Here comes Fall! As much as I love summer, I find myself looking forward to this season's arrival more and more every year. The cooler weather, crunching of leaves underfoot and pumpkin-flavored everything are all highlights of the season. And let’s not forget Halloween! New Jersey has many wonderful fairs and festivals for your family to enjoy this autumn—grab the kids (and a jacket) and check out these great fall events coming to a town near you.
19th Century Fall Festival (Farmingdale)
Sept 26, 2015
Historic Allaire Village plays host to this old-timey festival featuring cider pressing, dancing, apple snapping, hearth cooking and other demonstrations from the Howell Iron workers. Kids can enjoy fun games, puppet shows and yummy treats. Horse and wagon rides will also be available.
Railway Museum Pumpkin Festival (Whippany)
Oct 4, 2015
Enjoy a 30-minute excursion along the Whippanong Trail on the “Pumpkinliner” antique caboose train. Before or after your trip, visit the Pumpkin Marketplace Crafts Fair to check out local wares, railroad memorabilia and of course plenty of pumpkins. Walk around the museum grounds to enjoy the seasonal decorations and pose for pictures by the Haunted House. Train tickets can be purchased in advance online and any remaining tickets will be sold on operating day.
South Jersey Pumpkin Show (Woodstown)
Oct 9-11, 2015
This is the perfect event for any pumpkin fans in the family. Cheer on the competitors in the Little Miss & Mister Pumpkin Show Pageant, sample scrumptious treats at the Pumpkin Dessert Contest and check out the Giant Pumpkin Pyramid. Other activities include a decorated stroller parade, kids' costume contest, scary hayrides and fall crafts for kids. FREE
Hometown Harvest Fair (Hightstown)
Oct 10, 2015
Celebrate the 13th anniversary of this Hightstown festival featuring arts & crafts, delicious food and live entertainment all day long. A special Children’s Area offers pony rides, a petting zoo, bouncy houses and performances just for kids. And don’t miss the chili-tasting contest, dunk tank and Ducky Derby race! FREE
Allentown Fall Festival (Allentown)
Oct 10 & 11, 2015
Allentown's annual festival takes place along Main Street in this charming village. Highlights include local artisans, crafters and food vendors, as well as live music and a classic car show. Bring the kiddies to visit the petting zoo and enjoy fun activities. FREE
Chatsworth Cranberry Festival (Chatsworth)
Oct 17 & 18, 2015
Did you know New Jersey’s cranberry harvest is the third largest in the U.S.? Celebrate all things cranberry at this festival featuring local specialties, arts & crafts vendors, live music, antique cars and wolves from nearby Howling Woods Farm. Breakfast will also be served each morning from 6 to 11am at the Chatsworth Volunteer Firehouse. FREE
Goblins in the Garden Family Festival (Camden)
Oct 24 & 25, 2015
Calling all ghosts and goblins! Break out the costumes and join in the Halloween festivities at The Camden Children’s Garden. Hop aboard a Haunted Train Ride, meet characters in the garden and trick or treat along the Costume Parade route.