Fall is on its way, and so are our favorite family traditions. Get out and enjoy the changing leaves, cooler weather and pumpkin season before it’s long gone. From corn mazes to hay rides to sunflower and apple picking to Oktoberfest celebrations, there’s some festival fun for everyone! Check out these New Jersey fall festivals happening across the state this season:

September 5 – October 31

Scarecrows in the Village
Peddler’s Village, New Hope, PA
Every day (through Oct. 31)
One hundred scarecrows handmade by Philly-area residents and organizations line the paths of the village. The display is free and on view every day through Oct. 31. Visitors can vote on their favorites through Oct. 10.

September 10

Rocktoberfest Preview & Car Show
Upper Milburn Avenue, Short Hills
Enjoy live music, a car show with over 30 classic cars, free face painting and take a selfie with Chase from “Paw Patrol.”


September 10 – October 30

Fall Festival Days
Happy Day Farm, Manalapan
Spend all day with the kids at the sunflower field, Pumpkinville, corn maze, pig races, tractor rides, fun slide, feeding zoo and more – there are over 35 activities included with admission!

September 17

Point Pleasant Festival by the Sea
Visit some of the best Point Pleasant Beach area restaurants. More than 200 crafters and vendors will line the streets, along with live games, music, family activities and a wine garden.

Comfort Food Festival
Toms River
In addition to all the great food, the street will be filled with merchandise vendors, handcrafters, kids’ activities, live entertainment and a beer and wine garden provided by Toms River Volunteer Fire Co. No 1. Local businesses, restaurants, brewery and distillery open on the street.

Fall Migration Festival
Wetlands Institute, Stone Harbor
Birders of all ages will be delighted to take part in nature! Sitting in the heart of the Atlantic Flyway, thousands of birds make their way across the Cape May Peninsula every fall. In a single day one can go from spotting a Peregrine falcon flying low along the salt marsh to watching flocks of white-winged scoters migrate along the ocean front. Fall is an especially good time to experience the changing of seasons and the spectacle of migration of raptors, warblers, waterfowl and more.

September 17 – 18

There will be German delicacies and beer on the menu. The scheduled music lineup is Bud & Linda, The Bavarsaki Brothers and David Batz.


September 17 – October 30

Six Flags Great Adventure, Jackson
This family-friendly German heritage festival will become a new fall tradition filled with authentic fare and a large selection of seasonal craft lagers and beers from around the world.


September 17 – November 6

Great Pumpkin Festival
Heaven Hill Farm, Vernon
New for 2022 is The Canine Stars Stunt Dog Show, which will steal the show. If you can pry yourselves away from the pups, there will also be a hayride, corn maze, pedal carts, pig races, farm animals and more than 20 activities to keep everyone on the go!


September 16 – October 9 (Fridays – Sundays)

Morey’s Piers, Wildwood
Each year Morey’s Piers’ Oktoberfest grows bigger and better, with live music, activities for the little squirts, rides, and of course, Bier on the Pier in Wildwood. In addition to the regular menu, Jumbo’s Grub and Pub will feature a special themed selection of German food.

September 16 – 18

Bergen County’s Fall Harvest Festival
Van Saun County Park, Paramus
Over the course of three days, stop by for a midway, rides, food, a craft fair, exhibits, entertainment and live music.

September 17

Skylands Stadium, Augusta
With more than 25 seasonal beers, traditional German food specials, live music, and games/competitions, this event includes admission, a 32 oz. souvenir stein and one draft fill. Also find various games including a stein holding contest, keg squatting, cornhole, kan jam and giant pong. Live music will be going strong throughout the day with college football playing on the video board. Must be 21 to attend.


September 17 – 18

Mountain Creek, Vernon
Experience Oktoberfest with live music; a wide variety of German, domestic and seasonal beers, ciders and more; authentic German food; and activities for kids and adults alike. This year, Mountain Creek will vastly expand its serving lines with six beer trailers and more than a dozen satellite stations with craft beer, seltzer and canned cocktails.

There will be German delicacies and beer on the menu. The scheduled music lineup is Bud & Linda, The Bavarsaki Brothers and David Batz.

September 17 – October 30

Von Thun’s Fall Festival Weekends
South Brunswick
Families will love the 6+ acre “No Farmers, No Food” Minion corn maze; unlimited hayrides to the pumpkin patch; activities and attractions in the festival area (Singing Chicken Show, pumpkin checkers, rubber duck races, pedal carts, trike course, barnyard basketball, mini golf, pumpkin bowling, corn hole, roller bowler, etc.); apple and pumpkin picking; and access to the Barnyard Area. There is a Corn Cannon and Pumpkin Blaster. Enjoy Moonlight Activities in South Brunswick as well, such as the corn maze and s’mores by the campfire. South Brunswick also offers special PLUS admission weekends.

Von Thun’s Fall Festival Weekends
Washington Twp.
Admission includes 20+ activities as well as access to the apple orchard and pumpkin fields. Enjoy the 6+ acre “No Farmers, No Food” Minion corn maze; unlimited hayrides to the pumpkin patch; activities like the Singing Chicken Show, pumpkin checkers, rubber duck races, pedal carts, trike course, barnyard basketball, mini golf, pumpkin bowling, corn hole, roller bowler, etc.; and access to the Barnyard Area. The Corn Cannon requires additional fees. Pony rides are available on select days.

Six Flags Great Adventure, Jackson
This family-friendly German heritage festival will become a new fall tradition filled with authentic fare and a large selection of seasonal craft lagers and beers from around the world.


September 17 – November 13

Bear Mountain Sightseeing Cruise
Pier 83, New York
Call this a floating festival: climb aboard a Circle Line boat for an Oktoberfest party that will bring you to Bear Mountain, where you can sightsee or hang out at the amusement area. Choose a weekend day for this 8-hour, 50-mile roundtrip fall foliage cruise.

September 18 – October 30

Fall Festival
Argos Farm, Forked River
Thursdays – Sundays
There are tons of fun activities such as the corn maze, Pumpkin Bounce Pad, hayrides, Double Hay Slide, Gauntlet Obstacle Course, Bee Zip Line and Cow Train.

September 19 – October 3

Oktoberfest at The Rose
The Shannon Rose Irish Pub, Ramsey & Clifton
There will be a special Oktoberfest-themed menu available, plus a Stein Hoisting Competition on Sept. 23.

Starting September 23

U-Pick Sunflowers
Holland Ridge Farms, Cream Ridge
The flower fields at Holland Ridge Farms are bursting with sunflowers, gladiolus, dahlias, lilies and mums that you can pick and take home, or just enjoy. There will be food vendors and a bakery on site. Bring the kids to Big Buds Rescue Animals, the Little Sprouts Feeding Zoo or the pony ride area.

September 24

Tewksbury Harvest Festival
Christie Hoffman Farm Park, Tewksbury
The 2022 festival will include an expanded juried arts and crafts show, a larger beer garden, food trucks, live entertainment, a pie contest, a new cornhole tournament, a 50/50, free kids’ activities, a silent auction, hayrides, a scheduled landing by NorthSTAR (State Police medical emergency helicopter), and much more.

Baron’s Beerfest
Historic New Bridge Landing, River Edge
Celebrate Maj. Gen. Baron von Steuben with the Bergen County Historical Society. Sample the finest in craft beers from three Bergen County breweries. Activities for families will include cornhole games and free pumpkin picking and decorating. Chat with members from the Revolutionary War reenactment group Motts Artillery as they demonstrate cannon firing and military life. Listen to the lively music of Particle Theory. Tour three 18th Century Jersey-Dutch Sandstone houses and look at Revolutionary War artifacts.

Mozart on the Meadow Family Music Festival
Private Estate, Bedminster
Designed as a fall festival, these musical performances will be accompanied by hay rides and pony rides for kids, a silent auction, entertainment and sideshows, and lots of food and drink vendors.

Haddon Square, Haddon Twp.
If you’ve ever wanted to travel to Munich, come to this fun-filled German festival where imported tables and benches as well as giant steins of beer will come from genuine German brewers such as Spaten; and Weihenstephan, the oldest brewery in the world. Watch and enjoy a traditional pig roast among lots of beer and live entertainment.

Delaware River Festival
Camden Waterfront
Take a free ferry between Camden and Philadelphia and enjoy festivals on both sides of the river!

Fall Family Spectacular
Clara Barton section, Amboy Avenue, Edison
There will be eight blocks of family-friendly fun! Bring the kids to Kids Traveling Shindig for lots of entertainment. There will be shopping, food trucks, a wine and beer garden for adults, and lots more to keep everyone entertained.

Timber Creek Fall Festival
Timber Creek Regional High School, Sicklerville
Wander around indoors and outdoors as you view vendor tables at this second annual fall fest.

September 24 – 25

Fall Food Truck Festival
Holland Ridge Farms, Cream Ridge
Holland Ridge Farms is kicking off its fall flower festival’s opening weekend with an incredible food truck festival. More than 30 of the best food vendors you can find in the tri-state area will serve cuisine from around the world. Make sure your family also picks their own flowers, takes advantage of the photo opportunities, visits the farm animals and more!

Main Street, Hackettstown
Hackettstown hosts a family-friendly event, so grab your kids and your friends for activities, contests, craft vendors, music, drinks and food and more.

German American Society of Trenton, Trenton
The German-American Society of Trenton is proud to present Mercer County’s largest German event featuring beer, music, a pig roast, traditional German food, vendors and crafts, bounce castles, kids’ activities and family fun including a stein holding competition.

September 25

Fall Family Street Fest
Midland Avenue, Garfield
The street will be closed to vehicle traffic during the event and will be transformed into a giant block party. There will be quality exhibitors selling a selection of assorted items, a special arts and crafts section, live entertainment, kiddie rides and games, great festival foods and food trucks, and so much more.

Monarch Festival
Nature Center, Cape May
Discover how to protect the beautiful monarch butterfly. Enjoy music, food, tagging demonstrations, arts and crafts, yoga, live music, face painting and even a migration parade.

October 1

Heritage Day
North Brunswick
North Brunswick celebrates culture and history annually with food, games, rides, live bands and dancing, vendors and even fireworks! All are welcome to come out and have a good time.

Fall Festival
Scholer Park, Union Beach
Come down for an afternoon of food, music and entertainment.

Veterans Park, Highlands
Authentic German food, music, dancing and other great entertainment will be part of the Highlands Oktoberfest. Bahrs Landing Restaurant is preparing the menu. Quench your thirst with a large variety of Oktoberfest beers, both light and dark. Oompah and polka music by Dancehall Detour and German Dancers will get the crowd moving. Enter the Best-Dressed Contest and a Beer Stein Holding Contest. The festival is family-friendly so there will be children’s activities, along with a wide variety of retail, specialty and craft vendors.

Food Truck and Craft Festival
Camden County Technical Schools, Sicklerville
There will be a variety of food trucks cooking up their specialties for you to enjoy for lunch or dinner. There will be a children’s section with pumpkin painting, scarecrow making, face painting, a dress up photo booth, sand art and more. More than 60 artisans and crafters from near and far will be exhibiting a wide variety of handmade fine art and crafts including jewelry, florals, textiles, woodworking, iron work, ceramic, personal care items, candles and more.

OLL Oktoberfest
Our Lady of the Lake, Verona
For food there will be traditional German fare as well as ham, turkey, penne vodka, pasta (vegan), salad and more. For drinks, they will offer water, soda, wine and craft beer from Hoboken Brewing as well as some national brands. Party with Jersey legends The Nerds! Also, get your raffle tickets in advance of the November drawing.


Harvest Fest
New Jersey Botanical Garden, Ringwood
Hayrides and pumpkin painting are just the start of this fun-filled family weekend. There will be games, face painting, applesauce making, booths, exhibits and many free activities for the youngsters. Enjoy the tasty food, all-day music and dancing, an autumn plant sale, free garden tours, lots of great photo ops and much more!

Hunterdon Harvest Fest
Stangl Road, Flemington
This farm to festival celebration of local businesses, farms and breweries will feature live music, local foods, craft beer, and games for people all ages.

October 1 and 2

Fall Craft & Music Festival
Holland Ridge Farms, Cream Ridge
Enjoy the picturesque grounds filled with sunflowers and zinnias and also enjoy this special fall fest complete with dozens of crafters, live music, food, farm animals and pick-your-own flowers.

Readington Hop Farm, Neshanic Station
Aside from adults sampling beer from Readington Brewery, the whole family can visit the marketplace vendors, listen to German music, decorate gingerbread hearts and play cornhole. There will be a costume contest for the best German outfit. The farm is located in Neshanic Station.


Historic Smithville
Smithville’s famous Oktoberfest has over 100 juried crafters, an international food court, music, kids’ activities, non-profit organizations, and more! All of this is in addition to 50 shops, seven eateries, a carousel ride, train ride, paddle boats, arcade, on site lodging at the Colonial Inn and over 26 free weekend events.

Festival of Fine Craft
WheatonArts, Millville
Saturday – Sunday
The 23rd annual award-winning showcase includes 150 juried artists mastering in clay, fiber, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media, photography, wearable art, wood and more! Watch a variety of unique craft demonstrations, and then create your own with complimentary family art activities. Listen to live music and enjoy refreshments from gourmet food trucks. Stop by the Beer & Wine Garden. The signature Glass Pumpkin Fundraiser takes place during the festival as well.

October 2

Mountain Lakes House, Princeton
Bring the family, but only those 21 and older can try the hard cider and craft beers.

Food Truck & Family Festival
Gardner Field, Denville
Take your pick from among 15 food trucks on site. There will be inflatable activities to occupy the kids’ time.

October 1 – 23

Anthony Wayne Recreation Area, Bear Mountain, NY
Weekends (Oct. 1 – 23)
Enjoy craft beer, delicious food, live music featuring nine music groups and fun activities for all ages.

October 7 – 8

Fall Festival
Stop by Historic Allentown for live music, a craft beer garden, food trucks, classic cars, Civil War encampment, craft vendors and a host of activities for kids. Showcasing 100% handmade local crafters and artisans, join in the fun and get a jump on holiday shopping while buying local at the same time. It is also a great time to visit local specialty shops and eateries offering Fall Festival specials.


October 8

Lima Bean Festival
West Cape May
What a unique idea! West Cape May will celebrate its farming heritage where the legume takes center stage. There will be food (of course), recipes, crafts and vendors.

Scarecrow Contest & Children’s Fall Festival
Hamilton Twp. Public Library, Hamilton Twp.
Set up your scarecrow for judging to win prizes. Afterward, your kids will be intrigued by the Unique Creatures Animal Show and the Mad Science Jack-o-Lantern Jamboree magic show.

Fall Taste of Highlands
Imagine 5 hours of delicious food samplings and cocktails from nearly 20 restaurants and retailers! You will be greeted at each establishment and present your map to be stamped.

The Craft Show at Oktoberfest
Duck Pond, Demarest
This high quality craft show has crafters bringing their handmade crafts in many medias. It’s a great place for holiday shopping, for gifts, or for items for your own use and enjoyment. Enjoy German music, German food, beer, water, soft drinks, vegan and vegetarian food options as well as Korean delicacies. Also, back by popular demand, there will be the canoe rides once again.

Fall Fest
Straube Center, Pennington
This is a unique fall fest that offers tarot readings, glass blowing, henna, a bounce house, arts, crafts and a pumpkin giveaway.

Fall Festival and Blessing of the Animals
Middletown United Methodist Church, Middletown
Bring your friends and family for games, crafts, food, vendors, live music and apple and pumpkin pie contests! Kids will love face painting, balloon animals, relay races, the petting zoo and pony rides. Plus, bring your pets for a special blessing in honor of St. Francis.

October 8 – 9

The main attraction is a tractor-drawn hayride that takes its passengers for a ride up to The Heights which includes a spectacular view of NYC. Pumpkin painting, a scarecrow making contest, a tent of vendors, toss games, sidewalk chalking, ice cream and a full weekend of music.

Fall Bazaar
Asbury Park
Celebrate local makers, music and art. There will be shopping, live music, Oktoberfest food and drink specials, photos at an immersive fall-themed photo station, and kids’ face painting.

Stafford Fall Wine Festival
Heritage Train Park, Manahawkin
Learn about local wines, sample some of the best, nosh on great food and listen to live music over this two-day wine fest along the Jersey Shore.

October 8 – 10

Family Fun Columbus Day Weekend
Holland Ridge Farms, Cream Ridge
Bring your little ones for free face painting, balloon animals, airbrush tattoos, caricatures, plus an impressive bubble show. On top of this there will be PYO flowers, photo opportunities, farm animals, a feeding zoo, pony rides and more.

Asbury Festhalle & Biergarten, Asbury Park
Undoubtedly there will be beer and food, but also come by for live music, a Munich-style tent on the roof top and other events.

October 9

Fall Street Fair
Main Street, Califon
This historic area will be transformed into a scene of fall fun, shopping, food and entertainment. Bring your family and stroll through the downtown and enjoy artisans and crafters, a variety of tasty food trucks, vendors and live music.

George Street, New Brunswick
Is anyone in your family up for the challenge? Take part in the stein holding competition: hold a full one-liter beer stein out in front of your body with a straight arm, parallel to the ground, and compete against others to see who can hold the mug the longest! There will be other fun activities during this street fair, including music, games, food, drinks and more. Open to everyone, but must be 21 (with proper ID) to drink.

October 13 – 16

Fall Festival
Cape May Convention Hall, Cape May
Thursday – Sunday
This four-day festival includes a selection of in-person field trips, trolley trips, boat trips and indoor programs, as well as the Thursday evening kickoff party at the Rusty Nail.

October 15

Apple Cidering
Lorrimer Sanctuary, Franklin Lakes
Join Lorrimer Sanctuary staff for a fun family program all about apple cider! Learn about apple trees and where apples come from, use an old-fashioned cider press to turn farm apples into juice, taste test some delicious and fresh local cider, and make an apple stamp craft, too.

Hope Hose Riverfest
Bordentown City Beach, Bordentown
Join the firefighters from Hope Hose Humane Co. No. 1 for beer, music and fun.

October 15 – 16

Fall Bazaar
Atlantic City
The Atlantic City Fall Bazaar features food and drink vendors, an indoor biergarten (for ages 21+), arts and crafts activities for children and adults, and shopping from local artists and craftspeople. DJ Raymond Tyler will be deejaying nonstop during the event.

Peddler’s Village, New Hope, PA
This Octoberfest celebration is complete with axe throwing, gem mining, stein holding, plus lots of kids’ activities, music, beer and food. Check out the scarecrows that line the paths of the village.

October 16

Veterans Park (south entrance), Hamilton Twp.
Enjoy a fall family day where activities include a pumpkin patch, hay rides, corn maze, amusements, crafters and vendors.

Celebrate Fall Festival
Reeves-Reed Arboretum, Summit
There is lots for your family to do! The arboretum will host a fall celebration with a Spooky Trail featuring crafts, games, music, treats and goats.

Harvest Festival
Croft Farm Arts Center, Cherry Hill
Support the local police and fire departments while you and the kids pick pumpkins, go to the petting zoo, listen to a DJ and live music, walk through the craft show and visit the food trucks.

October 22

Grayrock N Roll Fall Festival
Grayrock Farm Sanctuary, Clinton
Spend the better part of your day shopping from vendors selling art, baked dog treats, books, candles, essential oils, handmade soaps, home décor, jewelry, kidswear, stickers, toys, wreaths and more. There will also be live music, face painting, glitter tattoos, cats and dogs up for adoption, a tricky tray, raffles and food trucks. Plus, meet the resident farm animals!

Oktoberfest 2022
Reeves-Reed Arboretum, Summit
Adults can join this fundraiser for the public garden as it transforms into a beer garden. As a 5-piece German band plays, enjoy lots of food, beer and fun.


Fall Harvest
Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA, Scotch Plains
Kids can ride the trackless train, go to the pumpkin patch and decorate what they pick, do other arts and crafts, play games and win prizes, have fitness fun and eat healthy treats. Plus, you can make do-it-yourself scarecrows. Bring an old shirt, pants, hat and pillowcase and someone will help you make a one-of-a-kind creation.

Princeton Fall Fest
Princeton Shopping Center, Princeton
More than 80 vendors will fill the courtyard with their goods to sell, plus the area businesses will be open for retail sales and lunch. There is a full lineup of music throughout the day.

October 22 – 23

Fall Fest
Lambertville Station Restaurant & Inn, Lambertville
Experience two days full of fall fun along the banks of the Delaware River at the Lambertville Station Restaurant & Inn Fall Fest. Take in the brilliant foliage and breathtaking views as you browse through vendors featuring local artisans, crafts, games, family activities, food trucks, beer garden and live music.

October 23

Monroe Township Community Center, Monroe Twp.
Family-fun activities include magic, games, crafts and music.

Fall Festival at Common Grounds
John Patrick Sports Complex, Lakewood
Common Grounds is the community garden where the Fall Fest will include food trucks, crafts, live music, garden tours and demos, a petting zoo and more. The first 100 registrants get a free orchid plant.

October 29

Fall-O-Ween Festival
Verona Town Hall, Verona
Celebrate fall and Halloween with a huge festival plus trick-or-treating.

TERHUNE ORCHARDS Painted pumpkins for the Personality Pumpkin Contest.

October 29 – 30

Fall Family Fun Finale Weekend
Terhune Orchards, Princeton
Saturday – Sunday
There is so much to do here you may have to go both days! PYO pumpkins and apples, pumpkin painting, pony rides, pedal and play tractors, children’s games and activities, Corn Stalk Maze and Hay Bale Maze, Adventure Story Barn, barnyard farm animals, pollinator sunflower trail, scavenger hunt, homemade foods, cider slush and hand-scooped ice cream, Terhune’s own wine for the adults, live music, and the this-weekend-only Personality Pumpkin Contest!

November 5

Fall Fling Arts & Crafts Show
Ocean Grove
Ocean Grove is known for its massive craft fairs and flea markets, and the fall one is no exception! This new date was postponed from the spring but is sure to include the same great entertainment such as live music, foods, vendors and beautiful artwork.

November 26

Fall Festival/Craft Show
Immaculate Conception Church Auditorium, Spotswood
Kick off holiday season shopping at this fall festival and craft show.

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