9 Things to Do on Labor Day in NJ
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Friday, August 30

Summer Nights on Donaldson Farms

Enjoy the great outdoors and summer sun while you sample delicious farm-fresh foods. What’s a party without live music and games? Stop by for pony rides, duck races and lawn games, perfect for a family-friendly evening.

Friday Story Time

If your little ones love nature and all things outdoors, then they’ll appreciate the (free!) storytime at the Tulpehaking Nature Center. They’ll read about wildlife, then participate in a craft.

Sunset Sips and Sounds of Terhune Orchards

Sit back, relax and sip on fruity wines while listening to live music on a beautiful farm. What better way to close out the summer season than with a nice glass of wine?

Friday, August 30-Saturday, August 31

Labor Day Weekend Boardwalk Craft Show

The boardwalk at Rio Grande Avenue has plenty of handmade, unique crafts that’ll make great gifts—or if you’re just looking to treat yourself.

Labor Day Weekend Fireworks Spectacular

End the summer with a giant fireworks show right that can be viewed from any point on the boardwalk or beach.

Friday, August 30-Sunday, September 1

Mendham Labor Day Carnival

The Annual Labor Day Carnival is back again and has tons of rides, games and carnival food—aka the best way to end the summer. Don’t forget to enter the 50/50 raffle either, which has boasted a $50,000 prize in the past.

Saturday, August 31

The Tomato Festival in Wilbraham Park

West Cape May
Cape May’s tomatoes are worthy of celebration—trust us, we’ve eaten a lot. So it’s no surprise everyone’s favorite Jersey fruit has its own festival. Pick fresh, ripened tomatoes or spend a few bucks on tomato pies and empanadas—you can’t go wrong.

Labor Day End of Summer Celebration/Art Walk

Spring Lake
Take a stroll through downtown Spring Lake for a look at local artists’ wares and see what other local businesses make up this quaint community.

Saturday, August 31-Sunday, September 1

Labor Day Lobsterfest

Bradley Beach
An oceanfront party filled with waterslides, face painters, sand art and tons of live musical performances sounds like a dream summer sendoff. On top of that, Bradley Beach’s hosting more than 140 specialty art and craft vendors, too.

Saturday, August 31-Monday, September 2

Sahara Sam’s Farewell Summer Party

West Berlin
Celebrate the last hoorah of summer at the Wave Pool, soaking up the sun, splashing and dancing around to the DJ. Sahara Sam’s is also giving away free red, white and blue ice pops, so you can end the summer on a sweet note.
$36.99/admission or free for annual and season pass holders

Saturday, August 31-Monday, September 2

Boar’s Head BBQ & Craft Beer Festival

Monmouth Park will host its annual food and drink festival, where you’ll find juicy pulled pork, brisket and ribs, plus anyone over 21 can wash it all down with a cold craft beer. There’ll also be live music, pony rides, bouncy houses, face painting and more for the kids.
$5/admission, free/12 and under

Sunday, September 1

Scandinavian Fest

Budd Lake
If you’re Scandinavian, or a lover of festivals, try this heritage festival. There’ll be crafts, gifts, entertainment and programs for the kids. Reenactors, encampments and artisans will recreate traditional Scandinavian life. Keep an eye out for the annual all-Jersey wife-carry contest.

Monday, September 2

Riverdale’s Annual Labor Day Street Fair

The Borough of Riverdale boasts a Kids Zone filled with pony rides, petting zoos, live music, food and retail vendors. Grab some empanadas, pizza, chicken fingers, Mr. Softee ice cream and other homemade goodies that will leave you with a happy belly.

Rutherford Labor Day Street Fair

This huge fair always attracts a large crowd. Whether you go for the antique crafts, live music, food stands or the Bud Light Beer Garden, there’s something for everyone. There’ll even be street performers like stilt walkers, balloon artists and jugglers.

South Plainfield Labor Day Parade and Festivities

South Plainfield
Grab a front row seat to watch the parade and stick around for food, drinks, live music, vendors and fireworks at Spring Lake Park.

Labor Day Paddle

Adults and kids ages 10 and up can spend the day paddling on the Passaic River. Get outdoors and check out the green scenery as you and the kids make your way down the river.
$15/per person

Jack Horner’s Dino Dig
Jersey City
Bring your lil’ archaeologists to the Liberty Science Center to explore this 35-ton sand pit, which holds 55 full-sized Cretaceous fossil replicas. Kids can unearth skulls, bones, eggs and more—some fossils may even be bigger than your kids!

All Weekend Long

Saint Joseph Feast

Every night this Labor Day weekend, the family can enjoy traditional Italian foods, rides and games. This Lodi feast is the perfect opportunity to sink your teeth into some classic Italian food and fun.

Boonton Fire Department Labor Day Carnival 

What better way to end the summer season than with a carnival featuring tons of rides, live concerts, fireworks and a pig roast.

End of Summer Block Party

Atlantic City
The Tanger Outlets in Atlantic City are hosting a variety of sporty events in the plaza, plus there’ll be a duck pond, photo booth, prize wheel and a DJ. There’ll also be a sidewalk sale throughout the whole weekend, so you can try to win some prizes while you shop.

St. Bartholomew UNICO Italian Festival

Scotch Plains
This traditional Italian feast has a little something for each of your family members: Think live music, rides and Italian chow like pizza, pasta, calzones and zeppoles.


Cape May Airport, Rio Grande
Calling all little pilots! Take tours of vintage bombers and other cool aircrafts including 27 historic aircrafts, bomber flights and exhibits at the Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum. Afterwards, listen to music, load up on food, visit vendors and more in the nearby hangar.


Farm Fun at Alstede Farms

Do you think your kids will love climbing a giant hay pyramid? Feeding farm animals? Taking a ride on a pony? If you said yes, travel to Chester for Alstede’s many family-friendly activities.

Newark Museum: Unexpected Color: A Journey Through Glass

The Newark Museum just received the best donation, a new exhibit that features the Thomas N. Armstrong III Collection of Steuben Glass. It’s made up of vibrant bowls, vases, and jewel-toned color glass.

South Street Seaport Museum 2019 Summer Season

If your lil’ ones love reading and writing, then the Printed Port exhibit is the place for them. This exhibit goes into detail about how printing began, plus features working printing presses.

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