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 12 great festivals coming to the Garden State in April.
Easter & Springtime Family Festival
Where: Alstede Farms, 1 Alstede Farms Lane, Chester
When: April 2-8, hours vary
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! Take a scenic hayride around the farm or visit the Corn Kingdom. Close out your day with a tour of the Cider Mill and enjoy a complimentary cup of cider made at the farm.
More info: Alstede Farms or call 908-258-6245
Tech Fest 8
Where: Brick Presbyterian Church, 111 Drum Point Road, Brick
When: April 14 at 1:00 pm
Price: $10 admission
Details: Twenty musical acts are lined up for Tech Fest 8, an annual fundraising concert benefiting the students at Ocean County Vocational Technical School’s Performing Arts Academy. The event features a mix of seasoned musicians and students wishing to showcase their musical talents.
More info: TechFest
Red Bank Street Fair
Where: Broad Street & Monmouth Street, Red Bank
When: April 15 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 15 from 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 more will get the spring season started right. All proceeds will benefit the Rutgers Gardens.
More info: Spring Festival or call 732-932-8451
MDA Eats N Beats Food Truck and Music Festival
Where: Roebling Museum, 100 2nd Avenue, Roebling
When: April 21 from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm
Price: $12.61 for adults, $7.33 for children ages 6-15, children under 6 are free
Details: Live music all day provides the perfect backdrop to drink beer and sample tasty bites from a host of food trucks. All proceeds go to the Muscular Dystrophy Association, which supports local families battling the disease.
More info: MDA Eats N Beats or call 609-513-1979
Northern Valley Earth Fair
Where: Northern Valley Regional High School at Demarest, 150 Knickerbocker Road, Demarest
When: April 21 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. There’s also free paper-shredding available, so bring your old documents to be shredded and recycled. 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 21 at 4:00 pm
Price: $15 at the door, $12 in advance, free for children 12 & under
Details: Taste a variety of delicious chili recipes 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 21 & 22 from 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 and a picturesque vineyard provide 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 22 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
Cattus Island Nature Festival
Where: Cooper Environmental Center, 1170 Cattus Island Boulevard, Toms River
When: April 28 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Price: Free admission
Details: Join the folks at Cattus Island County Park to celebrate 38 years of connecting the community with nature. Enjoy 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 28 from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Price: Free admission
Details: The theme of the 44th annual New Jersey Folk Festival is “Native Americans in New Jersey.” 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 28 & 29 from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Price: $10 for adults, free for children
Details: Explore all that historic Allaire has to offer while sipping craft beer and enjoying some tasty BBQ at the third annual BBQ & Brew Festival. 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:
- Alstede Farms / Website
- TechFest / Facebook
- Red Bank / Website
- Rutgers Gardens / Facebook
- MDA Eats N Beats / Facebook
- NV Earth Fair / Facebook
- Bring the Heat Annual Chili Cook-Off / Facebook
- Alba Vineyard / Facebook
- Reeves Reed Arboretum / Website
- Cattus Island County Park / Facebook
- NJ Folk Festival / Facebook
- The Historic Village at Allaire / Website