Before the holiday season kicks into high gear, take some time to enjoy all the fun festivals and fairs New Jersey has to offer. Hay rides, pet parades and unique crafts are just a sampling of what’s on tap. For all that and more, check out this list of great Garden State festivals happening in the month of November.

Awesome Autumn Fun

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Where: Jakes Branch County Park, 1100 Double Trouble Road, Beachwood
When: November 3 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Price: Free admission
Details: The seventh annual Awesome Autumn Fun celebration will have games for the whole family and refreshments, plus fall activities like hay rides, a hay maze and face painting. Apple cider and snacks are available for purchase and this is a rain or shine event.
More infoAwesome Autumn Fun or call 732-281-2750


Fall Festival

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Where: Norz Hill Farm, 120 South Branch Road, Hillsborough
When: November 3 from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Price: Prices vary by activity
Details: Visit with farm animals like miniature donkeys, alpaca, chickens, bunnies and more or check out the corn maze…can you find your way out? Hay rides and pony rides are also available, as are yummy goodies from the farm’s market stand.
More info: Fall Festival or call 908-371-2697


Craft Beer & Whiskey Festival

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Where: Elks Club, 1005 Washington Street, Hoboken
When: November 3 from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Price: $40 in advance, $50 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, cornhole and basketball tournaments, live music, plus a 50/50 raffle to benefit the Liberty Humane Society.
More info: Craft Beer & Whiskey Festival or call 201-547-4147


Great Pumpkin Festival

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Where: 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


Thanksgiving Harvest Home & Armistice Observance

Where: Fosterfields Living Historical Farm, 73 Kahdena Road, Morris Township
When: November 11 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


Food Trucks on Main Street

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Where: Main Street, Medford
When: November 15 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Price: Free
Details: Every third Thursday evening of the month, Medford now hosts Food Trucks on Main Street. Stroll the historic street that is lined with food trucks and help yourself to some dinner. Stores and restaurants will be open late with special sales and promotions, plus the Medford Arts Center will be on hand with fun activities.
More info: Food Trucks on Main Street or call 609-654-2608


Handmade in America Professional Craft Show

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Where: Upper Township Community Center, 1790 Route 50, Tuckahoe
When: November 17 from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm
Price: Free admission
Details: For the fifth 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


Holiday Light Show

Where: Historic Smithville & Village Greene, 615 E. Moss Mill Road, Smithville
When: November 22 to January 6 from dark to 8:30 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

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Where: Main Street, Clinton
When: November 23 through November 25 from 11:00 am to 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 23 at 6:30 pm!
More info: Visit Dickens Days


Stone Harbor Island Holiday

Where: Downtown Stone Harbor
When: November 23 & 24
Price: Free admission
Details: It’s a weekend full of fun holiday events during the annual Stone Harbor Island Holiday celebration! Activities include a scavenger hunt, 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.
More infoStone Harbor Island Holiday or call 609-368-5102


Mullica Hill Lights on Main

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Where: Main Street, Mullica Hill
When: November 24 from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Price: Free
Details: Mullica Hill kicks off the holiday season with this family and pet-friendly event on Main Street. Come witness the official lighting of the town Christmas tree while shopping, eating and being merry! Photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus are available, as well.
More info: Lights on Main or call 856-278-2055


Statewide November Festival Events

Fall Festival

Saturday, November 17, 2018: Activities include gingerbread house making, pumpkin decorating, a visit from the Garden State Discovery Center, a Kid Fit obstacle course, games, face painting, lunch, and more! Info


Laurita Winery campfire

Holly Jolly Food Truck Festival

Saturday, November 24, 2018 - Sunday, November 25, 2018: Food and wine lovers will converge at Laurita Winery in New Egypt for a Laurita Winery Gourmet Food Trucks and Fire Works weekend. Experience the trending Gourmet Food Truck offerings …


Scandinavian Christmas

Jul Dans - Scandinavian Christmas Festival

Saturday, November 24, 2018: All night dancing around the Christmas tree with music provided by Jeanne Widman Anderson and Smorgasbandet with Walter Eriksson, Jr., on Nyckelharpa. Fresh ham dinner, Swedish meatballs and other traditional …



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