September Festivals in South JerseyLast Edited: Sep 15, 2018 9:29 AM -04:00
The month of September is a busy one for fun throughout South Jersey. A number of annual festivals return this month with a little something for all tastes.
Here is a list of some of the dozens of events in the southernmost counties of the Garden State.
Sept. 22-23: Harvest Party, Bellview Winery
Bellview Winery in Landisville (150 Atlantic St. in Buena) hosts its Harvest Party from noon to 5 p.m. The party will include live music, food, vendors, grape stomping and vineyard tours. Admission is $10. For more information visit bellviewwinery.com
Sept. 22-23: Margate Fall FunFest by the Bay
The 18th Margate’s Fall FunFest by the Bay will be at Amherst Avenue between Decatur and Coolidge avenues. The event will feature food, live music from a dozen bands, educational exhibits, nature tours, crafters and vendors. Magician Joe Holiday will perform on the 95.1 WAYV kids stage and the Margate Police Department will staff a dunk-a-cop attraction to benefit Gilda’s Club. The festival takes place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. For more information visit margatehasmore.com
Sept. 22-23: South Jersey Wine and Food Festival
Lake Lenape Park in Mays Landing (east side: 953 Park Road) is back to hosting the South Jersey Wine and Food Festival. The festival will take place from noon to 5 p.m. and will include wine, food, culinary demonstrations, live music, vendors and an adult game zone. Admission is $25 per day in advance and $30 at the gate. For more information visit sjfest.com.
Sept. 23: Green Day Festival
Hammonton hosts the Green Day Festival for its 11th year from noon to 4 p.m. at Hammonton Lake Park. The festival will include vendors, animals, canoeing, outdoor activities and food trucks. Visit hammontongreencommittee.com for more information.
Sept. 29: Craft Beer Festival
The eight Craft Beer Festival will be hosted by the Golden Nugget in Atlantic City (600 Huron Ave.) The festival will start at 8 p.m. and offer more than 99 varieties of craft beer from more than 30 breweries, appetizers and live entertainment. Admission is $59 to $69, while police officers, firefighters and teachers who show credentials could get in for $45. Visit goldennugget.com for more information.
Sept. 29: Italian Festival
The Italian Festival of Smithville will take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Village Greene (615 E. Moss Mill Road South). The festival will include live music, wine tastings, Italian food, folk dancing and bocce ball. The rain date is scheduled for Sept. 30. For more information visit colonialinnsmithville.com
Sept. 15: Delaware River Festival
Pennsylvania Coast Day and River Days will be combined to create the Delaware River Festival thanks to the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary and Alliance for Watershed Education. The event will take place at the Philadelphia and Camden waterfronts, which will include educational activities, games, crafts, live music, beer, food and fishing. Free ferry rides will also be available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. If interested visit the Facebook event page.
Sept. 22: Rock the Boat Music Festival
Rock the Boat Music Festival will be hosted by Battleship New Jersey. The festival will be starring regional student bands from the School of Rock. Admission is $25 and takes place all day.
Sept. 22-23: Camden County Fair
The Camden County Fair is back at the Lakeland Complex (512 Lakeland Road) in Blackwood from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. The fair will feature rides, 4-H projects, animal exhibits, live entertainment and pony rides. Admission and parking are free, while rides cost $2 per ride. For more information visit camdencounty.com
Sept. 14-16: Boots at the Beach Festival
The Boots at the Beach Festival is a three-day festival that will take place on Olde New Jersey Avenue in North Wildwood. The event is a country music festival that includes bands, line dancing, vendors and food trucks. Entry is free to all guests. Hours of the festival vary each day so for more information on the hours and the bands playing visit: bootsatthebeach.com
Sept. 15: Airport Festival
Ocean City Municipal Airport (26th Street and Bay Ave.) will host its Airport Festival from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The festival will include a display of vintage planes and a parachute jump.
Sept. 15: Harvest Brew Fest
The Harvest Brew Fest will take place at the Emlen Physick Estate in Cape May (1048 Washington St.) from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The event will include craft beers, food from Nick’s Roast Beef, Gaiss’ Market, Joe Battle’s Barbecue, Empanada Mama and many more. Artisans and live music will also be available. Admission is free and free parking is also available. Call 609-884-5404 for more information.
Sept. 15: Nun’s Beach Surf Contest
The 23rd Nun’s Beach Surf Contest will be at Nun’s Beach (111th Street) in Stone Harbor. The event will start at 7 a.m. and end at 11:59 p.m. and the scheduled rain date is Sept. 17. For more information, visit the Facebook page.
Sept. 15-16: Sea Isle City Fall Family Festival
The Sea Isle City Fall Family Festival will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at John F. Kennedy Boulevard and the Promenade. The festival will feature a craft market with over 300 vendors and a food court on the 15th along with amusement park rides and live music. The 16th will feature an antique auto show and parade along with guided trolley tours. Admission and parking are free. Visit visitsicnj.com or call 609-263-8687 for more information.
Sept. 20-23: Irish Fall Festival, North Wildwood
The Cape May County Ancient Order of Hibernians bring you North Wildwood’s Irish Fall Festival for the 27th year. The festival will feature a beer garden, music and Irish dance at Chestnut and Olde New Jersey avenues. The parade kicks off at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday at 20th and Surf avenues.
Sept. 21-22: Wildwood Fall Boardwalk Classic Car Show
If you want to see old cars come out to Wildwood’s Fall Boardwalk Classic Car Show. The show features cars that are at least 25 years old and displays the cars along the boardwalk from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The winner will be voted upon judges checking out the cars. Ticket prices range from $45-$55.
Sept. 21-23, 28-30, Oct.5-7: Oktoberfest at Morey’s Piers
Morey’s Piers in Wildwood will be hosting their Oktoberfest weekends at Mariner’s Pier on Schellenger Avenue. Wilhelm’s Bier Garten will have live entertainment including a German yodeler and alphorn player, a kid’s Rootbier Garten with pumpkin and cookie decorating and German beer and food. The pier is open from 5 to 11 p.m. on Fridays, noon to 11 p.m. on Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays. Amusement Pier ride passes range from $19.95-$24.95 depending on height or a three-day weekend pass is available for $34.95-$39.95 depending on height. For more information visit moreyspiers.com
Sept. 22: Fall Migration Festival, Stone Harbor
The Wetlands Institute in Stone Harbor hosts its Fall Migration Festival from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The festival will include bird watching on Seven Mile Island, guided nature walks, boat and kayak tours and garden tours. Admission is $10 for adults and $8 for children. Boat and kayak fees are not included in ticket price. Visit wetlandsinstitute.org for more information.
Sept. 22: Harvest & Crush, Natali Vineyards
Natali Vineyards in Cape May Court House (221 N. Delsea Drive) hosts its Harvest & Crush from 1 to 6 p.m. The event will include wine tastings, live music and a grade stomping contest, which will cost $10. Other admission is free to the public. Visit natalivineyards.com for more information.
Sept. 22: Savor September Festival, Stone Harbor
The seventh Savor September Food, Wine, and Beer Festival is returning. The festival will have tasting tents, which will cost $20, with microbrews, food, wine, music, art, carnival games, a grape-stomping competition, as well as an oyster and clam shucking at 96th Street. The event takes place from noon to 9 p.m. For more information visit stoneharbornj.org
Sept. 22: Wildwood Crest Seafarers Celebration
The Wildwood Crest Seafarers will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is a bayfront street festival on New Jersey Avenue between Rambler Road and Miami Avenue. The event will include live music, craft vendors, pie-eating contests, music from Big City at 7:30 p.m. and fireworks at 9 p.m. at Centennial Park. Admission is free and for more information call 609-523-0202.
Sept. 29: Autumn Crafts & Collectibles Show
The Autumn Crafts & Collectibles Show is being hosted by Cape May’s Emlen Physick Estate (1048 Washington St.). The show will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free. Visit capemaymac.org for more information.
Sept. 29: Harborfest
Marina Park (42nd Place and the bay) will host Sea Isle City’s Harborfest from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will have seafood and live music as well as crafters, vendors and nautical displays. It will be held rain or shine.
Sept. 22: Hopewell Day
Hopewell Day will take place in Hopewell Township in Cumberland County from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The day will include a corn maze, pony rides, crafters, bounce house, along with food and performances. The event will take place at 2 Cassidy Court in Bridgeton. The rain date is set for Sept. 29. For more information visit hopewelltwp-nj.com.
Sept. 29-30: Artisans’ Faire and Marketplace
The 47th Artisans’ Faire and Marketplace will be hosted by the Cumberland County Historical Society on the grounds of Gibbon House (960 Ye Greate St.) in Greenwich from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the 29th and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the 30th. There will be 90 vendors, artisans and historical displays as well as glass blowers from WheatonArts. Admission is $5 (children under 12 free) and parking is free. Visit cchistsoc.org for more information.
Sept. 15: St. Anthony’s Italian Heritage Festival
St. Anthony’s Italian Heritage Festival take place on Rowan Boulevard in downtown Glassboro from 2 to 10 p.m. The festival will feature a procession with the St. Anthony statue, Italian food, vendors, live entertainment, games, a homemade wine competition and pasta making demonstrations. For more information visit glassboro.org or call 856-881-0500.
Sept. 22: Wizards, Witches and Wands Festival
The Wizards, Witches and Wands Festival is coming to main street in Mullica Hill from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. It will run from St. Stephens Church to Old Town Hall on South Main with vendors and a series of workshops on how to make potions and wands. There will also be a Quidditch tournament at Friends School. Wristbands cost $10 and some activities cost money.
Sept. 22-23: Heritage Wine Festival
The Heritage Wine Festival at Heritage Vineyards in Mullica Hill (480 Mullica Hill Road) will take place from 1 to 5 p.m. The festival will include food trucks, wine tastings, craft brews and vendors. Admission is $25, rain or shine. For more information visit heritagewinenj.com.
Sept. 29: Glassboro Craft Beer Festival
If you are 21 and over come on out to the sixth Glassboro Craft Beer Festival from 1 to 5 p.m. at the town square in Glassboro (1 W. High St.). The festival will include craft breweries from New Jersey and beyond, along with food and vendors. General admission is $40. Visit glassborobeerfest.com for more information.
Sept. 29: Giant Pumpkin Carve
The Giant Pumpkin Carve is back at Salem County Fairgrounds. The event benefits Meals on Wheels Salem County and goes from 4 to 9 p.m. There will be more than 60 giant pumpkins to be carved by professionals, students and amateurs. Hayrides, costume pageants, games, vendors and a wine tasting will be taking place. The rain date is scheduled for Sept. 30 in case of rainy weather.
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