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Things To Do This Weekend, September 21-23

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


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Courtesy of State Theatre New Jersey, Darci Lynne

 

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 Roseland Greek Festival, Edison Fall Family Spectacular or the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in NYC. Plus, on Saturday, September 22, hit any National Park for free.

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

Bergen County

Friday, September 21

Batstock

Where: Teaneck Creek Conservatory, Teaneck​
Price: $10
Deets: Join NJ’s “Bat-Man,” Joe D’Angeli, for an outdoor bat walk and indoor presentation. Registration recommended, rain or shine.

Friday-Sunday, September 21-23

St. Nicholas Greek Festival

Where: St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, Wyckoff​
Price: Varies
Deets: This weekend, explore Greece using each of your senses. Try Greek dancing, sit in on a wine tasting, enter raffles, play games with the fam and hit the Greek supermarket before you leave.

Saturday, September 22

Fire Watch Festival

Where: Memorial Middle School, Fair Lawn
Price: Free admission
Deets: Come out to honor Veterans and active duty Military members. There’ll be a concert, beer garden, kids’ activities, a car, truck and motorcycle show and a Veteran-owned business outdoor marketplace.

Ongoing

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

Ongoing

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

Friday-Sunday, September 21-23

7th Annual Roseland Greek Festival

Where: Ss Nicholas, Constantine & Helen Greek Church, Roseland​
Price: $2, free/ages 12 and under
Deets: Dig into Greek food like souvlaki, baklava, gyros and pastries, get your dance on, make crafts, play carnival games, try cooking demos and more.

Ongoing

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.

Hudson County

Ongoing

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. Ends September 30.

Grossology Exhibit

Where: Liberty Science Center, Jersey City
Price: $5
Deets: Parents, have no fear: your kids can be gross here! Kids love the ooey and icky, and this comedic exhibition will answer all their questions. From what’s up their noses to what happens in the bathroom, they’ll learn about their bodies in an approachable manner. They’ll even get to play a supersized version of Operation. Ends September 23.

Hunterdon County

Ongoing

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. End September 28.

Middlesex County

Saturday, September 22

Edison Fall Family Spectacular

Where: Amboy Ave., Edison
Price: Free admission
Deets: Pile the kiddos into the car and hit the kiddie and pony rides, petting zoo and remote control car racing track, plus watch professional wrestling, peruse wares like jewelry, clothing and handbags and bring an empty stomach for foodie faves like sausage and peppers, shish kabobs, gyros and cheesesteaks.

Sunday, September 23

Darci Lynne and Friends Live

Where: State Theatre, New Brunswick
Price: $25-85
Deets: See 13-year-old Darci Lynne from NBC’s America’s Got Talent bring her first-place talent to the stage. She’ll sing and perform ventriloquy with her friends Petunia, the rabbit, Oscar, the mouse, and Edna, an old woman.

Monmouth County

Ongoing

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

Saturday, September 22

Chemistry Family Day

Where: Morris Museum, Morristown
Price: $7/non-member kids, $10/non-member adults, free/ members
Deets: Celebrate National Chemistry Week by visiting the BASF Kids’ Lab, where you and the kids can learn (and have fun) performing science experiments and exploring the museum on Family Fun Day.

Ongoing

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 kids a new way to understand the material world. Ends December 2.

Passaic County

Saturday, September 22

Celebrating the Music of Crosby Stills Nash & Young

Where: Shea Center for Performing Arts, Wayne
Price: $35-40
Deets: Parents, this is your chance. Introduce your kids to faves like “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes,” “Our House” and “Love the One You’re With.” If you’re a fan of the ’70s folk rock, this CSN&Y show is where you and the fam need to be.

Gray Mud Run

Where: Garret Mountain Reservation, Woodland Park
Price: $55/adults, $35/kids
Deets: Help promote awareness and raise money for the National Brain Tumor Society. The whole fam can hit this fun run and muddy obstacle course. Adults can compete in the 5K and kids in the 3K.

Somerset County

Saturday, September 22

Aiken and Friends Music Fest, North Branch

Where: RVCC, Branchburg​
Price: Free
Deets: Bop around to roots, Americana and country bands who’ll perform hits and original songs. Get your fill of music, plus food and other vendors.

Franklin Day Festival

Where: Colonial Park Lot C, Somerset
Price: Free admission
Deets: Spend the day boppin’ to live entertainment, marveling at the art show, snapping photos at classic cars and perusing more than 120 exhibitors’ tables. There’ll also be free activities for the kids.

Sussex County

Ongoing

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

Saturday, September 22

SOLE Defined

Where: UCPAC, Rahway​
Price: $20-35
Deets: Have you ever seen human drums? This percussive dance combines tap and sand dances, plus adds roller skates and body percussion to the mix. Performers will use their movement to create music, putting a new twist on rhythm.

Ongoing

Brick City

Where: Bauer Boucher Theatre Center, Union
Price: $15-30
Deets: Delve into a story where two high school students, one with a disability and one a popular jock, find themselves facing important decisions about their futures during study hall. Ends September 23.

Warren County

Ongoing

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

Thursday-Sunday, September 20-23

Space & Science Festival

Where: Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
Price: Free/Pier activities, varies/other activities
Deets: Each day will be filled with new activities including exhibitions and special guests like NASA astronaut Sunita Williams, an augmented virtual reality experience, free Astronomy Night, a screening of Star Wars: The Last Jedi and more.

Ongoing

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.

Pennsylvania

Ongoing

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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