Labor Day Fun for the Whole Family in New Jersey

Labor Day weekend is the unofficial end to the summer season. Why not enjoy the warm weather while it lasts? The following are fun events the whole family can enjoy before the back-to-school rush.

Boonton Carnival & Parade Weekend

Thursday, Aug. 30 – Sunday, Sept. 2

Boonton High School (map)

Carnival Friday, 6 p.m. – 11:59 p.m.

Parade Saturday, September 1, 1:30 – 4 p.m.

Carnival Saturday & Sunday, 3 p.m. – 11:59 p.m.

The Boonton Fire Department is hosting its 127th Anniversary Parade Saturday, September 1 beginning at 1:30 pm sharp. Rain date, Monday, September 3rd. For 82 years the Boonton Fire Department has held an inspection and parade on Labor Day Weekend. The parade will assemble in the West Boonton area and proceed down Main St to Grant St, to Old Boonton Rd, ending at Boonton High School. The entrance to the parade assembly area will be Morris Ave at the intersection with Rockaway St.

Annual Labor Day Carnival – Mendham

Friday, Aug. 31 – Sunday, Sept. 2

The Club’s annual Labor Day carnival is a large-scale event, featuring rides, games and food.  The carnival runs from 6:00 – 10:00 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening. On Labor Day, the Mendham Labor Day Parade marches up Main Street ending at Borough Field.  The carnival is open from mid-morning through 9:15 p.m., at which point the mayor will draw the winning ticket for the 50/50 raffle and the fireworks show begins.

Monmouth Park’s BBQ & Craft Beer Festival

Saturday, Sept 1 – Monday, Sept. 3

Come celebrate the juiciest, most tender pulled pork, brisket and ribs the Jersey Shore has to offer – plus so much more.  And wash everything down with a great selection of brews in our Craft Beer Garden featuring over 40 beers to choose from.

Gates open 11:30am Saturday, Sunday, and Monday with the festival going until the end of live racing approximately 5:30pm each day.  Enjoy live music all three days: Saturday is country day with music presented by Thunder 106.3FM.  On Sunday, enjoy music from the Sundries.  On Monday, Pez Head will take the stage.

Kids will enjoy FREE Family Fun Day activities from 12-4pm on Saturday and Sunday including clowns, face painters, pony rides and a bounce house. Add in three days of heart-pounding Thoroughbred action – there’s no better place to be with friends and family than at Monmouth Park Racetrack on Labor Day Weekend.

Labor Day End of Summer Celebration/Art Walk – Spring Lake

Saturday, Sept. 1 from 10:00 am5:00 pm

Saturday Night Lights – Mountain Creek

Saturday, Sept. 1, 7 to 10 p.m.

Weekends are for kicking back with family and friends, making memories and enjoying yourself. Bring the family, meet up with your friends, throw down a blanket or a few chairs and enjoy some quality time together. The Waterpark will even be open for extended hours so you can enjoy some rides and slides until 8:30pm. Enjoy giant lawn games made for some friendly competition, food and drink specials will keep your crew happy and ready to take on the night! Make sure you stick around, because once the sun sets for fireworks.

Wildwood Block Party & Music Festival

Sunday, Sept. 2

Fox Park (Ocean Avenue between Burk & Montgomery Avenues) in Wildwood from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 2. A family festival including crafts, games, rides, great food and continuous FREE live entertainment. 609.522.2444 or visit

Rutherford’s 43rd Annual Labor Day Street Fair

Monday, Sept. 3 – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Street Fair will take place on and around Park Avenue in Downtown Rutherford from Ames Avenue to Donaldson Avenue and is being produced by Cliffhanger Productions.

The 43rd Annual Rutherford Labor Day Street Fair which historically attracts 25,000 – 30,000 attendees is now not only the oldest annual street fair in the Garden State but also the largest one-day street festival in the state.

In addition to the traditional street vendors, food trucks and antique fair, the event now includes rides and entertainment for kids, walk around street performers including a stilt walker, balloon artist, jugglers and an array of variety entertainers along with an assortment of amusements to keep the kids entertained and attract young families.

The event’s lineup of live musical acts includes Rutherford resident Lise Avery, host of the internationally syndicated WFDU show, “Anything Goes.” Lise will once again open the Labor Day Street Fair, as she has for the past few years. Lise plays music from the 40s through current music on her Monday morning FM program. Jersey Sound will perform oldies and classic rock favorites and also performing will be Rutherford’s own Luke and the Troublemakers.

Riverdale’s Annual Labor Day Street Fair

Monday, Sept. 3
Hours 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.

Great food, retail vendors, live music, kiddie rides, Pony Rides & petting zoo, games, will be available Labor Day Monday in a blocked off section of Newark Pompton Turnpike from Newbury Place to Cotluss Rd. The event is open 10am-5pm.

A special Kids Zone section in the School parking lot will be brimming with all kinds of fun stuff to do.  There will be mechanical & inflatable kiddie rides, face painting, sand art, temporary tattoos, games & more! Come hungry for great oven baked pizza, empanadas, cheesesteaks, sausage & peppers, chicken fingers, fries, gyros, hot dogs, zeppoles, fresh lemonade & ices, Mr Softee, homemade breads & muffins, kettle corn & so much more!!

Support the local organizations who are participating. And shop at the retail vendors and crafters who are selling their goods such as handbags, clothing, jewelry, homemade dog treats, hair accessories, toys, puzzles, body lotions, home décor, art, candles and more.

Labor Day Paddle on the Passaic River

Monday, Sept. 3

10am to 12pm OR 2pm to 4pm

For adults and children ages 10 and older. Take a leisurely paddle on the Passaic River! Paddlers will enjoy scenery and peacefulness as they paddle up the river and float downstream. Geared for beginners and children 10 and up accompanied by a parent or guardian. Meet in the Garibaldi Hall parking lot. Advance registration is required; call 973.228.8776. Fee: $30 per canoe

Island Night: Authentic Hawaiian Music & Hula Dancing in Long Branch

Monday Sept. 3, 7 p.m.


Pier Village, Long Branch


Aloha! Head to the “Big Island” on Festival Plaza for an evening of Authentic Hawaiian music and learn to hula dance.

7PM Festival Plaza