Mayor Announces Annual Charity Carnival and 40th Annual Ethnic Day Festival

Carteret, NJ – For over 39 years the arrival of September in Carteret has brought with it the town’s Ethnic Day Festival, a day full of entertainment, foods, and crafts that celebrates the diversity that characterizes this diverse community. With the introduction of the Children’s Charity Trust Fund in 2003, Mayor Dan Reiman has since expanded the festivities to four-day celebration with the Children’s Charity Carnival and Charity Car Show.

The carnival will run from Thursday, September 17th to Saturday, September 19th with a host of rides, games, and other family-oriented attractions. Ethnic Day will be held on Saturday, September 19th. The carnival rides and games will open at noon. Special musical guests for the evening will be New Jersey tribute bands of Bon Jovi’s “Slippery when wet” and Bruce Springsteen’s “Asbury Fever.”

“This is always an extraordinary week for celebration with the variety of events hosted,” Mayor Reiman said. “The Children’s Charity Carnival and Ethnic Day Festival have become part of our local history as we celebrate the diversity of our town.”

As a finale to the three-day Charity Carnival and Annual Ethnic Day Festival, the weekend’s series of events will conclude with an annual Charity Car Show, with historic and custom vehicles on display.

The Charity Trust Fund is a non-profit 501(c)3 charitable organization, established to provide Carteret residents with a monetary resource for education, athletics, and health, among many other charitable causes. The Trust Fund was created with the understanding that these children are often high achievers with great potential, and who with the proper financial support could continue along their own paths to success. Since then, the Charity Trust Fund has raised funding towards scholarships, arts and culture, athletic programs, other charities, and a variety of programs and services that benefit residents of all ages.

“Our Charity Carnival is a fun array of family oriented attractions that has raised tens of thousands of dollars for children’s causes, while our 40th Annual Ethnic Day showcases the cultures that contribute to Carteret’s diversity,” said Mayor Reiman.

The list of events is as follows:

Thursday, September 17th

Charity Carnival

Bracelet Night

6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Live music at 7:00 pm

Friday, September 18th

Charity Carnival

Bracelet Night

6:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Movie night at 8:00 pm

Saturday, September 19th

Ethnic Day Festival

Ethnic Food and Entertainment

11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Live music by Tribute Band of Bon Jovi at 6:00 pm

Live music by Tribute Band of Bruce Springsteen at 8:00 pm

Fireworks at 9:15 pm

Sunday, September 20th

Charity Car Show

9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Awards at 2:00 pm

Event and vendor information can be found at or by calling 732-541-3806.

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