About AddamsFest

The town-wide celebration of Westfield's own Charles Addams returns this October! Dubbed “Alt AddamsFest” for 2020, the festivities will be shaped by creative approaches to gatherings that provide a safe environment while maintaining the initial spirit of the celebration.

Born in 1912 and raised in Westfield, Charles Addams was one of the country’s premier cartoonists, with his work prominently featured in The New Yorker. His most successful creation, The Addams Family, was inspired by his hometown surroundings. The characters that began as illustrations grew into a television series, a live action movie franchise, a Broadway musical, and an animated film released in 2019. This October, he will be posthumously inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame. What better place to honor Addams’ talent and creativity than the town where he grew up?


After the success of its first two years in 2018 and 2019 -- with attendees from 85 towns at nearly 20 annual events -- AddamsFest returns this year in a whole new way to celebrate this prolific talent and the hometown that inspired those altogether ooky characters.


Westfield will be transformed to all things Charles Addams with family themed events, movie screenings, exhibits and much more -- all reimagined for a pandemic-friendly approach that allows for distancing  With something for everyone, AddamsFest promises to be a whimsy-filled festival honoring the man, his legacy and the town where it all started.