Harvest Fests
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Some harvest fests start early! From July to November 1, every day is a blast at Alstede Farms in Chester with PYO and Farm Fun. Think picturesque wagon rides, mazes, pony rides, a moon bounce and corn kingdom, plus hit the PYO fields (corn, apples and pumpkins!). Times and prices vary.

Why celebrate just one fall event when you can celebrate two! South Jersey is hosting their Apple Fest on September 7 and 8 in Millville and their Pumpkin Show in Woodstown on October 12 and 13. Hay rides, desserts, live bands, tons of food, amusement rides, wine sampling and halloween costume contest are just some of the fun events hosted at these two fall festivals.

The Good News Home for Women in Flemington is hosting their 16th Annual Harvest Festival and Craft Fair on September 14. What better way to celebrate the beginning of the autumn season than with face painting, music, games, prizes and food.

Heaven Hill Farm’s Great Pumpkin Festival in Vernon Twp. runs from September 14-November 3 and features more than 30 attractions like pig races, an obstacle course, monster slingshots,  a spider web crawl, a petting zoo and other traditional activities like a corn maze plus hay, pony and carnival rides.

Throw down at Pequannock Twp.’s 36th Annual Family Hoedown on September 15 in Greenview Park. Hop on kiddie, pony and hayrides, visit the petting zoo and make a splash at the dunk tank. There’s also live music, food vendors, games and crafts.

An the Princeton Airport you and the family can spend the day on September 15 at the Montgomery Funfest. There’ll be food, inflatable attractions for kids, performers and other entertainment.

From September 15 through October 28, Princeton’s Terhune Orchards will host Family Fall Fun Weekends, which means the kids can pick apples and pumpkins, plus snap pics on pony and wagon rides and inside the corn maze. Visit farm animals, paint a pumpkin then dig into chili, pies and apple cider donuts.

Wildwood is bringing Oktoberfest to their Morey’s Pier and Water Parks with German inspired menus and a “Biergarten” for adults and a “Rootbier Garten” for kiddos on weekends from September 20-October 13. There’ll also be live entertainment and pumpkin and cookie decorating.

The Fall Fest Food Truck and Music Festival on September 21 in Wildwood is sure to not disappoint. With tons of food, music, a kids zone and lots of different vendors you can shop at, not to mention knockerball.

On September 21, the 33nd Annual Hopewell Harvest Fair will be in full swing. Stop by for hay and pony rides, a petting zoo, corn maze and kids’ games. There’ll also be contests, art and other attractions to get you in the harvest spirit.

Can’t let go of the beach just yet? Then head to the Margate Fall Funfest by the Bay for some fall, family fun. On September 21 and 22 join in on the music, games, back bay nature tours and educational exhibits. On top of a character parade, dog show and lots of different handmade crafts.

The Franklin Fall Fest Carnival kicks off on September 26 and goes all weekend long. There’ll be rides, bands, food, games, lots of different vendors and fireworks.

Make your way to the Our Lady of the Lake Kinderfest and Oktoberfest in Verona on September 27 and 28 for an endless list of activities. An inflatable obstacle course, backyard games like ring toss, Kan Jam and even carnival games, roller coasters, face painting, sand art and so much more.

Bring your squad for Family Feud, pony rides, displays from the National Guard, a State Police helicopter and County Sheriff drones all at the Branchburg Country Fair on September 28. Chill at the 4-H petting zoo with some furry friends, hit the moonwalk and donate to the food drive.

It’s the 7th Annual Original Downtown Somerville Oktoberfest in Somerville and on September 28 and its not Oktoberfest without craft beers. Parents can be sure to expect local brews, sangria, pumpkin beer, a Brat Eating Competition, beer pong and pumpkin and face painting for the kiddos.

Monmouth County Race Track in Oceanport is hosting their very own Oktoberfest at the Track on September 28 and you don’t want to miss out. There’ll be authentic food and drinks for everyone to enjoy and even music from Jingleheimer.

On weekends from September 28-October 27, hit Snyder’s Farm in Somerset for Fall Festival activities like hayrides, pumpkin picking, a corn maze, moon bounce, potato sack slide, pedal carts, food and music for the whole fam.

On September 28 and 29, Trenton is hosting their very own Oktoberfest and the Philly Brass Band will be performing on top of the Aqua String Band and a surprise group. If you and your family enjoy musical performances and the outdoors this is a great festival to go to.

Head to Morristown’s Fall Harvest Fest on September 29 right on the Green where local restaurants, businesses and community groups will entertain everyone of all ages. Bring the whole family to enjoy the community and town’s pride.

The township of Nutley is hosting their Fall Festival in the Park on September 29 at Memorial Park. There will be food trucks, retail vendors, face painting, a reptile show and of course live music. The kids will have a blast with all the activities and everyone will enjoy the delicious foods.

Garfield’s Fall Street Fair on September 29 has everything you might crave during the fall season. There’ll be live entertainment all day long, pony rides, petting zoo, face painting, sand art and more. Garfield sure didn’t forget about the food, there will be empanadas, ice cream, hot dogs, chicken fingers, french fries, hamburgers and cheesesteak sandwiches.

Head to Ochs Orchard in Warwick, NY throughout September for ripe veggies, tomatoes and apples. You might catch the tail end of peach season, too, if you make the trip at the beginning of the month.

Get into al the fall feels at Homdel’s Harvest Fest on October 5, where there is no shortage of activities. Take a ride on the Ferris wheel or carousel, go on wagon rides and pony rides and say hello to the strolling characters from Charlie Brown. Don’t miss out on the food vendors and beer and wine tents.

Bloomfield’s Harvest Fest on October 12 has everything you and your family need to have a blast, from live entertainment to food trucks, pony rides, petting zoos and a mile-long outdoor marketplace.

Come out and celebrate the Mayor’s Harvest Festival at Vetern’s Park in Bayville on October 12 and 13. Bring your beach chairs and a big appetite because there will be tons of food trucks and a wine and beer tent for the parents. There will even be a chocolate tasting tent and lots of craft vendors, live music, corn hole and inflatables for kids.

Crafters, vendors, unicorn rides, classic car shows, food trucks, petting zoos and so much more can be found at the Allentown Fall Festival on October 12 and 13. Bring the whole family out to enjoy the fall festivities and everything else that makes autumn the best time to be outdoors.

Be sure to stop by Hobkoen’s Harvest Fest on October 19 for a day filled with pony rides, petting zoos, live performances, horse and carriage rides, inflatables, pumpkin painting, face painting, tons of food and more.