South Jersey Family Festivals: Discover The Best Themed Events (2023)

Your Guide to The Best South Jersey Family Festivals: Features Family Oriented Music, Food, Entertainment and Fun Activities

They feature festivals events with special themes and are known forhaving good music, food, entertainment, skilled artisans and performers,fun activities, crafts, and more!

Note: Sometimes conditions require cancellations or changes of dates, times and location which are not reflected in the original schedule. Before planning a trip to visit one of the listed events, it is suggested that you call the event sponsor to confirm the event schedule or for additional information on the event.

2022 Multi-Date Southern Jersey
Family Festivals and Events

Tropicana's Free Fireworks Series
Every Saturday from Memorial Day weekend on May 28, 2002 until Labor Day Weekend on Saturday, September 3, 2022 -- plus Monday, July 4th, 2022
Tropicana Casino & Resort
2831 Boardwalk
Atlantic City, NJ
Free Event
Fireworks are launched from the beachfront and can be viewed all along the beaches or boardwalk of Atlantic City.

Barnegat Drive-In Movie Series
This summer every other Tuesday beginning June 28 until Saturday, October 22, 2022: Beginning at dusk
Barnegat Public Dock
427 East Bay Ave
Barnegat, NJ
June 28 How to Train Your Dragon; July 12 Luca July 26 American Graffiti; August 9 Back to the Future; August 23 Encanto; Sept. 17 Pirates of the Caribbean Curse of the Black Pear; Oct. 22 Hocus Pocus – Lawn Movie 6pm on the Edwards School Football Field.

Wildwoods Boardwalk Friday Night Fireworks
Every Friday, June 24 - September 2, 2022. (Rain Date is Sunday at 10 pm.)
on the Wildwoods Boardwalk
Pine Ave,
Wildwood, NJ
(609) 523-1602
The fireworks will be launched from the beach on Pine Avenue and visible from anywhere on the Wildwoods Boardwalk.

Wildwoods Concerts Under the Stars Series
July 2, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30, August 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 28, September 3, 10, & 17, 2022 Beginning at 8pm
The Lou Booth Amphitheatre
2nd & Ocean Avenues
North Wildwood, NJ
This event features Freelive entertainment

September 2022 Southern Jersey
Family Festivals and Events

26th Anniversary Airfest
September 2, 3, 4, 5, 2022; 10 AM – 4 PM
NAS Wildwood Aviation Museum
500 Forrestal Road
Cape May Airport
Rio Grande, NJ
(609) 886-8787
Cost:Adults $14, Kids 4-12 $10, 2 and under Free. AirFest admission is FREE if you are a Member of Naval Air Station
This annual event features all new aircraft, Tuskegee Airmen, live music, beer garden, vendors, exhibitors, classic cars & more.

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September 2, 2022: 5 - 9pm This is a rain or shine event.
Rowan Blv'd
Glassboro, NJ
Cost: Free; Parking Free
This family fun event features restored vehicles representing all decades of automotive history as well as modern exotics and race cars. Food truck vendors will be on site selling food and non-alcoholic beverages. Landmark Americana will host the Beer Gardens.View over 300 cruise vehicles while listening to live music, and a DJ, and enjoying great food trucks, a beer garden with cold craft beer. Participants compete for a multitude of trophy awards judged by car professionals.
The viewing area will be on Rowan Boulevard in Downtown Glassboro and an anticipated 5,000+ attendees

The 50th Annual Delaware Valley Bluegrass Festival
Labor Day Weekend, September 2-3-4, 2022
Salem County Fairgrounds
725 Route 40
Pilesgrove Township, NJ
This family music festival features southern Appalachian old-time and bluegrass and related music styles. For kids, there is also a Children's Stage.
The festival site has plenty of room for camping for tenters as well as RVers, and unlike many other festivals, they do not charge extra for camping. Weekend ticket holders may camp on the grounds at no charge, but camping is available only to weekend ticket holders - daily ticket holders may not bring vehicles or camping gear into the campground.

Annual Wildwood End of Summer Block Party & Music Festival
Sunday, September 4, 2022: 1pm - 10pm
Fox Park
(across from the Wildwoods Convention Center on Ocean Avenue between Burk and Montgomery Avenues)
Wildwood, NJ
Free Event
This family festival event will feature free music, entertainment, food vendors, craft vendors and more as we say goodbye to another great summer here in Wildwood.

New Year's in North Wildwood
September 10th, 2022; @3pm
North Wildwood, NJ
Admission: Free
Both the top Mummers Brigades AND top Mummers String Bands from the New Year's Day Parade in Philadelphia will entertain crowds in the pub district of North Wildwood. Take a spot along Olde New Jersey Avenue, where you can get up-close views of the beautiful costumes and intricate dance steps.

Ocean County Friendly Sons of the Shillelagh Irish Festival
Saturday, September 10, 2022; @11am -7pm
Manahawkin Lake Park
W Bay Ave
Manahawkin, NJ 08050
This family event features Irish music, dancing, crafts, and food.

Oktoberfest at MudHen Brewing
Friday, September 16th thru Sunday, September 18th, 2022
MudHen Brewing Company
127 W. Rio Grande Ave.
Wildwood, NJ
This family friendly Oktoberfest celebration features German-inspired food and live music, as well as activities for the kids. Live music performers include: The German band Doppelganger, and The Mountain Express.

Medford Oktoberfest & Music Festival

Saturday, September 17th, 2022 12-7 pm (Rain or Shine)
Medford's Freedom Park
86 Union Street
Medford, NJ 08055
Website/line-up of performers
Free Admission, All Ages, Free On-Site Parking
Enjoy Great Live Music from several local Rock, Folk, and Blues Bands. The event includes a Beer tent, Three tages of Live Music, Food trucks, German Food, Artisan Ciders, kids fun activities and more.

Ocean City Airport Festival & Parachute Pyrotechnic Show
Saturday, September 17, 2022; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Municipal Airport
26th & Bay Ave.
Ocean City, NJ
Features a ground display of unusual airplanes ranging from World War II Planes to Classics and Warbirds. The event will conclude with a Parachute Pyrotechnic Show from Team Fastrax at 8:00 PM, This event consists of several highly trained and specially licensed Team Fastrax™ demonstrators exiting the aircraft 6,000 feet above Ocean City's Beach & Boardwalk. Brilliant white or multi-colored projectile pyrotechnics are then ignited and flown in formation, creating a dazzling display for spectators on the ground, concluding with a landing on the 7th St Beach. Viewable along the entire Boardwalk.

Irish Fall Festival
September 23, 24, 25, 2022
Olde New Jersey Avenue
North Wildwood, NJ
One of the largest Irish festivals in the country is held at the Jersey shore -- every September, Wildwood holds the annual Irish Fall Festival!. The yearly celebration of Irish heritage is expected to draw as many as a quarter of a million people to the resort of the Wildwoods for the festival. Come celebrate Irish heritage with dancing, music, food and craft vendors daily. Other festivities include a golf tournament, Irish dance lessons, 5K run and 1 mile walk, pipe exhibition, food court, and Catholic Mass. The events conclude with a parade on Surf Avenue from 20th to Spruce and Olde New Jersey Avenues.

Outlaw Music Festival
September 23, 2022
Waterfront Music Pavilion
Camden, NJ
This event features the live music ofWillie Nelson & Family, Chris Stapleton, Zach Bryan, Larkin Poe, Brittney Spencer, and more.

18th Annual Woodstown Fall Festival
Saturday, September 24th, 2022; 10AM-4PM (Rain or shine)
downtown shopping district
Woodstown, NJ
Woodstown's historic district comes alive; scarecrows by the dozens keep watch along the streets; historic houses are decorated in their fall best; and vendors, crafters and local shops line their food and wares along Main Street. Local South Jersey wineries and breweries bring out their best wines and beer for tasting in in the tent on Main St. There will also be a car show on North Main Street.

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Oktoberfest in Cape May
Saturday, September 24, 2022; 9am - 6pm ( Rain date Sunday, September 25th)
located on Carpenter Lane between Ocean & Perry and continue down Jackson Street to Beach Ave.
Cape May, NJ
Celebrate the famous Bavarian tradition in Cape May. The festival will transform the area into a German promenade with authentic music and food. Visit the Beer Gardens and Food Courts browse the artisans tables selling crafts, antiques and collectibles.

'22 Margate Fall Funfest By The Bay & Scarefest After Dark
September 24, 25, 2022
All along Amherst Avenue, from Washington Avenue to Coolidge Avenues
PLUS, you can walk the new Promenade Baywalk
Margate, NJ
This event featuresFood, music (on two stages), crafters, kid's activities, character parade, Margate Catch the Wave Cornhole Tournament and SCAREFEST AFTER DARK.
Scarefest (Funfest) After Dark on 9/24 is a new take on Funfest After Dark. It's about costumes and tastings, dancing and mischief. Guests are invited to get a jump on Halloween and arrive dressed in costume! This is a special adults-only event, includes 5 samplings of wine & spirits, finger…. foods, and access to the Spooktacularly decorated lounge on the Washington Avenue Pier and the special Tito's Handmade Vodka tent.

Wildwood Crest Seafarers Celebration
September 24, 2022; 9am until dusk
Sunset Lake
along New Jersey Avenue from Rambler Road to Miami Avenue
Wildwood Crest, NJ
Free admission. Handicapped accessible.
Enjoy a massive street festival featuring scores of craft and food vendors, children's entertainment, live music and more! At 7:30 p.m. the event moves to Centennial Park for live music, culminating with a spectacular beachfront fireworks show at 9 pm

Exit 0 International Jazz Festival
Friday, Saturday, & Sunday, September 29 - October 2, 2022
Multiple venues:
Exit Zero Ferry Park 1200 Lincoln Boulevard, Cape May Convention Hall Beach Stage, & many clubs
Cape May, NJ
Occuring twice a year in the Spring and Fall, Cape may comes alive this weekend with 3-day musical feast featuring hundreds of musicians and thousands of visitors. Presented by the Worldwide Logistics Group, Exit Zero Jazz presents international touring artists performing on 2 outdoor stages on the beautiful grounds of Exit Zero Ferry Park overlooking the Delaware Bay. Each night, the musical feast continues with Fest shows in the bars and restaurants of Cape May. You might find yourself one minute second-lining to a New Orleans brass band, and, in the next, snaking through town behind a 22-piece Brazilian drum bloco.

An Olde Time Italian Festival
Friday, Saturday, September 30th & October 1st, 2022
Fox Park at Ocean Avenue
between Burk and Montgomery Avenues
An 'Old World' family festival featuring a Procession of the Saints, delicious Italian food favorites, merchandise vendors, games, and continuous FREE live entertainment. A grape stomping contest and Italian Folk dancing will take place as well.
Friday night live entertainment features Vito Picone & The Elegants ("Little Star"), Zach Taglioli, Angelo Capone, and more.
Saturday night entertainment features Tommy C., The Voice of Tribute, Lou Christie, King Arthur, Just In Time, Purple Reign, and Anthony Bucci

October 2022 Southern Jersey
Family Festivals and Events

An Olde Time Italian Festival
Friday, Saturday, September 30th & October 1st, 2022
Fox Park at Ocean Avenue
between Burk and Montgomery Avenues
An 'Old World' family festival featuring a Procession of the Saints, delicious Italian food favorites, merchandise vendors, games, and continuous FREE live entertainment. A grape stomping contest and Italian Folk dancing will take place as well.
Friday night live entertainment features Vito Picone & The Elegants ("Little Star"), Zach Taglioli, Angelo Capone, and more.
Saturday night entertainment features Tommy C., The Voice of Tribute, Lou Christie, King Arthur, Just In Time, Purple Reign, and Anthony Bucci

Annual Cranberry Fest

October 1st & 2nd, 2022: 11AM-5PM.
Downtown Bordentown, Farnsworth Ave.
Bordentown, NJ
Free to attend
The area's largest juried arts and crafts shows with over 10 crafters, artists and vendors, and 40,000 visitors annually.This family event features live music. a beer garden. "Family Friendly" Kids Zone, and more! There's plenty of free parking with shuttle buses running, free of charge, from 6 locations. Handicapped parking available at the base of Crosswicks St. and Farnsworth Ave. Enter via Crosswicks St.

Giant Pumpkin Carve & Pumpkin Pageant
Saturday, October 1st, 2022, 4:00pm until 9:00pm
Salem County Fair Grounds
Route 40
Pilesgrove Township, NJ
(856) 935-3663
The annual autumn event is fun family to welcome fall. More than 60 giant pumpkinswill be carved by professional, amateur and student artistsand showcased for public viewing and judging. Look forward to loads of fun for all ages: hayrides, music, crafts, costume pageant, games, vendors, wine tasting and more!
Proceeds from this event will benefitMeals on Wheels of Salem County

LBI's Annual Chowderfest
Saturday, October 1, 2022: rain date on Sunday
Taylor Avenue ball field, Ninth Street and Taylor Avenue
(across from Schooner's Wharf and Bay Village)
Beach Haven, NJ
Chowderfest has become a tradition for family and friends to gather together to say good bye to summer and welcome the fall.
Celebrate with vendors, brews on tap, live music lineup, and ChowderMonth champion announcements in Beach Haven! The Festival will be a non-tasting event.
Fun for the whole family, and pet-friendly. This is a non-tasting event, meaning no tastings will be occurring. All chowder is for purchase on the Chowder Trail. Select participating restaurants will be at the event selling their chowder along with other menu items.
Bring a chair and enjoy the live music

Annual WheatonArts Festival of Fine Craft
October 1, & 2, 2022
WheatonArts & Cultural Center
1501 Glasstown Road
Millville, NJ 08332
Admission: $12.00 Adults $11.00 Senior Adults (62+) $7.00 Students Children 5 & under are free
This two day family event featuresan art and shopping experience for the entire family with over 150 artists and craftspeople that will present and sell traditional and contemporary works. A highlight is the WheatonArts Annual Glass Pumpkin Patch with over 7,000 Glass pumpkins of all shapes, sizes, and colors on display and available for purchase. Other things to experience include live music, a beer and wine garden, and children's activities
The WheatonArts Center, with a history dating back to 1888, began as a glass factory making pharmaceutical bottles, and later in 1970 as a glass museum when the first buildings at opened to the public. Today the complex of 18 buidings is spread over 45 acres. The Museum of American Glass houses over 22,000 objects, both historic and contemporary. The fully operational Glass Studio presents daily, interpretive demonstrations for the public with artists showing traditional and contemporary glassblowing techniques. In the Artist Studios, artists demonstrate the traditional southern New Jersey crafts of pottery and flameworking.

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Annual LBI FLY International Kite Festival
October 6, 7, 8, 9, 2022
Ship Bottom
Long Beach Island, NJ 08008
The event features a weekend with brilliant colorful artist design kites, fun flying giant inflatable kites and the amazing show of sport kiting to our beautiful island. Many of these fliers are invited guests in prestigious festivals around the world. This free and cross-generational event will yield even more spectacular and unusual kites this year – as well as displayed at local galleries prior to the festival.

Annual Pumpkin Festival & Share the Harvest Food Drive
Saturday, October 8, 2022; 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Historic Cold Spring Village
720 Route 9
South Cape May, NJ 08204
(609) 886-7880
Cost: Free Admission, please bring a non-perishable food item
This family event features pumpkin painting and games throughout the day. A variety of crafters will sell their wares along the Village's shell-paved lanes. Vendors will be selling hot dogs, funnel cake, and other snacks. Visit a haunted house at the Village Barn and hop on a fall hayride through the farm. Don't miss the Children's Halloween Parade at 11 am.

Lima Bean Festival
Saturday, October 8, 2022, 9:00am - 4:00pm
Wilbraham Park
Perry Street
West Cape May, NJ
The lowly legume takes center stage delighting locals and visitors alike with her vast array of recipes, crafts and products available. Come out and celebrate West Cape May's farming heritage with lima bean soup, tacos, salad, jewelry, T-shirts and more! Enjoy great food, quality vendors, antiques, crafts, entertainment and fun.

Annual Pine Barrens Jamboree at Wells Mills Park
Saturday, October 8th, 2022; 10am - 4:30pm (rain or shine)
Wells Mills County Park
905 Wells Mills Rd, Rt. 532
Waretown, NJ
609- 971-3085
Parking and admission FREE
This annual event features a fun filled day of music of the pines, cultural demonstrations, traditional crafts, nature and history programs. Attendees will sit under the big tent and enjoy a fun filled day of county,

South Jersey Pumpkin Show
October 8. 9, 2022; Saturday 10am to 8pm and Sunday, 10am to 5pm.
Salem County Fairgrounds
735 Harding Highway
Woodstown, NJ 08098
Web Site
856-765-0118, Email:
This festival features three- days of family fun with contests, artists, craftsmen, home products, a pumpkin pyramid, entertainment, food, wine, amusement rides, a Giant Pumpkin Weigh Off, headless horsemen, scarecrows, Little Miss & Mister Pageant, dog parade, Boo Barn and more.

The Wildwoods Food & Music Festival
Sunday, October 9, 2022; 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Atlantic Avenue
between Wildwood and Schellenger Avenues
Wildwood, NJ
Free Admission
This family festival will feature 2 stages of live music plus crafters, food vendors, games, a pie eating contest and much more! A “Kids Korner” with activities including pumpkin painting, crab hat making and inflatable bounce house.

Annual Chatsworth Cranberry Festival
October 15th & 16th, 2022
Downtown Chatsworth, NJ
This family event featuresa juried craft show with over 150 vendors, 15 food vendors, and live music.​

New Jersey Oyster Festival
Saturday, October 15, 2022
2800 High Street
Port Norris, NJ 083
Cost: $25 per person and includes a commemorative wine or beer glass and a sampling of oysters
This event featureslocal oyster purveyors will be here with their oysters. Taste them all and vote for you favorite for the People's Choice Award!
If you're more surf than turf, they will have local food trucks serving delicious choices for you.
The activities and vendors include:
Shucking Contest! Vendors! Brewing companies! Wine! Silent Auction! Special Speakers!
Live music performed by the Shellback Buoys and The Rob Roy Duo

Annual Ghoul Spring Village
Friday & Saturday , October 21 & 22, 2022: 5:30pm-8:00pm
Historic Cold Spring Village
720 US 9
Cape May, NJ
Cost: $4.00 Admission fee for children and adults
Join in as they pierce the veil between the world of the living and the world of the dead.
This event is a a family-friendly haunted walk-thru for young and old alike.

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