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Things To Do This Weekend, September 8-10

The fun doesn’t have to end with summer. Kick off the fall season with these NJ area events.


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Thursday-Sunday, September 7-10

91st Annual Hoboken Festival

Do you celebrate the Feast of the Madonna dei Martiri? Either way, join the waterfront festivities in Downtown Hoboken with food, music and a processional. There will be amusement rides and carnival activities for the kiddos, not to mention a can’t-miss fireworks display on Saturday night.

Friday, September 8

Downtown Concert Series: Reeds, Rhythm and All That Brass

The Museum of Early Trades and Crafts is hosting its final (free!) concert and will feature Reeds, Rhythm and All that Brass, an 18-piece jazz/swing ensemble. Throw it back to Basie, Ellington and Miller, all the way to Sinatra, Darin and Washington. The band donates their time and talents, so take the time to enjoy the music for the sake of music.

Friday-Saturday, September 8-9

Abbott & Costello Film Festival

Drop by the Lake Hopatcong Historical Museum for comedy and quality time with the kids. Friday features “Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein” while Saturday’s double feature “The Time of Their Lives” and “Hold That Ghost” are sure to make the kiddos chuckle.

Macedonian Food Festival

Totowa, NJ is home to this year’s 8th Annual Macedonian Food Festival, where you and the kids can sample homemade goulash, stuffed peppers, baklava, palachinki and other sweet and savory crowd-pleasers.

Friday-Sunday, September 8-10

Flemington Opa! Greek Festival

Whether you’re a fan of My Big Fat Greek Wedding or not, why not enjoy the food and culture of the Greeks? Indulge in amazing food (gyros, souvlaki, pastries), music, drinks and dancing while the little ones enjoy pony rides and other family-friendly activities.

Saturday, September 9

Belmar Movies on the Beach

If your family hasn’t had its last hurrah at the Jersey Shore, now’s your chance. This movie is not only free, but perfect for the end of summer: Jaws! Good thing it’s the end of the season because odds are your kids might not want to dip their feet in the water after this thriller.

15th Annual Insect Festival

If your kids love insects, this festival at Mercer Educational Gardens is a great time to learn and participate. This year’s theme is “Please Bug Me” and features hayrides, butterflies, live bees, crafts, a puppet show and more.

Love and Unity Festival

Head to OSPAC for a free live concert, bouncy houses and vendors that the kids are sure to love. There are plenty of performers to listen to, so if your children love to bop around, this the place to be.

Apple Suncatcher Kids’ Craft

For kiddos ages 3-8, this seasonal craft is perfect for celebrating the turn of the season. Kids can design their own apple suncatcher at the Warren County Library. Registration is required.

NJ Taco Festival

Venture to Augusta for the ultimate taco party, featuring “Taco Crafters,” tequila, beer, music and contests. This event might be more fun without the younger crowd (though they may enjoy the bounce houses and Chihuahua parade), so grab a babysitter before heading over to sample these tasty creations.

Saturday-Sunday, September 9-10

Hefty Harvest and Scary Scarecrows Family Festival

The Camden Children’s Garden is celebrating with games, crafts and scarecrows! Make your own full-sized scarecrow to take home (while supplies last). Hit the concession stand for pumpkin-, cranberry- and apple-flavored goodies.

Chester’s 44th Annual Fall Craft Show

If you like making, learning and buying crafts, you can’t miss this annual show. With over 200 tents filled with talented artisans and unique creations, this weekend is all about getting crafty.

Saturday-Tuesday, September 9-12

Doggie Unleashed at Morey’s Piers

Head to Wildwood with your pup for some dog-friendly activities. Participate in the Doggie Dash and puppy pool party. Your dog can make furry friends while you meet up with other canine lovers.

Sunday, September 10

Apple Pancake Breakfast

Chester’s Alstede Farms is inviting you for a wagon ride followed by a delicious all-you-can-eat breakfast featuring the farm’s apples, eggs, bacon and of course, pancakes! The price includes admission to the fields and orchards, plus live entertainment.

The 26th Annual Edgewater Arts & Music Festival

Get groovy at this free festival celebrating the arts — enjoy the best of photography, crafts, mixed media and other art mediums. There’ll be music, food and drinks from local Edgewater vendors. Take a stroll, grab a drink and indulge in some art.

Annual Benefit Car, Truck & Motorcycle Show

The whole family can participate in this event, which benefits the Boys & Girls Club of Clifton. The kids can enjoy face painting and games while parents peruse vendors for food and gifts. There’ll be a DJ playing oldies to encourage that nostalgic feeling while you check out hundreds of cars, trucks and motorcycles.

Breakaway to Fun With the New Jersey Devils

Can’t get enough of Alstede Farms? The New Jersey Devils will be present to celebrate the launch of their themed corn maze this Sunday! Kids and parents can meet some of their favorite athletes before giving the corn maze a whirl.

Montgomery Funfest

Fun and free are two words we like to hear, and they describe Montgomery’s Funfest perfectly. There’ll be over 150 booths showcasing local businesses, art, merchandise and culinary treats. Not to mention, the family can enjoy live music, helicopter rides, walkabout balloons, classic cars, inflatable rides and so much more.


Ancients to Astronauts: How We Communicate

This interactive exhibition explains the revolutionary discoveries of space and rocket science. Blast off in a Friendship 7 capsule and travel back to Ancient Egypt in a time machine — either way, your kids will want to be astronauts before you leave.

American Treasures: Documenting the Nation’s Founding

Immerse your children in the rich history of America. This presentation explains our nation’s founding era through priceless drafts of the U.S. Constitution. Even better, you’ll be in our nation’s birthplace: Philadelphia!

Maker, Maker at the Children’s Museum of the Arts

Explore DIY crafts and New York culture with your little artists! Check out different mediums like crocheting, collaging and woodworking. Who knows? Maybe your kiddos will be inspired to pick up a new hobby.

Next Stop: Second Avenue Subway at the New York Transit Museum

Travel back a century and learn about NYC’s busiest subway lines. Kids can take a look at the subway’s beginnings, journey back to the 1920s, and follow the museum’s collection of photos, maps and artifacts to present day.

Humpback Whales

Dive into the American Museum of Natural History’s whale watching adventures. Learn about the world of humpback whales through either 2D or 3D theater experiences.

Ladder 11

This firefighter-themed exhibit has tons of hands-on exploration opportunities. The old-school pole, gear and bell just skim the top of what the Staten Island Children’s Museum has to offer. Your mini-firefighters will feel right at home at Ladder 11.

Early Morning Bird Walks in Central Park

Hit the American Museum of Natural History to observe the migration of birds in Central Park. Can you think of a better setting to introduce your kiddos to the wonders of Mother Nature? Ornithologists will be at the ready to teach and answer any questions amatuer-birdwatchers have.

The Evolution of Military Fashion

Your little history buffs will love to check out the evolution of American military uniforms. From 1776 to the Revolutionary War to World War II, there’s a lot more to military fashion than meets the eye.

Re-Presenting Disability Exhibition

Check out the collaborative exhibitions in the Morris Museum’s Art Garden, created by artists working with the Art Garden CSA. Bring your children and enjoy the works of many talented artists along with the rest of the community.

Watercolor Exhibit at the Environmental Education Center

Basking Ridge’s Education Center is a great place to introduce your little ones to art and nature. The exhibition, in collaboration with the Printmaking Center of NJ and the Nature Printing Society, is meant to illustrate the world around us utilizing the different techniques and mediums of watercolors.

Drop-In and Play

Caregivers and little ones will love this opportunity to play, explore and socialize. Kids will love stations featuring a sensory box, play dough, easel and more. This weekend, play at your own pace.

10 Acre Sea Turtle Corn Maze

This recently-opened 10-acre corn maze in Chester has a great theme: sea turtles! Kids can learn all about these sea creatures and how to help them. After the maze, jump on a hayride or pick some pumpkins and apples.

Infant Story Time

Check out the Warren County Library in Hackettstown every Friday for stories, songs and play that will capture your little crawler’s attention. This event is for infants under the age of 2 and registration is required.

Farm Fun at Alstede Farms

Do you think your kids will love climbing a giant hay pyramid? Feeding farm animals? Taking a ride on a pony? If you said yes, travel to Chester for Alstede’s many family-friendly activities!

Sunset Sips and Sounds at Terhune Orchards

Relax with a Sauvignon Blanc in a climate controlled wine barn, or sip on fruit wines while listening to a live musical performance. Terhune Orchards’ Sips and Sounds is the perfect place to unwind and kick off a relaxing, much-needed weekend.

Mommy and Me at Chocolate Works

Here’s a sweet idea: learn how to hand-make sweets and decorate chocolate treats! Play with a real chocolate fountain, and fulfill your children’s wildest Willy Wonka fantasies. Reservations are required.


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