Before the holiday season kicks into high gear, take some time to enjoy all the fun festivals and fairs New Jersey has to offer. Jazz, whiskey and unique crafts are just a sampling of what’s on tap. Oh, and did we forget to mention that the British are coming… to Historic New Bridge Landing on November 18? It’s true, and you won’t want to miss it!

For all that and more, check out this list of great Garden State festivals happening in the month of November.

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Awesome Autumn Fun

november festivals, novemberWhere: Jakes Branch County Park, 1100 Double Trouble Road, Beachwood
When: November 4 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Price: Free admission
Details: The sixth annual Awesome Autumn Fun celebration will have games for the whole family and refreshments, plus fall activities like hay rides, a hay maze and pumpkin-painting. Craft supplies are provided, but you must bring your own pumpkin!
More info: Visit Awesome Autumn Fun or call 732-281-2750

Woodland Park Street Fair

Where: 1150 McBride Avenue, Woodland Park
When: November 5 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Price: Free admission
Details: Downtown Woodland Park will be turned into a giant block party for the whole family to enjoy. The event will feature live music, yummy foods like zeppoles and cheesesteaks, as well as rides, a petting zoo, face painting and more.
More info: Visit Woodland Park Street Fair or call 201-998-1144

Holiday Light Show

november festivals, novemberWhere: Historic Smithville & Village Greene, 615 E. Moss Mill Road, Smithville
When: November 23-January 5 from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm, daily
Price: Free admission
Details: From Thanksgiving through the first week of the New Year, enjoy a festive holiday light show on Lake Meone at Historic Smithville. Each night as darkness falls, a showcase of orchestrated lights and music delight visitors of the village. Stroll around the shops or have a bite to eat during the holiday season.
More info: Visit Holiday Light Show or call 609-748-8999

Dickens Days

Where: Main Street, Clinton
november festivals, novemberWhen: November 24 at 10:00 am through November 26 at 4:00 pm
Price: Free admission
Details: Enjoy a festive walk through downtown Clinton and interact with live performers playing Scrooge, Charles Dickens and Father Christmas. Live music, holiday lights and decorations, plus horse drawn carriage rides will all be on hand as you kick off the Christmas season. Don’t miss the tree lighting ceremony November 24 at 6:30 pm!
More info: Visit Dickens Days

Stone Harbor Island Holiday

Where: Downtown Stone Harbor
november festivals, novemberWhen: November 24 & 25
Price: Free admission
Details: It’s a weekend full of fun holiday events during the annual Stone Harbor Island Holiday! Activities include a scavenger hunt downtown, a pet parade, bonus events for the whole family, plus holiday shopping on Small Business Saturday. And for the grand finale, the Stone Harbor Christmas Parade will begin at 6:30 pm on Saturday. This year’s theme is “It’s a Wonderful Life in Stone Harbor.”
More info: Visit Stone Harbor Island Holiday or call 609-368-5102

Great Pumpkin Festival

november fairsWhere: Heaven Hill Farm, 451 State Route 94, Vernon
When: November 4 & 5 from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Price: $12 per person, free for children 2 & under
Details: The final weekend of Northern New Jersey’s largest fall festival serves up plenty of family-friendly fun on the farm. This event features hay rides, over thirty farm activities and the all-new “Wizard of Oz Corn Maze Adventure.”
More info: Heaven Hill Farm or call 973-764-5144

Craft Beer & Whiskey Festival

november festivals, novemberWhere: Elks Club, 1005 Washington Street, Hoboken
When: November 11 from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Price: $35 in advance, $40 at the door
Details: Adults 21 & up are invited to try over 20 different craft beers, plus a variety of wines and fine whiskeys, at this Craft Beer & Whiskey Festival. Enjoy $5 small plates of delicious food, a cornhole tournament and live music, plus a 50/50 raffle and silent auction to benefit the Liberty Humane Society.
More info: Craft Beer & Whiskey Festival or call 201-547-4147

Exit Zero Jazz Festival

november fesvitalsWhere: Various venues along the Cape May beachfront
When: November 10 to 12, hours vary
Price: Prices vary for each event, see website for individual ticket prices.
Details: Headliners Gregory Porter, Fourplay, and Lizz Wright plus a dozen other performers will be on hand for the sixth anniversary of Cape May’s Exit Zero Jazz Festival. The festival spans three days and nine different venues. Tickets are available for individual events, and day passes can also be purchased.
More info: Exit Zero Jazz Festival or call 609-849-9202

Thanksgiving Harvest Home & Armistice Observance

Where: Fosterfields Living Historical Farm, 73 Kahdena Road, Morris Township
november festivalsWhen: November 12 from Noon to 4:00 pm
Price: $8 for adults, $6 for children (4-16), $4 for young children (2-3), free for kids under 2
Details: Take part in interactive farm chores, crafts and wagon rides at Fosterfields Farm. Visit the 1915 Farmhouse and check out the holiday food being prepared. At 1:00 pm, all U.S. military personnel and veterans will be honored in a special tribute.
More info: Morris County Parks Commission or call 973-326-7600

Handmade in America Professional Craft Show

Where: Upper Township Community Center, 1790 Route 50, Tuckahoe
november festivalsWhen: November 18 from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm
Price: Free admission
Details: For the fourth year in a row, the Handmade in America craft show will feature unique goods from New Jersey’s best crafters. Hand-blown glass, leatherworks, wood products, pottery and baskets are just a sampling of what’s available for purchase. Food, music, a 50/50 raffle, a Chinese auction and the children’s crafting area also add to the fun.
More info: Handmade in America Professional Craft Show or call 609-628-2231

The 241st Anniversary of the British Invasion & American Retreat

november festivalsWhere: Historic New Bridge Landing, 1201 Main Street, River Edge
When: November 18 & 19
Price: $10 for adults, $7 for youth (6-22)
Details: Commemorate the 241st anniversary of the day the Americans escaped capture by crossing the Hackensack River at New Bridge. The Bergen County Historical Society will present a weekend of living history events and scholarly presentations in honor of this fateful day.
More info: Bergen County Historical Society or call 201-343-9492

Looking for year-round listings of more great activities? Check out our roundup of New Jersey’s Best Fairs & Festivals.

Statewide November Festival Events

Norz Fall Festival

Fall Festival at Norz Hill Farm!

Saturday, September 30, 2017 - Saturday, November 4, 2017: During the weekends of September and October, you can come out to Norz Hill Farm and pick your perfect pumpkins, gourds and squash. You and your family can spend the …

History Scavenger Hunt

Fall Weekend Scavenger Hunts

Sunday, October 1, 2017 - Sunday, December 31, 2017: Oct 1-20 – Theme: Red, Yellow, Orange, Oh My! Oct 21-Nov 17 – Theme: Scarecrows, Nov 18 & 19, 25 & 26 – Theme: Wide Open Spaces, Dec 26-31 – …

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Stony Hill Corn Maze & Fun Park

Thursday, October 5, 2017 - Sunday, November 12, 2017: At Stony Hill Farm Market, fall means that it's time for a new Maze Quest Corn Maze to begin! The 10-acre corn maze features a new theme every year. In …


10th Annual Scarecrow Stroll

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - Sunday, November 5, 2017: This year will be the 10th Annual Scarecrow Stroll and it promises to be the biggest and best yet! Grab your friends, neighbors, teammates and family members and start planning. …

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Sweet Potatoes, Broccoli & Cauliflower Hayrides at Johnson’s Corner Farm

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 - Monday, November 20, 2017: These Fall Festival Weekends include Live Music, Family Friendly Corn Maze, Gem Mining , Apple and Pumpkin Picking Hayrides and the Food Tent  serving up tasty selections from the grill. …


Pumpkin Sail at Echo Lake Park

Wednesday, November 1, 2017: Bring your carved jack-o-lantern to Echo Lake Park the day after Halloween and join others for Great Pumpkin Sail. Watch as your pumpkin is put on a float on the …


Upper Township FallFest & Pumpkin Run Car Show

Saturday, November 4, 2017: This is the first time the Pumpkin Run car show event will be held in Upper Township after being in Egg Harbor Township for many years. Organizers are expecting over …

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5th Annual Dewy Meadow Day

Saturday, November 4, 2017: It is that time of the year again! Street Fair time! The 5th annual Dewy Meadow Day will be held on Saturday, Nov 4th, 2017 from 11am – 5pm. Everyone please join …


Superhero Superfest

Saturday, November 4, 2017: Meet celebrities, participate in the “Superhero Challenge” to become “Superhero Certified,” shop for comics and other collectibles from 100+ vendors, try out the Game Zone Mobile Gaming Truck and more …

St James Harvest Festival

9th Annual Harvest Fest and NJ Microbrew Night for Charity

Saturday, November 4, 2017: This year's event already has 15 great NJ craft brewers committed, who will serve over 35 specialty craft beers. Oktoberfest dinner, appetizers, wine and beverages will also be served. There will …

Katherine "Kool Kat" Farnham

Hub City Jazz Festival at The Frog

Saturday, November 4, 2017: The Frog will be hosting Katherine “Kool Kat” Farnham during the 13th Annual Hub City Jazz Festival. Info

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Michael's Miracles Arts & Crafts Festival

Sunday, November 5, 2017: Michael's Miracles brings you it's second Arts & crafts Festival/Vendor Fair. There will be a dozen craft tables, art classes and 40 vendors to enrich, entertain and enjoy. It is …

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Relief Beerfest

Saturday, November 11, 2017: Annual Beerfest this coming November 11th from 5:30PM to 9:30PM at the Moorestown Community House. There will be live Music, Food, and 50+ beers to sample. No Pets, No Children, No …

Turkey Trot

Run Your Giblets off Turkey Trot Volunteer

Thursday, November 23, 2017: Volunteer your time at our first annual "Run your giblets off 5k turkey trot". Duties would include some variations of the follow based on abilities; setup/break down, registration check in, …

Smash Out Alzheimer's

Smash Out Alzheimer's

Saturday, November 25, 2017: Smash Out Alzheimer's promises to be a fun day of pumpkin-smashing, live music by Music University, giveaways, raffles, shopping, and much more! Come out smash a pumpkin, paint a pumpkin, …

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