Best Fall Fairs and Festivals in NJ this September for Families

Liberty State Park serves as the backdrop for the stunning Water Lantern Festival at month's end. Photo courtesy of the festival
Liberty State Park serves as the backdrop for the stunning Water Lantern Festival at month's end. Photo courtesy of the festival

As the carefree days of summer draw to a close, New Jersey families can look forward to plenty of fall fairs and festivals in the Garden State this September. Get in Halloween mode early with the Great Pumpkin Festival, chow down on delicious seafood at The Downbeach Seafood Festival, and spend Labor Day weekend with rides and games at the St. Bartholomew/UNICO Italian Festival. Plus, get a taste of fall at local fairs in Riverdale, Bridgewater, and Jersey City.

Check out the 30+ awesome fall fairs and festivals in New Jersey below and be sure to bookmark this list of the best things to do this September with kids for more Mommy Poppins picks.

As always, if an event piques your interest, click through to our listing for all the details, including addresses and times. And keep in mind: Really cool things to do with kids often book up quickly, so register or buy your tickets ASAP.

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Places featured in this article:


Bridgewater Commons (outside)

Pediatric Dental Associates of Randolph

Marlboro Municipal Complex
Barnes & Noble Storytime
Barnes & Noble of Bridgewater - 10:00 AM
Online Guitar Lessons for Kids
Virtual - various times
Online Art Lessons for Kids
Virtual - various times
Online Piano Lessons for Kids
Virtual - various times
5th-6th Grade Virtual Art Classes
online (Zoom) - various times
Neighborhood Guides
Activity Guides