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The Best Festivals & Expos in New Jersey

Best of NJ works hard to create a statewide calendar full of fun things to do. But since there are so many types of events going on all year round, we’re breaking things up a bit. Below, you’ll find a list of The Best Festivals & Expos in New Jersey.

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North Jersey Festivals & Expos


Big Santa
Big Santa Lighting Extravaganza!

Where: Westfield Garden State Plaza – 11/22/2019: 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Details: You won't want to miss The Big Santa Lighting Extravaganza! The lighting of 50-foot tall Big Santa and a Magical Journey to Find Santa.


Jersey City Wine Fest
Jersey City Wine Fest

Where: Harborside 3 Atrium – 11/23/2019: 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Details: Come out to the Jersey City Wine Fest. Get Ready to travel on a world tour of wines! Over 100 Varieties to try all on the beautiful Jersey City Waterfront.


Vernon Lights Festival
Vernon Lights Festival

Where: Vernon Lights Festival – 11/29/2019 - 02/02/2020: 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Details: Vernon Lights Festival is a Wonderland of Lanterns and Light. Don’t miss this walk-through wonderland of family fun. See massive lighting displays.


Christmas Festival at the Morristown Green
Christmas Festival at the Morristown Green

Where: Morristown Green – 12/01/2019 - 12/22/2019: 12:00 am
Details: The Christmas Festival at the Morristown Green. This month-long family event kicks off on the Sunday after Thanksgiving. Witness Santa’s rooftop arrival.


Christmas Festival

Where: Lacordaire Academy – 12/05/2019: 7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Details: Come join the cast of "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" as well as grades 4-8 as they bring some Christmas cheer to Lacordaire Academy! The…


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Crafts in the Warren Tech

Where: Warren County Technical School – 12/07/2019: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Details: Come out to Crafts in the Warren Tech 10th Annual Event. This is a fun-filled holiday shopping experience! Non-Perishable Food Drive!


Verona Fair in the Square
Verona Fair in the Square

Where: Downtown Verona – 12/07/2019: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Details: Verona Fair in the Square! Come out to the 23nd annual festival for Verona and its surrounding communities. Celebrate the upcoming holiday season with crafters,…


Festival of Trees
10th Annual Festival of Trees

Where: Rossi Chevrolet Buick GMC – 12/12/2019: 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Details: The 10th Annual Festival of Trees! A night full of holiday spirit! Beautifully decorated Christmas trees. An evening of friendship, music, and food.


SwingTime Dolls - The American Hit Parade of the 1940's and beyond

Where: Investors Bank Theater at Horseshoe Lake – 12/28/2019: 7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Details: The SwingTime Dolls is an all female vocal group consisting of three of the area’s most accomplished vocalists that shine a new light on the…


Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet

Where: New Jersey Performing Arts Center – 01/03/2020: 8:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Details: Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet


Mozart's Don Giovanni

Where: New Jersey Performing Arts Center – 01/11/2020: 8:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Details: Mozart's Don Giovanni


Wagner's The Ring without Words

Where: New Jersey Performing Arts Center – 01/19/2020: 3:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Details: Wagner's The Ring without Words


Shanghai Circus World

Where: Bergen Performing Arts Center – 02/25/2020: 8:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Details: Shanghai Circus World



Central Jersey Festivals & Expos


Harry Potter at Liberty Hall!

Where: Liberty Hall Museum – 11/29/2019: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Details: The Christmas Tour Begins: Harry Potter at Liberty Hall! Join in this holiday season as Liberty Hall steps into the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.


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Central Jersey SantaFest by The Goddard School

Where: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Princeton – 12/01/2019: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Details: Join CentralJersey.com for their second annual SantaFest, presented by The Goddard School. Including holiday movies, crafts, and photo with Santa.


Holiday Lights Parade
Holiday Lights Parade 2019

Where: Somerville Fire Department Engine #1 – 12/07/2019: 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Details: Come out to the Holiday Lights Parade 2019. Prizes given out for the best decorated fire and emergency vehicles, personal floats and best decorated houses.


Asian American Heritage Festival

Where: New Jersey Convention & Expo Center – 05/17/2020: All Day
Details: The Asian American Heritage Festival celebrates the rich heritage and culture of the Asian diaspora in America. We bring together the sounds, sights, dances, art…



Jersey Shore Festivals & Expos


Christmas Castle
Grand Opening of Bettē & Eddie’s Christmas Castle at Laurita

Where: Laurita Winery – 12/01/2019: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Details: Come to the Grand Opening of Bettē & Eddie’s Christmas Castle at Laurita. Each visitor will be given tokens that they can disperse in the ‘Giving Wells’


Christmas Castle
Bettē & Eddie’s Christmas Castle at Laurita

Where: Laurita Winery – 12/04/2019 - 12/08/2019: 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Details: Come to Bettē & Eddie’s Christmas Castle at Laurita Winery. Each visitor will be given tokens that they can disperse in the ‘Giving Wells’


Christmas on the Plaza
Christmas on the Plaza

Where: Byrne Plaza – 12/06/2019 - 12/07/2019: 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Details: Come out to Christmas on the Plaza. An awards ceremony and tree lighting. Carnival rides, vendors, and family entertainment. Story time with Mrs. Claus.


The Philadelphia Handbell Ensemble
The Philadelphia Handbell Ensemble at Laurita!

Where: Laurita Winery – 12/06/2019: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Details: Hear The Philadelphia Handbell Ensemble at Laurita! A community ensemble comprised of auditioned, and advanced-level handbells ringers.


West Cape May Christmas Parade

Where: Cape May Convention Hall – 12/07/2019: All Day
Details: West Cape May Christmas ParadeStarts at 5:00pm sharp from the WCM Volunteer Firehouse and marches South on Broadway, winds East on Perry, and onto Carpenter…


Dickens
Dickens Christmas Extravaganza

Where: Emlen Physick Estate – 12/08/2019 - 12/10/2019: 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Details: A world influenced by Dickens’ writings with noted Dickens scholar Dr. Elliot Engel. Includes a Dickensian Feast at Union Park.


Wildwood Winter Wonderland
Wildwood Winter Wonderland

Where: Holly Beach Park – 12/13/2019 - 12/14/2019: 4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Details: The all-new Wildwood Winter Wonderland event will be held at Holly Beach Park. Enjoy pictures with Santa, food vendors, free movies, and more.


Cheerleading Festival
Spirit Brands Cheerleading Festival

Where: Wildwoods Convention Center – 12/14/2019: 10:00 am - 3:30 pm
Details: Come to the Spirit Brands Cheerleading Festival. Competition features performances choreographed to music and sound effects.


Asbury Park Beerfest
Asbury Park Beerfest

Where: Asbury Park Convention Hall – 01/25/2020 - 01/26/2020: 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Details: Come out to the Asbury Park Beerfest at Convention Hall! The event features craft beers, ciders, retro beers, classic boardwalk food, tasting glasses.


Flip FabriQue

Where: Hackensack Meridian Health Theatre – 03/08/2020: 7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Details: Flip FabriQue


Shadow Of The City

Where: Stone Pony Summer Stage – 06/27/2020: 12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Details: Shadow Of The City


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Gilda's Club South Jersey Dragon Boat Festival

Where: Lake Lenape Park East – 07/12/2020: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Details: Join in at the 5th Annual Gilda's Club South Jersey Dragon Boat Festival! This event features dragon boat races, Brews for Dragons beer tasting, food…



South Jersey Festivals & Expos


Duffield's Christmas Festival
Duffield's Christmas Festival

Where: Duffield’s Farm Market – 12/07/2019: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Details: Christmas Festival at Duffield's Farm. Join in to celebrate the season. Christmas photo area! Santa and Mrs. Clause are coming.


Dickens Festival
The Dickens Festival In Medford, NJ!

Where: Braddock’s Tavern – 12/07/2019: 4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Details: Join in The Dickens Festival In Medford, NJ! Holiday Carolers, Great Food, Hot Chocolate, Magic, Comedy, Juggling, Live Presentations and more.


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