As temperatures slowly drop and leaves begin to change color, we can't help but notice that the Fall season is here. From pots of colorful mums and sweet candy corn to beautiful weather, caramel apples and bright pumpkins, Fall marks a favorite time of year for many New Jersey residents.  Besides football and apple cider, there are lots of fun things to do in New Jersey to celebrate Fall. Here's a look at New Jersey's top 10 Family Fall Festivals!

When: Saturday, September 22 & Sunday September 23, 2012

Where: Crystal Springs (Golf) Resort, HAMBURG, NJ

Pairing plenty of tasty German beers with specialties such as bratwurst and spaetzle, the 27th Annual Oktoberfest is fun for the whole family. Besides the great eats and refreshments, there are games and rides for kids, a petting zoo, a live stage, and much more! Don't miss out on the best part of Oktoberfest: free admission for anyone dressed according to Oktoberfest tradition! Otherwise, admission is just $5 per day, or $7.50 for a weekend pass. Hours: Sat. 11am to 9pm, Sun. 11am to 6pm. | Directions and more info



When: Saturday, October 6, 2012

Where: Main Street, HIGHTSTOWN, NJ

Head to beautiful downtown Hightstown for the 10th annual Hometown Harvest Fair! Bring the kids for games, interesting sights, pony rides, and live entertainment. Take in the delights that the many different craft and food vendors have to offer during the day. Enjoy the model train exhibit, the motorcycle and classic car show and don't miss the chili cook-off and local farm market! Hours: 10am to 4pm. | Directions and more info


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When: Saturday, October 6

Where: Main Avenue, OCEAN GROVE, NJ

With over 100 talented crafters and vendors, Ocean Grove's annual Fall Harvest Festival is great for the entire family. Kids enjoy the live entertainment, games and autumn-themed activities such as pumpkin painting. The wonderful live music and unique crafts are what brings many locals back each year to join in the fun-filled event. Plus, enjoy sidewalk sales at many local shops. Hours: 10am to 4pm. | See event flyer for more info

When: Saturday, October 6

Where: 70 Wooden's Lane, LAMBERTVILLE, NJ

Experience historical farming at the Howell Living History Farm's Annual Fall Festival. At the farm, you'll join farmers as they plant, thresh, winnow and grind wheat to correspond with this year's theme, "A Celebration of Wheat". The farm welcomes kids to help run the new 10 ton steam engine, join in the old horse and buggy tradition, and then later take part in pumpkin decorating. Hours: Sat. 10am to 4pm, Sun. Noon to 4pm. | Directions

When: Saturday, October 6 & Sunday, October 7

Where: Ringwood State Park, RINGWOOD, NJ

If you've never toured the beautiful botanical garden at Ringwood State Park, here's a perfect opportunity! The Harvest Fest is fun for the whole family, with hayrides, pumpkin painting, music and great food. Take advantage of the weekend sale on Fall plants and artisan Craft Fair, and don't forget to explore the botanical garden itself! Admission and parking is free. Hours: 10am to 5pm Saturday & Sunday | Directions

When: Sunday, October 7

Where: 1 Railroad plaza, WHIPPANY, NJ

Bring the family to this unique Pumpkin Festival and craft show that also celebrates historical railroads and trains. Bask in the half-hour excursion to the past onboard the antique caboose, the "Pumpkinliner" that travels along the Whippanong Trail. Visit the Pumpkin Marketplace Crafts Fair for local autumn works and railroad memorabilia. With plenty of pumpkins, apples, scarecrows and more, the kids will beg you to stay! Train tickets must be purchased online by October 3. Train fare is $13 for adults, $8 for children under 12 and free for infants on laps. Hours: 12:30pm to 5:30pm. | Directions and more info

When: Friday, October 12 - Sunday, October 14

Where: Salem County Fairgrounds, WOODSTOWN, NJ

Celebrate the Fall Harvest at the Annual South Jersey Pumpkin Show and experience all things "pumpkin" from a biggest pumpkin contest and fantastic pumpkin treats to a Little Miss Pumpkin Pageant. Enjoy live music, line dancing, a dog costume parade and lots of fun for kids including fall crafts and hayrides! Admission is free and parking is just $5.  Hours: Fri. 4pm to 9pm, Sat. & Sun. 10am to 7pm. | More info


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When: Saturday, October 13 & Sunday, October 14

Where: Downtown, ALLENTOWN, NJ

Each year, the historic village of Allentown welcomes visitors to attend this family fun event with arts and crafts vendors, great food and fun activities. With unique entertainment ranging from a civil war reenactment to live music and dancing, the annual Fall Festival celebrates autumn has plenty to offer the whole family. Free Admission. Hours: Sat. & Sun. 9am to 5pm. | More info


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When: Saturday, October 20

Where: 720 Route 9 S., CAPE MAY, NJ

This 21st Annual Pumpkin Festival in Cape May is prepared for all the autumn works - enjoy pumpkin painting, a fantastic craft show, music, games, and of course...great food vendors! Plus, there will be a Halloween parade starting at noon. What better place to spend a beautiful fall day than near the beach in this gorgeous historic village in Cape May? Admission is free. Hours: 10am to 4:30pm. | Directions

When: Saturday, October 20 & Sunday, October 21

Where: Route 532, CHATSWORTH, NJ

This huge festival brings berry-loving crowds from all over New Jersey to join in cranberry delights of all types. At the annual Chatsworth Cranberry Festival there's also great food, live music, a wide array craft vendors, and lots of fall themed artistry spread throughout. Discover more ways to enjoy cranberries than you could ever imagine! Admission is free. Hours: Sat. & Sun. 9am to 4pm. | Directions

Does your town host a Fall or Pumpkin Festival of its own? Tell us about it below in the comments!