ROSEBUD PHOTOGRAPHY / Asbury Park Valentine’s Bazaar

Festivals are still happening in the winter in New Jersey. Watch traditional Greek dancing, go ice skating at a winery or hit a comic book fest. Here are our picks for the best festivals in February:

February 1-11

Bacon Fest
Zeppelin Hall, Jersey City
There will be more than 16 bacon-filled items on the menu.

AMERICAN DREAM / Lunar New Year

February 1-25

Lunar New Year Festivities
American Dream, East Rutherford
To celebrate the Year of the Dragon, visit on different days for a fashion show, runway pageant, dance-off, gala, youth competition, Dream Wheel lighting ceremony, opera and orchestra concert.

STAFF PHOTO / Vintner Wonderland at Renault Winery

Vintner Wonderland
Renault Winery, Egg Harbor City
Fridays – Sundays, through February 25
Kids can go ice skating, have lunch by the fire pits or shop at the market. There’s also wine sampling, of course, and dinner.

February 2-4

Greek Winter Feast
Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, Egg Harbor Twp.
Come inside the community center for authentic Greek food and pastries, traditional Greek dance performances, and Taverna Night on Saturday with DJ JTK Entertainment.

February 2-18 (weekends)

New Jersey Film Festival
Rutgers University, New Brunswick
The 42nd Bi-Annual Spring 2024 New Jersey Film Festival will be taking place in person at Rutgers University, plus all films will be available virtually via Video on Demand for 24 hours on their show date.

February 3

Atlantic City Wing Fest
Golden Nugget, Atlantic City
This all-you-can-eat wing festival will allow you to taste wings from 15–20 restaurants. Vote for your favorite and see who wins.

Wassailing the Apple Trees
Terhune Orchards, Princeton
The ancient British tradition of wassailing the apple trees to protect them from harm is a popular winter celebration. Activities include singing, dancing and playing primitive instruments. There will also be toasts of hot cider and placing gifts of cider-soaked bread in the tree branches. The Handsome Molly Dancers and Kingessing Morris Dancers will lead the group in singing and dancing to ensure the orchards have a good harvest in 2024. There will be live music by Spiced Punch, and marshmallow roasting. The winery and Barn Door Cafe will be open.

February 3-4

Winter Fire & Ice Festival
New Egypt Flea Market, Cream Ridge
Bundle up and check out ice sculpture demos, animal exhibits, artisan market, fire pits, food trucks and live music.

February 4

Rockland Arts Festival’s Meet the Artists Celebration
Palisades Center, West Nyack, NY
The Rockland Arts Festival is an annual two-week celebration honoring artists from Rockland County and the surrounding areas. Today, at the Meet the Artists Celebration, view the works of 70 diverse artists. There will be visual art displays, artist meet-and-greets, dance performances, live music, art bingo and other activities.

GARDEN STATE WINE GROWERS ASSOCIATION

February 9-11, 16-18

New Jersey Wine & Chocolate Trail Weekends
Throughout New Jersey
Garden State Wine Growers Association, a coalition of 60+ New Jersey wineries and vineyards supporting the Garden State’s wine industry, will host two weekends of Valentine’s Day-themed events that include wine tastings, artisanal chocolates, live music and more.

February 10

Asbury Park Valentine’s Bazaar
Grand Arcade of Convention Hall and The Asbury Hotel, Asbury Park
While walking through a curated marketplace, stop for a photo with your sweetie(s) at the Valentine’s Day Photo Stations, design a fresh flower bouquet or learn how to make your own dry floral arrangement. Listen to the music of DJ Astrovan, bring your girlfriends to the Galentine’s Day Boozy Brushes paint workshop or get your kid’s face painted.

Lunar New Year at The Commons
Bridgewater Commons, Bridgewater
A Chinese arts and crafts workshop for families will include paper dragon making, Chinese calligraphy and traditional games. The Center for Cultural & Creative Exchange will feature traditional Asian performances and a dragon and lion dance accompanied by drums, cymbals and gong instruments. In addition, the organization will host the traditional Chinese giving of red envelopes filled with special offers from Gloria Jean’s Coffees, Sbarro’s and Acai Fruit Bowl.

Hungarian Artisan Market
American Hungarian Foundation, New Brunswick
Sample Hungarian food and pastries, buy Magyar apparel and meet author Ildiko Antal-Ferencz.

DEEP CUT ORCHID SOCIETY

February 16-18

Deep Cut Orchid Society Show
Dearborn Market, Holmdel
A weekend of exhibits, speakers, tours and orchids to view or purchase will add beauty to a cold winter day.

ROBERT WOOD JOHNSON UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL – SOMERSET / Go Red Fashion Show & Family Health Festival

February 17

Go Red Fashion Show & Family Health Festival
Bridgewater Commons, Bridgewater
Bridgewater Commons and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital-Somerset will present a health-focused family festival and a red-styled fashion show. The fashion show will feature heart disease survivors and healthcare practitioners modeling clothing provided by the shopping center’s stores. RWJUH Somerset cardiologists Sharan Mahal, MD, and Sanjukta Sanyal, MD, will provide information about how to promote your heart health. Family festival activities will include children’s fitness sessions, friendship bracelet workshops, heart-healthy nutrition, a Teddy Bear Clinic and face painting.

February 18

Causeway CARes Summer in Winter Carnival
Holiday Inn, Manahawkin
Beat the winter blues with games, prizes, face painters, food and a chance to meet reps from local non-profits.

February 24

Downtown Somerville Black Arts & Ideas Festival
Downtown Somerville
Learn about Black History Month by visiting various locations in town for special conversations, panels, performances and moments of solidarity. Topics include the legacy of Paul Robeson, finding financial freedom and conversations on black entrepreneurship. You can also bring your family to a free photoshoot or check out a pop-up exhibit and live jazz music.

February 24-25

Mardi Gras
Laurita Winery, New Egypt
Wear a New Orleans-style costume and mask, wear beads and dance to upbeat house music.

SOUTH JERSEY NERD FEST

February 25

South Jersey Nerd Fest
Holiday Inn Philadelphia South, Swedesboro
Vendors, artists, writers, costume groups, and crafters will be based around comics, movies and cult classics. There will be a costume contest open to all ages, too.

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