Fall is the perfect time to take in all the wonderful things New Jersey has to offer. The crisp air, the crunch of leaves underfoot and of course, pumpkins everywhere you look. Celebrate the bounty of fall at these fifteen great October fairs and festivals taking place around the state. You’ll find delicious food, family fun, live music and outdoor activities galore at these wonderful events. Check out our top picks and enjoy fall in NJ with your friends and family.


October Fairs

Ales ‘N Tails Oktoberfest

Where: Turtle Back Zoo, 560 Northfield Avenue, West Orange
When: October 1 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm
Price: $60 per person, $15 for designated drivers
Details: Support the Essex County Parks Foundation while you sip tasty brews and enjoy live music from Oompah Band. A variety of seasonal beers will be available, along with craft and food vendors. Many areas of the zoo will be closed for the evening but certain exhibits, including the Reptile House and Touch Tanks, will remain open. All guests must be 21 and over.
More info: Ales ‘N Tails Oktoberfest or call 973-731-5800


October Fairs

Harborfest

Where: Marina Park, 42nd Place & the Bay, Sea Isle City
When: October 1 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Price: Free admission
Details: Pay homage to the bustling fishing industry of Sea Isle City at its annual Harborfest celebration. This event features delicious, fresh seafood from area restaurants. Don’t miss the craft vendors, live entertainment and nautical displays too.
More info: Harborfest or call 609-263-9090


October Fairs

Lenape Day

Where: Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center, 247 Southern Boulevard, Chatham Township
When: October 1 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Price: $5 per person, free for children 2 & under
Details: Celebrate Lenape culture by learning about its traditions and history. Take place in hands-on activities, watch demonstrations and view Lenape artifacts on display. Guided walks along the wooded trails will also be offered. Food is available for purchase from Whole Foods Market.
More info: Morris County Park Commission or call 973-635-6629


October Fairs

Cranberry Fest

Where: Farnsworth Avenue, Bordentown City
When: October 1 & 2 from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Price: Free admission
Details: Head to downtown Bordentown for their 27th annual Cranberry Fest. Check out the wares on display from over 145 crafters, plus special offerings from local restaurants. Live music, a children’s zone and the Isaac Dripps Motorcycle Show on Saturday round out the entertainment.
More info: Downtown Bordentown Association or call 609-384-6230


October Fairs

NJBG Harvest Fest

Where: New Jersey Botanical Garden, 2 Morris Road, Ringwood
When: October 1 & 2 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Price: Free admission and parking
Details: Harvest Fest offers a day full of fun for the whole family. Kids can enjoy pumpkin painting, applesauce making, hayrides and other festive activities. Take a free tour of the beautiful garden grounds and stop by the Fall Plant Sale for great deals on autumn plants.
More info: New Jersey Botanical Garden or call 973-962-9534


October Fairs

South Jersey Pumpkin Show

Where: Salem County Fairgrounds, 735 Harding Highway, Woodstown
When: October 7 from 5:00 to 9:00 pm, October 8 from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm & October 9 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Price: $5 parking fee per car
Details: Highlights of the 13th annual South Jersey Pumpkin Show include a live Headless Horseman story, the big pumpkin weigh-off and the Little Miss & Mister Pumpkin Show. Wear your most creative costumes for the Halloween Costume Contest and bring the dogs for the Doggie Parade. You’ll also find rides, food, wine tastings, crafts and more.
More info: South Jersey Pumpkin Show or call 856-765-0118


October Fairs

LBI FLY International Kite Festival

Where: Beaches and parks throughout Long Beach Island
When: October 7 to 10, hours vary
Price: Free admission
Details: The second annual LBI FLY International Kite Festival features a kite ballet competition, kite-flying demonstrations, a silent kite auction, crafts for kids and kite races, just to name a few of the events. The festival takes place at various locations throughout Ship Bottom, Beach Haven and Long Beach Township so be sure to check the schedule for all the details.
More info: LBI FLY International Kite Festival


October Fairs

Ocean Grove Fall Harvest Fest

Where: Auditorium Square Park, Main Avenue & Pilgrim Pathway, Ocean Grove
When: October 8 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Price: Free admission
Details: Bring the whole family down to Ocean Grove’s Fall Harvest Fest, offering plenty of fall fun! Enjoy live music from The Jo Wymer Band and Chuck Lambert Blues as you stroll, eat and shop. Sidewalk sales, pumpkin painting and over 200 crafters and artisans will be on hand.
More info: Ocean Grove Area Chamber of Commerce or call 732-774-1391


October Fairs

Rock the BBQ Festival

Where: MetLife Stadium, One MetLife Stadium Drive, East Rutherford
When: October 8 from 11:00 am to 10:00 pm
Price: $20 general admission, free for children 10 & under
Details: Live music plus delicious BBQ? This is an event not to be missed! Dozens of food vendors serve up delicious barbecue specialties, along with beer, wine and cocktails. Groove to the sounds of live music from the main stage while the kiddos enjoy family-friendly activities. Finish off the night with an awesome pyrotechnics musical finale at 9:00 pm.
More info: Rock the BBQ Festival or call 201-559-1600


October Fairs

Fall Float Festival

Where: Historic Smithville Park, 803 Smithville Road, Eastampton
When: October 16 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Price: Free admission
Details: Float down Rancocas Creek and enjoy the beautiful fall foliage as you relax on the water. Afterwards, spend the day in Smithville Park and enjoy food, activities and entertainment. Kids can play games, watch a magic show, get their faces painted and check out the Scarecrow Parade.
More info: Burlington County or call 609-265-5858


October Fairs

Thompson Park Day

Where: Thompson Park, 805 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft
When: October 16 from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Price: Free admission
Details: Take the entire family to Thompson Park for this fun festival featuring square dancing, pumpkin painting, wagon rides, kids’ races, canoeing and more. Register in advance to participate in the Scarecrow Contest or Strut Your Mutt Doggie Costume Contest.
More info: Monmouth County Park System or call 732-975-9735


October Fairs

Clifton Downtown Street Fair

Where: Main Avenue, Clifton
When: October 22 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Price: Free admission
Details: It’s one big block party in the town of Clifton! Stroll through the downtown area to find vendors, crafters, great food and live entertainment. The kids can keep busy with pony rides, karaoke and amusement-style rides.
More info: Downtown Clifton or call 973-557-3886


October Fairs

Hoboken Harvest Festival

Where: Pier A Park, 1st Street & Sinatra Drive, Hoboken
When: October 22 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Price: Free admission
Details: Enjoy cool breezes and spectacular views from the Hoboken waterfront at the city’s annual Harvest Festival. This family-friendly event offers live music, craft activities, hay rides, pumpkin painting and a petting zoo. Stop by to check out dance, gymnastics and soccer demonstrations from local groups.
More info: City of Hoboken or call 201-420-2207


October Fairs

Harvest Food Truck & Wine Festival

Where: Alba Vineyard & Winery, 269 Route 627, Milford
When: October 22 & 23 from 12:00 to 5:00 pm
Price: $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 13-20, free for kids 12 & under
Details: Local food trucks head to Alba Vineyard & Winery for the last festival of the year. This fun event features delicious food, estate wines and live music from The VooDUDES. Wine tastings are available for an extra $10 per person and include eight samplings of Alba Vineyard’s wines.
More info: Alba Vineyard & Winery or call 908-995-7800


October Fairs

Somerville Spooktacular

Where: Main Street & Division Street, Somerville
When: October 31 from 3:00 to 6:00 pm
Price: Free admission
Details: Have a spooky good time at this family-friendly Halloween celebration in downtown Somerville. Spend the afternoon enjoying pumpkin carving demonstrations, a photo booth, a scavenger hunt, a Halloween-themed dance party and other special treats.
More info: Downtown Somerville Alliance or call 908-541-1600


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