101 Summer Festivals in NJ
Serve Up A Season of Fun for All!
Summer in New Jersey is here and that means tons of New Jersey festivals celebrating music, art, food, local beer and wine, nature, film, and more! Whether you’re looking for fun things to do at the Jersey Shore, sip award-winning New Jersey wine, eat the best seafood New Jersey has to offer, or enjoy some fun family-friendly activities, there’s a NJ summer festival for you! Things To Do In New Jersey has put together a list of 101 summer festivals in NJ for you to enjoy. Be sure to check it out and then make your plans for summer fun in New Jersey! Read on for the best summer festivals in New Jersey…
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101 Summer Festivals in NJ
June Festivals in NJ
June 1-3 – BeardFest is South Jersey’s multifaceted celebration of music, art, education and community. Participants will have the opportunity to dance like a fiend, create without boundaries, play like a carefree child, learn from masters of various fields, share their dreams and talents! This unique NJ festival will feature live music, live art, workshops, swimming, camping, yoga, craft vending, communal art creation, and more! The festival takes place in Paradise Pines Campground in Hammonton.
June 2-4 – Michael Arnone’s 28th Annual Crawfish Fest is a crawfish extravaganza featuring the best music and food that Louisiana and New Orleans has to offer! Crawfish Fest will feature zydeco, cajun, New Orleans R&B, delta blues, gospel, brass, and jazz music on four stages and mouth-watering authentic New Orleans food such as boiled crawfish, po’boys, jambalaya, and more!
June 3 – The Boonton Rock & Brew Craft Beer Fest is an exciting kickoff to summer boasting over 30 breweries, with 6 bands! Other highlights of the day will include a VIP experience, discounts at Main Street shops and local restaurants, and a post festival celebration on Main Street with live music.
June 3 – The Jersey City Brew Fest features an eclectic local variety of fermented beer and cider in all styles combining the best elements of a beer garden with a wide variety of choices found only at a craft beer festival. Festival guests will enjoy unlimited craft beer samples for the entire evening paired with live entertainment, food, and interactive games.
June 3 – The 4th Annual Hop Sauce Festival is a family-friendly event that brings together gourmet hot sauces, over 25 craft beers, delicious food from local vendors, original music and more. A portion of the proceeds benefits the Jetty Rock Foundation, which uses funds for youth initiatives, for those in need, and to enhance the community.
June 3 – Enjoy a day of fine Hungarian cuisine, Hungarian folk songs and dances, activities for children, live entertainment, and plenty of vendors at the Hungarian Festival in New Brunswick! Free!
June 3 & 4 – The Sharrott Winery Wine and Music Festival features non-stop live music from The Matt Noffsinger Band, Shorty Long & The Jersey Horns, and Mike Lunemann, local food and craft vendors, and some of the best wines New Jersey has to offer with over 100 local wines from eight New Jersey wineries.
June 3 & 4 – The Atlantic City Food Truck Festival & Competition features the area’s top food trucks serving up a wide range of culinary dishes from American comfort to seafood, barbecue, desserts, and more. Enjoy all-day live music in Brighton Park, a kids zone, an outdoor beer and wine garden, and much more.
June 3 & 4 – Appel Farm’s Music & Wine Festival features specialty vintage wines from 9 different wineries (many of them are NJ wineries!), live music performed by David Uosikkinen’s In The Pocket, Hotsy Totsy, Christopher Davis-Shannon, JUTUAN, Swing that Cat, Deidre Finnegan and Dave Cohen, Greg Jones Project and Joe Crookston, a crafts fair, art activities at the Discover Your Arts tent, great food from local culinary artists, and fun children’s activities in the Kids Zone.
June 3-10 – Riverview Jazz Festival in Jersey City boasts more than two dozen events all around the city, including the URBY RJO Kick-Off Festival on the waterfront on June 3rd and the Riverview Jazz Closing Festival on June 10th featuring live jazz music on two stages all day. Free admission!
June 3-11 – Rutgers’ New Jersey International Film Festival is back for its Summer 2017 season! Screenings begin at 5pm at Voorhees Hall on the College Avenue campus in New Brunswick. All films screened as part of the New Jersey International Film Festival are New Jersey or area premieres! Jimmy John’s of New Brunswick will be providing free food prior to all the New Jersey International Film Festival Screenings!
June 3, 10, 17, 24 – Held every Saturday evening in June from 6:00-10:00pm, the Junebug ArtFest in Metuchen features more than 150 visual and performing artists participating in open air exhibits, interactive art events, window galleries, live music, and open-mic sessions. Free admission!
June 3-25 – Since 2005, the Princeton Festival has offered fully-staged operas, jazz, chamber music, symphonic concerts, musical theater, piano, organ and vocal recitals, world music, dance, and a piano competition. The festival features nationally-renowned professional artists as well as New Jersey performing arts organizations. The festival features a dozen free lectures and special events.
June 4– Gloucester County’s 20th Annual Water Fest is the county’s largest environmental fair featuring live animal shows, exhibits, crafts, food, face painting, live music, canoeing, and kayaking. Free admission!
June 4 – Jersey Fest 2017 is the ultimate food truck mashup pitting Jersey food trucks against Philly food trucks. New Jersey food trucks include Angry Archie’s, Bro-Rito’s, Polkadot Cupcake, Aroy’d Thai Elephant, Callahan’s Hot Dogs, Luke’s Lobster, and more. Representing Oink and Moo BBQ, Surf & Turf Truck, The Cow and The Curd, Jammin’ Crepes, Jimmy Dawn’s Cheesesteaks, Pompier Pierogi Flats, and more. In addition to fabulous food, festival attendees will be able to enjoy a beer garden, live music, kids activities, harness racing and more!
June 4 – The Barnegat Bay Festival is a day of free family fun that features exhibits and activities from environmental groups, interactive touch tanks, family friendly environmental crafts, decoy carving, seining demonstrations, displays exploring life along the Bay, kayak and pontoon boat eco-tours , live music, fantastic festival food, and area artisans and crafters selling handmade marine art, jewelry, garden statuary, pottery, and custom-made skiffs. Free admission!
June 4 – The Fort Lee Arts & Music Festival features two stages of free musical entertainment and over 100 arts & crafts and food vendors and artists. Free admission!
June 10 – Rose Day Festival at Colonial Park Gardens in Franklin NJ celebrates one of the first signs of summer… Roses in Bloom! In the heart of the park, the Rudolf W. van der Goot Rose Garden displays thousands of many varieties of roses, both modern and of historic significance. Visitors are invited to stroll the gardens, enjoying music and live entertainment, meeting local artisans, and indulging in some great food! Rose plants will also be for sale. Free admission!
June 10 – The Wildwood Beer Fest is a beer tasting event to celebrate the art of locally brewed NJ craft beer. The festival features unlimited beer sampling of over 100 brews, live music, delicious food, craft vendors, and special exhibits.
June 10 – Set sail for a fun-filled day for the entire family at Tuckerton Seaport’s Pirates and Privateers Festival. The day’s activities will include a pirate meet & greet, a treasure hunt, a pirate costume contest, live entertainment by Pirates for Sail, a Pirate’s Market, and access to the Seaport’s maritime activities, historic and recreated buildings, live animals, miniature golf course, and exhibits.
June 10 & 11 – The 7th Annual Jersey Shore Wine Festival is an exciting two day event that will feature fine wine eleven New Jersey wineries plus great food, crafters, vendors, and live music.
June 11 – The 47th Annual New Jersey Irish Festival at Monmouth Park features live music all day, Irish step dancing, a pipe band competition, children’s activities, and a human horse race benefitting the Rebuilding Warriors Fund.
June 11– The Medford Art, Wine, Music Festival & Classic Car Show showcases New Jersey wineries serving tastings of their finest vintages, along with local breweries serving their fine craft beers, and awesome food vendors selling everything from Philly cheesesteaks to veggie wraps, pizza, kettle corn, ice cream and more. There will also be dozens of artists and crafters showing and selling their works, live music, and a classic car show. Free admission!
June 16 & 17 – Beach Haven’s 6th Annual Pour Into Summer Wine Festival features fine wine from 10 New Jersey wineries, great food from local restaurants, live music, and a marketplace with fine artisans and crafters selling their unique creations.
June 17 – East Orange’s MACFest is a celebration of music, art, and culture featuring performances from GRAMMY-award nominated artists Eric Roberson, Bilal and Syleena Johnson, as well as a Community Showcase, an Arts Marketplace, Artist Demonstrations, Kids Korner with the Montclair Art Museum Art Truck, over 40 vendors, food trucks & more! Free!
June 17 – The Sourland Music Festival in Hillsborough offers a full day of fabulous live blues, folk, jazz, and rock music and great food in a beautiful setting – all in support of the Sourland Conservancy.
June 17 & 18 – Art All Night – Trenton is a 24-hour art and entertainment festival offering four-year-old refrigerator artists, spirited novices and seasoned professionals alike the opportunity to display one piece of art in a gallery-like setting, as well as an opportunity for the public to enjoy that art in a dramatic renovated urban space. In 2016, over 1,500 artists of all ages, skill levels and mediums submitted work to AAN -Trenton and more than 30,000 people attended this celebration of the arts. Enjoy live music on indoor and outdoor stages, interactive art, a brand new film festival, kids art activities, great food, and plenty of artful surprises! Free admission!
June 17 & 18 – The Maritime Festival at Hereford Inlet Lighthouse is a celebration of life by the sea. For two days, artists, crafters, authors, historians, lighthouses and maritime museums join together for a weekend of fun and festivities! The festival will feature boats, pirates, performers, and demonstrations by men and women of the sea, plus great food, fine arts and crafts, and a marketplace full of fun summer products! Free admission!
June 17 & 18 – The Raritan Native American Heritage Celebration & Powwow at Middlesex County Fairgrounds in East Brunswick will feature Native American dancers, singers, and artists from across the Americas.
June 17 & 18 – The Skimmer Festival is Sea Isle City’s largest summer festival and features two days of family-friendly activities and entertainment, including a seaside vendor craft market, live music, a dance party, an antique auto show, free guided historical trolley tours, and a variety of free family activities, including a photo booth, a moon bounce, balloon artists, face-painters, “Waxy Hands” and more. Free admission!
June 18 – Get ready for gardening season with the Annual Flower Show and Garden Festival at the Red Bank Battlefield’s Whitall House! Enjoy gardening activities, vendors, fun family-friendly activities, beautiful plant displays in the Whitall House, tours of the Whitall gardens, and more! Free admission!
June 23-25 – Be Greek for a day at the Jersey Shore Greek Festival in Ocean Twp. NJ! The festival will include traditional Greek food, music, dancing, culture, games and rides, face-painting, and other carnival-themed activities.
June 24 – Kick off summer in Cape May at Cape May Hops Festival while you enjoy some blues, brews and BBQ! This all-day outdoor family-friendly festival features local breweries, live music on the outdoor stage, and food vendors serving up delicious BBQ favorites, as well as a crafts and collectibles show and children’s activities. Free admission!
June 24 – The Jazzy Scallop & Seafood Festival at Viking Village in Barnegat Light pairs delicious seafood from Viking Village prepared by local chefs with fun jazz music.
June 23-25 – The North Wildwood Italian-American Festival includes over 40 authentic Italian-American food and merchandise vendors, children’s games, meatball relay races, Little Miss Italy contest, grape stomping, olive tree signings, raffles, free live entertainment, and more. The festival begins on Friday evening with a procession in honor of Saint Anthony. Free admission!
June 24 – XRootsFest (pronounced “Cross Roots Fest”) in South Orange will feature musicians, dancers, story-tellers, merchants, and food vendors rooted in the cultures of four continents. The day celebrates the diverse roots of the South Orange/Maplewood community and the region. Free admission!
June 24 – Celebrate Turtleback Zoo’s 54th Birthday at Brew at the Zoo! The festival will feature live entertainment, an abundance of brewers and vendors, and a selection of over 100 craft beers. Many of the zoo’s exhibits will be open during the event.
June 24 – The 8th Annual Margate Beachstock is a 13-hour, non-stop celebration of summer featuring yoga on the beach, a volleyball competition, live music, kids’ entertainment, a free surfing clinic, great food, shopping, lifeguard competitions, a bonfire and movie on the beach, and much more! Free admission!
June 24 – The Battleship New Jersey Craft Beer Festival features brews from over 40 New Jersey breweries, live music by the Cabin Dogs, and the opportunity to tour the nation’s most decorated ship.
June 24 & 25 – The WheatonArts Fantasy Faire is a family-friendly festival of medieval folk life and fun featuring strolling costumed characters portraying historical and mythical figures, live performances, storytellers, dancing, drumming, sword demonstrations, an obstacle course, pirate games, and much more!
June 24 & 25 – The 25th Annual Baymen’s Seafood & Music Festival at Tuckerton Seaport features delicious Jersey fresh clams, crabs, scallops, and shrimp from the finest local seafood purveyors as well as a brew court featuring local crafted beer, live music, gifts and souvenirs from unique vendors, maritime activities, historic and recreated buildings, live animals, miniature golf course, and exhibits. This event has been named one of the Best Outdoor Festivals by NJ Monthly Magazine.
June 24 & 25 – LobsterFest in Bradley Beach features (of course) plenty of lobster, a huge beer and wine garden, six bands, more than 100 craft and specialty vendors, and children’s activities including giant water slide, rides, face painters, and sand art. Free admission!
June 24 & 25 – The 8th Annual Rock, Ribs & Ridges Festival returns to the Sussex County Fairgrounds with two days of live music featuring performances by the Charlie Daniels Band, Blackberry Smoke, Outlaws, the Marshall Tucker Band, Molly Hatchet, Steppin’ Stones, and more, along with barbecue, craft beer, and competitions for the best ribs and sauce.
June 24 & 25 – The Whitesbog Blueberry Festival celebrates New Jersey’s state fruit with blueberry picking, live country music, children’s activities, exhibits, great food, historical presentations and tours, Pinelands artists and crafters, a blueberry pie eating contests, and much more.
June 24 – The Mays Landing Hometown Celebration features live music, games, a train ride for kids, a car show, the pooch parade, a bike parade, food, and business and civic organization vendors.
June 25 – The Firefly Festival at Terhune Orchards is a fun-filled, family-friendly evening of nature, firefly-themed arts and crafts, live music, a circus performance, wagon rides, and outdoor fun! Free admission / $5 for craft activities.
June 25 – Hammonton’s Red, White & Blueberry Festival features live music, kiddie rides, a huge classic car show, arts and crafts, stilt walkers, jugglers, and – of course – all things blueberry:! Enjoy blueberry pie, muffins, fresh berries, lemonade and even a blueberry pie eating contest in Hammonton NJ – the Blueberry Capital of the World! Free admission!
June 28 – August 2 – The Newark Black Film Festival is the longest running black film festival in the United States and provides a progressive public forum for hundreds of emerging writers, directors, producers, performers and film buffs who enjoy African American and African Diaspora cinema. Film selections encompass a wide range of cinematic forms and formulas, from documentary to the avant-garde, for youth and adults. Free admission!.
July Festivals in NJ
July 4 – Oceanfest in Long Branch is the biggest Independence Day celebration in New Jersey! Celebrate the Fouth with fantastic live music, delicious food, dance performances, shopping with the finest crafters in the Northeast, and cap off the day with the most spectacular fireworks display anywhere on the Jersey coast.
July 7 & 8 – The Firefly Festival at Duke Farms in Hillsborough invites visitors to experience the magic of fireflies! This family-friendly festival takes participants along the trails of Duke Farms through woodlands, meadows and along lakeshores to get a glimpse of fireflies in action. Activity stations along the way will show participants how to communicate with fireflies, discover what a glowworm is, learn what it takes to create a home for fireflies in their backyards, and more!
July 7-9 – The Anglesea Blues Festival in North Wildwood features the top Blues acts from across the nation and fantastic barbecue prepared by competitors in the New Jersey State Barbecue Championship. Free admission!
July 8 – Mercer County Jazz Festival features six fantastic jazz bands, delicious food, a beer garden, craft market, and fun kids’ activities.
July 8 – See amazing sand art or try your hand creating your own sand masterpiece at the 5th Annual Wildwood Crest Sand Sculpting Festival. The festival also features live music and beach games.
July 8 & 9 – The 25th Annual Haddonfield Crafts & Fine Art Festival is one of the premier crafts and fine arts festivals in the Philadelphia tri-state area and features pottery and ceramics, home decor, accessories and apparel, jewelry, stained glass, metal works, basketry, paintings, paper art, photography, hand-crafted soaps and candles, wood works, gourmet food items, and much more. Free admission!
July 8 & 9 – MaplewoodStock Music & Art Festival is a weekend-long celebration of the arts featuring more than 2 dozen musical artists and bands (including headliners Los Lobos), artisan vendors and art activities, great food and local beer in the beer garden, and children’s activities like bouncy rides, face painting, and arts and crafts in the Kids Zone. Free admission!
July 14-16 – The 21st Black Potatoe Music Festival at the Red Mill Museum in Clinton features musical artists from all over the world. Over the years, Black Potatoe has presented Rock & Roll, Blues, Folk and Jazz Hall of Famers as well as Emmy Winners, Grammy winners and some of the best up and coming artists in the United States. This year’s lineup features more than 3 dozen acts on 2 stages.
July 14-16 – The 5th Annual AHRMA Vintage Motorcycle Festival at New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville features vintage motorcycle races, a swap meet, craft vendors, live music, and more.
July 15 – Downtown Toms River’s Summer in the Street features live music, children’s activities (free kids games with TEAM, inflatable rides, face painting, sand art & more), great food, quality handcrafters and merchandise sales, and more. Free admission!
July 15 – FilmOneFest (the Atlantic Highlands One-Minute International Film Festival) is a celebration of the super-short film, featuring films that are less than two minutes long.
July 15 – Join Rainbow Fairies, Woodland Fairies and Forest Elves in a dance around the maypole, create magical crafts, construct villages along the Fairy Trail and play in the stream with Water Sprites at the Fairy Festival at Stony Brook Millstone Watershed Reserve in Pennington.
July 15 & 16 – The 13th Annual Celtic Festival at Cold Spring Village is a day of Celtic music and interactive demonstrations throughout the village, as well as a pub area with all-day live music. Cold Spring Village’s historic buildings will also be open, with historical interpreters demonstrating the trades and crafts of the 1800s.
July 15 & 16 – The Surf and Turf Seafood Festival at Monmouth Park is the Jersey Shore’s biggest seafood festival, serving up everything from ocean-fresh lobster rolls, to succulent shrimp, to the freshest clam chowder around. There’s even some “turf” for non-seafood lovers.
July 16 – The 30th Annual Harvey Cedars Art Festival in Sunset Park features 60+ artists and fine crafters. Free admission!
July 22-24 – WXPN FM’s XPoNential Music Festival takes place on the Camden Waterfront with Wilco, Amos Lee & Friends featuring the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Drive-By Truckers, Angel Olsen, Rhiannon Giddens, No Good Sister, Father John Misty, and many more.
July 22-26 – Hoboken’s St. Ann Italian Festival is five days of delicious Italian food, awesome live music, fun family activities, and shopping with great vendors. Free admission!
July 28-30 – The Quickchek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning at Solberg Airport in Readington will have 100 hot air balloons in a plethora of shapes, colors, and sizes as well as live music from Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo, George Thorogood and the Destroyers, Jake Miller, and Plain White T’s.
July 29 – The Soulsational Festival at Veterans Park in Bayville is a free family friendly festival featuring live music on two stages, free yoga, an art gallery, children’s activities, and more! Free admission!
July 29 – Celebrate summer with a fun day of special activities and events for adults and children at the Summer Festival at Rutgers Gardens in New Brunswick. Free tours, classes, leisure activities, and more. Free admission!
July 29 & 30 – The Asbury Park Art Star Craft Bazaar is an outdoor art craft show featuring a curated selection of over 50 artists, live music, food, and more. Free admission!
August Festivals in NJ
August 3-6 – The Highlands 23rd Annual Clam Fest features fresh local seafood (as well as a land lubbers menu), a beer and wine garden, specialty vendors and crafters, live music, games and thrill rides. Free admission!
August 4-6 – The 2nd Annual New Jersey Fringe Festival returns to Hammonton with more than a dozen theatrical productions as well as a beer and wine garden, pop-up art, food and art vendors, live music and more!
August 5 – 6th Annual Cape May Craft Beer & Crab Festival is an all-day event featuring local and regional craft beers and all things crab as well as other favorite summer foods. The festival also features continuous music on an outdoor stage, an old-fashioned Victorian circus with jugglers and acrobats from the The Give & Take Jugglers Little Circus, and a crafts and collectibles show. Free admission!
August 9-13 – Enjoy great Italian food, live music, games, rides, contest, a petting zoo, and even fireworks at the 41st Ocean Township Italian Festival. Free admission!
August 12 – The Butterfly Festival at Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Reserve is a family-oriented day of fun celebrating green living and featuring local arts and crafts, quality products from local vendors, live music, and featuring lots of fun kid-friendly activities such as a butterfly and bug parade, hay rides, nature walks, an insect zoo, crafts for all ages, and lots more.
August 12 – The Festival of Lights is a Burlington City tradition. This annual event features children’s activities, great food, a concert, a boat parade in the Delaware River, and a spectacular fireworks show! Free admission!
August 12 & 13 – Enjoy fabulous food, great live music, and locally brewed beer as well as wine from Laurita Winery at Tuckerton Seaport’s “Truck”erton Food Truck & Brew Fest: Farm to Table Edition.
August 15 – The Wagner Farm Arboretum Festival of Nature is a fun-filled day animal exhibits, outdoor activities, food, games, music, honey extraction, and vendors. Hand-feed hundreds of beautiful butterflies in a giant walk-through butterfly pavilion and see eagles, falcons, owls and hawks in the raptor exhibit and falconry free-flight shows. There will also be a giant petting zoo, animal demonstrations from Rizzo’s Reptiles, and many more fun activities for children of all ages.
August 19 – The Canal Day Music & Craft Festival in Wharton is an old time country fair that celebrates the Morris Canal. The free, family-friendly festival features a craft show, great food, live music on two stages, guided Morris Canal walking tours, free kayaking and boat rides on the canal, the Wallaby Tails Traveling Zoo, blacksmith demonstrations, a Civil War encampment, pony and hay rides, fireworks, and much more! Free admission!
August 19 & 20 – The Collingswood Crafts and Fine Arts Festival will present more than 160 crafters and fine artists as well as family art activities, delicious food, and live music. Free admission!
August 24 – Enjoy a variety of pasta, sausage and meatballs as well as live entertainment along the Hoboken waterfront, overlooking the Manhattan Skyline, at Hoboken’s Spaghetti Dinner Block Party. Advance ticket purchase required.
August 26 – The Long Branch Jazz & Blues Festival will feature live music from six great jazz and blues bands, crafters, children’s activities, and fireworks. Free admission!
September Festivals in NJ
September 1-3 – Celebrate the end of summer at the Delaware Valley Bluegrass Festival in Salem County. Enjoy three days of live music, clogging workshops, informal jam sessions, a kids’ academy, and more. Camping is available!
September 1-4 – 21st Annual Airfest returns to the NASW Aviation and will feature tours of WWII aircraft including a B-24 Liberator, B-17 Flying Fortress, and a P-51 Mustang. Historic Hangar #1 will also be open and there will be vendors, exhibitors, great food, and much more.
September 2 – The West Cape May Tomato Festival celebrates one of New Jersey’s most famous fruits and there will be plenty of them on hand to sample – from tomato pies to empanadas. Free admission!
September 2 & 3 – Allaire Bacon, Bikes, & Brew is a weekend of great beer, delicious food, and amazing music! With an amazing beer tent, food trucks with bacon-themed items, craft vendors, live bands, children activities, displays of historic bikes and motorcycles, and tours of the historic buildings – there is never a dull moment!
September 2-4 – Enjoy the juiciest, most tender pulled pork, brisket and ribs the Jersey Shore has to offer at the BBQ & Craft Beer Festival at Monmouth Park! There will also be Craft Beer Garden featuring over 40 beers to choose from, live music, and – of course – live thoroughbred racing. Kids will enjoy free Family Fun Day activities on Saturday and Sunday from 12-4pm including clowns, face painters, pony rides and a bounce house.
September 3 – The 33rd Annual ScanFest (Scandinavian Festival) celebrates Danish, Estonian, Finnish, Icelandic, Nordic and Swedish heritage and feature scrumptious Scandinavian food, authentic crafts and goods, continuous entertainment, special kids’ events, artisan demonstrations, a wife-carrying contest, and much more!
September 3 – Close out the summer season at Wildwood’s Block Party & Music Festival featuring great food, games and rides, and live entertainment from 11am to 11pm. Free admission!
September 8-10 – The Asbury Park Oysterfest is a three-day culinary event featuring the freshest local seafood and other delicious offerings, a diverse music scene, great gifts and treasures from local and unique vendors, kids’ activities, and more.
September 9 – The New Jersey Taco Festival returns to the Sussex County Fairgrounds with a taco competition featuring five different categories (beef, chicken, pork, seafood, and veggie), pepper eating contests, a margarita mix-down, live lucha wrestling, Mariachi bands, a Chihuahua costume contest, tequila, craft beer, and more.
September 9 & 10 – The Atlantic City Seafood Festival returns to Bader Field with scrumptious local seafood prepared by local chefs, live entertainment, beer tastings, wine seminars, cooking demonstrations, fun family activities, food vendors, and much more!
September 9 & 10 – The Wine on the Beach Festival in Seaside Heights hosts a dozen wineries and numerous food venues and features concerts on the beach stage as well as wine and food related seminars and presentations.
September 10 – Burlington County Arts in the Park Festival takes place in Historic Smithville Park in Eastampton. Enjoy an eclectic mix of entertainment on three stages, including music, dance, theater and storytelling. There will be an Annual Juried Art Exhibit, fine art vendors, artisan crafters, and free interactive art activities, such as Chalk the Walk, Paint the Mural and Clothesline Art Workshop. Free admission.
September 10 – The South Mountain International Blues Festival features 9 different blues acts. Free admission!
September 15 & 16 – The 3rd Annual Boots at the Beach Country Festival, hosted by the Anglesea Irish Society, is the largest country festival in South Jersey featuring country vendors, crafts, live country music, DJ’s, and great food. Free admission!
September 16 – Pirates Day in Barnegat Township is a family friendly day of fun featuring a pirate costume contest, a treasure hunt, pirate re-enactors, free inflatable children’s rides and trackless train food, vendors, and entertainment for all ages. Free admission!
September 16 – The Makers Festival at Manahawkin Lake Park will celebrate the artistic endeavors of homegrown talent locally & beyond, and will feature over 120 Makers whose crafts include everything from handmade and vintage fashion, sculpting, woodworking, photography, fine art, craft beer, food, and music. Free admission!
September 16 – The Latino Festival of Monmouth County, held on Main Street in Freehold, is a family-friendly, fun-filled day featuring Latino music, entertainment, art, food, and fun activities like contests, face painting, giveaways, and more. Free admission!
September 16 & 17 – Belmar Feast of San Gennaro will feature authentic Italian foods, live entertainment, dancing, and a pasta and cannoli eating contest, crafters, kids activities, and much more.
September 16 & 17 – 34th Annual Fine Art & Crafts at Anderson Park in Upper Montclair has been named one of Sunshine Artists’ Magazine’s Top 200 Shows in the USA and features over 150 exhibitors.
September 17 – The Princeton JazzFeast is an open-air jazz festival that features performances by some of the industry’s best jazz musicians and showcases many of the Princeton area’s finest restaurants. Free admission!