Whether you’re looking for music by the beach or local brews with a side of fall foliage, these five New Jersey fall festivals serve up easy day trips from New York City.
Sea.Hear.Now Music Festival
When: September 29-30, 2018
Where: Asbury Park, New Jersey
Head to the beach for a weekend of music on the Jersey Shore and everything from Jack Johnson’s surf vibes to Incubus’ angsty rock at the Sea.Hear.Now Festival. Start your days doing yoga on the sand with Wanderlust or relax as you watch surfing expression – 30 minute sessions where expert surfers combine athleticism and creativity on their boards. Tickets start at $109.
How to get there: Take NJ Transit North Coast Line to Asbury.
Red Bank Oyster Festival
Where: Red Bank, NJ
When: September 30th, 2018
This annual festival is for the foodie with a penchant for oysters. Along with the fresh shellfish, 25 local restaurants will be onsite for you to taste and try Red Bank’s best eats. Those looking for a drinking experience can expect beer throughout the day and an after party at the Dublin House after the street festival.
How to get there: Take New Jersey Transit to Red Bank and walk 6 blocks to the Dublin House
Hoboken Fall Arts and Music Festival
When: September 30
Where: Hoboken, New Jersey
A mix of live music, artisans and a food fair await you across the Hudson in Hoboken. This year, the annual Hoboken Arts and Music Festival brings dozens of bands to three stages and food ranging from Indian to Greek for purchase. Expect to find watercolors, sculpture, metalwork and pottery among the 100 artists on-site. Free to attend.
How to get there: Take the Path train or NY Waterway Ferry
Seton Village Food Truck And Craft Beer Festival
When: October 19th, 2018
Where: South Orange, New Jersey
Head to South Orange for an Oktoberfest with a local twist: Garden State craft beer! The annual Seton Village Food Truck and Craft Beer Festival brings 25 New Jersey brewers together alongside 20 food trucks making it a perfect day trip from the city.
How to get there: Take the NJ Transit Dover Line to South Orange.
Arts Council of Princeton Day of the Dead
Where: Princeton, New Jersey
When: November 3rd, 2018
While this suggestion is more of a celebration than a festival, it’s worthy of making it to your events list this fall. Don a costume and head to Princeton to enjoy El Día de los Muertos with food, folk art, and skulls. Learn about the history and traditions of this Mexican holiday and enjoy an afternoon outdoors with the sound of mariachis in the background. Free to attend.
How to get there: Take the Coach USA 100 bus from Port Authority to Princeton Palmer Square.