Friday, August 30
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
Monday, September 2
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.
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.
Grab a front row seat to watch the parade and stick around for food, drinks, live music, vendors and fireworks at Spring Lake Park.
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.
Jack Horner’s Dino Dig
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!
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.
All Weekend Long
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.
What better way to end the summer season than with a carnival featuring tons of rides, live concerts, fireworks and a pig roast.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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