00 pm.
More info: Earth Day or call 856-358-2472
Cattus Island Nature Festival
Where: Cooper Environmental Center, 1170 Cattus Island Boulevard, Toms River
When: April 29 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Price: Free admission
Details: Join the folks at Cattus Island County Park to celebrate the reopening of the Cooper Environmental Center with games, crafts, seining, kayak tours, nature walks and other fun activities for the whole family. Meet on the front lawn for the Great Bug Race at 1:00 pm.
More info: Cattus Island Nature Festival or call 732-270-6960
New Jersey Folk Festival
Where: Eagleton Institute Woodlawn, 191 Ryders Lane, New Brunswick
When: April 29 from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Price: Free admission
Details: The theme of the 43rd annual New Jersey Folk Festival is “Turkish Showcase.” Live music and dance performances, crafts and delicious food, plus heritage demonstrations and activities for the kids are all part of this unique festival.
More info: New Jersey Folk Festival or call 848-445-4636
Allaire BBQ & Brew Festival
Where: The Historic Village at Allaire, 4263 Atlantic Avenue, Farmingdale
When: April 30 from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Price: $5 for adults, free for children
Details: Explore all that historic Allaire has to offer while sipping craft beer and enjoying some tasty BBQ. Live music and craft shops mean there’s something for everyone at this rain or shine event. Beer tickets available for extra cost once inside the festival.
More info: Allaire BBQ and Brew Festival or call 732-919-3500
Looking for year-round listings of more great activities? Check out our roundup of New Jersey’s Best Fairs & Festivals.
- Hero (Top) Feature Image: © cristina_conti / Adobe Stock
- Additional Images (in Order) Courtesy:
- International Fine Arts Festival / Website
- Alstede Farms / Website
- Empanada Guy / Facebook
- Red Bank / Website
- Rutgers Gardens / Facebook
- Wetlands Institute / Facebook
- South Jersey Geek Fest / Facebook
- NV Earth Fair / Facebook
- Bring the Heat Annual Chili Cook-Off / Facebook
- Alba Vineyard / Facebook
- Reeves Reed Arboretum / Website
- Appel Farm / Website
- Cattus Island County Park / Facebook
- NJ Folk Festival / Facebook
- The Historic Village at Allaire / Website