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Things to Do Labor Day Weekend in NJ

Spend the holiday weekend with your family at these celebratory spots.


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Thursday-Sunday, August 30-September 2

Boonton Fire Department Labor Day Carnival

Where: Boonton High School Field, Boonton
Price: Free
Deets: Nothing says summer send-off like an outdoor fair, which features tons of rides, a live concert, pig roast and huge fireworks display.

Friday, August 31

Free Movies on the Beach

Where: Jenkinson’s Boardwalk, Point Pleasant
Price: Free
Deets: It’s the end of summer, so celebrate the last beach day of the year at Jenkinson’s Boardwalk with a showing of Jumanji. Kids can dig their feet into the sand while they laugh at their favorite characters’ hijinks.

The Friday Night unWINEd

Where: Shady Brook Farm, Yardley, PA
Price: $5
Deets: Spend your Friday night sipping local craft beer, signature cocktails and wine while listening to live music, playing lawn games and watching the kiddos have fun on jumping pillows, a playground and go-carts.

Sunset Sips and Sounds at Terhune Orchards

Where: Terhune Orchards, Princeton
Price: No cover
Deets: Relax with a Sauvignon Blanc in a climate controlled wine barn while listening to a live musical performance. This is the perfect place to unwind and kick off a relaxing, much-needed holiday weekend.

Annual Airfest

Where: Naval Air Wildwood, Rio Grande
Price: $16/adults, $10/kids 3-12, free/kids under 2
Deets: Calling all little pilots! Take tours of vintage bombers and other cool aircrafts, including the B-17 Flying Fortress and P-51 Mustang, at the Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum. Afterwards, enjoy music, loads of food, vendors and more in the nearby hangar.

South Street Seaport Museum Free Fridays

Where: South Street Seaport Museum, NY
Price: Free
Deets: In the shadow of the Freedom Tower lies one of NYC’s hidden gems. This museum preserves and honors New York’s history as a port city. Did we mention it’s free?

Friday-Sunday, August 31-September 2

Annual Mendham Borough Labor Day Parade

Where: East Main St. and Mountain Ave., Mendham
Price: Free
Deets: This annual parade will start at East Main St. and run along Mountain Ave. Be sure to stand by the gazebo for a great view of the festivities. Stick along for carnival games and a nightly firework show.

Saturday, September 1

West Cape May Tomato Festival

Where: Wilbraham Park, West Cape May
Price: Free
Deets: Of course everyone’s favorite Jersey fruit has its own festival. Pick fresh, ripened tomatoes or spend a few bucks on tomato pies or empanadas—there’s plenty to choose from here.

Saturday-Sunday, September 1-2

Hands On History

Where: Historic Cold Spring Village, Cape May
Price: $14/adults, $12/ages 3-12
Deets: Grab a “Pastport” and travel through different buildings, completing crafts and activities, all to be redeemed for a special treat! The Historic Cold Spring Village in Cape May as activities like writing with a quill pen, carding wool or making a pinch pot.

Dinosaurs at Dusk

Where: New Jersey State Museum Planetarium, Trenton
Price: $7/adults, $5/ages 12 and under
Deets: Join Lucy and her father as they study dinosaurs and discover the origin of flight. Plus, stick around for the dinosaurs’ last day on Earth (and to meet pterosaurs). 

34rd Annual Scandinavian Fest

Where: The NJ Vasa Park, Budd Lake
Price: Free
Deets: There’ll be crafts, gifts, entertainment and programs for the kids. Reenactors, encampments artisans will recreate traditional Scandinavian life. Keep an eye out for the annual all-Jersey wife-carry contest.

Pier Village Family Fun Night

Where: Pier Village, Long Branch
Price: $3
Deets: Join Pier Village in their final family fun night, filled with inflatable rides, slides and obstacle courses. Unlimited play wristbands are available.

Moonlight Rafting

Where: Pocono Whitewater, Jim Thorpe, PA
Price: $99/person
Deets: The fun starts when the sun goes down at this whitewater rafting excursion. You’ll travel down 8 miles of the Lehigh River with a professional river guides and enjoy a glass of wine (for ages 21+) and some cheese and crackers around the bonfire once the rafting is done.

Monday, September 3

Riverdale Labor Day Street Fair

Where: 1 Newark Pompton Tpke., Riverdale
Price: Free
Deets: Live entertainment, festival eats, handmade crafts, games, kiddie rides and more are just a few of the many attractions at this local fair.

43nd Annual Rutherford Labor Day Street Fair

Where: Park Ave., Rutherford
Price: Free
Deets: Having attracted more than 25,000 attendees in past years, this annual street fair has everything from antiques and kid entertainment to good eats and a beer garden. Celebrate the end of summer at this classic fair with tons of crafts, live music and more.

Labor Day Paddle

Where: Essex County Environmental Center, Roseland
Price: $30/canoe
Deets: For a natural way to celebrate labor day, take a leisurely paddle on the Passaic River. For explorers ages 10 and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.


Embattled Emblems: Posters & Flags of WWI

Where: New Jersey State Museum, Trenton
Price: Included with suggested admission
Deets: The New Jersey State Museum wants you to join them on a journey through the past, to commemorate the centennial of the American intervention into World War I. This exhibition showcases the patriotic posters and flags used to support the cause of war.

Trails of Vernon Challenge

Where: Township of Vernon, Vernon
Price: Free
Deets: Spend some time in the great outdoors on 50 miles of trail throughout Vernon township. The family can hike, bike, walk or run. Try a Trail Challenge and find specific landmarks—don’t forget to snap pics!

Unseen Oceans

Where: American Museum of Natural History, NYC
Price: $28/adults, $16.50/kids
Deets: Check out the interactive media installations, watch 3-D animations of great white sharks swim by, try the magnetic sand table and visit live marine animals. This experience is all about the ocean and the tech used to explore its unknown depths. Exhibit ends January 2019.

Hamilton: Constitutional Clashes That Shaped A Nation

Where: National Constitution Center, Philadelphia, PA
Price: Included with admission
Deets: This holiday weekend, immerse your children in the rich history of America. This presentation explains our nation’s founding era through the eyes of Alexander Hamilton. See firsthand how his legendary duels changed America forever. Even better, you’ll be in our nation’s birthplace: Philadelphia!

Grossology Exhibit

Where: Liberty Science Center, Jersey City
Price: $5
Deets: Parents, have no fear: your kids can be gross here! Kids love the ooey and icky, and this comedic exhibition will answer all their questions. From what’s up their noses to what happens in the bathroom, they’ll learn about their bodies in an approachable manner. They’ll even get to play a supersized version of Operation. Ends September 23.

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