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2023 New Jersey : October 2023

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September 16-November 6, 2023
Great Pumpkin Festival
Vernon, New Jersey


October 1-2, 2023
Artisan Bakery Expo East
Atlantic City, New Jersey
Artisan Bakery Expo East (Previously Atlantic Bakery Expo) is the only event in the Eastern United States focusing on the specific needs of the retail-artisan bakery community. Every year, ABEE will provide the opportunity to network with thousands of your peers. You’ll learn the latest baking techniques and business practices as presented by some of the most successful bakers in the region. Hundreds of the best artisan bakery suppliers in the country will be on-hand so you can taste and experience the latest cost-savings and profit-generating ingredients, supplies, services and equipment available in the market today.

October 1-2, 2023  Annual Pizza & Pasta NorthEast
Atlantic City, New Jersey
The 4th annual Pizza & Pasta Northeast will showcase top suppliers for pizzerias and Italian restaurants. The two-day show features a schedule of pizza and pasta demonstrations by top chefs, seminars and workshops given by industry leaders, and special presentations from featured keynote speakers.

October 1-6, 2023  Atlantic City Restaurant Week
Atlantic City, New Jersey
Restaurant Week is a 7-day celebration of the culinary scene in Atlantic City. During Restaurant Week, participating restaurants offer a multi-course meal for a fixed price.

October 6-8, 2023  20th Annual South Jersey Pumpkin Show
Woodstown, New Jersey
South Jersey Pumpkin Show is a pumpkin festival and pumpkin carve longstanding NJ event. New this year is our pumpkin patch with rides, along with the kids zone and PG haunted house. The sj pumpkin show is now a fundraising event for Ravenwood Farms charity where kids with cancer and mental and physical disabilities receive free riding lessons. All event proceeds go towards these programs and the care of the farm animals. Local kids who can not afford to ride get to partake in farm work to earn themselves free rides and get to come out to the farm to be with they're "therapy" horses whenever they please.

October 7, 2023  West Cape May Lima Bean Festival
West Cape May, New Jersey
Limas, limas, limas, soup, tacos, salad, jewelry, tshirts and more!!!! Great food, quality vendors, antiques, entertainment and fun. Come out and celebrate West Cape May's farming heritage. You will never think of legumes the same way again.


October 7, 2023  22nd Annual Oktoberfest - Highlands, New Jersey
Veterans Park.  The park is festive with fall decorations, the food is great and the varieties of German beers are even better. Authentic German food is a highlight of this famous festival. Executive Chef Butch Greenwaldt is preparing the menu with plenty of traditional German favorites hot off the grill such as bratwurst, knockwurst, kraut, potato pancakes, goulash, sauerbraten and Bavarian noodles along with other tasty fare those less adventurous.  Quench your thirst with a large variety of Oktoberfest Beers, both light and dark. The beer garden will also serve Riesling wine and Sangria.

October 7-8, 2023  Stafford Fall Harvest & Wine Festival
Manahawkin, New Jersey
Manahawkin Lake Park, Manahawkin, NJ. Sample dozens of wines from some of New Jersey’s leading wineries while enjoying the beautiful lake-front setting.  Unique crafters, vendors and food will also on hand. Guests are encouraged to bring chairs or blankets to sit and enjoy live music.

October 8, 2023  11th Annual Dunellen HarvestFest
Dunellen, New Jersey
Washington Memorial Park (North Washington Avenue from 10am-4pm.  This event will feature artists and crafters from around the Garden State, local nonprofits, activities for kids, foods, music, dancing, and more! Apple pie contest and scarecrow contest open to all NJ residents.

October 13-14, 2023  Witch-Craft - Hammonton, New Jersey
Have a mystical night of broos & spirits as we introduce you to the latest trends in the craft beverage industry at Witch-Craft at Paradise Lakes Campground. Featuring breweries & beverage masters pouring their classic potions & seasonal debuts, vendors, local food, & entertainment.

October 14, 2023  5th Annual Pork Roll Palooza
Phillipsburg, New Jersey
Call it Pork Roll, call it Taylor Ham...but never call me late for this classic NJ treat! Enjoy all things Pork Roll with over a dozen food vendors, local businesses, crafters and artists; live music; local brews and other refreshments; games, prizes and more!  Admission is FREE - just show up and join us for a great day!

October 14-15, 2023  Grand Harvest Wine Festival
Morristown, New Jersey
Fosterfields Living Historical Farm.

October 21-22, 2023  Annual Chatsworth Cranberry Festival
Chatsworth, New Jersey
The annual event will be a celebration of New Jersey's cranberry harvest, the third largest in the United States and offer a tribute to the Pine Barrens and local culture.

October 21-22, 2023  Sip in Autumn Wine Festival
Bayville, New Jersey

October 28, 2023  Boo & Brews - Pennsville, New Jersey
Pennsville Riverview Beach Park.  11am-6pm. There will be award-winning breweries, fabulous food trucks, live music & artisan crafters.

2021 New Jersey : October 2021
events waiting for new dates

October , 2021 - 7th Annual Uncorked & Uncapped
West Orange, New Jersey
EVENT POSTPONED TO 2022 DUE TO CORONAVIRUS.  New Jersey's must-attend Wine, Beer, and Food Tasting Event.  Be adventurous and taste exotic drinks and unique cuisine that you otherwise wouldn't. In addition to sampling unique vendor fare, the event features live entertainment, a silent auction, a 50/50 raffle, and more! All proceeds benefit The Arc of Essex County and the children and adults with Autism, Down syndrome, and other intellectual and developmental disabilities we serve.

October 23, 2021  Haunted Hops & Goulish Grub
West Deptford, New Jersey
Beers on tap from 8 NJ Craft Breweries; 18+ Food Trucks; Live Music; Artisan Crafters; Kids Activities.

2020 New Jersey : October 2020
events waiting for new dates

October 8-10, 2020  Deerfield Township Harvest Festival
Rosenhayn, New Jersey - EVENT CANCELED FOR 2020.
The annual festival pays tribute to local farmers. Local, regional and national entertainers.  It also includes a parade, arts & crafts show, mascot mania, amusement rides and games, a Sing Fest competition, a multi-cultural food court and fireworks. (Also: )

October 16-17, 2020  St Leon 84th Annual Food & Arts Festival
Fair Lawn, New Jersey
THE 2020 EVENT WILL BE AN ONLINE  EVENT.  SEE WEBSITE FOR DETAILS. From dining and dancing to art exhibits and cooking classes, the Armenian Food & Arts Festival offers cultural fun for the entire family to enjoy.   Delicious and traditional Armenian cuisine available for the duration of the festival, and a special tasting from several Armenian restaurants.  Exciting music and dance performances and an exclusive art exhibit showcasing award-winning Armenian artists.  Instructional cooking classes and hands-on demonstrations led by Armenian culinary experts in a professional on-site kitchen.

October 24, 2020  Fall Festival-Orthodox Church of the Holy Cross
Medford, New Jersey - THIS IS A DRIVE-BY EVENT FOR 2020.
Traditional and International Foods: Kielbasa, Stuffed Cabbage, Pierogi, Halushki, Borscht, and Hot Dogs, Babkas, Cookies and Cakes (some sugar free), pies, water ice, soft pretzels   Kids: FREE Moon Bounce, face painting, pumpkin painting, water ice, pretzels. Handmade jewelry, fall crafts, icons, christian music cds, large basket raffle/auction, 50/50 church tours

2019 New Jersey : October 2019
events waiting for new dates

October 4-6, 2019 - Foodstock: 4th Annual Woodbridge Fall Food Truck Festival - Woodbridge, New Jersey
Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Woodstock!!  Fri: 5pm-10pm - Sat & Sun: 1pm-10pm.  Beer Garden, Live Entertainment and Bands All Day, DJ Music, Food Trucks and Local Vendors.  Kidz Zone!!  Inflatable Rides for the Kids (Kids can purchase a $5 Wristband for Unlimited Rides All Day). $5/Adult Cash Admission at the Gate. Admission is All-Day.


October 12, 2019
Oktoberfest - Warren, New Jersey
German Beer, Food & Fun with Family and Friends.

October 12, 2019
Bloomfield Harvest Fest
Bloomfield, New Jersey
Two food courts serving festival and ethnic food favorites, over 150 vendors offering crafts, Kid Zone and non-stop entertainment.

October 12-13, 2019
Cape May Wine & Music Fest
Cape May, New Jersey
The Cape May Wine & Music Fest at Hawk Haven Winery will feature live music from world class performers, wine tastings from some of New Jersey’s finest wineries, a craft beer garden that will blow your hops off, and a variety of tasty street food vendors.

2018 New Jersey : October 2018
events still waiting for new dates

October 13-14, 2018 - 7th Annual Harvest Festival
Williamstown, New Jersey
It’s that time of year again! As the seasons change, our grape varieties are readying themselves for harvest, one by one. Careful planning & long hours ensure they reach their full potential. It’s the foundation of our next vintage, & we want to celebrate with you from 12-5pm.

October 20-21, 2018 - Harvest Food Truck and Wine Festival
Milford, New Jersey
Join us for our last festival of the year and celebrate the end of another great harvest.  This event will feature cuisine from the region’s most award-winning food trucks, Alba’s estate wines, and live music.  Food prices vary by truck.  So put on a comfy sweater and gather your wine, food, and music loving friends for a great time!  Admission includes entrance to the event, parking, and music.  $10 for adults 21 and over, $5 for ages 13 to 20, and children 12 and under are free.  No Reservations – pay at the entrance gate.  Wine tastings are available for an additional $10 per person, 21 and older, which includes eight samplings of our nationally award-winning wines in an etched Alba Vineyard wine glass.

October 20-21, 2018 - Autumn Fest & Childrens' Halloween Fest
Pitman, New Jersey

2017 New Jersey : October 2017
events still waiting for new dates

October 8, 2017 - Belmar's Oktoberfest - Belmar, New Jersey
Bring the whole family to enjoy plenty of authentic German food, live music, dancing, and fun activities for the kids.  Live Music, Oompah Bands, crafters, vendors and fun activities for the younger set. Feeling mighty? Come to the Beer Garden at noon to sign up for the official Samuel Adams Stein Hoisting Contest, hosted by the WRAT.

October 8, 2017 - Autumn Toast to the Environment
Jackson, New Jersey
This exciting event features wine, beer and chocolate tastings, savory hors d'oeuvres, charity auction, live music by the Sandy Sasso Jazz Quartet, and much more!


2016 New Jersey : October 2016

events still waiting for new dates

October 7-30, 2016  THE GLOW: A Jack O' Lantern Experience
Oceanport, New Jersey
THE GLOW features an enchanting and unforgettable wonderland of more than 5,000 hand carved, illuminated pumpkins transformed into beautiful landscapes, iconic figures and larger than life jack o’ lantern structures.  Stroll down Jack’s Lane with a fall beverage and marvel at the amazing details created by our talented artists! These glowing gourds are the perfect backdrop for a few fall photos too, so grab your camera and GLOW with us!

October 8, 2016  Rhythm & Chowder Festival
Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey
Point Pleasant Beach Chamber of Commerce.

October 13, 2016  Southwind Vineyard Wine & Art Night
Millville, New Jersey
The Wine & Art Day will host juried Art and Crafts Show showcasing handcrafted goods made by local and state artisans. Weekend events will include wine sampling, 3K and 5K Walk and Run between the Vines, live entertainment, grape stomping, and a myriad of food offerings, home products, cheese, chocolate sweets and wine glass painting.

October 24, 2016  March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction
Farmingdale, New Jersey
The March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction is a gourmet extravaganza featuring the skills and creativity of Central Jersey's finest chefs. Guests will enjoy fabulous cuisine, fine wine and spirits, exciting entertainment, and the opportunity to bid on incredible auction packages. The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. Money raised funds local research and community grants, education.

October 29, 2016  Octoberfest - Elizabeth, New Jersey
(No Website)
Octoberfest will be held at St Mary of the Assumption High School in Elizabeth New Jersey on October 29th 2016 from 11am - 8 pm.  We are looking for food  and craft vendors.  Contact Ross Shelley at 908-352-4350 ext. 218 for information.



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