NJ Weekend Events September 11-12: Festivals of Sheep, Oysters, Children's Books, Music, Kids & Family, and more

School may be back in session, but this weekend's calendar looks like summer to me!  Plenty of "fishy fun" is to be had seining fish at Sandy Hook's Annual Kids Day or chowing down on shellfish at Asbury Park's Oyster Festival.  Also this weekend is a wide variety of festivals including the Annual Sheep & Fiber Festival (no cows or horses at this one!), Union County's Music Fest with a fully-charged Kids Kingdom, Princeton Library's Children's Book Festival featuring over 50 children's authors and illustrators including R.L. Stein of the Goosebumps series, and Hoboken's First Annual Family Arts Fest with hours of music, kids theater and yoga workshops, and more.  Or head indoors for some Back-To-School entertainment like Disney Live! Mickey's Magic Show at the Prudential Center. 


Kids Day at Sandy Hook (Sandy Hook)
Head to Sandy Hook for a full day of Fishy Fun, including instruction in the art of seining fish followed by hands on "pulling the net" and fish identification at Spermaceti Cove.  After all the hands-on fun in the ocean, kids can try their hand at some Japanese fish printing crafts (with rubber fish of course).  Wear bathing suits or other appropriate clothes and footwear to wear in the water. Saturday starting at 1:30.  $5 per child.  

Asbury Park Oyster Festival
(Asbury Park)
Still hanging on to summer?  Get in your last thrills at Asbury Park's Oyster Festival with plenty of tasty offerings at "Oyster Oasis," live music, an oyster eating competition, and tons of fun for kids including rides, bouncies, a train, games, and face painting.  Saturday from 10am to 8pm and Sunday from 10am to 5pm.  FREE.

16th Annual Sheep & Fiber Festival (Ringoes)
You will be counting sheep until tomorrow with this sheep-only event.  There will be sheep shows, sheep shearing, sheep dog herding, spinning and knitting workshops, every kind of wooly craft supply and handcrafted item (related to sheep and wool) imaginable.  Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 5pm.  $5 per person or $10 per carload.

Union County Music Fest (Clark)
The Kids Kingdom portion of this family-friendly festival is reason enough to check out this weekend-long event.  Kids can enjoy a petting zoo, pony rides, a Lego Master, crafts like clay and sand art, face painting, wagon rides, inflatable rides, bungee jumping and a two day itinerary of kids bands including the Fuzzy Lemons, Baze and His Silly Friends, Miss Sherri and the Animal Band, and more.  Saturday from 11am to 5pm and Sunday from noon to 5pm.  FREE.  Parking $10.

Princeton Library's Children's Book Festival (Princeton)
Brooklyn's Book Fest is not the only place where you can meet great children's authors and illustrators this weekend.  At the Princeton Library's Book Festival meet the author R.L. Stine of the Goosebumps book series, rock to Yosi's music, and meet over 50 children's authors and illustrators who will chat with you and even sign copies of your favorite books.  Saturday from 11am to 4pm.  FREE.

Hoboken Family Arts Fest (Hoboken)
Get ready for hours of family fun including musical performances, dance and theater workshops, yoga classes, and readings by well known children's authors.  Saturday from 11am to 3pm.  $5 per person.

Disney Live!  Mickey's Magic Show at the Prudential Center
Abracadabra! Mickey, Minnie and friends perform real Disney magic right in front of your eyes so be prepared to see Cinderella's rags turned magically into a beautiful ball gown, see Princess Jasmine levitate, and watch the enchanted brooms of Fantasia dance before your eyes.  Saturday at 3pm and 6:30pm.  Tickets are available online from $18 to $83.


Sunflower Picking at Happy Day Farm
Happy Day Farm - 8:00 AM Pick
Jenkinson's Amusement Park Reopens
Jenkinson's Amusement Park - 12:00 PM Pick
Kutztown Folk Festival
- various times Pick
The Shows Must Go On
Youtube - various times Pick
Sea Chantey Sing-Along
Zoom - various times Pick
Neighborhood Guides
Activity Guides