The air is crisp, the apples are ripe, and fall fair and harvest festival season is about to get underway! We've rounded up two dozen great harvest fests in New Jersey, all packed with signature autumn activities like hayrides, corn mazes, pumpkin decorating (and picking), pie contests, scarecrow making, live animals, live music, and more. Some even incorporate a little early Halloween fun.
Read on to find an event near you, including the Great Pumpkin Festival, the Fall Festival at Spruce Street Harbor Park, the Blackwood Pumpkin Festival, and more.
For more seasonal activities around the Garden State, be sure to check out our Fall Fun Guide and our list of 35 Things We Can't Wait To Do with NJ Kids This Fall.
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Johnson's Corner Farm Fall Harvest Festivals — Medford
September 9 – October 29 (weekends and Columbus Day)
Fall Harvest weekends feature live music, food, a five-acre corn maze, pumpkin and apple picking, hayrides, animal farm and discovery barnyard, gem mining, and more.
Fall Festival at Spruce Street Harbor Park — Philadelphia
Tons of free family events are the highlight of this fall festival. Enjoy live music, apple cider pressing, a small petting zoo, pumpkin carving, flower crowns, and more. FREE
Great Pumpkin Festival — Vernon
September 16 – November 5
Heaven Hill Farm's fall festival takes place every weekend and certain weekdays through early November. This event has it all: a hay maze, spider web crawl, monster slingshot, boo barn, obstacle course, duck and pig races, and much more.
Hopewell Harvest Fair — Hopewell
Located at Hopewell Elementary School, this festival has tons of fun activities for kids, including hayrides, pony rides, a petting zoo, and inflatables, plus contests and competitions in cooking, art, photography, LEGO, and more. FREE
The Giant Pumpkin Carve & Pumpkin Pageant — Woodstown
Come to the Salem County Fairgrounds for this fun event that features a pumpkin light show, free hayrides, straw maze, crafts, music, and lots of family fun. FREE for kids ages 5 and younger.
Harvest Homecoming — Scotch Plains
Everyone's invited to celebrate the success of the new Scotch Plains Fanwood Community Garden at this Harvest Homecoming fundraiser. Come to the historic Frazee House family farm for live music, crafts, pony rides, face painting, a petting zoo, food trucks, and square dancing. FREE admission, but some activities are ticketed.
Harvest Home Festival — Holmdel
If a quieter, simpler harvest celebration is more your style, bring the family to Historic Longstreet Farm, where the old-fashioned fun includes wagon rides, corn-husking, craft demonstrations, and a pie-eating contest. Don't forget to say hi to the farm animals. FREE
Union County Harvest Festival — Mountainside
Trailside Nature Center is the perfect setting for an everything-fall festival. This celebration of Early American life features music, children’s crafts, games, demonstrations and displays, and a petting zoo. FREE for kids ages 7 and younger.
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Enjoy a truly old-fashioned harvest fest at the 19th century–themed festival at the Historic Village of Allaire.
19th Century Fall Harvest Festival — Farmingdale
Celebrate the fall harvest at The Historic Village at Allaire, where you can try your hand at cider pressing, games, dancing, and much more. Horse and wagon rides will also be available for an extra cost.
Blackwood Pumpkin Festival — Blackwood
The festival draws 10,000 people each year to enjoy food, games, music, shopping among 200 vendors, and four stages of entertainment. Activities include pumpkin painting, hayrides, amusement rides, scarecrow making, bounce houses, a pumpkin-carving contest, face painting, a costume contest, talent contest, and more. FREE admission, with certain activities ticketed.
Sussex County Harvest, Honey, and Garlic Festival — Augusta
This family-friendly event features a farmers' market, an educational honey display, kids' activities, and education about the environment, agriculture, and heritage. FREE
Pumpkin Pawlooza — Cherry Hill
Double the fun at this dual-location festival, hosted jointly by Paws Discovery Farms and the Garden State Discovery Museum. Activities at Paws Discovery Farm include pony rides, pumpkin decorating, hayrides, a petting zoo, and an obstacle course courtesy of Kid Fit. Activities at the Garden State Discovery Museum include fall crafts, a moon bounce, and a puppy patrol meet-and-greet. Pick up your admission bracelet at either location for a full weekend of fall fun.
Hometown Harvest Fair — Hightstown
Join community members for food trucks, live music, kids' rides, arts, crafts, vendors, and other special attractions. FREE admission, with some paid activities.
Dunellen HarvestFest — Dunellen
Bring the family to Washington Park for this annual downtown festival featuring food, carriage rides, contests, dancing, music, and kids' activities. If you're feeling crafty, don't miss the chance to enter the apple pie, art, or scarecrow contests. FREE
South Jersey Pumpkin Show — Woodstown
Got a pumpkin fan in the family? This is the fall festival they've been waiting for. Cheer on the child competitors in the Little Miss & Mister Pumpkin Show Pageant (open to children ages 4-9), eat your heart out at the Pumpkin Fun Food Contest, ogle the giant pumpkins at the Pumpkin Weigh-Off, and check out the Giant Pumpkin Pyramid. Other activities include a decorated-stroller parade, kids' costume contest, scary hayrides, and a visit from the Headless Horseman. To top off the day, try out a helicopter ride over the gorgeous fall foliage of Salem County. FREE
Harvest Festival — Ringwood
Hitch a hayride, decorate pumpkins, dance to live music, shop a plant sale, and more at this fall festival put on by the New Jersey Botanical Gardens. FREE
Fine Crafts Fall Festival and Family Day — Mays Landing
This fun family event includes free train rides, a bouncy castle, music, hay toss, mummy wrap, and pumpkin painting (pumpkin and paint included with a $5 fee). FREE
History and Harvest Celebration — Short Hills
Enjoy the fall season at beautiful Greenwood Gardens, where you can roam the sculpture-filled grounds and enjoy pony rides, an apple hunt, crafts, music, and food.
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Find your way out of this urban corn maze at the Hoboken Harvest Festival.
Hoboken Harvest Festival — Hoboken
Come to Pier A Park for pony rides, a petting zoo, pumpkin painting, hayrides, trackless train rides, face painting, a hay maze, crafts, and more. FREE
Chatsworth Cranberry Festival — Chatsworth
If you need a break from all those pumpkins, check out one of the "berry" best festivals in the mid-Atlantic region, celebrating New Jersey's famous cranberry harvest. In addition to countless cranberry treats, the fair will feature visiting wolves from the Howling Woods Farm, live music, and antique cars. FREE
Autumn Fest — Pitman
The second annual Autumn Fest includes a Children's Halloween Fest for kids 12 and under, featuring magicians, illusionists, jugglers, coloring contests, pony rides, a pumpkin pie–eating contest, music, and more.
Celebrate Fall — Summit
Head on over to the Reeves-Reed Arboretum for a fun-filled autumn day. Explore the Spooky Trail, decorate a pumpkin, and join the costume parade.
Goblins in the Garden Family Festival — Camden
Calling all ghosts and goblins! Break out the costumes a week early 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 in the Costume Parade.
Pumpkin Patch Day — Union
Enjoy a day filled with pumpkin picking, hayrides, pumpkin carving and painting, and crafts at Liberty Hall Museum.
Top image: Pick a pumpkin at the South Jersey Pumpkin Show. All photos courtesy of the festivals.