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Things To Do This Weekend, September 28-30

Get the most out of your weekend at these NJ area events. We found 30 for you to choose from.


Courtesy of Essex County Environmental Center


As school kicks up a notch and the autumn season sets in, there’s plenty of seasonal activities to keep the kids busy on the weekends. Hit the Oll Kinderfest 2018 in Verona, the Gloucester County 4-H Fall Fest in Mullica Hill or the Branchburg Country Fair.

Don’t forget to check out local fairs and festivals, free things to do and the best places to take your preschoolers, either.

Atlantic County

Saturday, September 29

Italian Festival

Where: Historic Smithville, Galloway
Price: Free
Deets: If there’s anything Jersey knows, it’s Italian food. Hit the Italian market, listen to live music, play bocce ball, watch folk dancing and let the kids go ham at the children’s activities.

Bergen County


Ramsey Farmers' Market

Where: 2 W. Main St., Ramsey
Price: Free admission
Deets: On Sundays, explore wares from more than 50 local farmers offering seasonal and organic fruits, veggies, bread, cheese, spices and more. If you’re vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free or an organic eater, this market is the foodie destination for you. Ends November 25.

Cumberland County


Symbiotic Spheres: The Interlocking Worlds of Glass, Science and Art

Where: WheatonArts and Cultural Center, Millville
Price: $10
Deets: Got lil’ STEM lovers at home? Head to this curated exhibit featuring the science-inspired work of more than 20 contemporary artists. You’ll want to check out glass pieces that magnify, distort and illuminate, each creating different perceptions of the world. Ends December 30.

Beauty Beyond Nature: The Glass Art of Paul Stankard

Where: WheatonArts and Cultural Center, Millville
Price: Varies
Deets: Calling all plant aficionados! Check out the botanical sculptures featured in this exhibit, showcasing Stankard’s evolution and major developments from his first attempts at a paperweight to his most complex assemblages. Ends December 30.

Essex County

Thursday, September 27

5th Annual Uncorked and Uncapped: Wine, Beer and Food Fest

Where: The Wilshire Grand Hotel, West Orange
Price: $100
Deets: Calling all winos! Drink for a great cause: The Arc of Essex County invites you to their fest filled with food and spirits that benefits those with special needs like Down syndrome, autism and other intellectual and developmental disabilities. Guests can drink wine and beer, plus sample spirits and restaurant foods.

Friday, September 28

Oll Kinderfest 2018

Where: Our Lady of the Lake Church, Verona
Price: Free admission, cost varies per ride
Deets: Describe your kids’ perfect weekend. Does it include inflatables, a bounce house, dunk tank, music, carnival games and face painting?

Saturday, September 29

14th Annual Fall Family Festival

Where: Essex County Environmental Center, Roseland​
Price: Free
Deets: Celebrate a belated Autumn Equinox with hands-on games and crafts, plus canoeing, a petting zoo and food. Learn about Native American life, then hit the pumpkin patch for some family photos.


Seeing Red

Where: Walsh Gallery at Seton Hall University, South Orange
Price: Free
Deets: Check out an exhibit that examines the artistic, cultural, political and religious connotations of the color red using books, religious items, textiles and mixed media. Ends October 20.

Gloucester County

Saturday, September 29

Gloucester County 4-H Fall Fest

Where: Gloucester County 4-H Fairgrounds, Mullica Hill
Price: $10/car load
Deets: Start trick-or-treating early, plus hop on a hayride, check out the punkin’ chunkin’, sate your stomach at the chili cook off and scare their socks off at the haunted house.

Hudson County

Friday-Sunday, September 28-30

Block Party

Where: Liberty Science Center, Jersey City
Price: Included in admission
Deets: Ah, might as well jump! Into LSC’s exhibit filled with blue blocks, perfect for creating oversized towers, bridges, cities and more. Your lil’ engineers can build and break using their imagination.

Sunday, September 30

Hoboken Arts and Music Festival

Where: Washington St. between Observer Hwy and 7th St., Hoboken
Price: Free admission
Deets: Make plans to hit three stages filled with live music of varying genres: rock, jazz, folk, Latin and more. There’ll also be more than 200 crafters, photographers and artists in attendance, plus plenty of food from local restaurants. Kids can hit up the rides, games, face painting, sand art and other activities.

Hunterdon County

Friday, September 28

Cut Your Own Flowers

Where: Melick’s Town Farm, Oldwick​​
Price: Varies
Deets: Visit pot belly pigs, grab an ice cream cone, shop fresh food and cut your own flowers like sunflowers and zinnias.

Saturday, September 29

Flemington Rotary BeerFest

Where: Liberty Village Market Place, Flemington​
Price: $40
Deets: While you’re jamming to live music, taste and sample all the craft brews this fest has to offer. There’ll be more than 60 beers from 30 breweries. There’s also plenty of food to purchase, too.

Middlesex County

Saturday, September 29

Monroe Township Green Fair 2018

Where: Monroe Twp. High School, Monroe Twp.
Price: Free
Deets: Enjoy activities like craft making, then check out exhibits on upcycling, organics, wildlife protection and more. Learn about the ocean and its creatures like horseshoe crabs, sharks and jellyfish, plus take home any seashells and fossil shark teeth you find.

Monmouth County

Sunday, September 30

Tails of Hope Beach BBQ Bash

Where: Mr. C's Restaurant, Allenhurst​
Price: $30
Deets: Indulge in great BBQ (vegetarians, there’s something for you, too!), wiggle to live music and get your drink on while taking in beachy ocean view. Enter a 50/50 raffle and play boardwalk games. All proceeds benefit the animals of Tails of Hope.


A. Casola Farms Fall Fest

Where: A. Casola Farms, Holmdel​​
Price: Varies
Deets: Come for PYO pumpkins, haunted hayrides and greenhouses, a corn maze, house of horror, cowboy show, petting zoo, face painting and more. Ends October 31.

Morris County

Friday, September 28

Hobbit Birthday Bash!

Where: Warren County library, Hackettstown​
Price: Free
Deets: Lord of the Rings fans ages 8-17 can celebrate their favorite hobbits’ birthdays by making their own dragon mason jars while watching the 1977 film. Of course, there’ll be birthday cake and punch. Registration required.


Giant Corn Maze

Where: Alstede Farms, Chester
Price: Included with PYO admission
Deets: Don’t worry about getting lost in this giant maze surrounded by 10 acres of cornfields, and remember to stock up on freshly-picked fruits and veggies (and hit the Harvest Moon Hayride!) before Halloween.

Things Come Apart

Where: Morris Museum, Morristown
Price: $7-10/non-members, free/members
Deets: This exhibit uses disassembled objects to teach new ways of understanding the material world. Ends December 2.

Ocean County

Friday, September 28

Cruise Night with Fossil Car Club

Where: Jackson Premium Outlets, Jackson
Price: Free
Deets: Check out a variety of classic and muscle cars. If you’ve got a penchant for hot rods, foreign models and other show models, you won’t want to miss the opportunity to snap a photo with your faves.

Passaic County

Saturday, September 29

Food Truck and Craft Beer Fest

Where: Yogi Berra Stadium, Little Falls
Price: Varies
Deets: Talk about a home run! This fest features more than 20 food trucks and a beer garden with more than 50 different craft beers. Hit the field with your fam for a turn at the bounce house, mechanical bull or a backyard game like KanJam, cornhole or volleyball.

Somerset County

Friday, September 28

Mini Musical Theatre Presented by Annie’s Playhouse

Where: Bridgewater Library, Bridgewater
Price: Free
Deets: Ages 3-5 can go through singing and dancing exercises and learn about theater from a professional.

Saturday, September 29

Branchburg Country Fair

Where: White Oak Park, Branchburg​
Price: Free
Deets: Come for an afternoon of family feud, pony rides, a petting zoo, moonwalk and more fun. There’ll be a National Guard display, plus K9 and drone demos from the Somerset County Sheriff's Department.

Magic Tree House: Space Mission

Where: Planetarium at RVCC, Branchburg​
Price: $10
Deets: If your kids (ages 5 and up) love The Magic Tree House’s Jack and Annie, they can rocket to space and learn about the Sun, Moon, planets and more.

Sussex County


Trails of Vernon Challenge

Where: Twp. of Vernon, Vernon
Price: Free
Deets: Spend some time in the great outdoors on 50 miles of trail throughout Vernon Twp. The family can hike, bike, walk or run. Try a Trail Challenge and find specific landmarks—don’t forget to snap pics! Ends October 20.

Great Pumpkin Festival

Where: Heaven Hill Farm, Vernon
Price: $12, free/ages 2 and under
Deets: Roam the largest corn maze in North Jersey, then check out the boo barn, hay crawl, Chicken Little and Dancing Robot shows and more. Ends November 4.

Union County

Thursday-Sunday, September 27-30

Feast of St. Michael

Where: Alden St., Cranford
Price: Varies
Deets: Come one, come all! The fam can check out games, music, rides, food and prizes, plus participate in a 50/50 raffle.

Warren County

Friday, September 28

Infant Story Time

Where: Warren County Library, Hackettstown​​
Price: Free
Deets: Spend some quality time with baby listening to stories, singing songs and making finger puppet plays.


Purple Heart Corn Maze

Where: The Farm In Harmony, Harmony
Price: $4-7
Deets: Wander through this epic seven-acre, military-themed corn maze designed in the shape of the Purple Heart and other military medals. Ends November 11.

New York City


Family Sundays at Rubin Museum

Where: Rubin Museum of Art, NYC
Price: Included with admission
Deets: Bring your little ones all year long to participate in a new art activity each month at this city staple. Ends January 2019.



Hamilton: Constitutional Clashes That Shaped A Nation

Where: National Constitution Center, Philadelphia, PA
Price: Included with admission
Deets: Immerse your children in the rich history of America. This presentation explains our nation’s founding era through the eyes of Alexander Hamilton. See firsthand how his legendary duels changed America forever. Even better, you’ll be in our nation’s birthplace: Philadelphia! Ends December 31.

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