From oysters to lobster rolls to fried Oreos, there is no shortage of great food available in New Jersey. Celebrate a variety of food and cultures at one of the many great festivals happening in the month of September. There is sure to be fun with all of the things to do from the Renaissance Faire to Irish Festival to a Rock Carnival, there is something for everyone.
Food Trucktoberfest at Monmouth Park Racetrack
Oceanport Avenue, Oceanport
All of your favorite Food Trucks are back as some of the best mobile eateries in New Jersey return for one last party before the end of the season. Enjoy everything from hot dogs, to BBQ, to lobster rolls, to fried Oreos. And wash everything down with Oktoberfest beer selections from a German beer garden.
Festival of the Sea
Arnold and Bay Avenues, Point Pleasant
2016 Festival of the Sea was rated number one seafood festival in NJ. Of course it is not about just seafood. Taste a wide selection of different foods and desserts. Music all afternoon and plenty of seating.
Lakewood Lions Renaissance Faire
Sept 17 – 18
Pine Park 500 Country Club Dr, Lakewood
The largest event of its kind in this area. The Lakewood Lions Renaissance Faire is a time to revel in the atmosphere of a 16th Century European Country Faire. Explore the bustling market place. Mingle and interact with hundreds of costumed characters, their endless merriment and mayhem. Try your hand at archery and see if you are a modern day Robin Hood. Witness the crowning of the Faire’s King and Queen chosen from children ages 10 and under dressed in period garb. The Faire is best known for its awe-inspiring full contact armored jousting tournaments.
Wildwood Irish Fall Festival
Sept 22 – 25
The largest Irish Festival on the East Coast celebrating Irish heritage with dancing, music, food and craft vendors along Olde New Jersey Avenue and surrounding pubs in North Wildwood. Vendors: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. Live Irish Entertainment on multiple stages Fri & Sat: Noon to 9 p.m. Bus service available throughout the event dates. Other festivities include a golf tournament, concert, Irish dance lessons, 5K run and 1 mile walk, pipe exhibition, and Catholic mass. The events conclude with a parade on Surf Avenue from 20th to Spruce and Olde New Jersey Avenues, North Wildwood.
Red Bank Guinness Oyster Festival
White Street Parking Lot, Red Bank
It will be a huge food and music festival which will showcase Red Bank’s restaurants as well as entertain with continuous live music on two stages. It’s also family friendly with activities for the kids, plus unique vendors. There will be tons of GUINNESS and fresh OYSTERS plus 25 of Red Bank’s favorite restaurants will be serving a variety of specialty menu items including everything from Fried and Raw Oysters to Mini-Rueben’s to Filet Mignon Sandwiches to Lobster Rolls and more.
Hoboken Arts & Music Festival
Washington St. bet. Observer Highway & 7th St., Hoboken
3 Stages of Music featuring performances by: Leon Russell, The Amazing Incredibles, Jeremy Beck & the Heavy Duty Horns, Frankie Morales & the Mambo of the Times Orchestra, Preschool of Rock & much more. Children’s activities on 3rd street with rides, games, creative activities, face painting, sand art, balloons, and live performances.
Morristown Festival of Books
Sept 30 – Oct 1
The festival will feature a full roster of authors including Goosebumps author R.L Stine in Morristown on the evening of Friday, September 30, and all day Saturday, October 1, rain or shine. Authors will speak and answer questions for one hour at one of several convenient Morristown locations. Book sales and signings, following author presentations, will occur at a tent on the grounds of the historic Vail Mansion. Additional Festival venues include the Morristown and Morris Township Library, the St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, the Mayo Performing Arts Center, and The Parish House of the Presbyterian Church in Morristown.
Sept 30 – Oct 2
First Energy Park 2 Stadium Way, Lakewood
Amusement park rides, rock ‘n’ roll, food trucks, live pro wrestling, pig racing and more at this family friendly event. Headliners include Fuel, Alice Cooper, Blue Oyster Cult, Twisted Sister, and Daughtry. Kids under 16 are free with paid adult admission.