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Free Things to Do in New Jersey this September

There’s plenty to do in Jersey in September without paying a cent.


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Looking for free things to do in NJ this month? We’ve found great free activities for families all over the state.

Saturday Garden Tours at Reeves-Reed Arboretum

Explore nature with a free tour at the Reeves-Reed Arboretum every Saturday this September. The Arboretum boasts a wide variety of plants, so there’s a good chance something new will be in bloom. Tours occur at 10:30 am and 1:30 pm — no reservations required. However, tours are first come, first serve so be sure to get there early.

Free Activities at Oasis Farms

Start the new season with free fall activities at Oasis Farms! Jump on a wagon ride, pick pumpkins and peruse produce and freshly baked items. Kids will love the plethora of activities at this event.

September 1

Free Movie on the Beach

Grab a blanket and some snacks before heading to Jenkinson’s Boardwalk for the last free movie of the season: Zootopia. It’s the perfect way to end beach season.

September 1

Free Movie Under the Stars

Sea Isle City is offering their last Movie Under the Stars of the summer at Excursion Park. Bring a blanket and some chairs to enjoy Alice Through the Looking Glass!

September 1-9

New Geocache Trail at Plainsboro Preserve

Your little explorers will love the search for these hidden caches located on the Plainsboro Preserve Geocache Trail. This treasure hunt features nine caches, and finding all nine will point you towards the mysterious Golden Cache.

September 9

Annual Insect Festival

Located at the Mercer Educational Gardens, this festival educates children on the importance of bugs using games and activities. Also featured are hayrides, live honeybees, crafts and more. A $3 donation is suggested but not required.

September 9

Smithville Beard and Mustache Competition

Check out the hairy competition in Smithville this month. There’s plenty to see at the “Beard Most Feared” and “Most Majestic Moustache” competitions. Not to mention, kids can participate in the “Lil’ Shavers” category if they want to win a prize.

September 12

Haunt Your House

Spend some time with professional house haunters who will show you how to decorate the outside of your house in a spooktacular fashion. This event is at the Hillsborough Public Library and registration is required.

September 16

Ridgefield Parks Annual Street Fair

Join the town of Ridgefield for a giant block party. The little ones can try out the mechanical kiddie rides and enjoy face painting, a climbing wall, sand art, temporary tattoos and more. Aside from live local entertainment, parents can check out vendor booths and a wide selection of delicious foods.

September 17

Touch-a-Truck and Dog Day

The whole family can enjoy a variety of trucks, inflatables, games and more. Be sure to check out dog competitions like “Best Dressed” and “Best Trick”. All leashed and vaccinated dogs are welcome to participate. Check out the local food trucks, live music and adoption center where you can add a furry member to the family.

September 22

Hobbit Party at Warren County Library

Celebrate National Hobbit Day by heading to the Warren County Library for a free showing of the animated movie The Hobbit. Enjoy snacks, punch and crafts with the kiddos. Registration is required.

September 23

Branchburg Country Fair

Wrestle your little ones into the car and head over to White Oak Park for crafters, food, fun and fireworks. Your kids will be in awe when they look up and see the colorful display above the massive trees.

September 24

Stroll ‘N Roll

Head to Verona Park with the family for a day of games, crafts,  prizes and charity. Help raise money for the Kessler Foundation, which helps the disabled return to life in their homes and communities. It's never too early to teach the kids how to give back.

September 30

Fall Festival

Visit Cherry Hill’s indoor Fall Festival for a selection of free activities including carnival games, sand art, water ice, prizes and more. Be sure to get there early because supplies won’t last long.

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