Fall is a wonderful time of the year in New Jersey. The crisp autumn air harkens the future cold of winter, while the color-changing leaves make it obvious why this great state is nicknamed the Garden State. Because of this, November is a great time of year to enjoy some festivals. Here are a few fall festivals in New Jersey.

 

The Great Pumpkin Sail (Mountainside): If you have ever wondered what to do with your old jack o’ lantern—besides just throwing it away—then the Great Pumpkin Sale in Mountainside is the perfect post-Halloween tradition for you. On November 1st, you can bring your carved pumpkin to Echo Lake Park and place it on a float in the lake. Then, enjoy some hot cocoa while sitting around a warm campfire, and enjoy the beauty of dozens of pumpkins reflecting off the lake water. It costs $12 to attend for in-county residents and $16 for out-of-county residents.

 

Exit 0 Jazz Festival (Cape May): Cape May itself is a beautiful beach town to visit during the fall, but the Exit 0 Jazz Festival makes the autumn season even better. Enjoy the jazz talents of musicians like Wynton Marsalis, Cecile McLorin Salvant, and Squirrel Nut Zippers while taking in the picturesque Victorian-style homes of the town. The festival runs from November 11th to November 13th.

 

Scandinavian Jul Bazzar (Budd Lake): Take in some Scandinavian culture and enjoy the outdoors at the Scandinavian Jul Bazzar at Vasa Park in Bud Lake. This festival, which takes place on November 12th from 10 AM to 3 PM, is free to attend and offers a variety of imported Scandinavian foods, hand-made crafts, beautiful ornaments, and more.