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 13 fun festivals in New Jersey happening this October.
Where: Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center, 247 Southern Boulevard, Chatham Township
When: October 13 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 part 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
Where: Farnsworth Avenue, Bordentown City
When: October 6 & 7 from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Price: Free admission
Details: Head to downtown Bordentown for their 29th 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
When: October 13 & 14 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Price: Free admission; $5 parking fee per car
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 12 from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm, and October 13 & 14 from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Price: $5 parking fee per car
Details: Highlights of the 15th 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 All Breed Fun Dog Show & Contest. 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
LBI FLY International Kite Festival
Where: Beaches and parks throughout Long Beach Island
When: October 5 to 8, hours vary
Price: Free admission
Details: The fourth 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
When: October 6 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 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
When: October 14 from 9:00 am to 2:00 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
When: October 14 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
Hoboken Harvest Festival
Where: Pier A Park, 1st Street & Sinatra Drive, Hoboken
When: October 20 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
Where: Alba Vineyard & Winery, 269 Route 627, Milford
When: October 20 & 21 from noon 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 and an etched Alba Vineyard wine glass.
More info: Visit www.albavineyard.com or call 908-995-7800
Harvest Arts Festival
Where: Washington Street, Toms River
When: October 20 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
Where: Tuckerton Seaport & Baymen’s Museum, 120 West Main Street, Tuckerton
When: October 18-21 from 6:00 pm 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
Where: Fosterfields Living Historical Farm, 73 Kahdena Road, Morris Township
When: October 6 & 7 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 the Morris County Park Commission website.
Looking for year-round listings of more great activities? Check out our roundup of New Jersey’s Best Fairs & Festivals.
Statewide October Festival Events
Saturday, September 8, 2018 - Saturday, November 3, 2018: All activities are open on weekends, including hayrides, farm tours to see the animals, u-pick pumpkin right from the pumpkin patch, the 5 acre “15 Year” corn maze, pony rides, …
Saturday, September 15, 2018 - Sunday, October 28, 2018: The fun begins September 15-16 and continues through the last weekend in October. Join in on any or all Apple Days Fall Harvest Festival Weekends from September 15 through October 28 …
Monday, September 17, 2018 - Wednesday, October 31, 2018: Mon - Fri 3pm-5pm . Sat and Sun 10am-4pm. This ticket gives you access to the hayride, which takes you to the pumpkin patch and corn maze. If you chose to pick …
Saturday, September 29, 2018 - Sunday, October 28, 2018: Hayrides, Pumpkin Picking, Corn Maze, Food & Music. Weekends Only. Info
Friday, October 5, 2018 - Monday, October 8, 2018: The 4th Annual LBI Fly International Kite Festival will again be gracing the beaches of Long Beach Island over the course of Columbus Day Weekend. This free and cross-generational event …
Friday, October 5, 2018: Friday, 4pm to 10 pm, Saturday, 10 am to 10 pm, Sunday, 10 am to 8 pm. Savor a weekend of delectable Italian specialties, arts and crafts, outstanding entertainment and …
Friday, October 5, 2018 - Monday, October 8, 2018: With a stellar lineup of musicians playing throughout the festival, this is the perfect way to escape for a few days, or even for a few hours to enjoy the …
Saturday, October 6, 2018: Come out to support Aura School for their annual Fall Festival! A portion of the hay rides & all of the proceeds from the games, face painting & snacks will …
Saturday, October 6, 2018: Come celebrate the 16th year on Saturday, October 6, 2018 at the Hometown Harvest Fair located in Hightstown, New Jersey. They will have a day filled with local artists and …
Saturday, October 6, 2018: Sponsored by the Ocean Grove Area Chamber of Commerce, this festival features over 90 arts & crafts vendors, sidewalk sales, pony rides, live music, and a variety of foods. Rain …
Saturday, October 6, 2018 - Saturday, October 27, 2018: Nash FM 94.7 on the Farm: October 6,7 and 13, 14 -- Meet your favorite DJS! Operation Chillout Tiny Home on Display: October 13, 14 and 20, 21 .Food Truck …
Saturday, October 6, 2018 - Sunday, October 7, 2018: Over 150 artists and artisans, crafters and makers, will line Farnsworth Ave and join Bordentown's own unique shops and restaurants, in offering one of a kind, handmade, vintage, and upcycled …
Saturday, October 6, 2018: Sample beer offerings from local distributors and craft breweries while enjoying the beautiful scenery of the golf course and raising funds for Almost Home Animal Shelter. You might even end …
Sunday, October 7, 2018: The street will be transformed into a giant town block party. There will be merchandise & craft vendors, kiddie rides, pony rides, great food, local merchants and civic groups & …
Sunday, October 7, 2018: This Dunellen Downtown Management Organization signature event will feature artists and crafters from around the Garden State, local nonprofits, activities for kids, foods, music, dancing, and more! Carriage rides around …
Sunday, October 7, 2018: Join in for Fresh & Fancy Farms Annual Fall Festival! Fall crafts, pumpkin painting and seasonal foods & beverages! All ages welcome! Free Entry. Seasonal specials on mums, cabbage, pansies …
Sunday, October 7, 2018: Join the fun at Oktoberfest with a German Beer Garden, food vendors, the Stein Hoisting Contest, and live music. Swing by the Rat tent to play games and win prizes! …
Sunday, October 7, 2018: Fall – time for pumpkins, cider doughnuts, leaves splashed in color, and the 27th Annual Blackwood Pumpkin Festival. Activities include pumpkin painting, hayrides,amusement rides, Scarecrow making, bounce houses, a pumpkin carving …
Sunday, October 7, 2018: Somerville Street Fair. Upscale town. Street Fair will be held on Main Street. Large crowds are expected. Info
Sunday, October 7, 2018: Celebrate the Fall Harvest and the Season of the Witch at the Whippany Railway Museum with train rides and a Halloween crafts/vendor fair from 12:30 to 5:00 pm, Rain or …
Monday, October 8, 2018: Each year on Columbus Day, Delicious Orchards hosts a fun-filled Fall family event! It’s everything you love about fall, wrapped into one big festival. Crafts, games, live music, local food …
Friday, October 12, 2018: The purpose of the art festival is to create a safe and creative space for persons with disabilities and underscore the benefits of visual art in special needs communities through …
Saturday, October 13, 2018: Apples are returning again in October to Kirby’s Mill! Over 100 Craft Booths, Food, Demonstrations, Music, Children's Activities. Apple Products, Apple Cider, Cider Donuts and much more. Info
Saturday, October 13, 2018 - Sunday, October 14, 2018: Allentown Fall Festival takes place on Main Street. It features artisans and crafters, a civil war re–enactment camp, a classic car show, live entertainment in the forms of music, dancing …
Saturday, October 13, 2018 - Sunday, October 14, 2018: The Berlin Fall Fest has become the signature event of Berlin. Each year more and more people, both residents and visitors alike enjoy the vendors, kid-friendly activities and entertainment for …
Saturday, October 13, 2018: Celebrate your great community with a fun-filled day of activities at the Firehouse. Activities to include: Inflatable’s, pumpkin picking, DJ, local organization exhibits, and more…Petting Zoo and Pony Rides (from 1-3pm). Info
Saturday, October 13, 2018: The Just Jersey Fest is rolling into Rockaway Borough. Food! Beer! Music! Fun! It’s a fun filled family day! 20 Gourmet Food Trucks, partnered with some incredible bands, make for …
Saturday, October 13, 2018: Enjoy the beautiful lake-front setting while sampling an array of wines from some of NJ's leading wineries, browsing crafters, vendors and food. Auburn Road Vineyard, Chestnut Run Farm, Coda Rossa …
Saturday, October 13, 2018: Hoboken Pizza Fest is back and it's better than ever! Join Hoboken Happy Hours in partnership with True Mentors for the 2nd Annual Hoboken Pizza Fest on Saturday, October 13th at …
Saturday, October 13, 2018: There will be Music Entertainment, Great Food, Free Inflatable Rides, Sand Art, Face Painting and so much more! A Free Fun Day for the whole Family. Unique Shopping Opportunities offered …
Saturday, October 13, 2018: Taste over 150 beers for 4 hours (1:00 -5:00). Listen to Live Music, Meet Brewers, Enjoy a Cash bar and Food Vendors from 1 til 6pm. Info
Saturday, October 13, 2018: Get ready for the unveiling of Avalon Brew Pub's exciting New Beer Selections! Need a bite to go along with those new beers? Gobble up German favorites like giant pretzels & …
Saturday, October 13, 2018: Hayride for children, pumpkin, treat bag, juice & apple cider donut. Come hungry and ready to eat. List of Food Trucks will be provided soon! Info
Sunday, October 14, 2018: A free, family float festival at Smithville Park! Canoe/Kayak on the Rancocas Creek or Smithville Lake and see the fall foliage as you float along. Residents decorate their docks and …
Sunday, October 14, 2018: Enjoy a fun day with pumpkin decorating, hayrides, face painting, fall treats, and the return of our Jumbo Smoked Turkey Legs! Info
Saturday, October 20, 2018: Harvest Festival at McNaughton's Garden Center in Cherry Hill, NJ. Wonderful family-friendly day celebrating the fall season! Kids activities throughout the day including face painting, moon bounce, pumpkin painting (with …
Saturday, October 20, 2018 - Sunday, October 21, 2018: Paint Party Farm's 3rd annual Fall Pumpkin Festival. Family, friends, and the community are welcome to stop by Paint Party Farm at Pastime Farm any time between 11am - 5pm on …
Saturday, October 20, 2018 - Sunday, October 21, 2018: For one weekend a year, celebrate your Italian heritage with an annual Italian Festival. With the sounds of traditional music, plus a spread of local Italian food, celebrate in true …
Saturday, October 20, 2018: RiverFest is a family friendly event... It’s a four acre beer garden with 9 beers on tap, wine and sangria too, 15 restaurants, live bands all day, new teen and …
Saturday, October 20, 2018: Crafters, vendors and Four Old Guys what could be more fun? Alpacas!!! Enjoy a fall festival on a beautiful farm in Galloway Twp, NJ. Please check out and like the …
Wednesday, October 24, 2018: Join Bernards Township Parks and Recreation for Pumpkins in the Park! There will be Free Apple Cider and Cider Doughnuts as well as fun activities for kids of all ages… …
Friday, October 26, 2018: Big Brew Sussex Beer Festival is a perfect opportunity for beer aficionados to meet and hang out. With over 100 unique tastings it's a great place to discover new beers …
Saturday, October 27, 2018 - Sunday, October 28, 2018: Be a part of the first ever Halloween at Hill Creek Farms. They are looking for help from their guests to make Hill Creek Farms a spooky while fun for …
Saturday, October 27, 2018 - Sunday, October 28, 2018: The festival will feature a variety of sea glass artisans and authors from around the country, magnificent sea glass collections from all over the world, the highly anticipated Shard of …
Saturday, October 27, 2018: Come one, come all! Families will enjoy trick or treating, a bounce house, balloon artist, free raffle, costume contest, and more. It’s festive fall fun for everyone! website
Saturday, October 27, 2018: The Borough of Brooklawn will host its 4th Annual Fall Festival on Oct 27th beginning at 11 am. A full days schedule including food trucks, continuous live music, craft vendors, …
Saturday, October 27, 2018: Join in on October 27 from 11 am to 4 pm for the fourth annual Family Fall Fest. This is a free event appropriate for the whole family. Don't forget …
Saturday, October 27, 2018 - Sunday, October 28, 2018: Get your gourd on at the annual Halloween Pumpkin Patch & Fall Festival! Find your perfect Halloween pumpkins, and feast on seasonal food and drinks from local vendors (plus spooky …
Saturday, October 27, 2018: Its back! Excited to announce Bernardsville Special Events will be hosting, along with friends at the Bernardsville Library a Trunk or Treat and Fallfest event!! Trick or treat to decorated …
Sunday, October 28, 2018: Live entertainment all day long featuring bands, dancers, karate demonstrations and more. A special section brimming with all kinds of fun stuff to do. There will be mechanical kiddie rides, climbing …
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- Monmouth County Park Systems / Website
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