September is filled with opportunities for good food and fun. Fall is one of the best seasons for festivals. The weather is cooler and the leaves are changing making it a great time to be outdoors. Grab the kids, a camera and head out to explore all NJ has to offer.
Apple Day at Terhune Farms
Sept 12 & 13, 10 am - 5 pm
330 Cold Soil Road, Princeton
Celebrate fall at the 40th Annual Apple Day at Terhune Orchards. Join them for two days of fun, activities, and music for the harvest season. Dance to the Daisy Jug Band, playing both Saturday and Sunday. Fill your day with your favorite farm activities - wagon rides, pony rides, face painting, pumpkin painting, make your own scarecrow and more. Parking is available at the Farm. Admission is $5.00 (children under 3 are free). Or if you can’t make it that weekend, they have Family Fun Festivals on Saturdays & Sundays, Sept 26th to Oct 25, 10 am – 5 pm with Pick-Your-Own Apples and Pumpkins!
Apple Fest at Delicious Orchards
Sept 19 & 20, 11 am – 4 pm
Route 34 South, Colts Neck
Apple Fest event will entail a full antique car display (over 40 cars ranging back to the early 1900’s), fun games, local vendors offering product samplings, farm animals, a clown, live music, and of course plenty of apple options including more than a dozen varieties their famous apple cider, seasonal apple ice cream and made on site apple fritters.
Fall Fest at A. Casola Farms
Daily Sept 20 through Oct 31. Mon-Thurs: 9 am-6 pm | Fri, Sat, Sun: 9 am-6:30 pm
178 Highway 34, Holmdel
Hop on to one of their GIANT covered wagons, pulled by a real farm tractor, for a 20 minute ride around their farm. You'll see lots of friendly characters, and great scenes from your favorite movies. After the ride, you'll be in the pumpkin patch, where you can select that perfect pumpkin in all shapes and sizes! They also have pony rides, petting zoo, and a GIANT corn maze that covers 15 acres of uncharted territory with over 3 miles of trails.
Sept 26, 12 pm - 4 pm
Matawan Regional High School 450 Atlantic Ave, Aberdeen Township
Attraction include free rides for children, a classic car show, entertainment, crafts, food, vendor booths, informational displays by local non-profit organizations and more.
Old Bridge Day Fair
Sept 26, 10 am - 4 pm
At the municipal complex (Route 516 & Cottrell Road)
Festivities include: live entertainment, craft and retail items for sale, great food, games and rides, demonstrations, and giveaways.
Sept 26, Noon - 6 pm
Croydon Hall 900 Leonardville Road., Middletown, NJ
The fall festival boasts activities for all ages including bouncy houses, a business and community showcase, craft fair, car show, children’s activities, a food court, live local music, a petting zoo and pony rides, and hayrides.
Colts Neck Harvest Festival
Sept 26 & 27, 10 am - 5 pm
Colts Neck Fairgrounds, 105 Bucks Mill Road, Colts Neck
The fairgrounds encompass 30 acres which includes a lake, polo fields, ball fields and unlimited parking. It is surrounded by horse farms, pumpkin fields, apple orchards and upscale residential communities. There will be over 150 exhibitors, Art, Craft, Food and Live Music.
Fall Festival at Snyder's Farm
Sept 26 – Nov 1, 11 am - 6 pm
586 South Middlebush Road, Somerset
Hay Rides, pumpkin picking, pony rides, corn maze, and much more.
Harvest Home Festival at Historic Longstreet Farm (Inside Holmdel Park)
Sept 27, 11 AM – 5 PM
50 Longstreet Rd, Holmdel
An old-fashioned country fair reminiscent of the 1890s. It takes visitors back in time when neighbors gathered to accomplish work, harvest, and spend time socializing and enjoying each other’s company. Experience old-fashioned fun as it was a century ago with wagon rides, games and live entertainment. See craft demonstrations that will inspire you to start a new hobby or career. Enter one of many competitions ranging from needlework, baked goods to homegrown vegetables.
HARVEST FESTIVAL AT TRAILSIDE NATURE & SCIENCE CENTER
Sept 27, 11 am – 5 pm
452 New Providence Road – Mountainside
A CELEBRATION OF EARLY AMERICAN LIFE -activities include: Ongoing Music and Entertainment, Storytelling, Native American Lodge and Artifact Display, Petting Zoo, Pony Rides, Colonial & Native Americans Crafts, Children’s Games & Crafts, Food, Scarecrow Building, Pumpkin Patch, and Farmer’s Market. Fees are charged for some activities. Children age 7 and under Free