15 of New Jersey’s Best Fall Festivals

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Pumpkins, brightly colored leaves, hot apple cider, hoodies and fire pits. These are the many things associated with fall in New Jersey.

Yes, it’s still summer, and it’s hot. But it’s not too early to think about and plan what festivals to take the family to this fall.

There’s a ton of things to do in the state, from pumpkin and apple festivals and Italian festivals to bark parties in the park and beer parties.

These are 15 of the best 2022 fall festivals happening in the Garden State.

Autumn colorful leaves with water drops background

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Scottish plains

Unico Italian Festival of St. Barts

2032 Westfield Ave, Scotch Plains, NJ

https://sbuitalianfestival.com/

Date: September 2-5

Time: to be determined

No cost

Authentic Italian cuisine, rides, raffles, games and live music

Vernon

Great Pumpkin Festival

Heaven Hill Farm, Vernon, NJ

https://heavenhillfarm.com/events/great-pumpkin-festival/

Date: September 10 – November 6

Time: to be determined

Cost: to be determined

There will be over 40 activities, including a mad scientist-themed corn maze, pedal carts, gem mining, carnival rides, paintball field, apple cannons, sand art, pig racing, etc. Plus, food concessions with apple cider donuts, gourmet chocolate, and candy apples.

Halloween pumpkin in the autumn forest

Halloween pumpkin in the autumn forest

Woodstown

South Jersey Apple Festival

Salem County Fairgrounds, 735 Harding Highway (Route 40), Woodstown, NJ

https://www.sjapplefest.com/SJ-Apple-Fest.html

Date: September 10 and 11

Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days

Cost: $5 for parking

This apple-themed festival features live music and a DJ, performers, food, wine tastings, crafts for kids, train rides, antiques, a dessert competition at apples, a fall house and garden show, and much more.

May’s Landing

Bark in the Park Festival

4H Fairgrounds, 3210 NJ-50, Mays Landing, NJ

https://abseconvet.com/upcoming-events

Date: September 17 (rain date: September 18)

Time: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Cost: to be determined

This dog-friendly fall festival includes a dog show, kid and dog pie contests, raffle baskets, food trucks, pony rides, and more. Proceeds will benefit Absecon Veterinary Hospital’s non-profit Veterinary Bill Assistance Program called Laddie’s Legacy. Laddie was a Maine Coon cat who was put back in the hospital because her owner couldn’t afford the increased medical bills.

Autumn, fall, pumpkins, gourds and colorful mums

Sheila Yarger

roseland

Roseland Greek Day 2022

Ss Nicholas, Constantine and Helen Greek Church, 80 Laurel Ave., Roseland, NJ

http://roselandgreekfest.com/index.html

Date: September 23-25

Time: Fri. 4 p.m. to 12 a.m., Sat. 12 p.m. to 12 a.m., Sun. 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Cost: food menus have prices and each shop is different

This is a real Greek party with lots of Greek food including spanakopita, lamb shank and baklava, plus a cafe bar, outdoor Greek music and tons of shopping to do shopping.

glassboro

Glassboro Craft Beer Festival 2022

Glassboro Town Square, 1 West High Street, Glassboro, NJ

https://glassborobeerfest.com/

Date: September 24

Time: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Cost: $50

When they say beer, they mean beer. There will be over 40 brew vendors in attendance, plus over a dozen food and craft vendors, and live music to make it the perfect way to spend a fall Saturday in New Jersey.

Photo Dennis Malloy

Photo Dennis Malloy

Seaside Heights

rock the farm

Grant Avenue, Seaside Heights, NJ

https://www.rockthefarmnj.com/

Date: September 24

Time: 11:45 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Cost: $40 and $45 at the door. Children 10 and under are free.

For 10 hours, fall festival-goers will enjoy a beer and wine garden, unique food trucks, a kids’ zone with face painting, balloon art, a foam dance floor and a braid bar. There will be live music with cover bands from artists Fleetwood Mac, Red Hot Chili Peppers, AC/DC, ELO, Eagles, Billy Joel, Carole King, Alanis Morrissette, ZZ Top and Bon Jovi.

Cape May

Fall 2022 Exit Zero Jazz Festival

Zero Ferry Park Exit, 1200 Lincoln Blvd., Cape May, NJ

https://www.exitzerojazzfestival.com/

Date: September 29 – October 2

Time: 7 p.m.

Cost: 3-day admission: $180. Single day tickets: $65

If you like jazz, then you will love this festival. The three-day music festival features hundreds of musicians and attracts thousands of visitors each year. International touring artists perform on two outdoor stages at Exit Zero Ferry Park, overlooking the Delaware Bay. One minute you might be listening to a New Orleans marching band and the next a bloco of 22 Brazilian drummers, according to the website.

(Erin Vogt, Townsquare Media)

(Erin Vogt, Townsquare Media)

Galloway

Oktoberfest

Historic Smithville, 615 E. Moss Mill Rd., Galloway, NJ

https://www.historicsmithville.com/smithville-events/oktoberfest/

Date: October 1 and 2

Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Cost: to be determined

Over 100 artisans, live music, an international food court, carousel rides, paddle boats and more complete this incredible festival. In addition, there will be activities for children such as the famous giant jumping house, the duck pond game and face painting.

The 60 shops, the train, the 7 restaurants and the ancient arcades of the village will also be open. There will also be nonprofits on site with raffles, information and items for sale.

Hightstown

The Annual Hightstown Harvest Fair and Tercentenary Anniversary

Hightstown Memorial Park, N. Main Street, Hightstown, NJ

http://www.hightstownfair.org/

Date: October 1

Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Cost: to be determined

It’s a day filled with small businesses, local artists, live entertainment, artisans, kids’ activities, tons of food, rides and more. The festival is designed to raise community awareness, bring commerce to local businesses and sponsors, and provide fun for children, according to the website.

(Farms R and J Facebook page)

(Farms R and J Facebook page)

Hawthorne

paws in the park

Goffle Brook Park, Hawthorne, New Jersey

https://visitnj.org/nj-events/paws-park-0

Date: October 8 (rain date: October 9)

Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Cost: to be determined

The 6th Annual Paws in the Park Fall Festival features demonstrations by the Sheriff’s K-9 Unit, Mounted Patrol, an animal blessing, animal adoptions, animal contests, raffles, food trucks, pet vendors and their people, and a beer garden.

Woodstown

South Jersey Pumpkin Show Fall Festival

Salem County Fairgrounds, 760 Harding Hwy., Woodstown, NJ

https://www.sjpumpkinshow.com/

Date: October 8 and 9

Time: October 8: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., October 9: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Cost: to be determined

This two-day festival features everything associated with fall: a fall fair, wagon rides, pumpkin pie by the slice, the Little Miss and Mister Pumpkin show, a tower of giant pumpkins, moms for sale, food trucks, over 125 artisans, wine tastings, rides, New Jersey’s Largest Baked Pumpkin Pie, a pumpkin dessert contest, scarecrows and more.

South Toms River

The 4th Annual South Toms River Food Truck and Craft Beer Festival

100 Atlantic City Boulevard, South Toms River, NJ

https://visitnj.org/nj-events/south-toms-river-annual-foodtrucks-and-craft-beer-festival

Date: October 8

Time: 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Cost: to be determined

This fall festival features craft beer, food trucks, vendors, demos, auctions, live music, and fireworks!

Chatsworth

Chatsworth Cranberry Festival

3980 Main Street, Chatsworth, NJ

https://www.cranfest.info/

Date: October 15 and 16

Time: to be determined

Cost: N/A

Always on the third full weekend in October, this cranberry festival screams “autumn.” Start your holiday shopping with over 150 vendors at your fingertips, many offering unique handmade items, food vendors, wine tastings, live music and, yes, fresh New Jersey cranberries .

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Tewksbury

Tewksbury Harvest Festival

Christie Hoffman Farm Park, 108 Fairmount Rd, W., Califon, NJ

https://www.tewksburyharvestfest.com/

Date: September 24 (rain date: September 25)

Time: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Cost: $20 per car

This dog-friendly festival is a fundraiser for the Tewksbury First and Rescue Squad. There will be crafts, food trucks, wagon rides, a pie contest, car show, beer garden, cornhole tournament, silent auction, and more.

There are so many other festivals, which of course take place in The Garden State. These just give you a taste of all the fun the state has to offer this fall.

Jen Ursillo is a reporter and anchor for New Jersey 101.5. You can reach her at [email protected]

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