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The start of Harvest season means lots of great events centered around freshly grown food and locally crafted drinks in the Garden State. Of course, if you’re looking for something a little different, there are a number of other festivals and activities – from a celebration of kites to a trip aboard a haunted seaport – to enjoy. It’s time to break out the monthly planner, because we’re listing off 15 fun festivals in New Jersey happening this October.

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Ales ‘N Tails Oktoberfest

Where: Turtle Back Zoo, 560 Northfield Avenue, West Orange
october fairs, festivalsWhen: October 14 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: Visit the Ales ‘N Tails Oktoberfest website or call 973-731-5800


Lenape Day

Where: Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center, 247 Southern Boulevard, Chatham Township
october fairs, festivalsWhen: October 7 from Noon 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 are also offered. Food is available for purchase from Whole Foods Market.
More info: Visit the Morris County Park Commission website or call 973-635-6629


Cranberry Fest

october fairs, festivalsWhere: Farnsworth Avenue, Bordentown City
When: October 7 & 8 from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Price: Free admission
Details: Head to downtown Bordentown for their 28th annual Cranberry Fest. Check out the wares on display from over 150 crafters, plus special offerings from local restaurants. Live music, a children’s zone and the addition of a craft beer garden make this an event you don’t want to miss!
More info: Visit the Cranberry Fest website or call 609-384-6230


NJBG Harvest Fest

Where: New Jersey Botanical Garden, 2 Morris Road, Ringwood
october fairs, festivalsWhen: October 14 & 15 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Price: Free admission and parking
Details: The Harvest Fest at New Jersey Botanical Garden offers a day full of fun for the whole family. Kids can enjoy pumpkin painting, applesauce making, hayrides and other festive activities. Visitors can also take a free tour of the beautiful garden grounds or stop by the Fall Plant Sale for great deals on autumn plants.
More info: Visit the New Jersey Botanical Garden website or call 973-962-9534


South Jersey Pumpkin Show

Where: Salem County Fairgrounds, 735 Harding Highway, Woodstown
When: October 13 from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm, and October 14 & 15 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
october fairs, festivalsPrice: $5 parking fee per car
Details: Highlights of the 14th annual South Jersey Pumpkin Show include a live Headless Horseman story presentation, 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: Visit the South Jersey Pumpkin Show website or call 856-765-0118


october fairs, festivalsLBI FLY International Kite Festival

Where: Beaches and parks throughout Long Beach Island
When: October 6 to 9, hours vary
Price: Free admission
Details: The third annual LBI FLY International Kite Festival features kite-making, 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 and Brant Beach, so be sure to check the schedule for all the details.
More info: Visit the LBI FLY International Kite Festival website.


Ocean Grove Fall Harvest Fest

Where: Auditorium Square Park, Main Avenue & Pilgrim Pathway, Ocean Grove
october fairs, festivalsWhen: October 7 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: Visit the Ocean Grove Area Chamber of Commerce website or call 732-774-1391.


Fall Float Festival

Where: Historic Smithville Park, 803 Smithville Road, Eastampton
october fairs, festivalsWhen: October 15 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 during the Fall Float Festival. Afterwards, spend the day in Smithville Park to enjoy food, activities and entertainment. Kids can play games, take tractor rides, watch a magic show, get their faces painted and check out the Scarecrow Parade.
More info: Visit the Burlington County website.


Thompson Park Day

Where: Thompson Park, 805 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft
october fairs, festivalsWhen: October 15 from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Price: Free admission
Details: Take the entire family to Thompson Park for this fun festival featuring pie-eating contests, zombies (for a little bit of Halloween fun), cross-country skiing, 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: Visit the Monmouth County Park System website or call 732-975-9735


Clifton Downtown Street Fair

october fairs, festivalsWhere: Main Avenue, Clifton
When: October 14 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Price: Free admission
Details: The Downtown Street Fair is one big block party in the town of Clifton! Stroll through the downtown area to find vendors, crafters, great food and live entertainment. There’s something for everyone with games, rides, and a mini car show also present at the event.
More info: Visit the Downtown Clifton website or call 973-557-3886


Hoboken Harvest Festival

Where: Pier A Park, 1st Street & Sinatra Drive, Hoboken
october fairs, festivalsWhen: October 21 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. While you’re there, be sure to also check out the dance, gymnastics and soccer demonstrations from local groups.
More info: Visit the City of Hoboken website.


Harvest Food Truck & Wine Festival

october fairs, festivalsWhere: Alba Vineyard & Winery, 269 Route 627, Milford
When: October 21 & 22 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 traditionally head to Alba Vineyard & Winery for the location’s last festival of the year. This year, the 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: Visit www.albavineyard.com or call 908-995-7800


Harvest Arts Festival

october fairs, festivalsWhere: Washington Street, Toms River
When: October 21 from 11:30 am to 5:00 pm
Price: Free admission
Details: Live music from local bands set the scene for a lovely Sunday in Toms River. Food, craft vendors, a beer and wine garden, plus tons of kids’ activities like inflatables and free pumpkin decorating will have you and your family getting into the fall spirit.
More info: Visit www.downtowntomsriver.com or call 732-341-8738


Haunted Seaport

Where: Tuckerton Seaport & Baymen’s Museum, 120 West Main Street, Tuckerton
october fairs, festivalsWhen: October 26-28 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm
Price: $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 5-12, free for children under 5
Details: Join in the spooky fun at Tuckerton Seaport, but beware of scary pirates and sea captains roaming the grounds. Visitors can take a hayride through the Haunted Woods or, if they’re brave enough, encounter the Jersey Devil. For the little ones, there are some non-scary activities like crafts, games and pumpkin slime.
More info: Visit the Haunted Seaport website or call 609-296-8868.


Grand Harvest Wine Festival

october fairs, festivalsWhere: Fosterfields Living Historical Farm, 73 Kahdena Road, Morris Township
When: October 7 & 8 from Noon to 5:00 pm
Price: $25 admission, $5 for non-drinkers, free for those under 21
Details:.Enjoy the picturesque farm setting at Fosterfields as you sample offerings from New Jersey’s best wineries. Over 300 wines will be available, as well as live music, delicious foods and crafts for purchase.
More info: Visit www.newjerseywineevents.com.


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

Statewide October Festival Events

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Annual Fall Festival at Fresh & Fancy Farms

Sunday, October 1, 2017: Join in for Fresh & Fancy Farms' Annual Fall Festival! Fall crafts, pumpkin painting and seasonal foods & beverages! All ages welcome! { Free Entry } Info


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Blackwood Pumpkin Festival

Sunday, October 1, 2017: Fall – time for pumpkins, cider doughnuts, leaves splashed in color, and the 26th Annual Blackwood Pumpkin Festival. Pumpkin Painting, Hayrides, Amusement Rides, Scarecrow Making, Bounce Houses and much more! Info


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DogFest Walk 'n Roll 2017

Sunday, October 1, 2017: Join in for DogFest Walk 'n Roll NJ! This event is family and dog-friendly, so come out for a tail-waggin' good time! Meet staff, volunteers, puppy raisers and graduates. Enjoy …


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Springfield Festival, Car Show & Street Fair

Sunday, October 1, 2017: A large Model Rail Road presentation/set up, Etsy vendors, Robotics Tent, Race Track with radio controlled stock cars, obstacle course, trackless train, horse and buggy ride, petting zoo and pony …


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Diversity Day

Sunday, October 1, 2017: Passaic County is one of the most diverse counties in the State, and they are celebrating that Diversity on October 1st. Come to enjoy a hodgepodge of ethnic foods and …


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Hayrides & Campfires at Warinanco Park

Friday, October 6, 2017: Come join the fun this fall as Union County presents  the annual Hayrides and Campfires in Warinanco Park and the Watchung Reservation. Hayride and Campfires include folks songs around the campfire, …


Elmer Harvest Festival

Elmer Harvest Day Festival

Saturday, October 7, 2017: Local businesses participate with extra special deals for you! Bring your appetite! Local restaurants will have holiday specials. Participating vendors will offer a variety of yummy treats! Enjoy live entertainment …


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Parade & Safety Fair

Saturday, October 7, 2017: First Time Ever Safety Parade! Fun, Games, Tons of Safety Information, Motorcycle Show & more! To Commemorate Fire Prevention Week. Info


Lima Bean Festival

West Cape May Lima Bean Festival

Saturday, October 7, 2017: The lowly legume takes center stage beginning at 9:00AM and delights locals and visitors alike with her vast array of recipes, crafts, and products available. Info


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Allendale Festival Day and Car Show!

Saturday, October 7, 2017: Join in for a fun-filled day of live music, entertainment, vendors, arts & crafts, food, exhibits, community organizations, giveaways, games, clowns, face-painting and much more.  Info


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Aura Fall Festival

Saturday, October 7, 2017: Aura Elementary School is having a festival to raise money. There will be pumpkin hayrides, face painting, food and more. Come by and support the kids. Info


HarvestFest, Bloomfield

Bloomfield HarvestFest

Saturday, October 7, 2017: Shop a one-mile-long marketplace, stop by food courts for some delectable food delights, and play at the endless amusements in the KidZone with games and activities. Info


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Fall Craft Show & Art in the Park

Saturday, October 7, 2017: Join in for the Fall Craft Market and Art in the Park. The craft shows at The Historic Village at Allaire show case local artists as they sell and demonstrate …


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Fall Festival at Frog Ocean Honey

Saturday, October 7, 2017: The 2nd Annual Fall Harvest Festival. Meet the talented local vendors who will be displaying and selling their artwork, repurposed and recreated items, locally harvested pumpkins and locally grown fresh …


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Paws in the Park

Saturday, October 7, 2017: If anyone in your family has 4 legs, this is the event for you. This dog and cat-friendly event will feature rescue groups from around the State and all proceeds …


Harvest, Honey & Garlic Festival

Sussex County Harvest, Honey & Garlic Festival

Saturday, October 7, 2017: This Festival is a celebration of agritourism, ecotourism and arts & heritage tourism. There will be a farmers market where you can buy fresh fruit, vegetables, flowers and wine. There will be activities …


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Fall ECOpen House

Saturday, October 7, 2017: Take the family to the Fall ECOpen House for some Fall Fun! Pumpkin Decorating Contest, Farm-to-Fork Cooking Demonstrations and more! Info


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Squash Fest at the Highland Park Farmers Market

Friday, October 13, 2017: Tis the season...for a squash party. So on Oct 13th, Highland Park Farmers Market is throwing their first ever Highland Park Farmers Market Squash Fest! They will have music, squash-themed food …


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SEPTA Fall Family Fest

Friday, October 13, 2017: Fun Fall Outdoor event for Montgomery families. Arts & Crafts, games and food. This is a free event, all monies collected will be donated to district wide Special Education Teacher …


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Spookfest @ Camp Topanemus

Friday, October 13, 2017: Join in for Pizza, a Ghost Hunt, Costume Contest & Music. Recommended for children Grades 6-10. $5 per person. Register at Freehold and Old Bridge Welcome Desks or online by …


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Autumn In Moorestown Festival

Saturday, October 14, 2017: Join over 20,000 people who make Moorestown so special. Downtown Moorestown will welcome the fall season in a big way - from fine arts and crafts to antique and classic …


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West Milford Autumn Lights Festival

Saturday, October 14, 2017: The Autumn Lights Festival first started 20 years ago as a celebration to West Milford for getting its first traffic light! In the beginning it was just the town gathering …


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Just Jersey Festival

Saturday, October 14, 2017: This festival includes Wine and Beer, Live Music, Food Trucks and Family Fun! A benefit for Rockaway Borough Fire Department. Info


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Autumnal Evenings at Jessie Creek Winery

Saturday, October 14, 2017: Bring the family and the furbabies - catch the sunset (around 6:30ish) - enjoy the crisp fall air by the bonfire - go for a hayride around the vineyard while …


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Fall Family Fun Day @ Patterson Greenhouses

Sunday, October 15, 2017: Free Antique Car show (all old cars welcomed)!! Free Bounce House and Face Painter! Plus a pick your own pumpkins area, Kids Craft Corner!! And a Halloween Parade for the …


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Cranford Fire Department Celebrates 125th Anniversary

Sunday, October 15, 2017: This event will feature many food trucks, Fire and EMS vehicles on display, Union County Police & Fire Pipes and Drums Band, historical video, commemorative memorabilia to purchase, live music …


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Wayside Village's Harvest Festival

Friday, October 20, 2017: Giveaways, a raffle for a 50" HDTV and kids can dress up to trick or treat at local shops! Free snacks, face painting, a bounce house, balloon toy makers, an …


Seton Village Festival

Seton Village Food Truck and Craft Beer Festival

Friday, October 20, 2017: The festival will spotlight more than 20 area food trucks, two live bands, and local restaurant specials as well as a craft beer garden featuring a wide-ranging collection of local …


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Boo Bash at Old Bridge YMCA

Friday, October 20, 2017: This Halloween party is for facility members only. Halloween Costumes Encouraged! Info


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Hunter's Pace & Car Show

Saturday, October 21, 2017: Free Entrance. Horse Race &  10am-3pm, Mustang car shows 11am-4pm, Winery tours & tastings. Stay overnight at Tuscany House Hotel Saturday night with the "Hunter Pace" special for $189 and receive …


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RiverFest 2017

Saturday, October 21, 2017: RiverFest is a family friendly event. It’s a four acre beer garden with over 12 beers on tap and wine too, over 15 restaurants, live bands all day, over 24 …


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Super Sampling

Saturday, October 21, 2017: Super Buy-Rite and Cedar Gardens are honored to host the Sarala Bathena Foundation's Annual Super Sampling at Cedar Gardens in Hamilton, NJ. This incredible Sampling offers over 500 of the …


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Celebrate Fall 2017

Sunday, October 22, 2017: Games, crafts, music, face painting, seasonal cooking demonstrations and more! Explore the Spooky Trail, decorate a pumpkin, and join the costume parade. Or enjoy the golden autumn colors and crisp …


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Fall Harvest Festival at Camp Harmony

Sunday, October 22, 2017: Come join in for a day of fun with pumpkin decorating, hayrides, face painting, fall treats and more! Come play on one of their 4 playgrounds or learn more about …


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Howl-O-Ween Family Fest at Marty's Place Senior Dog Sanctuary

Sunday, October 22, 2017: A Spooktacular afternoon of fun for the whole family - including the family dog! Come to Marty’s Place Howl-O-Ween Family Fest on Sunday, October 22nd for a little hocus pocus and a …


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Fall Festival at New Day Family Success

Thursday, October 26, 2017: Join In For A Free Fun Fall Family Night! Bring The Whole Family For Pumpkin Painting, Crafts, Apple Cider, DIY Fall Decorations, Face Painting & More! Info


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PumpkinFest Friday

Friday, October 27, 2017: Enter your painted, illuminated or carved pumpkins into Clinton’s annual pumpkin carving contest! Entries can be brought to the tent on Main Street beginning at 4:30. Judging begins at 7:00. …


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Nighttime Stroll at Downtown Cranford

Friday, October 27, 2017: Come and celebrate the 10 year anniversary of the Scarecrow Stroll with a Nighttime Stroll! There will be music and they'll be handing out glow sticks. It's a great chance to see …


Burlesque Festival

NJ Burlesque Festival 2017

Friday, October 27, 2017: The Damned & The Divine Masquerade features burlesque, sideshow, aerial, circus and vocal performances by a cast of extremely talented performers. In addition to the performances on stage the evening …


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Pumpkin Patch Day!

Saturday, October 28, 2017: Join in for the Annual Pumpkin Patch day – a fall tradition for so many families! Enjoy a day filled with pumpkin picking, hayrides, pumpkin carving and painting, crafts and …


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South Jersey GeekFest

Saturday, October 28, 2017: South Jersey GeekFest is a celebration of your geekery featuring comics, tabletop games, video games, youtubers, cosplayers and much more. Info


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Zombie Walk at Historic Smithville

Saturday, October 28, 2017: Spend a night in the Village and take part in the Zombie Walk! Be prepared to walk the Village with hundreds of other zombie friends! Show up already in full …


Barnegat Fall Festival

Barnegat Fall Festival

Saturday, October 28, 2017: Free pumpkin painting, snack decorating, scarecrow making (bring your own clothes). Party crashers inflatables will provide trackless train, giant slide and a bounce house. Craft vendors, local volunteer & civic …


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Long Branch Fall Festival & Pooch Parade!

Saturday, October 28, 2017: The Fall Festival will feature arts & crafts, touch a truck, bouncy rides, a costumed pooch parade, a kids costume parade, and craft vendors! There will be a DJ as …


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Spooky Terminal 2017

Saturday, October 28, 2017: There will be lots of fun activities for kids and for families: Bouncy House, Magic Show, Dance Party for kids, Juggler, Costume Contest, Facepainting, and more! Info


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2017 Freehold Food Fest

Saturday, October 28, 2017: Freehold Food Fest features many of New Jersey’s top-rated food trucks, music, local vendors and a day of family fun, all for a great cause. This year, proceeds from Freehold …


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Doggy Howl

Saturday, October 28, 2017: Dog Costume Contest. Awards Given to: Best Dressed Small Dog, Best Dressed Big Dog, Best Dressed Duo. Info


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Halloweenie

Saturday, October 28, 2017: Join in for this Annual Halloweenie on the farm! Featuring seasonal hot dog toppings from pumpkin parmigiano to maple bacon along with their farm cut rosemary roasted sweet & russet …


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After the Harvest Wine & Food Event

Saturday, October 28, 2017: Just as the harvest season winds down this fall, the inaugural After the Harvest Wine & Food event presented by Provident Bank, will be launched at the Culinary Arts Institute …


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North Wildwood Trunk-or-Treat Halloween Block Party

Saturday, October 28, 2017: Families are encouraged to bring their vehicles decorated for Halloween. Children will come in costume and visit each car where families will provide treats from the trunks of their cars. …


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