Check out crawling creatures at the 17th Annual Insect Festival at Mercer Educational Gardens. Photo by David Byers
Check out crawling creatures at the 17th Annual Insect Festival at Mercer Educational Gardens. Photo by David Byers

50+ Free Things to Do with New Jersey Kids in September

Are you feeling the end-of-summer blues? Here's the perfect remedy: more than 50 FREE events and activities taking place this month in New Jersey! September is off to a promising start with Labor Day freebies like Riverdale's Annual Labor Day Street Fair, St. Bartholomew Italian Festival, and Rutherford Labor Day Street Fair.

Back-to-school time is the perfect time to indulge in literature at the Annual New Jersey Storytelling Festival and Princeton Children's Book Festival.

As summer transitions to fall, get in the autumn spirit at admission-free seasonal events, including Hopewell Harvest Fair, Great Swamp Fall Festival, and Westfield FestiFall. Get back to nature at the 17th Annual Insect Festival and New Jersey WILD Outdoor Expo.

Read on for this month's picks! For more free and low-cost fun, check out our Event Calendar, as well as the Best Fall Fairs and Festivals for NJ Families in September.


500 Ocean Ave.
Bradley Beach, NJ 07720

St. Barholomew Church
2032 Westfield Avenue
Scotch Plains, NJ

Dvoor Farm
111 Mine St.
Flemington, NJ 08822

Cookman Avenue
Asbury Park, NJ 07712

Hoboken Fire Department Museum
213 Bloomfield Street
Hoboken, NJ 07030

Park Avenue
Lincoln Park
Rutherford, NJ 07070

Pottery Barn Kids- various locations
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Barnes & Noble
112 Eisenhower Parkway
Livingston, NJ 07039

Barnes & Noble East Brunswick
753 Rt 18 Brunswick Square
East Brunswick, NJ

AG Farmers' Market
108 Indian Head Road
Toms River, NJ 08753

William Morrow Beach
Bay Avenue
Somers Point, NJ 08244

Lovin' Oven
62a Trenton Ave
Frenchtown, NJ 08825

Cape May Lighthouse
215 Light House Ave.
Cape May Point, NJ 08212

Colliers Mills Wildlife Management Area
299 East Colliers Mills Road
New Egypt, NJ 08533

Wheaton Arts & Cultural Center
1501 Glasstown Road
Millville, NJ 08332

Island Heights
Toms River, NJ

8th Avenue Beach
8th Avenue
Belmar, NJ 07715

JCC MetroWest
760 Northfield Avenue
West Orange, NJ 07052

Barnes & Noble
44 Brick Plaza
Brick, NJ 08723

Cotsen Children's Library at Princeton University Library
1 Washington Rd
Princeton, NJ 08544

Indigo at Short Hills Mall
1200 Morris Turnpike
Short Hills, NJ 07078

Cotsen Children's Library at Princeton University Library
1 Washington Rd
Princeton, NJ 08544

Cotsen Children's Library at Princeton University Library
1 Washington Rd
Princeton, NJ 08544

Princeton Public Library
Hinds Plaza
Princeton , NJ 08542

Mercer Educational Gardens
431A Federal City Rd.
Pennington, NJ 08534

Bayshore Waterfront Park
719 Port Monmouth Road
Port Monmouth, NJ 07758

Howell Living History Farm
70 Woodens Lane
Lambertville, NJ 08530

Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center
247 Southern Blvd
Chatham, NJ 07928

Monmouth Battlefield State Park
16 Business Route 33
Manalapan, NJ 07726

South and Martine Avenues
Fanwood, NJ 07023

Somerset County Vo-Tech Grounds
14 Vogt Drive
Bridgewater, NJ 08807

Princeton Airport
41 Airpark Road
Princeton , NJ 08540

Lone Eagle Brewing
44 Stangl Rd
Flemington, NJ 08822

South Orange Village Center
76 South Orange
South Orange, NJ

New Jersey State Museum
205 West State Street
Trenton, NJ 08608

Hopewell Elementary School
35 Princeton Ave.
Hopewell, NJ 08525

Grove Street Path Plaza
Newark Avenue Between Grove Street & Jersey Avenue
Jersey City, NJ 07302

Downtown Rahway
1 City Hall Plaza
Rahway, NJ 07065

Downtown Westfield
Broad and Elm Streets
Westfield, NJ 07090

Raritan Avenue, Between 2nd and 5th Avenues
Raritan Avenue
Highland Park, NJ 08904

N Beverwyck Rd
Parsippany-Troy Hills, NJ 07054

Man Skirt Brewing
144 Main Street
Hackettstown, NJ 07840

Essex County Environmental Center
621 Eagle Rock Avenue
Roseland, NJ 07068

Campus Town at TCNJ
600 Campus Town Drive
Ewing, NJ 08618

1011 Amboy Ave
Edison, NJ 08837

RVCC Theatre
118 Lamington Road
Branchburg, NJ 08876

500 Midland Avenue
Garfield, NJ 07026

Historic Longstreet Farm
44 Longstreet Road
Holmdel, NJ 07733