24 Fantastic Festivals to Make You Fall for Fall

Wine tasting, pumpkin picking, craft shows, cranberry bogs are just some of the fun activities to be enjoyed at these October festivals.

Photo by Brent Herrig Photography © 2014

Cranberry Harvest Tours At Whitesbog
October Weekends
Don’t miss the chance to witness the cranberry harvest—a Jersey tradition for more than 150 years. Fifth-generation cranberry growers Joe and Brenda let visitors get up close and personal with seasonal guided tours.
Tours depart at 9 AM. $35. Whitesbog Village, 1674 Route 70, Browns Mills (609-500-1074; [email protected])

The Great Pumpkin Train
October Weekends
All aboard! Ride along the Delaware River on a steam train and admire the fallscape. The train stops at a pumpkin patch at the historic Carpentersville Lime Kilns, where each child can pick a pumpkin for free.
11 AM, 12:30 PM, 2 PM and 3:30 PM. Adults $17; children $11. Delaware River Railroad Excursions, 162 South Main St, Phillipsburg (877-TRAIN-RIDE)

Oktoberfest on Historic Jackson Street
October 3
Cape May transforms Jackson Street into a showcase of German culture. Sample traditional fare at the food courts and beer gardens while browsing artisan crafts, antiques and collectibles.
10 AM-5 PM. Free. Jackson Street, Cape May

Appel Farm Music & Wine Festival
October 3
Oenophiles will have plenty to celebrate at this festival showcasing more than a dozen wineries from New Jersey’s six wine trails. Stay awhile—Appel Farm will also provide visitors with the unique opportunity to stay overnight.
Noon to 6 PM. $35; $8 for non-drinkers. Appel Farm Arts & Music Center, 457 Shirley Road, Elmer (856-358-2472)

Oktoberfest in Historic Smithville
October 3-4
Stroll through this historic village with its unique shops and boutiques. On the Village Greene, attendees can browse pop-up shops of more than 100 crafters while enjoying food and live music.
10 AM-5 PM. Free.

Pumpkin Palooza 2015
October 3-4
The Discovery Museum teams with Springdale Farms for its annual pumpkin bash—complete with pony rides, hayrides, a corn maze and pumpkin painting
11 AM-5 PM. $18 non-members, $15 members. Garden State Discovery Museum, 2040 Springdale Road, Cherry Hill (856-424-1233)

Harvest Festival Crafts & Collectibles Show
October 3
Peruse the housewares, gifts and seasonal creations of local crafters and antique dealers. Kids activities include games, pumpkin painting and scarecrow making.
10 AM-4 PM. Free. Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St, Cape May

24th Annual Blackwood Pumpkin Festival
October 4
Celebrate the season at this long-running festival. Activities include pumpkin painting and carving, scarecrow making, hayrides, a costume contest and more. With four stages and 200 vendors, there’s fun for everyone.
11 AM-4 PM (Rain date: October 11). Free. Main Stage Center for the Arts, 27 S Black Horse Pike, Blackwood

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