Summer It may be coming to an end, but that doesn’t mean the fun has to stop! Let’s be honest, this has been one of the hottest summers we’ve seen in a long time. That means the sunny weather is sure to extend well into the fall, making it the perfect time for food trucks, music festivals, and beach parties. Check out this collection of 16 fun and unique festivals coming to New Jersey in September.
September 10 – October 30
12th Annual Hub City Sounds Festival – New Brunswick
For the twelfth consecutive year, Central City Sounds organizes its series of family festivals. There will be three festivals from 1 to 4 p.m. on September 10, September 17 and October 30, all with unique themes. The next festival is a live jazz performance accompanied by food and dancing. Located across from the New Brunswick Center for the Performing Arts, this long-running festival is a fun, free event that will enhance your September weekend.
Livingston ‘Summerfest’ Food Truck and Music Festival – Livingston
For you people of northwest New Jersey, this is the festival for you. Sponsored by the Livingston Rotary Club, Livingston Summerfest will have 20 food trucks to cater to your every craving; including Surf and Turf seafood, Hitting Ur Belling fusion barbecue, Latin Bites Cuban cuisine and more. Various craft beers, sangrias, margaritas and mojitos will also be available, but be sure to bring your own blankets and lawn chairs! Enjoy this great collection of food and live music from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. for $5 per person (children under 2 – free). Attendees will pay at the door, but can reserve their tickets here.
September 16 to 18
“Boots at the Beach” Country Music Festival – Wildwood
Strap on your boots and head to the “Boots at the Beach” festival in the North Wildwood Entertainment District. Along Olde New Jersey Avenue, this event features live country music, merchandise vendors selling everything country, dancing, crafts, and food. This event is free entry. Attend Friday from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. or Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more details or a full entertainment lineup, check for updates on their website.
2nd Annual Parsippany Food Truck Festival – Parsippany
Bring your lawn chair and your appetite to Parsippany, where 15 food vendors turn up at Veterans Memorial Park as Parsippany says goodbye to summer and raises money for Kiwanis of Greater Parsippany. In addition to food vendors, families will enjoy great kid-friendly activities including sand art, henna tattoos, airbrush tattoos, airsoft shooting, speed cars remote control races and more! The festival will take place from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Adults pay $6 and children ages 4-13 pay $4—get your tickets here.
Bark in the Park – Mays Landing
Head toward bark in the park for some quality bonding time with your furry friend. Taking place at the 4H Fairgrounds at Mays Landing from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., the festival features a beer garden, food trucks, vendors, and even pony rides. There are just as many dog-friendly activities, including a dog show, a dog pie-eating contest, and dog-training demonstrations. Tickets are $5 per person per dog. All proceeds are donated to Laddie’s Legacy, a non-profit organization that provides medical treatment for pets.
8th Annual 5k Seafood Festival – Point Pleasant Beach
Recognized as the friendliest 5K on the Jersey Shore, this year will be no exception. The 8th Annual Point Pleasant Beach 5k Seafood Festival is open for registration. Walk or run to the finish line to sample fresh New Jersey seafood. There are 400 race spots available – registration includes a finisher t-shirt and medal (for the first 200 registered), entertainment, food and drink! Get your tickets here.
Ocean County History Day – Toms River
Meet Revolutionary War heroes and visit Victorian-style mansions in historic Ocean County in September. The Ocean County Historical Society partners with the Heritage Commission to host this fun and educational event. Attendees will be entertained by a live performance of old classics and re-enactments. Come enjoy free tours, book sales, exhibits and more at this laid-back historic festival. For more details click here.
September 22 to 25
Annual Irish Autumn Festival – Wildwood
For 31 years, the Irish Annual Fall Festival has been making an appearance in North Wildwood. Whether you’re Irish or just want to experience the culture, this event is fun for the whole family. Spanning three days, the event features a golf tournament, live entertainment, a 5k run, Irish dancing lessons, a parade and more. Some activities are free while others, such as the golf tournament and the 5 km race, are chargeable. Depending on the day, the location changes, so click here for all the details.
September 24 – 25
Fall Blossom Food Truck Festival – Cream Ridge
Floral backdrops, fields of sunflowers and pedal heaven, this festival is a content creator’s dream. Located at Holland Ridge Farms in Cream Ridge, NJ, the festival features more than 30 food trucks, U-pick flowers, petting zoos and more. Bring your friends, kids or just your camera for this fun floral event! Tickets will go on sale in September for $13 per person ages 3 and up. Also, be sure to check out Holland Farms’ other fall festivals running through October.
September 23 to 25
Roseland Greekfest 2022 – Roseland
The Roseland Greek Fest returns for another year at 80 Laurel Ave. at Roseland. With free entry, enjoy outdoor Greek music, food, and shopping. Click on here for a complete view of the take-out menu—beware, it’s very affordable, authentic and delicious! The festival is open Friday from 4 p.m. to midnight, Saturday from 12 p.m. to midnight and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.
September 23 – September 25
Warren County Hot Air Balloon, Fun and Games Festival – Washington
Twenty-one years ago, the hot air balloon festival became part of the annual Warren County Farmers’ Fair in Harmony Township, New Jersey. The tradition continues as the 2022 Hot Air Balloon Festival is set to take place at the Warren County Fairgrounds. Enjoy a mass balloon launch show, food and entertainment at this unique NJ festival! Doors open at 3 p.m. and close at 8 p.m. General Admission tickets cost $8 per adult and $4 for children 4 to 12 years old. For a hot air balloon flight, see the additional rates on their website.
Glassboro Craft Beer Festival 2022 – Glassboro
See you in Gloucester County for another year of the Glassboro Craft Beer Festival! This event is a South Jersey treasure, hosting over 30 brew vendors including Founders Brewing Co., Iron Hill and more. Plus, there will be a variety of food and dessert trucks for an endless afternoon of fun. General admission tickets are $50 and include admission from 1 to 5 p.m. and a complimentary tasting glass.
Kean University Roots Jazz and Music Festival – Hillside
Pack a picnic basket and bring a blanket to the second annual Jazz & Roots Music Festival! This free outdoor music festival is on the lawn at Enlow Hall in Hillside and begins at 4 p.m. Participants are in for a real treat as Five-time Grammy winner Dianne Reeves, a leading jazz vocalist, performs at the event along with other talented musicians.
September 24 – 25
Water Lantern Festival – Jersey City
The Water Lantern Festival is filled with fun, joy, beauty and fond memories that you will cherish for a lifetime. This family event is a truly unique experience where guests can design their own water lantern and send it into the Hudson River at dusk. From 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., attendees are free to enjoy food trucks and live music. Early bird tickets are $26 and expire August 24, so grab a few while the price is right!
September 29 – October 2
Fall 2022 Exit Zero Jazz Festival – Cape May
Find yourself the second understudy of a New Orleans marching band in an instant, and meander through the city behind a 22-piece Brazilian dum bloco following it at this year’s Exit Zero Jazz Festival. The festival is located in the quaint seaside town of Cape May and is a 3-day musical celebration featuring hundreds of musicians. Enjoy the music from the surrounding bars and restaurants or from one of the two outdoor stages overlooking the Delaware Bar. Tickets are on sale here.